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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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1,251 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,251
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 10
Gots: 84 | 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 theboozecruise
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one in a 6-pack from Spec's in Houston... poured from the normal 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

It's got a dark amberish color to it, with a decent inch or so head that lingered for a few minutes. The smell is much more malty than honey, although there's a little honey in there. The taste is more of the same, still not the amount of honey flavor I'd like to see from this one. This one is very drinkable, could be a nice beer but leaves a little to be desired.

Some new notes... had one on 12/29/09 as part of a Christmas pack of beers. More honey flavor that I remembered, on the front of the sip. I'm surprised, pretty solid... I figured I'd rate this one a little lower as I drink more and more different beers that I love, but if anything it gets a slight boost up.

Photo of Clockwork420
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Got it for $4.89 a six pack at Shop and Save.

A - is golden slightly darker than bud light for instance. Its got a quickly dissipating head. And it leaves light lacing.

S - Maybe its really just all sweet smell. Not honey but malty sweet.

T - Easy and smooth to drink. Light carbs. Sweet and nice. Wet tasting. Watered down. Its very easy overall.

M - Too thin. Not much else. Its slick and slippery. Easily gone in a few drinks.

D - High high high.

Id give this to someone whos afraid to venture away from the mainstream beers. One for price and two for the drinkablilty which is was most novices look for in the first place. Its good. For the price. I wouldnt buy it for $6.00 a six for instance.

Photo of Seanibus
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber with a slight, soapy looking head. It smells slightly honeyish with a sour graininess. The taste is flat, grainy with the barest whiff of honey. It has a slightly sweet finish with flat, cardboardy bitterness. The mouthfeel is slightly clingy and leaves a slight honeyish bitterness on the tongue.

If you are forced to drink a Dundee beer, this one isn't too painful, though I wouldn't recommend anything from the line except if you are stranded in Upstate New York with no alternatives and you are in extreme need of a beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light orange color, very clear, pours with almost no head.

S: Very faint caramel aroma with some nuttiness.

T: Very sweet malt upfront with a honey lacing. Starts off very sweet from honey and malt but finishes with a smoothing and lingering caramel flavor with some spicy citrus hints.

M: Moderate mouthful, nothing to exciting. Very sweet overall.

D: drinkablility limited to 1 or 2 due to sweetness.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, rusty amber with hay sunshine highlights. Very little head right after the pour that quickly dissipates to nothing. The aroma has notes of cramel, honey, and white bread in an overall soft aroma. The taste starts with soft white breads that slowly reveal the dripping honey that leads to a soft, bready malt finish wth some light white tea hops. The palate is very easy and balnced, ending in a very balanced honey lager. Very underrated beer in my opinion.

Photo of jbphoto88
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clear brew with a dark terracotta earthy amber look. A stiff sponge like head rises and falls fast.

Smell is rough. It has the same nose as a macro lager with used grains and processed sugars. Not really any evident honey.

Taste is equally disappointing as the nose. There is an overly sweet flavor that clings and irritates the back of your throat, like eating to much candy. Unlike the nose there is slightly more honey flavors evident in the taste, however its not a great taste.

The beer seems unbalanced and confused. I feel like this one is an over processed brew that was created on auto pilot. Packaging is probably the biggest seller of this beer not the contents itself.

Photo of Zadok
2.38/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light amber with virtually no head nor lacing. Not much to look at.

Smells of a light malt and maybe a little sweet smell, not much else.

Initial taste is kind of musty. Light and I mean very light malt flavor. Make a small drop of honey flavor also present.

Very watery with little carbonation.

Well I didn't expect much and I didn't get much. Somewhat of a below average beer. Decent sessionability as one would be with low abv and drinks like water.

Photo of Herrbrokt
2.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From 12oz bottle

Hazy gold. minimal white head with some lacing

smells like a macro hmm....

there's certainly honey. not much else to speak of positively
very husky

real plain on the palate but it goes down ok

nothing offensive but nothing great

Photo of GilGarp
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. It has an orange brown color, little head, and perfect clarity. No lacing left behind.

