Bowen Island Honey Brown Lager

It’s a late Sunday evening (8:50 is late when you have a 4 month old) and we just got home from my dad’s 85th birthday party.

Now that the little guy is finally asleep we can crack open a Bowen island honey brown.

The colour is rich and deep, and the head is good, leaving a delightful ring with each sip.

The aroma is subtle and bitter, and just a little sugary.

The taste is really smooth and well balanced. The taste is very subtle and mild, meaning the wife can drink a few as well. The honey taste is a little more apparent than with other honey brews, which is nice, but becomes more noticeable the more you drink.

A trend among honey lagers and honey browns is that they are very smooth and drinkable.

I don’t really rate a beer based on it’s price, but it is noteworthy that this 12 pack was only $17.00 at the signature liquor store… One of the cheapest you can get. So if you are budget conscious, the Bowen island beers are an excellent choice.

They are an excellent choice no matter what.

[xrr rating=4.25/5]

Sleeman Honey Brown Lager

The hockey season is beginning, and so begins the drinking season. Hung over from a lovely Canucks win, with Port Moody’s own Jeff Tambellini playing with the twins, I now return to reality watching the Canucks trail the Oilers.

This honey brown is a darkish copper colour with a lovely head.
The aroma is mild and bitter, slight citrus.

This has a moderately intense bitter flavour that is clean, and leaves a dry aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

This is certainly more flavorful than other lagers, but not as good as other honey lagers, (like Granville Island).

Of course, they have created another category by calling it a honey brown.

The aftertaste is the least appealing part of the beer, with a windex like quality. Still, it isn’t terrible.

Overall this is an easy beer to drink, and is clean enough to pass as a session beer on a Sunday afternoon after a day of skiing.