Cypress Honey Lager - Granville Island Brewery
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Reviews by 1759Girl:
4.22/5 rDev +31.9%
Hmmmm... I enjoyed a LAGER?
The appearance was a nice golden colour with slightly more head than I expect from a lager, but it was clear and alive... and generally looked like your average lager.
The smell was NOT that of your average lager; it was replete with a mellow honey nose, and quite enticing. Luckily the taste was not overtly honey! In fact it was crisp and refreshing with a full lager finish. I'm almost loathed to say that it was true to his lager style, simply because I liked it so much. Alas, it was very much a lager.
The mouthfeel was light without too much carbonation.
The drinkability was high because in spite of trying several local breweries, this was what I bought the most of at the stores later.
Its unique with its sweet smell, but not 'girly'. I really appreciate that.
09-26-2007 00:01:18 | More by 1759Girl
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3.4/5 rDev +6.2%
341ml bottle, on a pleasant patio in downtown Kelowna, in advance of the Canada Day fireworks show. I remember this as being pretty good, way back before GIB's beers were yanked from Alberta liquor store shelves.
This beer appears a clear medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves a few instances of volcanic erosion lace around the glass as things settle out.
It smells of mildly bready, but mostly grainy pale malt, soft hints of musty field honey, and earthy, floral hops. The taste is a semi-sweet, somewhat bready graininess, a hint of bland biscuit, a slight twinge of muddled honey sweetness, and fairly tame earthy, musty hops.
The carbonation is on the low side, but frothy all the same, the body a waning medium-light weight, and a bit too tacky in its smoothness. It finishes mostly clean and a bit off-dry, the lingering malt and loitering honey sweetness still perceptible.
Inoffensive, in that underwhelming Canadian honey lager pantheon way, and easy enough to drink, when hearts and minds are focused elsewhere - across the table, or perhaps down the street.
07-03-2010 05:28:58 | More by biboergosum
British Columbia (Canada)
2.88/5 rDev -10%
Bought at BC liquor store on Commercial Drive.
Very drinkable, but nothing complex. This beer is refreshing but bland with almost no aftertaste. Despite the name, I'm not really tasting any honey. I wouldn't buy it again (Whistler's Bear Paw Honey Lager is much better), but I'm having no problem getting through the six-pack I bought.
04-18-2013 09:13:12 | More by souvenirs
3.28/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured aggressively, this beer is an orange gold colour with lots of bubbles. The off white head started large, but lasted less than a minute and ended up as a thin ring.
The smell is grainy and grassy with a dull sweetness overtop. I would say it is more of a malt sweetness than a honey one.
Honey sweetness subtley reveals itself first in the taste, followed by a maltier sweet taste that is reminiscent of the Island Lager. I find this lager to be better balanced as it actually has a bit of a grainy hop finish. Nothing fantastic, but above average in the taste department.
The mouthfeel seems almost identical to that of the Island Lager, not thin and not overly carbonated.
In the end I would say that this is better than a macro, but certainly not an outstanding lager. I don't think it would be hard to get macro drinkers into this beer though, so it may serve as a nice gateway beer.
06-28-2006 13:02:13 | More by elricorico
3.01/5 rDev -5.9%
Draft: Poured a golden/amber color lager with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma consists of light malt presence with light sweet notes form honey. Taste is also dominated by light caramel notes with sweet honey finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. This is almost closer to a Vienna then a straight lager but refreshing nonetheless with limited amount of complexity.
08-14-2013 20:28:44 | More by Phyl21ca
3.2/5 rDev 0%
An average offering from the Granville Island Brewery, but at least they are consistent in offering average beers. It's a clear golden colour, decent white head upon pour, but it disappears quickly and leaves a minimal amount of lacing. Aroma is crisp, predominantly floral hops, and the smallest bit of sweet malt. This possesses a pretty good mouthfeel, it's very satisfying, but the flavour department isn't really home right now, it's crisp, but the taste seems to be muted. It's actually quite refreshing, just a tad bland.
06-30-2003 17:33:59 | More by IronDjinn
3.28/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours dark golden with light carbonation rising. Small white head that dissipates quickly.
Not much aroma coming out of this one.
Taste has honey, bread, sweetness, and apples.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little flat.
Overall, pretty nice and very drinkable. Low ABV makes it a good session beer.
05-14-2011 22:35:38 | More by atigerlife
3.38/5 rDev +5.6%
Amber yellow appearance with a small amount of head that slowly settles down leaving some lacing. Smell consists of honey, grain and some malt, very light though and hard to pick up.
Taste consists of honey, bread, sweetness, some hops and malt. Very light overall, but refreshing. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is a dry honey taste.
Overall, this is a simple honey lager. It's refreshing and inoffensive, but also lacks any outstanding features. If you want an easy six pack to drink, I'd recommend.
02-17-2012 23:13:16 | More by CrazyMike
2.55/5 rDev -20.3%
A: light color, no head retention, overly carbonated.
S: honey for sure, sweet malts, grain husk.
T: cloyingly sweet. slight hop flavor in the finish but thats it. brown sugar.
M: a bit dryer than the english pale ale surprisingly.
D: wouldnt go back to back with this as it exhaustes the palate an the throat.
07-03-2011 07:11:28 | More by BasementBer
3.25/5 rDev +1.6%
Had a friend of mine pick this up for me while she was out west and I've heard a lot about Granville Island but I'm a little underwhelmed. Its a very basic clean lager with a hint of honey sweetness in it. I would have liked it to have a little more bitter on the end. Taste a lot like other honeys lagers I've had in the past certainly on of the better ones but not all that impressed. I am looking forward to the Pale Ale that I also have. All in all decent don't think I would buy it for my self but wouldn't turn it down if it was free.
03-09-2009 20:48:43 | More by terryeckmeier
4.9/5 rDev +53.1%
CAN you dig it? I went to BC, CANada to score this beer!
It began with a nice, solid finger's worth of bone-white head before reducing to mere wisps. The nose, however, was pure honey. It was leaning into a beehive and taking a deep breath, albeit without the angry, stinging bees. Very pleasant. The color was a slightly hazy golden (honey) color. The mouthfeel was medium with a great honey sweetness on the palate. The finish lingered with the honey taste that had been so prevalent throughout. Now for a couple of caveats re. my review and the marks. I am generally not a sweet (malty) beer fan, but this was a very different type of sweet, not cloying and very true to its origin. Also, I like honey as an alternative to sugar as a sweetener. I feel like I really blew it by not buying more of this one when I had the choice. Traders?
05-03-2008 03:42:17 | More by woodychandler
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.08/5 rDev -3.8%
A: Poured with a moderate-small, fizzy white head that dissipates to a thin film. Body is dark yellow, with good clarity.
S: Slightly sweet malt aroma, with hints of sulfur and DMS. After a bit of warming, something very unpleasant comes through that I can't put my finger on... it's a little similar to B.O., to be honest.
T: Just a hint of honey in the flavor, and barely that. Touch of DMS, with a medium malt sweetness. Kind of refreshing.
M: Light-medium bodied, with high carbonation.
D: I'm not a fan of the aroma, and it was turning me off quite a bit the more I drank. Otherwise, it's a good example of the style.
09-30-2010 20:42:32 | More by berley31
Cypress Honey Lager from Granville Island Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.