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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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1,251 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,251
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 10
Gots: 84 | 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 rarevos
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from aluminum bottle into imperial pint glass.

A: Big head, fluffy, and it behaves when it expands above the rim of the glass. Pours a medium golden brown, but more like a cream soda. Those expecting the word "brown" from the beer title to show up more will likely be disappointed because this isn't a very dark beer. And is it just me or are the carbonation bubbles pretty oversized?

S: Sweet and malty. Has a bit of the "sticky fraternity house basement floor" aroma going on here. I've always associated that with "old beer," so maybe this isn't the freshest bottle to be reviewing. Sweetness is very prevalent.

T: This beer very obviously has honey in it. It's the dominant flavor up front, and gets malty-sweet toward the middle. I can't even tell if there are hops in the finish, so that probably is a good indication that if they do hop this beer, it's not with very many hops. The sweetness is more or less left alone and isn't balanced by anything else. The beer isn't an overly sweet beer, but since it has no competition in the palate, the sweetness stands out even more.

M: A bit syrupy. Not an uber-light beer in the mouth.

D: At 4.5% alcohol, it's OK if you're out and you're drinking for volume. It's not a terribly refreshing beer, though, so it's not much of a lawnmower beer. First glass went down easy. I recall from college that the sweetness isn't nearly as pleasurable on subsequent glasses.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.42/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Appearance was medium brown with a quickly dissipating head and little lacing. Aroma has hints of malt, but very faint. Flavor was okay, but lost in the thin body, which in turn led to a watery, less-than memorable finish. Not much to this beer.

Photo of mdagnew
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

300ml bottle bought from Tesco's...

Poured quite a dark coppery amber colour... Slightly off white head poured quite foamy then faded fairly quickly to very thin whispy layer... No real lacing... Little or no carbonation...

Aroma - Light spicy / toffee maltiness, definite honey sweetness, nutty notes, some peppery hints, very light hops... mainly sweet though... faint fruitiness (some light oranges, figs, banana ?)...

Taste – Light toffee malts, some biscuitiness, definite honey sweetness, some spicy hops, nutty, some fruitiness (bitter oranges, light prunes)...

Feel - Sharp initially but then mellows out.... Light / medium bodied. Quite drinkable but becomes a little too sweet after a while...

Overall - An average beer... nothing ground breaking but quite drinkable although it gets a little sweet towards the end.... worth a try...

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - this ale pours a dark amber/brown color with a half finger of white head, very faint carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass

S - a very sweet malty aroma atop a hoppy background, smells like many of their pale ales but with a sweetness that has a honey resemblance

T - what can i say, a nice smooth honey taste above that tasty hoppy background, not a complicated flavor, but quality especially for the $$

M - smooth from the maltiness, a very good beer, especially for the party scene

D - as a previous reviewer mentioned, JW Dundees continues to prove that qualty beer doesnt have to be expensive. for $8.99 a 12-pack what a great deal!!

Photo of jackorain
2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cooler cold brown bottle no freshness date

A-Not really brown more like dark straw sudsy head, very short lived maybe 15 seconds

S-very ligth sweet maltiness

T-light malt not much else, not that sweet as "Honey" would imply.

M-fizzy carbonation but not offensively so. very thin watery texture.

D-If had no other beer, I could drink a few, otherwise I'd switch

Photo of uabigdaz
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Small amount of head when poured into a pint glass. Quickly fades to an incomplete layer of head. Dark yellow, not quite brown. Smell is very faint, an indication of the flavor. Not too much flavor. I recall from my yesteryears that this beer was dominated by the taste of honey, but now it's not so prominant as I recall. Pretty decent beer, nothing special though. I bought a JW Dundee sampler pack, ready to try something else, this is a pretty boring beer. On second thought, there's quite a bit of honey taste, but not as much as Eureka! wheat honey ale.

Photo of DFN
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought a 22-ounce bottle of this beer today, for the first time in many years. It isn't as good as I remembered it being. Not bad, just undistinguished. Color is a nice deep amber-gold. Head is loose and foamy; dissipates fast. Very little odor. Faintly "cardboardy" taste. I'd drink JWD Honey Brown if it was the only beer available - say, at a picnic - but I won't be buying it on a regular basis.

Photo of shbobdb
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

JW Dundee's continues to be living proof that you don't have to be expensive to be good.

This is a rock solid offering from them . . . but just to declare bias, I liked their Amber Lager much better and was (secretly) hoping for more of the same. However, the good folks at JW Dundee's decided to produce something new and different.

The beer certainly pours impressive. A light, dare I say it, honey-brown crowned with a short-lived bubbly brown head. Inviting.

The smell is, neutral. There is, perhaps, a faint malt smell. It seems like it would drink as well from the bottle as it does from the glass.

Which is why the taste took me by surprise!!! Wow, for a light tasting beer, there is a lot going on here. Definately a braggot-y honey presence. It makes itself known without mucking the beer up. Otherwise, it is has *very* muted juicy/earthy brown ale notes to it with a sticky-sweet finish.

The mouthfeel is also a shocker! Shockingly thick for a beer brewed with honey! Who knew?

A good beer. Gimme their Amber lager or Pale Ale over this offering, but still quite good.

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

Pours a filtered clear amber but not brown colored beer. Better than average white head.

Smell is sweet and malty without any real scents of honey and a slight lemon scent. Smells like a sweetened Regular Coors to my nose. Little bit of fruitiness and toasted malt in the smell.

Taste is a little sweet and quite malty with a fairly strong flavor of yeast. Lemony flavor comes through. This tastes like Fat Tire watered down with Coors Light. No Off flavors.

Mouthfeel is decidedly light and seltzer water like.

Nothing harsh or challenging about this beer at all. On the boring side of the beer divide useful as a transition beer but really too light for a BAs taste buds.

Photo of rajendra82
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This one was given to me as a part of a mixed gift pack, and was not one I had picked up intentionally before. For a beer called Honey Brown, this poured out a very pale and fizzy, which was understandable, as it was just a lager. It looked pretty good with a one finger head, despite the label misnomer. Not much going on aromatically, except some cleanly grainy smell and a faint touch of honey. The honey was more evident in the taste and was followed by some green apple sourness and a hint of spice. Not unpleasant, just very very bland. Not a lot going on in the mouth after the first taste either. I was hoping this would be a pleasant surprise, but this wasn’t it.

Photo of MrSeth
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

App. Light light brown clear body with shiny gold highlights. Not much of a head but some carbonation is in there.

Sm. Banana bread.

Ta/Mf. Weird and a bit off.. chemical-ish. Some fruit flavors but in the midst of total offness. Way over-carbonated.

Da. Nil.

Photo of dbalsock
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Shocking... a beautiful copper and amber pour with an abundance of white head calls me from the glass.

Smell: A nice malty aroma with a hint of honey.

Taste: A malty taste and aftertaste, as i expected, but the honey is much more subtle than i thought it would be.

Mouthfeel: Sits light on the tongue with no apparent bitterness of hop qualities, making it rather uninteresting.

Drinkability: a little to light textured for me to enjoy a few at a time, but I could probably down a few like water if i had to... (i don't know what situation would force me to down this stuff like water... and i'm not too interested in finding out).

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 1,251 ratings.