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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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1,214 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,214
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 9
Gots: 70 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001)
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Photo of Byeast
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Byeast, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up 12 of these for $9. Pourded into a mug, the appearance is pretty standard. Like its name, it's honey-colored, with only a slight, bubbly, thin white head. Sweet, starchy smell -- a bit of corn comes through. The taste is solid -- reminds me of a Bud with a little sweetness to it, you can detect the honey. Mouthfeel is fine -- a good amount of carbonation tho. This could be a good session beer. Perfect with chips, or a burger/hot dog on a summer day. If you're tired of Bud & the like, but don't want to sway too far away from it, this might be the one for you.

oldirtycaffrey, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of russpowell
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a a "craft" 12 pack, figuring what the hell? 12 beers for $10.

Pours golden/honey with a 2 fingers white head that dissapears pronto. No lacing or head retention

Smell: Cornyness/grainy & sweetness

Taste: Sweet Honey?? (no drynes so I doubt its honey imparting this sweetness)& grainyness. finishes too sweet

MF: Undercarbonated & slighlty thin

Drinks okay, but to sweet to drink more than 2. Folks who like sweet or bland will enjoy

russpowell, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of acarroll413
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass

A- an amberish/gold with a slightly off-white head. it had a clear crispness that i really liked.

S- not much here, smelled like honey but not overpowering.

T- sweet sweet sweet. i cant believe this, i'll bet they put sugar in there. yeah its honey alright, lots of it. as a matter of fact that's all you can taste. honey up front and honey in the back. honey honey honey.

M- this beer is ultra smooth and ultra thin. not good at all.

D- this beer is very drinkable. i said previously that this tastes a lot like honey, and thats true. it's not necessarily a bad thing, i could drink a lot of this, but i probably wont.

acarroll413, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
2.08/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This pours a light amber with a smallish white head. The smell is very light,almost no smell, with a little sweet malt aroma. The taste is like any large macro lager beer. Light,crisp and very little taste. The m/f is light,weak and watery. I really can't imagine ever having this again.

jmz62565, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of rowew
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Date code is not human-readable.

Appearance: This is a brown in name only. This is even a bit light for an amber, pouring a golden red color, with a thin head and moderate bubbling.

Smell: Not a lot here - mainly an adjunct/corn smell with just a bit more sweetness than something like Bud.

Taste: Clean grain flavor with just a bit of sweetness to it.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable, but certainly not an exciting beer. This is a good gateway beer, and cheap enough to buy in bulk for the BMC crowd.

rowew, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear golden color, some carbonation, small head, good lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malts and yeast.

T - The taste is sweet and kinda watery though.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. Not too bad, I've had worse. Would not buy again though.

Wasatch, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours to a light gold/amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves almost no lace.

S: Smells a little bit sweet, but there really isn’t much smell at all, which makes it hard for me to detect anything specific.

T: Just like with the smell, it’s difficult for me to detect anything specific in the taste either because there just isn’t much of anything there. It’s got a little bit of honey sweetness, which masks the roasted corn flavor I usually experience in cheaper beers. Overall, the taste isn’t bad, but there just isn’t much of it.

M: Crisp with a light/medium body and the carbonation is a bit high.

D: You can certainly drink a lot of this beer if you wanted to, simply because there isn’t much to it. However, for the same reason, I’d personally prefer to drink something with more flavor.

Considering the price, it’s not a bad beer, but if I’m looking for an inexpensive alternative, there are other cheap beers that I’d prefer.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of davor45
1.83/5  rDev -41%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

It is one of the flattest beers of its type. I suppose you have to develop a taste for it.
To say it has a watered down taste is an understatement. However, this is a beer that
you either like or you don’t like. My guess is that the more different beers you have tasted, the less you will like Honey Brown lager.

davor45, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of Shaw
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a six-pack of this beer after reading comments here that it's an inexpensive beer that has flavor.

It pours a nice reddish-brown color with a tight white head that eventually turns into a ring around my glass.

The smell is a little "off." It smells of honey and some funky notes, but that's nothing serious.

