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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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1,237 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,237
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 17.04%
Wants: 10
Gots: 79 | 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 BigRedN
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased an eight pack (6 Honey Browns, 1 Pale Ale and 1 Amber Lager) for 4.99, a good price.

Appearance: Reddish-copper. Thin white head <1/4, left quickly. Some bubbles dancing to the top of the liquid though. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, with a hint of hops, but the malt stood out more.

Taste: Sweet malt character, tempered by a hint of hops. Sweet because of the honey? I've had Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss and couldn't stand it. This was much better. No lingering aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, well carbonated.

Drinkability: This beer is ok, just not knock your socks off great. I'd buy it again (have done so in the past), but not very often.

BigRedN, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of FormatKid
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was feeling nostalgic tonight so I grabbed a sixer of this and swapped out some singles for J.W. Dundee’s other new beers. (Yeah, I’m one of those guys sometimes). I have to say this was my favorite beer in my underaged days. I haven’t had it in years probably so I’m a little worried. The body of this beer is nowhere near brown, it is darker than your average macro swill though, sort of like a ruddy, dirty straw color. Some head appears on the pour but recedes to a tiny off white film on top. Smells better than I’d expected actually I do catch a nice honey smell, accompanied by a subtler note of sweet malt, no cheap cloying aromas. The flavor is really light across the front of my palate, astringent and a little hollow. I soft sweet honey flavor does come through about halfway through and a tiny taste of a smooth round malt, the finish is a minimal earthy crust drizzled every so lightly with lemon juice. To be honest, I guess my tastes weren’t all retarded because I think this is a decent little beer, and the price-point can’t be beat!

FormatKid, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of TheDeuce
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has sort of a cult following where I'm from....

Appearance-gold-reddish color with two fingers of foam sticking out on top, the foam sticks around, very nice.

Smell-slight honey hops come out, sweet malt hits the nose as well lightly, pleasent aroma.

Taste-crisp, the honey flavor really does come out in the middle of the taste, very sweet malt compliments it well. A really flavorful taste.

Mouthfeel-very very sweet, almost too much for me to handle seeing as this is my first honey lager but it does have a lot of flavor coming out and its relatively smooth.

Drinkability-if the style is at all appealing you can drink this as much as you want, it doesn't have a high alcohol content and its very flavorful.

Overall-I admit that honey isn't my most favorite flavor for beer, but for both the style and the beer itself, High Falls has really outdone themselves. This beer warrants its following and is the best of anything I've had from the brewery, if your remotely interested in Honey Lagers definitely give this brew a try.

TheDeuce, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of BeerManDan
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured, the color was a medium golden yellow with no foam or lace all. A mild aroma of hop's and malts filled the nose and you could tell that is was a mild ale. The taste of hop's and malts was mild, with a hint of honey. The hint of honey gave this ale a sling sweetness that made it pleasant to drink. This is one on the better honey ales's I've drank.

BeerManDan, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of moocey
2.35/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some moron decided he wanted an Amber Lager in his six pack of Honey Brown, and now I have a Honey Brown in my six pack of Amber Lager. I'm not too happy, but I guess I can drink it and review it without having to buy a whole six pack.

Appearance - pale amber/brown color. Crystal clear. Poured aggressively with minimal head that left in a few seconds.

Smell - Not too promising. Just a little bit of malty aroma, which is pretty good, I guess.

Taste - This beer has a light, artificial sweetness. I think there may be some adjunct character, but it's covered up by the forced sweetness.

Mouthfeel - didn't seem watery or anything like that, so I guess it gets a passing 3.

Drinkability - Sure, why not?

Get a Pale Ale or an Amber Lager by these guys instead. They're decent beers for the money. This isn't quite as good.

moocey, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of deejaydan
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This macro/micro is above average. Pours a dark yellow/pale amber color, okay head retention, but not great. Smell... slight hop/corn aroma, kinda turned off by that. Taste is clean, slight bit of sweetness at the end. I really like the mouthfeel of this one though, it's thick for style, and I like that. I wouldn't mind a few of these on a night.

deejaydan, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of Billolick
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer with no freshness dating. Very light for a "brown" beer. Very clear. Medium bubble head that does leave some lacing. This is sweet, insipid stuff. Thin, watery brew. Light wiff of malt on the nose and the palate. Not enjoyable stuff, pass it by, alot of more worthwhile brew out there.

Billolick, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of jimdkc
2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought an eight-pack sampler with 6 of these and one each of the new JW Dundee's Pale Ale and Amber Lager for $4.99! (Kinda wish it were 2 of these and 6 of the others which were considerably better than this!)

