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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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1,146 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,146
Reviews: 642
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 38 | 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 bditty187


2.28/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thumbs down on this one. I could not get passed the artificialness of the taste. The honey was just off kilter with the rest of the beer. As a fan of honey beers, I’d have to say this one is just not that good. The body is a brownish-amber, high carbonation (which hurt the taste), and no real head or head retention. The aroma was sweet malt, some honey, but mainly clean (or plain).

Maybe worthwhile on a hot summer days or with some tangy BBQ. But maybe not...

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2002 08:40:43 | More by bditty187
Photo of chilidog


3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark rusty/gold color with a small fades fast head.No lace at all. Very high on carbonation, almost soda-pop high.The smell is hoppy-sweet. Taste has hints of malt and honey to the point of almost caramel.Very smooth and drinkable.It might be liked by a non-beer drinker, its that sweet and carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2002 04:51:52 | More by chilidog
Photo of BeerBob


3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

JW Dundee’s Original Honey Brown “Honey Flavored Lager” pours a darkish amber from a 12oz brown bottle with a twist off cap. Head is light tan then fades to nothing.

Nose is a very faint honey with damp grains. Palate is light honey followed by carbonation, then slight hops and again honey.

JW Dundee’s Original Honey Brown, a light honey flavored lager, would be good for barbecues or picnics or even a nice quencher for spicy foods.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2002 19:19:14 | More by BeerBob
Photo of Lupe

New York

1.7/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear amber color with a generous white head and suprisingly wonderful lace.Mildly sweet to the nose with a thin malt aroma. Finishes clean and crisp with some dryness. To me it tasted like watered down Sprite. A little overboard with the sweetness is and tastes processed. Not an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2002 09:11:40 | More by Lupe
Photo of Bighuge


3.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is very clear and light amber in color. A small head vanishes in no time. The aroma consists of malt and sweet honey. There is a real nice crisp taste. Honey is present. A dryness is also present. Some very slight chocolate and roasted malt undertones. A nice drinkable brew here. Nothing spectacular, but really not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2002 20:34:42 | More by Bighuge
Photo of ZAP


3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Certainly nothing outstanding here, but really this is better than I thought it would be....It is definitely sweet on the palate but I kind of like that with a honey beer. The honey is evident and it has a pretty, smooth creamy texture...I'm rating this as a honey beer...as a Brown Ale it would score considerably lower as to me it doesn't resemble a brown ale at all...It is deep golden in color...pretty clear...not a complex beer, but for a honey beer it is better than most I've had included Leinie's and South Shore's...

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2002 18:10:49 | More by ZAP
Photo of Dogbrick


3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luckily I have never had one of the "bad batches", which this beer seems to be notorious for. Pleasant aroma and nice color, and the honey aftertaste has the potential to linger, which can be either bad or good depending on your preference. One of my favorite American beers that is not from a micro-brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2002 10:35:29 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a winner in my book. slightly dark, and very smooth and creamy. you get a hint of honey as it goes down with a little bitterness. i went back to this one many times, and it never let me down. it was easy to drink, and bery enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2002 16:41:40 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of StevieW


2.15/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap tonight, I have had the bottles as well. Slighty darker than yellow to light brown color. Thin faint white head, sweet, honey smell, with some sourness as well. Tasted overly sweet, with a serious stale, sour finish. Didn't get much malt or, hop balance, just sourness. Thin feel, not much to keep you drinking more. I remember the bottles being much better. I may have had it from a stale keg. Not memorable, and I won't buy it again for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2002 19:33:41 | More by StevieW
Photo of marc77


