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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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1,276 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,276
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 11
Gots: 110 | 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 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)

Photo of BlackHaddock
1.86/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Part of a Craft Beer of America pack, bought in the UK.

This was by far the worst beer in the JW Dundee's selection I have had. Poured into a Berliner Kindl straight glass, it looked sad, light brown and sickly.

The smell was of off honey.

It was a mish-mash of half flavours and nothingness, very disappointing, I just couldn't find a good point.

I do not know what the brewer is trying to do here, whatever it is, he has failed to impress me.

Photo of hylton44
2.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

More honey colored than brown, with a typical JWD short-lived, fizzy head. Sweet, candied malt taste masking bitterness and what little carbonation there is. Thin, buttery mouthfeel and rather flat. Honey is detectable, but there's not a lot of other complexity there. Not all that exciting.

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

poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Body is a clear pale amber with a slightly off-white head. Sweet aroma with some honey but not overpowering. Taste is extremely sweet, almost as if they added sugar to it. The flavor of honey is present and not much else. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a little thin. The sweetness hurts the drinkability some.

If my only choices were this or a macro, I'd go with this. Probably a good beer to get your Bud drinking friends to try to help them crossover to other choices.

Photo of nesta
2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner, this beer shows a light amber brown color with a big, fluffy head that within about half a minute or so disappears into nearly nothing. very lively carbonation - a bit too much so, in my opinion, and quite sweet. i guess for a honey flavored beer that would be expected, but it definitely wasn't a great thing. not bad, but really not great.

the flavor is rather dull other than the sweetness, and this definitely impacts the drinkability. i can put a few away in an evening, but i'd rather stick with just one or two, honestly.

for the price it's pretty good, and a huge step up from budweiser or miller, but this is by no means a great beer. i'd have rather bought killians, honestly.

Photo of BeerSox
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pilsner glass. No exp date, 4.5% abv.

Pours crystal clear brown. Forms a short-lasting snow-white head. Decent lacing.

Standard semi-mettalic/husky lager odor (not a bad thing) along with hints of honey. Light leafy notes.

Light malt background with an essence of honey on the back of the tongue. More sweetness comes out as it warms.

Crisp and smooth with light carbonation. Slightly watery.

Good beer for what it is. This was one of the "non-macro" beers that I tried. I was more impressed by it back then. This is a good crossover ber for those who want to explore outside of their BMC world.

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im having this beer just right now.The honey taste is light.the mouthfeel is very good but if i was in bar i would not ask for a beer this sweet.Is good if you are just having one.i really like the color of this beer is like dark gold but not to dark for my taste.

Photo of ppoitras
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz aluminum bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the crystal clear light amber brew. Head fades slowly, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet grain with a light hoppiness. Taste is also sweet malts upfront, possibly too much, again with a lightly hoppy character, and both flavors linger after swallowing. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, limited by the sweetness somewhat. Not bad for an aluminum offering for those places that shun glass, but not much else would draw me back.

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