Michelob Honey Lager - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Honey LagerMichelob Honey Lager

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 2.47
pDev: 30.36%
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: 229 | Reviews: 142
Reviews by greywolf:
Photo of greywolf
4.88/5  rDev +97.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i just finished one of these a few moments ago and can still teaste the fresh honey flavor(ok well not fresh) but you know what i am talking about,,

A,,,this beer had a color of goldeness to it

S one could smell the hint of honey and not just the first sip but all the way to the end

T the teaste of this beer reminded me of honeysuckles that used to grow out the back of my house as a child,,

M..it felt refreshing with every sip

D the drinkability was major smooth and was deffently a beer i will add to my now growing collection of beers i enjoy

on a differnt note,,,my wife who does not really even care for beer but bless her she tries one of everyone i ever get,,,,she loved this beer and as had me get it now for when we have people over i think this beer may turn her around,,lolo

so guys if ur wife.girlfriend.other does not really enjoy beer give this one a shot,,,,

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 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 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 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.

Photo of bditty187
2.85/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Any beer that tastes better out of the bottle has problems. I was dissatisfied at the lack of head and head retention. I was dejected at the lack of smell, some faint sweetness (honey?) but nothing noteworthy. The taste seemed kind of manufactured; the honey/sweetness did not seem natural. I did not find the flavors overwhelming nor did I find them overly enjoyable. I could drink one or two of these (in a pinch) and that’s about all…

Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.57/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Leftover from the Ales and Lagers Winter 12 pack. Pours a straw color, with thin carbonation, the thin head disseminates rapidly. Very faint honey and grainy smell. The honey taste stays throughout with somewhat of a bad syrup feel left on the palate. The idea is right, a decent balance of the honey, but a bit tough to drink; however, might be one of the better Michelob brews, still . . .

Photo of Stubbie1
2.83/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I dont know why I try all these odd flavored beers. This pours a dark gold with a fast fading head which turns to a lace. The aroma of honey is there, not much of anything else. The taste has a bit malt but is over ran with honey, a bit too much for me. I would like a slight hint of it. Not bad but nothing that I would drink again.

Photo of EagleTalon
1/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I think the BA reviewers were on to something. The brewers were full of crap--this is not what it should be. Honey, when added into the fermentation process (where it belongs, IMO) will NOT sweeten the beer. Honey is 100% simple sugar, thus 100% fermentable. I can't stand it when brewers and meaderies make such cloyingly sweet beverages such as Michelob Honey Lager. What they are really doing is "flavoring" this otherwise decent beer with honey to give it honeyish aroma and sweetness. They have to add it after the yeast has been removed or killed, otherwise it would ferment out and you would get a drier, more vinous flavor from the honey and maybe the aromatics of the flowers the bees were using. Dundee, A-B, stop doing this! It misrepresents the true role of honey in fermented beverages. I damn it on principle.

Photo of puboflyons
2.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled on October 11, 2010. The pour is fairly typical for a honey ale with an orange tone and a short-lasting fizzy white head that bubbles to nothing. The aroma is full of honey and malts. The taste is about the same. There is nothing special going on here.

Photo of BeerskiBrewski61
3.76/5  rDev +52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is really pretty decent. I normally don't say too many good things about Anheuser-Douch beers, but this beer is pretty decent. It looks good, smells good, tastes real good, left a good after taste in your mouth, and is very drinkable.
It has a nice form head when poured, the color is a nice auburn and is clear.
I don't know if a heavy rock fell upon the head of Anheuser-Busch, but they are now brewing pretty decent beers.

Photo of SickGnar
2.91/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden with a light copper tinge. Two fingers worth of just off-white head falls quickly to a bit of a ring and doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Candy-like, floral, but necessarily honey sweetness predominates. Sort of one dimensional - it avoids being cloying by not being very powerful.

T: Distinct honey sweetness and flavor. Again, right at the verge of being cloying but not quite there. Hops and carbonation somewhat balance things out, but this is a sweet beer. Some bready/doughy malts come through. The hops have a nice spicy character that works well with the honey.

M: Medium to just over medium body with slightly under matched carbonation. It has a nice softness but without being really creamy or smooth. Some residual sugars but a semi-dry bite late in the finish.

D: Well done and reasonably balanced. Great for what it is, a sort of gateway brew. Nice and drinkable and, actually, pretty damn fair.

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Michelob Honey Lager from Anheuser-Busch
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