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

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72
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650 Reviews
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Reviews: 650
Hads: 1,325
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 17
Gots: 159 | 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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Photo of bigzack420
3.94/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a nice light brown color not too much of a head but very white sweet malty smell very sweet tasting and smooth and refreshing drink for all occasions over all not bad (172 characters)

Photo of tucson_brewson
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

After being on a big IPA kick, this is a beer that's on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. Sweet, malty, carbonated and gulps easily. Not terrible, not the best.

Pours a deep, fittingly honey/amber color with a thick head that dissipates quick. Starts malty sweet, ends malty sweet. No trace of hops, but not overpoweringly sweet like you'd get from a cider or hard lemonade...which might not say much. But that makes it a great starter beer if you don't want to throw your money away on Natty or Old Milwaukee. A decent, cheap session beer, just don't want to drink too many in one session. (601 characters)

Photo of Mooslerfitness
2.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

24oz can Poured in my yeti sniffer L deep amber brown pours with little white froth cap that disappear to a thin ring S bread and honey T a thin malty backbone drizzled with honey F thin with lots of little bubbles O I could drink this only $.99 (245 characters)

Photo of GrizzleyBeer
1.96/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Probably the beer that got me interested in beer.
I sought this beer out only to find it on tap about 16 years ago.
Loved it.. even craved it.

Fast forward 2014.... Not the same beer, Honey finish is gone and its now just a below average lager.
I'm guessing bigger breweries bought them out.

Very disappointed. (314 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
1.33/5  rDev -57%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pretty disappointing. I expected a sweeter newcastle, however this was not the case. Poured a very light bronze with white head that didn't last. Smell was sweet malt, maybe some corn. Taste was very sweet with a bit of honey and a weird after flavor that I couldn't quite place. Overall a very thin sweet beer that I would pass on again. (343 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
3/5  rDev -2.9%

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. (561 characters)

Photo of car2052
3.82/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

A: Clear, Deep golden with a 1 finger off-white head that fades quickly, leaving a thin white ring around the glass.
S: Not much going on here. Standard domestic beer yeasty smell. White bread. Hint of honey.
T: Light and crisp bready malt. Slightly sweet. Virtually no hop presence. Honey really isn't there in the taste either. Twinge of yeast also.
M: Light. Very crisp finish.
O: This is the most drinkable beer I've had in a while. Very light, but refreshing. I have no doubt this would be a great beer for barbecues, or with burgers. Very good for a mass-produced domestic beer. (629 characters)

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.42/5  rDev +10.7%

Appearance - Clear amber color, with no visible carbonation. 1 finger width foamy head that doesn't last long.

Smell - Slight sweet smell with a hint or roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, not a lot of carbonation.

Taste - Light on taste, slightly sweet. Nothing else of real note.

Overall - Rating this beer was odd because it wasn't a bad beer it just wasn't a good beer. It was ok. Nothing really stands out. (425 characters)

Photo of Brew_42
3/5  rDev -2.9%

A-clear amber with a quickly dissipating white head.

Smell-Malts and a very slight hint of caramel and honey

Taste- malts and a hint of honey.

Mouthfeel- medium body no carbonation

Overall- kind of "meh" not big on flavor. (228 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

honey brown is one of the original beers of rochester, and unless you drink the genny stuff, this is really the original craft offering of the city. i still like it as much as i ever have. its distinct. a little pale in color to be considered a brown in my book, more copper, and very clear. the nose shows a little honey sweetness, but most of that is fermented out and leaving only the pollen honey flavor. lots of malt middle too, with more of an amber sweetness than a honey one. malty like an esb almost, less roast and chocolate malt than i usually expect from a brown, but there is a sight darker malt element which i guess can get it there for those not used to bigger darker richer browns. the fact that its lagered makes it awesome i think. drinks lighter, finishes quickly, and lets the flavors sort of come back one by one after the swallow. a very pleasant and drinkable brew, good craft to drink a lot of, and even right from the bottle feels appropriate. nice carbonation and not the least bit filling. the original and best from dundee. (1,052 characters)

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased from one of the local grocery stores.

