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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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1,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,172
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 10
Gots: 51 | 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 happygnome


2.83/5  rDev -9%

a: pours a golden color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving no lacing
s: sweet caramel and honey malts dominate the nose, no hop presence in the nose just overwhelming sweetness
t: sweet honey, and caramel flavor hints of nutmeg as well
m: medium bodied beer with good amount of carbonation that rises in the glass

overall, this is a fair brew but nothing to seek out

07-03-2008 22:49:40 | More by happygnome
Photo of drxandy


2.9/5  rDev -6.8%

12oz to standard pint, pours an amber brown, foamy white head

smells of adjuncts, light, crisp

taste is bitter, malty, slightly sweet, corn, rice?, lightly bitter, easy to drink..

mouthfeel is crisp, macro lagery, nothing super special, i would buy again over some beers, but only bought this time around because it was on sale.

06-29-2008 22:45:42 | More by drxandy
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +40.8%

Generous two-finger pure white, frothy head sits on an effervescent honey-golden body head that simmers to a single finger... sweet honey scents couple with malts in a formidable yet inoffensive pairing that is somewhat distinctive... substantial palate, like an old-school lager, meant for weighty significance moreso than pure drinkability--and yet this could play both the serious actor as well as a party extra six-pack... versatile... malty in the back, honey up front, clove in the middle--the balance is unique and refreshing, like a liquid graham cracker (and I know that does NOT sound appetizing)... safe to say, this rating will well exceed the respect of the masses, but Dundee's Honey Brown was my first beer love and though I've seen many others since 1997, I keep coming back to the sweet maltiness that I drank--sometimes warm to ward away roommates--during those wonderful college days... this was the beer in hand when I innocently talked to my future wife for the first time in Bill Hess's Tavern's basement, the beer I carried in a backpack at Bloomsburg block parties, and still the treat on humid summer nights like this one, inexpensive and casually impressive... I'm biased, but we are allowed one guilty pleasure on this site, I hope--it IS beer, after all

06-29-2008 04:08:11 | More by dacrza1
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev +17.4%

Appearance: Crystal clear. Pours dark tan with an off white effervescent head that goes away quickly. No lacing.

Smell: No hop aroma. All malty caramel aromas present.

Taste: Sweet, malty fruity. Tastes like honey should taste like. Minor hop bitterness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Lacking in bite. Needs more carbonation.

Drinkability: I could drink this over and over. Light like a bitter with a good honey flavor.

06-14-2008 00:52:04 | More by Squelch
Photo of everetends


2.95/5  rDev -5.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: Has a dark gold look to it. Has a bubbly head that disipates to nothing. No lacing.

S: Smell is mostly that of a regular macro but it does have a bit more malt and a touch of honey.

T: Same deal, a watery macro taste but with more pronounced flavors of light malt, honey, and corn. Not bad, not great.

M: A little thin but does have a slight creaminess to it. Good amount of carbonation.

D: I have a place in my beer drinker's heart for Honey Brown. This along with Pete's got me drinking stuff other than macros and when I couldn't afford German offerings around here. As far as drinkability, you really can't drink too many. I don't know why, nor can explain it. It just overwhelms you if you try to drink this like a macro (considering it is the same price), just sits heavy and not too comfortable. Not a bad beer and I find myself slumming with it every now and again.

06-11-2008 02:06:34 | More by everetends
Photo of generallee

New York

3.78/5  rDev +21.5%

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a golden amber color with excellent clarity. The head is thick and white in color. It hangs on for a short time and recedes to a thin cap that leaves very little lacing.

Smell: There is a sweet bread malt aroma with some honey.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a simple bready malt flavor with some sweetness from the honey. The hops are light and add just a hint of bitterness to the finish, which is crisp and clean. The texture is refreshingly smooth with a light to medium body and an average carbonation.

Notes: Honey brown is very refreshing, clean and simple. Not bad at all for the price.

06-09-2008 22:50:53 | More by generallee
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

2.93/5  rDev -5.8%

I can't tell you how much of this I drank in the early/mid 90's. Used to be my favorite beer before my tastebuds grew up.

