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Michelob Honey Lager - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
60
poor

227 Ratings
THE BROS
33
awful

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 2.47
pDev: 31.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-01-2002)
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Ratings: 227 | Reviews: 142 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

EagleTalon, May 14, 2002
Photo of DrMindbender
1/5  rDev -59.5%

DrMindbender, Sep 29, 2014
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1/5  rDev -59.5%

ZOSO2192, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of CoryK86
1/5  rDev -59.5%

CoryK86, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of shufon
1/5  rDev -59.5%

shufon, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of MPSTARR
1/5  rDev -59.5%

MPSTARR, Jun 13, 2013
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1/5  rDev -59.5%

bmcduff2, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of TastyTaste
1.02/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a bright looking gold color. That is where the positives end. Sweet and funky tasting that made me hold back my gag reflex. I guess honey is not supposed to be in beer (see Leinie's HoneyWeiss). Drinking this beer was not a very pleasant experience. I cannot recommend anyone buying this beer for anything except practical jokes.

TastyTaste, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of mhewes
1.08/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A : Pours a clear golden with a small white head

S : Has a malt and honey aroma. Not that good of a smell. Something's off

T : Honey and malty flavors. Not that good at all

M : Thin, crisp, watery

D : Drainpour. I wouldn't touch this one again.

mhewes, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of John1985
1.1/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Yuck!! Golden appearance, some malt flavor up front, overpowered by a sickly sweet flavor that goes through the aftertaste. Totally unbalanced.

Tastes like they poured a whole jar of honey in one beer!! Seems like it was made for underaged high school girls. A very, very poor effort!

John1985, Jan 01, 2002
Photo of rye726
1.13/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I thought that honey might mike this beer a little more enjoyable. In reality, it just adds an off anrtificial flavor to an already bad experience. The same yellow color and no head. The nose and taste are all stale rice. Watery body does not drink well at all.

rye726, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of Jason
1.18/5  rDev -52.2%
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.

Jason, Jan 07, 2002
Photo of cokes
1.25/5  rDev -49.4%
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.

cokes, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of mpalestino
1.25/5  rDev -49.4%

mpalestino, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of lester619
1.25/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer has a deep golden clear honey color. I get the impression they used artifical coloring to make looks as much like honey as possible. Smell is overwhelmingly sweet honey with a few floral characteristics. The sweetness is the dominant force though. This is undrinkable. It tastes as if someone took a bottle of michelob, poured a third of it out, filled the bottle with honey and put the cap back on. That's probably not too far from the truth. It just horrible sticky disgusting sweet and nothing else. Avoid it like grim death.

lester619, Oct 29, 2009
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1.25/5  rDev -49.4%

Dapper_Dan_Man, Aug 04, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -49.4%

Mebuzzard, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of acrawf6
1.27/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer had a very nice appearance to it; a darker straw color. Very nice. That is the only nice thing about it.

The head poured out white and smelled very grainy and i thought kinda sweet too.

Taste is very interesting, but not in a good way. I think it definetely has a honey taste, but i dont think real honey is good and should not bee in beer (pardon the pun). When drinking all i can think is that is is sweet and bad. It filled my mouth just fine, but the second it is swallowed, watch out... that honey sweetness will hit you!

overall, a horrible beer. I think it is physically impossible for me to finish a sixer in a night if i tried. way to sweet with no other flavor.

acrawf6, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of proc
1.3/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Cloying and sickeningly sweet. J.W. Dundees does a better job with their Honey Brown. This smells o.k., pours out to a bright yellow, then assaults you mouth with a nasty, sweet taste that follows through all the way to the end.

proc, Apr 26, 2002
Photo of LarryV
1.35/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Wow, it's been awhile since I've had a really bad beer, but this one fit the bill. Pours a golden color with a bit of a glow almost. Not much of a head, a little sticky lacing. Sweet - very sweet with a strong honey flavor. It's almost like they just took some raw honey and stirred it in to sweeten the beer. The problem is that there's nothing to balance the sweetness, hops are virtually nonexistent. Real hard to get through a bottle of this.

LarryV, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Illini5596
1.35/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Well what can I say? It's beer and honey flavored water. Slight head, but not worth speaking of, this one is made to be drunk from the bottle. All in all what you would expect from Michelob, low quality beer at a very affordable price. A beer for people who don't like beer, it has almost no flavor, but without the perks of flavorless light beers as it is loaded with carbs. Not offensive, but not worth touching.

Illini5596, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of BeerAngel
1.38/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours an ultra clear golden/orange with a tiny, I mean TINY white head that all but completely disappeared. The smell is a very faint fresh bread smell that is lightly sweet. The taste of honey is very, very apparent in this beer. Almost overwhelmingly so. Whew!...this thing is sweet tasting with a carb bite and nothing else can get past the honey. Strange tasting at best. For a company that's normally scared to use flavor, they went "flip-side" on the honey here! They just don't understand if you have bold flavor, you have to provide some type of complexity to it to counter balance things. Very light bodied and oh so sweet (not in a good way). Not very drinkable at all in fact I struggled through 12 ounces of this stuff. Cheers!

BeerAngel, Nov 17, 2002
Photo of Hunter
1.4/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Yet another expedition into cheap US macrobrews. This was on sale for $5 a six-pack, so I thought I'd give it a try.

Beer pours a dark red-gold in color. Nice billowy head that builds fast and thick, but dissipates quickly. Thick clumps of lace cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell is strangely subdued, especially for an adjunct lager. Faint tace of hops, some honey, little else.

Everything goes wrong with the taste, however. Most beers using honey employ it as a means of adding a subtle taste. Not this one. I've had meads that have less honey kick to them. Way too sweet, and really more like white sugar than honey. Nothing else comes through. Mouthfeel is too cloying for a lager, and I'm left with a sweetened-tea aftertaste.

I'll finish the other 5 bottles in a frozen mug, to deaden my taste buds. Won't be coming back to this.

Hunter, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of Seanibus
1.43/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Ew, ew, ew. Do not drink this beer. It tastes like some kind of hellish honey-flavored candy - a bitter honey candy at that.

It starts out ok, actually - pours a clear yellowish. I had to work pretty hard to get much head, but with a very aggressive pour, it produces about an inch of froth, which falls away to nothing almost immediately and leaves not a trace of lacing. But still, not that bad.

The aroma too is OK: slight with a little whiff of honey. So far so good.

But then the first sip. Oh, that first sip. Sweet, cloying, artificial, medicinal, industrial, Band-Aidy. Oh, there's honey on there, all right, but where's the damned beer?

The mouthfeel, unfortunately, is rather clingy, leaving me scrambling for something to remove the honeyish stink and film from my mouth. The finish is like a crushed aspirin tablet on the tongue - bitter, astringent, persistent, chemically.

God, what a waste of perfectly good honey.

Seanibus, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of mynie
1.48/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Nice little head. Dark gold color. Nice but nothing special.

Adjunct odor. Malt mixed with random weeds that I've probably never heard of before. Inoffensive but flat.

Sweet! Not like, "Sweet!" as is "Cool!" but "Sweet!" as in "taste like deadly, overpowering sugar." This is the honniest honey beer I have ever drank. There's some simple malt in the back that leaves a slight hint of a nice, dry aftertaste, but it's just not enough. More bitter at the back, please. Balance this sonofabitch out.

Almost horrible, too much like sugar water. I couldn't see myself drinking too many of these. Feels like I'm rotting my teeth.

mynie, Jan 06, 2005
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Michelob Honey Lager from Anheuser-Busch
60 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.