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Bowen Island Honey Brown Lager - Bowen Island Brewing Co. Ltd.

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Bowen Island Honey Brown LagerBowen Island Honey Brown Lager

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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bowen Island Brewing Co. Ltd. visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Using natural BC honey and malted barley, the taste profile of our Honey Brown Lager is pure, with no additives or preservatives. It has a rich copper colour and a foamy head. This extra aged beer has an initial light hoppiness and finishes with a subtle sweetness.

(Beer added by: wordemupg on 08-26-2009)
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Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +11.2%

355ml can poured into pint glass on aug25 2009

A not quite crystal clear copper, nice two finger head with fair retention and even some lace

S strong honey and sweet grains

T fairly sweet with honey overpowering most of the flavor, but it works for this beer.

M good carbonation, thick for a lager but that's a good thing, nice and creamy

D smooth, very easy too drink, overall I'm happy with this one

not sure if this is a true lager it has ale written all over it. for what i paid for this beer (7$canadian 6er) i could not be more pleased, its not bad at all.

Bowen island has come out with a few discount beers and this one is the best I've tried, well worth the 7$

08-26-2009 05:13:58 | More by wordemupg
More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%

355ml can, for a buck-fiddy, can't beat that around here.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with a ton of dense, foamy, and marshmallow-like off-white head, which leaves some weeping stone wall lace around the glass upon its lazy-ass retreat.

It smells of mildly bready, somewhat grainy caramel malt, vanilla-flecked honey, and some floral, yet weirdly tangy hops. The taste is sourdough bread, caramelized vanilla, a further earthy sweetness - one perhaps attributable to an indeterminate Amaretto nuttiness - and a honey essence that seems to have taken that turn a few exits before Albuquerque, and subsequently righted itself.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, with an uptick in the form of a trilling frothiness, the body an adequate medium-light weight, generally smooth, and even a tad creamy, those vanilla and honey notes informing as such. It finishes off-dry, still fairly sweet from the various lingering caramel, grain, honey, and vanilla essences.

Not a bad tipple, though the slightly skewed sweetness, while agreeable enough right now, would probably kind of tire my palate after a few, I'm certain. Time to move on to their so-called hoppier offerings, methinks.

03-19-2011 23:12:55 | More by biboergosum
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

02-11-2014 02:05:28 | More by BigBry
Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +4.2%

Amber brown apperance with lots of foamy white head that disappears quickly, leaves decent lacing though. Smell consists of bread, floral hops, malt and a hint of caramel.

Taste consist of caramel, brown sugar, bread and malt.  Hint of citrus and slight earthy. Taste is fairly light though.  Light bodied with moderate carbonation.  Aftertaste is a lingering dark sweet taste, hint of booze.

Overall not a bad honey brown for its price.  A little watery, but good for summertime. Worth a try.

07-28-2011 02:23:05 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-19-2012 01:18:14 | More by bumchilly25
Photo of CanadianHobbit

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

10-01-2013 14:26:43 | More by CanadianHobbit
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +16.3%

It is what is...

Light amber brown, off-white head, good retention & lace.

Slightly sweet aroma with hints of grainy biscuit & nut.

There's some nice honey flavour here, I'm not sure if they get that from the malt (Gambrinus) or back-sweeten after pasteurization. Either way, it goes well with the nutty biscuit.

Moderate mouthfeel, carbonation is a little high.

An approachable, easy drinker that's true to 'style'.

05-23-2011 23:31:37 | More by Derek
Photo of Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.4%

11-21-2013 08:34:31 | More by Erik-P
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -7.9%

Bowen Island honey brown lager pours a light orangey amber with a nice head that lingers nicely. The aroma is sweet grainy, slightly caramelized malts. The flavor is sweet upfront with some nice light crystal flavors. It finishes a bit dry and grainy with some metallic hop flavor and bitterness. There is some lingering residual sweetness, at odds with the dryness in the finish.

09-23-2010 03:16:30 | More by ericj551
Photo of Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -0.9%

So this honey brown lager pours a nice, slightly chill-hazed pale orange brown with a 1 finger, creamy-looking off-white head that dissipates quite quickly but leaves some very nice soapy lacing on my glass.

Smell is predominantly of sweet bready malts and a touch of that sour creaminess that I get from a lot of creamy style lagers.

Taste is full of caramel sweetness and some light notes of citrus fruit with a solid bready malt backbone and quite a pronounced brown sugar flavour on the finish, matched by a good amount of nuttiness on the linger. Not much in the way of bitterness in this beer and it is just a tad unbalanced in terms of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of cream matched with a high level of carbonation and just a slight oily texture on the finish.

Drinkability is definitely this beer's best attribute. It's your typical, easy-drinking, 5% session beer that goes down nice and easy. It is a bit sweet but not enough to make it undrinkable. That said, this is a pretty decent bang-for-your-buck beer that I will definitely buy again.

06-15-2010 22:46:27 | More by Graham5161986
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

03-17-2014 01:04:15 | More by yancot
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Solid lager from Bowen which adds some honey notes to the finish while the darker malts make this quite flavourful. Taken into account the great price this is spot on for the style. Considering how most honey lagers are average this is on par for less money .

02-26-2013 01:19:38 | More by canucklehead
Photo of Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-23-2013 19:36:00 | More by Exeter
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British Columbia (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

11-29-2012 01:57:48 | More by KalanM
Photo of maclean25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +16.3%

I bought Bowen Island Brewery's Craft Beer sampler (~$1.63 per can). It had three of these cans. It pours with a large fluffy white head and tiny carbonation bubbles. The body is clear and light brown (amber). Lots of lacing. Interesting aroma of vanilla honey, malt and grains. The taste is big on dark, thick honey, like a buckwheat honey. Good balance of malt and hops behind the honey taste. Little carbonation feel and a medium body. Overall, it is a well-done delicious beer. I don't much like honey lagers but this one delivered a great honey flavour which is what I'd expect from a honey lager.

06-09-2012 03:02:35 | More by maclean25
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British Columbia (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev -29%

Not the greatest. Hard to explain the taste. I used to be able to stomach this and now I have a really hard time.

Almost has a sweet taste to it as well. Worth a try for the price though.

Taste- Slightly sweet, malty, cheap. Almost tastes as if you put some sort of cooler in it. It really has some kind funny feel.

Mouthfeel- Malty and sweet.

Drinkabilty- Not much. Worth a try maybe.

12-14-2009 10:41:24 | More by OpIvy
Bowen Island Honey Brown Lager from Bowen Island Brewing Co. Ltd.
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