Looks slightly darker gold that the average macro. Unimpressive head & lacing.

Smells very grainy with hint of hops in the back. Slight sweetness.

Tastes like corn with a touch of honey. Might be a good breakfast beer for those of you who are into that type of thing. Faint grassy hop finish, but doesn't cut the sweetness.

Feel is rough due to high carbonation levels.

I'll still drink a couple for the nostalgia factor, but I've moved on to bigger & better beers.

06-09-2008 21:47:57 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of bluemoonswoon


2.7/5  rDev -13.2%

A: I'll just go ahead and say it: it pours a clear and dark honey brown ha-ha. One and a half inch head bubbles down rather quickly into a thin cap, minimal lacing, but decent carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Macroy with a bit of honey, corn and rice otherwise, meh...smells like a plain old beer.

T/MF: Sort of sweet with bits of corn and apple and loose huskiness, light and smooth with prickly carbonated mouthfeel, very smooth with a clean finish where the honey becomes more noticeable. Not much there.

D: Not offensive, easy drinkinging, ABV makes it so you can put down a number of these. Good value for a decent beer but for taste versus price I'd take a macro to save my money for what little extra taste you get from this beer.

05-29-2008 02:30:01 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.03/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from the bottle a clear amber gold with a pencil-thin white head.

Aroma of light malts and a side order of skunk.

Taste is pretty comparable to most BMCs on the market. Slightly sweet with the malts and honey.

Light mouthfeel, crisp, and moderately carbonated.

Quite drinkable and all that, but nothing real special.

05-27-2008 19:58:56 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of apratsunrthd


3.63/5  rDev +16.7%

A - not as dark as your typical brown. Same hue as what you'd normally expect from an amber.

S - nothing special. Not a lot to talk about... smells like beer ;-)

T - this is where this brew shines. It's honestly a damn good brown. Nice nutty, honey taste.

M - just a touch too carbonated but otherwise, standard.

D - Nice. I could easily go through a 12er. Great session beer.

05-23-2008 23:38:07 | More by apratsunrthd
Photo of botham

New York

3.68/5  rDev +18.3%

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. pours a crystal clear light amber color with two fingers of tight, off white head. light lacings.

aroma is lightly malty, with pale and caramel malts, and a lightly sweet base from the honey. a somewhat creamy character comes through after a bit of warming. otherwise a simple aroma, without much else.

taste is lightly sweet and malty up front, with a touch of honey sweetness and a very clean and crisp finish. nicely proportioned, with a solid profile.

mouthfeel is light bodied and a bit watery, along with a smooth texture and a light bite from CO2. finishes clean without any residual flavors.

drinkability is good. this is a smooth and mellow brew, whose only downfall is a lack of concentration. the brew comes off a bit watery overall, but the flavors present do compose a pleasant brew.

05-19-2008 00:11:36 | More by botham
Photo of Jaguar


3.8/5  rDev +22.2%

I'm not sure what I expected but I was at first disapointed, then it sort of grew on me. I was expecting a more brown ale type look, and a more malty taste to it. This poured a light amber,with a light malt/ honey aroma. smooth taste with a good balance of malt/ honey sweetness and hops, no off flavors. nice mouth feel, again smooth, and very drinkable. I don't think this will find a place in my refrigerator with space at a premium, but I wouldn't turn one down, and would buy it occasionally as a change of pace.
all in all not a bad effort, but for full disclosure it's the only honey beer I've tried.

05-17-2008 23:03:45 | More by Jaguar
Photo of rye726


2.63/5  rDev -15.4%

A clearish copper brew with a fizzy tan head. Nose has some grainy malts and some artificial honey sweetness. The clove honey seems to cover up most flavors. A light body heavy with carbonation. A drinkable brew, but needs either less honey or stronger malts and hops.

05-12-2008 21:42:02 | More by rye726
Photo of Portertime


3.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Honey beer seems to be the big thing. I have been trying some different "honey" beers. Of course this one being a macro brew I wasn't really impressed. Poured a pure honey color, or maybe I just had honey on the brain. Smelled faintly of malt and a bit of honey. Taste is bitey with minimal hop balance and some honey, a little malty. I don't think Winnie the Pooh will go crazy over this one.

