Little Norway Pale Lager
Sawdust City Brewing Co.

Little Norway Pale LagerLittle Norway Pale Lager
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German Kölsch
Ranked #349
Ranked #42,091
3.5 | pDev: 13.71%
Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
Little Norway Pale LagerLittle Norway Pale Lager
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3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pale yellow, Small weak head fades away within 2 minutes
Smell: New hay
Taste: Bready and slightly tart. Hints of white rice.
Feel: Watery, fills the bottom of your mouth and front of tongue. Nothing on the palate at all. Seltzer like.
This beer earns a C+

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InspectorHound from Ontario (Canada), May 20, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gold, but dull, verging on straw, with big frothy bubbles like a beach shoreline, fizzing away in a minute. Very active carbonation.
Aroma is sweetly bready, and light.
Tastes of simple pale malt, minerals, minimal sweetness, clearly no adjunct; mild flavoured hops kick in to provide balance, lightly spiced; clean all the way through, super dry finish begs another swig, and you'll oblige; medium/light body and medium carbonation.

Clean, crisp, pure, and simple. Great example of the style, well balanced and refreshing, perfect for a summer day or post hockey game. A new favourite lager, and one that will bring those Molson lovers over to craft (I had several friends try it, and it did). If people rated based on style, this would have a much higher showing.

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BGDrock from Ontario (Canada), Dec 30, 2018
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3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look is the highpoint of this beer, pale gold with a lovely three finger head that breaks slowly leaving a small island of foam. Then it seems to go downhill for me. The nose and taste are a little too sweet for my liking. I found it almost corny too. Feel was thin and watery and almost weak.

Easily my least favorite from Sawdust City. But, this style is not for everyone and I respect that others do like it. To each our own.

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polloenfuego from Ontario (Canada), Aug 18, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale straw with an onslaught of carbonation bubbles. Small cap sticks around for the whole glass. Fresh bread, saltine crackers, sea air, herbs in the nose. Clean doughy malts in the taste. Very light herbal, floral hops in the back. Medium bodied - fuller bodied than expected - with medium carbonation. Lightly bitter shortlived finish.

This is a very nice Pale Lager. Great malt depth, and very balanced and clean. I recommend this summer crusher.

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CAMRAhardliner from Ontario (Canada), Jul 27, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straw with tons of champagne like carbonation, and a finger of white head.

Smells malty and hopped to the hilt with grassy Saaz hops. Hints of wet cardboard as well.

Very malty, and very hoppy with big drying grass notes, and a hint of sourness. A decent bitter finish like a fresh German pilsner.

Medium body, moderate to low carbonation, and a drying, tannic hop finish.

Got this at The Beer Store in Gravenhurst, drinking in Muskoka Lakes Dec 19th, 2017. Really freshly hopped, really nice lager.

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patre_tim from Thailand, Dec 19, 2017
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3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473 ml tall boy can purchased from the Beer store for about $2.75 CDN. Served cold into an MGD pint glass. Listed as 4.5% ABV. Description indicates pale euro style lager as opposed to a kolsch.

Appearance - pale golden color with some near neon yellow colouring. A decent finger and change of white head, good retention etc. plenty of carbonation.

Smell - clean and grassy with some sweetness in there and a hint of pepper. Based on that appears closest to a pilsner as opposed to a kolsch or a traditional pale lager.

Taste - pretty bland and easy drinking. Slight bit of sweetness, just a bit of hops, pretty non-descript. Flavor ramps up just a touch as you get into the beer, but still pretty average even for the style.

Mouthfeel - light, good carbonation and very easy drinking.

Overall - Little Norway isn't a world better, but makes for a petty good lawnmower beer, the kind where it goes down real easy on a hot summers day, and you don't want it to wow you with flavor just something cold, wet and with a little extra something to make it interesting. This beer does do that reasonably well, but don't expect to be wowed.

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taxandbeerguy from Ontario (Canada), May 17, 2017
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3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

473 mL can from TBS; dated Oct 6 2016. Nothing on the can (or the brewery website) indicates that this is supposed to be a kölsch, or even kölsch-inspired, so I'm grading it as a German pilsener instead. Listed at 4.5% and served ice cold.

Pours a hazy, pale straw-yellow colour, with one finger of surprisingly resilient white head seated atop. It slowly devolves into a smooth mat of dense, creamy foam about 1 cm high that lasts for quite a while; a decent amount of lacing is also deposited. Grassy hay and straw on the nose, with hints of leafy, spicy hops and grainy pilsener malts. Pretty standard stuff, with a clean, inviting aroma.

Not an exciting beer at all, but as a Euro lager it meets all the prerequisites quite handily. It starts off with a clean, grainy pale malt flavour, followed by hints of biscuit sweetness, apple skin, lemon zest and finally, a firm slap of grassy, spicy hop bitterness to finish it all off. Very straightforward, but to be fair I've never had a to-style pilsener that wasn't fairly simplistic in terms of flavour profile. Light in body, with crisp carbonation that imparts a nice biting sensation on the palate; quite refreshing and sessionable.

Can't quite understand why the grades on this one are so low - I realize that pale lagers are far from the first choice of most BAs (and that a lot of people can't be bothered to grade to style), but it's still a *much* better lager than its current aggregate score indicates. I'm also impressed that it tastes this good despite being 6 months old (refrigerated TBS storage FTW, I guess). I'll return to this one at some point when I can find a fresh serving.

[Updated Jun 20 2018]

Another tallboy, this time from the LCBO and dated Apr 13 2018 (making this can roughly 3x fresher than the one I originally reviewed). Still, there's no reason to change the grade this time around - it's a solid Euro-style lager, though I'll grant that it doesn't really stand out from the crowd in any specific manner (and honestly, the German imports are usually better bang for your buck). That "Ontario Pilsner" that they put out last year is easily the better lager of the two, yet I still found this one enjoyable.

Final Grade: 3.76, a B+.

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thehyperduck from Ontario (Canada), Apr 27, 2017
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

When something is utterly nondescript, it is really tough to write a review. Going la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la to make your character count is bad form, I understand. Soooo ...

Very pale yellow. Subdued nose and flavour. Slightest of bitterness from the hops. Not offensive, but no real appeal either. Safe to use it to wash something down, I suppose.

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TerryW from Ontario (Canada), Nov 10, 2016
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around the $2.50 mark or so for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high head with a hard pour and it lasts not even a minute. Very much a North American mass produced brew. Very light gold colour and filtered clear..... Just like a North American mass produced brew

S- Next to nothing.... see above

T- Pretty nasty. Again.... see above

M- Mass produced North American swill

O- Yup! You guessed it! Never again

Food Pairing

This standard North American mass produced brew went well with...... Anything you would pair a Bud with


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DaveBar from Ontario (Canada), Jul 12, 2016
Little Norway Pale Lager from Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 33 ratings