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Northern Light Lager - Granite City Food & Brewery

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Northern Light LagerNorthern Light Lager

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70
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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 17.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Granite City Food & Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed to the American standard of a classic lager, this light golden beer is our mildest offering with a creamy, smooth taste.

(Beer added by: BuckeyeNation on 05-23-2007)
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3/5  rDev +1.7%

MarkyMOD, May 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev +1.7%

jaidenjb, May 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev +1.7%

MNCruzn, Apr 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

BenSnowden, Apr 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev +1.7%

7Durandal7, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of Listers
1.75/5  rDev -40.7%

Listers, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of hardy008
2.35/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pale yellow with a bright whiote head, with poor retention and spotty lacing. Smells and tastes like light hops and malt. So light that I can't describe either any better than to call them light.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Not offensive, but not a lot to like either. I will pass on this in the future.

hardy008, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of muddyh2oblues
2.25/5  rDev -23.7%

muddyh2oblues, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Nate
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Nate, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of SweJon
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

SweJon, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of BarrelAgedBarry
3/5  rDev +1.7%

BarrelAgedBarry, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear golden orange color with a small, short-lived head. It left almost no lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel and grassy notes.

T - It tasted of caramel, grains and grasses. It had a mild spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied lager with a clean finish.

O - This is an okay light lager. It is certainly better than most mass produced light lagers.

zeff80, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

sgttibbs, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.8/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw the Light with a shaker pint.

Appearance- I only get a measly white film from an aggressive pour. The body is a transparent and pale golden-yellow. Just an explosion of carbonation is at work in the body.

Smell- There is a nice biscuit malt coming through the sparkling drink. I also enjoy the floral and slightly estery hop profile, although rather soft. This is a clean and honey - sweet nose.

Taste- The front of the drink promises a malty adventure. The biscuit malt pairs nicely with the honey that shows at the front of the palate. Then the drink gives up that estery hop noted on the nose.

The lager finishes with almost no bitterness and more of the sweet malt. There is also a slightly grassy character.

As the drink warms, it gives off more a cereal and wheat adjunct finish that is not nearly as pleasant.

Mouth feel- The carbonation is overdone and contributes to more fizz than is needed. The body is light to medium. Obviously, the fizziness is not appreciated.

Overall- This lager was pretty decent. Letting this one warm is a bad idea as it gets to be more and more like an adjunct. What keeps this one aloft is the really nice honey malt and slight hop touch.

If it finished smoother, I think this one could garner some more positive attention than what has been seen so far.

Pintofbrown, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
2.9/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served as part of the eight beer sampler at Granite City in St. Louis Park. Color was light yellow and no foam by the time it arrived. No lacing. Not sure if there was a smell, it was light and mostly grainy if it was anything. Taste was crisp. Mild grain. Clean. Smooth. Perhaps a step above a BMC adjunct. Drinkable enough. Light mouthfeel and clean finish. Okay and average in all regards. It's advertised as their 'mildest' offering and that's exactly right.

JackieTH, Jan 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev +1.7%

FlandersNed, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of NuclearDolphin
2.13/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a 20oz Beer Stein

Appearance - Mildly hazy wet Golden Straw color, giving it a fairly unfiltered look to it. Pours a 1 finger head when poured aggressively.

Smell - Very Yeasty and fairly grassy with hints of sweet malts, giving it an almost sugar smell. The smell does get skunky once it starts to warm up.

Taste - Fairly sweet malty flavor with some pretty strong yeast and corn notes. There's also the adjunct lager flavors (rice, cooked corn, cereal grains, etc.) in there as well. Nothing too offensive, but nothing really good either.

Mouthfeel - In terms of drinkability, this is easy to drink. It's light in both carbonation, body (and flavor), which helps it make it easy to drink on the go.

Overall - It's a typical "Hot Summer Afternoon" beer, one that you would drink after doing some yard work or when just grilling out with friends. It's not by any means great, in fact I'd say this beer is fairly bad, but you could do worse...not that you'd want to.

NuclearDolphin, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
2.83/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Northern Lights Lager had a bit of a bite to it. The beer pours a clear golden yellow with thin white head that dissipates quickly and did not lace. The scent included hop and subtle sweet malt. The taste I thought carried a bit to it. There was some sweetness...but not for very long, the hop really took over and left a sligth aftertaste. I thought the mouthfeel was light body, failry easy to drink. I preferred there IPA for a session to this however.

