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Lakeport Honey LagerLakeport Honey Lager

Brewed by:
Lakeport Brewing Company
New Brunswick, Canada

Style: American Pale 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 woodychandler
3.32/5  rDev +24.3%
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 thehyperduck
3.16/5  rDev +18.4%
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 +4.5%
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 +1.1%
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 -8.2%
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 +9.7%
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 -40.8%
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 +3.7%
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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Photo of cyrenaica
1.18/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

473ml can
5.0% ABV

I tried this beer on December 30, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. This beer pours a beautiful translucent light reddish gold colour with a huge fluffy white head. The aroma was very weak with no discernable notes of anything. The mouthfeel was watery and highly carbonated. The flavour was also very weak. No discernable taste of malt, hops, honey...or even grain. If it wasn't for the frothy head and the words 'beer' and 'biere' on the cand, I would have thought with was coloured water. I'm convinced the $1.75 I paid was $1.74 too much.

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Photo of atomicbolt
2.86/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A classic in these parts, popular on university campuses for the price (formerly a buck a beer, now a bit more expensive) and for being pretty bland and easy-drinking. Well, instead of draining it down my throat as quickly as possible as Lakeport is meant to be consumed, I'll actually see what my senses are telling me:

Bland 341mL brown bottle, cheap square label that's nearly peeling off already - but hey, when you're this cheap I don't expect much in the way of frills.

Dark golden colour, decent amount of fluffy head - not bad in the looks department.

The smell... not as great. Sweetness and stale bread, mostly. If I force myself I can smell honey, but let's face it, although I'm sure they drizzle some honey into the vat at some point the "honey" aspect of this beer is largely a gimmick.

Tastes more complicated than a typical macro - there's grainy, malty characteristics, with a sweet honey-ish taste, goes down smooth with a fairly pleasant clinging sweet aftertaste. Fairly fizzy by my tastes, but quite drinkable on a warm day.

Overall, a stand-out among the discount crowd.

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Photo of Antilochus
2.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

5.00% abv, 341mL twist bottle. Poured into a Stella Artois gold-rimmed glass.

Appearance is nice, rich orangey amber with a bone white head, leaves a collar and some foamy film.

Very light honey aroma, brown sugar, malt. Some light floral hop notes.

Metallic sweet palate. Brown sugar. Soap. Creamed corn. Whoa, sweet adjunct finish, maybe a little honey, wax. Off balanced.

Feel is just terrible, super light and watery, astringent for no reason, coats the mouth.

I guess for $1 this is fine but why not spend $3 more and get the Westmalle?

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Photo of jimbotrost
3.79/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour from the 16 oz. can is medium to light copper. The head is medium sized and bright white. Carbonation is fizzy as the style dictates. Nose is neutral at best possibly some sweet grainy grassy notes. Flavor is sweet, malty and some hints of honey, the honey is more apparent in the finish. The mouthfeel is more full and rounded than traditional macros and the finish as mentioned before is nice and lingering. A nice refresher, not for the lawnmowing days but still relatively light.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
2.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you're strapped for cash, this beer isnt a bad choice...heck even if your not strapped for cash i think its worth a try. Buck-a-beer but i dont think its like alot of the other cheap beer out there, this ones actually drinkable, even refreshing maybe.

Served from a 341 twist off bottle

A- Dark golden color, small head disappears in a second or two, a little lace, big bubbles, Not bad for a buck-a-beer!

S- floral, hint of honey, lots of grain

T- sweet, a little malt, slight honey finish

M- smooth and velvety, moderate carbonation

D- not alot of flavor but still pretty drinkable. Much better than Bud, or some of the other macro garbage.

Buck-a-beer? you cant go wrong with this one.

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Photo of Derek
2.69/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

An all-malt lager? With honey?

A: Clear, light bronze colour; plenty of fluffy white head; a little retention and lace. This actually looks pretty good!

S: Floral, earthy, stale hop aroma. Slight sweetness is just barely recognizable as honey.

T: Mild honey/malt sweetness is kept in check with a little bitterness. Some floral hop flavour with a little biscuit from the malt. Drink it cold!

M: Light body is somewhat creamy; carbonation is on the low side of moderate.

D: I'm sure there's plenty of students downing this stuff, but the flavour just isn't very good.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.85/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a very light amber color beer with a small bubbly white head with minimal retention. Aroma of adjunct is dominant with some sweet notes. Taste is quite bland with some sweetness and limited adjunct appearance. Bland and boring cheap swill are the best descriptive I can find here.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.37/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A fair "honey lager", as the Canadians like to call it. Pours out to a rich orange auburn color with a spitty head that takes off like a fart in the wind. No lace. Medium carbonation levels. Aromas of maltiness and honey, with some grassy notes. Taste is fair; malt, grain, a touch of honey like sweetness, a touch of hoppy bite. Mouthfeel was light, yet zesty from the good levels of carbonation that remained consistant to the bottom of the glass. Drinkability is average. Not a poor choice.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Benjie and Peaches seemed to enjoy this one, and seemed to fight over the meager sample they received.

