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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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1,214 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,214
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 9
Gots: 70 | 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 kbub6f
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a few days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

A small, dense, off-white head dies fast. Very little lacing. The color is a nice, clear amber. Fine carbonation.

The nose is a pleasant lagery smell with hints of grain. The front is sweet, lagery. The middle is thin, but there's some fresh malt in there. The finish is clean and gives a slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is a decent don't-think-too-hard alternative to macros.

kbub6f, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of Suds
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden color with a shallow white head that doesn't last long at all. Aroma is of sweet honey/malt. Small hop smell in the background. The taste is all about sweetness....somewhat one dimensional. More hop character, and a touch of bitterness would go far. This is not a bad beer, but not really satisfying either..

Suds, Mar 30, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice looking glass of beer with a crystal clear golden-amber body and a creamy white head. The retention is fairly good and it leaves some nice lace throughout the glass. The nose delivers a honey-tinged sweetness. The body is light/medium and a fine-bubbled, median carbonation leaves it lightly crisp in the mouth. The crispness in the mouth is needed, however, to help balance the flavor which is also sweet and honeyish. There's a bit of malt character present, but overall it's more about simple sugary sweetness than grain flavor. It finishes less sweet than might be expected, but with a very distinct note of honey at the outset. It's definitely an interesting beer. Apart from the honey flavor, it's surprisingly drinkable - and yet it's not because it overwhelms the palate after more than two servings. And yet you could continue to drink it because there's nothing there to stop you. Probably worth trying if you've never had it before.

NeroFiddled, Mar 29, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A light to medium amber offering with a short crown and some glass ring...also some glass cling and minor lace.
The body is full and the carbonation is light. The aroma is a tad worty.
The taste is sweet of honey and lingering, probobly due to the mouthcoating which is ever present and will not let go.
The more I sample this brew, the less I like it!...Time to quit.

Shiloh, Mar 27, 2003
Photo of Morris729
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light brownish amber color with a thin white head that fades into a wispy lace. Nose is sweet malts and grains with a touch of honey. Taste is lightly toasted sweet malts followed by nutty yeasts and a bit of a cracker-like flavor. A honey-like flavor is also present in the taste, but it seems a bit artificial, almost like corn syrup. A pretty average brew for its style all the way around. Probably not something I’ll buy again.

Morris729, Mar 27, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark orange color with some light brown tint to it, little head really, just some small bubbles right on top. Smells light, crisp, and clean with a light malt caramel and honey sense. Taste is pretty even, very fresh and light with some caramel maltyness and a sweet honey tone. Very little hop presence. Was a good clean honey flavored beer, there's worse and there's better. This sits just above average for the style. Could be a bit thicker, bolder, and flavored, but pretty good non the less. Good for getting people to try new beer.

tavernjef, Mar 24, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty average on all accounts. I drank it straight from the bottle, so the appearance is null and void. This smelled and tasted like some fresh lager with some honey in it. Like Yuengling + Honey a bit...the mouthfeel was thin, but it was O.K. and the drinkability was O.K. as well. Average, but tasty.
Sleeman Honey Lager is much better tho'

francisweizen, Mar 20, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this the other day at work for a promotion party. As I read my notes, I know why I forgot about this review.
Pours a dark orange color. A fast disappearing head followed by no lace.

Aroma: Sweet malt smell with no notice of hops. A slight hint of honey is present. Nothing overpowering

Taste. It is a bit sweet. Nothing overwhelming, a slight hint of honey and maybe some hops for a slight bitter after taste. Nothing to impressive about this brew, it is average.

Stubbie1, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of Beastdog75
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

J.W. Dundee's Honey Brown is a decent honey flavored lager that is drinkable. My only other honey-beer offering was Michelob's version, and I have to say that this is a bit better.

One thing that sets this apart from the Michelob honey lager is the color. Dundee's pours a clear, dark amber color in contrast to Michelob's lighter honey-color. A thin disappointing off-white head forms and quickly disappears. The smell was very light, almost non-existent. Trace amounts of sweet grain and no hint of honey in the nose. The mouthfeel had an average smoothness. The initial taste proved that there was indeed honey. Further sipping showed that the honey was not overpowering, but added a sweetness in addition to light malt/grain flavors, which were under-represented in this beer. Some hop bitterness in the finish. Thinking back, the flavor was a little more watery than I was expecting. The aftertaste has some lingering dryness, honey sweetness and grains. Slight hint of overripe banana is present as well. The beer finishes with some alcoholic warmth.

In conclusion, I thought that this was an easy to drink beer that uses its honey flavor more effectively than Michelob's, but not something that I would keep in my fridge at all times. It's worth a try at least once, even if it leads to a drain pour.