Aroma is only a little better than typical american macro lager.

Taste is surprisingly sweet and the honey comes out stronger than other honey beers I've had. It's not all bad but just a bit too sweet for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is fine and drinkability is good but it would be too sweet to drink all night.

Photo of nem2006
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer was clear and light brown. There was a small head that faded, but left a little lacing on the glass. There was almost no carbonation visible.

The smell was pretty weak, but you could catch a little sweet honey.

The taste was very mild, semisweet. It was smooth and had a light bitterness at the end. Not a beer I would drink again if I had a choice.

Photo of Onenote81
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a conical pint and noticed a golden color with a brownish tint. There was a large head at first but this quickly disappeared within about 30 seconds. Very thin sheet on top with no lacing whatsoever.

Smells very sweet like honey, with some bread and butter scents also pulling through.

Very mellow and smooth drink. I'm not getting any bitterness out of this one. Definitely finding the honey overtones, but also some citrus and light malt. Very watery and thin, but refreshing nonetheless.

A good beer to go to when thirsty after mowing the lawn or something. But if you're looking for something complex with an attitude, pass on this one.

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: More yellow than brown, this has all of the characteristics of a golden lager, with a thin whitish head and plenty of carbonation.
S: There's certainly a sweet honey scent, but it's buried in an overall maltier smell. Perhaps a tiny nip of hops? Nah.
T: Not bad, a bit of sweetness, a bit of malt, a good mix. But there's not much else. I think this lack of "excitement" in the taste contributes to the ease of drinkability.
M: Crisp and refreshing, one of the better aspects of this brew.
D: Really good. I could enjoy, and indeed have enjoyed, several of these in one session.

Photo of MOShepp
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with off-white head a little bit of lacing.

Smells of lemon, herbal honey.

I'm a honey lover, so It was nice to taste a little honey, also some lemon, metallic and waffle cone.

It wasn't bad but this one seems to drink better cold right out of the fridge. Has lots of carbonation.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark golden color with almost no head. Almost no bitterness or hop flavor but still a strong honey taste to it. Pretty easy to drink, almost like a light beer. Very light and unimpressive. This beer is like most of their products: watery and mass produced bad beer.

Photo of williamherbert
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

No head atop a watery but darker-than-average-for-a-lager clear yellow. Pretty see-through. Mild film on top. Not great.

Honey-coated top layer of aroma over a corn and rice-laden malt. I've been told this beer is Genny with honey; nothing to dispel that here.

A better-than-B/M/C, lagery flavor with additional honey. It's crisp, but the adjuncts are heavy. Slight metallic taste.

Actually feels creamy for a lager, closer to a pub ale feel. Crisp enough. Not terrible but wouldn't be my go-to choice. It's a honey-soaked macro lager.

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light honey orange, with a big head that fades fast to a thin fuzzy white laece.

Not much to the aroma. If there's honey in it, I can't pick it up here. Smells like plain old beer.

Tastes pretty smooth. Again, I can't seem to locate the honey, but it's a nice balanced lager. Not a lot of hops, but it still has a nice bitter smack to it.

Mouthfeel is middle of the road. Slightly closer to light than heavy.

Terribly under-rated beer, that is actually quite drinkable. I hadn't had one in quite a while, and I was bit surprised at how smooth and balanced it is.

Photo of JamesS
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pale amber color, just a shade darker than golden, with a little head and some nice lacing. It had a nice scent, fairly weak, with malt and biscuit tones and a bit of honey scent that helped. Good taste, descent lager, better than a macro, and the honey flavor added a fair bit to it. It went down smooth, a nice thirst quencher.

