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

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1,275 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,275
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 11
Gots: 109 | 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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3.52/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

JW's Honey Brown is a deep copper color with a 1/2" soapy white head. The head fades instantly and leaves no lace.

Smell is sweet and definitely thick with honey. Grain. Malt. No hops. Appealing aroma.

Taste is very surprising. Good sweetness (not over-powering at all). Nice honey flavor. The mouthfeel is rich and round. Mid-level carbonation. Very nice change of pace and very easy to drink. Good beer at a great price.

Photo of semihobo
3.56/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden amber color, but head and carbonation are kinda weak. Head starts off small and gets smaller, although the huge bubbles get a little finer. Big bubbles roaring up inside the pint glass. I would have said a 2 at first but it got better looking with some time.

I love this smell. Honey, malts, grains. Clearly going for the unabashedly sweet lager. Call me crazy, but I like my honey beer to smell sweet.

Surprisingly clean taste. Honey and malts, really. Hops are minimal if at all present. Sweetness fades perfectly, with a sugary aftertaste that lingers nicely but is not overpowering. Good amber malt base compliments the honey.

Mouthfeel is fine, maybe a little overcarbonated at first but pretty average. Nice and crisp.

I really like drinking this beer. Nice ABV, really perfect for drinking with non-BAs or at the game. You hear that a lot, "a football beer," but this is more pleasing than most football beers. I like my sweet beers to be sweet and this definitely is sugary, so if you have a problem with that you might not like it. This brew is not afraid to show the honey. Don't get me wrong, this beer is no masterpiece and is very simple, but the bottom line is that it's pretty decent.

The kicker on the drinkability is that it is $7.50 for a 12 pack. Yes! Easily one of the top beers in this price range. Also, I got a 1/4 barrel of this over the summer, and it was even tastier on tap.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed one out of the fridge at my Aunt's place. She got a selection of "fancy" beers for labor day....this, Guinness, St. Pauli Girl. Corona, Rolling Rock. Better than BMC I suppose.

Pours a pale amber...not exactly what I was expecting from a "honey BROWN" with a minimal white head. Smell is a little adjuncty, with some sweet malt. Taste is of a standard macro lager with some honey sweetness. Aftertaste is corn and a little metallic. Mouthfeel is bubbly, body is medium. Overall, a slightly sweet, slightly more tolerable macro lager. Better than anything BMC for sure, but nothing to write home about

Photo of abcsofbeer
2.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a shiny copper penny color, very clear with a small amount of carbonation. The head is deep and thick and white, but dissipates quickly leaving no lace. Afterwards the head is very thin.

The smell is almost not there, very faint. There is a mild sweetness and some flowery wafts of something. The taste is slightly tangy with a mild amount of hops. It is mainly fruity with hints of oranges and honey. The beer is mildly refreshing and very smooth, almost watery in the mouthfeel, especially the aftertaste.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear golden-orange color with a medium head that vanishes quickly. No lacing.

Smell - Almost no odor. It has a faint skunk against weak grain. Odd since it is in a brown bottle.

Taste - Considering the smell surprisingly good. It isn't a strong flavor, but it has a very mild malt flavor followed soon by a slightly stronger honey taste. The sweetness is mild though, nothing intense or syrupy. No bitterness. After several second the honey aftertaste is replaced by a mild sour-bitter, not potent enough to be repulsive, it just makes you want to drink again.

Mouthfeel - Its smoothness is uncanny, leaves a slight pectin texture on the roof of you mouth which dissappears quickly. A bit thin, I was hoping for a more viscous lager. It is incredibly refreshing.

Drinkability - I usually take a long time drinking my beers. Giving me lots of little sips and lots of time to savor. I didn't do that here. I wanted to taste the honey and the revitalizing texture. Not that I chugged it, but I took it in quicker than usual. I could drink this with many meals, I could drink this again right now. At its reasonable price, this is a fairly good buy.

Photo of thechaacster
1.78/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale not-at-all-brown with a decent head. Honey sweet and slightly malty smell. Buh, the sweetness is way too much. It's not a natural honey flavor, i.e. Dogfish Midas Touch, either. Just sickly sweet with barely any beer taste. Really horrible syrupy mouthfeel. I couldn't finish my pint.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Peppy label design that says "C'mon...try one." Back label states 4.5% ABV.

Pours a crystal clear filtered light amber hue topped with a frothy vanilla white 1" head cap that quickly settles to a wafer thin slick leaving NO lace.

No one can acuse JW Dundee of false advertising. OHB has a solid grain lager scent with a floral honey bouquet, there is no doubt. Some copper scents finish.

First swigs: Mirrored flavors in the nose and mouth. Tastes of brisk lager grain, a little Earthy mineral water fountain water, and of course, some delicate sweet honey hints. A tickle of caramel and malty cake batter dough round up the taste. Loses points if this gets warmed up. Probably a beer that is should be drank from the bottle.

Thin feel with a soft shush carbonation. Clean finish with a slight honey linger aftertataste.

Last swig: Is what it is to be: Lager and honey. JW Dundee has craftes a friendly clean quaffable brew that compliments Summer and BBQ food better than any other beer that I can think of. Quite a pleasure that finds finds its way into my fridge often enough.

Beer is good. Happy Summer beering.

Photo of BEERchitect
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Reidrover
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of battlekow
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Jason
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of phishgator
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
1.68/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of palliko
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BuckSpin
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Luigi
3.42/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of granger10
3.27/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of ypsifly
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of shirfan
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.54/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Noelito76
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 1,275 ratings.