Northern Lager
Oxbow Brewing Company

Northern LagerNorthern Lager
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From:
Oxbow Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Style:
American Lager
Ranked #58
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #18,966
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 7.35%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
35
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 23, 2023
Added:
Apr 20, 2020
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  0
Northern Lager is brewed with 100% malted barley and select Maine-grown hops.
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I had this on draft 9/21/23 @ the Beer Temple.

Semi-opaque dull orange appearance.

Big bright white head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lacing remained.

Lemon, honey & orange peel notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel with a sharp carbonation bite.

Pine, mild lemon & faint honey flavors.

A bit sharper than I expected; I like the nose more than the flavors. Still, it's quite drinkable.
Sep 23, 2023
 
Rated: 3.85 by shelby415 from Oregon

Sep 16, 2023
 
Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.4 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Aug 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by David19457 from New Jersey

Jul 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12 oz can...10-18-21 dating on the bottom

Pours medium honey amber, with about a medium haze level...loose bubble mini cap, and some spotty lacing.

MIld malty/whole wheat bread sniff...

Nothing overly special going on here, more malt and bread notes, smooth and decent enough.
Jan 16, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Amber bubbly body with a white head, little retention. Graham cracker, cereal malt, lemon peel, and grassy hops in the nose. Taste is simple: dough, malt, lemon zest and a kiss of grassy hops, very mellow. Despite appearances it is actually pretty flat, very smooth and malty with a hint of ester softness, kind of bland.
Sep 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.79 by Mwt from New Hampshire

Aug 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

Jun 25, 2021
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
nothing special - but a fine lager beer refreshing
May 13, 2021
 
Rated: 3.97 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Apr 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.9 by alexsergio from New York

Feb 19, 2021
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Reviewed by tempest from New York

3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Feb 14, 2021
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Reviewed by malrubius from Vermont

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
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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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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
 
Rated: 4 by baklo from North Carolina

Nov 08, 2020
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Reviewed by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by hopley from Massachusetts

Sep 27, 2020
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