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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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1,193 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,193
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 9
Gots: 63 | 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 BEERchitect
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%

Eeh, an ok beer. Looks...bown...with coca cola looking high lights. A little over carbonated, with little in the way of head retention. Smells caramelly, nutty, and molassas like, albe it light. Slight yeast flavors and earthiness in the nose. Tastes much the same in sweetness and a little souring from fermentation. May have a little diacityl. No hop aroma or flavor leaves this beer too sweet not to have a bigger body. The body is medium and slick to the palate. Finishes a bit too barley sweet and not bittering or drying in the finish. No definate alcohol flavors or warmth. An ok beer, but the lack of balance and depth keeps me from drinking more.

BEERchitect, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of Reidrover
3.13/5  rDev +1%

Well,well ,well what do we have here?
To my utter amazement I found this beer today in Salem, Oregon.
Wow brings back memories of my days in Georgia in the 90s, i used to drink a ton of this stuff, especially in the long hot humid summer.
22 oz bottle, classy looking label
Quite a pleasant beer to behold,golden with a creamy/frothy pure white head, nice laceing.
The aroma is pretty subdued ,but nice and seems fresh, i can detect slight grassy hops and a tinge of honeyish sweetness.
Taste is ok nothing to write home about, but refreshing enough and the honey is not sickening.Nice American lager.
Pretty average mouthfeel..little sticky near the end.
I found this quite nice and drinkable.'
Its not the best beer in the world ,but its ok on a hot summerday..and heck i just plain like it for the good memories it brings to mind.

Reidrover, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of battlekow
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%

Looks really nice for a lager, an eye-catching golden, honeyish color. "Honey Brown" isn't a bad description of it. Starts with a big, soapy head, but that doesn't last long. After that, there's no lacing of which to speak. Definitely smells honeyish, but also floral and perfumey. Really smells like a honey-scented perfume. The only initial taste is malty, but there's a hint of honey on the finish that's nice. Mouthfeel is limpid; I'm not convinced that there's any carbon dioxide in this beer at all. I suppose this beer hits exactly what it aims for, which is a malty lager with a hint of honey. Any more honey and it would be sickeningly sweet, but that little bit of honey is the only real character this beer has.

battlekow, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of Jason
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

A- Dusty golden color with a decent lace.

S- Sweet aroma, more malt than honey ... almost smells like processed honey essence.

T- Weak and watery malt, mild sweetness with a husky finish. Faint hop does nothing to flavor and barley balances.

M- Light crispness, a tad slick on the palate.

D- This beer is easy to drink though the sweetness was getting to me after a while.

A cult classic and a decent stepping stone from macro lagers to perhaps craft beer one day.

Jason, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of Rootdog316
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%

I've enjoyed Honey Brown for the past few weeks on a business trip to Chicago. It's a bit sweet now that I've acquired a taste for darker and heavier beers, but it's not too expensive and a decent beer if you plan on having *a few*. It's available in central Illinois grocery stores, so it should be available many places. WARNING: DON'T put it in the back of a super-cold fridge (or a freezer for a quick-cool) - the beer freezes in the bottle.

Rootdog316, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of phishgator
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

I think this beer for the price is one of the top notch brews in that price range. The honey shines through, although it leaves a "slick" aftertaste that makes it tough to throw down more than 3 or so at a time. The aroma has a slight sweet honey and sugar fragarance. I like the taste. I can remember this being one of the better cheap beers available when I was in college.

phishgator, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
1.7/5  rDev -45.2%

I notice the label now says "Honey Flavored Lager." Flavored? As in "not actually brewed with?" As in "No bees went hungry so you can drink this stuff?" Because there’s very much of a honey "flavor," almost an artificial one, and not much beer flavor. Odd little whiskey and honey note appears midway through, but the sickly honey smell is off-putting. Like I sometimes say, it’s not bad, it’s just not beer! I just can't figure out why this is so widely distributed. Seems to be available nationwide; or at least as far west as Illinois.

