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Great Northern Brewing Co. Crisp Lager



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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 1.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.86   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Great Northern Brewing Co. was named in tribute to CUB’s 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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
StevieT (540) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2014
From a bottle. Price has been a factor in this beers take off, not a terrible beer and better than a lot of the other similar priced stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
yespr (30747) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2014
33 cL clear bottle, as Super Crisp Lager. Pours pale yellow with a small white head. Aroma is grassy and light toasted malty. Sweet, cornish and toasted malty. Mild bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Bamsen78 (2971) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle at America Strikes Back, Ulfborg. Pours clear straw with barely any head. Clear aroma of yeast, with notes of skunk and malt. Bitter, hoppy flavour, with sweetish notes of yeast and malt and some rough touches of paper in the aftertaste. Not again...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Meilby (7273) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle 330ml @ fonefan on the patio
Pours clear golden with a small off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, corn, grain and floral. Taste is light sweet and light bitter. Body is light, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
chrisv10 (10791) - DENMARK - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle. Clear golden with small white head. Aroma is malt, grainy and a little cardboard. Flavour is malt, grainy, cardboard, medium sweet, watery , little thin and a little bitter.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
engineerbeer (2) - 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 what’s great northern, I’ve never heard of that" Barmaid: "It’s beauuuuuuutiful, oh it’s just great, you’ve gotta try it" Another Mt Isa Local waiting at the bar chimes in: "Oh it’s the best beer you’ll 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, it’s going to be terrible" Terrible it was. Worse than toohey’s 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 (1799) - 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 (1039) - 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 (1869) - 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.

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