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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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1,234 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,234
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 17.04%
Wants: 10
Gots: 78 | 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 rowew
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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 -12.2%
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 -20.3%
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 -41.2%
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 -1.9%
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 -18%
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%
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 -1.9%
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 -5.8%
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 +7.7%
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 +1.3%
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 +6.1%
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 -2.6%
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 +7.1%
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 -9%
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 +6.1%
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 +2.9%
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 -40.5%
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 -18%
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 +2.9%
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
Photo of MSchae1017
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a Pint Glass from a bottle.

The color of the beer is dull brown with a frothy head that leaves a little foam the whole way down but does not leave any lace. It smells mostly of some barley malt with a slightly sweet aroma. The taste does not reveal much that the taste does not. There is an average thickness and carbonation. Overally this beer does not bring enough to the table to be considered all that great.

MSchae1017, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of clemtig76
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Three of these came in a sampler 12 pack along with the amber lager, pale ale, and the new special edition festive ale. Pours a dark amber color a thick tan head that quickly fades. Not very much in the aroma department besides a mild sweetness. Taste is thin and weak with a little too much sweetness for me. There is a place for this beer, just not in my fridge.

clemtig76, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of doctorjoeyboey
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is weak with hints of weak bitter hops and sweetness. Color is amber with a bias toward orange and carbonation is moderate with a quickly diminishing head. Taste is enjoyable with slightly noticeable honey. Body is light-medium compared to other lagers I've tried. Head that is left on the side is so minimal it doesn't even form a lace pattern.

I like this beer but it isn't anything special. The honey taste is slightly noticeable but the beer is much more enjoyable after drinking a more bitter beer, as the honey then jumps out.

doctorjoeyboey, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of kkipple
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

JW Dundee's Honey Brown bills itself as a "honey flavored lager". Huh, interesting... and cheap too, $7.50 for a 12 pack. I was short on cash that night and couldn't resist...

Pours a medium yellow color into my glass, foamy head but it disappears quickly, with minor lacing. A few bubbles rise to the top. Looks honey colored, actually. As advertised so far...

Smells slightly malty (key word is slightly), mild hops and maybe... corn? Hrm, can't really say. Nothing too intriguing.

Taste is rather bland, can't say I can really taste honey on first sip. Ah, there it is... a muted sweetness behind the fizzy, watered down malt taste. Wonder if there's any real honey in there? Tastes kind of like a sweet Bud Select (gah) but with a more pleasing mouthfeel and aftertaste. Warms the back of my throat a bit.

Mouthfeel is thin, with an inoffensive but boring dry malt aftertaste.

What can I say? Honey Brown is an uninteresting, middle-class beer. For a cheap American lager, I'd say it does alright. It would probably go great with grilled food or other hearty fare. It's actually rather drinkable, especially if you're short on options.

That said, JW Dundee's product is nothing to write home about, but you could do a lot worse for the price range. In fact, Honey Brown is unquestionably superior to the Big 3 macros, so you have no excuse to be buying them if you see this on the shelves.

kkipple, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of AltBock
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at a local bar for only $1 a pint. How could I pass up a good beer for only $1? It came to me in an American pint glass that was not chilled or anything.

Poured an amber/brownish color with a small head of white foam that dissipated fast that left no rings or lace whatsoever. It didn't have much of an aroma, except for some grains in a sweet background. The taste was like the smell, grainy with a little bit of sweet honey in the background. At one time I noticed some hops in there too. The mouthfeel was very average, light and easily drinkable. Basically a cheap above average beer and would make a nice substitute when the bar has nothing but macros.

AltBock, Dec 11, 2005
Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 1,234 ratings.