Gray's Honey Ale - Gray's Brewing Company

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Gray's Honey AleGray's Honey Ale

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brakspear on 01-11-2003

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Reviews by nixhecks:
Photo of nixhecks
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color with a small white head and small rising streams of carbonation. Small amounts of honey and malts on the nose, smell had a lot of pilsner-like qualities, but not necessarily good at any rate. Sweet and crisp honey flavors, malts and a twinge of hops on the finish. While the flavor was not anything amazing, this is a very crisp and refreshing brew, and was not bad if not great. The mouthfeel was very light and full of carbonation. Surely drinkable in the warm summer months (all year for that matter). Could have used something to make it more impressive, but decent nonetheless.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ADR
2.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extremely light gold and clear in appearance. Head is so white it almost glows, settles as a uniform 1/8 of an inch skin. Punctuation mark laces on the glass. Couldn't pull much of an aroma, just a bready sweetness. medium mouthfeel, flattish in carbonation. Flavor kind of settles into an awfully average range, sugary and with light malts, maybe some honey shows. Finishes a little watery. Pretty unidimensional and uninteresting to me, I sometimes wonder if its worth experimenting with hopping some of these honey beers a little more aggressively, the wheat esters seem kind of lost anyways -- just to see what its like.

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.89/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale fizzy yellow ale with a bright white cap forming it fine sorry lacing. Aroma is a faint honey tone with grainy tones all day. Flavor is worse than any other macro out there beers like this give craft beer a bad rap. To be honest this has no heart this is mass produced in Wisconsin with a new label and fucked up approach. This is there cross over with harsh flavors hints of wild honey floral quality with more cloying aspects of heavy carbonation and husks from grain than anything else. Mouthfeel should be ligther bodied but the carbonation hits rediculously on the palate, cloying is mild. Overall never again I'm pretty much writing this brewer off after two beers, but I'm brave enough to try Busted Knuckle.

Photo of ChopperSmith
2.83/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a long-neck bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow with a one finger light foam head that recedes fast with little or no lacing at all.

Smell: Faint sweet and grainy aroma with very faint honey sweetness.

Taste: Very light and watery, with only subtle sweetness of honey and sweet malts. No hops presence at all. Tastes like a "light" version of Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss beer. Not terrible, but not really much happening here flavor-wise.

Mouth feel: Light body and watery, with light-to-medium carbonation.

Overall: A very light and watery beer with only hints of honey flavor and some weak malt flavors. This is really a "light" beer style, and not at all the type of beer I enjoy. I've had worse "light" beers, but that's not a very favorable comparison to make. Wouldn't seek this one out again.

Photo of pmcadamis
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey! Its a honey ale... honey beers are usually lagers in my experience.

A - A beautiful hazy marigold colored brew looks like honey straight from the comb, but the unfortunate looking head never rose above a thin cap despite a really aggressive pour (I practically dumped this into the glass). The head is flimsy, soapy, and sparse. That's a shame since this brew is a lovely color.

S - Honeycomb cereal with a bit of lemon spritzed on top. Corn Pops cereal. Playful, twangy, and fresh. Light and airy with a light touch of cover honey. Not a whole hell of a lot going on though. Pretty much on dimensional.

T - Tart at first... lemon juice and wheat twang. Followed by a nice honey sweetness that mellows out the acid felt at first sip. This tastes a heck of a lot like a hefeweizen with a dose of honey added to the wort. I'm digging this flavor a whole lot more than I thought I would based on the relatively unimpressive nose.

M - Light bodied, bouncy, airy, and ultra-carbonated. Lively, fresh, and summery... good cheer for a bitter cold winter day like today!

D - Pretty good beer. This isn't artificial or overly sweet like some mass-marketed commercial honey brews... I'm thinking of that "brown" on in particular "hint-hint." This isn't anything outstanding, but it would make a great refreshing pool-side brew for the hottest days of summer. Might go well with salads and sandwiches too... light summery beer for light summery fare.

