1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Bear Paw Honey Lager - Whistler Brewing Company

Bear Paw Honey LagerBear Paw Honey Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

25 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 11.37%

Brewed by:
Whistler Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our honey lager is fresh-brewed and fermented with 100% organic BC honey, so you can actually smell the honey aromas and taste silky smooth honey on the finish. It’s a very unique lager experience.

(Beer added by: joemcgrath27 on 09-11-2011)
View: Beers (15) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 8 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of djoprahwinfrey

Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A : pours a very clear darker honey yellow, 1/4 finger of head which dissipated very quickly leaving very mild lacing

S : very sugary sweet smelling, some honey and malts

T : sweet, malts, caramel, some honey and brown sugar, wet finish which was sweet with a slight honey residue

M : smooth, creamy and very easy to drink, low to medium bodied, medium carbonation

O : This was a sweet tasting easy to drink beer, I was expecting more of a bold honey flavor but i found it pretty mild. I was slightly disappointed due to the lack of honey intensity but this is a pretty well balanced, pleasant and easy to drink beer but over all this was okay/average.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 16:05:19 | More by djoprahwinfrey
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear yet robust golden honey color, and there is a good bit of big bubbly carbonation throughout the liquid. The head is a mixture of bristly large bubbles and smooth dense foam....the head looks really unsettled as it dissipates into a somewhat thick-ish layer. The lacing is interesting....watery yet oily looking, and not a whole lot of foam clings to the glass.

S- Very much of honey....this is by far the dominant aroma going on here. Other than this it doesn't offer much else to the nasal cavity....clean grainy smells, modest malt and perhaps some corn/rice. It is a sweet smelling lager, of course due to the honeyed quality but is very reminiscent of a lager aroma wise anyways...

T- More of the same happening here, with a very dominant honey flavor....now this isn't a bad thing...Whistler does a very good job of making this the primary character of the beer, there just isn't much else to talk about here. It's cleanly flavored, and the finish does have a modest bitter taste that helps to balance out the palate for the next taste.

M- This is quite a smooth creamy lager if I do say so! The carbonation is deceiving by looks, as it the bubbles aren't zesty at all on the palate, but provide a complimentary burst of honey flavor. The body isn't full by any means but definitely leans towards medium. Overall this category doesn't disappoint!

O- Overall this is a very decent honey lager that delivers on the primary flavor that they were going for, and I've tried several similar type of beers that don't go as far as this one does. I would buy this again, and think this makes an excellent dessert brew and would do well with a spicy Asian dish to help balance things out.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 02:13:09 | More by ChrisCage
Photo of Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Whistler has been making a big splash in Alberta with its great looking packaging and fantastic tasting beers. This is among the most popular ones.

It's not everyday that I see an adjunct lager and say that it's well made, but this is such a case. It pours a brilliant brown colour with a relatively quickly dissipating head. There's a good hit of honey in the aroma, as well as malt and a little corn.

The taste is really pleasant - you notice the honey in the beer very suddenly and you experience a little bit of corny aftertaste, but it's not really unpleasant at all. However, it is really one dimensional, as all I can make out is sweetness from this beer. That's not to say it's bad, but it isn't very exciting either. The feel is smooth and you have a nice hit of carbonation in your throat.

To the average beer drinker, they likely won't notice the adjunct taste. More experienced drinkers will likely pick it up. However, unless you're so adamantly against drinking anything with adjuncts in it, you likely won't be put off by it. Not bad, but but not very outstanding. Still, it is tasty enough for me to recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 02:02:07 | More by Olek4374
Photo of souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a clear golden brown with a moderate head that dissipates quite quickly. You can pick up the scent of honey, and other than that, it smells like, well, lager. I taste mainly the honey, but it's not overly sweet. A bit malty. Medium bodied, not overly carbonated. This is a very pleasant, easy drinking beer that I can easily see becoming a summer favourite.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 07:36:59 | More by souvenirs
Photo of Snatchomcfly

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An enjoyable honey lager with a nice copper colour. An easy sipper and enjoyable on a nice summer day. Very subtle hints of honey but blends in well. Enoyable but not overly exciting. The price is right for the quality and is a good representation of the type.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 01:52:36 | More by Snatchomcfly
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a clear light copper colour with a finger width of foamy head. Moderate bubbles are present.

Smell- Sweet aromas of honey, caramel, and a hint of orange zest.

Taste- Mild sweetness of the honey comes through along with malts. Slight hint of brown rice.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with a light carbonation. A surprising silky smoothness.

Overall- An easy drinking lager by Whistler. Very mild flavours but the sweet honey taste and smooth texture makes this quite enjoyable. I see this as a summer refresher. Could use a little work around the edges but still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 04:02:43 | More by leaddog
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. I don't see how this isn't just the normal honey lager all gussied up in mountain lore imagery, but, with apologies to David Coverdale, here I go again...

This beer pours a bright medium copper hue, with one skinny finger of thinly foamy off-white head, which disappears in an instant, leaving some weird Simpson-y amoebic lace around the glass. It smells of sweet corny grain, mildly mollifying bland honey, and a bit of breadiness, with not a lot going on hop-wise. The taste is bready, of the moderately corn-oriented variety, weedy, somewhat herbal hops, and a niggling sour tang that does its best Princess and the Pea number on me. The carbonation is rather sedate, the body medium-light in weight, and arguably smooth, a slight cloying tingle increasingly hard to ignore. It finishes off-dry, the aforementioned graininess and honey still running this sideshow.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. An average, run of the mill honey beer, the Canadian beer-scape is littered with this middling fare. Good for only when an apres-ski hook-up invariably depends upon its lubricating presence.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 06:28:00 | More by biboergosum
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - crystal clear rich copper, finger of head dissipated to a few random islands
S - clear adjunct aroma, mild sweetness with faint hop aromas
T - sugary sweet syrup flavour dominates and tastes fairly artificial, some light molasses maltiness with corn like adjunct
M - medium body with an initial sticky sweet feel, drys out nicely leaving some honey sweetness on the teeth
O - its a good enough honey brew but nothing that makes it stand out from the crowd, I wouldn't turn it down at the pub but it wouldn't be my first choice

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 04:11:11 | More by joemcgrath27
Bear Paw Honey Lager from Whistler Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.