Mexican Honey Imperial Lager - Indeed Brewing Company

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88
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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: gatornation on 08-17-2013

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Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 20
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Photo of cuttlery
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty good stuff for a lager. Can see myself drinking enough of this on a hot summer day and falling off a deck somewhere

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Rich gold with good sized white cap.

Smell: Biscuit, hay, spice, apple, citrus and honey.

Taste: Backbone of biscuit, apple, citrus, sweet honey and hay. Some light spiciness from the hops, but restrained. The finish is definitely mead-like, with some floral notes as well.

Feel: Medium to full body, ample carbonation, sudden drying finish from the honey to combat the honeycomb sweetness it had previously imparted.

Overall: Good Imperial Lager with lots of taste and a nice citrus and mead profile from the Mexican Honey. I like the way honey can both provide a sweet taste and a dry finish. Could have used a little more hops for balance instead of primarily relying on the dried out honey finish, but very good nonetheless.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours bright straw under a 2” finely bubbled white foam cap that clings to the side of the glass.
S: Light orange and honey on the nose with light grains in the background.
T: Honeyed light grains with orange highlights.
F: Dry and crispy with medium carbonation and a medium light body. Has a little honey texture and stickiness on the finish that lingers and coats the tongue.
O: A big, refreshing summer beer.

Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into an Indeed shaker glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge four finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A crisp, bready, and sweet malt forward aroma with good hints of biscuit, honey, and citrus. Pale malt with upfront hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, straw, and lager yeast. Big sweet hints of honey. Citrus fruit hints of orange and lemon. Also some earthy and floral hop hints. A very solid sweet Pilsner aroma.

Taste: Like the smell previews, a nicely crisp, sweet, and bready malt driven taste with notes of biscuit, citrus, and sweet honey. Bready pale malt with notes of biscuit, cracker, grains, straw, hay, and lager yeast. Big notes of honey sweetness. Citrus fruit notes of oranges and lemon zest. Subtle floral and earthy hop presence. A pretty good big Pils taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and nicely smooth. Starts sweet and finishes dry.

Overall: A pretty good take on a bigger Pilsner. The added honey adds a nice sweet kick without making things overly sweet.

Photo of OStrungT
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color, with a thick pillowey white head. The head fades ever so slowly, leaving a massive lace.

This beer has a grainy aroma. I detect some pepper nots as well as some grass. It has a very mild honey aroma.

As with the aroma, the honey that I was expecting takes a back seat to the grainy flavor. It is a little more pronounced, but only slightly.

This beer is crisp. It is carbonated well. It leaves a grain aftertaste with a hint of honey. The a kohl content is very well masked in this beer. Is it sessionsble? I don't think so, but I am not opposed to drinking a bottle or two.

Overall, this is a pretty decent beer. I don't love it, but I like it enough. Thanks go out to my good friend Sarah for including this with a plethora of fine Minnesota beers!

Photo of morimech
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with a dense two fingers of white head. The head settles to a thick cap with heavy lacing being left down the glass during consumption.

One of the most amazing floral aromas I have smelled in a beer. Hints of orange peel and lemon zest. Light hint of cracker like malt.

Nice honey flavor that is sweet, but not cloying. Nice compliments of citrus and flowers. A touch of perfume from the alcohol. I was afraid that this might be overly sweet but straddles a fine line with the help of the Amarillo hops and pilsner malt.

Feels like an imperial beer. Wish it had a little bit more carbonation. Feels a little clingy on the palate.

Has some amazing features. Keep these unusual beers coming Indeed. Another winner.

Photo of jwerner23
4/5  rDev +1.5%

This was an interesting beer. At first I thought it was just ok and hid the alc. content very well. I picked up on the honey flavor early on but it changed a little the emptier the bottle got. It definitely grew on me the more I drank. By the time I emptied the bottle I couldn.t believe it was already gone. At first sip you think it is just ok but by the end you are wanting more and wondering where it all went. Another great beer by the guys at Indeed.

Photo of CraigP83
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Radiant golden brew. Smells like a standard lager nothing special here. Taste is honey and a little boozy. OK flavor for a springtime beer. One of my favorite thing about lagers though is their sessionability and at 8% this beer destroys that benefit.

