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Cypress Honey Lager - Granville Island Brewery

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 85
Avg: 3.2
pDev: 28.44%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IronDjinn on 06-30-2003

Brewed in small batches, our Cypress Honey Lager is lightly hopped, mild and bright, and given a hint of sweetness with pure Fraser Valley honey. It’s like a refreshing blast of Cypress Mountain air.
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Reviews: 29 | Hads: 85
Reviews by IronDjinn:
Photo of IronDjinn
3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.17/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of andrewdanks
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of chickenm
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of LDuke
3.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HoppySeb
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of joeyjoey104
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Rempeba
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pale beer. With light honey tones.

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of souvenirs
2.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of elricorico
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Tristenvdv
4.22/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Beardo
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Mmmmhm tastes good enough on a hot day

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Photo of CurtisD
2.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of atigerlife
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ChuckGnarly
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Granville Is. 'Cypress Honey Lager' @ 4.7% , served from x3 341 ml bottles in the Summer Mingler
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to clear gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-smells on honey sweetness
T-crisp & refreshing taste
MF-ok carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok beer
prost LampertLand

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.42/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Cypress Honey Lager from Granville Island Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.