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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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1,145 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,145
Reviews: 642
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 38 | 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.

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Photo of richkrull


2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a silo of this for $2 from HyVee over the weekend.

Poured a transparent copper color with a little bit of head. Little bit of malt on the nose, not much honey really. Taste is OK, although it's a little weak. Decent flavor, but nothing special. Good mouthfeel and goes down smooth, but not a great beer.

Serving type: can

02-25-2011 02:10:11 | More by richkrull
Photo of secondtooth


3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

An old favorite in my pre-craft days, and still a decent middle-of-the-road session beer.
Pours an attractive golden, with light head and no lace.
Adjunct aroma, sort of corn and honey, but not repellant.
Flavor is sweet and malty, with little complexity at all, and no discernible hoppiness.
Nonetheless, this is a tasty and easy-to-drink lighter beer that doesn't offend, and I'd get again to share with friends.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 20:45:51 | More by secondtooth
Photo of SteelerNation

New York

4.05/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have a lot of loyalty to this brew since it is THE first "real" beer I was introduced to by a friend in college.

A: slightly better than a macro brew. sub par head and lacing.

S: malt and honey.

T: smooth honey and malt sweetness with faint hop bitterness.

M: a little watery. goes down smooth.

D: IMHO one of the most drinkable beers out there. I could (and have) down an entire case of this.

Not a craft brew or a beer snob's beer, but a solid brew for it's own reasons. A step-up brew for the beer drinker who usually sticks with BudMillerCoors but wants to try something different. If it weren't for this beer I wouldn't be writing this review.

Most people will criticize it for it's lack of complexity and character. That aside you absolutely cannot beat the drinkability of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 02:46:54 | More by SteelerNation
Photo of mkholmes25


4.13/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Honey Brown is a consistent smooth beer that will satisfy the average beer drinker, and should keep the beer snob moderately happy. It has a medium to light bodied brown ale taste with a semi-strong malty flavor (no doubt the honey). It is sweeter than most Lagers but not overbearing. If you do not mind a lager with a hint of sweetness, it will be a good choice. However, if a Yuengling is too sweet for you, stay away.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 05:45:17 | More by mkholmes25
Photo of CuriousMonk


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

From notes at Old Chicago (2001): Pours a lighter transluecent amber with a small off white head that went away quickly. Aroma of malts, honey and roasted peanuts. Taste of honey and a slight roastiness. Some roasted malts. Average beer, better than a majority of the macros.Very mainstream mild caramel malt flavour with very low bitterness. Light body with decent carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 22:02:18 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of gregshead


3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A golden/really light copper color with a small amount of head.

S: Lots of sweet lager smell. Little bit of honey smell.

T: Some honey sweetness. Maybe a little overly sweet but there's something about this one that keeps me sipping.Much tastier than other lagers I've had.

M: Lots of carbonation. A little on the syrupy side but not overly so.

D: This one renews my faith in lagers. Thanks to this beer, look forward to diving deeper into this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 06:30:03 | More by gregshead
Photo of chumba526


3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears amber yellow color with a large foamy off-white head.

It smells of metallic, sugar, grains and a little bit honey like. Smells almost like a classic adjunct lager, I suppose it does not have the chemical smell most adjunct lagers have and that it has more substance to the smell then most "American" lagers.

It tastes initially of sweet grain; I get a bit of honey sweetness to. There is a bit of a metallic taste as well. It tastes not so great yet it is smoother than most American adjunct lagers. When compared with other American adjunct lagers it is pretty good.

It is fuzzy and light.

It is drinkable it goes down like water.

This beer is what it is. It is a good example of a crappy style I guess.

Serving type: can

01-28-2011 02:26:20 | More by chumba526
Photo of DaveBlack


2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I used to drink this beer in college (before I could legally buy it myself) and have fond memories of it. We'll see how this goes.

A: Translucent light amber color, maybe a finger's width of head that disappears as quickly as it arrives. Leaves some very light lacing. I'm surprised to see a steady stream of bubbles rising that keeps a thin film of head on the top of the beer.

S: Really light on the nose. I'm getting some light malts, some cereal grains, and that's about it.

T: Maltiness up front that gives way to a honey sweetness that isn't balanced much on the finish. Really leaves the taste of honey in my mouth.

M: medium light body, not a whole lot of carbonation, and fairly sticky. The beer feels a lot heavier than it looks, mostly because of how it coats your mouth and the first sip and never leaves.

D: Drinkable, yes. Good, no. Better than BMC beers, but not a great beer by any stretch of the imagination. Too light and unexceptional on the pallet to be a single drink beer, and too sickly sweet with the honey to be a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 00:30:12 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of SteveoNY

New York

2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

P - Brown 12 oz bottle, attractive labels, codedate printed on bottle.

A - bright orange sparkling amber in color, with minimal light tan head, nice ring of thin lacing.

S - moderate sweetness, just a touch of honey and maybe light spicy alcohol aroma in a snifter.

T - light sweetness and bitterness blended throughout, slight spicy aftertaste.

M - light to medium bodied, moderate fine carbonation.