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Photo of jayc333
2.56/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark golden colour with a finger of white head. A lot of bubbles rise to the top, but still the head disipates rather quickly. Leaves a ring of lacing. Great looking for it's style.

Smell is in a word, sweet. Very sweet actually, as I couldn't get past it to find much else.

Taste doesn't do it for me. I just find the honey way to clingy. No real hops being detected.

Watery and fizzy mouthfeel.

I used to see this stuff all the time at parties, but now it seems the cheap beer drinkers have switched to Pabst Blue Ribbon. I can't really blame them, as I don't think I could session this stuff. In short, there's better cheap beer.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.41/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard so much about this, I figured I had little to lose (and for $14.50 a 12, it's a bargain)

This poured quite nicely, a little darker than the average lager, with a thin fizzy head. Smell is very macro, a slight sourness exists. This stuff however tastes pretty decent. Mildly hopped lager flavor with a slight honey aftertaste. This stuff is surprisingly smooth, refreshing and easy to drink.

For a macro, this was done quite decently. Definitely better than Canadian or Bud. And for the price you really can't go wrong.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.56/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A nice golden yellow in colour with a frothy crown of short duration,
next step, full lace and glass ring.
The carbonation is lively.
Aroma of crispbread followed by yeast.
Honey and hops do a nice combonation but too short and thin.
The beer shows promise with a little work.

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Photo of TerryW
2.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nuthin' special here, but pretty good for a cheapo beer if you just gotta buy yer beer based on how much it costs ya, tho I can't quite fathom the concept.

Clear amber gold with a moderate short lived head. Sweetish nose of malt and honey. Noticeably sweet on the palate, but not overbearing or cloying in any way. Lighweight malts, not much by way of hops. Good job on the carbonation.

Passable econo summer beer if thats yer want.

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Photo of sid
3.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

When you buy this beer, you know what to expect from it. For $13.50 for a 12 pack, this is currently the cheapest beer in Ontario but don't let that fool you. This beer tastes better than the usual Molson Canadian or Labatt Blue but falls a little short to the age old staple Molson Ex.

Tastes like the usual canadian lager, taste is somewhat sweet, lots of carbonation with a goldish, tannish look. The mouthfeel is not watery as you would expect from a cheap beer. Compared to pabst blue honey or anything from old milkawee or red bull, the flavour Lakeport Honey has blows them out of the water. This is no Duvel but its not supposed to be.

You can easily pound back six of these in less than an hour, flavour on the beginning of the sip but goes down extremely easy, the only thing not great about this beer is the amount of fizzyness. For a new beer drinker this is a great beer to start on but for anyone on a budget who needs a nice crisp, easy going lager on a hot day, this is the beer for you!

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Twelve bucks for a twelve pack. Why the hell not? What I'd consider a cheap session beer. Pours a little gold and honey coloured, with a small white head that disipates quickly. Smells of malts, grass, lemon and honey. The first taste says it all. This is a very simplistic lager. Light and sweet honey and malts, bit of lemon sourness and not much bitterness. Mouthfeel is a crisp, and a bit watery. Decent drinkability, but their are other beers in this category I'd rather have. Like Kokanee or Blue.

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Photo of Bestuurder
4.07/5  rDev +52.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lakeport Honey Lager...what can I say? This is definitely an easy drinking beer which is well balanced. At first taste it has a snipper of honey to the taste, unfortunately, this does dies towards the end of the beer. The smell has a character which reflects the high quality of ingredients, but seems to be lacking slightly. Mouthfeel is definitely borderline; as long as it poured properly, the feel with most surely increase in quality. Definitely your best bet among Lakeport beers. Cheers.

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Photo of LaSalle
2.71/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: The look isn’t really working, looks like it’s trying to look premium but really isn’t getting there. I think this has a psychological impact. If it looked better, it might taste a bit better.

Nose: Very faint basic lager smell. The honey doesn’t really come through at all. Faint roasty notes, almost brown sugar notes. Nice, but rather weak.

Taste: There it is: it arrives and unpacks it’s bags immediately upon arrival. You pretty much know everything about this beer from the first taste. Basic lager, but a little watery, the honey is there but it’s pretty scarce and really doesn’t make it’s presence too strongly felt. Very one-dimensional, kind of like that friend who’s fun to see at gatherings from time to time but is really difficult to hold an interesting conversation with one on one.

Finish: “Beer breath” aftertaste. The finish is slightly watery and stale, reminiscent of a long night of drinking. Not all that bad, but not all that good either.

Comments: Not really all that bad, I would definitely choose it over Corona or Kokanee, but not over much else. Weak for the field, but far from being the worst.

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Photo of baiser
3.68/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden colour, with a sizable white head, OK retention.

Smells of grains, slight honey and a little alcohol.

Good tasting lager. A good amount of hop bitterness. A bit astringent. Some honey sweetness.

A bit fizzy, but other wise crisp and very refreshing. A good value at a dollar a beer. Very pleasant surprise from Lakeport. Better than average.

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Lakeport Honey Lager from Lakeport Brewing Company
2.67 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
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