DrunkMcDermott, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of palliko
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%

This was a favorite of mine a while back. The appearance is light brown, some foam that is soon gone. Aroma contains some light malt, but not much else. Initial taste is that of the honey sweetness, some bread, some hops to balance out the sweet with a little bitterness. Fizzy carbonation may be a drawback for some. This is a decent session beer for summer – tasty but not too heavy.

palliko, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of villainchiwwin
3/5  rDev -3.2%

poured from 12 oz. bottle
clean, filtered light gold color. small unimpressive head that quickly dissipated and practically no lacing. sweet nutty smell with no distinct notes or sense impressions cutting through to evoke a taste one could pick out. tastes overly sweet with honey notes on the tip of the tongue and a very slight bitter finish from a little grain quality but mostly malty. not too crisply carbonated and extremely smooth. maybe it's the ideal beer for some or a good crossover beer, but it's not for me. worth a try though if you're into sweetness.

villainchiwwin, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.38/5  rDev +9%

A nice beer. Poured out to a clear dark golden color with a nice head, although it wasn't very long lived.. Odors of sweetness were most noted, making me think this was gonna be overly sugary. Quite the contrary, this beer hand overtones of grain, cereal and hops, with a slightly sweet finish. Very drinkable. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of BuckSpin
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%

The color of (what else) warm honey, a 1/2" head of mildly cream hued foam of mixed bubbles faded quickly with no lacing. Nose is, surprisingly, absent, perhaps a mild sweet tone, hint of clover.

One thing it is is smooth. Initally a little creamy, some caramel flavors are present, even some malts. There is no real presence on the pallete, and it finishes like it started - smooth, even, maybe a slight hop peep. The aftertaste is a little syrupy, and very clean.

Its smooth, even & balanced, but no real taste experiences to note, which effects its drinkability. Could I drink these one after another? Yes. Am I? No. I wouldn't buy any, but I would drink them if my choices were limited. Its not bad, just not good.

BuckSpin, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of Luigi
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%

Amber color with a thin lace for a head. Smells grainy with a strong a honey aroma. Sweet malts, grains, and honey come out in the flavor. Has a medium light mouthfeel with light carbonation. Basically an average lager with a honey taste. The only characteristic that makes this beer worthwhile is the honey.

Luigi, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of granger10
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%

This looks like a pilsner and not a brown ale. Odd. Aroma is weak with a bit of sweetness but I couldn't tell if it was honey or not, just an abstract sweetness. Flavor is more like a thinner sweetened up light brown ale. Not bad. Smooth, decent body for a macro. Honey sweetness is more prevalent here. Quite a sweet beer actually, hops are nowhere to be seen. Finish lingers with more of a brown sugary taste in my mouth. I like it but this could get cloying after a few. Luckily I have a high cloying threshold (sweet tooth) so this could be a session beer for me. Solid

granger10, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from an undated twist top bomber into a pilsener.

Slightly amber gold with a white head that falls into a thin ring after a few minutes.

Smells grainy and sweet. Slight hops. Nothing interesting.

Sweet, but not too sweet when tasted. The grains are just underneath followed by a generic hop finish.

Weak in the mouthfeel. Drinkable but boring.

ypsifly, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of shirfan
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%

Dark gold, not brown, with an average-sized white head that lasts an acceptable length of time.

Aroma is slightly unsettling; there's a mild corn note with some funky vegetation in the background.

Flavor is a bit better than the smell. Corn is present again but not overwhelming, with a bit of malt backbone. If there's any honey flavor, it only serves to make for a very sweet lager, almost at the level of soda pop. Very little, if any, hop presence.

