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

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1,276 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,276
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 11
Gots: 112 | 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 zdk9
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours out a slightly hazy medium orange with a huge head that dissapears quickly. No lacing.

S- Some DMS surrounded by a sweetness and light lager malt flavors.

T- Not really any honey, but pretty sweet. More of an artificial corn syrup sweetness. I could really use some more hops bitterness to combat the cloying sweetness. Not to mention some hops flavor which would be refreshing.

M- Undercarbonated, kinda syrupy but not really much body.

D- Not tasty and so not drinkablility.

Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a warm golden colour, with a two finger head that quickly dwindled to half. The lacing was consistent and even. Lots of malt flavours in the front, with just a hint of hoppy bitterness in the finish. Creamy texture in the mouthfeel. Despite being mass-produced and easy to locate, remains an excellent choice. Should definately be categorized as lighter fare, though.

Photo of tzieser
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served from a 12 oz bottle into a glass

a- darker amber color. pours a suprisingly fluffy head that slowly dissapates into a light ring around the glass.

s- sweet. notes of brown sugar, molassas? definatly something along the lines of honey.

t- very sweet. a nice mix of hops and sweet malts/ the brown sugar/honey taste is really present in the after taste. i like it.

m- decent amount of cabonation. nothing special, yet nothing wrong.

d- i could drink a few of these no problem.

overall, i think this is a decent beer. nothing outstanding, but nothing horrible. i dont think id buy this again, but i wouldnt avise against it.

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

16oz. tall aluminum bottle pours a honey-amber liquid with a finger of short lived, white bubbly head.

The smell is sweet of caramelly malt, adjuncts, honey and some grassy hops. It really smells like an american macro to me.

Sweet, malty and watery with low carbonation and not much going on here. Tastes like malt and honey water with a light tang on the tongue.

Light body, mild alcohol content...this lager is average at best.

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

Rusty copper with honey edges. Clear, clean, with a small, short-lived, off-white head. Lightly toasted malts, cardboard-accented honey, cookie dough, and a subtle vegetable aroma. Sweetish cookie dough flavored malts with caramel and honey. Lightly toasted malts before a slightly bitter, but mostly sweet malt finish. Sweeter than I expected, but not bad. Moderate body with soda-carbonation. Easy drinking at first, but gets a little sweet (artificially so). Still, not bad.

Photo of billybob
2.2/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured a light copper color two finger off white head faded quickly to just the beer and no lacing to speak of. could not smell the honey just a macro corn aroma. could not taste the honey just some sweet malt very blah. mouthfeel light and carbonation was ok. not something i would buy again.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Brown" in name alone, this amber pale ale doesn't retain great head, a little light and fizzy. Very clear.

Aroma is sweet (probably raw honey, given the advertised brewing technique), with light grain as well. Very light.

Flavor is more sweet, prominent honey with very few balancing malts or hops. The malt is slightly nutty, and there's some bread flavor too. The finish is sweet malted grain husk, and residual honeycomb mouthfeel.

Drinkable and unoffensive, takes no risks. There is one good reason to get this beer: the price.

Photo of darkcarrington
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall a pretty enjoyable beer, and not too expensive which is always a plus.

Appearance: Good question. I had this outside so I had no glass or anything to pour the beer into. The bottle was brown though.

Smell: Nice aroma of malts and a hint of honey.

Taste: Noticeable honey taste and fairly malty, and I think a hint of nuts. Which is to say it sort of reminds me of Honey Nut Cheerios.

Drinkability: Goes down pretty easy, although might be a little sweet to drink more than one or two

Photo of BBM
3.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, good ol' Honey Brown. It was certainly one of my "gateway beers", one of the ones that really let me know there was more (and better) out there than Bud and Coors. Well, even though I'm much more seasoned now than I was then, this still is a pretty decent beer. The beer pours a golden amber color, clear, with a small head and lots of bubbles. The smell is a little sticky sweet and bready.

Ok, so this beer isn't going to wow you with it's uneventful but solid malt flavor, or it's sweet honey aftertaste, but then again maybe it doesn't have to. There's very little hop presence, and there is a bit of a cereal grain flavor to the beer. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated.

This is surely a sessionable beer, and at around $5 for a 6-pack, why not? Plus who knows, maybe you will open up someone else's eyes to the potential of beer.

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.

Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 1,276 ratings.