Photo of kinger
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't know this isn't terrible but it just doesn't offer much. I remember drinking this in college, it was better than swill and didn't cost much more than a sixer of Bud. Anyway aroma is really not present except for a faint scent that lets you know this is beer. Pours a light copper with a decent white head and some proper lacing, not bad. Slightly creamy and full on the palate with a smooth clean finish again not bad. Flavor is of a crisp lager rather bland but there is a nice touch of honey sweetness after the swallow. Mellow and easy to drink, don't expect anything great.

Photo of BeerCon5
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a kind of dark, golden color with almost no head.

A little scent of grain, some vanilla maybe, very little honey.

Mostly a roasty grainy taste with some honey and yeast.

Light-bodied feel with a little too much carbonation.

I'd say this was an average drinker. Nothing interesting stands out at all, although I haven't had many honey lagers I expected more honey taste.

Photo of shroompod
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not really getting the amber color , or any red. Golden in color , small head , no lacing.

Almost no aroma, could be allergies.

Slightly sweet malty in taste , no hops perceived.

Mouthfeel is light , sharp , somewhat dry.

Overall an easy drinking session beer.

Photo of nfr5069
1.95/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I wish I read ChainGangGuy's review before I bought the Dundee Sampler. I got sucked in by their packaging. Nice box, offering 6 different beers all with cool labels!! However, all coolness and satisfaction ends when you twist off the firt bottle cap. (That's right, twist off - should have been my first clue...) Anyways, regarding this beer in particular:

A- not a bad color but not what I was expecting for a honey brown. I'm pretty sure Sam Light is darker. Had a one finger depth head which almost immediately disappeared.

S- though many people say they can smell the honey I'm not getting that. The beer doesn'thave much of an odor.

T- Well it's not the worst beer I've tasted, but once again not what I expected. It tastes like they accidentally added twice the amount of water required to make a honey brown. Very watered down and bland.

M- I really don't know what to say here. The beer is too weak and lacks any complexity. Any "mouthfeel" I have is gone in a second (thankfully!)

D- Yuck!! I am having a hard time putting this oe down, and may be dumping it. I would not recommend this beer, the sampler, or any other Dundee beer.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Some florals, some apples, even some chemical-based honey.

Taste: No real clear-cut maltiness, but you do get a taste of apple juice sweetened with an addition of corn syrup. Very light floral hoppiness but no real bitterness. Slight chemically astringency near the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Bleh! I'm slowly working my way through the JW Dundee's Box of Horrors, and this one, so far, is the worst of the lot. Again: bleh!

Photo of jbull
3.73/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dundee's Honey Brown Lager pours a crystal clear light honey color with an off-white head that disappears almost immediately to light lacing. It is a beautiful beer. The nose is sweet lager with very mild hop.

The drink is very smooth with plenty of gummy sweetness holding on and hanging around. Reminds me of St Arnold's Fancy Lawnmower: a sweet easy-drinking lager. All sweet with very little bitter and light carbonation. Great beer for hot summer days. A little weak in flavor overall but definitely honey sweet and a good summer lager. Could use a little more body. But a beautiful beer to pour in a pint glass.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good after a recent facelift.

Light, malty, and fruity. Bright, juicy fruit and toasty, crisp malt.

Apricot yellow, uncanny clarity, moderate head with poor retention.

Smooth lightly carbonated body is very enticing. Sweet and lightly malty. Clean palate, clean finish.

A clean, soft lager. Not much in the flavor department, but where it lacks interesting flavors it also lacks all potentially unpleasant flavors. A good no-brainer; a good flagship for a brewery that's always seemed to me to be more interested in selling beer than brewing it.

Photo of toolbrew
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light tan/copper color with a small white head. Some head retention.

Sweet smell with a slightly malty aroma.

Crisp sweet taste with a solid malty back. Honey flavor is present with the aftertaste.

Somewhat watery but the flavor remains. The honey coats the mouth.

Not a bad beer. In fact it was the first case that was ever purchased for me...about ten or so years ago. Decent session beer.

Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 1,251 ratings.