Granite City Food & Brewery Reviews




RobertDale
2.7
Granite City Prairie Vixen
Sample at Parkville Microbrew Fest 2017. Comes pale gold with a decent white head. Aroma of citrus and spice. Taste is citrus, banana, spice, and malt. Average at best.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

drjoeng
2.8
Granite City 43 Bells Dunkelweizen
5%ABV. Dunkelweizen. Tapped out dark brown. 28įSRM. Nose has light yeasty, spicy aroma, more like hints at it rather than actually showing through. You get feeling that the brewer was either going for safe and commercially approachable or paying undue attention to the bottom line when figuring out the grain bill. Upon revisiting the nose, there is caramel banana and hint of bubblegum. Mouthfeel is watery and beery. Palate had some fruity sour, some ume, wheat flour flavor.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

drjoeng
2.7
Granite City Brother Benedicts Mai Bock
5.2%ABV. Altbier. Tapped out clear dark crimson-brown. Mouthfeel is beery and light. Palate is light sour, hint fruity, carbonated and wheat toast. Hint of nutty flavor. Hops are noble. Finish is light and beery.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

drjoeng
3.1
Granite City Broad Axe Stout
5.5%ABV. Oatmeal stout. Tapped out black. 40įSRM. Nose has dark fruit, ume, charcoal. Coffee. Good "stout" aromas. Mouthfeel is watery and light beery. Palate has light charcoal, roasted malt. No bitterness. Indistict finish.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

drjoeng
2.7
Granite City Mister Corporate
5.1%ABV. Schwarzbier. Tapped out black red. Mouthfeel is watery. Palate has light burnt twigs. Ume dryness and dark roasted malt. Light noble hop Finish is brief. Overall a pretty unremarkable ale for me.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

drjoeng
2.3
Granite City Batch 1,000
7.2%ABV. Double IPA. Tapped out deep cloudy amber. 16įSRM. Nose is light and beery. Not much in the way to hop aroma. No bright floral or citrus aromas, mainly sweet wood like cherry. Mouthfeel is relatively light and almost beery with only light soap. Palate is graham cracker, light honey, hint of maple sugar. Hops are woody, pine sap, light resin. Finish is medium with a resinous linger that comes back again. Overall for me not very satisfying. Not quite 2 dimensional but suggests it with sweet and bitter.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Atom
3.3
Granite City Food & 1999
On tap at gc eagan, pours a clear pale golden with a large white head. Sweet malt aroma, light honey and bread, mild grassy hops. Upfront bitter grassy hops with some yeast, finishing with a bland semi sweet malt that fades to the end. Ok, not an amazing pils but drinkable enough.
Sunday, April 23, 2017

dnstone
3.1
Granite City Batch 1,000
Copper color with off white head. Malty with an earthy hop edge for aroma and taste. Standard commercial brewpub beer. Notes: on tap at the restaurant in Zona Rosa KC (Apr í17)
Saturday, April 15, 2017

shigadeyo
3.3
Granite City 43 Bells Dunkelweizen
4/01/2017 (draft at Granite City in Maumee, Ohio): I donít love Grantie City beer, but I donít dislike it either; itís all just mostly okay and mainstreem. I was happy to see something new being offered on my last visit, so thatís what I went with. The Grantie City 43 Bells Dunkelweizen has a turbid dark gray color and that appearance is a clue to the flavor... Itís a lot like they took their regular hefewiezen and added charcoal. Itís wheaty with notes of banana, clove, and bubblegum, but then there is a dry, ashy maltiness and the darker color. Overall, itís a decent beer.
Friday, April 7, 2017

shigadeyo
3.2
Granite City Serrano Pepper Bock
4/01/2017 (draft at Granite City in Maumee, Ohio): The underlying Granite City Bennie Bock is a pretty solid beer. Itís malty and clean, not overly sweet or string, but easy to drink with enough nuttiness to keep it interesting. So what happens when they add Serrano chili peppers? It is still very much the same, but with a really nice chili pepper heat. It starts out as not much at all with the first sip, but builds and builds with each sip. It is very good, but was getting pretty hot after only getting through a 4 fl oz sample. I really like it and they did a good job with this beer, but Iím not sure that Iíd really want to drink an entire mug of this one!
Friday, April 7, 2017

gopherfan99
3.3
Granite City 43 Bells Dunkelweizen
Tap; pours hazy brown with a tan head; aroma of wheat, banana, and light spice; sweet taste with malt, banana, toffee and some hints of spice; semi dry finish with a hint of spice
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

crossovert
1.6
Granite City The Northern
Blind tasted with 5 other pale lagers. Beers were: 1. Dog Tag Legacy Lager, 2. Amber Harde, 3. Granite City The Northern, 4. Rammer Jammer Beer, 5. Amber Johannes, 6. Ale Asylum 12 oz. Curl. All raters rated them 61 345 TIED 2.

