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

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1,269 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,269
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 11
Gots: 101 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001

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Photo of Maestro
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I realized that I have never reviewed this beer. I am somewhat excited about the new beers and new direction that High Falls is taking. Hopefully we will see some great stuff come out in the future. Anyhow, this beer is due a recipe upgrade.

The beer pours a dark orange/red hue. It is about the same color as their new American Amber Lager. The head is thin but there is lacing. Smell is corn. Taste is not great, but not terrible either. The honey is faint and so are the hops. As far as drinkability, I could see this as a session brew. This is a pretty standard macro-tasting beer with some "craft" characteristics. Nothing great.

Photo of Ricochet
2.38/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I never liked any of the honey brown beers, when I sample them at microbrews, they are much better then the HB's I've had at home, but still not my fave. Because I've been enjoying JW Dundees Pale Ale a lot and liked the Amber Lager, I figured I'd re-visit this HB and review it.

Appearance: Lighter brown color , average.
Smell: Lacking a bit, smelling more like a regular Genesee beer.
Mouth: Average.
Taste: This is a really weak honey flavor, and it seems sweeter but balanced which is good, but still . it tastes more like regular Genesee beer with flavors added to make it a HB. Not impressed. Lots of adjuncts. Especially when comparing it to JJ Wainrights Evil Eye Honey Brown. (Pittsburgh Brewing) That HB is a little more tasty and dirt cheap. I'd pick one of those over a JWDHB.
Drinkability: Don't know who would want these, so it's a little less than average drinkability. There are plenty of HB's that are way better, but for the $$, there still are better HBs.

Summary: Perhaps this is what keeps most from sampling the Pale Ale because they tried this HB once and never went back. The pale and amber have no adjuncty flavor like the HB. Steer clear of this and try the Pale.

Photo of BamaScholar
3.36/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up 12 because of good price. ($8.99)

12 oz. bottle poured with a quickly dissipating head but warm lovely dark amber colour. Smell lacks subtley and isn't largely impressive but the taste is mild and smooth with a honeyed flavour accompanied by a corn-cake sort of taste. It is ultimately sweet and light, not at all heavy or filling and leaving a slightly nutty cashew sort of aftertaste.

Drinkability strongest component---mildness enables further drinking.

Photo of Vancer
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not too bad, poured a clear light brown with a small white foam head – which fairly quickly dissipated. Nice taste, good amount of carbonation – you can taste light malts and a very subtle hint of the honey, no hops to speak of. Kinda sweet with a lite body, but would be appropriate for some outdoor summer sessions.

Photo of beerceller99
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear, light amber hue with a white head. Has a sweet creamed corn smell. Light medium bodied with nice carbonation. Grainy, honey flavor followed with a nicely bitter taste to finish. Not too bad especially considering the good $4.00 a sixer price.

Photo of mobyfann
3.11/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Paid $6.99 for a 12 pack of bottles from the supermarket...

This beer pours it's name, a honey brown colored base with a medium-to-large white head with good retention and nice lacing, not bad for a mainstream afforable beer... The aroma is faint a little sweet honey smell and that's it, about average.

The taste is noticeably sweet and has that little bit of honey too, not great but very one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is above average, a little skunk to the palette but that's it, more better than worse. The drinkability factor is not too bad if you can handle what feels like a sugar rush... it's just average based on the fact that it's really that sweet.

Final Thought: Well worth the price, if you can overcome the overpowering sweet factor, it's a solid beer.

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

Slightly darker yellow color remeniscient of honey(imagine that) with a fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly to leave a bit of lacing around the glass. Keeps a thin amount of head across the top the entire time, active carbonation is evident but it isn't really red or amber.

Smell was similar to a lager with a sweet mid-ground and fading into a bit of estery hop. Not too bad at all, almost inviting.

Taste was darn decent. Slight honey flavor with a nice hop mix to bring out the strong malt palate. Leaves smooth and refreshing with good carbonation and no odd aftertaste.

At $5.14 a sixer, this isn't bad and if i'm strapped for cash and can't find anything but BMC, this would be my pick. Would probably be better in the summer months though.

Photo of BigRedN
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of FormatKid
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

Photo of TheDeuce
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of moocey
2.36/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Photo of deejaydan
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of Billolick
2.48/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of jimdkc
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of bashiba
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of santoslhalper
2.45/5  rDev -21%
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.

Photo of ken3c
3.36/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of rugbycritic
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of futaboots
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.92/5  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).

Photo of Hunter
2.18/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Photo of TagoMago
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 1,269 ratings.