Grumpy Bear Honey Wheat - The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
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3.03/5 rDev -9%
341ml bottle, a single from Zyn in Calgary, on the way to see the fam for Christmas '10.
This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber colour, with one skinny finger of weakly billowy, and generally bubbly dirty white head, which renders some sparsely scattered ocean spray lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.
It smells of somewhat metallic, semi-sweet wheat grain, a touch of bready caramel, earthy and floral field honey, and soft weedy, leafy hops. The taste is more edgy wheat graininess, consistent white bready notes, musty haystack astringencies, an ethereal citrus rind fruitiness, and a middling musky honey essence.
The carbonation is moderate, just a simple, ineffectual frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, with a kind of fruity pith essence informing its plain smoothness. It finishes with some dry wheatiness, and a softly sweet honey echo.
Quite a plain wheat ale, the honey just a bit too undervalued, all around, but easy enough to put back, I suppose, all other things being equal. Overall, though, I can't help but notice a typical Alberta brewpub character, which I am still working at defining and/or accepting.
12-25-2010 08:04:32 | More by biboergosum
4.18/5 rDev +25.5%
A- Poured a light golden colour,but unfortunately there was no head or lacing noticeable to the naked eye, however, there is plenty of carbonation happening in the glass that I poured it into.
S- This definately has the aroma of the honey that Grizzly Paw speaks of on the label, slightly floral and slightly malty. It is a light aroma, but very enticing to the nose.
T- Tastes much like it smells, with a nice sweet honey flavor. I can taste the grain on this ale and it leaves a slightly hopped feeling on the palate and in my throat...much appreciated. Think of honey nut cheerios when drinking this and the similarities, at least that's what I think of!
M- Nice body to this brew, not overly light, but not heavy by any means, however medium bodied seems like too much. Has a bit of a slippery feel to it when it's sitting on my palate. The carbonation isn't as bad as I thought it would be just by looking at it though which was a pleasant surprise.
D- Very flavorful beer, I like the overall sweetness and the slight bitterness at the end. I'd could have a few of these but then maybe switch to something else a little more crisp. I'd love to try this on tap in Canmore...only had a chance to walk by the brewpub, oh well, next time! I recommend this over any other domestic honey brew out there!
08-23-2007 22:22:05 | More by ChrisCage
3.1/5 rDev -6.9%
Have yet to make it out to the brewpub itself (only found out it existed this year), but some of their labels are now available in cans, or so I've noticed specifically at the liquor store near where I work. Apparently this is the first beer ever brewed by the Grizzly Paw brewpub 7 years ago.
Appearance is a slightly hazy straw colour, no real head to talk of. Aroma contains sweetish flowery notes, notable honey presence rounded off by Cascade hops. Flavour is mild, the sweetness of the honey is rounded out by the hops, finishes with a grassy taste, an astringent sweetness. Mouthfeel is oily on the palate.
Somewhat unassuming, it is quite drinkable and goes down easy, appealing to a broader macro conditioned market and trying to woo them onto a different path. I could see this being very refreshing after a long day of hiking in Kananaskis, assuming that you can find a parking spot nearby in Canmore.
11-22-2003 08:18:17 | More by IronDjinn
3.83/5 rDev +15%
Industry standard brown 341 ml screw top bottle. Have tasted this previously as Grizzly Paw is quite active at Calgary tastings and beerfests. Their distribution is growing and have more beers being available in bottles and cans.
Pours a slightly cloudy light golden color. Minimal head of white foam. Can really smell the honey sweetness with some floral hoppiness. Also can taste the honey flavor mixed with grainy, wheaty flavor. Slick mouthfeel coats your tongue with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Good taste, goes down easy, rates higher just because I would rather have this small local brew than other big brewery honey beers. I bet it is even better on tap in Canmore - must make a drive out soon.
04-08-2006 19:34:35 | More by BigBry
3.49/5 rDev +4.8%
In a face-off between this and another Alberta-made pale American wheat, this one wins hands down; however, this one isn't all that amazing itself. It's probably the honey that takes this into 3.5 territory, and without it, it's just a pretty lackluster filtered wheat beer. I had it on the day I got fired from a job I hated with a bunch of macro-swilling frat boys, where the boss rewarded butt-kissing. "Well I won't back down!" That song comes to mind every time I crack one of these brews and I drink it in defiance. It pours a golden straw yellow. On the nose I get all grain with a lingering honey. It tastes good enough, but it's not great. Pinky-width head sticks throughout but there's not much left in the glass afterward in terms of lacing. I think this one would be a good camping beer, and something to throw into a red Solo cup as you reminisce about the days of yore, or the days that were. To getting fired!
01-10-2013 20:36:24 | More by zachloveshisbeer
3.5/5 rDev +5.1%
Appearance - Pours a golden amber colour with a 1/4 finger width of bubbly head.
Smell - Honey, wheat, grains, breadiness.
Taste - Strong wheat and honey flavours with a little breadiness in the finish. Also finishes a little sweet.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall - One of the better honey wheat beers I've tried. Great honey aroma and flavour. An easy drinkin' brew, especially for the summer.
10-13-2012 01:47:01 | More by leaddog
3.48/5 rDev +4.5%
This is a little bit darker than you might expect a wheat beer to be, and doesn't have the characteristic thick foamy head.
Smells of floral honey; a whiff of malty grain.
Tastes much the way it smells; slightly sweet up front, finishing netutral and clean.
Mouthfeel is medium-full with a nice silkiness to it. Carbonation may not be as high as is customary for a wheat ale, and as such, it doesn't have much of a tart zingy edge.
