Organic Honeydew - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Organic HoneydewOrganic Honeydew

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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 12
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-09-2002

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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9oz classy brown pop top...nice label. Saw this in England, didn't pick one up; nice to see it in the States. Best by 4-4-2012.

Appearance: Poured into an imperial pint. Brilliant, rich golden beer with brilliant clarity and a few nearly microscopic floaties. Bright white head which soon settles down to a dense medium-film. Rather higher carbonation than most British ales.

Smell: Unlike most honey beers I've encountered, you can definitely smell the honey here; it's rich, sweet, and natural. Pleasant. The honey is actually dominant in this fairly light-smelling ale; underneath, there's just a ghost of your typical English pale ale...pale malts, mild esters, and ghost of English hops.

Taste: Overall this is pretty nice. The honey isn't quite as prominent on the palate as it is on the nose, but it's definitely there. Very lightly biscuity pale malt, mild bitterness (I don't get the 'citrusy' hop bitterness described on the back of the bottle, however) and light esters. Straight-forward quaffer.

Mouthfeel: Light, but fairly soft and pleasant

Overall: An English Pale Ale that would certainly lend itself to summer drinking. Served at a slightly lower temperature than normal for English ales (as per the back of the bottle) this would be quite refreshing as a warm wealther quaffing beer, yet there's enough flavor to keep things interesting. Not a ton of depth, but it's a solid English pale ale, and it's certainly the best 'honey' beer I've ever had. The presence of honey is easily discernable both on the nose and on the palate but it's not overly sweet or artificial tasting. This would likely be a solid B if it wasn't for the fact that it's $4.00 a bottle. For what it is, that's just a bit on the pricey side.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial nonic a medium golden with a tinge of burnt orane,a 1/2 finger white head that had good definition atop.Mild aromas,mainly some hard water and biscuit malt.Flavors are lightly sweet with biscuit malt mainly standing out,a yeasty fruitiness is pleasant,not much hop presence to be had.Standard and no frills here but its quaffable, and food friendly.

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

500ml bottle....golden pour medium head...the nose is bready and grainy, some sweet notes. Taste was a little metallic, some malts & grainy bits....corn sweetness maybe? Lingering bitter-sweetness, not overly pleasant Light bodied, crisp & light mouthfeel. To be honest i can't give this very good drinlkability makrs. With every sip i'm constantly reminded of mediocre lables like Lakeport Honey Lager etc was dosappointing compared to Fuller's other offerings.

Photo of ricke
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving date: 2009-02-19. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 500 ml bottle with freshness date (best before 2010-01-08) and some suggested food pairings on the label.

Appearance: Pours a very clear pale copper color with a 1 cm head that dissipates way too quickly. Minimal lacework.

Smell: Caramel, plenty of honey and faint notes of dry earth. A very sweet smell all in all, with a distinct genuine honey character. However, the smell is rather restrained.

Taste: Very reminiscent of the smell. Mostly honey, biscuit and caramel malts, earth and a metallic taste in the middle. Some grassy hops as well. The finish is first and foremost short (a moment away from a sip, I basically can't tell I'm drinking a beer) but has some grassy (nettles?) hop flavors to it. Minimal bitterness. The finish is also slightly dry and together with the earth and grassy flavors, this makes the beer seems slightly harsh. In general, the flavors in this one are too restrained, and there's not much going on at all.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with semi-sharp bubbles. I actually think its level of carbonation is to high.

Drinkability: I wasn't expecting much from this, but still I feel a bit disappointed. As noted, its too restrained and actually comes out a bit bland. It lacks complexity and since there is nothing backing up the honey flavors, these become too dominating. Further, the flavors don't mix that well either. The honey clashes with the earth and the malts get disturbed by the metallic flavors I got. In short, it tastes like beer with honey, not honey beer - and in theory there is a big difference between the two. It was fun to try it, but I would buy it again. However, it should get some credits for the way the honey tastes - like real genuine honey.

NOTE: ABV is 5% according to the bottle.

Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the British Beer Company Cedarville

Appearance: clear, gold, 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: honey and toasted malt

Taste: The honey really pops on this one. There is also toasted malt and grass.

Mouthfeel: oderate carbonation, light bodied..sweet with a slightly bitter backbone.

Drinkability: The honey really jumps out in this one. It almost tastes like a sweet pilsner. Not an overly complex brew, but very sessionable...Great for a warm day.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On cask at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Pours a slightly opaque golden with a thin ring of head and some lacing, but not much.

Nose is more on the lager end of the spectrum, with honey and floral malts.

The taste is smooth and sweet. I wouldn't say it's exactly "honey", but there's certainly a "spring" character to this brew. Light and refreshing.

Carbonation is low (it is on cask afterall), nice and smooth body. Almost too heavy, actually.

Lacking in complexity, but fairly enjoyable. Certainly worth a go on draught.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2012. Brewed with organic ingredients - the label claims that this is the UK's most popular organic beer.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A golden-amber colour with faint haze and medium carbonation. Forms a large head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of light malt, a hint of sweet, earthy honey and some very mild floral notes. Not too much going on.

