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Island Lager - Granville Island Brewery

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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 13.41%
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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Photo of MisterClean
4.43/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden color, well carbonated, light white head, which dissipates quickly.

S - Honey, caramel, and a bit of citrus.

T - Same as above.

M - Excellent balance. Very smooth, but a little bit drying.

D - Most of the reviewers expect too much from a lager. It's just a simple aged beer, but this one exceeded my expectations. Not a lager fan either.

MisterClean, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap and was pleasantly surprised.

A: I thought they might have brought me a pale by mistake, cause this one is a copper-amber colour, offwhite head, thin ring of retention, a little lace.

S: Nice lager-like aroma, floral, slightly bready, hints of sulfur.

T: Reminds me of a munich helles, with a light toffee sweetness, pleasantly floral (hallertau?), bready, modest bitterness, hints of mineral.

M: Smooth light to moderate body.

D: Very drinkable.

Derek, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of Gumbytracks
4/5  rDev +22%

Gumbytracks, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +22%

EskimoDave, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Coastal_Brew
4/5  rDev +22%

Coastal_Brew, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of ZachT
4/5  rDev +22%

ZachT, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Viggo
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden, small white head forms and goes quick, leaving a light lace ring and some spots. Smell is very malty, honey, grass, citrus and floral hops, with some vanilla. Taste is malty as well, with vanilla and citrus. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with low carbonation. Very smooth lager, really pretty good. The Granville yeast always seems to leave a pleasant vanilla note.

Viggo, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Under-ripe banana peel with an almost pastel tone when held up to the light. The beer is spotlessly clear although it does contain a blurring haze. I'm not sure if Granville filters Island Lager, if not then fine, but if so, then I'd expect something a little brighter. I like the look, but it desperately needs some white patches to cover its bare, flat surface.

For a beer aimed at being "a classic Bavarian-style lager", it's a good thing the aroma has an ample dosing of hops. It isn't anything fruity or spicy, but like examples from (arguably) the world's best lager producing nation, there's a definite distinction of raw, light pungency. I don't expect nor demand a high hop profile from a pale lager, but I sure as hell am happy when I get one!

The other notable character in the smell was that of crisp, lightly toasted wafers. Sometimes bready, always very biscuity and almost cookie-dough like at times, it smells pleasant but is far nicer even in taste. Good, clean, crisp malt is certainly the beer's domineering presence and makes for a fairly exceptional flavour as far as lagers of this style go.

The brewery appears to follow traditional methods of production, which not only involves a generous inclusion of hops but also the ever important procedure of actually lagering the beer - for a full six weeks! To save on both time and money, most macro breweries will cut corners with this step by either using lesser ingredients (read: adjuncts) or simply rushing the production altogether.

This beer's drinkability is a direct reflection of quality in the craftsmanship. There is no skunking, there is no taste of corn, there is no diacetyl, there is no indication of adjuncts and correspondingly there is no cottonmouth, there is no dry or stale aftertaste, there is nothing to evoke any sense of displeasure because all that can be tasted is hops and malt. Rightfully so.

If Granville Island set out to produce a classic Bavarian-style lager as they claim, then hats off to them because they've succeeded. I'm rarely this content with beers of this style. If only the world's pale, fizzy lager drinkers could know what "smooth" and "easy drinking" actually mean... and if only I could live a little closer to Vancouver Island!

biegaman, Nov 14, 2008
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 49degrees
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not usually a fan of lagers, but Granville Island Brewery's lager is an exception. This lively brew has a very light and refreshing, almost citrus in nature, aroma and flavor which make is a nice afternoon relaxer or accompaniment to a meal.

On draught, this lager is about as consistent as you'll ever find from a craft brewery. Always pours a light golden hue, moderate size head which gives way to a tight foamy collar, plus minimal lacing.

Aroma wise, its pretty much on par with what one would expect with a lager, but the fruity and hoppy characteristics on this one come through clean and appealing.

Taste wise, it hits the mark with the right amount of hoppy bitterness, smooth malts and a some citrus punch to help set it apart from the big "boring" monster breweries.

I've had this on bottle a few times in the past, but its really worth enjoying it on tap rather from the bottle as the bottle doesn't seem to give this one the justice it deserves.

49degrees, Jan 04, 2003
Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of kvadiat
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

kvadiat, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

schnarr84, May 11, 2012
Photo of decimator
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a Stella Artois chalice. ABV 5%.

A - Poured a clear yellow gold with a 1cm white head, visible active carbonation, some lacing.

S - Bread, grass, slight fruitiness. Light and pleasant.

T - Light sweetness, hint of fruitiness, mild hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium-high carbonation, medium-low body, crisp finish. Refreshing on the palate.

O - Light and refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day.

decimator, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

431ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass nov4 2009

A clear golden yellow with a fast falling two finger head that left no lace

S mild hops with a little honey

T as it smells with a little bread, nothing great but nothing to be ashamed of

M clean and crisp, not as watery as most lagers

D this is a decent lager with no real flaws

on par for the style, but I hope the other beers in my mixer pack are a little more exciting

wordemupg, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of Conrad
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was in BC in Nov 05, and brought back a mixed case of Granville Island beer. Just finished the Granville Island Lager straight from the bottle. I know, heresy. But I had others from the glass with all of the proper beer ceremony. This beer has a nice yellow-copper colour, and pours a thin head. The smell has a bit of wheat in it, and smells like a beer should. But my sniffer is not that finely tuned. The taste is gentle malt. Not offensive at all. Mouthfeel is normal. Not oily, not watery, not anything special. A good beer to sip on with Doritos or other junk food while watching the game. I wouldn't go out and buy a case, but if someone offered me one, I wouldn't turn it away. It is a step up from the Molson family of massed production stuff.

Conrad, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of DavidGross
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

DavidGross, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of frontalot
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

frontalot, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

bumchilly25, May 11, 2012
Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

krome, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of joefinnigan15
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

joefinnigan15, May 25, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

andrenaline, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Shadman
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Shadman, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of jrempel
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

jrempel, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of yancot
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

yancot, Jul 31, 2013
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Island Lager from Granville Island Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.