A: Clear amber with decent head and retention.

S: Balanced malt and hop with little bit of the honey.

T: More malt than hop with some sweetness.

M: Smooth with decent carbonation. Maybe a tad watery.

O: Not bad. I like the addition of the honey. You could do worse. (319 characters)

Photo of MMaxim11
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is refreshing and balanced. Honey brown has a sweet malt flavor with seemingly no hops to taste. You get a sweet malt flavor at the front of the tongue with a pleasant mild honey aftertaste. The two different sweet characteristics makes you want to take another sip. The beer is easy to drink and an excellent choice on a hot summer day or night. Since there is no bitterness to this beer, it is an excellent recommendation to friends who are used to drinking typical American lagers. (494 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
3.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into glass. 4.5% abv

Appearance- A copper orange with a good foamy head that fades fast. Quite clear.

Smell- Sweet corn malt aromas typical of a lager. Notes of caramel and honey as well.

Taste- The malt has the sweetness much more of caramel than the smell may suggest. Little complexity at all but does finish with a sweet honey taste on the back end which compliments the malt quite nicely. Zero hop prescence in this one but that is fine as it's a lager.

Mouthfeel- Thin-medium in body generally, but medium-high compared to the lager category. The liveliness in carbonation helps the feel. Not watery whatsoever, just right for the style.

Overall- A lager I was pleased with. I would buy these for those warm Summer days. Very easy drinking and has a pleasant sweet taste about it which makes it quite agreeable. I'm not a lager guy but this beer is now one of my favorite lagers. Refreshing. (916 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.17/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good everyday beer. The appearance is a little thin for a brown, but the smell and taste were both pretty good. Mostly earth and nut tones from the smell but most of what you get in the taste was a little bit of floral tastes from the hop and a little bit of sweetness from the malt. The mouthfeel was nice as well although it was thinner than I thought it was going to be. It's not complicated, doesn't have a real wow factor, but overall not bad. (450 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.14/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1" sudsy head that quickly recedes leaving moderate lacing. Golden/amber color and some carbonation streaming up.
Aroma: maybe just a slight hint of hops but the sweetness of the toasted malt and honey are what dominate
Mouthfeel: watery, crisp, refreshing. Very sessionable. Fairly dry finish.
Flavor: toasted bread with honey
Overall: I quite enjoyed this beer. It is the first time I have ever tried it. It is certainly not a ’world class’ beer but it is perfectly fine for what it is -- a clean, refreshing, and enjoyable brew. (551 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.55/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: Clear amber color with a light cream head that recedes to a patch of film, no lacing.

Aroma: Very subtle honey sweetness, cereal grains.

Taste: Lightly toasted grains, honey sweetness, chocolate, malts.

Mouthfeel: Light in weight.

Overall: Just a bit too watered down, I was disappointed even without high hopes. (350 characters)

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

Honey Brown Original Lager .99 Cents a 24 oz can(OH)

24 oz can poured into a stemless white wine glass, for .99 cents. don't mind if i do. no freshness date just a can code on the bottom.

pours a nice clear amber color. amberish brown. a two finger white head, not dense but not thin either. gives way to nice lacing.

the smell is rather sweet. the malts are hidden pretty well. smells like grainy honey. not too much else here, which isnt bad. I like Honey!

the taste rather follows the nose, not very malty at all, well balanced with the honey. the taste is rather subtle at first. but the more you drink it becomes rather rich. i can session this. but a few of my friends cant. Honey being a dominate taste here.

mouth feel is decent. carbonation feels great, a dry-ness i expected followed by a nice sweet honey feel. It kind of makes the mouth feel dry, but that's not bad. Like noble hops do. This does NOT have noble hops but it kind of feels like it. Again honey being the dominate taste.