355ml bottle, brewed at minhas. Clear pale gold pour. Aroma is spicy and buttery. Flavor is sweet and papery, bit of plastic, not great.

Post tasting thoughts:
I know granite city is a poorer brewpub chain so going to minhas for a contract was a bad decision.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Airlifter
2.1
Granite City Brother Benedicts Mai Bock
A dull and lifeless bock...perhaps because the flavor was lost when they poured it in that frozen glass. Why? The best thing Granite City serves, but that isnít saying much.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

kaser
3.5
Granite City Broad Axe Stout
Black draft pour at Granite City in Rockford. Tons of creamy head. Toasty roasty coffee milky aroma. Taste is about the same. Not bad at all
Monday, January 16, 2017

kaser
3.6
Granite City Batch 1,000
Dark orange almost red color. Draft at Granite City in Rockford. Pine and fruit aroma. Hoppy and mild bitter, citrus. Better than I expected
Monday, January 16, 2017

jandd1983
3.2
Granite City Seven Pipe Oak-Aged Scottish Ale
On tap at Creve Coeur. It poured a cloudy copper color with an off-white head. The aroma was of malts, toffee, vanilla and nuts. The taste was similar to the aroma with more malts, toffee, vanilla, some bourbon, and nuts. It was medium bodied with light carbonation. The finish was dry and had a little bourbon in the aftertaste. Decent.
Friday, January 13, 2017

jandd1983
3.2
Granite City Mister Corporate
On tap at the GC in Creve Coeur. It poured a brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of malts, light coffee, chocolate and vanilla. The taste was similar to the aroma with more burnt malts, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, some hops and caramel. Not bad.
Sunday, January 8, 2017

kramer
3.4
Granite City Zug Zwang Vanilla Porter
Downtown Indianapolis location. Pours a clear light brown body with a small wispy brown head. The nose is fairly heavy sweetness with a decent vanilla note, a little chocolate and coffee. The flavor is on the sweeter side, enhanced by the vanilla, with a light chocolate malt middle. Finishes a bit watery and weak, but this is by far the best beer on offer this visit.
Sunday, January 8, 2017

kramer
2.7
Granite City Batch 1,000
Pours a hazy copper body with a one finger foamy beige head. The nose is citrusy hops, with some caramel and toasted malt. Flavor wise, the hop level doesnít reach DIPA levels in the slightest. This is all about the caramel malt sweetness, which doesnít really work for me. Medium bodied with a light touch of alcohol, soft fizzy carbonation and a lingering toasted malt finish. Pretty bad try at a DIPA.
Sunday, January 8, 2017

kramer
2.6
Granite City Prairie Vixen
Pours a clear light gold body with a small fizzy white head. The nose is lightly estery with a touch of banana and clove, a little lacking in yeastiness for a hefe. The flavor is similar, a little thin, with just a hint of banana. Little to no yeastiness at all. Light bodied with a thin body and fizzy carbonation. Not a great hefe at all, should just call this an American wheat.
Sunday, January 8, 2017

bytemesis
2.3
Granite City The Duke
Tap. Pours clear Amber, small off white head, some lacing. Aroma is crazy light, pledge, dish water, Grapefruit. Flavor is light sweet, light plus bitter, sharp and harsh. Medium body, not good.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

bytemesis
2.8
Granite City Broad Axe Stout
Tap. Pours dark black, medium creamy beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is roasty, a bit of rubber. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, lactose. Medium body, creamy.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

bytemesis
2.2
Granite City Brother Benedicts Mai Bock
Draft, as the Bennie. Heller Bock?? Pours deep reddish hickory, minimal head or lacing. Aroma is light, malty, caramel, not much going on really. Flavor is nondescript, watery. Light body, no carbonation. Ugh
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

