Cariboo Honey Lager – Pacific Western Brewing (Prince George, BC, Canada)

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Cariboo Honey Lager – Pacific Western Brewing, 5.5% ABV, 355ml., (Prince George, BC, Canada)

from the Cariboo.com website:

“Hey you like beer? Our Cariboo Honey Lager is A beer. The beer itself is made with the same hops and malt as our classic recipe, but we add real BC honey from the Cariboo region. Brewed for everyone who likes a drinkable beer in any form – from craft maniacs to the everyday Joe drinking on the job – we got the Honey Boo to make Winnie The Pooh say Woopty Woo.

Tasting Notes

Just a hint of honey gives this beer nice body and it will leave you tracing your glass with your finger craving more. We crafted a lager with just a hint of sweetness not an overbearing honey flavor. Paired it with all foods especially when you have the munchies because this honey doesn’t interrupt Game Time when it’s Go Time.”

  • Style: (Honey) Flavoured Lager
  • Taste: Crisp honey sweet malt barley
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $8/6pack – 6x355ml., October 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, too boring

Visual: Pours clear copper brown with barely any head, a super thin layer of retention, not that many sluggish streams.

Nose: light molasses malt, a touch of fishiness. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, honey

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, fizzy mouthfeel, (MAIN) honey, malt, barley,

Finish: light yeasty, no-length, almost non-existent hops, crisp honey-sweet malt finish.

Summary: Pretty basic and drinkable, with a definite honeyed profile. Not that exciting in terms of texture, flavour or depth.

Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch – Rogue Brewery (Newport, OR, USA)

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  • My Rating: C+

Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch – Rogue Brewery, 4.8% ABV – 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., (Newport, OR, USA)

on the back of the bottle:

“Situated just across from 40 acres of Rogue hops, 119 colonies of bees were carefully kept and fed and the honey was uncapped, extracted, filtered, and finally infused into a refreshing Honey Kolsch ale.”

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  • Style: (Honey) Flavoured Kölsch
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $11 (after 10% off) – 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., October 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not quite

Visual: It says ale on the bottle which I bet is correct, but let’s just say it’s a lager because it drinks like one. Pours cloudy golden lager yellow with a smallish lasting creamy head, a thin layer of retention, some lacing, not that many slow singular streams.

Nose: faint citrus grassy malt (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: crisp fizzy smoothness

Mid-palate: mellow (lvl-5)-lager sweetness, fizzy crisp, (MAIN) malts, honey, mild lemon citrus

Finish: persistent honey sweetness, very soft hopped bitter malty sweet finish.

Summary: Drinks like a medium-bodied lager, like an upgraded version of the big company beers out there (Kokanee, Bud, etc.). Not terribly complex or deep, it’s a nice meal beer.