I found it to be a little on the heavy side for a wheat beer, and doesn't leave you feeling like you need to keep drinking more
12-22-2008 02:41:09 | More by prosper
3.48/5 rDev +4.5%
341ml bottle poured into 400ml DAB glass nov17
A slightly cloudy golden orange with no head or lace
S honey, wheat (go figure) and some booze
T as it smells but no booze and maybe a little citrus
M medium bodied with a mild bite
D not bad overall, I remember this being better on tap however
I've been told there's a consistency problem with this beer but I haven't tried it enough times too notice
11-18-2009 02:11:06 | More by wordemupg
3.18/5 rDev -4.5%
Their other stuff has been hit or miss..but this did say honey wheat..I like honey on wheat bread...what the heck let's do it.
Very pale yellow and crytal clear. No head or lacing to speak of. Aroma was quite floral in it's nature and a definite honey sweetness was detectable.
Taste was quite bold and upfront with the hop and honey blending together nicely. I noted a bit of a grainy malt background that lent this beer some character. Finish was found to be somewhat wet.
Smooth, almost slick mouthfeel.
Decent beer, probably nice on tap out in the Canmore district.
06-05-2007 04:35:54 | More by Shadman
3.08/5 rDev -7.5%
On-tap at Grizzly Paw Brewpub, in Canmore.
The beer is brewed with honey and, funny enough, it looks uncannily like honey. Not only does its golden colour and complexion positively resemble the bees' nectar but its body is completely, thoroughly, hopelessly flat. There is not one bubble, not a solitary patch of head or single string of lace; it looks like syrup, how much honey did they use?
Enough to impart the smell of it, apparently! And it's a good thing too because otherwise this wouldn't smell like anything. Although there's only maybe a teaspoon's worth of honey that exudes from the glass, that's more than can be said for yeast, hops or malt which, truth be told, are basically imperceptible. That's not a good sign...
Especially since it turns out to be an accurate one. Indeed, there's very little flavour to this beer - and even less body. While the flavour of the wheat malt goes largely undetected it's done absolutely zero as far as texture goes; this beer is shamefully watery. Why list the ingredient in the beer's title if you hardly use any of it? I really don't understand that. Mean though it is to say, 'Grumpy Bear Honey Water' is more accurate.
It's only saving grace - and I almost cringe to think of the beer without it - is the pleasant sweetness of the honey (which, however, it must be noted, really strikes me as being of the cheapest, run-of-the-mill, most diluted commercial variety). More maltiness is definitely needed to lend it more body, otherwise it runs the risk of becoming cloying.
No wonder the damn bear's grumpy - he hibernates half the year which means he doesn't have the time to waste drinking middling, insipid beers like this! The Grizzly Paw Brewpub is capable of making very respectable beers but I don't hesitate to say this offering isn't one of them. Maybe this beer should go into hibernation and be replaced with something else...
08-20-2010 17:04:11 | More by biegaman
3.73/5 rDev +12%
This beer poured a golden color, with not too much head. The smell was weak, but had a mellow wheat aroma. The taste was initially sweet, and the honey was present, but finished with a much stronger wheat flavor. The strength of the flavor was rather average. Overall I found this a very enjoyable wheat ale, and would certainly get it again.
05-23-2011 02:59:57 | More by vette2006c5r
3.13/5 rDev -6%
Medium gold with an orangish blush in the body of the beer, fading to sunshine yellow at the margins. It's too bad that APWAs use such bland yeast (compared to hefe weizens at least) because the beer is littered with the little buggers. The pearl colored cap has a surface full of fragile bubbles and is beginning to leave a decent amount of lace.
Considering the style, the nose is a good one. It's freshly grain-like with a noticeable musky hoppiness and a hint of sweet honey. Or, as described by the brewery, 'fresh wild mountain honey'. What more could one ask for in a self-proclaimed 'honey wheat' beer? It's close to the next highest score, but I can't quite pull the trigger.
When it comes to flavor, I'm on the fence. On a good note... there's plenty of it. A lack of blandness is always a good thing in a pale wheat. On a bad note... untoasted, husky grain is dominant and is accented by surprisingly bitter hops and sour lemon juice. Harsh is too harsh a word, but it's close. In addition, it doesn't taste or feel as soft as a wheat-based beer should and there isn't a whole lot of honeyish sweetness to be had. Good cancels out bad and results in... average.
The mouthfeel favors light without breaking down to watery at any point in the proceedings. The best that can be said about it is that it gets the job done without offending, or even being noticed.
After seeing what he looked like and giving him a few good sniffs, I had moderately high hopes for this Grumpy Bear. He's a little too grumpy (harsh and husky) to keep me interested for long however. I wouldn't have wanted an overly sweet, honey-laden Gummi Bear either, but something combining the best of both worlds would have been nice.
09-28-2006 12:43:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.23/5 rDev -3%
Nice beer from this Canadian micro. Got a can given to me by a guy who works at the brewery when he visited FIBC. The can says it's a honey wheat beer, but I think that's where the similarity stops.
Poured bright, clear and yellow from the can, had a nice 1cm thick white head, that dropped fairly quickly.
Aroma of Cascades! A nice addition to a wheat beer, I personally wouldn't have thought of it. No aromas of wheat or malt, no honey, just Cascades.
Tasted good, good for an American pale ale, but not really for a wheat. Is it meant to be a wheat ale? A honeyed hefe? No wheat or malt flavours, a smash of honey (strong and lingering), and a heap of Cascades (yet again).
I must say I liked the Grumpy Bear, but it just wasn't what I was expecting. Nice work with the hops.
12-23-2004 07:34:53 | More by revdrjbob
Grumpy Bear Honey Wheat from The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.