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

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Reviews: 656
Hads: 1,354
Avg: 3.09
pDev: 24.6%
Wants: 18
Gots: 178 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

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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Photo of MisSigsFan
3.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My go-to cheap beer. They've got this at every store and every bar around here and it's always super cheap and tastes way better than anything else for the same price. Pours a brown color with off-white head. Malty taste with a hint of honey. This is the perfect beer for a low budget.

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Photo of bnes09
2.45/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light amber and completely transparent. Soda-like head with no retention or lacing. Bread and rice aroma. Adjunct flavor with some wheat flavor. Hint of honey. Sweet character overall. Light body and highly carbonated. Lack luster. Won't be having another.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.45/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours clear amber with a one finger quickly receding bubbly white head.

S - Toffee, slight honey, slight sweet malt

T - Toffee, slight chocolate, slight honey, metal. Too sweet for me.

M. Medium bodied with medium carbonation

O - Overall, this beer is way too artificial. It's like a tootsie roll soaked in alcohol. I didn't even finish the glass. I wouldn't have it again

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Photo of mjurney
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber-golden color, clear. Lots of bubbles rising. Small head. Lacing looks fairly nice on the glass.

Sweet aroma. Mostly malt. A little hints of honey.

Bready up front. Light toasted malts, some honey, slight hint of corn, just a touch of bitterness towards the end. Light bodied. Dry lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of Mojo
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is pretty unspectacular. If I had to use one word for it, that word would be "sweet." It has a very subtle sweet (and honestly not unpleasant smell.) It pours a nice full golden amber with a 1 inch or so head and not much lacing. Mouthfeel is a little thin and the aftertaste is just more sweet without a lot of hoppiness. Not horrible at all, but not spectacular either.

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Photo of beertunes
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So, somewhat oddly, a few Genesee brews have started showing up around me here in the PNW. As 40+ year resident of the Rochester area, I've been hitting a few as a mental visit back home. I remember when J.W. Dundee's Honey Brown first the market. Here we go.

24oz can poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear light brown color with an inch of off-white head that quickly dissipated and left no lacing. The aroma was mostly a slightly sweet malt scent.

The flavors were pretty much the same, with the added surprise of just a slight bit of a hop tang on the finish. Nothing really notable or terrible. The body was just middle-of-the road between light and medium. Drinkability was good enough, if you're stuck at an event (wedding, graduation, etc) and the choice is between this and the basic BMC-style offerings, you'll be pretty happy old Dundee is around. A decent for what it is, and hell, a 24oz can for under $2 ain't no bad thing.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew brings back memories, I don't think I've had Honey Brown since I was in college more than 15 years ago. 24 ounce tall boy can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark gold/amber color with an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. The aroma isn't bad at all, but it's very light. It smells like sweet and grainy malt, and some honey. Taste is similar to the aroma (but much stronger). It tastes like sweet/grainy malt, honey, and a bit of caramel. Very sweet tasting beer. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's smooth and goes down pretty easy. It really isn't too bad at all, I was pleasantly surprised. I wouldn't turn down a bottle or can of this.

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Photo of viverlee
2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was the “craft” beer we served when I worked at Shenaniganz 10+ years ago. Bud Light, Miller Lite, Killian’s Red, and Honey Brown, we could proudly pour a fishbowl if you were feeling adventurous on a Friday night in the burbs. The truth is, it isn’t that bad. There’s some stigma, yeah, and it’s an early adopter of the add-flavors-instead-of-develop-them crew, but you can drink it easily and it could find a decent home in one of those beer cocktails I’ve been hearing so much about.

STYLE: American Amber / Red Lager

ABV: 4.5%

LOOK: Metallic orange and light bodied. The label, it boasts “brewed with honey” … you could expect a little more heft.

NOSE: Gummy bears, candied nuts, honeycomb, challah.

MOUTH: Honey Nut Cheerios and soft sweetness that zips in but lands with a whimper. Lacking depth, it’s served best, I think, in that awkward transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas, lingering sweetness from sweet potato pie but lacking robust winter spices to warm the room.

