Lions Winter Ale
Granville Island Brewery

Lions Winter AleLions Winter Ale
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Granville Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
Winter Warmer
Ranked #73
Ranked #22,985
3.74 | pDev: 14.97%
May 27, 2023
Oct 11, 2004
Notes: Our Lions Winter Ale combines premium malt with aromatic specialty hops. The vanilla-like finish of this robust ale is a great excuse to get out of the cold and enjoy BC’s favourite winter beer made from the finest natural ingredients.
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Rated: 3.81 by waudozer from Canada (BC)

May 27, 2023
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Rated by wildvanisle from Canada (BC)

3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Just ok
Dec 19, 2022
Rated: 4.6 by jayfisher73 from Canada (SK)

Dec 08, 2022
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Light brown color and clear. No remnants from the small head. No lace.

Mild vanilla spice to the nose. Mostly toasted malt smell.

The vanilla is strongest upfront on the tongue. Decent body with an average carbonation level. The finish is quick.
Nov 19, 2022
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Rated by Sunsetlane_guy from Canada (AB)

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Very nice winter ale Definitely recommend
Apr 16, 2022
Rated: 3.42 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Mar 26, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by Adamhb from Canada (BC)

Dec 12, 2021
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Reviewed by Jiminie from Canada (ON)

1.06/5  rDev -71.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
I guess it's not surprising for a city that doesn't have winter to produce a "winter ale" like this. Appearance is not bad, but it's all downhill from there. It tastes like some unidentifiable liquid with vanilla extract and chocolate dumped in after the fermenting process. The flavour is entirely separate from the liquid itself. Somebody wrote elsewhere that it tastes "artificial," and that doesn't go far enough. Someone else wrote that it doesn't seem like these flavours came from malt alone - no kidding!! It's the winter ale for people who don't like beer, because it doesn't taste like beer at all. I suppose I should have been warned when I read "flavoured beer" on the label. If you are actually a beer drinker, stay away. This is like drinking Malibu Rum if you appreciate good rum. Disgusting.
Dec 11, 2020
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Reviewed by InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Look: Pours opaque coppery brown with a foamy 2 finger white head.
Smell: Dominated by the vanilla.
Taste: Tonnes of Vanilla, some caramel, very sweet.
Feel: This beer is a little light and more watery than I remember it from past years. Plays forward in the mouth.
Overall: This beer was a favourite dessert beer of mine from years past. I always looked forward it becoming available in the LCBO each winter season. Not sure if the recipe has changed or my tastes have, but now this beer is underwhelming me. It's not a bad beer, but it's not anything I'm going to be seeking out. I'd give this beer a B-
Mar 07, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by bikko from Canada (ON)

Feb 21, 2020
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Reviewed by altstadt from Canada (BC)

3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Clear red-brown color. Head formed of medium sized bubbles and quickly dropped down to a thin skiff. No lacing. High flux of small bubbles rising from the bottom keeping the minimal skiff of head replenished.

Very sweet smell blended from caramel, marshmallow, and some floral/herbal scents that seem more familiar in a soft drink like a coke. Swirling the glass kicked up cherry and chocolate scents as if a black forest cake had gone into the mash.

Tastes like a thin black forest cake, with sweet cherries and some mild chocolate. The caramel malt joins in a mid-taste. The aftertaste is of a slightly bitter chocolate that has been baked a bit.

Some tongue tingling for a while as it builds to a large bubbled foam. The foam ends up feeling like a medium heavy body.

Interesting scent and flavor. This should probably appeal more to the chocolate lovers. I would have enjoyed it more if there had been more caramel malt and less chocolate.
Nov 05, 2019
Rated: 3.6 by LocoLori

Oct 03, 2019
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Happy CANada Day, hosers! Take off, eh? This is one of my FAVORITE holidays of the year since it provides me with the impetus to a) drink CANned CANadian beer ISO The CANQuest (tm); b) watch hockey (either pre-recorded games or movies, like "Slapshot"; c) watch "Strange Brew"; d) eat some beaver & e) parade nekkid in the street while waving a CANdian flag. 2017 was their 150th Anniversary so I pulled out all of the stops, using sparklers & firecrackers as accoutrements, which was attention-getting, to say the least. The local CANstabulary was bemused & amused as they led me away, but I was less-than-thrilled with the 1st & 2nd degree burns, especially to my sensitive bits! Needless to say, I have scaled back since then. This will be my last for the holiday since having drank extensively of Ontario & some of Quebec, now it is British Columbia's turn!

A BIG "THANK YOU!" to my local, in-person trading partner, @tone77 , for providing me with a buncha beers for today's CANebration! He said that many of them will take me back to the early days of The CANQuest (tm), when AALs were the standard & the norm. No matter! Today, we CANebrate & inebriate! Cheers to our CANuck neighbors!

From the CAN: "This winter warmer features robust notes of cocoa, caramel and vanilla. So get out of the cold and into the bold. It's good to be here (R)."

I had "Rush's Greatest Hits" playing on YouTube as I Crack!ed open the vent to begin this momentous CANebration. I went with a slow, gentle C-Line Glug on this one, having just awakened from a late-evening nap. I watched in rapt fascination as it billowed into two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with moderate retention. Color was a gorgeous Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with CANadian-quality clarity. Nose smelled like a liquefied chocolate cookie with notes of chocolate and vanilla with a bready, doughy sweetness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was VERY chocolaty & quite sweet with an inherent doughiness. It was closer to cookie dough than an actual cookie. Finish remained sweet & chocolaty. I was less-than-enthused, but only because sweet does not do it for me. YMMV.
Jul 02, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

Apr 21, 2019
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of cocoa, malts. Taste has lots of cocoa powder, some vanilla is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not exactly what I expect from this style, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless.
Mar 22, 2019
Rated: 4.95 by accronin from Canada (ON)

Mar 21, 2019
Rated: 3.65 by jsrsd from Canada (AB)

Dec 29, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Dec 26, 2018
Rated: 4.93 by Bostonred1 from California

Nov 20, 2018
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Reviewed by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a tawny amber color with a decent thumb and a half of fluffy head. Break leaves a nice collar and some spotty lacing.

Smell is rich. I get cocoa powder, vanilla and spices. It really mixes well and is quite pleasant.

Taste follows the nose, with the vanilla and chocolate battling out for the lead. The spices come in on the back end and there is a hint of cinnamon that I pick up.

Feel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is cocoa and spice.

Well slap my ass and call me Randy. I tried this beer on a lark and damn but if I don't like it. Not a beer you would want a ton of, but still solid. A way better winter/holiday beer than say some of the Central City stuff.
Nov 09, 2018
Lions Winter Ale from Granville Island Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 278 ratings