Air | North Loop Brew Co

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North Loop Brew Co
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Tone
4.06/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and great lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight earthy malt, slight wheat, hint of hop, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight earthy malt, hint of pine, hint of resin, slight wheat, hint of hop, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, good body and blend.

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Photo of thorkelson
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One of the most underwhelming citra beers I have ever had. Also does not have the full taste and body of a typical american blonde. Overall pretty dang underwhelming.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from Justdoit1234 (thanks man!). No apparent bottling date. Served in my trusty Phish snifter.

Pours a hazy, pale orange with a finger and a half of white head. The froth settles to a thin veneer and a modest halo, leaving a few small patches of lace.

Smells somehow dry with light wheaty malt, yeast and vague, airy fruit. Not bad but here is nothing to prompt any additional sniffing.

As in the nose, flavors are vague and airy. Light, wheaty grains, mild vague pale fruit and a faint sweetness. No alcohol but not a whole lot of flavor either.

Light body with fairly active carbonation. Vague light malts and nondescript fruit in the finish.

I was hoping that Citra hops would make this more exciting for my palate but ultimately North Loop's Air is just another blonde ale. There is absolutely nothing overtly wrong but this was devoid of any character that I crave in a brew.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I first tried this beer at Lucid's release event in 2011. I wasn't impressed then, but tastes change. How about now?

In short, my taste hasn't changed that much. It's extremely pale and fizzy. Smell like almost nothing, except maybe corn. Taste is slightly fruity, but largely forgettable. Goes down easily, even thoughtlessly. There's no finish to speak of. Is that what people mean when they say "clean"?

I don't know. What I do know is that this would probably be suitable for someone who wants to drink a lot of beers without getting palate fatigue or intoxication. That doesn't really describe me.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant straw gold under a very finely bubbled 1” white foam cap.
S: Light grains and very faint hops on the nose.
T: Light grains and fruit.
F: Smooth and crisp, medium light body and above average carbonation.
O: Refreshing, not assertive or over the top but very easy to drink especially on a warm day

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time for a pale wheat to go with my taco salad.

Appearance : A golden straw colored body, very very little haze. 95% transparent. The head initially pours 3 fingers but dwindles down to a single finger leaving layers of light lacing around the lip of the glass.

Aroma : Clean malts and very faint orange rind. Some oat, but mostly wheat aromas waft up. A weak bouquet overall that requires deep inhalation to analyze.

Taste : Nice explosion of freshly peeled orange right underneath a wheaty body. The orange rind continues throughout the taste, and it ends crispy, light, and arid. I can't stress enough how much this tastes like a freshly peeled orange including the rind. Very nice.

Mouthfeel : Appropriate for the style - very creamy with a certain shock from the carbonation, yet not too intense, and follows through to a semi-dry finish.

Overall : I think this is better than "okay". Its definitely craft-worthy, and although it isn't particularly amazing it is easy to drink and has lots of great natural orange flavors. Recommended.

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Photo of cleverseneca
4.69/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lucid air might not look like much, pouring like any American adjunct filled lager. The first sip hsweet. gives lie to any illusion of mediocrity, its a Very light wheat taste, with just the slight hint of hops to cut through any illusion of being too sweet. Overall a well made beer with subtlety that many craft breweries should learn from, with their imperial this that and the other style.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Made a great foamy head that stuck around for a good long while. White bubbles. A little haze. Bright gold with a little copper.

S: Wheat. Sweetness of grain and honey. A little alcohol. Good but nothing exciting.

T: Again some sweetness. Starts off sweet and finishes long and sweet too. Has biscuit and grain cracker taste throughout. Slight crisp carbonation taste is nice but doesn't overcome the sweetness altogether.

M: Sweet, crisp, sweet and slight creaminess on the finish. This beer takes you through a wide array of textures. Very well balanced and smooth.

O: Good, but nothing amazing. Well executed, but necessarily novel. Probably a good football watching beer, but not much else.

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Photo of argock
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. An undecipherable packaging date is stamped on the label. Received via the forward-thinking gift purchasing of my sister Tami from beer of the month club.

A: Hazy gold with some more amberish tones near the head, topped with a 1-finger white, tightly bubbled head with decent retention and random spots and streamers of lacing.

S: This beer has some interesting and weird combinations of aromas. It comes out first with biscuit malt, almost graham cracker, followed by bubble gum and a strong lemon/pine character.

T: The flavor profile is also unique with a flash of medium caramel-biscuit maltiness that fades into a light lemon-lime finish. The yeast esters in the nose are not as noticeable in the flavor. There is no alcohol character. Low bitterness. The lemon-lime character hangs in and is the signature note of the finish and aftertaste.

M: I enjoy the more lush mouthfeel of wheat beers, and Air, despite its unfortunate name, does sport some of the light-medium body with low carbonation to help with the more coating mouthfeel.