Tastes of sweet, light malt with a hint of honey. Subtle notes of fruity ale yeast, faint caramel, mild honey and stewed hops. A slight floweriness in the background. Dry and slightly sugary. No bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with nicely judged carbonation. Aftertaste of faint malt/honey.

An OK honey beer, though nothing special. Quite light in aroma and flavour, though the honey comes through. Would probably be alright on a hot day, but frankly there's not enough going on to hold my attention. Worth trying but no need to seek it out.

Photo of BGDrock
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: crystal clear; purest gold colour; decent, white head

Aroma: sweet, bready malt; floral hints

Taste & Mouthfeel: silky texture and very clear honey flavour that rises up to dominate in the finish - the combination of which fits the name perfectly; medium-light body, ditto for the carbonation; some caramel and creme brulee flavours come to mind; surprisingly, not overly sweet

Overall: another success from Fuller's - flavour is spot on, great mouthfeel - fantastic summer brew

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good, one of the best of the honey beers (better than youngs waggledance), slightly sweet honey-like start, decent malty middle, a few bready sort of notes, and a decently hoppy finish (slight citrus), my only problems were the slight sweetness, and general lightness of the beer, but besides that, i have no problems.

Photo of gregb13
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very vibrant blonde with an intense white foam head which dissipates into a thin layer atop the brew. Decent lacing. Smells very pleasant; earthy hops, malt, honey sweetness. Taste is also very nice; honey sweet with a present malt backbone. Slight floral/honey aftertaste which doesn't bother me at all. I could drink this one all night without a problem.

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, at Metro Billiards in downtown Edmonton.

This beer pours a clear, rather pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of fuzzy, bubbly, and somewhat soapy dirty white head, which leaves little beyond some sparse specks of islet lace around the glass as it quickly fades away.

It smells of sweet, grainy, partially caramelized pale malt, neutered field honey, a touch of bready toffee, and earthy, floral hops. The taste is semi-sweet, bready pale malt, a softly grassy, kind of hollow honey essence, and somewhat astringent floral hops.

The carbonation is generally quite soft and innocuous, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, not so surprisingly, as the grain and honey stay on the down-low, and the musty floral hops balance things out.

This is a pleasant enough offering, the honey employed deftly, I suppose, and agreeable in a drink the whole bottle sense, and never approaching cloying, always an asset when considering any sort of honey beer.

Photo of mintjellie
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, shiny gold in colour. Tight white head settles to a thin cap, leaving little lace. Delicate honey aroma with light biscuit and floral notes. Tastes like honey spread over lightly toasted white bread, finishes with subtly lemony hops. Low bitterness. Balanced and quite crisp, with very little aftertaste. Shy of medium-bodied, with light carbonation. While the flavour is quite simple, it delivers on the promise of its name and yellow-honeycombed, bee-adorned label. Nice beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light honeyish colour with good fresh head. very subtle hop and honey smell. Easy drinking session ale. Not too sweet, and the hops are under the honey's constraint. Satisfying, drying aftertaste, with drops of burning honey on the lips.
Had on tap at Twisted Kilt 2.4 years later and it was honeyish, decent mouthfeel.

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the Anchor and Crown in Monterey, CA. I will say, for a honey beer this has a nice distinct clover honey aroma and flavor that doesn't overpower or over-sweeten the beer. There's still a mild pale ale in the background with a little grassy lemon hops and bready malt. Not a bad beer for the summer.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear crisp blonde with a nice creamy head.

very faint floral hops. very weak malts.

up front, slightly malty with a touch of bread. honey kicks in through the finish and lingers. slight bitterness in the finish and after.

nice body, moderate to mild carbonation.

overall, needs more flavor. just comes off as lacking.

Photo of opalchemist
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't expected this. The bottle was "only 14°C cold, but ups have learned that warmer temperatures will result into a much improved taste.

The remarkable feature of the beer is, that it is not that remarkable.
It smells mild malty with a floral tone...
The head is nice and white a coarser than I would like it.
The taste is rather mild... Less hoppy, medium maltiness. No "wrong " flavors at all!
The aftertaste is short and clean.

What is remarkable is the "drinkability" of this beer. It has the right strength is inoffensive, is almost refreshing... It just goes down as very few beers before.

I really like it... not as macho-proof but as everyday feel good beer!

Photo of sammytag
2.01/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

For all the "buzz" about this beer, I'm very unimpressed. With the Fuller's '08 vintage ale still on my tongue, I decided to give this one a try. Not great.

The nose is weak, with nothing distinguishable going on. A little touch of honey, yet, it's not enough to entice me.

The taste is clean, but not flavourful. The hops are lost in a tangle of weak malts and sweet graininess.

Not a very rewarding beer, unlike the rest of the fuller's commercial export line (Vintage, London Pride, London Porter, ESB).

