Red Granite Lager | Baraboo Brewing Company

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Red Granite LagerRed Granite Lager

Brewed by:
Baraboo Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by zeff80 on 08-14-2012

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 49
Photo of EricDodge
3.94/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Hy-Vee's private label beer. Hy-Vee is a grocery store chain in 8 midwest states, and in some locations opperate very decent Wine & Spirit liquor stores. They've contracted with Point Brewery in Steven's Point, WI to brew/bottle their new line of private label beer.

When I first heard about a private label beer coming from this grocery store, I was both excited and scared. After all, most provate label beers are skunky wannabe-Budweisers. (i.e. Walgreen's Big Flats). Hy-Vee did it right! they opted for craft beer flavors, bringing us the Vienna style lager, a Wheat, and an IPA. And they're all really good!

The Vienna lager, called Red Granite Lager, is a nice yellow-coppery color, that when poured into a glass left a nice two-finger head that stuck around for a while. It laced down the glass really well as I drank it, but now half way down the lacing and all but a thin layer of head is gone. It has a nice malty smell but with a crispness from the hops. This beer stands up to the style really well, and delivers a very easy to drink beer that is both light in mouthfeel and carries a great taste, making this a good beer for the folks that drink Light beer and are just getting into real beer, for seasoned drinkers and fans of Amber Bock, and as a great summer beer for when you're outside mowing the lawn.

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Photo of eMucho
3.69/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

My fourth beer of the night. Bought it about a month back in Des Moines or Lincoln. Word on the street is its 5.2 abv ... Poured into a tulip glass from bottle and got about 5/8" of head. A golden coppery look. Couldn't make out much aromatically but i am battling a bug. Mothefeel is lacking, but not terrible. Nice flavor as it's pretty well balanced. Pretty unique and charming. Really quite good, and I'd have another if the opportunity ever arises.

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Photo of DerekOfSeward
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Wet and bitter red lager. It's going to be a bit lower in my red lager rotation, but it's one of the bitterest beers I've ever had and finishes pretty well. For what it's worth I can barely taste the caramel.

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Photo of Vixie
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear copper color with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell has a lot of malt and yeast, overall a bit bread like.

Taste at first reminds me a bit of bread with the malt and yeast. Finishes with a bit of a floral hop flavor.

Decent feel, the carbonation makes my tongue tingle a bit.

Not a bad lager. Nothing really stands out as special, but mo glaring faults either. Goes down easy, and the price is right. If you have a friend you want to introduce to better beers without scaring them off, this one is a good choice.

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Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The new HyVee line of beers. Contract brewed at Stevens Point in Wisconsin.

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled very malty with some grassy hops.

T - It tasted somewhat spicy with a nice malty sweetness. Some toastiness with a touch of toffee.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice Vienna Lager. These Baraboo beers should be affordable options especially for those new to craft beer.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.47/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Granite pours a reddish color with no head. Toasty and malty aroma. Taste is same; mellow sweet with toasted flavors. Good body and feel. Overall its solid, nothing over the top.

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Photo of Try-em-all
3.36/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a golden, coppery look. Not much aroma, no matter how far you stick your honker toward it. Well-balanced amd good feel, but it ia lacking something, wish I could put my finger on it.

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Photo of scratch69
3.36/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear amber color with about a 1/4 inch of quickly disappearing head. Hardly any lacing at all.

Smell- Faint aroma of caramel malt and bread.

Taste- Bread-like flavor with some caramel malt sweetness and some hop bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a light amount of carbonation.

Overall- Just an average lager, not bad but not great either.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampling right now on 1/16/14. Promoted by Hy-Vee's here in the mid west.. Single bottle cooled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

This brew doesn't list the alcohol content (ABV) at all, so I am guessing around 5.3%. This "Vienna Lager" style brew pours a pretty amber in color with about a finger of foamy off-white head. Some lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma of caramel hits your nose at first and bread. the taste is about the same with a good caramel malt taste. No harsh or bitter 'hoppy' taste at all as I wasn't sure of how this one was going to be. Carbonation is right where it should be. Overall, a decent brew.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-amber colored with a less than finger head that fades quickly to a partial ring

S-faint carmel malt and bread but nothing that really stands out

T-starts out with nothing much like any BMC but this one actually provides some flavors as it stays in your mouth like the smell it is a little carmel and bread

M-ok carbonation a little thin though

O-not bad for what it is, I have definitely had worse and will probably get some more of this

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Photo of schematix
2.14/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bought this at a HyVee in middle Missouri. Only bought it because I've never had it before.

Extremely underwhelming. Smells off. Taste is cloying sweet crystal malt with little to no bready finish. Hops are non-existent. Taste reminds me a little bit of bud light platinum.

Will not repurchase. May not even finish the 6-pack.

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Red Granite Lager from Baraboo Brewing Company
3.24 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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