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Island Lager - Granville Island Brewery

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Island Lager is brewed to our original recipe, which combines all-natural ingredients to produce its distinct hop flavour. The same clean, refreshing taste that put us on the map in ’84 still makes this one a local favourite.

(Beer added by: 49degrees on 01-04-2003)
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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Brianhophead:
Photo of Brianhophead
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Granville Island lager is golden amber, sort of straw colored. Head is fluffy white with only not bad retention.

S - The aroma has an up front breadiness, bordering on grainy. Bready leads into a center with only a hint of malt. Nothing really builds here in the center. Hinted at malts move directly into a spicy, hop finish.

T - My first sip shows a pretty standard light bodied lager. The flavor starts out with subtle pilsner malts, mixed in with something bordering on bready and grainy. Centers offers more pilsner malts. Finish is dry and lingering.

O - I will say that Island Lager's malt flavors do make it stand out from other mainstream lagers a little bit. However, the malt doesn't really rise to the occasion in any way. It's just there, trying to keep from becoming outright grainy.

Brianhophead, Oct 07, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of chickenm
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color with a thin white head. There is an aroma of malt, grains, and light hoppiness. Clean but bland taste with a slightly bitter finish. Fairly thin body, with light carbonation. Not bad but kind of boring, this is a pretty average lager.

chickenm, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20oz pint at Original Joe's Edmonton Oliver location.

This beer appears a clear medium golden amber colour, with one finger of weakly foamy, and soapy dirty white head, which leaves random broken Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it hastily recedes.

It smells of crackery, stale bready, grainy pale malt, corn, a touch of sourdough, a faint, underwhelming dry stone fruitiness, and very mild grassy, weedy hops. The taste is more of the same - a blend of blandly sweet pale grain and corn mash, rather overripe lemon, a hint of dry honey, and understated leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is a bit high and airy at first, but settles down to a dull hum soon enough, the body a surprising medium weight for the style, and just a tad prickly in its otherwise sycophantic smoothness. It finishes off-dry, kind of crisp, with some waning pale malt notes, and a softly neutered earthy hop essence.

A rather so-so, um, 'craft' lager - well and above yer standard macro swill, yet still fairly middling overall, nothing exactly capable of standing up, as if to say "Pick me! Pick Me! I'm so very worthy!".

biboergosum, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of joeyjoey104
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%

joeyjoey104, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Griffith, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Sammy
2.48/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A quaffable lager, better than a national brand. Not much to look at, pale to amber, or smell, tasted better than I thought. Malt and a creamy grainy mouthfeel. bitter aftertaste, modest hops. Thanks Mark for bringing back fresh produce in a cool canvas sampler pack.

Sammy, May 06, 2005
Photo of DavidGross
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

DavidGross, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

joemcgrath27, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of cletetron
3/5  rDev -8.5%

cletetron, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of vanrassel
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a fresh pint of this at the brewery's taproom, delivered to the table with a tight white head sitting atop a clear, dark gold body. The head quickly reduced to a soapy ring that left some sticky lace on the glass.

The smell was a subdued balance between floral hops and bready malt, with a slight grassy whiff. There are Willamette hops in the beer, too, which may explain a taste that is a touch more bitter than the aroma lets on. The bitterness is takes a back seat, however, to bready malt and a honey/clover sweetness. It's pleasant, but not particularly memorable.

High carbonation and a crisp finish made this an OK choice to have fresh at the brewery, but I would have opted for a seasonal brew instead if there had been any on tap the day I was there.

vanrassel, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of souvenirs
3/5  rDev -8.5%

souvenirs, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of elricorico
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with some visible carbonation. Had a finger of white fizzy head, but that faded away rather quickly.

The smell has a sort of sticky sweetness, that seems grassy or plant like. Very simple smelling, just that one dimension to it.

The taste is sweet, not so grassy but more of a honey like sweetness, though not strongly so. The taste is pleasant, unfortunately there is only one flavour. No real hop effect to balance it out, it takes on a simple, almost juice like quality.