The taste is also average. The honey flavor is a big characteristic. From homebrewing, I know that adding honey doesn't yield a honey flavor. So how does this beer smell and taste of honey? The taste is heavy on sweetness.

The body is light.

Overall this is just above average. I think it succeeds in being a cheaper beer with a bit more flavor than similarly priced brews.

Shaw, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.55/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: It pours a clear orangish yellow color with about 1/4" of white foam on top. The head was active, and ended up falling within about 30 seconds or so. There weren't any bubbles rising to maintain the head, so it sat there with just a small white ring around the top of the beer. There is a little lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Really dry and grainy earthy aroma. There is all malt in the aroma, but it isn't the most pleasant mix. I am not sure if it is honey I smell, or if it is crystal malts. It seems more of the latter. There is a bit of a buttery and toasty aroma that is becoming more apparent as it warms that I believe is a healthy portion of Vienna Malt.

Taste: There is a malty sweetness that is the first player on the palate scene. This sweetness doesn't run things for long as the graininess then takes over in force. This whacked malt bill along with a really light carbonation level make this beer come across your palate rather heavy. It isn't like it didn't attenuate because the OG seemed to be really light as it was. As it warms, there is a metallic note that is coming out along with a musty flavor.

Opinion: Well, I wasn't too impressed with this beer by any means. The malt bill was out of balance, the water seems off for the style, the carbonation is too low...need I go on? It gets rather unpleasant as it warms, and one that I doubt I will drink again.

SkeeterHawk, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of palffyfan
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark yellow color with a great deal of carbonation. Above average head. Looks nice..

Smell - Smells like a macro, mostly corn. Can't smell the honey really.

Taste - Sweet overtones, very mild honey taste, great sweet aftertaste thats not too sweet. No bitterness at all, tastes fairly carbonated. No really strong definite tastes though.

Drinkability - Definetely drinkable, goes down like a cola. One of my favorite up and coming beers

palffyfan, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of 1759dallas
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of the bottle into a strait pint glass. Looks amber but very light. You can smell the honey and also a typical brown ale smell. Sweet taste right from the beggining. First thought is that this beer should be served cold. Out of my beer fridge it was around 52 F. I think it would be better served like a macro lager at 38 F. Aftertaste is sweet and nutty. Over carbonation is the next feeling. I'm not saying I dislike this beer, just that it needs some major improvement. I don't think you could drink very many of these unless you were in the mood for something sweet. Even then there are better alternatives out there.

1759dallas, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of kdmorse
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Two fingers of white head that fades quickly. After a minute the head completely has disappeared and no lacing is left to drape the glass. Clear amber/gold color with lots of carbonation.

S: Sweet honey-malt scent with no complexity or hops.

T/M: Slight malty body with hints of honey. Shadows of hops in the finish, but not nearly enough to enjoy. Very sweet aftertaste. No mouthfeel to speak of except for heavy carbonation.

D: Could easily drink several in one night, but not sure that I would want to. A little too sweet to drink in excess.

Notes: Drank a lot in college and it helped me to understand that beer could have flavor. I now see that it had very little flavor. Enjoyable enough to be refreshing. Definitely worth the price ($3.99/6), but I would rather spent 3x as much and get a better beer.

kdmorse, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a crystal clear medium amber color with modeest white head. Smell is on the sweet side (honey) and while different not especially appealling. Taste is more sweetness, but the honey notes are somewhat enjoyable. Finish is more sweetness, which begins to get a bit tiring. Not your average beer, but may be more enjoyable on a hot summer afternoon.

tgbljb, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of Tallboy
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am rather anoyed that my fellow BA bros. would rate this wonderfull beer with such a low score, but then again to each his own...
Pours :a golden copper.

Smells :Is almost non existent cept' for the faint honey

Taste : Is nice and sweet at first then turns a tad bready.

Mouthfeel : Nice and Wet and was surprised by all the carbonation....I never realy noticed till I decided to judge the beer.

Drinkability : For the price you cant go wrong. It has sort of the same taste as bud light but with more flavor and of cource a tad of honey for half the cost.

