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Organic Honeydew - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Organic HoneydewOrganic Honeydew

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-09-2002)
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Photo of sammytag
2/5  rDev -43%
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).

sammytag, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of fullsweep
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

Beer with organic ingredients--that's always a plus.

A: golden brown amber with a 1.5 finger head that dissipates quickly

S: sweet grain, melon fruit, very pleasant

T: sweet but not overpowering, mildly bitter, I kept thinking I was picking up a bit of melon--this was before I got the pun inherent in the name "honeydew." Very nice mellow and sweet on the finish.

M: pleasant, mostly smooth, mildly carbonated

D: I'm not a huge fan of honey-brewed ales. About 1/2 of them I've tried I liked, and the other half I don't care about, but this one is nice.

fullsweep, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 500ml bottle, best before 17th June 2009, drank late May 2009 on a sunny afternoon watching my garden grow around me.

At one with the world, this slightly chilled bottle hit the nail on the head for me. Poured into a UK pint sleeve glass it looked a picture, light golden blonde with a white foam head sat on top. The head did stay for a while before retreating into a wispy covering with a thicker collar around the glass, some lacing too.

Hints of honey and an English country garden (or was that my own gardens aroma?) smell, very subtle but also very noticeable.

The hop content ensures the beer isn't too sweet, the honey element tries to dominate, but just about fails, the other ingrediants coming into their own as you take great gulps of this most refreshing of beers.

Well balanced and smooth feel to this beer, well crafted.

A joy to drink, mellow and well rounded, just like the rear label claims!

BlackHaddock, May 26, 2009
Photo of ChrisCage
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%
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 round...as 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!

ChrisCage, May 06, 2009
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.

biboergosum, May 02, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a thin white head. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of honey, with grain and bready cracker and some hop zest.

The taste is of honey sweetness with a touch of leafy, herbal hops. Sweet, but with enough hop balance to keep it from being sticky, especially in the finish.

It is crisp. Light-bodied - towards medium. Very refreshing.

Sweet, but balanced enough - though honey is certainly the outstanding character, this is a refreshing brew.

jwc215, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out into a very clear golden color, with a thing frothy head that quickly evaporates. Slight aroma of honey and hops. You can definitely taste the honey and a touch of bitterness, but the flavor is over very quickly. Goes down smooth and is fairly refreshing. Something for a sunny day while mowing the lawn.

Seanstoppable, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of madvoice
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden coppery colour with a sudsy head that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing.

Smells malty, sweet and a little waxy.

The malted barley is quite strong and does come through with some fruit/honey flavours towards the end. Has a slight crispness.

Carbonation is average with some substance to mouthfeel.

Not one I could drink a lot of but something to have every now and then.

madvoice, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
2.6/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle pours a slightly cloudy apple juice color with a finger of tight head that quickly runs away, leaving very minimal lacing.

I'll give them this - it smells like honey. Maybe some apples and some light light malts.

Taste is... bland. Bready malts and grains carry the brew into bland nothing-land. Some light honey notes, some lighter fresh fruit notes. Slightly acrid back of the mouth-feel , combined with the taste makes it seem a bit like stale apple juice (I guess that's the "zesty hops" they proclaim on the label). Ok carbonation.

I probably wouldn't drink more than one of these because of the taste but if you were to dig it you could easily pound these back for a while. Just not much there.

ritzkiss, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of ricke
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

ricke, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of soulgrowl
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sparkly, volatile blush-white head with fair retention withers away atop a clear and sunny orange body.

Smell: Of all the beers brewed with honey I've had, this one probably smells the most like straight-up honey. It's backed up by a lovely biscuity, scone-like malt profile with pleasantly fruity notes of pear, Cointreau, and overripe stone fruit and a strange, delicious edge of almonds.

Taste: Plenty sweet with lots of honey and crackery malts, but the overall impression is dry. Citric and leafy hops fence in the sweetness for a clean and bitter finish that doesn't linger. Very nutty and floral mid-sip, and a bit soapy at times.

Mouthfeel: Fairly fizzy and dry, light despite its sweetness.

Drinkability: This is yummy. It can be two kinds of beer: a refreshing, lagery blonde-ale type quaffer when chilled, or a more subtle, sweet real ale at cellar temperature.

soulgrowl, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of Voonder
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden colour with decent white head which dissapeared quickly. Smell - slight honey smell with touch of malts. Aroma is not very strong though. Taste - malts mostly with a slight honey sweetness, very pleasant actually. Crisp, balanced beer with very refreshing taste. Quite drinkable. Nice brew, goes down very smoothly.

Voonder, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

found in one of the fancier supermarkets here in beijing.