O: Nothing wrong with this beer (except the name) but the lemon-lime citrus finish does keep creeping through the beer and is a bit much by the time you're through.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucid Air is yellow/gold in color with a well- filtered body. The nose on this beer is one of wheat malt and faint citrus, but it isn’t too bad. The head of foam is white and fluffy, leaving almost no lacing as you drink.

Tasting this beer reveals flavors of wheat malt, lemon, lime, and some biscuit notes. There is a hint of spice and almost no bitterness to speak of. The beer is crisp and clean, a little thinner in body, and quite refreshing.

This beer tastes about the way you would expect an American Pale Wheat Ale to taste, with a clean profile and just a few flavors present. Its thinner than average body and lower alcohol level make it seem like an American light beer in some ways, but it certainly has more to offer than your standard light, adjunct- laden lager. I appreciated it more once I tried a second bottle and while it may be a little lighter bodied than I prefer, it still seems like a good beer for its style.

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Photo of drpimento
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

I think this is pretty good stuff - a bit thin, but decent flavor and aroma. Looks good too (in fact, its best asset). Well rounded lighter beer. I could see this as a nice session brew. Wonder how it is on draft. And curious now about the breweries' other beers.

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Photo of hardy008
2.46/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Clear gold with a less than one finger white head, which fades fairly quickly, leaving spotty lacing. The aroma has wheat, grain, and a bit of a musty smell.

Tastes pretty much like it smells with wheat, grain, lemon, and biscuit malt. I have never been a fan of lemon paired with biscuit malt. To me it is bland and boring.

Light bodied with above average carbonation. Nothing to get excited about. A bland beer without much flavor, and not worth seeking out again.

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Photo of Greggy
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden cot with white head. Lacing rings the glass with each sip.

The nose is tight. Very faint wheat malt.

Starts with a whisper of wheat and malt with just the faintest hops to balance it out. This is american lager meats wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is appropriately medium. The finish is clean with a bit of grahm cracker flavor lingering

Overall, a good lawn mower beer here. Not sure it's categorically an American pale wheat but cream ale perhaps. This has mass appeal for casual beer drinkers, I'm sure and it sure quenched my thirst after a long day of work.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma has a faint tangy wheaty quality, but it is quite hard to detect. Thr taste is similar to the aroma. Mostly open space. The mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation, and a watery texture. Overall, this is a bad example of the wheat beer style, and a bland beer in general. I will not drink this again.

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Photo of scot_chale
4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- straight up golden american lager color. crystal clear. light active carbonation. 1 finger of white head that fades rather quickly.

S- light european pilsner. That same kind of stella skunk. Herbal, floral, really nice. Potent too. I could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle. The aroma filled the room.

T- Mildly hoppy, in a floral way. The yeast comes through at the end. Great flavor profile for quaffing.

M- it's pretty soft. absolutely dry. the carbonation dances but doesn't sting the tongue. Very easy going.

O- Session anyone? This is a full flavored, easy drinking pale wheat that invites you in for more and more. I'd buy a 12 pack anytime. As far as the style goes, it's a version. It's filtered, it's hoppy, it's medium bodied, so not quite what I was expecting, but nevertheless, awesome beer.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Ever so slightly hazy pale yellow with some visible effervescence slowly ascending towards a thin off-white head.

Aroma: Sweet wheat and an odd, but not entirely unpleasant, smell I can't quite place.

Taste: Crisp and pleasant flavor with definite notes of the wheat. A little sweet overall with a slight grassy hop profile. A meager 12 IBUs so barely any bitterness. The odd smell comes through in the aftertaste (corn startch?) and like in the aroma it is not really a bad thing, just different. Pretty robust for 4.2% ABV. Very nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body which is pretty thick for what I was expecting but a good thing. I gave it a very aggressive pour to calm down some of the carbonation and it resulted in a very smooth drinking experience and high drinkability.

Final Thoughts: A decent low alcohol offering from a local brewery. Would work well as in introductory craft beer. Would I drink it again? Probably not, but it would be good on a hot summer day.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz on-tap at the narrows

look is a fizzy light yellow, smell is grain and apple jolly rancher in the background. taste starts with a musty grain, with a hop finish that again reminded me of green apple. its slightly crispy, light but not watery. good stuff, but won't blow you away.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a special beer, hitting the niche of being under 5%, having a bucket-load of flavor and not being an import. We Americans rarely design these beers - so I just have to come in here and let y'all know it exists.

By accident or design this beer has a somewhat unique tart flavor, balanced to a mild bitterness and NOT over-carbonate (Lucid doesn't want to prick your tongue). It's not a juicy sour, or a musky sour, its more of a general tartness. This tartness also blends nicely with the smell.

This seems to me a rewarding ale. One that once you adjust you palate you have found uncommon goodness in beer. Most beers aren't this creative without becoming undrinkable, this weaves a path near the crevasse of uncertainty, making you think that you shouldn't like it but there's something intriguing to keep you taking other sips.