The Honey Brown lager pours a medium-dark honey color. Scant white head disappears quickly. Aroma is pretty mild. Grainy with maybe a hint of honey. Taste is slightly sweet. malty, a bit nutty, with just the barest hint of hops perceptible. After taste is slightly sour. Light mouthfeel. pretty good drinkability. Just OK overall.

jimdkc, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of bashiba
2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out of the bottle a nice copper/amber color with lots of carbonation. Head is thick creamy, but unfortunately it dissappears almost instantly with no lacing.
The smell is a very low key, just a hint of sweet malts.
The taste is very mild in all respects with just a hint of honey sweetness and almost no bitterness at all.
Has a clean mouthfeel with average drinkability.
An overall average beer that I have found good in the past to help ease people along from Macros to Crafts. Plus is better than the big three for about the same price.

bashiba, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of santoslhalper
2.42/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear ligh brown with a head that leaves quickly with barely any lacing. Smells like a MBC beer with a hint of sweetness. Tastes of malts and nuts but no honey. I personally think this beer tastes pretty rough with a very light, boring mouthfeel. It's a drinkable beer if nothing else is available, but is definitly nothing special at all. Skip this one if you can.

santoslhalper, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of ken3c
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a decent head and recedes to a wispy layer that barely leaves a little lacing. Light amber in color. Bubbles rise through the clear liquid to the end of the glass.

The smell is a hint of malt and nothing else.

Taste is sweet and not much else. Good but not very interesting.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light.

Drinkability is quite good. As long as I didn't have something better, I could drink this all evening.

ken3c, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of rugbycritic
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is another good effort from our hometown brewer. It's more popular in othe places than here. It's unfortunate that folks rarely enjoy or notice what's sitting right in front of their noses.

It is a very nice amberish presentation, with a hint of sweetness, more from a gentle hopping than anything else. It's very nice. So nice in fact, that it'll even walk the dog or take out the trash.

I would recommend it if you like this kind of thing, because you shouldn't throw you money at BudMillerCoors if you can help it.

This is a wonderful beer that you will enjoy. Get over the Honey thing, it's really not that sweet.

rugbycritic, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of futaboots
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At $10 a twelve pack, who needs miller, right? Have to admit, flavor is not impressive, yea it's sweet, and very drinkable, but this still tastes like an above average mass market american lager with some honey flavoring thrown in.

Not to give the impression that I don't like this stuff, because I do. That is just my honest evaluation of it's taste.

Have only drank this one straight from the bottle, so I can't comment on it's head or color. Then again, this isn't a beer that demands to be drunk from a glass. Not a beer to get stupid drunk from either, a nice mix of affordability and taste that is well suited for barbeque duty or just keeping the fridge stocked.

One interesting thing to note: This stuff actually tastes pretty good, maybe even better, at or just below room temperature. This was confirmed to me by several friends (none of whom you'd think of as "enlightened" beer drinkers) during a long power outage when all the beer turned warm. Definitely a good beer to have around if chilling isn't a possibility.

futaboots, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this straight out of the bottle so I gave it a "3" for both appearance and aroma. Other than that, I am pretty impressed with the smooth, refreshing taste that comes out of this fairly cheap beer goes. This is one of those beers that seem super exotic to some. If they like this, they will tell people, "yeah, I like dark beers..." All kidding aside, this has a very nice amount of honey taste, maybe a little too much, but nonetheless, pretty decent.

ALESwhatCURESya, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium amber with a generous infusion of orange. The head is off-white and has just enough firmness not to fade to nothingness immediately after the pour. The lace pattern consists of an abbreviated collar with minimal specks farther up the glass.

The nose is really nothing special, but neither is it off-putting. It smells of malt/grain with a sweetness that I'd be hard pressed to identify as honey. Perhaps the honey will be more noticeable on the palate.

Like the nose, the flavor struggles to reach the 'average' rung of the flavor ladder. I'm finding it hard to describe the flavor profile with any degree of coherence (maybe because it lacks coherence?). An insufficient quantity of lightly toasted malt and mildly spicy hops are the primary elements.

Each mouthful starts out favoring sweet and ends up favoring dry. I still don't appreciate much of any honey flavor. The body is on the thin side and the beer manages to feel a little harsh in the mouth. It all fades away rather quickly though, so any true unpleasantness is effectively blunted.

JW Dundee's Original Honey Brown is a pretty insipid offering. It's a by-the-numbers amber/red lager that get the numbers slightly out of sequence, but manages to avoid offending. That's hardly a ringing endorsement.

(I just noticed that the underside of my bottlecap says 'sorry try again'. Make a better beer and I'll consider it).

BuckeyeNation, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of Hunter
2.17/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Darker gold or amber in color. Thick off-white head that bails out in a hurry. Some lacing, and high carbonation.

Smell is adjunct-heavy; reminds me of Budweiser. There is a trace of honey there but you have to hunt, patiently.

Taste is your basic American macrobrew lager. Some hops but the adjuncts dominate. Honestly, I can't tell well there honey is, if anywhere. Slightly brackish, like diluted seawater.

