Cypress Honey Lager - Granville Island Brewery

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 84
Avg: 3.2
pDev: 16.56%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of woodychandler
4.89/5  rDev +52.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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?

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.19/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.17/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the brewery, thanks neighbors!!

A - Golden in color, no head, light carbonation.

S - Amber malts plus grains.

T - Citrus, amber malt, and caramel.

M - Excellently balanced for a lager. Not a big lager fan.

D - Definitely a good beer for the summer.

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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 biegaman
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cypress Honey Lager looks a lot like honey in the glass; it's a pallid orange-ish colour that is striped with glistening, silken strokes of bright gold. It is perfectly clear but seems as though it's being viewed through a blurring filter. The body appears void of carbonation and the surface entirely flat - yet more similarities to the food of the bees.

In brewing a beer that looks like honey Granville Island has succeeded immensely; in brewing one that smells and tastes like it, the results are more mixed. In both aspects, there is a hint of honey but nothing more. While it lends the beer an ounce of much needed character in both respective categories, the base beer is so bland that a mere drop of honey can also do so much. Wait, maybe it does more than I'm giving credit for...

The aroma itself is negligible, to be sure, but the distinct impression of honey-coated nuts and oats compliments the biscuity underlay of pale malt. There is a similar phenomena in the taste; a sort of honey-nut breakfast cereal or honey-laced dessert pastry flavour that makes the beer untypically quaffable for the style. I'd take this over a run-of-the-mill lager any day. That Fraser Valley Honey must be good stuff!

The honey also seems to add a little body to the beer. A malt bill consisting of (it would seem) only pale and maybe a little biscuit malt would make a rather thin, lifeless lager. But with the addition of honey there seems a more full, almost gooey texture that accompanies the (very) pleasant trace of sweetness. Plus, it drinks so clean! This beer may not be overly tasty nor anything incredibly exciting but it sure is well made.

A fear of hops and an unsubstantiated fondness for honey seem to be the unifying factors amongst all Canadian micro brewers. I like honey and I like lagers (and I love mead but that's another thing) yet curiously I rarely care for honey lagers. In the case of Granville Island's, however, I'm as much enjoying this bottle as I am yearning for another one.

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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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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 andrenaline
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice golden orange colour, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Bready biscuit malts with a sweet honey finish. Fairly mild.

T - The bready biscuit malts dominate the palette, followed by sweet honey and burnt sugar on the finish. A pale toasted bread malt lingers. The honey definitely takes a back seat on this one.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet.

D - Overall a tasty offering, but nothing all that memorable. Easily drinkable, and non-offensive, but lacking any bold flavours.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly better than average macro lager. Bright golden yellow with a sweet, syrupy smell. Sweet, honey-like taste, lacking in skunkiness and corn-mash I usually find in macro lagers. Seemed a bit too cold and carbonated, but fairly drinkable. Maybe it was the way they served it at The Commodore, but this is far better on-tap than in the bottle.

Bottled version lacks the sweetness and is much more skunky and industrial than the draught version.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.29/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 17/6/13

A clear light copper with bubbles of all sizes feeding a short lived finger of foam that leaves just a single random patch of lace

S faint honey, sweet grains and some floral notes, pretty basic

T more of the same really, no real complexity but unoffensive, it is what it claims I suppose

M light bodied just a little foamy and sticky, not much on the finish just some sweet grains

O a little boring but easy enough to drink, needs much more honey, everything's just a little faint

I wouldn't look for seconds of this but I wouldn't turn one down if passed to me, just another basic brew

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Photo of terryeckmeier
3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 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 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 pootz
3.12/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour put a organge-gold lager in the glass, weak head that vanished quickly, weak lacing.

Aromas of apple, vanilla, sweetness and boiled grans some light sulpher mustiness from the lager yeast.

Light body, flaccid character, sandy mouth feel

sweetness and grains with apple-pear tones up front not much body, fast wet finish where some light hopping is detected.

Not a very attractive lager to the palate or as a drinkable session beer.

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Photo of decimator
3.12/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 4.7%.

A - Poured a deep gold with a thin white head, head reduced to some surface bubbles, minimal lacing.

S - Light grains, hint of honey, some floral. Pretty light.

T - Mild sweetness with a hint of honey, low bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, some stickiness, clean finish

O - The honey is barely detectable. Overall this beer is inoffensive, easy to drink yet one dimensional and easily forgettable. Despite that I wouldn't refuse one if offered.

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Photo of xuptygm
3.06/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a golden orange. no head retention, but leaves a decent lace. smells of sweet citrus. Tastes lightly of honey, vanilla (?), yeast, not much of a finish. Mouth-feel is very light, low carbonation. This would be a very good cross over beer for a macro-beer drinker. Very light sweetness yet somewhat complex. A good "party" beer.

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Photo of Viggo
3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange, small white head forms, goes quick but leaves a nice ring. Smell is sweet and malty, apples, honey, vanilla and citrus. Taste is malty, with vanilla, citrus and yeast, weak finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. Flavour was pretty watered down.

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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 berley31
3.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
2.95/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, slightly dark yellow color with a finger of fizzy white head. Head quickly evaporates, and there is no lacing.

Light, slightly sweet malt scent, with a light amount of grain as well.

Initial taste does remind me a bit of honey. But beyond that small bit it mostly tastes like other lagers. Can't really distinguish it from something like Budweiser or Coors (except, again, that brief hint of honey).

"A Refreshing Hint of Honey" is plastered on the can, and I will admit that hint of honey is a refreshing difference between similar beers. And given the choice between this and other lagers, I probably would pick this. However, overall it is fairly bland, and given the choice between this and some of Granville Island's other offerings, this would be one of my last choices.

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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 OskarL
2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A clear golden color with a steady stream of carbonation and a head that has little retention, leaves minimal lacing.

Smells sweet biscuits, bread and some floral hops.

Tastes sweet, honey-like with a hint of citrus and backed by a maltiness which reminds me of soaked malt. With a thin mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml can served in pint glass.

Clear, pale straw colour. Cream coloured, foamy 1/4 inch head. Head disappears shortly after drinking commences.

Typical macro lager aroma. Very mild and bland, some slightly off tones.

Mild and bland taste. Goes down like fizzy water with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Where's the honey? Towards the end of the glass as the beer warms up a bit the aftertaste gets some off flavour. Reminds me of formaldehyde.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and average for a macro lager. Not enough carbonation (perhaps from an agressive pour).

There really isn't much to say about this beer. While it isn't terrible, it isn't that great either. Might be worth a try, but I don't think I'd buy one again.

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Photo of TriggerFingers
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Boat House in Vancouver.

I don't know what is more disconcerting:

a) that the bartender listed this as the Bartender's Choice for his happy hour?


b) that the happy hour 12 oz beer cost $6 US/CDN

quite frankly, I homebrew a fair amount and sample an ungodly amount of beer....

had quite a few Canadian beers that knocked my socks off....however, this was not one of them...

honey? nope

anything special? hardly...
mouthfeel was average....thats all...

If I was blindfolded I would have guessed this was Dos Equis...

nuff said...avoid

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Cypress Honey Lager from Granville Island Brewery
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