Northern Honey Brown Lager - Cold Spring Brewing Co.
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3.31/5 rDev +7.5%
Appearance: Nutty brown color and crystal clear. What started as a three finger off-white head has quickly fizzled to a thin cap of foam.
Aroma: Sweet honey overtop of that signature yeasty smell you get with any adjunct lager.
Taste: Not bad. Like a lager version of any light brown ale. Nice hints of sap, hazelnuts, and some very light grassy hops to balance out the sweetness. Finish is decently clean. Aftertaste is a little monotonous with rough carbonation leaving the palate a somewhat dry. Not sure of the ABV but probably about 5%. Probably low IBUs as well but they stick out due to their watery surroundings.
Mouthfeel: Just above thin in body with a lot of carbonation, which is pretty much expected given the style. Good drinkability and sessionable with just enough flavor to keep things interesting.
Final Thoughts: Having reviewed over 400 beers and tried even more, I'm happy to note that one can still surprise me. If you don't go into it with any expectations, this honey brown lager may just make your day. And at $5 a sixer it's hardly a gamble. Would I drink it again? Probably, a good go-to for summer nights on a budget.
04-27-2014 21:11:44 | More by JamesMN
3.68/5 rDev +19.5%
I decided to try this beer because it looked interesting . . . and cheap. It's not too bad. A caramel malty taste with a little honey on the back end. 4.8% ABV according to http://www.wingsandbrewfest.com/Brewers/northlake.html. I wouldn't turn down this beer if it was given to me. I may even buy it again if it's on sale.
03-27-2014 03:49:46 | More by joepiekarski
4.11/5 rDev +33.4%
pint can with no relevant information, besides " Honey brown lager". no date or ABV.
pours a dark clear amber-brown. nice appearance, if you're into looking at beers (you weirdo). smell is sweet wheat/grain/corn with some malt and vodka. taste is grainy and corny, but with some malted barley and a splash of honey. slightly cloying, sweet, sometimes a metallic finish.
call it the hopslam of adjunct lagers
05-27-2013 09:22:09 | More by jimmah120
3.13/5 rDev +1.6%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
Gotta love the schmaltz of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter". ...Oh yeah, the beer... This stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises lightly-toasted caramel, light maple syrup, light buttery biscuit (yeah, there's a definite sense of French toast in there...), and a bit of perfume-y sweet flowers. The taste holds notes of highly watered-down maple syrup, mild barley, a hint of what actually could be honey, and a strong finish of sweet flowers. The body straddles the line between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a decent little beer, one that I would gladly take at some random sports bar, but nothing I would actively drink on my own volition. Not bad, but incredibly far from anything close to great.
12-06-2012 07:45:37 | More by TMoney2591
2.2/5 rDev -28.6%
Color was light brown with a fizzy head that died quickly. Smell was very lightly malt-like. Taste was slightly metallic, grainy. I didn't get much honey from it. Mouthfeel was slightly north of water. Overall is drinkable if nothing else is around.
10-18-2011 20:25:36 | More by JackieTH
3.63/5 rDev +17.9%
Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty and a bit on the sweet side.Taste is of malts, honey, a bit sweet, very refreshing and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.
07-30-2011 15:42:16 | More by tone77
4/5 rDev +29.9%
The CANQuest (TM) makes its triumphant return to New Beer Sunday today. I spent a lot of time noodling around with bottles and today seemed appropriate to Crack open some CANs.
By definition, an "adjunct" is an additive to a beer and so honey causes this to be an AAL, but the Crack & Glug was unlike any AAL in recent memory. For starters, I had a finger of deep-tan head with low retention and the color was garnet with NE-quality clarity. WTF, over?!? Nose was perfume sweet, like Turkey Hill Raspberry iced tea. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and the initial taste was berry, more like red raspberry than black raspberry. Sweet, in other words. Yo, I'm down with this! I CANnot recount how many painful encounters I have had with AALs, but this was NOT one of them. It was odd and unlike any before it, but it was drinkable, and that goes a long way. Finish had a dryness to it that was hard to put a finger on. It was definitely not sweet and I could see putting some of these CANs in the cooler for the beach.
07-24-2011 23:34:18 | More by woodychandler
2.03/5 rDev -34.1%
Can. Poured into a glass a darker, clear root beer like brown with a slight collared light tan head. Better head retention than the Special Light. Not too much going on in the nose, slight sweet bread and a little metallic. Medium mouthfeel with a slight creaminess. Almost, almost tastes like a cream ale to me. Slight roast and vanilla. Not a fan of the ending. It’s not comletely terrible but at the same time it isn’t good either.
07-06-2011 20:24:19 | More by kbutler1
United Kingdom (Wales)
2.3/5 rDev -25.3%
Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Decent retention after fading down a bit. Color is a clear copper brown.
Aroma: Grainy and malty. Caramel sweetness. Light honey. Grassy hops. Not a lot here.
Taste: A little more flavorful. More honey shows and caramel malts. Creamy. Has a nutty flavor to it with a faint roast. Not too much flavor. Has a terrible aftertaste that I really can't get over. Almost like a smokey flavor.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and creamy. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry.
Overall, a little better than the Special Light, but that isn't saying much. Decent for what it is.
07-06-2011 20:22:42 | More by mothman
2.93/5 rDev -4.9%
12-oz can poured into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass
A - 1-inch cream-colored head fades in a minute or two over a beautiful dark brown, but still transparent body. The beer has an orange tint when light hits it.
S - weak smell; honey and malts
T - Ok flavor for an AAL. The sweetness of the honey and malt is balanced fairly well by a hop presence. Not much complexity here.
M - fairly light body with average carbonation
D - Not bad. Goes down easily. This is a decent brew for the cost.
Unfortunately Cold Spring has stopped brewing Gluek Honey Bock, leaving only Northern Honey Lager in its place. The two are somewhat similar, but Gluek is a bit better.
03-14-2011 00:56:28 | More by lwillitz
3/5 rDev -2.6%
I give Cold Spring a chance because it is just up the road from where I live in Minnesota and I just plain want the outfit to succeed. As far as the beer is concerned, it is nothing to write home about. Yes, it does resemble the old Gluek Honey Bock, but a little lighter and not so sweet at the end. One thing about both the Gluek and Northern Honey Lager is that you must drink them at the correct temperature. Dark beers just seem to taste better at a warmer temp, than say your watered down lite "stuff". At 40F the beer opens up and tastes much, much better than at 32F. I have even had a can or two at cellar floor temp, and except that it's just to fizzy at that higher temp, the flavor is, please believe me, not to bad.
01-06-2011 15:00:27 | More by fizzy
Northern Honey Brown Lager from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.