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Organic Honeydew - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | 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 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

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 15:08:42 | More by hoegaardenhero
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 12:01:40 | More by JohnfromDublin
Photo of Stephen63

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 22:50:37 | More by Stephen63
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 19:32:20 | More by bobsy
Photo of ablaze

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 21:30:12 | More by ablaze
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 06:42:25 | More by brendan13
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 21:11:42 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 22:22:08 | More by Sammy
Photo of BrewSomerville

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 03:31:57 | More by BrewSomerville
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 22:38:06 | More by Shadman
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A taste of summer with a London accent. Light , well balanced and flavorfull with that distinctive Fullers brewery taste. I liked the subtle honey taste on the finish that arose when the beer warmed. Well done for a sessionable summer beer that has a certain English flair

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 01:56:07 | More by canucklehead
Photo of helloloser12345

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

Purchased @ Sainsburys Coleraine.

Serving Type: Fullers generic style brown bottle

Appearance: Sunshine yellow, thick brilliant white head subsides rapidly giving little retention and minimal lacing

Smell: Honey and caramel are evident from the off, this is followed up by a slight floral citrus hop note.

Flavour: Pleasant initial mouthfeel, just enough carbonation. Slight tart souring flavours but not offensive. Nice floral finish coupled with a green apples flavour and musty honey.

Overall: A nice summer ale, very refreshing. The sour edge makes this beer very moreish – pity this is the only bottle I have.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 17:15:00 | More by helloloser12345
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the traditional Fuller's embossed 500 ml brown bottle, the kind you could use to rearrange a face as well as a wall with--sturdy!

This is a very clear ale, impressive in its clarity. A light apricot/orange-ish hue, with a quick appearance by a cream coloured finger-width head, and then it disappears into the sunset as well.

Crisp clarity on the nose as well. A caramel wafer profile of malt, light chocolate, with herbal notes of clover and fresh green grass.

This is fairly mild for a Fuller's product, but the quality can still be tasted in there. Light wafer-ish malt, light clover, light grassy hops, but it all works together, no pushing, no shoving. Subtle and refined is how I'd describe it, rather than lacking.

Silky smooth mouthfeel, a bit velvety on the finish with a fuller texture.

Would make a great session ale, but the spicy herbal clover from the honey eventually starts to overwhelm the malt and get to me. Would make a nice glass of ale to relax with on a late summer/autumn evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 08:20:37 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 00:47:03 | More by elricorico
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-reviewing this beer. It deserves an upgraded score as the more I drink it the more I am impressed with the malting and drinability of it.

500ml bottle poured a brilliant golden clear ale in the tankard with a 1 inch rocky cap that reduced to a surface lace. Laces the glass well.

Aromas of grains, clover, soft spice and light wiffs of honey

Medium bodied...Decent Carastan-crystal malt spine, creamy mouth feel, well rounded mellow character, very smooth delivery.

Up front we get a big whack of biscuity Crystal malts ( among others) and light challeneger hop tones which give a bread and spice impression...midway the honey is detectable but the hops keep it from cloying, then the finish is drying and malty with a light kiss of the honey acting as a sharp reminder the target hops are in tow and there will be no bitter after taste...just a mild metalic and bready taste . Smooth, malty, balanced and extremely drinkable.

I take this brew as a second Fuller's favorite next to their porter. It's so drinkable and enjoyable I'd be tempted to make this a favored session ale and daily drinker but the price prohibits that.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 22:33:24 | More by pootz
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is certainly not rich and complex, but definately lives up to its label. Its a very nice,refreshing golden ale. Bottle claimed it was 5% alc by volume.

This slightly hazy golden brew poured with a decent two finger off white head. Nice lacing, and decent level of carbonation.

Scents of lightly honeyed biscuit great the nose, and are rounded by earthy, floral, grassy, hops with a hint of lemon.

Nothing complex here, but good and simple biscuity malt, with a touch of honey and hops to make things balanced and interesting.

Nice, more light bodied, refreshing summer ale. Clean mild flavours there and balanced. Nice carbonation adds to the refreshment.

