Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Dundee Original Honey Brown LagerDundee Original Honey Brown Lager

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BA SCORE
72
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1,310 Ratings
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72
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Ratings: 1,310
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 16
Gots: 149 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001

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Ratings: 1,310 | Reviews: 664
Reviews by TheSMUSpaz:
Photo of TheSMUSpaz
2.66/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As plain as this beer is in the drinking department, I have found it to taste wonderful when cooked with brats. I'm not a big fan of the honey taste in a beer, but it really adds flavor to the bratwurst. Not a bad beer, just not one I'd really get excited about.

More User Reviews:
Photo of joe12pk
3.93/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at the beer store down the street. Very light for a brown beer. Sweet, smooth, and delicious! Definite session beer. Thanks Genny! Cheers!

Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Bright orange in color with a decent head.

Smell – This smells like a typical American macro (without the skunk, thankfully). The grain is unrefined and a bit musty with no quality sweetness or balancing hops.

Taste – There’s a very slight taste of honey here that kind of smoothes things out, but otherwise this is American grain and sucrose with a dash of table sugar.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonation and medium to light in the body.

Drinkability – This is definitely not one that I’d buy again, but it was just good enough to keep out of the sink.

Photo of ExtraStout
3/5  rDev -3.2%

This beer is very sweet and easy to drink. I was actually expecting worse tried it only for review sake.

Appearance: Pours clear light brown with a quick fade whit head that lea a spotty frothy cap and moderate lace.

Smell: Sweet sugary syrupy malt and honey.

Taste: Crisp and light with and approachable with a touch of sticky honey flavor and grain, malt and a light grass hop.

Mouthfeel: Thin light body with a bit too much carbonation but bearable.

Drinkability: I really wouldn't want to drink too many of these there are soooo many better drews.

Photo of CBOLAND17
4.25/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Despite the fact that this beer has a low rating, i think it really great. This is not at all a typical american lager like bud or coors. This beer has a mild sweet taste that is very smooth much like all lagers and an almost creamy aftertaste that will please any mouth. This is one of my favorite session lagers and i highly suggest it.

Photo of rugbycritic
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is another good effort from our hometown brewer. It's more popular in othe places than here. It's unfortunate that folks rarely enjoy or notice what's sitting right in front of their noses.

It is a very nice amberish presentation, with a hint of sweetness, more from a gentle hopping than anything else. It's very nice. So nice in fact, that it'll even walk the dog or take out the trash.

I would recommend it if you like this kind of thing, because you shouldn't throw you money at BudMillerCoors if you can help it.

This is a wonderful beer that you will enjoy. Get over the Honey thing, it's really not that sweet.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lucky review #200 for this beer.

This one actually looks pretty good. Very shiny, vibrant, darker-golden hue. Small head floats on the surface and forms a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell is lacking. Like an american macro lager with some artificial honey-like scent on top.

Tastes much like it smells. Like Budweiser with honey flavoring added. The mouthfeel burns at first, in that macro lager kind of way, but then it smooths out quickly, which is a relief.

The only other honey lager I have had is Young's Waggledance, and comparatively speaking, that is much better, but this beer is really not all that bad. If they ironed out the burning sensation it gives your mouth, this would be an above-average beer, in my book.

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im having this beer just right now.The honey taste is light.the mouthfeel is very good but if i was in bar i would not ask for a beer this sweet.Is good if you are just having one.i really like the color of this beer is like dark gold but not to dark for my taste.

Photo of Todd
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The only thing brown about this beer is part of the name. The highly enjoyable honey flavour and ease of drinkability are the real highlights of this brew. An excellent session beer and perahps a nice baby-step beer for drinkers who can't let go of their mainstream lagers/pils.

Photo of generallee
3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: It has a golden amber color with excellent clarity. The head is thick and white in color. It hangs on for a short time and recedes to a thin cap that leaves very little lacing.

Smell: There is a sweet bread malt aroma with some honey.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a simple bready malt flavor with some sweetness from the honey. The hops are light and add just a hint of bitterness to the finish, which is crisp and clean. The texture is refreshingly smooth with a light to medium body and an average carbonation.

Notes: Honey brown is very refreshing, clean and simple. Not bad at all for the price.

Photo of Jason
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

A- Dusty golden color with a decent lace.

S- Sweet aroma, more malt than honey ... almost smells like processed honey essence.

T- Weak and watery malt, mild sweetness with a husky finish. Faint hop does nothing to flavor and barley balances.

M- Light crispness, a tad slick on the palate.

D- This beer is easy to drink though the sweetness was getting to me after a while.

A cult classic and a decent stepping stone from macro lagers to perhaps craft beer one day.

Photo of Billolick
2.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer with no freshness dating. Very light for a "brown" beer. Very clear. Medium bubble head that does leave some lacing. This is sweet, insipid stuff. Thin, watery brew. Light wiff of malt on the nose and the palate. Not enjoyable stuff, pass it by, alot of more worthwhile brew out there.

Photo of nem2006
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer was clear and light brown. There was a small head that faded, but left a little lacing on the glass. There was almost no carbonation visible.

The smell was pretty weak, but you could catch a little sweet honey.

The taste was very mild, semisweet. It was smooth and had a light bitterness at the end. Not a beer I would drink again if I had a choice.

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light honey orange, with a big head that fades fast to a thin fuzzy white laece.

Not much to the aroma. If there's honey in it, I can't pick it up here. Smells like plain old beer.

Tastes pretty smooth. Again, I can't seem to locate the honey, but it's a nice balanced lager. Not a lot of hops, but it still has a nice bitter smack to it.

