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Michelob Honey Lager - Anheuser-Busch

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228 Ratings

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 2.47
pDev: 30.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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:
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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Photo of jwc215
3.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden amber- plenty of clarity. A thin head disappears to a few bubbles.

The smell is of honey and some grain with a hint of light, non-descript hop spicing.

The taste is of honey with some caramel in the back. Sweet, but with some non-descript hops that don't lend bitterness, but some restraint to the sweetness. It has a honey stickiness in the finish.

It is on the fuller-side of light-bodied. Not too fizzy, all things considered.

Too much honey without substance, though there is a slight touch of caramel and light, vague hops - along the "macro" line. Not bad for someone who wants a beer with a heavy hand of honey (and not much else). Honey lingers for an almost annoyingly long time.

jwc215, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of talkinghatrack
1.68/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

a - standard clear light beer with some caramel coloring.

s - light beer. Some sourness and some sweetness.

t - hard to place. Not bad up front but an odd, cloying under-tongue sweetness in the middle. Some decent bitterness at the end but the sweet remains. I guess that's the goal of this honey beer but I don't dig it. And it only gets worse.

m - thin with very small bubbles. Meh.

d - normally my logic is that most light beers are highly drinkable by definition if they are tolerable in taste. This one doesn't appeal to me.

This is a pretty low score from me but I just don't like it.

talkinghatrack, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
2.88/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Michelob really nailed the color on this one, it looks just like honey. A finger of white head rises and falls quickly leaving minimal lace.

S - There's very little aroma here. Some metallic character strikes me first, followed by a vague sweetness that I suppose could be the honey. Graininess hides on the back end.

T - Not too shabby really, but this could be a lot better. Honey provides initial sweetness that reminds me more of cheap rock candy than actual honey. Sweetness fades by about half into a grainy, bland flavor followed by a smidge of bitterness.

M - Solid medium body with moderate to high carbonation. The body holds the sweetness well and high carbonation makes it a bit refreshing.

D - Honey Lager certainly won't knock anyone's socks off, there's simply not enough flavor or complexity going on. It is however an easy drinking beer. Forgettable at best but a passable intro to the uninitiated.

PatrickJR, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of larsee01
2.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A--Clear, reddish-tinged amber. Decent head with surprisingly sticky lace when poured aggressively.

S--Adjuncty and slightly sour yeastiness at first scent. Mild...almost weak. But alas, you will pick up some malty sweetness and honey scent.

T--Sugary sweet at first...more like saccharin! Followed by a bitter kick that I wish I could call balancing. Light, grassy aftertaste. Honestly this taste a lot like a Euro lager. That's unfortunate. Drinkable...even rather refreshing...but flavors are way out of whack. Kind of processed/artificial vibe here. Worst of all, it doesn't taste like a Michelob--a beer I really love!

M--Thin and kind of like sugar water. Not much help in the carbonation department here.

D--Goes down easy, but how many beer sugar bombs are you interested in?

larsee01, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of CityBoy1986
2.05/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The appearance is a nice golden colour. A white head quickly recedes into a film and leaves decent lacing. So far so good.

However, it smells much like traditional Michelob (much wheat) with just a hint of honey. The taste brings out more of the honey, but it doesn't mesh well with the rest of the beer. It's almost as if they just added honey to already-brewed Michelob.

Mouthfeel is also similar to Michelob--light, watery and high in carbonation. Drinkability is very low. Half a bottle is more than enough for me.

I don't know whether the target consumers drink Michelob or if they are craft beer drinkers looking for something cheaper than their usual buys. Whoever they are, Michelob probably won't get them.

CityBoy1986, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
2.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear bronze color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of faint bready malt and nothing else. The taste is of bready malt too...more than the aroma with a hint of honey in the finish. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with carbonation that is too high, and gets in the way of tasting the beer. Overall, this beer is decent at best, and I can't see myself drinking it again.