Beastdog75, Mar 03, 2003
Photo of aaronh
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark amber color with a thin, off-white head that quickly recedes to a thin ring of faom around the glass. The aroma is a hint of malt and a hint of honey, but it is very faint. The taste has a nice malty sweetness and just a touch of honey. A slight harsh graininess appears mid taste. Something resembling hops is present in the finish with just a slight touch of bitterness. The aftertaste is a lingering sweetness. The mouthfeel is solid and smoother than many mass-produced lagers. The drinkability is better than average for me, but just by a bit, as the sweetness starts to wear on you rather quickly. Not too long ago, this was one of my favorite beers. I was prepared to be very disappointed when I bought this beer, believing there was a strong possibility my memory was enhancing this beer's qualities. But I was not disappointed. It's still a respectable brew, and may be worth considering as a cheap session beer for macro-loving friends, or those times when the beer budget is a little low.

aaronh, Mar 01, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.08/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is by no means horrible, but what I will say is that it definitely falls under the macro label. The high carbonation is evident in the pour, along with a short lasting fizzy white head. The one thing that is somewhat impressive about it's appearance is that it's not your typical pale golden straw color, instead it is a deep honey colored brown. The sweetness is quite evident in the nose, but I don't think it is related to a malt character. Probably the artificial honey aroma/flavoring. The first sip is overbearing with honey flavor, so much that there really isn't a beer there anymore, just watered down honey. However the body for this style is relatively full, in comparison to macros or honey beers I have had.
The drinkability of JW Dundee's Honey Brown Lager would have to be judged in the fact that most people would like it for it's honey flavor sweetness, but I find that I didn't enjoy this one nor would I enjoy it one right after another. Too sweet to be enjoyed in my opinion.

WVbeergeek, Jan 27, 2003
Photo of kelticblood
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a tall white creamy head that reduced slowly and fizzed to almost half.Some amounts of lace are noted.The color presented a light gold or almost orange.I wasnt too impressed with the aroma.I couldnt detect any real aroma or taste of honey.The bottle says "honey flavored lager" which usually means there is a fake honey flavor awaiting.The mouthfeel was light,creamy,and crisp.The aroma had a nutty wheat smell that I usually associate with macrocrap.This was really bad.I wouldnt this again.

kelticblood, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of Gusler
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice deep unclouded amber color on the pour, the head is modest in size, beige in color, texture frothy, and lace adequate to cover the glass. Carmel apple sweet at the front, malt and fresh, a decent nose, start cloyingly sweet, top skeletal, finish, minimally acidic, hops scarce, dry aftertaste, drinkable but barely average, another reach for me.

Gusler, Jan 19, 2003
Photo of JISurfer
2.45/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is ok. I like Honey beers, but this one is average. I would rather have the Michelob version. This isn't a very sweet beer, which is what I would expect from a honey beer. I had it once, and that was enough for me. Maybe somebody else diggs it.

JISurfer, Jan 04, 2003
Photo of alittlehazy
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the first beers that took me beyond the typical college kid "get drunk" brews. The smell isn't really that strong, but of course a nice hint of honey. The color is really nice, darkish amber. As far as the drinking goes, its a very very smooth beer. The honey taste is nice and lingers for awhile in your mouth and into your nose.

I think this is a great session type beer. Goes down great, but I have noticed differences by the case as others have mentioned. For the most part, though, its a tasty beer when drinking for an extended period of time.

alittlehazy, Nov 25, 2002
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not too shabby...I like it better now than I used to, back in the early college years. Has a translucent appearance with a thick white head that quickly settles and leaves some lace on the glass.

Aroma is of sweet malt, and the flavor upon sipping is malty as well, with some mild sweet honey flavor. Nothing overpowering and quite smooth. Could use a little more flavor, of anything really, but its enjoyable.

IrishRedRock, Nov 07, 2002
Photo of Jarod
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an OK beer. The only problem is that there is a taste difference between cases. One case and this is a good beer. Smooth, slight honey flavor, small head, but good color. Refreshing. The next case and it is hard to swallow. Slight bite to it, no honey flavor and a non-existent head, and kind of hard to swallow. But I can say that generally the experience has been good with this beer. So I let a few bad batches slide by. I do recommend this beer to friends that want to try to get awat from the norm.

Jarod, Oct 24, 2002
Photo of allboutbierge
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

My freshman year of college we snuk in a half keg of this stuff into the dorms during our springfest to get loaded all day at a reasonable price. We choose this for one reason: Girls love honey brown. Im not the biggest fan of honey brown though. I like the occasional one here and there but the taste is just too sweet to enjoy more than one or two with out having something to eat. It isn't a stand alone beer but in the facility of one maybe two beers its not all that bad. The appearance supplies the drinker with almost no head at all, the only resemblance to a head is a foaming similiar to that of a well poured pepsi. The color is a slightly dark yet a very transparent goldish amber. The carbonation on this beer is very light with a medium body, the beer itself has a sliky relaxing feel with every swallow. The flavor is just too sweet though for me to call this a good beer. Its has a mellow feel to it nonetheless. Overall this an average beer that Im sure has its audience who will think less of it and people like myself who may not dislike it but not exactly like this beer.

allboutbierge, Oct 17, 2002
Photo of bditty187
2.28/5  rDev -26.5%
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...

bditty187, Oct 06, 2002
Photo of chilidog
3.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

chilidog, Sep 08, 2002
Photo of BeerBob
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

BeerBob, Sep 01, 2002
Photo of Lupe
1.7/5  rDev -45.2%
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.

Lupe, Aug 16, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Bighuge, Aug 14, 2002
Photo of ZAP
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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...

ZAP, Aug 11, 2002
Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Dogbrick, Jul 18, 2002
Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 1,214 ratings.