Grumpy Bear Honey Wheat | The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

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Grumpy Bear Honey WheatGrumpy Bear Honey Wheat

Brewed by:
The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made with real honey, local pale malts and wheat, this is a sweet medium bodied beer.

Wheat makes up almost 30% of the grains of this Grizzly Paw favourite.

This beer greets you with a floral nose and a well rounded body, sweet palate and smooth finish.

Added by stirgy on 11-22-2003

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Kmat10:
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle, a single from Zyn in Calgary, on the way to see the fam for Christmas '10.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber colour, with one skinny finger of weakly billowy, and generally bubbly dirty white head, which renders some sparsely scattered ocean spray lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of somewhat metallic, semi-sweet wheat grain, a touch of bready caramel, earthy and floral field honey, and soft weedy, leafy hops. The taste is more edgy wheat graininess, consistent white bready notes, musty haystack astringencies, an ethereal citrus rind fruitiness, and a middling musky honey essence.

The carbonation is moderate, just a simple, ineffectual frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, with a kind of fruity pith essence informing its plain smoothness. It finishes with some dry wheatiness, and a softly sweet honey echo.

Quite a plain wheat ale, the honey just a bit too undervalued, all around, but easy enough to put back, I suppose, all other things being equal. Overall, though, I can't help but notice a typical Alberta brewpub character, which I am still working at defining and/or accepting.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryften
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisCage
4.14/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a light golden colour,but unfortunately there was no head or lacing noticeable to the naked eye, however, there is plenty of carbonation happening in the glass that I poured it into.

S- This definately has the aroma of the honey that Grizzly Paw speaks of on the label, slightly floral and slightly malty. It is a light aroma, but very enticing to the nose.

T- Tastes much like it smells, with a nice sweet honey flavor. I can taste the grain on this ale and it leaves a slightly hopped feeling on the palate and in my throat...much appreciated. Think of honey nut cheerios when drinking this and the similarities, at least that's what I think of!

M- Nice body to this brew, not overly light, but not heavy by any means, however medium bodied seems like too much. Has a bit of a slippery feel to it when it's sitting on my palate. The carbonation isn't as bad as I thought it would be just by looking at it though which was a pleasant surprise.

D- Very flavorful beer, I like the overall sweetness and the slight bitterness at the end. I'd could have a few of these but then maybe switch to something else a little more crisp. I'd love to try this on tap in Canmore...only had a chance to walk by the brewpub, oh well, next time! I recommend this over any other domestic honey brew out there!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
2.93/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

341ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin cap of white head that leaves scattered splotches of lace as it recedes.

Smells of store-bought honey buns, faint leafy hops and that's about it.

Tastes of bready wheat malt, honeyed grain and more soft green hops.

Feels light and thin. A bit watery with fizzy cabonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Not recommended. Not that bad, but it's easy to find something better.

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Photo of Oldbear42
4.58/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great honey wheat beer that is sweet and smooth. One of the first craft beers I tried and it got me hooked. I've tried many of this style but I keep going back to the Grumpy Bear. It is often in my fridge.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Have yet to make it out to the brewpub itself (only found out it existed this year), but some of their labels are now available in cans, or so I've noticed specifically at the liquor store near where I work. Apparently this is the first beer ever brewed by the Grizzly Paw brewpub 7 years ago.

Appearance is a slightly hazy straw colour, no real head to talk of. Aroma contains sweetish flowery notes, notable honey presence rounded off by Cascade hops. Flavour is mild, the sweetness of the honey is rounded out by the hops, finishes with a grassy taste, an astringent sweetness. Mouthfeel is oily on the palate.

Somewhat unassuming, it is quite drinkable and goes down easy, appealing to a broader macro conditioned market and trying to woo them onto a different path. I could see this being very refreshing after a long day of hiking in Kananaskis, assuming that you can find a parking spot nearby in Canmore.

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Photo of BigBry
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Industry standard brown 341 ml screw top bottle. Have tasted this previously as Grizzly Paw is quite active at Calgary tastings and beerfests. Their distribution is growing and have more beers being available in bottles and cans.
Pours a slightly cloudy light golden color. Minimal head of white foam. Can really smell the honey sweetness with some floral hoppiness. Also can taste the honey flavor mixed with grainy, wheaty flavor. Slick mouthfeel coats your tongue with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Good taste, goes down easy, rates higher just because I would rather have this small local brew than other big brewery honey beers. I bet it is even better on tap in Canmore - must make a drive out soon.