bytemesis
2.2
Granite City The Northern
Tap. Pours crystal clear pale golden, small white head, decent lacing. Aroma is grain, hints of corn, grass. Flavors is light sweet, light bitter. Light body. Pretty clean example of a much maligned style
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

deyholla
2.8
Granite City Two-Pull! Specialty Brew
On tap at the Roseville location. Pours a very deep gold with a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of straw and bread with a bit is hay and grain underlying. Flavor has sweet bread and straw notes with a hint of biscuit supporting.
Friday, December 16, 2016

jandd1983
3.2
Granite City Zug Zwang Vanilla Porter
On tap at the Creve Coeur location. It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of vanilla and some chocolate. The taste was similar to the aroma with more vanilla, chocolate, dark grains and some roasted malts. Not bad.
Sunday, December 4, 2016

chucklemation
3.2
Granite City Zug Zwang Vanilla Porter
Pours a jet black with a thin head. Aroma is chocolate and roast malts with some vanilla and earthy notes. Flavor is chocolate, roast, and a touch of vanilla. The vanilla is subtle enough to add some character without overpowering. Still, it has a bit of a cola taste. Body is light. This isnít bad.
Friday, December 2, 2016

geeklimit
3.4
Granite City Broad Axe Stout
Pours a coffee black with a brown cream head. Light aroma of oatmeal. Berry taste with a chocolate follow. Creamy mouthfeel and a light coffee aftertaste.
Friday, October 21, 2016

thedm
2.6
Granite City Summer White Ale
This draft brew from a beer festival poured a head of finely sized bubbles that left behind a body with no visible carbonation and weak orange in color. The mild aroma was malty. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The dry flavor contained notes of coriander hops and malt. A decent one but not one that I would consider drinking again.
Thursday, October 13, 2016

thedm
3.1
Granite City Kolsch
This draft brew from the brewery poured a head of finely sized white colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind an opaque dark yellow colored body. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of hops and malt. An OK brew just nothing special.
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Evolutionary
3.7
Granite City Broad Axe Stout
Tap at granite city by Washington DC. Great thick dark pour and nose is oat and cocoa sweetness. Super smooth but not Much oat or other Notes except cocoa and a bit of roasted coffee. Would do again but will try something else next.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

ryrpat
2.8
Granite City The Duke
This is a basic run of the mill pale ale. Drinkable but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Friday, September 30, 2016

rumproasts
3.1
Granite City Way Up Yer Kilt
tap at 2016 michigan winter beer festival. Deep amber with small head. Moderate malty base, caramel and light toffee. A bit of rough bourbon. Not the smoothest thing Iíll drink today, thatís for sure.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

hfmejias
3
Cadillac Ranch No Bull IPA
Draft at Mall of Americaís Cadillac Ranch (Bloomington, MN). Poured clear, dark amber, with a nice off white head. Aroma of malts, some fruits, and some hops. Taste is bitter, some hops balanced with the sweetness of malts. OK beer, enjoyable.
Sunday, September 18, 2016

muzzlehatch
2.8
Granite City Summer Hefeweizen
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #77. Draught pint at the Rockford, IL location, August 2008 - and a few times since, mostly recently last summer. Served in a pint glass of course - a corporate brewpub investing in proper glassware? HAH!...properly bright, cloudy gold, but not much head...nose of banana and clove, perhaps a bit of cardamom and vanilla, perfectly reasonable but pretty weak...decent enough flavor, on the sweet side but also displaying plenty of wheaty tartness and OK malt extraction...hints of tart cider and alcohol towards the finish, which is a bit on the thin side. If I had to describe most of GCís offerings over the past few years in general, Iíd probably say "competent and without significant flaws but totally forgettable" and this fits that phrase perfectly.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Homer321
2.9
Granite City Spanish Cedar Double IPA
Draft at source. Nitro. Nose is moderately malty with some light citrus character. Not much hop for dipa. Deep orange pour. Very creamy, slick malt mouthfeel. Overall the hops and wood are subdued. Iím used to humidor stuff from Ccb. A lingering peppery finish. Ok.
Sunday, July 31, 2016

