Big Rock Honey Brown Lager - Big Rock Brewery
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Reviews by biboergosum:
3.4/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
355ml can. I recall the great Honey Lager Revolution of 2003 in Canada, and that Big Rock waited a bit before releasing their version of the style. Before trying it at a food and wine show, I remember remarking to the Big Rock rep, that they were kind of finally jumping on the bandwagon, as it were. The rep looked at me sideways, babbled something about taking the time to get it right, and still gave me a healthy sample. I thought it was the best of the Honey Brown Bunch, at the time, and it temporarily brought me back to the Big Rock fold. A few years later, and the requirements of a ski trip dictate buying beer in cans, so here we go.
This beer pours a clear medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, and tightly foamy pale beige head, which leaves a bit of streaky, sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.
It smells of grainy caramel malt, a middling heather and clover honey essence, and weak earthy, weedy hops. The taste is consistent, I'll give it that, though the malt gains more than a modicum of sweetness via its caramelized nature, bolstered by some simple sticky honey notes and a hint of of molasses, all barely tempered by the plain weedy, grassy hoppiness.
The carbonation is quite mild, the body a sugar-aided medium weight, and smooth enough, I suppose, while Sir Clamminess raps softly on the door. It finishes, well, sweet, the unbridled malt and mousy honey ruling the roost.
My strangely affectionate history with this brewer, coupled with this brew's overall temperateness, makes for an easy, if not at all complex, hot tub sipper. As far as the hotel management was concerned, it was Honey Brown Cola, all right?
Serving type: can
01-14-2009 23:02:52 | More by biboergosum
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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
Big Rock Honey Brown Lager from Big Rock Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.