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Oregon Honey Beer - Portland Brewing Company

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Oregon Honey BeerOregon Honey Beer

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BA SCORE
66
poor

104 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 17.45%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
17 IBU

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-13-1998)
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Reviews by JayTheFinn:
Photo of JayTheFinn
2.9/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm still in search of a good honey beer. After being disappointed by Young's Waggledance, a friend told me that Oregon Honeybeer was where it's at. He's got good, sensible tastes, but I have to disagree with this one. The honey taste, as well as smell, is so light and nearly just plain lacking. Change the name to Oregon Pale Ale and that would do away with the expectations. I might've even given it a higher score!

JayTheFinn, Jun 07, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – The light yellow body is amazingly clear, sporting a bit of carbonation and a smallish head.

Smell – The grainy base is overladen with a bit of zesty citrus hopping, but other than that there doesn’t seem to be much there.

Taste – The hops are AWOL at the taste, leaving nothing but the light grain. It’s not a bad beer, there’s just nothing there. Certainly no honey to speak of.

Mouthfeel – Light in the body with a little carbonation but nothing else.

Drinkability – This wasn’t bad, but it was terribly boring.

RoyalT, Jan 27, 2004
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: On tap.

Appearance: Clear straw in colour with a ring of bubbly white lace.

Smell: Faint grain and malt.

Taste: Very smooth mouthfeel from the addition of honey, light hop bitterness and mild malt.

Notes: No surprises in this brew ... just drinkable at that.

BeerAdvocate, Aug 13, 1998
Photo of Thrasher
3.2/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

After inundating myself with dark, strong winter beers over the past couple weeks, I was looking for a change. Well this fit the bill for sure. Pale, pale yellow with largeish head that vanishes, some lace. Malts are light, some sweetness boosted by honey which I thought was unmistakeably noticeable. Ends up being very sweet indeed. Some grassy hops are only evident in faint wisps, as is a strange Euroskunk aroma and flavor (think Heineken or Grolsch). Water-thin but quenching mouthfeel. Tart, appley finish. This is really no different than a million other pale yellow fizzy lagers (although this may be an ale) except for maybe a bigger sweetness and a cleaner flavor (from Mac's generally good ingredients and brewcraft). May be good ice cold in the middle of the summer if you're fishing or something. Maybe also suitable for drinking large quantities of at a party. Not as good as Mac's other beers and not worth more than $6 a sixer.

Thrasher, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of IntriqKen
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very light orange gold pour with a single finger head that melts quickly to very thin lacing.
Aroma is malt with a little honey.
Taste is sweet malt followed by too tiny a hops taste, then a honey cloying.
Aftertaste is of the honey...sticky and cloying on the tongue.
Mouthfeel is moderate.
Not a sessionable brew for me...it's as if the honey is used to hide things, rather than create a balanced brew

IntriqKen, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
2.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours from the 12oz bottle a bright golden color topped by a wisp of fizzy white head. Not-so-appealing aroma of cheap grain and malt, with a hint of honey. Palate is light malt, a bit of honey, and more than a little metallic tinge. Body is a little thin, although carbonation is decent. There may have been a time when this beer was more drinkable, but I think the quality control has gone a bit downhill at Portland Brewing.

ElGordo, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of TYE
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear golden color with slight a slight amber hue that produces a big-bubbled white foam head that dissipates quickly to nothing. No lace. No drink-by date on bottle.
S - Aroma is of barley grain and a slight touch of honey. Not overwhelmingly strong, but not a weak aroma, neither.
T - Tastes of grain and a touch of honey, just like the smell. Medium flavor in the mouth, but once swallowed it is gone. Finishes clean with no aftertaste.
M - Medium to high carbonation. On the light side of light to medium bodied. No hop bitterness. Smooth and almost a bit watery.
D - A good, easy to drink, beer. Nothing too special, but nothing really bad, either. Good balance of light flavors. If you're in the mood for a little sweet and easy, this one's ok.

TYE, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of BierFan
2.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hard pour produced only a thin head and the head vanished in record time. Golden body with good carbonation.