D - at 4.5% I might as well be drinking light beers. A easy going beer that probably wont creep up on you.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 05:11:44 | More by SteveoNY
Photo of jbartlett89


2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Pours a golden honey color, pretty transparent with about 1 finger of head that vanishes after the first sip. Bitter and sweet smell. Sweet taste with a very light bite not as bitter as one would think gong off of smell. Dont feel as if it would be too memorable but not all that bad.

Overall im up in the wind with weather i like it or not I mean its not bad but at the same time its not great so i guess im saying i wont be making any more purchases of this but if you offered me one i would have one or two.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 01:24:58 | More by jbartlett89
Photo of PapillonJohn


2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle to normal pint glass.

Appearance: pours a very light brown color. Not impressed at all by the color. Pretty dismal. Barely any head no matter how vigorously I poured.

Smell: Generic lager smell. Some sweet malts and barely any hops. The end of the nose reveals a light, chemical smelling honey. Do they use natural honey in this, or is it some fake ordeal?

Taste: What can I say? What taste? Sub par lager taste. Not much too it. Follows the head. Mostly a very light sweet malts, barely any hops and water. Does anyone else taste any honey? I get a slight astringent, chemical sweetness but I'm not sure if thats from the beer itself or the honey?

Mouthfeel: Tight carbonation and water. Is it possible for this to be less thick than water itself? It may be.

Drinkability: This is it's saving grace, not much of one though. I drank half a case easy in one sitting. Anyone could really. But the beer is uninteresting and not even worth the time or calories when there are so much better beers out there for around the same price.

Altogether not an absolute horrible beer but I dont think I will ever be picking this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 13:11:39 | More by PapillonJohn
Photo of Monsteruss


2.38/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The foam was an almost white wheat color, smooth, bubbly and dissapated quickly. The color was a very deep gold with amber highlights. The smell was a floral hops aroma with hints of toasted wood and a very light orange peel undertone. The taste had a definate hops overtone but too overbearing, a earthy wood and soil undertone with floral and citrus highlights. Mouthfeel - light bodied, crisp and clean. Drinkability - was an ok beer due to the earthy undertones but almost drowned out by the lack of flavors and aromas. Not a personal favorite - just below average.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 22:14:15 | More by Monsteruss
Photo of DrDemento456


3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah Dundee. I remember it tasting rather good so lets see if my palate can handle it now

A - Looks... OK. No real head and the color is semi copper in color. Very mild ring if any

S - Smells pretty regular. Grains and hops mildly with a honey coating which hopefully will taste better than it smells.

T - Actually quite good, the sweetness of the honey really covers the bitterness of the lager leading to a sweet finish. I actually dig its simplicity.

M - Very light. I do remember finishing a six pack easily.

D - Man I knew of this stuff when I was drinking crappy BMC because it is a slight step above it. Drinkable, light, with flavor and refreshing. A nice starter to craft beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 05:35:23 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, copper color from a 22 oz can; no ABV or freshness date on the can.
Decent one-finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is mostly malty with hints of honey in the background, on the sweeter side.
The taste is again malty with a hint of honey. However, this lager does not have the 'watery' feeling that most of the lagers produced in bulk usually have. Decent lacing along the glass.
Drinkability is definitely good, perfect for hot summer days.

Serving type: can

12-27-2010 02:51:03 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of maxave88


3.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass. It had a golden red color with a head that was not very think and quickly disappeared. In this aspect I was not very impressed; I like a good head. There was not a strong smell but it was slightly sweet. I however thought it was pretty tasty for a lighter beer. My girlfriend who usually sticks to the yellow fizzy beers, such as bud light, actually enjoyed this one. The taste was not very strong and somewhat sweet, which is expected from a honey beer. If you are in to an strong hoppy flavor, this beer isn't for you, however it is a lager. This beer is light and very drinkable; something you might want if entertaining non-advocates of good, bold, strong beer. I like most types of beer and enjoyed this one for an easy drinking, sweet, lager. All in all this is one I would try if trying to get someone away from drinking mass-produced "economy" beer, and trying to expand their horizons beyond bud, coors, or miller into more distinct beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 00:27:47 | More by maxave88
Photo of Jadjunk


3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

#13. Honey Brown by JW Dundee. I had this before but before my reviewing days. Let's give It a professional shot.

I pour from a 12 oz bottle to a wide mouth coca cola pint glass. Glass is tinged green, not ideal, I know.

(Appearance) pours a half finger of highly carbonated head. Retention is poor, head is gone within a half minute. Beer is light golden brown, tinged yellowish. Carbonation high. 3

(Smell) malts high, honey flavor low and hard to detect. Bitter, spicy aroma beyond malts. It is in general a moderate smell, but nothing too exciting. 2.5

(Taste) sweet, sweet malts. A good touch of honey better present here than in the smell. Taste isn't too complex, but is rounded out. There is a good balance of flavor here, but the end product is sweet sweet! It's enjoyable. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) crisp, light bodied. The carbonation doesn't play much into the feel here. 3

(Drinkability) Highly drinkable. Flavors are subtle and ABV is on the low end. Not hugely filling in a single dose. I could easily follow with another couple. It's not bad. 3.5


Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 00:07:18 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of Fatehunter


2.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Amber, transparent with an inch of head. Should this be a brown color and not transparent?