A winner of a beer from Lucid Brewing.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While waiting on a take-out order at Punch Pizza in Minneapolis, I noticed their "half-beer-while-you-wait" sign. Decided that was a good chance to try this local beer. Tasted 21 November 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours very pale yellow, totally clear. About 1 finger of white head. Nice lacing, good color, and a thick stream of bubbles rising up. Solid.

Smell is super faint and kind of grainy. About what I was expecting. A little bit of crisp hops, but that's pretty faint. Mostly it's grainy light malts.

Taste is similar, but strangely airy. Thin flavor. Like drinking light beer - an odd thing to get from a craft beer. Sometimes it tastes grainy, sometimes it tastes like nothing at all.

Very very light bodied. Pretty well carbonated, starts out prickly. Rather quick finish. Crisp and clean, but for a light refreshing beer I'd like it to be more crisp.

Kind of a dull beer, but not so bad. Airy, almost like I'm not drinking beer, except for the carbonation and the light malty flavor. I can see what they were aiming for, but it's not something I'm really excited about - an ale that tastes like a light lager. Now I know what it tastes like, and I won't feel compelled to drink it again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

4.5% ABV per my bottle (purchased October 2012). 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Dick's Last Resort pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in low altitude Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; it seems like a decent local but little more.

Served after a period of rest from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of okay thickness, little cream, and decent retention (though the ABV is low). Colour is a transparent translucent pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Butterscotch, creme brulee, vanilla, and pale malts. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Vanilla, creme brulee, pale malts, malty sweetness, and biscuit malt. Balanced and interesting. Built well for the style; it's certainly unique. I like it, but it does suffer from its simplicity. A bit too sweet, negatively impacting the drinkability.

Mf: Coarse and wet. Tingly. Good carbonation. Good thickness.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd have it again. It's remarkable for the style. Might be great on draught. I look forward to trying more beers from this brewery.


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Photo of JackieTH
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale gold and slightly hazy. No head, no lacing. Smell is..well.faint. Grass, hay & wheat. Taste is mildly musty wheat/hay and faint, faint lemongrass, later a bit of malt. Mouthfeel is medium-light with moderate carbonation. For some reason this reminds me of Spotted Cow, as an entry level craft beer. It's certainly sessionable at 4.5% ABV, but personally I'd like more flavor, and so it's called AIR.

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Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot 091092

A= Pours a translucent pale yellow color with a perfect white head on it that rises to a quarter finger and holds some solid retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is light as air. A very small hop aroma to it as well as the lightest of poopy wheat.

T= The taste is again very light. A tiny amount of hops and a very little amount of poopy wheat. The wheat leaves a nice after taste however that is a little lemony.

M= Well carbonated.

O= This beer is quite basic. It works however. It's not a mind blowing style trancending craft beer but it is a nice sessionable easy drinking wheat. Not to mention this is the best beer I've had from Lucid. Try this one out if you've written Lucid off like I had. This is actually pretty nice.

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Photo of Mdog
2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear yellow, low head.

Smell: Pretty much nothing. I didn't quite rinse my glass enough so I got some rye from the previous beer I had been drinking.

Taste: Very light wheat, just a tingle of lemon.

Overall: I can see where the name comes from, this beer is light as air in aroma and flavor. Not a bad thing as light beers have their place. The ratings aren't great because there just isn't much there to describe, but this is a decent beer. Good for having several while watching the game.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale straw golden yellow with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lace sticking around the glass.

Smell: A fairly light and wheat driven grainy aroma. Wheat grains and pale malts with hints of crackers, yeast, and cereal. Some noticeable hints of citrus lemon zest. Fairly grassy scent with some hints of earthy hops. A light aroma but it is well balanced.

Taste: Like the smell, but with a little more bitterness. Soft wheat grains and pale malts with some notes of crackers, yeast, biscuit, and cereal. A nice taste of lemon and a little bit of hay. Notes of grass and some earthy hops that add a little bitterness. A crisp and clean taste. Good for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a carbonation on the higher side of medium. Crisp, clean, and very smooth. A fairly drying finish.

Overall: A pretty decent lighter option. Mild taste and feel but what is there is good and balanced.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Acadia.
Initially a perfumey aroma that settles into a soft malt with hints of wheat and pale malt.
Cloudy light yellow with a minimal head.
Flavor is soft wheat and then pale malt flavor. In time shows a more fruity quality. Minimal bitterness.
Aqueous quality, but for style and hot weather it works okay. Thinnish overall and carbonated towards the flatter side.
Seems to lack character. In time the fruitiness offers some sense of uniqueness, but I guess I'd be more inclined to have a fruit beer on the base of a solid wheat beer. Having said that, this is fine and I wish the brewers well.
bottle consumed on 1/9/15
softer hop aroma and not perfumey. Very clear and full white head. Drying wheat character with a lingering soft and pleasing bitterness.
This is not bad for what it is. I've bumped up the scores a bit.

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