overall this brew is great by my accounts. .99 Cents a 24 oz. A honey dominate brew. but well balanced. malts are well hidden. i would buy this again. Price is right, and so is the taste if you like honey. you can pick up a 12 pack of 24 Oz's for just over $12. that's 24 beers for a shade over 12 bucks. deal! (1,315 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.05/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Honey Brown Lager brewed by Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. This brew has an ABV of 4.5% This brew pours out a nice Light Brown color, with a nice white head. The smell is light but bold. But you pick up grains and malts. Taste is smooth and rich. You pick up on the grains and malts in the smell of this brew. The mouthfeel is rich, bold and fill of flavor. Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager has a nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering about this brew. Overall Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager is a good drinkable brew. I like how this brew goes down smooth. Honey Brown Lager is a full bodied beer. I'm giving Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager a 4.25 out 5. This is a brew that i will be buying to change it up for the main steam brews on the market. I like how Honey Brown Lager is different from most brews on the market. (857 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.71/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampling now on 2/9/14. Been a while since I had one of these. Bottled chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a class small pilsner flute glass.

Pours a amber color with a small white head that doesn't last long at all. With really no lacing to speak of. Average carbonation. Aroma is of a sweet malt and yeast with honey & brown sugar. The taste was about the same with a hint of caramel. No bitter aftertaste. Overall it was very decent. (464 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.07/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 355 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-The brew starts with about two fingers of dense, off-white head. The head lasts for roughly a minute before fading and leaving some chunky, shiny lacing the glass. The beer is brassy in color and clear. No visible carbonation.

S-The smell is vaguely sweet with suggestions of honey (or honey flavor). The malts are more toasted bread than "brown" and there is a grainy, tinny aroma. Meh.

T-The taste is also vaguely sweet, with the same somewhat artificial tasting honey flavor from the aroma. There is a bit of barley flavor and toasted bread maltiness, but also a vegetal flavor and a mild graininess.

M-The beer is light to medium body for the style with crisp, fine carbonation. Easy to drink, but uninspiring.

O-This is a pretty macro-type beer, even if it does offer hints of honey to set it apart from the BMC standards. The biggest problem for me is that the honey is a bit artificial tasting, which doesn't do much to cover up the grainy base beer. Oh well...it is easy to drink. (1,032 characters)

Photo of ZorroZ
3.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked this up because it looked like a good deal for a beer I'd never tried before. It's a perfectly decent drink- nothing splendid, but for the price, I didn't expect anything more than perfectly decent. I'd buy it again, but without any especially great enthusiasm. (270 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a goblet
Aroma – basic lager
Head small (1 cm), white, fizzy, fully diminishing
No lacing
Body is clear, light amber.
Flavor begins with a sourness and a cloying honey flavor which outlasts the sourness. It ends quickly. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Medium palate, lively carbonation, watery.

Leftover from a party on the 11th. Not good. Previous notes from 2007 indicate I judged this to be a bad beer. I still agree, despite the technical rating. (491 characters)

Photo of hitchhikergal
3.69/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Original Honey Brown has a nice medium golden tint that can be seen once poured from the dark brown bottle. There is a thin head.

Smooth and easy to drink with a slightly sweet malty flavor.

I would definitely like to try this beer out again when I gain a little more knowledge about beers! (296 characters)

Photo of CMUbrew
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Clear, orange-amber body. Fizzy white head doesn't last long. Not much in the way of carbonation bubbles.

S: Grainy, sweet.

T: Grainy malt, corn, cooked vegetable, slight touch of sweetness.

M: Not as watery as your typical cheap lager. Could be more carbonated.

O: Not bad, and certainly easy to drink a lot of. ~$10 for a 12 case isn't a bad price, but it could be cheaper for the quality. (399 characters)

Photo of rtrasr
4.31/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It has been awhile since I had this one. I have fond memories of it. Pours a beautiful golden brown. Smells of honeysuckle, the mouthful is like chewing toffee candy. This is one of the two honey beers where you can actually taste the honey. Taste is sweet malty, definitely satisfies the sweet tooth. Very drinkable beer. I am rating it higher than most but I like it. (369 characters)

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Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.