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

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1,267 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,267
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 11
Gots: 99 | 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 PittBeerGirl
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- dark amber body with white head.

S- some honey and malt to it.

T- boring up front with sweet honey aftertaste. pretty tasty.

D- this is a drinkable beer with a great aftertaste. I'm sad my local distibutor stopped carrying it but there's plenty of other places to buy it.

Photo of Stephen63
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber copperish body with thin head.

S - As expected honey but with citrus also.

T - Honey really dominates, well it would wouldn't it? Quite sharp but not very lager like.

M - Smooth with very light carbonation (for a lager).

D - Quite drinkable although probably would want to try something else after a few.

I liked this a lot more than I thought I would, it was really very pleasant. Possibly a bit one dimensional with the honey but it works. Quirky.

Photo of beeroclock
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I looked and realized I had yet to rate this beer. I get this one pretty often in a craft pack for the 12 of JW Dundee for $8. Usually I trade the 4 Honey Browns for something else with friends. I guess with that info you can tell already that I'm not a big fan of this beer. Let's rate...
A - Pours a copper color with a small head, average.
S - Better than I remembered, but still not fantastic. It has some honey sweet smell and some citrus tone as well.
T - The honey is there but the rest is just kind of bland. Nothing special going on and its just not appealing to me.
M - Thin but not offensive, some carbonation but not enough to make the honey stick.
D - A less than average beer, but better than some honey brews. Give me the Sam Adams Honey Porter any day over this one though.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Would not classify this as an American amber, it is more like a dark lager with honey. However, very drinkable. Good session beer with some taste to it. Looks like nothing and smells, well, not the best. Has some nice caramel flavor to it and goes down extremely smooth. A low end micro, but it is a micro and deserves some attention.

Photo of beerphan
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> pint
no date
part of the 'craft beer' sampler

Pours a clear golden orange with a small head that quickly disappears to nothing. No lace. Carbonation is large and in charge.

Nose: Little sweet honey, grains,.

Clean taste, pale malt, grain, bit o honey, sweet, and slightly toasty.

Mouthfeel is thin but crisp and appropiate.

Easy to drink if your choices are limited. Otherwise, i'd try something else.

Photo of harpo111
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

ok beer....have had a number of honey browns over the years..this one was ok..nothing special..not a bad beer...better than most macros....
a: light copper with a white head...thin and didn't last long.
s: slight honey smell..malt
taste: definate honey taste to this one....but malt would be heavier...hops would have been nice...still not bad
m: thinner than i hoped...but average for a lager
d: not bad...would get again if nothing more sustancial avaliable
overall not bad...just not really my cup of tea....

Photo of edchicma
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark lemon with a minimal head. Smell is very light..slight malt presence. Taste is sweet, light honey notes...almost cloying. Mouthfeel is a tad syrupy, which enhances the cloying effect. Yet, the smoothness of the brew helps drinkaability.

Photo of Poser
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent head with decent lacing -- foam dissipates quickly. Color is golden. Aroma is weak with a strange honey smell. Very watery in mouthfeel and flavor with just a touch of honey flavoring. Honey-flavored water is not what I look for in a beer. The hops do little for the brew.

It may be a good introduction for a BMC drinker, but it's not much better.

Photo of khiasmus
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear copper-colored lager with almost pure white, fluffy head that settles quickly.

S-yeasty, light hops and malt that balance, with a very faint honey hint.

T-Good but rather boring. Well-balanced, nothing really jumps out. The honey adds a faint sweetness, almost that of cane sugar. Not much different from any mainstream lager other than the faint honey taste.

M-The mouthfeel is probably the best part. good carbonation, but not overly high. Medium-bodied with a smooth and very slightly dry finish.

D-Very drinkable. You could have five in a row... but it's because it's such a boring beer.

Photo of lastnightintown2
3.09/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, has a nice golden color on the pour, the smell is not all that impressive, smells like a beer out a of a "dirty 30" case, however the taste is quite nice, the honey-like taste is quite obvious, great drinkability, a cold one of these goes down real smooth, but overall not a really impressive beer, but it is something i could drink again and again, a bit over priced though. cheers.

Photo of witster18
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

jdundee's brown has a noticable honeyness.. obviously...it is light for the style....both in taste and in abv. I personally think there's something wrong with being able to down 12 brown ale's and still walk a straight line...but the taste of this brew isn't all bad. There is an early toasty malt flavor with a little grainy/earthy bitterness due to faint hops or slight out of balance flavor at the finish.This needs even more flavor and sweetness...especially early on. While being thin....comes off ok in the flavor but far from satisfying.... for the style anyway. An average accessible American Brown with less distinctiveness and flavor than most in this style....but ultimately high on the drinkability.

Photo of karst
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours crystal clear deep gold - light amber orange. White head from a rough pour into 0.4 L rastal sniffer falls within a minute. Collar suggest good carbonation as does fine beading from bottom.

Aroma of this is pure "honey" and presists in the glass and empty bottle after 24 hrs. Flavor of malts much weaker than expected from honey-malt aroma.
Hops are kept well into background with bitterness and carbonation keeping this from cloying as finish is more of a fade than drying experience. Mouthfeel medium - light with less body typical of lager yeast.

Unique Amber that takes advantage of the styles wide range.

Thanks for the local NY beer from Melanie and Harlan.