An easy summer beer; nothing great but it's refreshing after being out in the sun.

shirfan, May 23, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%

Not much honey going on in this honey brown.
I'd rate this one higher in taste if I didn't feel like there was a slight skunkyness in the flavor... mostly in the finish/aftertaste. I'd like to think this was fresh enough (the pale ales and ambers in the 12 pack weren't skunked at all but maybe older honey browns were thrown into the mix).
This is lightyears ahead of Genesee but JW Dundee's Pale Ale and Amber Lager are much better offerings.

ommegangpbr, May 15, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%

Light carmel color, much lighter than I would expect from something called “Honey Brown”. Small white head on pout, fades to a creamy island in the middle of the beer. Smells like grassy malts, a bit of roasted malt, and slight honey sweetness. Taste is very smooth, but subtle and somewhat underwhelming. Some grassiness, some sweetness, hops are definitely just a background whisper. Mouthfeel is pretty good. For the $5.50 an 8 pack I paid for this, it is a very drinkable beer for sessioning.

TastyTaste, May 09, 2005
Photo of Noelito76
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%

Impulsively pulled it off the shelf when my wife got impatient in the beer store. Light brown in color. No head to speak of. The taste is okay and the sweetness makes it distinguishable from a light lager, but not enough to make me want to try it again. The hops are barely detectable and they were needed to blend in with the sweetness.

Noelito76, May 09, 2005
Photo of mynie
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%

More of an orange than a brown. No head. Nothing great, but not bad.

Smells like honey and brown sugar. Very sweet. Faint and uncomplicated but decent.

Dull malt upfront, moving into tart honey, ending with brown sugar tasting really sweet. Sort of bland, but decent enough.

This is a good session ale, no doubt. Easy drinking and cheap to boot. Nothing fancy, but nothing bad.

mynie, May 07, 2005
Photo of Brian700
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%

This one pours a translucent orange color. It smells of of honey and light malt. The taste isn't o.k. but it's nothing to special. It tastes of honey and malt. It basically follows the nose. It has a decent mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. It's a drinkable beer. You could put down a few of these if you plan on drinking a lighter beer and were willing to settle for average.

Brian700, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of kbnooshay
3/5  rDev -3.2%

With the new direction that high falls seems to be going in this beer has lost some relevancy. i don't really see a need for this beer with their new amber lager but the memoriesss. Ahh. It pours a nice dark orange and smells sorta chemically. When i think brown ale i don't think of this. It isn't brown! But it isn't bad. The mouthfeel is light and watery but it does go down easy. A little weak but i like it.

kbnooshay, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of ggroller
1.98/5  rDev -36.1%

The bottle was real cool. The beer wasn't.

Very nice silk screened brown bottle bearing the Honey Brown logo.

The beer was barely brown for a brown lager at just a shade or two darker than a traditional lager. Decent head but no lacing.

Smells sweet and tastes even sweeter. Who poured sugar in my beer? Yuk. This stuff is not my cup of tea. I couldn't even get through the first glass. I gave the last half to my Mom.

ggroller, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of ghurux86
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%

pours a dark orange color with minimal head that fades quick and doesn't lace.
smell is pretty good, mostly honey smell among others
taste is rather sweet, honey and malt are noticed the most.
mouthfeel is nothing too great but not too bad either. feels rather smooth and has a low level of carbonation. medium body.
this one is pretty drinkable if you can handle the sweetness of the honey. definitely worth a try, but then again nothing to outrageously special either.

ghurux86, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%

I was tricked. When I ordered this as part of flight in at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, I didn't realize this was THE Honey Brown, I I've never seen the JW Dundee part before. Anyway, since I haven't yet reviewed it . . .

It's really not that bad. Very easy to drink and quite a bit malty and syrupy. Appears as light maple syrup and smells quite similar. this was the lowest scored of the five I tried, but definitely not terrible either.

Backer2004, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of Maestro
3.1/5  rDev 0%

I realized that I have never reviewed this beer. I am somewhat excited about the new beers and new direction that High Falls is taking. Hopefully we will see some great stuff come out in the future. Anyhow, this beer is due a recipe upgrade.

The beer pours a dark orange/red hue. It is about the same color as their new American Amber Lager. The head is thin but there is lacing. Smell is corn. Taste is not great, but not terrible either. The honey is faint and so are the hops. As far as drinkability, I could see this as a session brew. This is a pretty standard macro-tasting beer with some "craft" characteristics. Nothing great.

Maestro, Mar 06, 2005
Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 1,193 ratings.