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Cypress Honey Lager - Granville Island Brewery

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 06-30-2003)
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2/5  rDev -37.7%

Ianleesrivette, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of sAws
2.15/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours golden with no head retention.

This is not a bad beer but rather one of the most flavorless beers I have ever tasted especially when compared to other honey lagers. Thin mouth feel and nonexistent after taste. The beer starts out ok but gets very boring as you continue to drink since it seems to lose its flavor.

sAws, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of beertunes
2.25/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear light gold color with an inch of tall, white head that dissipated at moderate rate and left minimal lacing.

A very neutral, bland aroma is what greets the nose. No outstanding scent characteristics at all. The taste is likewise bland and almost non-existent.

The body and drinkability are both typical for a light lager. Overall, while this beer isn't terrible, with the complete blandness of this brew, why bother?

beertunes, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of fizzyted
2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

fizzyted, Dec 16, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

thefullpython, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Syr
2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

Syr, Feb 27, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

kjyost, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of BasementBer
2.55/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

BasementBer, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Converge
2.68/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - About a finger-and-a-half of fluffy off-white head. Very nice transparent amber-yellow hue. Head recedes quickly into a thin film. No lacing, at all.

S - Weird, musty grains and mild honey aroma. Something in this just smells... gross. The honey sweetness comes out a bit more as it warms, but if I hadn't read the bottle, I'd have no idea this was a "honey lager". Some other mild malt aromas here. Slightly stale bread, biscuits, and a faint hint of toffee sweetness.

T - Tastes like a boring lager. Maybe a faint touch of honey flavor in the aftertaste, but that's stretching it. Some enjoyable malt action appears before the glass is done. Light notes of toffee, buttery bread, caramel, and yes, a dab of honey, can be made out.

M - Low level of carbonation with a slightly creamy body make for a nice mouthfeel. It leaves behind sort of a buttery residue, although it's not a lot.

D - The clear cut above the average adjunct lager, but a disappointment overall. The honey flavor is almost undetectable, but the overall flavor profile is decent for what it is. Overall, not very good.

Converge, Aug 31, 2011
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2.73/5  rDev -15%
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?

or

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

TriggerFingers, Apr 29, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

IRISHFAN951, Jul 26, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

LoudRed, Jul 20, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

BradMacMullin, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Noxious26
2.78/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Noxious26, Jun 22, 2005
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2.85/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

OskarL, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of souvenirs
2.88/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

souvenirs, Apr 18, 2013
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2.95/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Seanstoppable, Dec 27, 2009
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

andrewdanks, Jun 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

chickenm, Dec 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

CWVegas, Jul 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

IrishFrenchman, Mar 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

papawu76, Dec 02, 2011
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3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Viggo, Dec 21, 2005
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Erik-P, Nov 09, 2013
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Cypress Honey Lager from Granville Island Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.