Tallboy, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of Stimack
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew pours to a deep golden color that hedges on amber. Has a nice sized off white head that has some retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma has a sweat quality to it that seems to dominate causing any malt aromas to be well-hidden or even non existent. The taste is pretty good, does have a sweat characteristic but it is not too much for me. Do notice some malt flavors but even though they do come out in the taste they still seem quite hidden. The feel is very fresh and crisp with a nice amount of carbonation. Probably my least favorite in the Dundee offering but a old favorite from college days long past. Over all a fair brew.

Stimack, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

chOAKbarrell, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ah, good old honey brown. I drank this in vast quantities in my salad days in a tiny college town near the Dundee ancestral homeland of upstate New York. That by itself is probably enough to doom this brew, as my younger self was as known for his selectivity as much for his sobriety, which is to say I had almost none of either..
Typical macro lager amber color and thin skullcap of head and massive carbonation colonies. Nose is malty and sweet, although I detect no honey. Adjuncts are present but not overly prominent.
Taste is reasonably pleasing, with malt and hop flavors decent but watered down. Mouthfeel is round and finish is crisp although carbonation, as I suspected, is on total overkill.
I'm acually surprised as how I don't hate this beer. It's total macroswill but for macroswill, it's half decent. It's close to Yeungling and Saranac although a few notches behind Blue Point, imho. However, for $8.79 a twelve, it's good value and great for game day or another event when you have to host and want to appeal to everyone, not just your beer snob buddies.

daliandragon, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of Drew966
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange color with a decent head from a twelve ounce bottle. Aroma is mild, not a real lot there. Taste is pretty decent for a lager beer, I like the touch of honey. Makes for a fairly quaffable beer. This is probably a decent beer to introduce macro drinkers to craft beer.

Drew966, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass

Poured a light brown with yellowish tint. Head was foaming but started leaving small lace and then disappearing.
Smell was sweet, malt and hops. some citrus
Taste started malty, then went to sweet with hops coming out at the end, but never overpowering the sweetness.
I couldn't drink too much, too sweet.

Mebuzzard, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of danielharper
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Target on University, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a light reddish amber huge with a thick sudsy white head. Pleasant to look at, inviting to the eyes.

Smells sweet, nice amber aroma. No hops. Pleasant.

Taste very similar. No real complexity, but it's nice to taste.

Mouthfeel thin, not really coating the palate, but for a beer of this style that may be a positive -- it goes down smooth.

Overall, this is pretty much just an "eh" beer for me. It's nothing that tastes fantastic, but it's a nice solid brew that I could probably drink several of if the need ever arose. Rogue's American Amber is miles better, though.

danielharper, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
1.85/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours an ultra-clear light golden color. Fizzy two finger head dissapears quickly but leaves fair lacing. Massive amount of fast-moving carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Honey-ish and light malt aromas, pretty clean. Pale malt sweetness, and a nutra-sweet fake honey taste. Hops attempt to make an impact on aftertaste, but there is almost no bittter in this unblanced and off-sweet brew. Light body and champagne-like carbonation prevents the off-flavors from turning slick, but the finish is residual with artificial sweetness, and the resulting drinkability is low.

PBRstreetgang, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of walleye
2.55/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

from the bottle. poured a honey with a white head that left no lacing. aroma nutty, malts. just a slight hint of sweetness and some hops. flavor what there was odf it got nuttyness, malts, sweetness could only get small hints of honey out of this bottle, and that’s all folks. I guess for the price might make a session beer

walleye, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of pentathlete
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this into a pint glass and wasn't thrilled with the result. Light brownish yellow, clear, with no head, lots of carbonation. Beer is almost clear at the edges. Smell is hard candy sweet over a watery malt base. Looks suspiciously like an iced tea at this point. Taste is sweet, nearly cloying, with a crispiness that doesn't quite save the day here. Light body. Yes, you can drink it, but I wouldn't seek this one out.

pentathlete, Jan 14, 2006
Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 1,214 ratings.