Photo of kristenrae8
3.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just picked this up for pre-thanksgiving cooking. I'll admit it, I thought the angry bubble bee was cute and was looking for something lower in the ABVs so I can drink and cook Thanksgiving Day goodness and not get to buzzy. (no pun intended)

A: Clear pale yellow, straw color. Quickly disipating frothy head, no lacing.

S: Floral and Wheat and Honey.

T: Sweet & Subtle. This is a tame beer to introduce to those who are brand loyal to the big box brands. I like honey, blonde and cream ales - so it's up my alley. It's a beer the novice can enjoy, without being scared.

M: Fizz and then a little thin. Perhaps a little watery - but it was just fine super chilled (fridge to freezer for 15 minutes)

O: Overall, I'll finish the 6 pack. I'd buy it in a pinch - or if it was on sale, but it's not going to be my all time favorite. It would probably be a great summer beer.

Photo of jackndan
2.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Gray's Honey Ale: Twelve Ounce Bottle. Pours a fairly decent golden color, fairly small white head, with large bubbles. dissipates down to nothing quite quickly. The aroma is sweet, but not a trace of hops. Taste is very sweet, with what seems to be a minimal grainy aftertaste. This is not a pale ale, and its nothing special.

Photo of beveritt
1.9/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottle has some markings on it, looks like this was bottle in September.

Appearance: Almost no head, pours like a cider. Initally a very thin white forth that couldn't even be properly be called a head. This dissipates qucikly, leaving nothing behind. Beer itself is yellow, maybe you could call it golden?

Smell: A very slight floral scent, leaning towards the grassy side. Overall, not a lot of smell here.

Taste: Same as the smell, not a lot going on here. The strongest flavor is the acidity of the CO2. A hint of the grassy/skunky flavor you get form macro-lagers. If you really try, I think you can pick up an aftertaste of honey. Of course, I wonder if I could do that if the label didn't say honey ale?

Mouthfeel: Pretty high level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Not my cup of tea. No head, excessive carbonation, little to no honey flavor. Not terrible, but no reason to have another.

Photo of bashiba
2/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured bright yellow with a fizzy white head, very macro like in appearance.

The smell had a light corny odor with a faint mustyness.

It has the basic flavor profile of any American Macro, a touch of grain and corn, where is the honey or the flavor?

The mouthfeel was light and thin.

This beer stinks, no honey, no flavor, I would rather buy a sixer of PBR for a 1/3 of the price.

Photo of dhannes
3.31/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled into a Sam Adams' Perfect Pint.

A=Golden yellow, slightly darker than MGD; but foam head was thin, white, and short-lived.

S=Almost non-existent; some hops and honey.

T=Very sweet with hop presence; reminded me of a cream ale or a typical American lager.

M=Somewhat better than expected, given that it seemed extremely watery when poured.

O=An okay change of pace, but nothing worth writing home about.

Photo of peabody
2.11/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a watery yellow with 1/4 finger of white suds that go away very quickly.
Smell is a bitter mix of charred honey and burning yeast. Not too much here.
Taste is a very watery version of coors lite and dirt. No honey here.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky but there is nothing here to make the mouth feel anything.
This isn't good at all. Will never have this again.

Photo of Slyjoker87
2.35/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - It pours as a very watery light yellowish color. The head was not impressive nor did it stay for very long.

S - There are hardly any smells that can be noted, except for a faint honey smell.

T - I can hardly taste any honey notes, and it resembles the taste of your average, watered down, mass produced american beer more than anything else.

M - Lacks in carbonation and feels dry.

D - Why not grab a bud, miller, keystone light instead? This is just terrible.

Photo of FreshHawk
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Very bright, clear gold color with an average sized, foamy, light, whispy white head. Disappears pretty fast leaving a very thin lace.

