Northern Golden Lager | Cold Spring Brewing Co.

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Northern Golden LagerNorthern Golden Lager

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by KarlHungus on 08-25-2007

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Photo of iRun2Beer
2/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of BigAl18
2.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of sgttibbs
2/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of XmnwildX12
2/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Noelito76
3/5  rDev +32.2%

Photo of Bman123
1/5  rDev -55.9%

Photo of Kopfmeister60
2/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of HarmonMW
1.25/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of sparx1100
3.25/5  rDev +43.2%

Photo of barnzy78
1/5  rDev -55.9%

Photo of mothman
1.51/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Another in the Northern Series. Cold Spring just keeps on keepin on.

Pours a finger of white head that fades down. Decent retention for the ring that is left. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Sweet and malty. Caramel malts stick out the most. Grains.

Taste: This beer almost reminds me of a watered down bock. All malts. Caramel and bready. Candy-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Kind of bland. Light bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bland... a very bad aftertaste.

Overall, another beer that is cheap and I could drink if I had to, but I would never actually seek this out. It is more flavorful than bmc beers, but the mouthfeel is just off.

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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +59.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, some corn. Taste is crisp, slightly sweet, grains and malts, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer on a hot summer night.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +70%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Despite my (seeming) many hatas, I am proud to say that The CANQuest is going to CANtinue unabated! I walked into one of my locals in search of a DFH Ancient Ale, found two and proceeded back to the coolers, where I found a couple of new CANs! CAN you dig it?!? And just in time for New Beer Sunday ...

The woodland pattern on the CAN reminded me of hunting season and the Crack really got me in the game. The Glug produced nearly two fingers of dense bone-white head that seemed determined to hang around even in the heat and humidity that had reduced my collection of chocolate Easter Bunnies to syrup. Dang! Color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity and with the current price of gold, I felt like I had a bargain. Nose was filled with cereal adjuncts, but I have come to expect that from the style. It was nothing new nor terribly unpleasant. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste reminded me of coconut oil. I kid you not, it was like massaging oil onto some honey honey's back while down at the shore! This is CANsidered unpleasant by the majority? Dudes, do you know how coveted Maui's Coconut Porter is?!? The flavor on this may not have been intended, but it is a winner. Stylistically, it is out of bounds, but I am not a style guideline guy and it barely shook the needle. The finish was crisp and lightly sweet and I did not mind its getting warm, which is not something that I CAN say for the majority of AALs.

Drinakbility was rather good. I would definitely be taking this to the beach, especially at its price point. Maybe I should take a cue from this and put the doll's coconut oil in the cooler also ...

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Photo of WYVYRN527
1.48/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

My buddy brought two cases of this stuff up for fishing opener, and I felt obliged to pour one into a glass and review.

This beer pours pale golden yellow with a foamy white head that quickly settles to nothing. Smell is rather metallic, with some gariany hints, and a slight floral character. This however, all fades within a few minutes. The taste is not much better. Grainy with some slight grassy hints, along with a tinge of musty water. This is the typical case beer they brew up at this location. Will they ever get anything right? Or will they just keep making cheap beer for the Minnesota masses? This is just downright bad beer. Can I even call it beer?

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Photo of budgood1
2.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours out a brilliant golden colour with an egg shell white head supported by some big bubbled carbonation. head quickly reduces to some sparse lace. definite adjunct aroma...corn syrup with a hard to place light malty nose and maybe a hint of spice like hops. semi-sweet malty flavour and dashes of caramel corn. a definite metallic twang that is way out of place, also. carbonated metallic mouthfeel, like sucking on a penny...semi slick with a dose of spritzy crispness. drinkability is ok if you chug this ice cold. as it warms it becomes a mess and certainly less enjoyable.

well, this is certainly better than the gluek lineup that was so rightly villified. but only marginally so. would be good ice cold on a hot day or a beer to boil brats in.

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Photo of ELN
1.45/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I picked this up at Grocery Outlet for $7.68 for a 12 pack of 16 oz. tall boy cans. Pretty good deal! I haven't been in a Grocery Outlet in over 20 years. I only stopped in to see if they had some cheap beer and they did! two choices! This was one of them. The other had Hook in the name and was an ale but it wasn't Red Hook. I like lager better.

serving type: can.
apopearance: drinking from the can. :)
smell: malt, citrus
taste: touch of hops, some very small malt (i think), grass, lemon.
mouthfeel: water. that slight lemon finish is all there is to this beer. nothing offensive about it.
drinkability: i thought rolling rock was the wateriest beer I'd ever has but now the prize goes to this bad boy. it was worth it to buy. For 16 beers that you get here (twelve 16 oz. cans = 16 beers) it's worth it. It's cheap and drinkable. I like the labeling a lot but it's a lot more attractive than the flavor of the beer and makes you think you're getting something higher class than the cheap ass brew this is. Any more than two and your desire to want more will lessen and lessen. Very boring but cheap and cheap WINS if you're asking would i purchase this again!!