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes
A - Clear golden, solid head dissipated slowly

S - Light raw honey with grain and adjunct

T - Adjunct and grainy malt, some leafy hops, and a raw honey flavour that has a strange mustiness to it

M - Light with medium carbonation, finishes slightly dry

O - The honey aspect is definitely raw and natural, and although the result tastes a little odd it is easy drinking and worth a try

Photo of blamoe
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fullers Honey Dew is a good summer brew and ice cold is a great refresher. The taste is biscuity and there is a slight honey sweetness, not to strong but this is a good beer to have a few of and is perfect for the summer witha BBQ and also beats a lot of honey beers on the market.

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

In the glass, this one is a deep golden orange, almost creeping towards amber. The head was about a centimetre thick, white and bubbly. The head doesn't last though.

Grainy and sweet, the aroma gives a baked bread sort of impression. I can't say I specifically smell honey, but there is certainly something sweet about it that doesn't seem malty. Altogether it smells akin to a pilsner to me.

The honey hits right away in the taste, where many beers have honey in the name, this one backs it up in the flavour. A bit of citrus and some dry grain in the finish. Something metallic lingers. Unique in this department, but not my cup of tea.

A little bit of body and lively carbonation. Almost feels like a fizzy mixed drink. Not bad, but not great.

Doesn't rate too high for me. Nothing bad about it, but nothing that gets me going.

Photo of basica
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An amber color pour into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass yielding just some bubbly foam which settles to a thin white layer followed by a ring around the glass; it's past the best by date, so that may have had some effects on it (2.5)

S - Nose is slightly sweet with notes of honey and some oakiness and yeast; light aromas of plums are also detected (3.5)

T - Malts with some woodiness upfront breaking into a fair amount of plums; light notes of honey in the slightly tart middle. The finish is slightly sour with some flavors of plums (3.5)

F - Thin on the body with a watery texture spotting a slight foaminess to lend it a bit of smoothness as it goes down; carbonation was moderate (3.5)

D - Slightly above average in most aspects and is light and pretty easy drinking; I admittedly had higher expectations though I have to emphasize that this is a year past its "best by" date so it's likely not at its best. Will probably pick up another bottle some time and revisit this review (3.5)

This bottle's best by date is November 26, 2009; it's about a year and 2 months off to be precise. Storage conditions were not fantastic also, admittedly so I will have to cut this one some slack here.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a nice white thin head that stays around with no lacing. Color is a rich gold with some floaties. Aroma is fruity and sweet with apple, pear and white grapes and some grainy malt. Flavor is grainy, fruity and crisp. Not as sweet as nose would suggest but actually quite sharp and balanced, yet no distinct hop character of any kind. Weird. Mouthfeel is fizzy and cider-like. Overall, this is a decent quaff, although it is more like some of my nicer homebrewed blonde honey ales than any sort of EPA.

Photo of puboflyons
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle marked 22-APR-11-203-08:25. Sampled on April 12, 2011. the pour is a cloudy pale yellow-orange. Honey is easily noted in the aroma along with a grainy and malty sweetness. The body is light but also rather smooth and creamy. Fresh honey comes up in the taste in a likeable way with a thin hoppy ending. The sweet overtakes the hops all told.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.72/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- This pours a hazy golden color, so I'm guessing that this is an unfiltered ale. There is an impressive thick white head that's fairly compact in the center and with big bubbles around the outside. It sticks around for several minutes before settling into a nice layer over the liquid. The carbonation looks quite aggressive off of the initial pour but then seems to settle down. Looks like an oily beer, with good sticky lacing on my glass.

S- The aroma is very pleasant, with a distinct, but not overwhelming scent of honey. There is also the sweet malts and grains, along with some mild hopped bitterness in the background. There is also a somewhat fruity tone that provides a slight zest in the aroma.

T- Absolutely fantastic! First thing I notice is a pleasant malty/grainy flavor. The honey flavor is very mellow at first, but comes on more strongly in the middle palate. Right on the finish, the mild hop bitterness shows up, really balancing out the overall taste of this beer. Great stuff!

M- I feel that this has a nice medium body to it, as it has a consistency that feels like there has been some honey blended in. As I suspected in the appearance, the carbonation does settle down, but the presence still leaves somewhat of a zing on my tongue. With all of this said, this brew is very refreshing overall.

D- In my opinion, this beer would be enjoyable all year a session beer or while enjoying a hot summer day on the patio. I think this would go well with barbecued chicken and would even suggest that this could be enjoyed as a dessert beer. This has been one of my favorite beers since I discovered it and am surprised at myself for getting around to reviewing it only now. I highly recommend this one!

Photo of Stocean1
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a white two finger head upon a honey yellow body, not well retained leaving a thin collar with little lace.

Smell is sweet, hint of honey, malt, some noble hops.

Taste follows the nose, not overly sweet and well balanced, very nice.

Mouth light to medium bodied with little carbonation and only slightly bitter, very refreshing, sweet but not cloying, very sessionable.

A decent brew from fullers that is perfect for summer.

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Organic Honeydew from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
80 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.