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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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652 Reviews

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Reviews: 652
Hads: 1,338
Avg: 3.09
pDev: 17.15%
Wants: 17
Gots: 165 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001

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Reviews: 652 | Hads: 1,338
Photo of EagleTalon
3.21/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an easy drinking, economical beer. Pours to a white head and gold-amber color. Head retention is poor. Aroma is of sweet malt (or is it unfermented honey?) and a bit of hops. Flavor is sweet and malty with a clean, pleasant finish. It is a bit on the sweet side but not too bad.

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

This beer was lackluster at best. Average all around, it wasn't all that bad and was very drinkable considering the price. The mild honey flavor timidly reveals itself in the mid-to-after-taste, which complements the initial bitterness of the alcohol and hops. The alcoholic content seemed slightly lower than what I expected from the taste, but it still did the trick. Not thumbs down, but definitly not thumbs up. Somewhere in the middle is where this beer resides.

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Photo of nixhecks
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange color with a thin white head that dissapated within a few minutes. Plenty of carbonation is visible. The aroma is mostly a chalky malt smell with a macrobrew-like smell as well. The taste is not bad, very light and crisp, but rather lacking in complexity. It was a little thin and simple, but the price was the same as Bud or Coors and it still managed to bring a little bit more to the playing field. Not bad, I would recommend to anyone looking to get more from a macro while paying the same price.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.95/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a dark honey shade of golden with a foamy white head. This beer smelled and tasted sweet, with a nice richness and definite influence of honey in the flavor. It goes down easy, but like I said, it is pretty sweet. The finish is easy and soft, like it came out of a little plastic bear. Dundee's is very enjoyable, and very, very smooth. It's like the sweet tea of beers -- and that's a compliment.

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Photo of SetarconeX
2.79/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A lovely bright reddish-orange color, though definately not brown. Smell is quite sweet, with a light maltiness. Taste is of a rather bland lager, saved by an overbearing honey-driven sweetness.

Tasty in its own way, but definately not something that I'd reach for if there were a number of other alternative brown ales available.

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Photo of Redrover
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap in Fitz's Ale House in Elmhurst, IL. They have $1 domestics on Monday and this is the best choice of the bunch.

Beer is a nice tanish/light brown color. Light tan head and very little lacing.

Beer smells faintly of malt and not much else.

Taste is fairly average, but not bad. Main thing I noticed is some malt induced sweetness and a touch of caramel . Perhaps the honey helps, but I can't really pick it out. Not much hop balance. Beer does not have any chemical or adjunct taste.

Beer is fairly easy to drink and has a nice mouthfeel to it.

While not anything outstanding, it is a serviceable brew in a pinch.

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Photo of WesWes
3.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light golden color with a slight reddish hue to it. The head is bone white and laces quite nicely. The aroma is decent, but nothing special. There is a bit of malt character in the nose along with that traditional lager smell. The taste is not bad, but not that great either. It contains a slight honey flavor along with the maltiness from the vienna malt used. It is a light beer with a low body. It's like most macros; quite popular and quite drinkable. I've never been a huge fan of this beer, but to be honest after giving it an objective review, I don't think it's too horrible after all.

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Photo of TheDM
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a small short lived head of medium sized white bubbles with a carbonated light amber colored body. It has a mild malt/hop aroma a mild fizzy initial taste and flavors of mild spices while finishing very smoothly. I found it to be a very nice drinkable brew that went well with my dinner.

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Photo of bierman2000
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

well it's a light brown lager wiht a sweetish mouth feel and taste. It was a big beer in the late 90's but has faded fast.. No smell or nose to speak of with lots of caramel flavor. It is thin in body and strength but is drinkable due to this combination. A good beer to have for a session.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Poured out an amber color, but it calls itself a dark lager. Little to no head even with a vigorous pour. Aroma is muted malt and hops. Taste is of malt with some hopiness, but is lacking in any honey flavor. This is a good smooth drinking beer, which I'd drink again. But it is just another lager. Nothing special.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.31/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Great American Ballpark on 6/19, Reds vs. Cubs day game, following a Barrelhouse RedLegg Ale (amber).

Well, having said that this was tried *after* the RedLegg Ale, this is a definite step down. Appearance is about like that of iced tea. No head, intentionally poured that way by ballpark staff.

Aroma was pretty non-existent, I couldn't pick up anything but a distant attempt at malt.

Taste - a very light malt character and what seems to be kind of a fabricated honey flavor riding behind the malt. Nothing heavy, if it were more intense, it might come off more as candyish, less genuine. But as is, the carbonation, the malt, the slightly sweet part, all pretty well balanced if you ignore that there is no hop presence. Aftertaste is bready and slightly wheaty in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is a-okay. Not too heavy, goes down easy and smooth.

Honey Brown introduced me to the realm of 'other beers', a sort of baby step for me at the time. It tastes different to me now after having had so many new and different beer styles. My palate has really opened up more, but if only for sentimental reasons I can almost always drink a Honey Brown or two. It's just so easy!

It's rather odd to me that this beer ranks 43rd out of the 47 with 5 or more reviews. At the same time, it has the 3rd most reviews applied to if for the style. Such a popular beer among the members here, all logging in to say how below average this is? Perhaps the same phenomenon exists with Bud, Miller, etc. Just thought it was interesting.

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

This Lager poured a small white quick dissolving head into my glass. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass. There was carbonation observed that was rising to the top. This was a smooth tasting brew without bitterness, but it definitely lacked character in my opinion.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find this beer not too special, but not bad either. I enjoy it on occasion. It's a sweet malty brew with zingy carbonation and some crispness. It's easy to down and definitely a good alternative for a session brew instead of drinking macros. It's not brown either, but whatever. Try it and just expect a solid brew for easy drinking without much thought or excitement.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a decent looking amber color with a small white that did not hang around too long. This beer did leave some ring lacing, but nothing great. The smell and taste are of malt and sweet. The mouthfeel is smooth but cloying. Overall acceptable, but I won't crave one of these, even if I'm feeling like a honey.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of Suds
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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..

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.66/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of Morris729
3/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
3/5  rDev -2.9%
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'

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Photo of Stubbie1
2.8/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.92/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of aaronh
3.21/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.03/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

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Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.