Photo of gatornation
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is an Imperial Lager but did not see the listing so set as Pils

A-pours a nice glowing golden color with a white frothy head and nice lacing
S- nice malts with honey crisp hops and bread very nice
T-pale malts meet crisp citrus hops with a kiss of tasty honey and baked bread
M- smooth lager malts mixed with sweet honey blended nicely with citrus hops lingering honey and malts
O-well done double lager so tasty and smooth ABV hidden

Photo of KarlHungus
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear bright gold color. The head is a massive two and a half inches of billowy white foam that recedes slowly leaving nice lacing. The aroma is of honey, lavender, hibiscus, and chrysanthemum. There is a lot going on in this aroma, and it seems that a different flower sticks out with every whiff. The taste is sweeter than the aroma with lots of honey up front. The finish is much more floral than the sip, and lingers nicely. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a really well crafted beer that I can see drinking regularly when it is available.

Photo of zeledonia
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can, tasted 5 March 2015. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very clear bright golden color. One finger of white head, decent retention, okay lacing. Minimal visible carbonation.

Smells of grains and lager yeast, with just the faintest touch of honey. Not bad, but not all that interesting.

Taste is pretty good. Starts out clean, tips sweet, then fades bitter, but all of those characteristics in moderation. It's flavorful and varied, though I wish I liked the particular flavors more.

Feel is really nice. Fuller and richer than most lagers, probably due to the heavier malt bill. Buzzy carbonation that persists throughout, keeping the weighty liquid and the flavors from settling.

Good, and almost really good, but the flavors let me down a bit. I like the variety, but I want more out of each side of it.

Photo of joshcmn
4.61/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a very tasty IPL. I believe the key to enjoying this beer is to allow it to warm. The complexity of the malt truly shines as the temp climbs. It is dangerously quaffable for its high ABV. Another winner from Indeed! I feel like I could drink the entire 4 pack but I need to work in a few hours.

Photo of Durge
3.01/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A clear yellow gold color with a flimsy white film on top but very impressive lacing. The aroma is an odd dank rotting fruit & vegetable medley. Some white grapes and potato. Not highly attractive. The flavor keeps you on guard with a boozy vegetable funkiness that is hard to warm up to. There are some bready characteristics and an unusual peppery idea that is unlike most chili pepper type brews. It's a bit of a chemical idea here in conjunction with the alcohol and not thrilling to these taste buds. There's a sickly honey sweetness in there but it's very hard to define, like water chestnuts with a swampy malaise. Theres a little bit of lemony grass hop in there but it doesn't rescue this in my mind. It's pretty much a medium bodied brew with a tangy clean feel but overall I'm not planning to revisit this Frankenbeer.

Photo of NickSMpls
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts off well but about half-way throug the full 16 oz pour, I realize I'd be ok with 12. Might be better with some tangy strir-fry.

Photo of Herky21
3.07/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Kind of a clumsy, lager yeast/honey mash up. It doesn't come together as well as I had hoped. Maybe the pilsner yeast had some trouble finishing this 8.7% monster.

Photo of Taybeh
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap into a shaker

I don't really "get" the imperial lager angle...none of the clean crisp flavors I love in lagers in this one, even though there are plenty of interesting things going on in terms of the flavor profile: honey is quite pronounced, as are some relatively complex floral and orchard notes...fairly heavy and slick mouthful.

Photo of Mdog
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Clear yellow-gold, good head.

Smell: Sweet candied oranges.

Taste: Sweet, oranges, clean & crisp, just a hint of grassiness.

Overall: Really good! Of course you have to like sweet beers, but this beer is sweet without being syrupy or heavy despite its high ABV. I hope I can find some more cans of this.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mexican Honey pours a hazish golden color with a big long lasting white head. There is a big crisp malty aroma with hints of honey and spices. The taste is very crisp, with a big sweetness and hints of bitter honey. Good feel, body is a little weak, very refreshing. Overall its different, good sweet flavors.

Photo of JohnSnowNW
2.4/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm being forced to review it, due to my rating. Pretty lame. So here goes, it tastes and smells like Welch's White Grape juice.

No thanks.

Photo of maedhros09
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

10 oz from tap
Look: Lightly hazy gold with little head and no lacing
Smell: lightly sweet, herbal hops
Taste: Sweet with a faint suggestion of alcohol and an herbal hops afterglow
Feel: A bit fuller in body than your standard craft lager but not by much. Smooth yet effervescent.

Overall: Had this one after the Bauhaus pilsner and was expecting a bit more complexity and depth given the abv. It was sweet, which can't be faulted given the name, but a bit much for me. The finish was nice with a bit of clean herbal hops standing out. I guess I didn't really get "the point" - why not just make it a regular strength pilsner if you don't get any extra depth from the higher strength? Although it was tasty, it was disappointing considering I preferred the regular pilsner that preceded it - more balance and complexity would have been welcome.

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Mexican Honey Imperial Lager from Indeed Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.