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Michelob Honey Lager - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Honey LagerMichelob Honey Lager

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227 Ratings

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 2.47
pDev: 30.77%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-01-2002

We brew our Michelob Honey Lager with European aromatic hops and toasted caramel barley malt for a balanced taste.
What makes this beer really special, however, is the addition of a touch of natural wildflower honey. It all adds up to a just slightly sweet and uniquely soft beer.

21 IBU
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Ratings: 227 | Reviews: 142
Reviews by WakeandBake:
Photo of WakeandBake
2.83/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle.Pours golden and clear with less than a one finger head it had some decent lacing and head retention. The aroma was sugary/honey sweet with possibly some corn? The taste was sickly sweet from first sip to finish. The beer was medium bodied, smooth but not very easy to drink.Did not detect any hops at all,a good dose of them may have helped out a bit here.

More User Reviews:
Photo of twi1609372
3.55/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this was a suprise. i was expecting much much sweeter. THis beer was about right as far as the sweetness meter goes. Other than that it did have a pretty good flavor. but the sweetness was definetly the centerpiece. Overall looked normal, smelt sweet, tasted slightly sweet. finished with a honyesk aftertaste.

Photo of Jason
1.2/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist bottle, with a “Born On Date” on the label on the neck.

Appearance: Golden hue with a bright clarity, obviously they were going for that deep golden honey colour. Above par head retention, nice and bubbly with some stickiness.

Smell: Weird grainy aroma that is similar to horse feed or green barley, little sugary sweet also.

Taste: Smooth mouth feel with a moderate body, little bit of slickness on the tongue. Carbonation is moderate, the sweetness is so high it is nearly unpalatable. Hops are minimal. More and more sweetness, does not taste natural though that is what is stated on the label. Bit of tingling carbonation is the only thing that tries to off set the sweetness. Residual sweetness run rampant to the point of sickly.

Notes: Pretty bad, way too sweet and very hard to drink one 12 oz bottle. Needs a bigger twang of hop and/or a bit of dryness. Not recommended at all.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours typical yellow, decent carbonation. Only a slight head. The smell is sweet and inviting. Taste is sweet, but not overpoweringly so. You get the honey taste pretty strong, so any malt is hidden. Hops are decent. Finishes with a sweet honey aftertaste. I don't like honey brews, and this hasn't changed my opinion.

Photo of merlin48
2.53/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a sampler box I bought mostly for the two included glasses, and to pacify the manager of a local beer store that is trying to get her distributor to find something more exotic than Heineken and Sam Adams. Pours a clear golden amber, off-white head disappears in seconds. Nose is honey sweet, maybe a faint hint of malts and hops. Mouthfeel is sweet, slightly carbonated. Taste is sweet honey,not much else. No lacing is evident as the glass empties. Not much here to balance the honey sweetness. Syrupy aftertaste doesn't improve my opinion of this mediocre offering.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is honey with some grain notes. The flavor is heavy on the honey but I also get some banana and grain. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not great, but not terrible.

Photo of Hugh37
2.25/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of rhinonau
3.25/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of wattoclone
1.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Photo of Mantooth
1.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Photo of t00sl0w
2.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a- dark gold with a white head that goes away rather fast, and leaves baby laces.

s- personally, i cant stand the smell of this, its weird, cant reallly describe it. kinda malty though.

t- light, malty, sweet

m/d- way carbonated, so, that kills the mouthfeel, but its light so its easy to drink.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Not very distinguishable from the hefe. Good clarity, a light to medium yellow tinge to it. Sweet, but not too sweet honey aroma.

Taste, goes downhill quick, funny aftertaste from whatever honey they are using, doesn't do well with the high carbonation, just a fizzy honey aftertaste and corn left over. A neat beer to smell, but not much else going on here noteworthy.

Photo of ADR
2.95/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Of all the Michelob "craft brews", this one is least likely to give me a headache (before the Michelob line, the AB "Black and Tan" Porter was my favorite but it was long ago discontinued)...a look at the ingredients label told me that this brew doesn't include rice or other grains, differing from the others...maybe? Very average and a little greasy, because of the honey, I guess...when I'm trapped into bringing something home from a limited grocery selection, I might get this...no hops, malt hidden by sweetness, but I can drink it...

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Honey golden amber tone with a decent sized silky white head leaves behind some scanty lacing. Aroma: Label claims all malt, this maybe but it's a mild biscuit malt sweetness blended with honey sweetness this one's not bad some very light hopping. Taste: It's not off to me just honey trace throught it with some light bready malt sweetness finishing hops to balance not horrible. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied not too impressed with this aspect and quite overcarbonated. Drinkability: Well, not a staple but the best of the Michelob sampler in my opinion, refreshing and strangely not bad.