04-29-2008 22:23:20 | More by Portertime
Photo of bboven


3.15/5  rDev +1.3%

Light clear copper body with a thin head that lasts a fair time. Some lacing.

Smells like a macro lager, a bit of base malt, and some sweetness from the honey, I guess.

Not much in the flavor except a faint and not-cloying sweetness. Tiny touch of hop bitterness at the end.

Highly carbonated, pretty drying.

Not too bad for what it is. A touch sweet for my taste, but that is what they were after, I suppose.

04-23-2008 22:36:04 | More by bboven
Photo of kcillini77


2.83/5  rDev -9%

I remember in college this was considered a "premium" beer. Revisited it as a part of the JW Dundee's craft pack. First time I've had a Honey Brown in probably 10 years.

Smell is very much of honey, maybe a little hop spice, but not much.

Taste is very sweet. Could definitely use more hop balance. It's almost as if they created a very basic lager and just sweetened it up instead of balancing it with hops.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, almost soapy. Drinkability is good, especially at 4.5% ABV, but the sweetness would prevent me from drinking very many of these at one sitting.

04-23-2008 02:14:38 | More by kcillini77
Photo of lionking


3.13/5  rDev +0.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle taken from a Christmas variety pack. This one was one of the cheaper ones in the pack.

Poured a nice three finger head which quickly dissipated. Nice light amber color. Smell is hops and a sweetness, honey or malt, can't really tell. This was a blast from the past. I remember this from the early 90's. In PA, at the time, this beer was in all of the bars, kind of a step up from Coors Light and Miller Lite. An above average beer versus BMC, but not something I would revist or seek out to purchase.

04-05-2008 23:34:13 | More by lionking
Photo of kevman527

New York

3.23/5  rDev +3.9%

App: Slightly darker than your normal straw-yellow macro beer, with a little bit of brown mixed in. (go figure) 2 finger head, not much retention, ok lacing.

Smell: Faint honey smell, but to me it smelled like most other macro brews, which means there isn't much there.

Taste: Mostly malty with some honey. Tastes a little alcoholy, with no hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth for a macro with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: For what it is, it is one of the better macro brews and for only $4.39/6 pack, it is very easy to drink!

04-05-2008 05:32:19 | More by kevman527
Photo of RedneckChemist


2.95/5  rDev -5.1%

Bought this on a whim. My local Ingle's just expanded the import/micro section and this was one of the new flavors. Reasonably priced at 5.50/six in Knoxville. Poured a bit aggressively into my Yankees pint glass.

Appearance is dirty reddish-orange. Watery head, but it hung around for a couple of sips before going away. Lighter than expected.

Smell is that of a light macro. Nothing noteworthy there

Taste is not bad. Good carbonation with malt and barley dominating. Finishes well with the lingering flavor of honey. There is something in the initial taste that I cannot pinpoint. It is not a bad thing, just noticeable.

All in all, a very drinkable brew. Clean, smooth, refreshing. Probably a good session beer, but it's not gonna find a permanent home in my fridge. That being said, I would not rule out the possibility of a return visit or two.

04-04-2008 01:25:00 | More by RedneckChemist
Photo of jeremyd365


2.78/5  rDev -10.6%

Poured a darkish yellow with a medium head. Smelled slightly sweet, I'm guessing from the honey. The flavor was so-so, with the honey definitely helping. It seemed pretty bubbly and was definitely a very drinkable beer. The flavor was just too mediocre to want to have too many.

On a side note, it was definitely a great beer for the price. $8 for a 12pack at Meijer (a Michigan-area grocery+ store). Seems like a pretty good deal.

03-30-2008 05:26:12 | More by jeremyd365
Photo of cfriend2

West Virginia

2.8/5  rDev -10%

Pours a clear, deep gold with a pretty wimpy off-white head. Smells grainy and hoppy with some tones of honey (imagine that) as well. Taste of sweet malt and honey flavors, sweetness all around. Definitely not expecting this from a beer so cheap. Not much else going on with the taste. The strong sweetness nullifies any bitterness. Mouthfeel wasn't the best, too light of a body. Carbonation was okay, maybe a bit too much.

