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

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North By Northwest Northern Light
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Reviews: 10
Hads: 30
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Pegasus on 05-25-2003

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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 30
Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's always lovely to see more light lagers on the market - especially when they're from craft breweries. I nabbed this 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with an unbranded pry-off cap at NXNW a couple weeks ago. Bottled: 02/19/15. Batch: 1650. Bottle: 070.

Served cold into a pilsner glass. Expectations are average.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~2-2.5 inch head of white colour. Foamy and frothy. Appears soft. Decent creaminess. Leaves little lacing as it recedes. Retention is above average - ~3 minutes.

BODY: Clear yellow. Clean, with no visible yeast.

Looks typical of the style, but above average. There're no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: Grassy hops and pilsner malts. Grains.

That's it.

Aromatic intensity is average.

Not a horribly appealing beer aroma, but decent for the style. It's not watery, adjuncty, or cloying.

TASTE: Grassy hop notes, crisp grains, clean barley, clean lager yeast (replete with no esters), and pilsner malts. That's really it; it's a crisp clean balanced light lager with mild depth of flavour and nice flavour duration. There's little to say about it given its simplicity, but I do like it.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, crisp, highly carbonated, light-bodied, unrefreshing, and approachable. Complements the taste decently, but doesn't elevate the beer.

OVERALL: Drinkable, absolutely, but ultimately underwhelming. It's not a stellar beer in its style, and I wouldn't buy it again. Worth trying I guess, but priced rather highly for its quality. The Horizon hopping isn't bad.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.93/5  rDev -9%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.42/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of midaszero
3/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of beersheppard
2.85/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of PCaravan
3.44/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of randal
4.4/5  rDev +36.6%
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. (557 characters)

North By Northwest Northern Light from North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.