500ml bottle. importer label states production date of 2008.04.23, with "best by" of 2009.01.23

poured into tulip

deep, golden honey color. almost clear, only slightly hazy. decent head gradually fades to thin layer. first ring of lace, but not much after.

aroma of pale malts, yeast. hint of peach. whiff of phenols, alcohol and faint metallic note.

flavor is more phenolic than expected, slightly interfering with the subtle caramel maltiness. hops are definitely "english", balanced and grassy, with moderate bitterness that faces off with the malt. unfortunately, those phenols interfere again, and are perceptible in the finish too.

smooth, although slightly thin. gentle to moderate carbonation.

tai4ji2x, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of nighthawk
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale straw with two fingers of white, billowy head. Dissipates to thin ring fairly quickly.
Smells grassy, floral hops, some sweet roast malts, and a hint of honey.
Tastes of light lemon, honey, very light caramel, with a slightly bitter finish.
Light body and light carbonation, but not too thin or watery. Pleasant in the mouth, slightly creamy.
Light and fairly sweet, this is a decently tasty and refreshing brew.

nighthawk, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of blamoe
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

blamoe, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: golden orange body with 2 fingers of tight white head that fades quickly leaving a little sticky lace on the side of glass

s: caramel malts; raw grains; just a hint of sweet honey; not overly fragrant

t: raw wheat is the predominant flavor; dryer than expected; caramel malts and honey flare up mid sip and slowly fade away leaving the grainy taste w/ just a hint of honey

m: nothing special; medium carb with light body

d: could definitely be a refreshing summer beer with just a hint of honey but a little on the boring side

hoegaardenhero, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this honey beer (the second of a 2 part honey beer experiment) on 01 Feb 2008 (Best by 25/02/08). 500 ml bottle.

Cap removed and it started to fizz over the neck of the bottle. It poured a nice enough straw coloured brew with whitish head. Looked like an average pilsner. The smell was subdued; not a lot going on. The taste was not very honey-like and not very complex.

Overall this was a fairly solid brew (as I would expect from Fullers), but maybe I don't really get the "honey beer" thing, though I recall a 't Smisje honey beer a few years ago that appealed to me.

JohnfromDublin, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of Stephen63
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden body with nanosecond lasting head.

S - Sweet and citrus.

T - Certainly tasted strongly of honey with a bit of bitterness from the hops. Quite pleasant.

M - Carbonation just right on this one.

D - Could easily quaff two or three of these.

ABV listed at 5.0%. Pretty decent beet without being outstanding, worth a punt.

Stephen63, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of bobsy
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from the LCBO. Nice golden colour, but no head. Aroma of honey was not overpowering, and I liked the subtlety it implied. Flavour was sweet, but too me it was a generic sweetness, and didn’t identify with the honey aroma. There is also a malty kick in there. Refreshing, but boring.

bobsy, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of ablaze
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with good clarity and a bubbly head that sinks fast. Lacing could be better.

Honey, grains, and British hops in the aroma.

Simple and delicious...following up with a good balance of the same. Hops are perfectly portioned and compliment the honey well, and the grain is a real tasty backbone.

Light bodied but not watery, smooth, with good carbonation.

I've had this one a few times before, and every time it is a treat. Straightforward and tasty, perfect in summer. I really like this one.

ablaze, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of brendan13
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden colour into a pint glass with a couple of centimetres of white head that falls away almost immediately.
S - A natural honey aroma wafts from the pint glass. Not much else but I guess that's to be expected from most pale honey beers.
T - Honey on the taste as well - backed up by a biscuit malt presence.
M - Light to medium bodied with a crisp carbonation.
D - A nice beer that I'd drink more often if it was a bit cheaper.

brendan13, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have yet to try a honey beer that has blown me away, oh well this is still a very well made beer. Nice frothy white head that leaves some nice lacing but disappears half way through. Smells a bit off, but it gets better as it warms, the honey and malt are evident on the nose with some floral hop just sneaking in. The taste is sweet with some fruit notes followed by a slight bitterness and of course some honey. Clean and refreshing.

irishkyle21, Jul 27, 2007
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.

Sammy, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


The nose is all Honey! it actually overpowers the hops and malt aromas.

It is a deep golden colour.

I can really taste the honey. A lot of honey lagers don't taste a thing like real, natural honey but this one does. I also taste a little bit of hops. This surprises me because I didn't think any type of hop flavour could go well with honey but it does.

Mouthfeel is good. For a lager, I would say it is on the heavier side of medium bodied.

Overall I like it and I plan on getting more soon. It will be great for a summer day, especially good for BBQ's.

BrewSomerville, May 06, 2007
Photo of Shadman
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Add the Fuller's beer bottle to cockroaches and bacteria of things that will survive a nuclear explosion. I guess they have a sweet-heart transportation rate cause that bottle is heavy.

Very deep yellow-orangish colour. Very fluffy white head that showed good retention. Lacing was rather poor for me. I noticed that there was some sediment in the bottle. Hope it's not baby mouse bits.

aroma was grainy with some sweet spiciness.

Nice biscuity malt & hop 1-2 punch at the front. Not offensive at all. A clover honey tinge in the middle and then some more honey matched with hop in the aftertime.

nice smooth mouthfeel.

Very nice product...has me wishing it was easier to find and a bit cheaper because it could easily become my brew of choice in the summer.

Shadman, Apr 13, 2007
Organic Honeydew from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
80 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.