Smell: As the name would lead you to believe, this beer definitely has honey in it. Not much else to say about the smell, really.

Taste: The honey flavor is especially strong in the aftertaste. Low hop bitterness.

Besides that little bit of honey the beer doesn't have a whole lot going on. It's just a gimmicky pale lager.

BierFan, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of theopholis
2.4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours a very clear pale yellow/gold. AHas a very small, tight, white head with no staying power and no lace.

Aroma- Quite sour for a honey, which is kind of weird. Some floral hops, and some herbs I can't figure out.

Taste- A mix of sour-mash and graininess. Some bittering hops, and a touch of flavoring hops. Not very malty. Can't say I'm real impressed.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel. About what I would expect for the style. A bit over-carbonated, and it has a very dry finish.

Drinkability- It's not aweful, but it's not really very enjoyable either.

theopholis, Feb 17, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev 0%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the Coop for about $1.35.. poured into my New Belgium tulip.

1" head disappears quickly only a touch or two of lacing... very clear straw gold color.

Aroma is clean pale malt and little else... maybe a little clover honey essence .. or I could be just imagining things... reminds me of a Kolsche.

Flavor is again very clean.. bready pale grains with a touch of sweetness mid palate.. more subtle honey essence... very low spicy hop flavor... Body is light medium and budding prickly carbonation.

I am not reviewing the beer as an APA... not even close to an APA.. not pretending to be an APA... Definately more similar to an American Blond or a Kolsche.

I don't know why people have a problem with this beer. It is not my thing, but for what it is, it's pretty good... very drinkable and certainly a beer that even the most stubborn macro drinker would appreciate.

JohnGalt1, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of Bierguy5
2.23/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy gold liquid. Thin white head disappears very quickly. Sweet grainy smell, maybe some orange zest. Pale and sweet malt, with sourness following. Sweet initially like cider. Very little hop flavor or bitterness. No honey smoothness. Light body, moderate carbonation. Not much flavor, the sourness fights off any honey flavor or smoothness that could be present. Not very drinkable. Pass on this one.

Bierguy5, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of jeffjeff1
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up in Clayton while getting dinner at Johnny's Deli.

Appearance- gold color, little to no head

Smell- malt, honey

Taste- honey, light flavor

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- ok It's kinda average. Not very flavorful though. I'm used to more full flavored beers.

jeffjeff1, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of wcudwight
2.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow in color. Almost pastel yellow. Thin fizzy head that is gone before the pour is finished. Lot's of carbonation bubbles.
Smell is musty grain and malt.
Starts off smooth, very malty, sweet, and you can taste the honey. It's a little off on the finish though. No hops in the flavor.
Mouthfeel is that of a light lager.
It's drinkable. It fit the bill for what I was looking for. A hot summertime quaffer and something to pair with hot pockets. Unless you are looking for something to drink on a hot day or something to pair with hotpockets I would avoid.

wcudwight, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of djeucalyptus
2.9/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

After seeing this time and time again, I figured what the hell, and picked up a 12oz bottle.

Poured a lackluster crystal celar drab golden yellow color with a bubbly white foam, almost reminiscent of mountain dew. Fizzles out quickly, and leaves pretty much no lacing.

aroma is negligible, with vague hints of a macro lager. Grain with a bit of hay, maybe a hint of hops? and a bit of sweet light malt, maybe reminiscent of honey.

Taste isn't surprising given the aroma. Tastes like a macro (adjunct?) lager... grainy, a hints of grass, corn, light malt, and maybe a touch of weak hops. The honey sweetness if fairly pleasant and not cloying, but strong enough to make it fairly interesting.

mouthfeel is bubbly with some high carbonation. a bit syrupy for the lightness and low abv... fizzy and tingly.

meh. I could see this as an entry into craft brews, as it's fairly approachable, but not really a good example of APA. Fairly lackluster and weak, with a definite macro-lager-esque flavor profile. Not one I'd ever revisit, although not the worst brew I've had.

djeucalyptus, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of nairb80
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Compaired to other APA's this one; for me; falls short. I like a little honey flavor in my beer every now and then; but this one didn't do it for me.