The mouthfeel is fine as far as lagers go. It isn't so thin that it is watery and the carbonation is not uncomfortable, so it avoids some of the common pitfalls.

A very average beer, nothing too exciting here, but refreshing enough if you are quite thirsty.

elricorico, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of GrimmReaper
2.63/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this in the variety 12 pk,4 different kinds.
Pours a clear light golden color with a 1 finger white head and little lacing.
The nose if of mild grains and malts maybe a hint of corn,not much else here.
Taste is grainy with a hint of sweetness and some malts finishing off with mild bitterness and mild dryness.
Smooth and medium mouth that is not bad at all cold,but as soon as it warms,,,whoa...skunkiness comes through and it turns to a musty stale taste that lingers in your mouth,i ended up throwing the last quarter out,not bad cold...drink it before it warms.

GrimmReaper, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of frontalot
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

frontalot, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains and malts. Taste is of malts, some grains and a hint of hops. Good but not overly flavorful. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a decent beer.

tone77, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of IronDjinn
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To dispel the myth, Granville Island beers are most certainly found outside of B.C., or at least across the eastern border of the Rocky Mountains and into Alberta. And cheers to that, the Island Lager was much more than I was expecting. It pours out a pale clear golden hue, not much carbonation, not much of a lasting head. The aroma is of a rich, sweet caramel malt with very faint floral hops--reminiscent of some Eastern European pilsners that I have sampled. Flavour of rich malt, a bit of caramel, some citrus, flowery hops, a bit grainy on the aftertaste. If only this was the average mean of all lagers, I'd be a bigger fan of the style. Full mouthfeel, yet it goes down more like an ale than a lager. One of the better brews from Granville Island that I've sampled.

IronDjinn, Jul 01, 2003
Photo of atigerlife
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a small white creamy head. Small amounts of carbonation seen rising. Decent lacing.

Light aroma---light hops, slight sweetness, grainy and light malts.

Taste of light hops, malts, sweet [not sickly] and yeasty.

Lightly cleansing mouthfeel. Smooth.

Overall, though not my favorite style, this was good. Quite drinkable. Good for the style.

atigerlife, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of ChuckGnarly
3/5  rDev -8.5%

ChuckGnarly, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of BigBry
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of four selections in the Granville Winter Mingler 12 pack.
Light gold color, 1/2 inch of white foam, quickly dissipates. Basic lager smell with a little extra malt and grain. Taste has a bit of sweetness and slight bitterness near the end - a good balance. Fairly light body, refreshing, easy to drink. Nothing spectacular, a good transition beer up from Molson/Labatts.

BigBry, Jan 25, 2005
Photo of CrazyMike
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden yellow appearance with moderate head that disappears quickly. Smell is sweet with honey and a hint of bread.

Taste is sweet with bread hops, but mostly made up of honey. Small hint of malt and toffee, but overall the taste is light. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is almost non existent, picked up some sweetness though.

Overall, really mediocre beer, but it is refreshing and easy to drink. There are better beers from Granville Island though.

CrazyMike, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"What CAN he be drinking?" you may ask. The answer is the last of some cans that I brought back last summer and had in my refrigerator.

The pour produced about a finger-and-a-half's worth of solid, foamy, white head with good retention. The color was a slightly hazy lemon yellow. The nose was slightly sweet and grainy. The mouthfeel was on the thin side and as for "this lager's distinct hop flavour", I was hard pressed to experience it. Instead, it had a slightly sweet taste but overall, it was kind of bland, even for a lager. I would not go out of my way to search this out, but it's not a drain pour, either.

woodychandler, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -8.5%

cfalovo97, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Pours golden hue with white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of yeast, pale malt and hops. Body is light and smooth. Taste is of bready malt and light hops. Finish is long and slightly bitter. Nice session brew if you want something light.

mikeg67, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

bumchilly25, May 11, 2012
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Island Lager from Granville Island Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.