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Photo of derdtheterd
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of zachloveshisbeer
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a face-off between this and another Alberta-made pale American wheat, this one wins hands down; however, this one isn't all that amazing itself. It's probably the honey that takes this into 3.5 territory, and without it, it's just a pretty lackluster filtered wheat beer. I had it on the day I got fired from a job I hated with a bunch of macro-swilling frat boys, where the boss rewarded butt-kissing. "Well I won't back down!" That song comes to mind every time I crack one of these brews and I drink it in defiance. It pours a golden straw yellow. On the nose I get all grain with a lingering honey. It tastes good enough, but it's not great. Pinky-width head sticks throughout but there's not much left in the glass afterward in terms of lacing. I think this one would be a good camping beer, and something to throw into a red Solo cup as you reminisce about the days of yore, or the days that were. To getting fired!

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Photo of leaddog
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a golden amber colour with a 1/4 finger width of bubbly head.

Smell - Honey, wheat, grains, breadiness.

Taste - Strong wheat and honey flavours with a little breadiness in the finish. Also finishes a little sweet.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - One of the better honey wheat beers I've tried. Great honey aroma and flavour. An easy drinkin' brew, especially for the summer.

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Photo of Corson
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of prosper
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a little bit darker than you might expect a wheat beer to be, and doesn't have the characteristic thick foamy head.

Smells of floral honey; a whiff of malty grain.

Tastes much the way it smells; slightly sweet up front, finishing netutral and clean.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a nice silkiness to it. Carbonation may not be as high as is customary for a wheat ale, and as such, it doesn't have much of a tart zingy edge.

I found it to be a little on the heavy side for a wheat beer, and doesn't leave you feeling like you need to keep drinking more

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Photo of wordemupg
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into 400ml DAB glass nov17

A slightly cloudy golden orange with no head or lace

S honey, wheat (go figure) and some booze

T as it smells but no booze and maybe a little citrus

M medium bodied with a mild bite

D not bad overall, I remember this being better on tap however

I've been told there's a consistency problem with this beer but I haven't tried it enough times too notice

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Photo of EskimoDave
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Shadman
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Their other stuff has been hit or miss..but this did say honey wheat..I like honey on wheat bread...what the heck let's do it.

Very pale yellow and crytal clear. No head or lacing to speak of. Aroma was quite floral in it's nature and a definite honey sweetness was detectable.

Taste was quite bold and upfront with the hop and honey blending together nicely. I noted a bit of a grainy malt background that lent this beer some character. Finish was found to be somewhat wet.

Smooth, almost slick mouthfeel.

Decent beer, probably nice on tap out in the Canmore district.

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Photo of wowthisisactualgarbage
1.55/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Absolute tourist trap beer, made for the asian tour bus masses that pass through canmore on the way to spend a day in Banff.

Pathetic excuse for a "craft" beer, tastes like Keystone mixed with Natty Light with artificial honey (read - corn syrup) added on top. You can do a lot better than this, just head to any pub in Canmore and ask for whatever they have on tap, chances are you'll enjoy your beverage a lot more.

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Photo of wertschy
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of biegaman
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Grizzly Paw Brewpub, in Canmore.

The beer is brewed with honey and, funny enough, it looks uncannily like honey. Not only does its golden colour and complexion positively resemble the bees' nectar but its body is completely, thoroughly, hopelessly flat. There is not one bubble, not a solitary patch of head or single string of lace; it looks like syrup, how much honey did they use?

Enough to impart the smell of it, apparently! And it's a good thing too because otherwise this wouldn't smell like anything. Although there's only maybe a teaspoon's worth of honey that exudes from the glass, that's more than can be said for yeast, hops or malt which, truth be told, are basically imperceptible. That's not a good sign...

Especially since it turns out to be an accurate one. Indeed, there's very little flavour to this beer - and even less body. While the flavour of the wheat malt goes largely undetected it's done absolutely zero as far as texture goes; this beer is shamefully watery. Why list the ingredient in the beer's title if you hardly use any of it? I really don't understand that. Mean though it is to say, 'Grumpy Bear Honey Water' is more accurate.

It's only saving grace - and I almost cringe to think of the beer without it - is the pleasant sweetness of the honey (which, however, it must be noted, really strikes me as being of the cheapest, run-of-the-mill, most diluted commercial variety). More maltiness is definitely needed to lend it more body, otherwise it runs the risk of becoming cloying.

No wonder the damn bear's grumpy - he hibernates half the year which means he doesn't have the time to waste drinking middling, insipid beers like this! The Grizzly Paw Brewpub is capable of making very respectable beers but I don't hesitate to say this offering isn't one of them. Maybe this beer should go into hibernation and be replaced with something else...

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Photo of MilkLeg
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Exeter
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of JPNesker
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting mashup of two styles.

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Grumpy Bear Honey Wheat from The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 32 ratings