S - Very strong herbal and floral aroma with a lot of bready/malty sweetness along with a bit of a vegetable/corn type of aroma. Somewhat reminiscent of honey, but a little heavy on the vegetable, and maltiness.

T - Really thin and fairly bland. Dominated by corn/vegetable flavors as well as some malt sweetness that you expect from a bland adjunct lager. A faint spicy herbal flavor in the background. Very slight lingering sweetness.

M - Very light with moderate carbonation. Very thin and watery.

D - Easy to drink, but it is way to bland to want more. Not overly sweet, just thin and easy to down.

Notes: I'll probably pass on this one, got it for $3.99 a sixer so not like I'm really out much. Too bland and like a bad adjunct lager. A little bit of honeyish flavors and some more on the nose, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.72/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this beer from the Lager Mill in a mixed eight pack from grays for $10.99. I had their oatmeal stout back in the summer and thought it was good so I am interested to see how some of their other beers are. There is what looks to be a bottling date, but it's kinda of smudged and I really can't make it out. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer with a crazy looking bee with red eyes holding a mug of beer. The label is different then the one shown so they must have updated their labels. This beer poured a pale straw colored yellow that had two fingers worth of short lived white head that didn't leave any lacing.

S- I pick up a good amount of pale malts, some sweet honey and a slight amount of grassy hops at the end.

T- The pale malts impart a nice grainy flavor that reminds of some whole grain cereal. In the middle I pick up the honey which adds a nice touch to this brew and isn't overly sweet. On the finish I get some of that whole grain flavor followed by a slight amount of grassy hops.

M- Light bodied and very crisp. The carbonation is prickly and could have been done better.

Overall I liked this beer. I thought it was a good honey ale and I liked it much more then Leinenkugels version. The appearance and mouthfeel could use a little work but other then that it was a pretty good representation of a honey ale. I would buy this again, I think it would make for a good lawnmower beer.

Photo of Fulky
3.14/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came in a six pack variety of beers I won at a charity auction. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 10oz scooner.

The appearance was less than impressive. A light, fizzy, pale, straw yellow that reminds you of your typical adjunct lagers. A very light fizzy head that goes down quickly and never returns. No lacing at all... almost like having water in your glass.

Appearance aside, the beer smells good. Lots of a honey and floral malts, very sweet and a bit of a grassy hop note.

Tastes of honey and other sweet flavors. A light presence of hops but not at all bitter. Others have described its flavor as timid, which might be accurate but not necessarily bad. it is easy to enjoy without going overboard with flavor to the point which it offends your senses.

Light and refreshing feel, perhaps a bit fizzy or a tad over carbonated.

A fairly average beer with good smell, above average taste, and favorable drinkability. Leaves some room for improvement, but is memorable and worthy of sampling.

Photo of granger10
2.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is one of the more straightforward beers I have ever had. Honey colored with an initially large fizzy white head. But that reduces to nothing, with no lacing and only a few bubbles surfacing every now and then. Smells like honey. Fresh clover honey anybody? It's nice but there's nothing else. Taste is like water honey. Dilluted honey. I think honey is definitely there but it's been watered down. As it warms more a touch of hay and diacetyl come but they are also dilluted. A tad cloying by the end. I'll pass on another.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.01/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

gray's honey ale

a 2 loud, fizzy head atop a clear light gold body. wow, way too loud, like somebody poured a sprite. the head is gone in no time leaving a sparse quarter-size disc and no ring. big soda bubbles. not promising.

s 3-3.5 smells mostly like a cheap american lager, but at least it doesn't smell stale or overly corny. touch of hay, spicy hop and perhaps, yes, clover honey.

t 3-3.5 timid and restrained; pale sweetness plays with a bit of grain. at first there was a mild but lingering astringency to the finish. for the rest of the bottle that's been replaced by a slight baking powder/seltzer exit.

m 2.5 carbonation is prickly. body light-medium.
improved co2 would significantl help this beer.

d 3 it's swallowable, for sure. nothing offensive (apart from the appearance and mouthfeel), but nothing too interesting.