2.15/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark copper hue, clear and effervescent. The head settles into a respectable layer that coats the glass. Sweet caramel malt and cooked corn in aroma, and not much else. Lightly bodied from the copious use of adjuncts. There's a one - dimensional, non caramel malt derived sweetness in flavor that is quite offputting, and borderlines of being cloying. Malt complexity is sorely lacking. Hop bitterness is meager, and thus allows for the sugary sweetness. Tastes like a typical macrobrew w/ sugar added. Mild honey flavors emerge in the finish, then vanish quickly leaving an empty blandness. Honey Brown is not an enjoyable beer. The sweetness is cloying and tastes processed.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2002 18:04:23 | More by marc77
Photo of psugrad98


1.75/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer makes me sick. Maybe I just don't like honey beers. It's light wood color with thick large bubbled head. Smell is of a touch of sweetness with almost a bread smell. Mouthfeel is fizzy and mouthcoating. Not very sweet, but its the kind of sweet that makes you gag. I can never finish one of these.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2002 11:46:41 | More by psugrad98
Photo of ADR


2.42/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper color, very white head that's gone at about 25 seconds. There might be a slight honey in the aroma, otherwise understated sweet smell. Bottle says "smooth" and it surely is. Smooth to the point of zero complexity. I couldn't detect any hops anywhere in my mouth, primary impression is of light brown sugar. Surprisingly thin mouthfeel while at the same time a little gagging in the throat after three sips or so. I suppose this is drinkable for people who don't like beer but there was nothing of note to me. A sweet "Genny" that made its way west from Lake Ontario to a liquor store south of Lake Superior...

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2002 08:20:02 | More by ADR
Photo of Wildman


2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I found it to be an average beer to drink. Something better to drink then the Budlights, etc. at a function. But there are better beers out there of this type. It poured a dark yellow color and formed pratically no head to speak of. The aroma was of malt and some hops. The flavor was of malt and hops. The body was very light and the finish hard to really figure out.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2002 13:16:12 | More by Wildman
Photo of packetknife


3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Revised: Man, brought back old memories. The nose and taste overflow with bread and honey, no discernable aftertase now. Felt thicker than I remember and more drinkable as well.

Original: Another beer that should be considered the base-line for a regular drink. It smells of bread and honey. Slightly sweet with a bit of an after-taste. Another brew I only seem to see in college towns.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2002 05:05:52 | More by packetknife
Photo of proc


2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This wasn't too bad. I was expecting the worst, figuring the honey would taste like an afterthought, but it seemed to blend in nicely with the beer. Not as sweet as I had anticipated either. Decent, and fairly cheap too.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2002 10:10:32 | More by proc
Photo of aracauna


3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Take Newcastle and water it down and lower the quality just a bit and you've got Hone Brown. Not a bad beer, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2002 11:05:13 | More by aracauna
Photo of Pegasus


3.8/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pleasant, drinkable beer. Rather slight head, beautiful dark golden brown color, slightly sweet and very smooth and pleasant, no aftertaste at all. Easy to drink, unremarkable, but nothing to offend, either.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2002 16:28:52 | More by Pegasus
Photo of bmills1608


1.02/5  rDev -67.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I really hate this beer. The honey flavor puts me off right from the start. I never understood why this beer was so popular when it first starting getting hit the shelves in PA. If ICE cold it is still bad but gets way worse as it warms up. I can barely choke one bottle down.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2002 16:53:24 | More by bmills1608
Photo of Todd


3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The only thing brown about this beer is part of the name. The highly enjoyable honey flavour and ease of drinkability are the real highlights of this brew. An excellent session beer and perahps a nice baby-step beer for drinkers who can't let go of their mainstream lagers/pils.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2001 11:27:26 | More by Todd
Photo of John

New York

3.85/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Those looking for the typical brown ale will likely be dissappointed. I don't think it's intended to be interpreted as such. However, as an honey brown lager it does well in a pinch and is a decent beer. A good introductory craft brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2001 13:20:30 | More by John
Photo of Brent


3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extremely mild - makes Newcastle look robust. If you like a really mild brown - you will like this. If you want something with a little backbone, look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2001 15:53:47 | More by Brent
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Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
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