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Island Lager - Granville Island Brewery

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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Ianleesrivette

Alberta (Canada)

1.25/5  rDev -61.9%

10-30-2013 06:18:34 | More by Ianleesrivette
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2005 23:43:15 | More by Sammy
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

07-20-2014 15:57:31 | More by Howlader
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GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 18:48:16 | More by GrimmReaper
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mickeymac

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 06:50:09 | More by mickeymac
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Brianhophead

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 21:20:51 | More by Brianhophead
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

08-18-2013 22:55:00 | More by kjyost
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 04:37:27 | More by chickenm
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cletetron

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.5%

02-16-2012 03:00:54 | More by cletetron
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souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.5%

04-10-2014 05:34:27 | More by souvenirs
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ChuckGnarly

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.5%

10-13-2012 02:56:20 | More by ChuckGnarly
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

04-27-2008 14:43:13 | More by woodychandler
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.5%

03-18-2013 02:00:49 | More by cfalovo97
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mikeg67

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 14:01:03 | More by mikeg67
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.5%

12-16-2011 04:54:28 | More by fizzyted
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Beerman1977

Austria

3/5  rDev -8.5%

12-29-2012 19:21:48 | More by Beerman1977
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.5%

12-10-2013 15:40:54 | More by rogerdandy
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IRISHFAN951

California

3/5  rDev -8.5%

07-26-2014 20:48:41 | More by IRISHFAN951
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BRYeleJR

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -8.5%

07-29-2013 02:20:17 | More by BRYeleJR
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beertunes

Washington

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.

Serving type: can

10-10-2009 20:50:50 | More by beertunes
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timiskin

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.5%

03-14-2013 04:07:37 | More by timiskin
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 17:52:59 | More by slitherySOB
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Eric_Standard

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.5%

07-24-2014 08:33:40 | More by Eric_Standard
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stevergca

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.5%

05-12-2014 20:36:42 | More by stevergca
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rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.5%

06-11-2012 08:29:14 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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Island Lager from Granville Island Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.