Lakeport Honey Lager | Lakeport Brewing Company

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Lakeport Honey LagerLakeport Honey Lager

Brewed by:
Lakeport Brewing Company
New Brunswick, Canada

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lakeport Honey Lager is a 5% alcohol lager with a hint of honey. It provides an exceptionally smooth finish and is brewed to Lakeport’s highest quality standards.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2002

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Photo of Drew_wilks81
2.9/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Bought a 48 pack for a party because it was the cheapest thing at the beer store. Expected it to taste sweet but to me had no honey flavour at all. Not a bad beer for the price though.

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Photo of fortyfield
2.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of al_al1357
2.9/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of CRObighit2
2.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MayonakaStout
1.25/5  rDev -51.2%

Photo of ToddMopps
1.5/5  rDev -41.4%

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3/5  rDev +17.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -41.4%

Photo of ZachT
2.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of harpus
2.5/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of csmartin6
2.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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2/5  rDev -21.9%

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1/5  rDev -60.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of woodychandler
3.32/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This represents the best part of The CANQuest (TM) - CANadian beer in a CAN sent to me by a CANuck! BigBry and I have been trading for a while and I am always glad to receive and open one of his packages.

I am disappointed to realize that all of their CANs, not just the Light, now feature the lighthouse. Still, more visually appealing to this jaded CAN Man.

Aha, we may be onto something, following the Crack & Glug! I was faced with a dense two-plus fingers of tawny head with notable retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose evinced the same metallic twang as the previous beer, which leads me to suspect their brewing practices. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a mellow sweetness on the tongue. I am not sure that I could/would identify it as honey, but it was seemingly adjunct-free, which made it that much more appealing to me. Finish was clean, semi-dry with just a hint of sweetness lingering after the swallow. I could see an afternoon of this at the beach or hiking, especially at the price point mentioned by others.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
2.5/5  rDev -2.3%

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2/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.16/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[Updated Jan 23 2013]

473 mL can from the LCBO; packaged June 2012. I used to drink this all the time as a student - mostly because it's absurdly cheap, available everywhere, and isn't nearly as terrible as most of the other beers that also meet those two prerequisites. Time to give it another go.

Pours a deep golden colour - perhaps not coincidentally, very similar to the hue of actual honey - topped with more than one finger's worth of puffy, foamy white head that recedes fairly quickly over the next few minutes. A pretty appealing-looking lager. Unfortunately, I can't say the same of the aroma - it's extremely weak, with some vaguely sweet malt, brown sugar sweetness and not much else. I'd like to give it a compliment and call it clean-smelling, but it's honestly so faint that I don't think it matters one way or another.

Now for the important part - this stuff actually doesn't taste all that bad for what it is, though you can still sense the cheapness. It starts off with pale grain malts, leading into a light honey-and-corn sweetness. The finish is sweet, but not cloyingly so. Light-bodied and watery, with heavy carbonation - easy to throw back quickly, though this stuff tends to make me a little bloated.

Final Grade: 3.16, a mediocre C+. Lakeport Honey Lager probably made up at least a quarter of my caloric intake during university, though I rarely drink it these days. If I recall correctly, it even occupied a spot on The Beer Store's "Big 10 Brands" list for quite a while, a testament to its former popularity. I remember seeing empty cases of the stuff stacked to the ceiling in friends' garages. Today, I honestly can't remember the last time I saw anyone drink or buy this.

Needless to say, Lakeport Honey has waned a bit in popularity over the last half-decade. While I don't necessarily think this is a terrible thing (since it's a mediocre beer that is now owned by a giant international umbrella corporation), I will probably always have a soft spot in my heart for this brew. If you are in the mood for a sweeter macro-style lager to imbibe, but aren't willing to splurge on Sleeman Honey Brown, this stuff is an acceptable substitute. Take that as you will.

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Photo of Clark35
2.79/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank it out of a chilled glass, poured from a can.

A: This honey lager comes out clear and dark gold with a sizable amount of head. This however does not last as the head fades to little more than a thin white layer with little to no lacing. A decent amount of carbonation is seen.

S: Gives off a distinct yeasty smell common to "cheap" beers although a faint sugary, slightly bready aroma presents itself as well.

T: The beer holds true to it's title in that it is a honey lager. A sweet honey, almost caramelly taste is surely present however an unfortunate metallic taste seems to linger near the end of the sip. Overall, however this lager goes down easy with a clean, crisp taste.

M: Definitely does not pack much of a punch, and feels thin and weakly built, leaving behind somewhat of an aftertaste.

