Northern Lager
Oxbow Brewing Company

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Style:
Lager - American
Ranked #77
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #26,845
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 7.29%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
26
From:
Oxbow Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  1
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: Northern Lager is brewed with 100% malted barley and select Maine-grown hops.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 26 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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tempest from New York

3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a fresh can (1/22/21) at Astoria Bier & Cheese. Clean barley upfront. Mike sweetness and a very subtle herbal citrus hops finish. Fairly dry and on the acidic side to make it quite drinkable. Nothing big out flashy, but expertly made and crushable.

Feb 19, 2021
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beergoot from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light honey amber body; extremely fine and beautiful looking carbonation rising; thick and frothy off-white head. Sweet caramel along with stone fruit smells. Very mild cereal grain taste with a light hop bitterness. Medium-light in body; soft; mild warmth and residual sugar presence; semi-dry.

For a low ABV beer, this one delivers some pleasing things to the palate. The initial smell, to me, had strong notes of peach and strawberries(!) that seemed odd and out of place for a basic lager, but that quickly faded away as the beer settled. Well-rounded overall and pleasant to drink.

Jan 26, 2021
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malrubius from Vermont

2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Can. CLear gold with ring and island. Very mild grassy grainy aroma. Medium grainy bready sweetness and not much else. They really managed to make sure almost no flavor went into this while still retaining a medium-light body.

Jan 24, 2021
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very slightly hazy medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate pale golden yellow + brassy colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a very slightly mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready + doughy malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness. Light to moderate aromas of floral + grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready + doughy malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of floral + grassy hops which impart a slightly heavier than light amount of bitterness which lingers for a bit before fading away leaving a relatively clean finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly crisp upfront with a hint of dryness in the finish. Relatively clean.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a pleasantly crisp + clean mouthfeel which I found to be refreshing. Enjoyable while it is relatively simple in the flavors and aromas, it is an excellent example of the style and I could easily have a handful of these beers and it pairs well with lots of different foods.

Nov 23, 2020
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Can. Absolutely gorgeous can art. Clean and proud with a Texas flare. The body of the beer is surprisingly darker than I was expecting. I was expecting pale yellow and got a burnt gold almost. Very light head. That can art, though. Nice little aroma to it. Some sweet dough and an attractive yeast component. Very soft hoppiness. The flavor is pretty zippy. A nice yeast zest, some brighter maltiness, and a tickle of grassy hops. Really nice flavor, especially for 4.0% (this entry has it at 4.5% but the can calls out the 4.0%). Light bodied and crushable. Still doesn't feel like pure water - which I'd expect here. A nice ripper that will be gone pretty quickly. My biggest gripe? Price point is stupid for what's essentially a Light Lager. Temper that and you'd have a repeat buyer.

Oct 02, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well slap me on the ass and call me Shirley. This beer, I mean...wow! Or do I mean “lolz”? So, I wasn’t into the too dark pour, but I’ve seen girls that exceed in other departments over looks, so I wasn’t too sad. But when I took in the aroma, and then swallowed a sip... I mean - nothing! Not a hot dog thing! No smell. No aroma. Like, this must be purgatory. Ok. Here we are, the purgatory of beers.

Alright...

Bye.

Sep 12, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from FLX Wienery in Dundee, NY.

This one pours a mostly clear light orange color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like grassy hops, slightly sweet malt, and some douginess.

This is a nice take on a basic lager, with a crisp but subtle grassy hoppiness, and a slightly sweet maltiness.

It's all quite drinkable, with a crisp and clean mouthfeel, and a very smooth finish.

Not much to talk about here, other than it's well brewed and with no real discernible flaws.

Aug 31, 2020
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ChipChaight from New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from the brewery in Portland during 2020 trip to Maine. Pours an almost clear light amber orange with a fluffy white head and nice lacing, smell is sweet and sour bready malts and hints of grassy hops, taste follow the nose with sweet bready malts that are balanced by a mildly grassy and dry finish, this beer is light to medium bodied, well carbonated and dry. And excellent robust lager!

Aug 09, 2020
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- The tallboy can pours into a tulip glass with a medium golden hue. The thick white foam rises above the beer to an inch high with great retention. Lacing is spotty.

S- Strong notes of both malts and hops with a bit of lager yeast in the background but not in funky territory by any means. The barley is grainy, crackery and a bit doughy alongside the floral, spicy and herbal hops.

T- Again the yeast is mostly clean here with just a bit of breadiness and a tiny hint of light fruits. The grains are edged out by the hops just a bit but on the whole you would label this one as balanced. Grainy, nutty, crackery base grains with herbal, floral, earthy and spicy hop notes. Crisp and refreshing.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a silky smooth puffy texture. Carbonation on the high side and has some raw edginess to it and it leads to a nice crisp bitter finish.

A lot of good lagers being made right now and you can add this to that list and absolutely not a surprise coming from Oxbow.

Jul 19, 2020
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oberon from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a becker clear medium golden with a full finger white head that is gone pretty quickly for a lager,still nice color and clarity.Toasted grains and a mineral quality in the nose,mild sweetness detected as well.Sweetish and a bit grainy on the palate with a slight herbal smack in the finish for nice drinkability.No frills but a nice beer to have after a hot day on the job,pretty crushable.

Jun 26, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First new beer from Oxbow in a while, I'm excited. Canned 3/05/20
Pours a large foamy frothy head with med retention, fair foamy lacing, gets a bit rocky as it fades, very clear with a little chill haze, has a gingerale color and large bubbles forming and streaming

Nose brings nice grainy-sweet pilsner like lager malt, little doughy straw, fair floral slight grassy noble-like hops

Taste is a little different, the malt is not what I expected I think, some doughy like grainy-sweet lager malts, but a strange earthy flavor, actually the malt might just be sweeter and less attenuated than I expected and the hops are the unique component, earthy, and a strange earthy-fruit like character, it's not bad, just unique, a bit of a soft lager component, with med to a bit lighter bitterness up front, then med to a bit higher bitterness on the drier finish, a bit of a crisp bitterness like a good pilsner, getting a touch herbaceous late as well

Mouth is med bod, higher prickly carb, mild soft lager

Overall an interesting lager, definitely unique but still fits American Lager nicely, bordering into German pilsner category

May 28, 2020
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metter98 from New York

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly settled down, leaving a small patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of floral and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is maltier than the smell, but has a moderate amount of bitterness from the underlying hops to help balance things out.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The aromas and flavors in this beer seem to be very simple, but I found this to be a good, well-balanced honest lager.

Serving type: can

May 17, 2020
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brother_rebus from Maine

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Toasty light copper hue with a sturdy white head.

Smells lagery but not tinny nor corny. Some hops pretty available.

Pretty ffloral tasting without being fruity or fake. No esthers really. Just good hop. Nice simple light malt flavor.

Feels as expected.

Yes will drink again.

Apr 20, 2020
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 26 ratings