Island Lager - Granville Island Brewery

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 92
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | 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:
Beer added by: 49degrees on 01-04-2003

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.
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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 92
Photo of allergictomacros
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear straw. Head/lacing appears to be quite good. Slightly sweet, with clean notes of grain and mild hops. No notable off flavours, but not particularly flavourful. Light bodied with hard-ish carbonation. Overall, a solid brew suitable for mass consumption. Well crafted, but not particularly exciting. (312 characters)

Photo of elricorico
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of Conrad
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a historic beer in BC craftbeer history. It was one of the first micros in bottles and really helped introduce people to a better beer than Molsons/ Labatts.

That being said this is really a simple step up from the macros. Pale yellow with little nose this beer tastes ok on a patio. What it doesn't do is challenge or reward the tastebuds with anything more than a simple lager. I recognize the importance of this beer but really I have moved on in taste and quality. (479 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

355ml can poured in a pint glass.

Pale, straw yellow and slightly cloudy. Head is white and a full inch high and very foamy before settling to a thin skim that stays until the bottom.

Smells like your standard Lager only slightly more grainy and malty.

Mild taste and very smooth. At the swallow it's briefly sweet and lightly malty, then a brief hops appearance is followed by a very mild bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and even and nicely carbonated.

This is similar to the majority of macro lagers out there. It is quite smooth and unoffensive, however, it isn't anything special. A better option than most macros for those thirst quenching sessions. (677 characters)

Photo of Sammy
2.46/5  rDev -25%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (376 characters)

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. (317 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color, small head. Light bodied lager, mild malts and hops. Nice balance of malts and hops. Nice flavor sort of mild, not to hoppy. Clean and refreshing. Mouthfeel is smooth and round. Smooth taste. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. (267 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.87/5  rDev +18%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of 49degrees
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (974 characters)

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Island Lager from Granville Island Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.