D: This is a crisp, clean and easy drinking beer that goes down easy and is usually relatively inexpensive. However, if you're looking for an exciting beer keep going; you will not find it in Lakeport Honey Lager. Now, I do have to say that among discount beers, Lakeport Honey is a great choice.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.7/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Shiny, pure gold color with a filtered clarity, sizable frothing off of a steady pour down the center of the glass. Head retention holds its own even after several sips. Very clean nose--too clean, as not much registers other than a faint husky grain aroma. Solid crispness with a light body. Watery malt base is one-dimensional and stays very clean. Hops? Hello, hops, are you there? Nope, no one home except for a small footprint of bitterness on the palate. Quick breath of alcohol. Vague honey flavor with a small kernel of maltiness. Finishes with a vanishing aftertaste.

Drinkable, but not much to really think about, as it has that strip-filtered character. Boring and lifeless. Our expectations ran a little too high for this one.

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Photo of eat
2.45/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was at a party and had put some of my Half Pints Little Scrapper in the fridge. We were all sitting around talking and drinking when this one guy I barely know realizes that his beer tastes funny. Sure enough, he had grabbed a Little Scrapper thinking it was his Lakeport Honey Lager. They both come in brown bottles, that's about the only similarity, besides both being liquids.

Pours completely clear and light-honey coloured with a decent initial off-white head, fading to a blanket over the top. No lacing.

Doesn't smell horrible. Yeast, astringency, corn, grain, sugary malt, maybe the slightest bit of honey.

Tastes mostly of adjuncts. Corn and some kind of chemicals. Artificial tasting sugary malt and artificial bitterness. It has a decent balance of sweet to bitter, but both elements seem artificial somehow. Bitterness with no hop character to speak of.

Thin body and too much foamy carbonation.

Yep, this stuff sucks. I've never bought Lakeport and never will.

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Photo of OttoBomb
2.93/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (December 28, 2009).

Eyes: Pours a light copper/dark gold with an abundant head that dissipates quickly. Low to moderate lacing.

Nose: Smells sweet of mild yeast. Not overly enticing.

Tongue: Tastes like a generic Canadian lager with no particular flaws, but no good points either. The carbonation is a bit too heavy and the taste is slightly astringent. No hops are evident, and no honey is evident despite the name. Not watery like a lot of similar beers in this style, but doesn't exactly hit you with flavor.

Mouth: Very carbonated, which dominates the palate. The beer seems to have a long lingering beer-mouth aftertase.

Libation: What can I say? It's mediocre in every way, no horrible flaws, and no highlights. It's a bit better that some other macro brews out there, and at least it tastes like beer and doesn't completely overwhelm you with adjuncts. I didn't buy the beer, so I don't know how much it costs, but according to other reviews it's exceptionally inexpensive for the quality. I won't ever be picking this up, but it seems fairly decent for the drinkability, quality, and evident low price.

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Photo of mrmanning
1.58/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle- Tons of carbonation. Huge foamy white head. Body is golden in colour. Lots of fizzies here. Aroma is corn, chemical candies, and random aromas I cannot identify. Strange! Taste is sweet, with no hops or malt or anything remotely beer! It's like sweet corn water! Lots of bubbling in the mouth, like a soda.
I feel like I've drank 3 beers after just having one.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Brown twist-off bottle with one of the most generic logos possible with no suggested drinking date. The beer pours with half a finger of head that disappears quickly. The beer itself is a nice deep honey colored gold, however looking at the beer reveals several yellow/white particles which are worrisome. Decent signs of carbonation though, no signs of lacing what so ever.

Smell - Hard to catch much at first, but as the beer warms up I'm catching a smell that reminds me of honey corn flakes cereal, complete with that unmistakable undertone of preservatives that the cereal companies lace into the plastic bag in the box. Not sure if this was the intended effect, but it's not that bad for it's price.

Taste - Starts with bland a corn and malt mixture, that is honestly a bit too sweet, then turns to fairly generic hop taste that is somewhat tempered, by the slightest trace of honey. Finishes off with an almost gaseous plastic flavor that doesn't linger and frankly is incredible subdued. It's clear any honey they added to this beer was added with an eyedropper.

Mouthfeel - Well, the aftertaste it does leave is slightly plastic like. It is fairly tame, but it builds as you drink more of it and it lingers. It does take something away from the experience. Carbonation is good surprisingly and transitions between flavors fairly well. In a word, Average.

Drinkability - For a "Buck a Beer" it's fairly good and deserve a little bit of a free pass because of it. It goes down smoothly, and I'm pretty sure by the time the aftertaste became a problem you'd be too smashed to care. It does feel a little gassy in the stomach, but it's not that bad. It's also fairly refreshing, but not a patio or a beer I'd want after working. Average drinkability that is only slightly above average due to the cost.

Final Thoughts - This beer is a discount beer for a reason. It's not going to win any contests, it's designed to get college students who are on a budget, piss drunk. The feeling I get from this beer is pretty much a "If you don't like Lakeport Pilsener, give this stuff a shot". I don't buy buck a beers anymore (although I keep getting offered them from friends and family) but if you are on a budget, this a decent cheap beer.

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