KarlHungus, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of blackie
3.28/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a nice white head over a golden amber beer, low retention

s: smells of a clean all-grain lager with just a light aroma of real honey, grassy spicy noble hops

m: medium-high carbonation and light-medium body, a bit coating in the finish but generally clean

t: pale lager grains, a touch of spicy, grassy hops, and a quick note of honey in the finish, a slight lingering unpleasant sweetness, a little metallic note that doesn't fade

d: consumed very cold it's best, as the less desirable heavy flavors aren't sensed...so it follows that it loses some drinkability as it warms

used to drink the hell out of this stuff on the cusp of my micro-evolution...yet another single picked up in Hampton

blackie, Dec 12, 2008
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 thekevlarkid
2.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a gold/amber color with lots of visible rising carbonation. The head was one finger thick, bright white and retained ok as a skim but laced very well. The aroma was very much of macro mashed-grain and a little artificial sweetness. The flavors were similar, basic Michelob beer with a little added pale malt sweetness and something syrupy that wanted to be honey ,but wasn't. Blah. Bad aftertaste that lingered, a nail in the coffin. The mouthfeel was good but the carb too high and the body watery. Thumbs down.

thekevlarkid, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.28/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a fizzy gold body leading to an off-white head. The head wasn't that impressive but the lace was nice. It has a two-tone body it gets darker towards the top once things start to settle. It smells mainly sweet a little bit of honey but mostly adjunct and malt. The taste is also somewhat adjunct as well but not bad overall. The after taste is really sweet and honey like. There is a little bitterness and it is a light bodied beer.

MTNboy, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
2.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours crystal clear straw color with decent head and lacing. Moderate head retention.
Smell is a bit grainy, sweetness in the mix, almost candy like.
Taste is way sweet, almost cloying. Mouthfeel is actually pretty good on this one.Finishes on the sweet side.

dmamiano, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Taipans
1.58/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I have never had a "honey lager" before and its going to be impossible to know if this is a good rep of the style or not. However if this is a good rep then I hate Honey Lagers.

The appearence was the only thing somewhat positive about it. Everything else was a disaster. It smelled like candy, tasted very sickening sweet. Had a slick mouthfeel and isnt something you want to drink beyond the initial taste test.

If you want a sweet brew stick with a Wee Heavy, or possibly a Dopplebock. This light lagers infused with flavors are horrible.

Taipans, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Slightly more orange than amber with honey colored trim. Several streams of small bubbles can seen disappearing into the underside of a head that is ecru in color and has acceptable texture. Disrupted rings of sudsy lace don't appear to be committed to the cause.

The nose is way too weak and is bland to boot. It's apparent that the beer is going to be somewhat sweet, although it's difficult to appreciate the honey per se. No real nastiness keeps the score from falling too far.

Honey Lager is the first beer in quite some time to fail what I like to call the involuntary grimace test. If the first sip causes me to (you guessed it) contort my face into an involuntary grimace, then the beer in question is seriously lousy. This beer is seriously lousy. A-B doesn't have a good track record with respect to the IG test.

The flavor profile consists of grain soaked in sugar syrup. That's it. I must have had sweeter beer, but this one seems sweet in an intolerable way. Call me crazy, but it still doesn't taste much like honey. All that extra sugar just glues up the works and prevents the flavor of the grain from being appreciated. Actually, in this case, that's probably a good thing.

There's nothing inherently wrong with the body/mouthfeel, though it could use higher quality carbonation. The honey seems to fill it out a bit, which is a good thing. I still can't go with an average score, though. Mostly because it's so hard to separate mouthfeel from flavor. Gack.

I'm willing to give Anheuser-Busch props when they deserve them. Michelob Honey Lager is deserving of nothing but scorn. Even though it doesn't taste like them, this is beer for those who think that Fruity Pebbles are the ultimate in breakfast cereal. Two thumbs waaay down.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.15/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty gold color, plenty of bubbles and a nice white head on top. Some lacing is evident as the head fades.