Mouthfeel is thin, wispy. Some residual sweetness. Slightly more interesting than a Bud/Coors/Miller, but not enough.

Hunter, Aug 02, 2004
Photo of TagoMago
2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker glass.

Appearance: Transparent, light copper with a slight amber hue. The head this beer pours with is decent at first but fades to nothing fast.

Smell: Light sweetness upfront with a touch of honey and faint malts. Really, not much is going on here.

Taste: Clean, with a moderate carbonation and body. The beer is sweet with an almost artificial honey taste. The sweetness becomes almost cloying after a couple bottles. Some faint, toasted malts are noticed with a slight hop bitterness which is present in the finish. The beer leaves a rather unfavorable aftertaste from its overt sweetness.

Overall: A very average beer at best. This beer is a step up for macro drinkers, but not much of one. This beer's biggest downfall is its sweetness and rather sickly "honey" character. Not a bad beer by any means, but certainly not recommended.

TagoMago, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 pack on sale for $8.15 at Spec's liquors. Found this to be a pretty decent beer, but after a few it seemed a little too sweet for my tastes. Appearance is a nice copper color, definently not very brown, but not bad at all. Smell is mildly sweet, alcohol is noted, smell is clean, but nothing great. Taste is very sweet of honey, maybe a little too sweet for my tastes. Not bad tasting, but sweetness became tiresome by the end of my second beer. Luckily the sweetness doesn't last very long after finishing a sip. Drinkability is pretty good, especially for those who prefer honey flavor. Dundee's Honey Brown seemed very filling for a lager though, but I think it might be just the sweetness bothering me. I probably won't buy this again, but it still is a fairly good beer.

Gagnonsux, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of sabrills70
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a decent head that was gone rather quickly. Little if any lace to speak of. Faint aroma of malt and hops. Taste is OK. Some malt flavors with corn and rice flavors coming through. Some honey sweetness and minimal hop flavors. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, and refreshing. A decent thirst quencher. I usually always have some in the fridge and offer it to my American Lager drinking friends. Its a step up from Bud (a small one), but sometimes thats all it takes to get them sarted down the BA road. A OK brew, that most people enjoy.

sabrills70, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of a 12 oz bottle and couldn't find a freshness or brewed on date.

The appearance on this beer is okay...there is an amber color and noticable carbonation. Decent head with a good pour.

I didn't detect any really obvious appealing smells. There is a sweetness in flavors and a finish of honey.

This a drinkable beer and the price on this 6 pack is great. Not an amazing beer by any means, but enjoyable.

Hibernator, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of cbl2
2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Clear bronze with little to no head.


Difficult to discern any noticeable aroma, though a faint (very faint) hoppyness is detectable).


The label says honey flavored lager, and sure enough the first flavor to hit my palate was a bit of honey that lingers throughout, with a crisp dry finish. A decent thirst quencher, but certainly not a world class beverage.

cbl2, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
2.05/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours out to a brilliantly clear bronze, forming a small soapy white head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Not really a brown ale at all. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is kinda like a cross between a bland EuroLager, and an even blander continental macro. Fermentation is clean...suggestion of pale malts, corn, grassy hops. Mouthfeel is wet and mild with a medium-light body. Taste...again, like the smell but with little hop flavor or bitterness, allowing the residual malt sugars to be perceptable. If I concentrate, perhaps I can fool myself into thinking there is honey in there somewhere, but tastes closer to corn syrup. Touches of grass, caramel flavoring, and vanilla in the middle. Finish is wet, clean, and brief.

Rather dull, with little redeeming qualities. Not horrible, but not good either.

Mitchster, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of Jacobob10
2.4/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Haven't had one of these since high school, and now I know why. Pours a light amber color. A slight head that is fairly steady throughout, but almost no lacing. A faint aroma is present, somewhat minty, and a touch of honey. The taste is very disappointing. There's something not right with this beer and I can't put my finger on it. Almost tastes like cardboard. A very mild beer that is disappointing to say the least. A step up from Bud, Coors, etc. but not recommended.

Jacobob10, May 13, 2004
Photo of psyco1
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's closer to amber than brown, the head's whiteish.
It has a slight honey hint to the smell, moreso than Lienenkugel's honey weiss, but that's not saying much.
The taste is ok, it tastes like a macro without as much corn and a bit more sweet.
I'd take these over budmillercoors just about any day, it seems to go rather well with spicy foods.

psyco1, May 01, 2004
Photo of soper2000
2.13/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This stuff is pretty ubiquitous here on campus, the price was 1.25 per draft so i decided to try it. Received this beer in a clear plastic cup so to the best of my knowledge the pour was an amber color with a quickly disappating white head. Not really much smell to this one. Flavor was subdued but there was a little bit of malty sweetness present. This is a pretty light beer. It's nothing special but then again it's not god awful either.

soper2000, Apr 15, 2004
Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 1,237 ratings.