Organic Honeydew - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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3.15/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
02-19-2009 20:23:20 | More by ricke
United Kingdom (England)
3.98/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
02-19-2009 18:12:28 | More by soulgrowl
3.9/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
12-27-2008 00:56:56 | More by Voonder
3.3/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
10-01-2008 18:45:14 | More by tai4ji2x
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.7/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
07-22-2008 00:11:29 | More by nighthawk
United Kingdom (England)
3.88/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
06-17-2008 18:26:46 | More by blamoe
3.03/5 rDev -13.9%
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
03-12-2008 15:08:42 | More by hoegaardenhero
3.4/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
02-04-2008 12:01:40 | More by JohnfromDublin
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.88/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
01-19-2008 22:50:37 | More by Stephen63
2.68/5 rDev -23.9%
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 didnt identify with the honey aroma. There is also a malty kick in there. Refreshing, but boring.
01-12-2008 19:32:20 | More by bobsy
3.98/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
11-04-2007 21:30:12 | More by ablaze
3.7/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
11-04-2007 06:42:25 | More by brendan13
3.83/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
07-27-2007 21:11:42 | More by irishkyle21
3.18/5 rDev -9.7%
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
3.95/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
05-06-2007 03:31:57 | More by BrewSomerville
3.88/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
04-13-2007 22:38:06 | More by Shadman
British Columbia (Canada)
3.83/5 rDev +8.8%
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
03-17-2007 01:56:07 | More by canucklehead
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.5/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
03-04-2007 17:15:00 | More by helloloser12345
3.68/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
01-30-2007 08:20:37 | More by IronDjinn
3.18/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
11-30-2006 00:47:03 | More by elricorico
4.03/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
09-21-2006 22:33:24 | More by pootz
3.88/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
08-29-2006 01:04:59 | More by demcorhip
3.6/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
08-25-2006 00:40:53 | More by DrJay
3.78/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
08-13-2006 23:36:38 | More by Viggo
3.23/5 rDev -8.2%
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
Organic Honeydew from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
80 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.