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Bear Paw Honey Lager - Whistler Brewing Company

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | 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:
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)
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Photo of Rutager
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Rutager, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of TerryW
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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

TerryW, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

biboergosum, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of chickenm
3/5  rDev -11.8%

chickenm, Apr 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

WoodBrew, Sep 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

cletetron, Mar 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

cfalovo97, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Angelhair
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Angelhair, Jul 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

brugsbeertje, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of schopenhauerale
3/5  rDev -11.8%

schopenhauerale, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
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

joemcgrath27, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of mjacquard
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%

mjacquard, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of sansho
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

sansho, Feb 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

bumchilly25, May 13, 2012
Photo of Cramshawbar
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Cramshawbar, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of djoprahwinfrey
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

djoprahwinfrey, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of DrShakalu
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

DrShakalu, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of alienmario
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

alienmario, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Coronaeus
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%

Coronaeus, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Olek4374
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Olek4374, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Snatchomcfly
3.4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Snatchomcfly, May 27, 2012
Photo of leaddog
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

leaddog, Feb 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

DamageCase76, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

spinrsx, Aug 18, 2014
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Bear Paw Honey Lager from Whistler Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.