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North By Northwest Northern Light - North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery

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North By Northwest Northern Light
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BA SCORE
76
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25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Pegasus on 05-25-2003)
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Photo of randal
4.43/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is spot on for what the brewer was intending. A light beer (not sure if it was really a lager or not) with real malt and hop flavors. The crisp malt is very enjoyable in this beer.

I applaud any brewer that takes the time to put some care and attention into their standards. So many brewpubs throw out a sub-par light beer for the masses just so they can say they have one. I think, in part, it is the lack of caring about this style which has given it a bad name. North by Northwest has made an exceptional helles beer. Try it with an open mind.

randal, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

drummermattie02, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an average looking traditional lager color with just a little more body. Tastes very similar to a macro lager expect it has a very distinctive bready taste to it all throughout the sip. Pairs well with food, and is also a good brew if you are just in the mood for something simple and easy drinking.

AustinBeerLvr, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of ATXboozer
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

ATXboozer, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of PCaravan
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like a previous poster said, this is the beer all brewpubs make that is intended for those who would prefere budmillercoors. I only had this because it was part of the sampler and I didn't expect much from it. I was surprised though. Northern Light has to be far and away the best brewpub "piss beer" I've ever had and is why most of my marks are slightly above average. The aroma and taste is clean with Cascade hops noticably present all the way through. In the mouth a malty sweetness prevails at fist and then finishing with a light pleasant bitterness. While I don't think this is the best beer I've ever had by a long shot, I think the brewmaster here has a real masterpiece here given the contraints under which this beer was made. Not only will this satisfy the budmillercoors crowd but there is enough here for even the "real beer" lover to enjoy.

PCaravan, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear, straw golden color with a small snow-white head and modest carbonation, fair lacing.

Aroma: The Cascade hops pleasantly dominate the aroma, with lesser malts beneath.

Taste: Very light and sweet at the start, the Cascade hops bring in the middle of the taste, with some light berry fruit notes hidden beneath. Towards the end of the taste some grain notes appear, while the hops linger on past the finish.

Mouth feel: Light and pleasant with mild carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Surprisingly complex for a light lager. A very nice hot weather beer and a good choice to introduce macro-drinking friends to better beer without scaring them.

Pegasus, May 25, 2003
Photo of JohnBender
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

JohnBender, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of cgrunin
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

cgrunin, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Texasfan549, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

t0rin0, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of gfg0020
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

gfg0020, May 26, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. It looks like you would expect from a light lager. The aroma is mix of grain, wheat and some grassy hops. The flavor is more of the same. Very easy to drink, but not too much going on in the flavor or aroma. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -5.7%

LXIXME, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of DerekSmigelski
3/5  rDev -5.7%

DerekSmigelski, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of JamLand
3/5  rDev -5.7%

JamLand, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of utfiero
3/5  rDev -5.7%

utfiero, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of JeffSuttonTX
3/5  rDev -5.7%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of midaszero
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass

There is not a whole lot that is special about this beer it is just pretty average. While nothing to write home about it is easy for sessioning especially for those who enjoy American macro lagers.

Overall just a straight average score, nothing bad and nothing good to really say about it.

midaszero, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light smelling, and I got a hint of apple juice and corn or grainy sweetness. Very light, a bit watery, but drinkable and for a pale lager, actually has a bit of flavor, and is much more satisfying than your standard pale lager, I thought. I could drinking this if I was in the mood for a light beer on a hot day, actually.

JDV, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of Fabiand
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Fabiand, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -5.7%

harpus, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - light straw color; very pale. One of the lightest beers I've seen, reminiscent of Sterkens white ale.

Aroma - not much here to smell, just a very light grain, the basic setup.

Taste - standard grain flavor, close to Miller Lite but with a better hop balance. A late, slight twinge of tart to dry out the finish gives it a little character.

Mouthfeel - the essential crisp and thin elements of the style.

Drinkability - easy for sessioning, but at this place it represents the go-to tap for the non-adventurous, the non-curious.

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of beersheppard
2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pale, color of straw, white fleeting head, no lacing

Smell: light malt

Taste: grains, pale malt, a little hop in aftertaste, but faint

Mouthfee: light

Drinkability: I wouldn't get again, just not much in the glass. I think this is present on the menu b/c this place doesn't swrve Bud Light and they need something to appeal to non-beer drinkerd. I can't fault the logic. Thanks for not lowering your standards, NXNW.

beersheppard, May 11, 2010
Photo of Dogleg
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Dogleg, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of phishbone23
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
North By Northwest Northern Light from North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.