This beer is a steal. Perhaps not the first thing that comes to mind with this style but it's one hell of a bargain, so I'm sure it'll find it's way back into my fridge again soon. You can find it in my neck of the woods for 7.50 a 12 pack.

03-27-2008 15:32:32 | More by cfriend2
Photo of SixpointJMH

New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev -21.2%

Pours a very watery looking light golden colour with a mid-sized fizzy white head that quickly dissolves down to non-existence and leaves nary a mark on the glass.

the aroma has a hint of sweet honey, a bit of a grassy feel, and a shit-load of cooked vegetables, to the point that it was just overbearing at times. Quite simply: gross.

The flavour was more of the same: cooked vegetables galore on top of some fruit notes and of course the prerequisite "honey" flavour, if you can call it that. perhaps a bit of a soapy flavour as well. Mouthfeel is light bodied and well carbonated, but still is average at best.

While I don't recall this one ever being a top of the line brew, I certainly do recall it being far better than this. It was at least marginally drinkable and respectable in the pas and is just plain bad now. High Falls took the time and effort to craft some decent to very good brews for it's "Craft Mix Pack," so why couldn't they take the time to make this one a better brew? Avoid.

03-25-2008 03:19:06 | More by SixpointJMH
Photo of AgingWarrior


3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Hard pour into a Samuel Adams glass produced a dark golden color with a thin off white head. The head dissipated rather quickly and there were only traces of lacing.

The smell is of sweet malts and honey. Not at all unpleasant, but a bit understated.

The taste is darn good. Nice and smooth, well balanced and a very tasty finish. I was pleasantly surprised with this drink. I purchased a single bottle on a whim and liked it pretty well.

Good mouth feel...creamy and smooth, nicely carbonated.

I think this would be an excellent session beer. Light and crisp for those warm afternoons.

03-21-2008 23:55:30 | More by AgingWarrior
Photo of xare


2.73/5  rDev -12.2%

Pours as a clover-honey/caramel colored brew that has steady carbonation but a wispy thin white head that quickly dissipates. Looks average but clarity is outstanding.

Scent is of honey and malts with a touch of alcohol. Nothing that really sets it apart but it's slightly above average.

Taste is quite strange actually. It does taste like clover honey and a touch of malts. Basically, the aroma does not lie. Might be a touch of citrus flavors but those are fleeting. All things considered, it's somewhat average which is surprising given that initial burst of honey flavor. But each mouthful tapers off.

Mouthfeel has a burst of stinginess, which I presume is from the carbonation as the brew still bubbles away happily after a few minutes. It has a strange aftertaste which can be likened to a soapy soda.

The worst part is that I struggled to finish this beer. I wanted to love it, I really did. But this is probably the worst of all the Dundee brews I've tried so far. It's probably best in 2 oz samples, as more than that and you'll struggle to finish.

Something to bear in mind - even just a bit of honey can kill your palate. Drinking this whole brew might kill your palate, in which case, it might be useful to keep a couple of bottles around if you ever need a reason to kill off your palate.

Overall - I wouldn't buy a sixer of this but I'll try to finish the couple or so that come in the mixed packs just to get to the other Dundee brews.

03-21-2008 00:42:26 | More by xare
Photo of pjblurton


3.3/5  rDev +6.1%

I picked this up at the local grocery trying to get some beer on the cheap. (12pk cans for $7.99!) Plus I REALLY like Honey Browns.

A - I was supprised when I poured this beer, at its very light (for a honey brown) color. It was light amber!

S - Malty and sweet. Detectable honey aroma.

T - Matched smell. There was some sweetness and general hop bitterness. Light honey taste at the finish. ALOT more watery that expected.

M - Very light bodied, again - somewhat watery.

D - This ended up more drinkable that I thought. It goes down well and leaves a nice sweet bitterness on the palate.

03-14-2008 18:52:05 | More by pjblurton
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