Mouthfeel is middle of the road. Slightly closer to light than heavy.

Terribly under-rated beer, that is actually quite drinkable. I hadn't had one in quite a while, and I was bit surprised at how smooth and balanced it is.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: caramel in color with 1 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and honey

Taste: honey start with sugar coming in closely behind and toasted malt in the middle the finish is sweet honey

Mouthfeel: light body, high carbonation, sweet start with a less sweet middle and a super sweet end

Drinkability: I try to leave prejudice out of my reviews, but in full disclosure this was the beer I probably drunk the most of in my later years in college and my first years out out of it. Now I only have it every now and then. Still it is sentimental and is a favorite. I love the sweetness and refreshingness of this. I could easily drink a six of these--if not more. Of all the Dundee's beers this is by far my favorite. I think it drinks more like a sweet brown. If you like sweeter beers, hunt this down. The honey is about as present here as it is in any beer.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a decent-sized white head. The aroma has a little bit of honey in it but the major aroma components are grain and sugar. The beer smells very sweet overall. The flavor is also heavy on the grain with a little bit of caramel malt mixed in. Nothing special. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Byeast
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear , golden amber with a half inch white head. Smells is of some malt , slight adjunct , and artificial honey like smell. Mildly malty taste , slightly on the sweet side , no hops taste , a little thin with a tad bit of honey flavor that helps the drinkability. Mouthfeel is light. A decent brew , just not very flavorful. Goes down quick and easy though. Id buy it over most macros.

Photo of dogfishandi
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

this one pours a light amber almost golden color with great clarity. fizzy 2 fingers of head that diminished almost imediately leaving just a patchy ring then eventually nothing. very poor retention and no lacing. i also was expecting a brownish color and was left with hardly an amber color.

off the first whiff, the aroma screams macro lager. hardly an aroma at all. some grainy malts, maybe a little lager yeastiness. a little bit of sweetness detectable in the aroma as well, but no honey noticable.

the taste is a little better than the aroma. some sweet grainy bready pilsner like malts. a touch of a honey flavor.

light body, fizzy high carbonation. similar to the mouthfeel of a macro, with just slightly more of a body to it.

pretty good drinkability, definatly a sessionable beer be it a weekend party or just mowin the lawn on a hot summer day. id take this over any macro, but not by much. definatly wouldnt seek it out again.

Photo of far333
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear reddish orange with streams of fast rising bubbles reaching a low off-white head that settles out quickly.

Semi sweet nose with noticeable notes of honey, some bready malt and toffee.

Nice crisp lager with bready malt notes upfront, plus cinnamon and toffee. Semi sweet honey notes, not cloying. Mild bitterness offsets the sweetness. Slight spicy finish.

Crisp mouthfeel, tingly and dry. Very bubbly. Tasty beer, not overly complex, but fairly drinkable.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a good beer, not as brown as advertised. Good aroma, sweet.

Taste, big letdown. Too sweet. Man, honey should not dominate the taste buds. No hopping. Is this like a nu-mead? Or maybe get some stronger malt so the honey isn't so prolific (or whatever is causing the sweetness almost cloying). You can't even get used to it halfway through. Expensive and not too likeable.

Photo of MOShepp
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with off-white head a little bit of lacing.

Smells of lemon, herbal honey.

I'm a honey lover, so It was nice to taste a little honey, also some lemon, metallic and waffle cone.

It wasn't bad but this one seems to drink better cold right out of the fridge. Has lots of carbonation.

Photo of ADR
2.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper color, very white head that's gone at about 25 seconds. There might be a slight honey in the aroma, otherwise understated sweet smell. Bottle says "smooth" and it surely is. Smooth to the point of zero complexity. I couldn't detect any hops anywhere in my mouth, primary impression is of light brown sugar. Surprisingly thin mouthfeel while at the same time a little gagging in the throat after three sips or so. I suppose this is drinkable for people who don't like beer but there was nothing of note to me. A sweet "Genny" that made its way west from Lake Ontario to a liquor store south of Lake Superior...

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.03/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is by no means horrible, but what I will say is that it definitely falls under the macro label. The high carbonation is evident in the pour, along with a short lasting fizzy white head. The one thing that is somewhat impressive about it's appearance is that it's not your typical pale golden straw color, instead it is a deep honey colored brown. The sweetness is quite evident in the nose, but I don't think it is related to a malt character. Probably the artificial honey aroma/flavoring. The first sip is overbearing with honey flavor, so much that there really isn't a beer there anymore, just watered down honey. However the body for this style is relatively full, in comparison to macros or honey beers I have had.
The drinkability of JW Dundee's Honey Brown Lager would have to be judged in the fact that most people would like it for it's honey flavor sweetness, but I find that I didn't enjoy this one nor would I enjoy it one right after another. Too sweet to be enjoyed in my opinion.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear leathery brown body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles. There is a thin but lumpy head of beige.

S- The light clean sulfury smell has notes of Munich malt and a faint dry honey hint.

T- The pale malt flavor has a dry light nougat flavor with a slight tang at the finish. There is a watery taste that increases as the beer warms.

M- This beer has medium mouthfeel with a fizzy finish.

D- The honey flavor is more of an off taste with more of a nougat quality that any fresh honey flavors. There are some lager characteristics that keep this beer dry but the light flavors also makes this beer a bit bland.

Photo of richkrull
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a silo of this for $2 from HyVee over the weekend.

Poured a transparent copper color with a little bit of head. Little bit of malt on the nose, not much honey really. Taste is OK, although it's a little weak. Decent flavor, but nothing special. Good mouthfeel and goes down smooth, but not a great beer.

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Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 1,310 ratings.