All Nighter | Chicago Brewing Company

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Chicago Brewing Company
Nevada, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UncleJimbo on 01-14-2003

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of JDV
1.98/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This came poured a light clear gold. Had only a very faint malty lager like smell. Corn in the aroma as well. Very thin and bland malt flavor. Watery and no crispness to it. Well below average Kolsch, I thought, which is what I was told it was. More like a pale lager.

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2.25/5  rDev -23.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Dogbrick
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sample at the brewpub. Pours a weak clear yellow color with a wispy white head that dissipates quickly. Thin top ring of lacing with spots underneath. Minimal spice aroma with a bit of hops. Light-bodied and clean with light hops and malt flavor. Touch of spice as well, but overall the flavor is fairly nondescript. The finish is mild and relatively flavorless. Not a good effort overall.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of kylehay2004
2.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

No head really on a near water color, mostly straw colored and no lacing really. Aroma is very mild with mostly barley and sweet corn. Flavor is similar with rice barley and pale malts. Still bland. Moderate to high carbonation and light body. As plain as you get but at least there is no bad aftertaste or off putting flavor here.

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Photo of charlzm
2.7/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 05/11/08 at Chicago Brewing Co. & Cigar Lounge, Las Vegas.

Incredibly pale, clear yellow beer allows the viewing of lots and lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Good lacing.

The only aroma I noted is vague sweetness.

Flavor is likewise muted sweetness with a very understated floral character. No bitterness. The aftertaste is even a little sweeter than the body. And mercifully, NO CORN.

I guess there are folks who enjoy these very light flavored beers, as I saw a gentleman in the lounge order a twenty ouncer and then a pint of this stuff. Personally, though, I'd never be able to finish that much of this barely-flavored barley water.

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Photo of NilocRellim
2.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This blonde ale had a very clear, pale yellow colour to it. The smell was very light, but there was a slight fruitiness to the nose. It was a very light, very carbonated ale. There were no noticeable aftertastes, and a minimal body. This was very sessionable and would be an approachable beer for domestic drinkers looking to branch out into craft beer.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not, only because I prefer darker ones.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Mug #8 of #9, imbibed as part of a 4oz Sampler arrangement during a recent visit to the Chicago Brewing Pub in Las Vegas with BA’s UncleJimbo, DukeofEarl and his friend Ozzie.

Listed as All Nighter Light Ale (Premium Light), and as a regular house brew.

Appearance: Supremely clear, sharp golden yellow, free of any detritus. Thin wispy white head. Average carbonation levels. Ron of the mill appearance.

Smell: Thin, some light malt biscuit and a hint of wet grass……that’s about it.

Taste: Light malt and feint hops, they are both there but very restrained. Thin body watery but a decent enough Light Ale that is still much better than most Macro Lites.

Mouthfeel: The rescuing portion of this offering, the smooth well carbonated body lifts this rather flaccid brew to at least average in feel and appeal.

Drinkability: One is enough. All Nighter?…..erm, I think not.

Overall: Erm, well it’s a Light Ale, so you can’t it knock it for that, but considering all of the other great brews that Chicago brew, I can let them away with just this one for those that

Leave this for one for the Regular BudMillerCoors loving Gamblers that frequent the 24 hour Chicago Brewing and don’t want to tackle anything that may interrupt their concentration like the much better tasty brews that are available.

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured on-tap into a pint glass, the beer was a vibrant gold color with no head. The smell was heavy on the barley, and the taste was a strong barley with a light balance of hops. The beer was light and crisp in the mouth, but there was a dusky and dank aftertaste. The finish makes this beer not particularly pleasant to drink in my opinion.

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3.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a pale yellow with a decent white foamy head. not much of a smell at all. very light on flavor with a little malt and the slightest bit of hops comming through. light bodied and well carbonated it is def. marketed towards the bud light crowd. and for a light beer, it isn't really all that bad, its just that they have much better brews to choose from. weaksauce.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/16/2008 (Sampler @ 4 Queens, Las Vegas, NV):

Pours a pale yellow colored body, very pale, with a small head whitish in color. Has a malty aroma, enticing, maybe some wheat too? Fizzy palate, mallty taste, fruity, not very lingering. Thirst-quenching.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear, yellow color with good white foam. There was a faint malt aroma. The taste was very light: malty, but not much there. Very low hop character, but there was a bit of floral hops in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was ok: lively carbonation, clean but thin. The name is "All Nighter" and perhaps is meant for the person who is accustomed to drinking American lagers all night.

2/2/03 On a subsequent visit, this beer was described on the menu as brewed in the Kolsch style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried the beer at the 4 Queen's Downtown Vegas.

Of course the beer to meet the demands of the masses. At that, the beer is pretty good with an emphasis on light maltiness that shows some fruitiness, sufery notes but not out of whack for the style.

Refreshing and thirst quinching if not a tad boring. It's a lot like the Golden Ale, but the lighter hopping and softer flavors gives rise to a few of the flaws and strips the beer of meaningful flavor, aroma, or texture.

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3.2/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of Gavage
3.61/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear yellow in color with a thin 1/4" head. Some light lacing wisps develop on the glass during the drink. The aroma was basically non-existant, except for some light grass tone. The flavor was of lighter malt, grass, and mellow bitterness. Some sweet honey tones are also in the background.

The mouthfeel was smooth with a clean grassy finish. Carbonation levels seemed a little light. Light in body and exceptional drinkable, mostly because there is some decent flavor here.

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Photo of timbeer
4.28/5  rDev +46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Marketed as a "light beer", this is actually a very well-executed blonde ale. It is light in the sense of being an extremely pale ale. It is also similar to "light beers" in having a moderately low alchohol content.

But it is not light in taste. It has a very smooth, sweet maltiness that manages to be quite rich, without making the beer seem heavy. In the background there is a layer of mild hop bitterness, which creates a slightly dry mouthfeel. Would be a good session beer, as the name implies, and also probably a good gateway beer.

I was put off by the "light" in the beer's name, and had no real desire to try this one. Then I noticed it had medalled at the GABF in the blonde ale category - not the light beer category - so I figured I better give it a try. Glad I did - this one is growler-worthy.

update: tried another growler full a month or so later, and can reconfirm this is a quality beer.

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All Nighter from Chicago Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.93 out of 5 with 23 ratings
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