Photo of srrn
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is one of the better beers I could get before the change of laws a little over a year ago. It might also be a reason I rarely drank beer until recently. Not much in the way of smell, and appearance is typical of the style, much like Yeunglueng but sweeter. I seem to taste mostly adjunct, this seems to be a sweet 'corn beer'. I get only cloying sweetness in the finish. Could use some more hops to even this beer out. Definately a step above macros though.

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

This beer is very sweet and easy to drink. I used to drink it from time to time before entering craft beer. I was actually expecting worse returning to 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. They are sweet enough that after two or three it becomes cloyingly sweet.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of Imstillthegman
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am finally going to review one of the beers that sent me searching for better beer. Apparently, I have come a long way since the late 90's.

Honey Brown pours a clear golden color with a red tint through the center. Very thin egg shell head lasted only a few seconds and didn't leave any signs of lacing. The streams of bubbles fighting to get to the surface are a nice addition.

The smell is sweet and malty, a little grainy, with just a hint of honey. It also has a sourness to it that I don't remember it having years ago.

The flavor is somewhat watery and sweet. I get some maltiness and a light honey flavor, but not much else. Amazing that I used to be disappointed when the bar didn't have this.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. This was one of my first baby steps towards craft beer and that is exactly what it is... a move in the right direction for the BMC crowd that's scared to try something that isn't piss yellow.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.12/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

well, i thought this particular beer smelled a lot better than it tasted and looked. I poured it into a clear class and it reminded me of applejuice, it had very little head and no lace what so ever. It really smelled sweet, and it's taste wasn't too bad; it has a pretty crisp after taste, but not much flavor.

Photo of Magpie14
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Apperance: in a glass it looks similar to ginger ale with a red tint. No head and minimal lacing and a bit lackluster overall.

Smell: an off smell of malts, grains, and honey. Smells a bit strange or unatural, due mostly to the off sweet smell

Taste: thin and watery overall with a touch of malts and maybe honey/caramel flavors. Becomes very sweet after a few drinks and stays that way. No hops and nothing real exciting

Mouthfeel: it is some what smooth, easy to drink. Medium body and carbonation, bubbles floated freely and vigorusly about. It is a alright beer! I would not turn it down if offered.
I can see why people would recommend this to a non-beer or starting beer drinker.

Photo of jmbranum
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from an alunimun bottle.

Clear light amber brew with small head.

Slightly sweet aroma with a flavor that is kinda odd. Some sweetness from the honey presumably, a fair bit of maltiness with caramel notes.

What I don't like is that there's a very definite funky aftertaste that just tastes cheap.

Photo of nicksta
2.81/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very nice gold with some nice red hue. Unfortunately, its head recedes to quickly, but the lacing is okay. The only real smell is the big malt sweetness, but a fresh honey smell does make a slight appearance at the end. The taste is also only big on some malt sweetness. The only honey comes at the end in the form of a grainy, honey comb taste; sourness rounds it out. The mouthfeel is good; slightly thick and very smooth. However, it is a little bubble and will sting the recesses of your mouth. Due to the sourness and bubbles the drinkabilty isn't great.

Photo of wingman14
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden amber with a foamy white head. Smell is of honey (suprise) and malt. Taste is very similar, not a whole lot of flavor besides honey and some malt. A bit better than most macros, great beer for the price. The mouthfeel is smooth, but somewhat watered down. This beer is very drinkable, nothing amazing, but goes with just about anything. Worth trying, a great cheap beer. Enjoy.

Photo of gmfessen
3.67/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is clear and very light amber in color. Beer has a foamy head that quickly dissipates to bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The smell is sweet, of honey and malt. The taste is equally sweet, but not too overpowering. A wonderfully smooth finish. The bottle says "extra smooth" and this is no lie. The mouthfeel is light, kinda watery and very carbonated. Overall, I definitely think this is a drinkable beer. Better than your average amber macro.

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

Nice head and retention. Decent smell. honey comes out. Taste is sort of water with a honey backbone. Mouthfeel is thin but somewhat crisp. I could down a few of these easily. A slight step above the macro swill, but not a big step.

This beer wasn't as bad as other reviewers made it seem. Not too bad at all. Not something I'd look for again, but I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of MrVisegrips
3.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This lager pours a clear and clean honey color with a head that is very light and airy. The flavor and aroma are also very light with a slightly sweet finish that you barley notice and almost no hops presence at all. This brew was too watery and for my personal taste. It needs more character.

Photo of Bones54
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I come to think of it, this beer was my entrance into beers other than the standard BMC.

Faint "honey amber" taste that won't scare away the bud light drinkers and not a bad light brown color to it either.

Thank you Honey Brown for making me curious as to what the beer world has to offer, and thank you for being just the right beer I was looking for at that time. I'll never forget you old friend!

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

Woah, hold up one second guys. You're not going to believe this one. This beer pours honey brown in color. Freaking amazing, who would have thought! Light carbonation streams along with a small white head, which falls to lace quickly. Smells of honey and light earthy malt. Has a husky quality about it, leading me to believe they have used some sort of adjunct in this one.

Now for the taste. Taste is unoffensive, and goes down smooth. Strong upfront honey sweetness, combined with an earthy malt backing. Taste is not very complex, and is one dimensional. Quite sweet, but not cloying. The honey makes itself well known. Not much to this one, but still an easy drinker. Mouthfeel is good for a Lager. Drinkability is excellent.

A solid, and excellent Lager for the price.

Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 1,267 ratings.