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

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North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Pegasus on 05-25-2003

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

C- (2.6)

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamLand
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of JohnBender
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.42/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Dogleg
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cgrunin
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of zbooks
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Fabiand
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of phishbone23
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of NeverSettle
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Roybert
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of gfg0020
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of JeffSuttonTX
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of midaszero
3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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North By Northwest Northern Light from North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
3.2 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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