Big Rock Honey Brown Lager - Big Rock Brewery
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3.34/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Just imbibed two pints at a Calgary pub near work. Another Big Rock brew that has been around for a long time and I've probably had it numerous times previously without caring too much about what I was drinking. This is classified as a Euro Dark Lager here? Sure I guess. It does have some old world character and there's a dearth of obvious American hop flavors. A coppery reddish brown beer with minimal beige foam, one that smells vaguely like brown sugar and cereal bowl malts with a hint of grassy hops, overall a pretty subdued aroma. Tastes malty and sweet as well, there's a sweetness that one might as well describe as honey coupled with sweet dough (not sure if this actually contains said honey). Could be more of a light brown sugar effect though. There's a similarly light nuttiness, hints of cherry bubblegum, and some dry cardboard and semi-earthy hops in the finish. Thin and fizzy like a standard macro-lager. Nothing too terrible but what's there is largely forgettable. This is what Big Rock used to represent and still backslides into at times.
Serving type: on-tap
04-03-2014 01:37:50 | More by CalgaryFMC
2.98/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
355ml can poured into a 16oz pint glass.
A - Pours a clean dark amber hue with a frothy, light tan head that settles quickly but stays present as a thin film for a while. No lacing.
S - Thin pale malt base with some caramel malt and honey tones sprinkled on top. Odd artificial sweetness, like HFCS. The honey is mild, but adds a somewhat pleasant aroma to this lager.
T - Much like the nose. Pale malt makes up much of the profile, with crystal malt and honey sweetness coming through at the back of the palate. Mild grassy hops pop up in the aftertaste, as well as a dash of roasted barley. Simple profile all around, but I'm still picking up an off-putting sweetness that feels out of place; almost cloying.
M - Medium bodied feel that boasts a thin delivery of fine carbonation. It has more body than anticipated, but the cloying sweetness compromises the feel in my opinion. Finishes a touch too wet as well.
D - Pretty much a run-of-the-mill brew for local Big Rock. A marginal improvement over usual macro-lagers, but doesn't hold a candle to true craft. This brewery is really only good as a gateway to bigger, better things in the world of beer. Problem is, some people get stuck here and never find their way to the vast world of craft beer. A decent brew, but I'll pass next time.
Serving type: can
05-08-2012 22:57:00 | More by Converge
3.05/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
355ml can poured into pint glass 15/4/12
A clear bronze liquid with big quick bubbles that feed a short lived finger of foam that leaves zero lace
S smells like a bowl of cereal with loads of honey,
T dark bread with what I smell, nothing offensive but pretty basic
M it has some body too it for a lager, a little sticky and well carbonated
O just a basic brew, sweet honey and dry cereal that's about it
simple stuff brewed for the masses, there's nothing wrong with it but not something I'd bother with again
Serving type: can
04-16-2012 02:13:44 | More by wordemupg
3.45/5 rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Shared with mjyoung.
Appearance - Nice, clear, amber color. Thin head, no noticeable lacing.
Smell - Mostly malty. I did not detect any honey smell.
Taste - Malty with a hint of honey. No overwhelming flavor, but it is sweet and creamy for a lager.
Mouthfeel - Average. Well carbonated, but not too much.
Drinkability - Quite drinkable due to its lightness. I do not recommend drinking this with food as the food will surely overpower the beer flavoring.
Serving type: bottle
12-16-2010 07:48:27 | More by bbb099
3.23/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Split with bbb099
A: Poured a nice brown color, thick head that dissipated quickly and completely leaving little lacing.
S: Strong notes of brown sugar and honey. Not much depth to the nose, and a little harsh, but not too unpleasant.
T: Very light, with a relatively strong taste of honey. Not much depth to the flavor, but that was as expected. I still left a bit disappointed.
M: Not bad at all, but it leaves a bit of a harsh finish.
D: Went down smoothly. I'd drink more!
Serving type: can
12-16-2010 03:18:02 | More by mjyoung
Big Rock Honey Brown Lager from Big Rock Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.