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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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1,253 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,253
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 17.04%
Wants: 10
Gots: 87 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, very pale copper with a thin white head. Smell is sweet and grassy. Light pale malt aromas.

Hmmm. Just to note, there is a pervasive honey flavor throughout this beer and I wonder what they have added to the brew to get that flavor. Anyway, the rest is just a bland pale malt character. A bit too fizzy and not much character. Grassy and crisp. Light-bodied. Not a bad beer but does not distinguish itself either. If it had not been left in my fridge after a bunch of guys came over for cards, I probably would never have tried it and I sure can't see trying it again if given a choice.

Photo of flaminghomer
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a macro looking head, white and fizzy. lace looks good. appearance is clear and barely a light copper amber. not brown. smell is mild and a bit sweet. smells like a macro. taste is smooth and perfectly sweet. i think that they use adjuncts in this beer. that is what the smell and taste is telling me. despite all of this it is a very drinkable beer.

Photo of brewQ
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A choppy white head atop a light copper colored brew.
I strained to pick up any aroma.

There is a hint of flavor, I know it is not honey, since that typically ferments out rather completely with little residual.Maybe it is some Genny house character shining through! Still, not a disagreeable flavor.

Is this stuff really in the Vienna Lager style?

I will say it is drinkable, especially at the sale price of $7.99 a 12 pack. A bit more more flavor than a macro when the budget is tight.

Seems to have spawned a host of imitators.

Photo of wsouloa
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I first had this beer at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo while wolfing down some wings. It tastes better on tap than from the bottle. This isn't an overly complex beer. The color is somewhere between amber and brown. The taste of it is just as it is advertised. You can definitely taste the honey in it but there is not so much of it where it is too sweet. Goes down easy and is better than just about any macrobrew you will find.

Photo of CortexBomb
2.1/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out with a decent brownish colour, with plenty of carbonation, though that quickly heads off into the stratosphere. Scent is sweet, but that's about it.

As for the flavour, typically bland macro with a touch of sweetness which to my palate didn't closely resemble honey. Perhaps I was expecting as stronger honey flavour with this one, but the taste definitely lacked what I was looking for.

Mouthfeel was very watery, and the drinkability was low, I had difficulty finishing the bomber.

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

Appearance – Bright orange in color with a decent head.

Smell – This smells like a typical American macro (without the skunk, thankfully). The grain is unrefined and a bit musty with no quality sweetness or balancing hops.

Taste – There’s a very slight taste of honey here that kind of smoothes things out, but otherwise this is American grain and sucrose with a dash of table sugar.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonation and medium to light in the body.

Drinkability – This is definitely not one that I’d buy again, but it was just good enough to keep out of the sink.

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

Picked this up at the convenience store down the street in a bomber. It poured a light copper colour with a moderate to thick head that didn't last all too long. The smell was semi-malty and sweet. I wouldn't say honey sweet, but it was sweet. The taste was also sweet, but it lacked that honey taste I was looking for. It also had a malty taste. I will drink this again. It is much beter than any of the other macros out there. It's good if all there else is Corona, Bud and JW Dundee's.

Photo of mschofield
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-amber with a 2 finger rocky white head, the head settled down to a cap within a minute and there was no lacing present (this wasn't brown by any means).
Sweet aroma, presents itself as coming from honey.
Honey is detectable in the taste, lightly toasted malt, no bitterness or any real hop flavor. Sweet which seems to come from the honey rather than the malt.
Smooth and light to medium bodied, a mild beer, it doesn't even have much in malt, yeast or hop flavors never mind complex subtleties of those.
I don't know about the marketing on this one - the fake "Australian/British name", brown-lager etc.., but I found it to be a very acceptable beer. I could easily base a session around it, as long as I didn't have to very often.

Photo of SheepNutz
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a light honey color with one finger of head. There is very little lacing on it. The smell is of sweet caramel and malt, a little light on the smell. The taste is also very malty, no hops in sight. Very sweet taste, and a little bland on some parts of the tongue. The mouthfeel is a little watery. The drinkability is fair though.

Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 1,253 ratings.