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

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1,267 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,267
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 11
Gots: 99 | 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 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.

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
3.37/5  rDev +8.7%
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
3.02/5  rDev -2.6%
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
2.82/5  rDev -9%
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
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
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
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
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
3.41/5  rDev +10%
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
2.97/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 1,267 ratings.