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Bear Paw Honey Lager - Whistler Brewing Company

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: joemcgrath27 on 09-11-2011

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.
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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 15
Photo of Rutager
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of TerryW
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Light, sweet, and malty. Noticeable honey. Undistinguished. Drinks like another macro.

Photo of biboergosum
2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
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 clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which disappears slowly and surely before my eyes, leaving some weird Simpson-esque amoebic lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet bready pale malt, a touch of corny grain, and mildly mollifying bland and musty honey, with not a lot going on hop-wise. The taste is bready, of the generally corn-oriented sort, much-lessened earthy honey, a mild dose of 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, just a wan frothiness throughout, the body medium-light in weight, and arguably smooth, though a slight cloying tingle becomes increasingly hard to ignore. It finishes off-dry, the aforementioned graininess and plain as the day is long honey still running this particular sideshow.

Nothing renamed, nothing gained, I suppose. Another average, run of the mill honey beer - the Canadian beer-scape is littered with such middling fare. Good for only when an apres-ski hook-up invariably depends upon its, erm, 'lubricating' presence. And for that, I salute it.

Photo of chickenm
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of cletetron
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of jennybeer
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Angelhair
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of brugsbeertje
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
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

Photo of mjacquard
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of sansho
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Brew_42
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours deep amber color. Like maple syrup.

Smells of honey and caramel

Tastes-Strong honey flavor followed by some malts so it's almost like eating honey flavored bread.

Mouthfeel- smooth with a tiny bit of carbonation.

Overall-Decent beer for honey enthusiasts.

Photo of djoprahwinfrey
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of DrShakalu
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of alienmario
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of imfinished
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Bunman3
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

If I was to compare this to other adjunct lagers, it would be world class. The honey gives this beer a nice balance, like adding flavoured sweetener to a shitty cup of coffee. I wouldn't want to drink a lot of this beer, but it would certainly have its place, apres ski in the place it is brewed.

Photo of Coronaeus
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Olek4374
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Snatchomcfly
3.38/5  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.

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Bear Paw Honey Lager from Whistler Brewing Company
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