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

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Ratings: 1,283
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 12
Gots: 118 | 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 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.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear honey-hued lager with a small, brief head of white bubbles. This one is the mellow brown color of weak honeyed tea.

Weak sweet-tea aroma. Nothing complex, but pleasant, mild and sweet to the nose.

Nice sweet and slightly fruity taste. Full of honey flavor and a bit nutty. Tastes a little bit like unlit pipe tobbacco smells. Very sweet, mellow, and easy drinking brew.

This is quite drinkable, but not very complex or interesing. A very average beer all around.

Photo of vtfan77
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought a sixer of this stuff because it was cheap and I thought it might be a little better than your typical macro.

A- While not brown in the least, it is a decent golden amber color that is darker than most macros. Barely any head, and what there is disappears quickly.

S- Malty sweetness and some skunk. Pretty weak smell.

T- A touch of malt and a honey-like sweetness in the finish. Not much taste, but it at least doesn't taste bad.

M- Almost like water. It's like I can't even tell I'm actually swallowing it. Maybe this is what they mean when they say "extra smooth" on the bottle.

D- Decent I suppose. It's low in alcohol and goes down like water, but I don't really want more.

Below average. I guess it's about what I expected, but even at less than five bucks a sixer I can probably do better. Not offensive, but not good either. Not recommended.

Photo of Means0451
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was yet to try this brew. I bought it one night after I got out of work. I was suprised at the taste. I was expecting a real sweet beer. But I was wrong. It is only slightly sweet. I poured it into a pint glass. It held a head fairly well. The color was on the dark yellow, almost orange. I recommend you try it. I was impressed.

Photo of wl0307
2.46/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was really surprised to find this beer at a super-large Tesco store in Surrey Quays, South East London. This beer was on a 3 for 3 quid offer, so I picked up Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Cooper's Pale Ale along with this one to make the deal. No freshness info. printed on the bottle, served lightly-chilled in a pilsner glass.

A: pours an amber hue, with very lively fizziness and a fast retreating white foamy head.
S: lightly dusty lager aroma coated by an intense flow of rich honey aroma and malt syrup. Pretty simple and rich.
T: lots of thin-bodied malts on the palate, chewy like malt candy yet also with a touch of burned sugar; backed by the rather understated honeyish flavour, slightly sour tinge of lemon like a lager, faintly gingery spice, and a neutral aftertaste of loosely-formed maltiness and unfermented sugar... unpleasantly sugary in the end. A very faint trace of grassy hops is hidden in a remote corner of the palate, if probed slightly deeper, giving just a hint that it's meant to be a lager.
M&D: very spritzy on the mouthfeel, thin, slightly metallic at the back, but not horrible. Yet this is the least impressive honey-flavoured beer I've had. Full-stop.

Photo of cjgator3
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden-amber color with a white head that is quickly reduced to a thin lace. Sweet malt aroma with a touch of honey. Taste is rather thin and watery. Taste is sweet toasted malt with not much hops to help balance this brew out. This actually is a bit too sweet for my liking. Overall, this brew is lacking in so many ways. I am disappointed with the Honey Brown after trying their Pale Ale which wasn't bad.

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

Bright clear golden color with a nice off-white head and very active carbonation. A bit light for a "brown". Light honey, light malt, and light adjunct aroma and flavor. Not overly sweet as I remembered. Light bodied and fairly clean with a light adjunct finish.

Not a bad little sipper but not a rebuy ... only bought in mixed pack to try other beers.

Per Label: "Honey Flavored Lager"

Per HF website: Dark pilsner style lager with Manitoba Wildflower Honey.

'1576' lasered on neck
Tasted: 07/28/06

Photo of Rudgers73
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz aluminum bottle.

A- Very fizzy, head is around for about 10 seconds. About the color of honey, deeper golden.

S- Smells like a thin macro lager.

T- Starts out with a rich smooth honey taste wow this is good--wait, no, it thins out and turns into a regular, thin, grassy, lager. That was disappointing. Almost had it there for a second.

M- Typical macro lager: Thin, fizzy, a little bit of residue from the sweetness.

D- Well, I tried routing for the home team (Rochester, NY), but you let me down again. Nothing but genesee with a tux made of "honey".

Photo of boblog
2.97/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Light brown color. Basicly no head. No lacing. Scent has hints of honey and light hop smell.Taste is pretty disapointing. Basicly no honey taste. Has a slightly sweet after taste but nothing that I would call a honey flavor. Mouthfeel is watery and light. Easy to drink because it is so light in taste. Not too expensive. A good party beer but not good for anything else.

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

Container Volume: 355ml

Container type: bottle

Fresh: y

Purchased @: anywhere

Cost: medium priced

Head: none

Lace: none

Color: brown

Aroma: honey

Mouthfeel: light

Palate: adjusts

Taste: Not bad not great. Did not detect honey, sweetness was off for me somehow...

Mowing/Working on car- n
With Friends- y
Sipping- n
Get my buzz on- y (session)

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