Organic Honeydew - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
2.88/5 rDev -17.9%
The first organic beer we tried was terrible. I am hoping the honey helps this one. We have only had one from Fuller, but there are a ton on the list. I also found it interesting that BeerAdvocate, a site that has ALWAYS had every beer I was looking for, was missing this one. Not sure what the deal was… but it wasn’t there. There is one listed with cranberries, but this one is just honey. Organic honey! I had no idea that was hard to find. I guess another reason I need to visit South Africa.
This beer will go good after a long day in the office. Let’s get started.
In the Glass: It looks like a thin, polished lager. I was confused because on the website (the official Fuller, Smith, & Turner website) they pitch it as a lager when the style is actually a pale ale. Not sure… but it looks like a lager before it looks like a pale. I am a little worried, because the bottle says to enjoy before April 12.
Nose: The beer doesn’t have that big of a nose. I don’t pick up the honey until the very end. This is a beer that you want to drink freezing cold, but I am sure more aroma will come as it heats up. But that is a double edged sword… gain aroma but lose flavor on a beer like this.
Flavor: The flavor is bland, but the sweetness from the honey really stands out. As I drink this beer, I think about how drinkable it really is. There isn’t much in terms of the mouthfeel or the aftertaste… I would compare this to an infused light beer, like a Bud Light Lime. That’s not a bad thing, because the honey stands out.
Mouthfeel: There isn’t much of a mouthfeel here. It is thin, slides across the palate like a light beer, and is gone just like that. There is some subtle dryness toward the end, but that is gone as fast as it gets there. There aren’t as many bubbles as I expected, either.
Aftertaste: There isn’t much of an aftertaste here. What aftertaste there is is calm, with some dry honey notes. I am not sure I could tell the different between organic honey and regular honey… but it makes me feel better drinking an organic beer, I suppose.
This beer is good, but it is not great. I would order it again if the price is right. I would like to have this on tap in a pitcher to share with friends. If this was being served in a restaurant, I hope they throw a little honeycomb on the rim of the glass for garnish. That would be sweet!
Honey Dew - The bottle says: “THIS AWARD WINNING BEER, DELIGHTFULLY TASTY, GOLDEN AND REFRESHING, IS THE U.K.’S LEADING ORGANICALLY PRODUCED ALE. BREWED USING CAREFULLY CHOSEN INGREDIENTS, ORGANIC ENGLISH MALT, ORGANIC HOPS AND THE FINEST ORGANIC HONEY, TOGETHER WITH OUR UNIQUE YEAST AND WATER, HONEY DEW HAS A MELLOW, ROUNDED CHARACTER DELICIOUSLY BALANCED WITH A ZESTY CITRUS FINISH.”
05-23-2012 02:40:20 | More by rickyleepotts
More User Reviews:
3.53/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
10-21-2010 21:26:43 | More by oberon
3.23/5 rDev -8%
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 etc....it was dosappointing compared to Fuller's other offerings.
08-08-2006 01:28:33 | More by Popsinc
3.15/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
02-19-2009 20:23:20 | More by ricke
3.65/5 rDev +4%
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.
11-24-2010 14:19:56 | More by tigg924
3.35/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
04-05-2010 23:18:44 | More by JohnnyBarman
United Kingdom (England)
3.08/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
10-30-2012 23:24:33 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.95/5 rDev +12.5%
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
10-25-2012 01:09:14 | More by BGDrock
United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
08-21-2002 02:01:29 | More by rastaman
3.53/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
11-06-2011 05:37:55 | More by gregb13
3.5/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
05-02-2009 22:22:34 | More by biboergosum
3.88/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
06-04-2011 03:26:37 | More by mintjellie
3.18/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
07-12-2007 22:22:08 | More by Sammy
3.58/5 rDev +2%
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.
04-15-2011 07:00:31 | More by tempest
Organic Honeydew from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
80 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.