Very drinkable summer fare. Would make great session or crossover fare. Nothing challenging here, but i may be looking for this one when the next heatwave strikes.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 01:04:59 | More by demcorhip
Photo of DrJay


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

Crystal clear, pale gold with a short-lived, rocky, bright white head. There was a bit of coarse, clumpy lacing, but that died off after a few minutes. Sweet, honey-malt aroma with floral hops. Very mild bitterness, malty sweet, melon fruitiness, and floral hops in the slightly spicy finish. Medium/light body and carbonation, slightly drying with a decent texture. Not bad, nothing exciting. Fuller's makes a solid brew and this is no exception. It's just not a "must have in the fridge at all times" kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 00:40:53 | More by DrJay
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the LCBO summer release. Pours a clear golden, big white head forms, billowy, goes fast, no lace to speak of. Smell is very grassy, citrus, honey, quite sweet, but pleasant. Taste is malty, grains, grass citrus and honey again, but once again pleasant. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. I actually enjoyed this beer, pretty light, but a nice balanced flavour.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 23:36:38 | More by Viggo
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -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 etc....it was dosappointing compared to Fuller's other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 01:28:33 | More by Popsinc
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent brew from Fuller's...not their best.

Interesting golden-orange colour with a good, two finger head. Honey, malt scent. It smells similar to Bass, but far sweeter. Definite honey scent in there.

Sweet -very sweet- malt and honey taste. Honey, toffee and caramel tastes. Not unpleasant, but a little on the sweet side.

A bit thick on the tongue, but drinkable as a sipper beer. Not one to gulp...just sit back an enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 06:37:09 | More by BDTyre
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a deep yellow color ale with a surprisingly big white puffy head with good retention. Aroma of honey is quite dominating with some malt also discernable. Taste is way sweeter then expected with honey making a huger impact then expected (I guess I’m getting used to those American honey brown beer where honey is quite subdued). Definitely too sweet for my own personal liking and one of the worst from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 19:22:15 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of shamus

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a honey beer that tastes like honey without it being overwhelming. It's smooth and very refreshing. Not a session beer but a nice one off. Not much head at all but a nice honey colour. There are a lot of beers out there that claim to be honey lagers that have none of the qualities of honey. This one does. It's a very well crafted quality product.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 22:51:16 | More by shamus
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's as part of a Fuller's Brewery Tour - Spring Beer Festival 4 pack...

Poured a light golden copper colour... White head poured quite foamy then faded fairly quickly to thin layer... No real lacing... Very sparse carbonation...

Aroma - Light biscuity malts, some saltiness, creamy, honey sweetness, light juicy fruits (oranges and lemons), some rice hints, metallic notes, faint floral hops...

Taste – Biscuity malts, tangy / juicy fruits (definite oranges, grapefruits, melons ?), slight pepperiness, light floral honey sweetness, salty notes, light hop bitterness...

Feel - Quite smooth initially but with a little sharpness underneath. Light bodied. Pretty refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - An OK beer... nothing ground breaking but quite drinkable although it gets a little sweet towards the end.... worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 10:19:05 | More by mdagnew
Photo of PlowKing

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serve chilled from the 500mL bottle.

Appearance - A transparent golden colour with an off-white dense head.

Smell - Distinct aroma of honey, slightly floral.

Taste - The ale was lightly carbonated which produced a nice smooth texture. Unfortunately, the taste was disappointing. There was a lack of body and none of the dryness associated with the addition of honey to a beer. Overall, the beer resembled that of a lager, albeit a "light" lager.

Its a shame that this beer seems like an underachiever compared to the London Porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 16:09:44 | More by PlowKing
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: Clear, golden-yellow; fluffy white head, not much head retention, but it initially leaves some lace.

S: A modest nose: Floral & slightly spicy hops; bready malt; a little sweetness (perhaps honey?).

T: I'm surprised by the hop flavour, I really like it! I had to check the website, and apparantly they use Target hops. The floral and slightly peppery spice goes very nicely with the light sweetness. I wonder what those bee's were eating? There really isn't much honey flavour, only a slight sweetness.

M: Moderate body is slightly creamy. Carbonation is on the low side of moderate.

D: Easily approachable & quite quaffable!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 22:21:45 | More by Derek
Organic Honeydew from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
80 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.