Homer321
3.2
Granite City Broad Axe Stout
Draft at source. Nose is lightly nutty with a creamy coffee sensation. Pitch black. Light brown head. Taste follows with a light chocolate and silkiness. Nice roastiness in the finish. Not bad.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Homer321
2.9
Granite City Nemesis Black IPA
Draft at source. Nose is light chocolate with some citrus notes. Seemingly working together and not clashing. Brown to black in color. Large off white head. Taste is like a hoppy brown ale. Modest malt backbone with a grassy and citrus hop flavor. Finished with a tingly pepper in the back of the throat. Ok.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Homer321
1.5
Granite City Prairie Vixen
Draft at source. Super light pale straw, cloudy with a large white head. Super pils malt aroma with some catty and skunkiness. Smells like a green bottled Pilsner. Sulfur notes too. Not good. Taste is vegetal and cooked corn. Ho Lee Fuk this is bad.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Homer321
2.6
Granite City Batch 1,000
Draft at source. Nose is moderate citrus with mostly orange. Light bread in the aroma. Hazy orange with white head that laces well. Taste follows with a medium mouthfeel. Needs more hops in every aspect.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Homer321
2.7
Granite City The Duke
Draft at source. Strong floral and herbal hop aroma. Hazy orange with white head that laces well. Taste is initially very bread crust with moderate bitterness. Followed by more bread crust malt flavors. Finished dry, moderate carbonation. Not a fan of the hops or the overly crusty malt flavors.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Homer321
3
Granite City Brother Benedicts Mai Bock
Draft at source. Nose of light toffee and bread crust but both very faint. Deep red pour, crystal clear. Off white head laces well. Breast malt presence with some honey. Moderate hop peppery flavors mid palate through the finish. Solid but doesnít have a lot of complexity.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Homer321
2.8
Granite City The Northern
Draft at source. Light malt nose, very clean with no off aromas. A light corn aroma. Crystal clear straw color. Small white head of tiny bubbles. Taste is crisp malt with a light body. Refreshing as a lager can be. Somewhere between a bud light and a bud heavy.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

muzzlehatch
2.8
Granite City Nemesis Black IPA
Draught pint at the Rockford IL location, early July. I am not, thus far, convinced by this style; to me the dark, strong roastiness in the typical stout or porter malts simply do not mesh well with the overt hop presence of an IPA, in the well-carbonated and light-to-medium bodied mouthfeel that you typically find. In theory it sounds OK I guess, but I just find these things very hard to drink typically, even if they can still impress to some extent by their novelty (to my palate that is). This is a typical example - pretty good actually by the so-so standards of this chain, with all the characteristics I just mentioned, a little more sweetness (milky) than usual, which helps soften the dry harshness on the palate, but also a somewhat cardboardy element in the body that is foretold in a wet sawdust note on the nose. As usual, black near-opaque body, little head or retention. Meh, I donít get it.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

dlovell2
3.1
Granite City The Duke
On tap at National Harbor. Pours amber with a white head. Caramel malt aroma with citrus and floral notes. Flavor is caramel malt with citrus followed by some herbal floral flavors and finishing with pine.
Friday, June 17, 2016

dlovell2
3.4
Granite City Batch 1,000
On tap at National Harbor. Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma is citrus with pine. Flavor is citrus up front with some malt and a bitter pine finish.
Friday, June 17, 2016

dlovell2
3
Granite City Blueberry Ale
On tap at the National Harbor location. Pours light yellow with white head. Aroma is fruity blueberries. Flavor is light crisp malt with blueberries. Crisp finish.
Friday, June 17, 2016

dlovell2
3.6
Granite City Brother Benedicts Mai Bock
On tap at brewery. Pours brown amber color. Ariana is smoky roasted malt. Flavor is roasted malt, biscuit notes and slight fruit, roasty finish. Most enjoyable beer of the night.
Monday, June 6, 2016

ryrpat
0.5
Granite City Prairie Vixen
One of the worst beers I have ever had. Not sure if I got a skunked beer or what but just smelled awful. If I didn't know it was supposed to be a hefe I wouldn't have been able to figure it out. Just awful ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

mjmoen
4.4
Granite City Batch 1,000
B+. Pours a murky amber color with khaki head. Not too bitter, and decent aroma & flavor
Thursday, April 21, 2016