Cypress Honey Lager | Granville Island Brewery

Cypress Honey LagerCypress Honey Lager
BA SCORE
15.2%
Liked This Beer
3.25 w/ 105 ratings
Cypress Honey LagerCypress Honey Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
gib.ca

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in small batches, our Cypress Honey Lager is lightly hopped, mild and bright, and given a hint of sweetness with pure Fraser Valley honey. It’s like a refreshing blast of Cypress Mountain air.

Added by IronDjinn on 06-30-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,045
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
105
Liked:
16
Avg:
3.25/5
pDev:
15.69%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of EskimoDave
5/5  rDev +53.8%

Photo of woodychandler
4.89/5  rDev +50.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

CAN you dig it? I went to BC, CANada to score this beer!

It began with a nice, solid finger's worth of bone-white head before reducing to mere wisps. The nose, however, was pure honey. It was leaning into a beehive and taking a deep breath, albeit without the angry, stinging bees. Very pleasant. The color was a slightly hazy golden (honey) color. The mouthfeel was medium with a great honey sweetness on the palate. The finish lingered with the honey taste that had been so prevalent throughout. Now for a couple of caveats re. my review and the marks. I am generally not a sweet (malty) beer fan, but this was a very different type of sweet, not cloying and very true to its origin. Also, I like honey as an alternative to sugar as a sweetener. I feel like I really blew it by not buying more of this one when I had the choice. Traders?

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Photo of mdavidson
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of Tristenvdv
4.22/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1759Girl
4.19/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmmmm... I enjoyed a LAGER?

The appearance was a nice golden colour with slightly more head than I expect from a lager, but it was clear and alive... and generally looked like your average lager.

The smell was NOT that of your average lager; it was replete with a mellow honey nose, and quite enticing. Luckily the taste was not overtly honey! In fact it was crisp and refreshing with a full lager finish. I'm almost loathed to say that it was true to his lager style, simply because I liked it so much. Alas, it was very much a lager.

The mouthfeel was light without too much carbonation.

The drinkability was high because in spite of trying several local breweries, this was what I bought the most of at the stores later.

Its unique with its sweet smell, but not 'girly'. I really appreciate that.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.17/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the brewery, thanks neighbors!!

A - Golden in color, no head, light carbonation.

S - Amber malts plus grains.

T - Citrus, amber malt, and caramel.

M - Excellently balanced for a lager. Not a big lager fan.

D - Definitely a good beer for the summer.

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Photo of justinz4
4.07/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rempeba
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pale beer. With light honey tones.

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Photo of leannegreen
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Ramjet62
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Antg8989
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beardo
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Mmmmhm tastes good enough on a hot day

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Photo of ZachT
3.84/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Granville Is. 'Cypress Honey Lager' @ 4.7% , served from x3 341 ml bottles in the Summer Mingler
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to clear gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-smells on honey sweetness
T-crisp & refreshing taste
MF-ok carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok beer
prost LampertLand

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Photo of jrempel
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of SSharma
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Very easy to drink with a slight hint of hoppiness that nicely balances out the sweeter honey flavour.

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Photo of LukeB
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joeyjoey104
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Brob245
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Grogsky
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cypress Honey Lager looks a lot like honey in the glass; it's a pallid orange-ish colour that is striped with glistening, silken strokes of bright gold. It is perfectly clear but seems as though it's being viewed through a blurring filter. The body appears void of carbonation and the surface entirely flat - yet more similarities to the food of the bees.

In brewing a beer that looks like honey Granville Island has succeeded immensely; in brewing one that smells and tastes like it, the results are more mixed. In both aspects, there is a hint of honey but nothing more. While it lends the beer an ounce of much needed character in both respective categories, the base beer is so bland that a mere drop of honey can also do so much. Wait, maybe it does more than I'm giving credit for...

The aroma itself is negligible, to be sure, but the distinct impression of honey-coated nuts and oats compliments the biscuity underlay of pale malt. There is a similar phenomena in the taste; a sort of honey-nut breakfast cereal or honey-laced dessert pastry flavour that makes the beer untypically quaffable for the style. I'd take this over a run-of-the-mill lager any day. That Fraser Valley Honey must be good stuff!

The honey also seems to add a little body to the beer. A malt bill consisting of (it would seem) only pale and maybe a little biscuit malt would make a rather thin, lifeless lager. But with the addition of honey there seems a more full, almost gooey texture that accompanies the (very) pleasant trace of sweetness. Plus, it drinks so clean! This beer may not be overly tasty nor anything incredibly exciting but it sure is well made.

A fear of hops and an unsubstantiated fondness for honey seem to be the unifying factors amongst all Canadian micro brewers. I like honey and I like lagers (and I love mead but that's another thing) yet curiously I rarely care for honey lagers. In the case of Granville Island's, however, I'm as much enjoying this bottle as I am yearning for another one.

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Photo of Tpop1005
3.51/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of DavidGross
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Cypress Honey Lager from Granville Island Brewery
Beer rating: 15.2% out of 100 with 105 ratings
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