BA Rating: 72

Hayward Abbey Rating: 76

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Photo of mdfb79
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 06/23/12 notes. Had on tap at 13th Step in New York on the Lower East Side. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear medium brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet fruits, nuts, toasted malts, roasted malts, burnt malts, fruity malts. A little too sweet, pretty average.

t - Tastes of nuts, too much sweet fruit, toasted malts, burnt malts. Same as the nose, average.

m - Medium body and medium carbonation. Pretty smooth body.

o - Overall a pretty average beer. I found it a little too sweet and having a lot of toasted and burnt malts. Not something I'd probably seek out again.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.7/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep golden color with a fairly decent white head. The head dissapears quickly with very little lacing.

Smell: Faint malt sweetness.

Taste: Malt sweetness, nutty, slight copper (like a penny might smell or taste), nice zing to it.

This is an awesome session beer. I'ts thirst quenching and still flavorful. I like this beer a lot. A macro drinker could easily like this beer right away.

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Photo of Loaf
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of my favorite beers to introduce people into beer that isn't Bud Light.

It's not an amazing one off Imperial Stout or IPA or anything fancy like that, but who can't enjoy a beer like this every now and then?

For a session beer, it's a bit sweet. I don't find myself wanting to have more than 3 or so at a time, because of the sugary sweet flavor.

To someone who is uninitiated, I think that this is a nice session beer, because it's so different, and they're not jaded enough by craft beers to dislike the sweetness at first.

Either way, a good one to keep on hand (or pick up anywhere really, since it's common). One of my more preferred beers from Genesee.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
2.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A – Crystal clear light brown, with a nice two-finger head of white bubbles, which utterly vanished very quickly. Not much lacing.

S – Weak aroma of malt and lager yeast. Result? Smells like “beer”. If you really try, you can get a little whiff of the aforementioned honey.

T – Sweet dextrin-y caramel malt forward, made even sweeter/more cloying with a big blast of artifical tasting honey. Hops are so far in the background to the point of being almost undetectable. Not much else to say here.

M – Thin bodied to the point of being watery, which may actually be a good thing with a beer with these characteristics; any thicker and it would seem syrupy. Prickly carbonation.

O – A dull and kind of low quality malt lager. I wouldn’t turn it down if a free one were handed to me, but I would never buy this either.

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Photo of ChrisPratz
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice transparent deep brown color with about a fingers worth of head dissipates down to thin veil around the edges and patches of lace on top.

S: Hints of toasted grain, malt and a very light sweetness from the honey.

T: Really can't taste a honey flavor but i'm getting some maltyness and a toasted caramel and some grain here as well. Nothing really stands out.

M: Medium carbonation, grassy/grainy after taste and a bit of a dry feeling left in the mouth.

O: Kind of average lager, nothing really stands out or puts it ahead of the rest. Would love to try it in a can or on tap to compare.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.82/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey Brown Lager has a fairly thin, off-white head and a clear, bubbly, honey-colored appearance, with some narrow lacing. It has a mild, sweet, malty aroma. The taste is of sweet bread, a bit o’ honey, and a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Honey Brown Lager finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry. Overall, it’s a good beer, and it was much better than I expected it to be.


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Photo of buschbeer
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24oz can
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It pours amber colored and is topped with several inches of white head.

S - It is quite reminiscent of an american lager. I get some grain and malt. No hops to speak.

T - I get some sweetness up front with some nuttiness in the middle. The finish is clean.

M - Thin

O - The sweetness is a turn off. It does go down like water though.

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Photo of acevenom
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light caramel brown with a quickly dissipating finger length white head. The aromas are of sweet malt and honey, but it's not an intense aroma. It's sweet, but not too sweet. The honey flavor is present as well as some breadiness from the malt. It's a slightly sweeter macro lager. The mouthfeel is light and watery. It's well carbonated, so it drinks fairly easily. This is average and easy to drink. If you're looking for something macro, but slightly different, this would be fine.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
2.51/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Most people who know me know I’m a beer lover; so, for my birthday, a friend got me some Dundee Honey Brown Lager. Wouldn’t have been my first choice, but hey, it’s free beer! Woooo!

A: This is one of the things I like about macrobrews: they usually look pretty good. This one has a ton of fizzy bubbles moving through the body, which poured a (what do you know) honey-brown. The head started big, white, and sudsy, with moderate webs of lacing down every side. Retention is a little oily-looking, though.