Once i poured this beer into my pint glass I was excited to taste it. The apperance looked appealing; but after tasting it I struggled to finish it.

I would not recommend this beer. If your looking for a good APA I recommend Shipyard Export Ale.

nairb80, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of StevieW
2.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Shiny clear yellow color, a bit more color than a standard American mass produced lager. Faint white head, didn't last worth a damn. Smell was full of grain, metal, and odd sourness.No sweetness or honey to note, especially for a honey beer, this is not a good sign. I was worried it had gone bad. Taste was sweet to start, faint honey flavor. Mostly grain, and lots of it. Tasted more like a bran muffin than a beer. Watery and thin feel, mildly carbonated. Hard to finish. Too much grain and metal combined.

StevieW, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of Gusler
2.63/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The pour a limpid golden yellow color, the head modest in size, frothy in texture and the residual lace a fine sheet to coat the glass. Mostly malt in the nose, clean and fresh. Start is malt which leads to a skinny top and the finish crisply acidic, hops scarce, aftertaste dry and lightly sweet. To my palate, a bit bland, could use a touch more hops, drinkable but not a beer that garners much favor with me.

Gusler, Jan 26, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
3.1/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light golden in color with a touch of hazy, quite small off white head that disappears quickly, decent carbonation, good lace. Aroma has some honey notes and mild malts, fairly nondescript. Taste begins with mild sweet malts and honey notes, midway through the taste the carbonation rises strongly, finishes crisp and dry with a hint of residual sweetness.

While this is not a great beer, it is certainly not bad and can serve well as an entree to better beers for friends and significant others. This is certainly true of my fiancee, who passes on stouts and pale ales, but can be persuaded to try a beer like this - hope springs eternal.

Pegasus, Oct 21, 2002
Photo of Zorro
2.23/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a plain clear yellow color, I can't call this gold no matter how I look at it.

Smell is American wheat beer funk. There is a bit of hops and malt there but not much.

Taste is bland. It is like a boring American wheat beer, only with less personality. I think Budweiser might be better than this one. It won't make you sick, but you will wish you had bought something else. At best a 2 maybe a 1.75.

It does have some Mouthfeel.

Drinkable as in I can swallow it. I won't buy this again, EVEN IF Budweiser is the only other choice.

Zorro, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of jakewatt135
3/5  rDev +9.1%

jakewatt135, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of jwc215
2.58/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazed golden with a thin white head that fizzles down to a vanishing patch.

The smell is of grain and honey - mild.

The taste is bland - some grain - some hops balance it out because sweetness is restrained - honey in the finish. Fizziness gives it a bit of "wet cardboard" taste. Water, thin, fizzy. Honey almost saves it a bit because it is not cloyingly sweet, but noticeable. I could have almost confused it with a macro honey lager.

This is the third, and final, beer from a variety pack from this brewery. While the other two were nothing special/forgettable, this one is annnoyingly forgettable.

jwc215, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of zaptone
3/5  rDev +9.1%

zaptone, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Reidrover
2.42/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ok one of the Portland Brews I had been avoiding, but I gotta take one for the site!
This is not a very nice looking beer poured into a glass pale yellow,almost canola oil colour..tiny wispy head.
the aroma is barelly there just some weakish malt aroma,something else akin to melted plastic.
the taste is very little sweet malts ,followed by a macro like semi-bitterness, can taste the honey only in the aftertaste.
Not great on the palate..very watery.
Im surprised that MacTs brews a beer this bad..yes most of there other stuff is only just above average..but I like them..I do not like this "effort".

Reidrover, Sep 11, 2004
Photo of Enola
2.7/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale ale this is not. The beer is light yellow and there was a thin white head that dissapeared quickly. The smell is of corn and grain. Not as harsh as some macros but still not a smooth beer. You certainly want this one cold. I could session this beer though. It is worthy of that. Overall, a session beer that is average for that application.

Enola, Aug 26, 2006
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Oregon Honey Beer from Portland Brewing Company
66 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.