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Great Northern Brewing Co. Crisp Lager



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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 1.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.84   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Great Northern Brewing Co. was named in tribute to CUBís first ever Queensland based brewing operation, the Great Northern Brewery in Cairns acquired in 1931. Back then, beer was made locally for locals. The brewery has since gone, but the concept of drinking local made beer lives on in Great Northern Brewing Co. This beer is brewed longer for a super crisp and refreshing full strength lager.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
engineerbeer (1) - Sunny Coast, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2014 does not count
I tried this, for the first and last time, in Mt Isa. I had always scoffed at it because of the clear bottle. I could tell by looking at it that it would use crappy isomerised hops and have an aftertaste of stale milk. Happy hour at the Barkly Hotel just down the road from the airport, waiting for a plane with some work colleagues we were informed that it was "happy hour" for the beers on tap. Colleague: "What beers do you have on tap?" Barmaid: "VB, gold, carlton dry, carlton mid and great northern" Colleague: "Oh whatís great northern, Iíve never heard of that" Barmaid: "Itís beauuuuuuutiful, oh itís just great, youíve gotta try it" Another Mt Isa Local waiting at the bar chimes in: "Oh itís the best beer youíll ever have, gotta try it" Colleague: "Okay 6 great northerns" At this point I turned to another colleague and said "If Mt Isa locals are recommending it, itís going to be terrible" Terrible it was. Worse than tooheyís extra dry, although very reminiscent of this. Sour milk aftertaste. No real body, drive or aroma (except for that like another commenter said above of stewed cabbage and lettuce). Proceeding headache the next morning.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Imaena (1703) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Draught in Cairns. This is a really rough and ready pale lager withour much to distinguish it. Be careful if you drink too much on the esplanade you could wander off and end up lunch.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
fletchfighters (1010) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2014
330 ML bottle Clear straw gold color. Thin bright white head, falls fast to a collar. Lots of carbonation. Nose is............ well, bad. Stewed cabbage and lettuce, fresh cardboard, roasted grain and some spice. First whif was awful but spice seems to pick up. Very sweet, a little too sweet really. Stewed cabbage, simple syrup, cardboard. Thin, watery and lots of carbonation. sparkling water gone bad but on a hot day can see where it works.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
horseward (1) - parkes, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2013 does not count
a very smooth great tasting beer that is hard to put down.i have tried a lot of beers and at the moment this one overall is at the top.Currently only available were i am in the 330ml stubbie cant wait for it to be available on tap.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Davros (1806) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2013
Pours gold with a fading head. Nose shows cooked vegetables, grainy malt, cardboard notes, stale malt and faint spicy hints. Not great. Sweet plain malt as a flavour first up followed by cardboard notes and stale beer. Finishes with an off-putting weak finish with very low bitterness. Very watery body.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Muggus69 (1108) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2012
330mL bottle Pale straw, doesnít hold a head. Reeks of skunk and DMS, fizzy, insipid, fetid, with a strange metallic/corny dryness lingering on the palate. The last few lagers I tried were nothing special, but not offensive, this is - it struggles to go down. Reminds me of being a teenager and drinking any cheap piss we could get our hands on...avoid!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Dervock (404) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2012
Bottle - pours a pale honey colour with a thin white head. Cardboard aroma with a hint of porridge. Bit of malt up front but then nothing. Very watery with lots of carbonation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
madquacker (1019) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2011
A true shocka. Makes VB seem like it has depth and character. Watery and chemicals.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Jado (439) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2011
No, no, no. This beer is wrong in so many ways, itís hard to know where the start. From the skunky smell to the plasticky, vaguely offensive taste, this is not a "great" anything. Had this when it was being sold cheap at a happy hour. The first was so bad I thought it must have been "off"; but the second was exactly the same.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
isavedtheday (6) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2011 does not count
I did not enjoy this beer at all. tasteless and pointless beer really. has got nothing going for it at all. donít waste your money on it, but something better.

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