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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: 6 | 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: 83 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Ianleesrivette
1.25/5  rDev -61.9%

Ianleesrivette, Oct 30, 2013
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 Howlader
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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 mickeymac
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sat down for one of these at the Brewery on Granville Island. I must say from start to finish, it reminded me of a slightly better Budweiser. Clean and crisp but rather nondescript and boring. Only a slightly higher dose of hops distinguished it from the macro stuff. If at GI, skip the lager and try the other brews.

mickeymac, Aug 08, 2004
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
Photo of kjyost
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

kjyost, Aug 18, 2013
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 cletetron
3/5  rDev -8.5%

cletetron, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of souvenirs
3/5  rDev -8.5%

souvenirs, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of ChuckGnarly
3/5  rDev -8.5%

ChuckGnarly, Oct 13, 2012
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
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

fizzyted, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Beerman1977
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Beerman1977, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of rogerdandy
3/5  rDev -8.5%

rogerdandy, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Corson
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Corson, Aug 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

IRISHFAN951, Jul 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

BRYeleJR, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clear, clean yellow with just an inch of fluffy white head that had some retention and left lightly moderate lacing.

The aroma was that of a typical light lager, slightly sweet and grassy. The flavor was likewise sweet and grassy, on the bland side for the style, but not bad at all.

The body was as expected for a light lager, light and smooth. Drinkability was good, as it should be for type of brew. You could drink these all day without burning out your tongue.

Overall, a solid and respectable example of the style. This would be a good gateway beer to start your macro drinking friends and family on, in the first step into the craft beer world. Worth trying if you see it, probably not worth effort to obtain.

beertunes, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of timiskin
3/5  rDev -8.5%

timiskin, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of slitherySOB
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent session lager, this is what I would consider to be a stepping stone for swill drinkers who want to get into craft beer. Pours a pale fizzy yellow with one finger of head that dissipates, but leaves good lacing on the glass. Smells of sweet grains, barley and a bit of hops. Tastes like it smells, with a bit of honey. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. I can see this being a great session lager during the hot summer months. Which is odd, considering it came in a winter mix pack.

slitherySOB, Mar 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Eric_Standard, Jul 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

stevergca, May 12, 2014
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Island Lager from Granville Island Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.