Bowen Island Lager | Bowen Island Brewing Co. Ltd.

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Bowen Island LagerBowen Island Lager

Brewed by:
Bowen Island Brewing Co. Ltd.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our North American style lager is slowly aged over an extended period of time to enhance its taste profile. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy at the beginning, due to the carbonation level, which is followed by a slightly malty sweetness on the back of your tongue. This easily drinkable lager has a clean and crisp finish.

Added by IronDjinn on 10-23-2005

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by IronDjinn:
Photo of IronDjinn
2.24/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Quite the paper trail left behind this stuff, I had to do a bit of sleuthing. This then is a lager by the Bowen Island Brewing Co. Ltd. which is brewed by the Whistler Brewing Company LTD. according to the small print on the side of the can, at the Big Rock Brewery here in Calgary according to the postal code given. And all that work for a beer that costs less than a dollar a can. I'd say this would be direct competition for Big Rock's AGD, but I'm sure they're getting a nice slice from the production costs to not worry too much about it, they're making money either way, whether you buy the Bowen Island or their AGD.

Comes in a black can, gold and aluminum Bowen Island logo on the front. Pours out a very limpid yellow, light watery apple juice, but with a decent frothy white head, I grant it that. The aroma is not bad at first, but after letting it sit for a couple of minutes a bit of sour grain starts to permeate through. No big deal, it has a less offensive smell than most of the big brands, and at almost half the price--I'll give it kudos on that point. The flavour is very plain, in fact a bit bland, but that also means no real off-flavours either. Once again, nothing special or noteworthy, or even good, but good enough for the fact that it at least is palatable and unoffensive, which tends to be the real perameters for this style. The mouthfeel, while light and a bit watery, tends to have a bit of backbone, smooth over the palate rather than caustic from over-carbonation. And considering how pale and limp the body appears.

Lets not beat around the bush here, this is a cheap lawnmower beer, or a great grab for students on a tight budget (or anyone on a budget for that matter). For the price that I paid alone for this stuff I'm fairly impressed with what I got. It's not a quality beer with regards to flavour at all (what flavour?), but it is not god awful and undrinkable either, which is what I was expecting. Just boring and cheap. If that's what they were aiming for, then they succeeded.

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Photo of clocktower
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - looks like my piss after a multivitamin

S - really grainy, almost to a fault. maybe a bit of floral in there but not much

T - Biggest thing i notice is the malt. Lots of it. Graininess and some chemical thing i cant put my finger on.

M - lively carbonation, not tiring or heavy. quite pleasant actually

O - Nothing real impressive, but i picked up a six-pack for about 6$ i can't complain too much.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.12/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml can, with different packaging from above here, now that it's made by Kamloops Brewing, I would imagine - definitely better looking than what I'd expect, given the cost.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, yet still bright, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, cushioned foamy white head, which leaves some thin iceberg floe lace around the glass as it gently settles.

It smells of mildly biscuity, semi-sweet bready grain, a touch of sugary pastry, and some tame leafy, weedy hops. The taste is sweet, nondescript grainy malt, some middling sour breadiness, a subtle generic nuttiness, and dull earthy, dead grassy hops.

The carbonation is a tad on the high and sharp side, the body an adequate medium weight, for the style, and sort of smooth, as the fizz takes its veritable pound of flesh. It finishes a bit muddled, and definitely a little on the sweet side.

For the buck-a-beer (and change, now I suppose) market, you could do a whole lot worse, as this is a step or two above the cloying messes that most of the 'class' seem to grade at. But not that much better, so don't get your hopes up too high.

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Photo of souvenirs
2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A friend and I took a day trip over to Bowen Island yesterday. We were at Bowen Island Pub having dinner, so we decided to get a pitcher of this beer. I'd never had anything from this brewery, and since we were on the island, I figured, why not? Well, in hindsight, there are a few reasons I wish we'd chosen something else.

1. There is no Bowen Island Brewing Co. on Bowen Island. It's currently contract brewed in Kamloops. Not having done my research, I got sucked in by the name of the brewery.
2. You can apparently get a six-pack of this stuff in probably any BC Liquor Store for not much more than a dollar a can.
2. It's not that different from the beer you get at a beer garden. Maybe it's refreshing on a hot summer day, but on a cold rainy day in March, well, there are much better beers to be drinking.