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Photo of emerge077
2.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold, rapid trails of visible carbonation. Flimsy cap of foam that dies down after the initial pour.
Pretty textbook appearance for the style.

Dusty wheat, minerals, faint apple sweetness.

Flavor is sort of odd, mild peanut butter (trace specialty malt?), apple astringency, otherwise a watery and flaccid feel. I'll hand it to Cold Spring, this doesn't taste like your average macro lager... but what does it taste like? There's some husky grain chaff and malt complexity actually, but it's very faint and never fully develops. Carbonation is weak, and the overall feel is dull.

When cold it would quench on a summer day, but that's about it. Novelty "craft" lager.

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Photo of happygnome
3/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pours a pale yellow color with about a quarter inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a slight trace of lace around the edge of the glass
s: sweet corn malts a faint hint of hop bitterness to balance. true to style not overly impressive
t: sweet corn malt standard macro lager taste. there is a hint of bitterness to make it palatable.
m: light bodied beer, slightly less carbonation than other examples of this style

If you want a cheap beer pong beer, this is a decent choice. If you want something to pair with food, this style is not what you should be looking for

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.68/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is light straw in color with a thick crisp head that dissapates quickly. Smell of grainy adjunct rice, corn and minimal hops. Taste agian of grainy adjunct that has a light sweetness that finishes fairly clean. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. For $8 bucks a halfer its not all bad.

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Photo of biggred1
2.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From two year old notes.

Pale yellow with a big fizzy greyish white head that melts quickly. The nose is mostly corny grits and used up hops. The taste is light and slightly metallic with a just the ghost of fruity hops. Light bodied with high carbonation. A pretty average example of the style.

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Photo of Chaz
2.08/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a brilliant, very pale yellow, topped with a creamy-white head which dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lace in its stead.


The nose is not what I expected; sweet, cooked vegetables with more than just a hint of vanilla. A Pilsener this ain't.

The taste is a little more like what I had been expecting, but only a little. Sweet, almost overly sweet, with almost no bitterness. But wait! There's a little pale, biscuity malt poking through here and it is a relief, it saves this beer from use as Slug-bait and/or Drainpour Land (although the first would certainly be a good use for this stuff...).

Smooth, yes, but very thin-bodied, very much like a Diet or Light lager -- I'm guessing that better than 30% of the fermentables bill is corn syrup. Mouthfeel is about the same as the taste...

This one would be perfect for playing Beer Pong --or filling water balloons.

Served chilled, in a shaker pint.

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Photo of Mistofminn
2.49/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cheap macro beer. It will always have a special place in my heart. Not this specifically, but in general. Dinkytown Wine and Spirits recently added this to the shelves so I had to buy a case.

At less than $10 a case, you can't really go wrong. If you don't like it, give it to you friends when they are at a heightened state of inebriation and they will gladly take it. There you go, no love lost, and despite losing 10 bucks, hey you tried.

I actually prefer this to most macro's and light beers. Its really not bad. Very drinkable and good amount of carbonation. Its light and smooth with sweet malts detectable. The only downside is the awful smell. Maybe I got a bad batch, but it was putrid.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
1.77/5  rDev -22%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

hmm, don't know what i was thinking with this one. Grabbed it out of a fridge, the only thing available--figured, why not. i'll give it a go.

Clear gold, little head fading to no head, obviously no lacing. Smell is corny, taste is standard american macro with a little something else, nothing good, its off, maybe it tastes a little like vanilla, can't really place it or figure out where it would have come from. Mouthfeel is so watery with high carbonation, pretty terrible.

This beer drinks like tainted water, so i guess it goes down pretty easily but it leaves you with nothing that would make you want another.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear pale golden color. The head is small to begin with, and disappears completely after only a cople seconds. The aroma is of caramel with a splash of grapefruit, and is very strong for the style (which I like). The taste, on the other hand, is not nearly as strong as the aroma, but still shows hints of caramel and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is watery thin, with annoyingly high carbonation. Overall, this beer is quite a bit better than I had expected. However, I still would not drink it again.

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