Photo of JackieTH
2.68/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Rob for the sample.

Poured light gold with a cap of white foam that was short lived. Smell was at best 'non-descript' meaning I didn't get much, perhaps light malt and faint honey, but I could have been wanting to smell honey. At least it wasn't offensive. Taste was more very mild malt, slightly honey, adjunct-lager like, mildly crisp and light. Overall would be okay..refreshing even..on a hot summer day.

Photo of ruckus232
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Slightly cloudy yellow color with an alright amount of white head that disappears quickly leaving little lacing

Smell: Sweet smell but more of a sweet corn then a honey smell

Taste: The taste is pretty good, nothing special but nothing bad either. Somewhat sweet and has a little more flavor then say a macro might have but nothing spectacular.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear golden straw color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of faint honey, and even fainter malt. The taste is like the aroma. It has a nice honey character, and nice balancing malt, but it is just too faint. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this beer reminds me of a not so putrid version of Leinie's Honey Weiss. While this beer isn't bad, it isn't good either. I can't see myself drinking this again.

Photo of brakspear
3.88/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This used to be my fall-back summer session beer. Refreshing and light-bodied, but still flavorfull for its style -- a great hot weather "lawnmower" beer.

This beer pours extremely pale and clear with high carbonation that forms a soft white head that will linger depending on the age of your beer. Some may not like the carbonation level, but given the overall beer style, this high carbonation seems appropriate, for the same reason higher carbonation is appropriate for Bavarian wheat beers.

The aroma is mild and not very distinguished. I detect some of the clove and afalfa honey aftereffects and very few spicy hop notes...rather bland.

The taste is a very smooth mellow sweetness from the malt and honey, with a slight snap in the finish from what appear to be domestic hops. The brewer states it uses a blend of four hops and 3 types of domestic two row barley, but none are dominant enough to identify. Nothing challenging here in the taste.

The mouthfeel is light and effervescent from the carbonation, again I think this is what the brewers were aiming for -- a light readily drinkable ale.

This honey ale will not challenge a sophisticated beer drinker, but it is a tasty summer weather beer, that is highly drinkable and a good cross-over beer for anyone that is normally afraid to drink any beer without "Lite" or "Light" on the label.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is cloudy golden yellow. Almost no head at all. No lacing either.

The aroma is sweet grains with a slight hint of honey. Not much else going on here. Not offensive but, not anything to get excited about.

The flavor is sweet and malty. I feel like a I can taste honey but, it could just be my mind. Clean tasting fairly light in flavor overall.

Light to medium body. Loads of carbonation.

Easy drinking if only because it's not very flavorful. A very average beer.

Photo of Lemke10
2.87/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This pours a clear, pale amber color with a slight, white head. There isn’t much to the scent other than some hints of grain and honey. The taste is fairly average but does have a decent honey taste that is better than Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss. The texture is pretty watery with very little carbonation. Clean and refreshing, but nothing mind blowing.

Photo of jimmah120
3.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no date into pint

Look is a very pale and clear yellow with almost no head. Smell is light wheat and honey. Taste is pale malt, wheat, grain, almost no honey to speak of, just a slight overall sweetness. Feel is light with a little bready thickness.

Very average brew with light honey characteristics. Not too much to note here, if you're looking for something simple this would be a great choice.

Photo of Slynger
2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lightly hazed, pale lemony gold with a light lid of fizzy white.

A touch of sweet grain and honey with some light lemony and herbal aromas.

The flavor is light and much of the same. A bit of honey and grainy sweetness along with some sour lemony citrus and lightly bitter, herbal hops. It's light bodied and has a light and fizzy carbonation.

Not bad, definitely has some flavor and sessionability, but not much to write home about.

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Gray's Honey Ale from Gray's Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.