Photo of JamesStreet
2/5  rDev -19%

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, sudsy white head, which settles quite slowly, leaving a drooping ring of lace around the glass. It smells of country road weeds, light honey, and mild white grain. The taste is honey, mild sweet rice/corn malt, and metallic, floral hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium weight, sugary smooth, and soft. It finishes fairly sweet, the malt and honey redoubling their efforts.

Not a bad honey lager - it tastes like, well, honey, which also provides the benefit of distracting from the otherwise mediocre amber lager underlying things. For all the weak-ass honey ales/lagers that I've had over the years that hardly have a whiff of honey essence and sweetness to them, now I get (pretty close to) the real deal from AB? Will wonders never cease?

Photo of asabreed
2.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Decent head and lacing, actually lots of lacing, though the color pretty much looks like urine without many bubbles, which, basically, is the color or urine.

Smell: Smells like a Michelob beer, some grain, some grain, some grain, some corn. No honey, no malt really. Not very good.

Taste: Michelob lager with some artificial sugars added? Doesn't taste like honey, though it's certainly sweet I suppose. That's about it. The aftertaste is slightly malty and lingers slightly decently on the tongue, but the aftertaste should not be better than everything else regarding taste, though here that's the case.

Mouthfeel: Not too much carbonation, pretty slick and water, light to medium body.

Drinkability: The artificial sweetness is only detrimental to this beer; it doesn't taste like honey, but almost like someone threw an Equal packet into Michelob lager. I wanted to like this, I really did. But I can't, I just can't.

Photo of cokes
1.29/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Honey colored- and probably not naturally so- with a tight crop of off-white suds that die to a collar then stay a bit.
Wet sileage nose with a dollop of brown sugar sweetness.
More of that weird, wet, grainy cowfeed in the mouth. Then the sweetness greases the mouth with a pasty, honey-ish, sugariness. Some tea like tannic qualities underneath, but not seemingly hop derived. It's like a watery iced tea with about 6 tablespoons of Splenda.
This cloys up fast. It's all oversweet and artificial. Medium bodied, low-to-moderate CO2.
An absolute chore, and I think I'm giving up.

Photo of pmcadamis
1.65/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My fiance bought a sixer of this and didn't like it so I jumped on the grenade.

A - Light honey brown with a hint of burnt orange. A thin flimsy cap stays there for all of about three seconds before reducing to a wimpy little collar.

S - Honey, grain, and a stale styrofoam cup aroma. And no, I didn't pour it into a styrofoam cup. Smells really sweet and heavy with honey.

T - Thick syrupy honey flavors without a heavy mouthfeel. Strangely, it tastes "heavy" if that makes sense, but it's really quite dull and flavorless. Tastes a bit like cheap honey-flavored tea. Not altogether terrible, but it ain't good.

M - Thin, watery, and overcarbonated. I can feel the sugar, but not in a good Dopplebock sort of way. More like dropping a teaspoon of honey and another of sugar into a big glass of water.

D - Poor. This is really a mess.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.19/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Thick, solid brown. No foam or carbonation to speak of and not much lacing.

Smell: Strong honey. I love the smell of honey, so that probably raises my grade here. Some caramel malt mixed in as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Honey in the taste, and that's about it. This beer is very, very sweet. Extremely thick, viscous mouthfeel, almost like corn syrup (which it also tastes like a bit).

Drinkability: The sweetness overpowers in this beer, and for that it's kind of weird.

Overall: A missed opportunity. A little less sweetness would make this enjoyable.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +55.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Michelob's Honey Lager delivers a clear, deep golden body capped by an average-sized head of white foam that drops shortly but maintains a thin surface covering, and leaves some nice lace before it goes. The nose is welcoming with a disctinctly sweet, honey flavor and some malt. There's no hop presence to speak of, but that's to be expected for the style. Surprisingly dextrinous in the mouth, it's creamy and smooth with a medium body and delicate carbonation that gently bristles the tongue. The flavor is sweet and honeyish as well, but it's not overdone; and there's enough bitterness there to pull it into a drying finish, and keep it from becoming cloying. Well done!

Photo of jdavidson84
4.14/5  rDev +67.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice clean head. Easy Drinkability. This is a great beer for hot wings or any other of your favorite spicey foods. I found this beer one of the best I have enjoyed in a long time. It's totally Bitchin'. I wish I could buy this beer all the time. I Love Honey Beer!!!!

Photo of Damian74Shensky
2/5  rDev -19%

Photo of avisong
2.25/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of JohnFatAss
2.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a nice deep gold color. Medium bodied, nice sweet smell. Slightly sweet taste, but does not taste like honey to me. More of an artificial sweetner taste.
Slightly bitter after taste to balance things out.

Nothing offensive about this beer, but nothing makes me want to drink more of it.

It is not horrible, but I would not buy it again. I would probably turn it down even it was offered for free.

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Michelob Honey Lager from Anheuser-Busch
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