S - Honey, malt and a bit of apple.

T - Very smooth, honey flavor and... nothing else. It is a lager so its flavors should not be as pronounced, but there ought to be something. It actually tastes like a cider with honey notes to it.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

D - Very drinkable, but not enjoyable. It really does not taste like much. Bland.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 05:31:44 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of dstc


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

Pours a clear amber color with light tan head. Head falls to almost nothing. Minimal lace.

Not much aroma, real clean. Too cold maybe? Little sweet maybe.

Taste is of mild, sweet malt and really not much else.

Thin and well carbonated in the mouth.

Very average to below. Drinkable but not much in flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2010 13:50:09 | More by dstc
Photo of JayS2629


2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Medium transparent brown with nice retention of a white creamy head and average lacing.

S- Sweet malts, pear and notes of honey.

T- Sweet malts, caramels, and hints of honey.

M- Thin, refreshing and creamy.

D- Easy to drink. Average, not impressed. Expected sweeter taste to be called a honey.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 05:21:09 | More by JayS2629
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured this into my lager glass and was impressed by the well retaining white head, albeit, it is full of big airy bubbles as opposed to being dense, save for the very top. Anyways it has mounds of carbonation, which rise quickly to the top of the brew. It is a dark golden color....not quite brown but on its' way I guess, and it is very clear. Good lacing clings to the side of the glass with no sliding back into the lager.

S- Overall it is mild but sweet....more malt than honey and not much else. No real hop presence on the finish either...just kind of macro bland in general, minus the adjuncts.

T- This has a very muted flavor profile. Very similar to the aromas, just on a stronger scale. It starts sweet in a malty way, and there is some honey notes, but they are muted in the background. Very slight bitterness on the finish, but nothing noteworthy. Overall, it tastes weak and leans towards macro type of flavor, with a hint of honey.

M- Thin and watery bodied best describes this. The carbonation is plentiful and palate scrubbing, which does make this a crisp and refreshing beer to drink. It just doesn't have the body and/or reminder of the honey that is put into the beer to make it that memorable.

D- Good in terms of being able to down this rather easily, but it isn't great. I'd definitely have a couple of pints before moving on, without feeling offended. I just feel that for this style, it's a weak attempt and seeing as this is one of my preferred beer styles to drink, I'd get several others before picking this up again. Oh well, it's still something I'd recommend someone try as a stepping stone.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 22:35:36 | More by ChrisCage
Photo of csiewert


2.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was not impressed by this beer... It has a sweet honey aroma and a malty taste... Nothing complex. The flavor felt very 'empty' when I drank it... like I was drinking a cheap beer. This is not something I would ever choose to drink again.

Label sucks too...

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 21:45:54 | More by csiewert
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

2.48/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours copper color with s small, short lived, white head. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt, honey and some pear. Light, thing body. Taste is of caramel malt and honey. No hops on the palate at all. Finish is completely absent. I will skip this one next time.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 22:13:29 | More by mikeg67
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty amber color with reddish tints, a thick white head and a fair amount of lacing. Smells very sweet much like a frappe if that is a good thing... Tastes of sweetness from the malts, honey, and some well balanced hops. Mouthfeel is medium and nice. Drinkability is high.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 01:49:13 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of Shrews629


2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Very light, very clear honey gold color. Minimal head or head retention. Small amount of lacing. Limited bubbles working from the bottom of the glass.

Smell - I am actually detecting some of the honey aroma. Can't tell if its real or artificial. Either way its not off putting. A touch of grain or grass also. Some of the adjunct lager scent coming through but not real overpowering like a lot of "macros".

Taste - Again, picking up a touch of the honey in the taste. The taste is definitely more of an artificial honey flavor. Little in the way of bitterness. A tad acidic even. A bit of the adjunct corn coming through.

Mouthfeel - Medium to mostly thin. Doesn't leave much in the aftertaste. A bit of a carbonic bite on the tongue. Doesn't coat the throat or tongue real strongly.

Drinkability - I wasn't overly impressed with this beer. Wasn't full enough for me. I mean, I can drink it, but I'm not going to go out of my way to find this beer. It is better than any "macro", but I was expecting something maltier with a better mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 03:10:16 | More by Shrews629
Photo of AEK

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Orange gold colour with a white head that shrank to a thin foam layer.

S. Creamy, possibly buttery. Hints of spice, peppery, malty, subtle honey notes.

T. Creamy, malty and a touch of spiciness. Some honey sweetness is also present.

M. Thin.

D. An average performer as beers go but as a lager better than the massed produced tripe that is floating around. I am giving it 4 for drinkability as it is a clean drinker though there are better honey flavoured beers out there (Holts's Humdinger and Brewdog's Dogma). Couldn't make up my mind wether this was a 3.5 or 4 for Smell but plumped for the higher mark.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 12:13:06 | More by AEK
Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 1,145 ratings.