S: A couple of nosefuls of dull corn and grains before some richer sweet malt aromas come forward. It says “brewed with honey” on the label, and I am getting a tiny bit of it here and there, along with some mild fruitiness over the unsatisfying grains. Still, the macro prevails.

T: Much more sugary and honey-forward than expected; however, this honey is more of a Honey Nut Cheerios, artificial flavor. Still, it’s rich and pretty syrupy, with some decent lager tastes of breads and lemon rind. The aftertaste is what really turns me off: though the finish has some admirable peach flavor, there’s a further expansion of cardboard and dusty tastes (I don’t have any other way to describe it, really).

M: Fizzy, smooth, but a little too greasy for my tastes. Leaves the mouth feeling sticky, but not necessarily unsatisfying.

O: Hey, you get what you pay for – and I got this for free! It’s no Hopslam or Breakfast Stout, but hell, I’ll drink it by week’s end. Cheers!

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.21/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: caramel colored clear body with a small two finger white head, (over the years, there used to be lacing, no lacing today), hmmm...?

S: toasted maltiness and a slight sense of honey

T: more malt than honey coming through sugary

M: light, extremely sessionable, more than a moderate amount of harshness on the mouth, no aftertaste or finish

O: this used to be so good, but turns out to be just an average beer

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Photo of jsisko01
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear amber/copper color with a half inch head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Caramel, honey, and malts.

Taste - Very sweet. Honey is the most dominant flavor. Definitely something different.. I also detect some caramel and a slightly toasty finish. Very minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - This is the only honey type beer I've ever tried but it's pretty good. A little too sweet but not bad..

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.94/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

One of my favorites back in college when I thought I was sophisticated, definitely a gateway brew for me. This pours a light brown color with a nice white foam on top. The aroma is sweet honey, a little staleness, roasted grains. The flavor has strong undertones of honey sweetness behind some roasted grain, and not much bitter to balance. The honey leaves a strange aftertaste to this pretty standard lager. A good changeup if you normally drink Bud, but I tend to avoid this one these days as the finish isn't as pleasant as I would like.

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Photo of kdawg105
3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a really good beer you can taste the honey! Not what I expected when poured out didn't really grab my attention with the color not as amber as hoped, the taste is the beer is great it is very easy drinking with not noticeable mouthfeel, overall it worth a B!

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Photo of depechemode1983
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours out light clear brown/copper in color. Head is soda pop like and fizzes away quickly. No Lacing.

S - Light caramel malts, some corn and metal.

T - Caramel sweetness upfront that's balanced out by a mild hop bitterness. Honey is noticeable as well. Which I like.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation is high but not to rough on the palate.

O - Pretty much mediocre. Don't think Ill be drinking this one again any time soon.

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Photo of JohnBeerRun
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very good beer for those of you who love dark and somewhat sweet tasting beer. I get this beer nearly every time I see it.

It pours a dark and slightly reddish hue with I light tan colored head. It has a somewhat sweet taste and a roasty flavor but mellow.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
3.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was really nothing exciting,light brown,no head,no lacing,descent bubbling. Smell was better, a sweet honey malty odor,really couldnt pick up on any hop. The taste was a lot like the odor, very easy to drink,maybe too easy. No bite or real sense of "hittin the spot". This to me is a beer to drink in the same situation as a Coors or Bud...not that there's anything wrong with that. I like this beer and would drink it again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.17/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Bel Paese, served in a brown bottle poured in a glass.

the color is ruddy brown with good clarity and quick to relax head, pretty standard look. The smell is nice, sweet as expected with mild honey and malt aroma, practically no yeast or off notes in the nose, just a light candy-like caramel. The feel is slick and moderately carbonated semi-sweet with a hint of diacetyl.

This is a beer I used to drink a lot of so I wondered if I would enjoy it again years later. The taste is mostly caramel with a light sweet smooth tinge and gentle diacetyl from the lager which isn't unpleasant. This has a hint of creamy caramel, but finish is semi-dry and light. Overall I enjoyed this, not a great lager in any sense, but serves its purpose, gentle sweet honey adds to the lager. It is probably one I will not return to unless the beer menu is similar to the place I ordered this in.

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Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 656 ratings.