It's bright yellow and clear. There's not a lot of head, and there's only minimal lacing. I wasn't able to pick up much smell. The taste was a somewhat unpleasant combination of sweet, pale malts and some other flavour I'm not really sure how to describe. I have had worse beers, and we did manage to finish the pitcher, but I would never get this again.

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Photo of Rutager
2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance. Light straw with a little haze and a finger of bubbly head.

Smell. A little toasty light grains and bland hops.

Taste. Very light toasty wheat, slightly sweet with a mild bitter finish. Drinkable, but not very exciting.

Mouthfeel. Light body with medium-strong, bubbly carbonation.

Drinkability. Easy drinker. Alcohol pretty well hidden ...with what, I'm not sure.

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Photo of pudoo
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of BigBry
1.99/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Black and silver 355ml can - 5% alc. Starts off looking alright - golden color, small white head. Foam quickly disappears to thin ring then to nothing. No discernable smell at all. Pretty much a generic lager, bit of a sweetness in the taste. Overall pretty bland. Meant to compete with other low cost beers, so that is where it fits.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of CrazyMike
2.77/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straw yellow appearance with minimal head. Smell is minimal but sweet and grainy.

Taste is malty with a slightly sweet and grassy taste. Very light bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is creamy but otherwise non existent,

Overall, this beer is bland but drinkable. If you weigh it out, this isn't bad for the price, but there are better and more unique beers out there.

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Photo of bumchilly25
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of CanadianHobbit
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of papawu76
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Derek
3.6/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden-bronze, plenty of head, good retention & lace.

Light sulfury aroma reveals that this is an actual lager. Some nice floral hopping, hints of grass & grainy biscuit.

That sulfury character might be DMS, but it's just above the flavour threshold, and I think it's alright here. There's some nice floral hopping, grainy biscuit, modest bitterness.

Average mouthfeel for the style, a little heavy on the carbonation.

I don't mind drinking this in the summer. It's nice to get some true lager character from the yeast. This is a decent example of the style.

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Photo of ericj551
3.8/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bowen Island Lager pours a bright gold, with a little more color than the average macro lager. The aroma is sweet and slightly fruity with a touch of graininess and plenty of pale lager malt character. The flavor is sweet and lightly malty, with a grainy aftertaste. All around this beer has a lot of flavor for what it is, without sacrificing too much drinkability.

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Photo of Trosevear
1.82/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What else can you expect from such a cheap beer

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Photo of wordemupg
2.42/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A yellow fizz, poured it hard to the bottom of the glass and still nothing

S sweet grain

T not much going on here, tasted like it smells, however at 7.50$ im happy, you could spend more money on much worse beer

M/D pretty average easy to drink, once again i did not gag as you would except from such a cheap brew

Dont go out of your way for this one, but a good value if you just gotta drink

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Photo of GlendonTT
2.18/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Graham5161986
2.74/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours with a very limited head that dissipates quickly, practically disappears and leaves no lacing. Smell is predominantly of sweet grain malt with just a slight nutty undertone. Taste is nothing much to speak of - nutty, sweet malts, not much in the way of hops and some typical lager grassiness on the finish. A bit nutty on the linger, which is actually somewhat pleasant (probably the best part of this beer). Mouthfeel is light, decently crisp with an oily finish - could be a lot cleaner. As for drinkability, it goes down pretty easy. There's nothing offensive about this beer, it's just a bit bland all around. I could drink a bunch of these with no problem, I just wouldn't choose to do so.

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Photo of Malone47
3.06/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KalanM
1.75/5  rDev -37.1%

Photo of maclean25
3.26/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got three cans in their sampler pack (~$1.63 per can). This is the one I was least looking forward to. It pours with a small but decent white foamy head with lacing down the sides. It has a yellow (slightly golden) body that is slightly cloudy. The aroma is mostly of bread and yeast with that distinct adjunct grain smell. I also get a hazelnut and coffee-yogurt aroma. The breadiness continues into the taste, and features a bitter citrus and slight banana flavour. There is a boozy, wine-quality to it. It has a medium-to-full body for a lager. It has a medium amount of carbonation but its presence prickles the tongue which give a spicy feel to it. Overall, I can recognize the distinct, complex taste, unique for an American adjunct lager, but I don't particularly care for it. I'm sure some people would better appreciate it.

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Bowen Island Lager from Bowen Island Brewing Co. Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.78 out of 5 with 21 ratings