Northern Ice Lager | Cold Spring Brewing Co.

Northern Ice LagerNorthern Ice Lager
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Northern Ice LagerNorthern Ice Lager

Brewed by:
Cold Spring Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Mistofminn:
Photo of Mistofminn
2.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As I posted in my Gluek Ice review, the word "ice" in beer is something that college kids tend to look for. It means cheap, low taste beer that results in a fast buzz.

If you didn't buy this to get drunk, then why did you? There is nothing going on here beer wise. It really had to be made with the intention of getting drunk, and fast. No one in the right mind would enjoy this beer casually drinking it. You CHUG it and after 6 or so you will start to enjoy it more and more.

Hey, its drinkable, thats about all I can say.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of GeezLynn
2.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the kind of beer you pick up before a bachelor party/canoe trip. While perusing the canned AA lagers in a Forest Lake liquor store, the woodsy Northern cans caught my eye. Seeing my interest, the clerk came over and told me that he "always" drinks the Ice. Sold.

The first sip of an ice lager on a hot summer morning was great reminder why it’s been as long as it has. The aroma and flavor are pretty similar with a strong grainy/corn body, some grating phenols, sugar and hops (at least I think…. maybe in the aroma). Finishes with a light soapy flavor. Mouthfeel on this one wasn’t bad, a little on the thicker side with light carbonation, which lessens the potency of the flavor. Upon later inspection, appearance was golden yellow with a full white head and great retention.

Not very good at first, but by the time a couple of these had pummeled my tastebuds into submission, the subpar flavors became preferable to the other, seemingly flavorless “regular” adjunct lagers in the cooler.

Great it's not, but are there any ice lagers that are? On the positive side, the can for this one is cool.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

One can of Northern Ice Lager, thanks to Rob for the sample. Poured into a goblet, light yellow with a frothy white head which died quickly without lacing. Smell was light and watery. Taste was slight hints of lemon zest, cooked corn, and other grains. The body was light and watery. Overall it was smooth enough to be easy drinking.

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Photo of KarlHungus
1.29/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This brew pours a hazy pale straw color. There are a lot of floaties hovering around which is concerning considering this is a filtered macro lager. The aroma is mildly sweet with a corny twang. The taste is mostly of water with a ever so slight sweetness. The mouthfeel is thin and watery. Overall, thisis a horrible beer.

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Photo of FlannelAvenger
2.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Jim, the manager at my liquor store, who has never steered me wrong, said "Hey, we have some new stuff.". Luckily for his reputation, he also said, "I'm not sure about it.". I figured what the heck, $5.88 for a 12 pack, I'll jump on that grenade. Poured a light clear golden color into a standard pint glass. Head was about on par for other ice lagers I've tried (Icehouse, Bud Ice, etc.), nothing amazing. The nose was all about the malt, very little hop characteristic. Sweet, syrupy, malty, bit of corn/rice adjuncts, no hops taste going down, mild chemical aftertaste. Oddly enough it reminds me a lot of Okocim Palone, which is a mass market Euro dark lager. Drink this one for the cheap factor, and the %5.80 alcohol, but don't tell your friends.

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Photo of Chaz
3.3/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear straw in color (a good bit lighter than "Northern "Light"), topped with a creamy white head of average duration. Head exhibits good lacing as it drops, and leaves a thin cap of foamy suds.

Nose is better than I'd expected: sweetish-corn adjunct with a lighter hint of barley malts -- almost no bitterness. Altogether it's a fairly clean nose for this style, with very minimal fusel/off notes.

Clean and corny-sweet on the first sip, with good carbonation. Mild, lingering astringency and semi-sweet tang, along with just a touch of dry, biscuity malt! Something seems amiss: a tasty beer from Cold Spring? Yep, and as far as this style/sub style goes it's probably somewhere between the middle of the pack and the better examples in the style. Finish is on the dry side, and is clean. Off-flavors pick up a bit as this warms, but such is par for the course when it comes to an 'Ice Beer'.

Mouthfeel is average for the style. It's pretty light-bodied and is nothing I'd recommend to someone looking to sip for the evening, but you could certainly do worse for the style.

I'm wondering if I'm sampling a fresh can? I'm also wondering if (perhaps) any of these "Northern" brands are served on draught over at the old, world-famous 'Gluek's' tied house in downtown Minneapolis. I might have to sally forth and try a tap of one of these interpretations!!

Can code: AJDF 3220007

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Northern Ice Lager from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
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