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Cypress Honey Lager - Granville Island Brewery

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BA SCORE
75
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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 16.56%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.01/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

biboergosum, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4.9/5  rDev +53.1%
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?

woodychandler, May 03, 2008
Photo of biegaman
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

biegaman, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of billab914
3/5  rDev -6.3%

billab914, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Viggo
3/5  rDev -6.3%
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
Photo of beertunes
2.25/5  rDev -29.7%
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 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

wordemupg, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Griffith, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of andrenaline
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

andrenaline, Jan 29, 2011
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.

IronDjinn, Jun 30, 2003
Photo of schopenhauerale
3/5  rDev -6.3%

schopenhauerale, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

bumchilly25, May 11, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Kopfschuss, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

schnarr84, May 11, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

joemcgrath27, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of pootz
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

pootz, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of jrohrbacher
3/5  rDev -6.3%

jrohrbacher, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of BDTyre
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

BDTyre, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of chickenm
3/5  rDev -6.3%

chickenm, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of kjyost
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

kjyost, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of HoppySeb
3/5  rDev -6.3%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of ZachT
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

ZachT, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Erik-P
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Erik-P, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of yancot
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

yancot, Jul 31, 2013
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Cypress Honey Lager from Granville Island Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.