West Coast Lager – Bowen Island Brewing


From Bowen Island Brewing now brewed in Kamloops by Kamloops Brewing Company comes their “West Coast Lager”.  The beer pours a golden straw colour.  The aroma consists of caramel, biscuit and maybe a hint of some grassy hops.  The flavour is of biscuit, caramel, citrus and a sweet finish with little to no bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 17.  If you enjoy a lager that comes in on the sweeter side then pick up some of this one as it will be in your wheelhouse.

Commercial Description: Slowly aged over an extended period of time to enhance it’s taste profile. Creamy at the beginning followed by a slightly malt sweetness on the back of your tongue. This easily drinkable lager has a clean and crisp finish.

Photo from Bowen Island Brewing.

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48 Lager – Vancouver Island Brewing


From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “48 Lager”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, grain and floral hops.  The flavour is of citrus, grain, biscuit and a very mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 22.  This is not going to wow you as a craft beer fan but it is a clean crisp lager and well made.

Original lager – Brewsters Brewing Company


From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Original lager”.  The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a fluffy white head.  The aroma consists of biscuit malts, citrus, grassy and floral hops.  The flavour is of biscuit, honey, citrus, sweetness and very mild hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 19.  For a no nonsense lager this one has lots of flavour.

Cali Common – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Cali Common”.  A California Common is made with a lager yeast at Ale temperatures.  The beer pours a straw yellow colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, grain, sweetness and floral hops.  The flavour is of grain, caramel almost bready malts, citrus, herbal and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.3% with an IBU of 33.  The California Common style is definitely a more flavourful lager and this one delivers on that promise.

Commercial Description:  We call this our “gateway beer”. It is a quality craft beer that is both complex, yet accessible – brewed for the common man. This style was born on the West Coast, using lager yeast, yet fermented at ale temperatures. On the nose – subtle toasty, malt aroma, on the tongue – caramel notes, with a dry, crisp body and slight bitter finish

Rizzla Rice Lager – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Rizzla Rice Lager”.  The beer pours a very light straw colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mild bready malts, rice, lemon and sweetness.  The flavour is of mild bready malts, rice, lemon, sweetness and a mild crisp finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 18.  If you know me this is not really my style but it was well brewed and definitely on point.

Commercial Description:  Rizla Rice Lager is an easy drinking Asian style lager. A great session beer for watching sports, weather, and people. Brewed using rice properly, for flavour rather than filler, bittered with classic northern brewer hops to balance the rice sweetness. Makes a great house lager.