WoodBrew, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of emerge077
2.18/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"Brewed and bottled by Granite City Brewing Company, Monroe, WI". Minhas... great :S Julian date code "1020" on the bottom of the bottle.

Picked up this single for the hilariously bad label (a 2-D illustration of what looks to be a young Bette Midler-esque cabaret singer raising a shiny beer, behind a crappy banner with two different typefaces outlining the beer name). Little did I know, the beer is hilariously bad too...

Bright straw gold, one fingers width of white foam that has a soapy, creamy texture to the surface suds. Clarity is sharp, retention is average, with a slight amount of lacing present.

Smells like skunky noble hops at first, then puffed wheat, and creamed corn. Borderline gross as it warms and the creamed corn crashes the party.

Cooked vegetables in the flavor, red flag of DMS. Mellow and buttery, buttered corn and husky grains. Pretty bland with enough off flavors to dump the last bit of the glass. Not recommended, even for the dumb label. This is junk.

emerge077, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of Mississipping
3.73/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Completely clear light yellow-golden color with very little head that settles to no film and a small ring.  Light level of lacing is left behind. 

S: Yeasty, bready, and a ton of honey.  As far as beer goes, it's like smelling a honeycomb.  That's about it. 

T: Honey right up front, but it's not completely overwhelming.  Malty and bready, giving it a little complexity, but there's not a whole lot there.  Maybe a touch of caramel as well.  What is there, though, is pretty pleasant, for what it is.  

M: Lighter side of medium bodied with ample carbonation.  Thin, but still feels nice on the palate.  Sweet up front with a touch of grassiness at the finish to round things out.

D: Nothing special, however, it's quite enjoyable.  A good beer for this time of year, kicking back and watching some football on the weekends.  They go down easily, and can be enjoyed by a wide range of people.  

Mississipping, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Snow81
3.05/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow

Head: Frosty white head that dissipates quickly

Smell: Grass on the nose with subtle sweet malt

Taste: Very sweet malts right up front with caramel and then grassiness on the back

Weight: Medium body with a low carbonation

Finish: Little sweet caramel malts

Snow81, May 26, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now bottled and labeled Northern Lager.

Clear pale golden color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a film. Light lacing is left on the glass. Aroma consists of dry, cracker malt and some grassy hops. Very low bitterness which is not really surprising. The malt is dry and gives some decent flavor for a light lager. Just a little grassiness from the hops. Light bodied with lower carbonation than what is typically found in this style. Not as prickly and easier to drink. A nice beer but at this price I would prefer one of their other offerings.

morimech, May 01, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled 10/9/2010 at the brewpub.

Pours clear yellow, white head, not much lace or retention. Lots of bubbles coming up.

Aroma is malt, water, booze, and that's about it. Maybe a splash of honey.

Flavor is very light, slight malt, low bitterness, maybe a splash of rice. No hop flavor present.

Body is light and highly carbonated, as it is supposed to be. Drinkable, nothing inherently wrong with it other than the lack of flavor.

t0rin0, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Tone
2.8/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, grain, slight citrus, and slight pale hop. Fits the style of a Light Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of grain, pale malt, yeast, and slight sweet malt. Overall, a clean beer but rather average light lager.

Tone, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of Mistofminn
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My girlfriend ordered this at Granite City in Roseville before a movie at the AMC. The beers are served in giant pint glasses, probably around 20 oz's and she couldn't finish hers so rather than waste money I finished it.

Comes in a giant pint glass, clear and straw yellow in color, lighter than even I expected. A soft carbonation fuels a small white cap that initially fades quickly from a one finger pillow to a small ring. Lacing is spotty at best.

The nose is light, with light adjuncts and a sweet malt base. Very very light, even when compared to other light lagers. I might detect a bit of corn, not entirely sure. It really reminds me of a light Grain Belt.

Taste is like the nose, light adjuncts and sweet malts, but this time I get the faintest bitter hops. Again, corn comes to mind.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, clean and sort of boring. A remarkably low carbonation actually makes this slightly better.

Drinkability is ok. I can see kicking back a few of these during a ball game with some friends fairly easily. They would even enjoy it.

Mistofminn, Jan 08, 2010
Northern Light Lager from Granite City Food & Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.