I do get the mild aroma of honey and malt, no noticeable hops in the nose. the taste is light and sweet with honey, some graininess in the back and also a bit of a boozy quality from the honey I think. Not at all an alcohol warmth, but just a perceived booziness. Maybe a tinge of bitter hops in the finish but clean and crisp after that. There is no lingering quality to this.

Light bodied, and easy to drink. A nice beginning beer for any BMC drinker looking to step it up a notch.

ZimZamZoom, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
2.85/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

WakeandBake, Nov 09, 2008
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 PatronWizard
2.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Can't hurt. Poured myself one...

Looks like honey, only thinner. Big white head of big white bubbles. Not long lived.

If I close my eyes and wish real hard I can almost smell the honey. Otherwise smells like light beer.

There is a honey sweetness to the flavor. Not bad. Masks the otherwise unsavory light beer flavor.

Medium bodied. Harsh carbonation. Drinkable

Overall: macro with honey

PatronWizard, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.6/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours a golden yellow color with a medium sized a light white colored head that leaves some lacing as it fades.
S: Smells of a light malt flavor and then a nice honey aroma.
T: Malty up front and then alot of very sweet honey to finish off the beer.
M: Very light, a little heavier due to the amount of honey, refreshing. Nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, if it was less sweet maybe a bit more drinkable.

erosier, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of SargeC
3.9/5  rDev +57.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep gold brew with a frothy white head.

Smell: Semi-floral aroma. Sweet malt, minimal hops. Honey sweetness.

Taste: Good malt presence with a hint of honey. Nice minor touch of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium. Very smooth, slightly sticky.

Drinkablity: A lighter beer that has a good, sweet backbone. Refreshing and satisfying.

SargeC, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.63/5  rDev +47%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent 1 1/4 finger head with good retenetion and lacing. The color is orange and the carbation seems effervescent.

Smell is of some pale malts with a hint of caramel malts and honey. There is also a tiny bit of a citrusy and grassy flavor. It seems fairly enticing.

The taste is of pale malts with a good balance of caramel malts and honey. It's actually a nice beer. The only problem is a bit of some off dry tannins in the beer as it warms.

Mouthfeel has a bit of crispness but comes through light and smooth without being watery. The beer finishes a little bit dry as it warms.

This is a good summertime beer and I think it's underrated being that it's an AB product.

jasonjlewis, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of changeup45
2.28/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden color with a thin white head. A definite sweet honey taste. It is light-bodied with honey, corn and a grainy, malty mix. It's not bad for a Michelob and somewhat refreshing and clean. Still, this is not a whole lot better than standard swill.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of kinger
2.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Blast from the past, I came across this on tap last weekend up in Cleveland and had to order one since I haven't come across it in years. I used to work in a beer truck at an outdoor concert center and this was on tap along with regular Michelob. It was decent back in the day, and is still alright in my book. Faint aroma with a sweet honey scent. Pour is so-so, lack of a decent head and lacing knock it below average. Mouthfeel is a touch thin. Flavor is quenching with the basic Michelob/Bud grainy malt but with a good touch of sweet honey.

kinger, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
1.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

appearance - Pours a clear gold color with a small white head.

smell - Grains and honey smell here.

taste - Light malt taste, with a floweral hop flavor and imitation honey at best.

mouthfeel - Light-medium, and watery.

drinkability - This thing is nasty. I'm open minded and thoguht it would be good stuff. Watery, light, has a wiered after taste that after drinkking half of it, I feel like pouring it out.

auxiliary, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale orange body with a small, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Mild aroma of honey, grain, and flowers. Pretty basic, at best, though nothing to get sore about.

Taste: Basically tastes like their standard Michelob with a few drops of honey stirred in. Simple, sweet maltiness with a hint of grain. Faint floral hops with a light bitterness. Encroaching wateriness on the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a terrible ride for the one bottle, though I'd be pretty loathe to accept an entire six-pack.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 10, 2008
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
Michelob Honey Lager from Anheuser-Busch
60 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.