Organic Honeydew - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Organic HoneydewOrganic Honeydew

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Reviews: 174
Hads: 378
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 13
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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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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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. (1,756 characters)

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. (364 characters)

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. (332 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Grainy, sweet, a little bit of honey, fruitiness.

Taste: Light and sweet, a mix of corn and honey sweetness followed by a light citrus finish.

Drinkability: Tasty and light but kind of expensive ($4.20 per 16oz bottle).

I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer. I usually like what Fuller's does and ended up being happily surprised. It's a nicely sweet beer with just enough citrus hops to keep it away from being too sweet. The honey comes through in the taste and also lightens the body. It would be cool to see this on draft somewhere in the Twin Cities. (607 characters)

Photo of evlu1441
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale golden colour, very similar to a typical lager. There is a nice thin creamy head on top that quickly settles down into a thin film.

The aroma has a sweet and rich malty backbone with some nice faint fruity notes coming through. Some faint honey also comes through.

The flavour is slightly sweet and malty to start with some honey flavour coming through alongside some faint hops towards the end. The finish is rich toasty malt.

Overall, this beer has a lot of very refreshing lager-like qualities. As an alternative to a pale lager, this would be high on my list. It's smooth and malty without having any overbearing features and having any off flavours. (680 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Fullers beer does indeed look like something that might have been made by bees; its body is a honey-golden colour and the little bubbles left behind once the foam ran dry just so happen to assemble in a honeycomb pattern (what a coincidence!) It has a beautiful luster, as if it had just been varnished, and a fine, high definition clarity.

Organic Honeydew smells like an average pint of plain... that is a little less plain. Water minerals are noted, as is the quintessentially bready, biscuity English malt, but there is none of the zesty hops the label advised me to look out for. As for the honey, it is quite perceptible and airs itself out without being interrupted by any yeast or alcohol esters.

The honey that is tasted is more than just a fleeting sweet note as it often can be in so-called 'honey beers'; it has a viscous texture, hearty flavour and plenty of earthy, pollen-like undertones. It is well amalgamated, mind you, and doesn't step on any toes where biscuity British malt is concerned. The malt is also quite hearty and flavourful itself.

Indeed, this is a pint of English ale foremost, and not something to spread over toast (although it does contain flavours of marmalade and bread). I prefer most of the brewery's other brands, but I reckon this might make a nice change every once in a while, particularly in warmer months. Heck, I liked it enough last time I had it to buy it again.

Organic Honeydew is yet another in a long line of easily enjoyed Fullers beers. While it's undoubtedly an average sort of offering, it's a proper example of what an average sort of offering aught to taste and drink like; few breweries as large as Fullers can keep up this level of quality, especially with regards to their more mainstream-minded offerings. (1,779 characters)

Photo of Eramen
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pale gold with a one finger head that disappears soon after.

S - Smells mostly of honey, sugar, sweetbread.

T- Quite tangy, probably owing to the mixture of honey and brewing malts which are a strong feature on the palate; hint of lemon and breads, there is not really any more pronounced flavours other than these - disappointing. Hop bitterness is minimal.

MF - Fairly thin and watery in substance, about average mf.

O - An ok beer, it beats Wells honey beer but isn't spectacular. I honestly expect much more from Fuller's whose brews are normally fantastic. (578 characters)

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

Gift from Beth and Peter. Thanks!

A: amber with tiny bubbles but nice head
S: grain and definitely honey, I didn't expect so much honey in nose
T: surprisingly grainy beer - cloying with honey but not over the top, could use a bit more hops but probably the clientele they're marketing to it's a no-go, not what I would expect from this incredible brewery that makes some of the best cask conditioned ales of the larger breweries
M: clear, crisp, grainy
O: OK (460 characters)

Photo of Mit
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a straw colour with very little head to speak of after initial pouring.

Smells of honey...initial smell is somewhat cloying....

Mild hop flavours with a def honey flavor coming through. Some bready notes coming through.

Solid mouthfeel for this beer. Fullers has this down pat IMO.

Overall this was a tasty beer. It got a little sweet but I could go for it again. (373 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lovely golden straw colour with mild cloudiness. Slightly off-white head fades quickly, but returns with little agitation.
Smell is certainly powerful with honey with a bit of biscuity malt hiding in the back.
Taste is modest, light malts, traditional English hops, and of course, an undeniable flavour of honey.
Very average mouthfeel with little carbonation. Overall, a good beer, but nothing exceptional. Glad I was able to try it. (435 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a pint glass.

Pours a golden yellow, with a transient white head. Some bigger bubbles fall to a thin film and a collar remains. Nose has some sweet honey, grainy bread and only a hint of the honey dew. Taste reflects the nose substantially, honey sweetness and some grain - the honey dew (melon) only becomes more apparent as it lingers on the palate after the fact. Some alcohol is detectable which isn't too desirable for this ABV. Medium carbonation and good drinkability. Good for what it is, but far from spectacular. (556 characters)

Photo of bryehn
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extraordinarily clear, bright golden colour with a small but persistent frothy white collar.

Smells of freshwater, ripe grains, lots of honey and orange pekoe tea.

Fairly mild taste. Sweet, toasted malts and ripened melon fruit. Some tangy citrus notes before going quite bitter.

Creamy at first, very smooth. A nice tang on the tongue, even at the end of the glass. Bran muffin-like aftertaste.

Up to the Fuller's standard and a good organic in general. Nice summer beer and a great meal compliment, but too sweet as a session ale for my taste. (551 characters)

Photo of paxkey
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the clarity on this beer is stunning. pale yellow with bone white head. some carbonation but no bubbles rising up. very clear beer.

i pick up fruit right off the first sniff. some honeydew in there. the aroma on this is quite full and enjoyable. so much citrus coming through in the hops and a sweet malt background makes this smell really enticing.

bitterness followed by fruity sweetness. wet finish to this beer makes it feel full bodied. finishes clean with some sweetness. i prefer a drier finish but it is called honeydew.

very tasty stuff, a definite cut above. (571 characters)

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

Pale blonde, one finger of white head, nice colour, no real head retention. Smell is biscuity, malty, semi-sweet notes of honey, subtle but notable hop profile. Taste is malty up front with a light sweetness rolling in, honey notes in the finish, bitter as well but remains throughout. Light to medium carbonation, creamy, medium to full body, good weight and very nice on the palate. Not bad, approachable and refreshing, solid and would revisit from time to time. (465 characters)

Photo of
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - very clear and bright honey colour with a long-lasting head that leaves spotty lacing as it recedes.

Smell - Starts off with spicy and grassy hops, followed by honey with a curious overipe fruit note that borders on compost. Stragely, that last bit is not nearly as unpleasant as it sounds.

Mouthfeel - light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Taste - Buttered toast and honey predominate, with bit of spicy hops for balance. Finishes very clean. (471 characters)

Photo of lamergod
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice golden hue with a 2 finger head that does not retain. Slight carbonation.

S: Subtle notes of honey hits the nose followed by notes of biscuit malts and fruity hops

T: Taste of honey which compliments the beer really well. Notes of malts are noted.

M: Slightly carbonated. Less carbonated than your usual English Pale Ale.

O: Lovely beer to try. But not again. Maybe not in the near future. Miss-able beer. (418 characters)

Photo of BBP
4.09/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours golden amber. Somewhat honey like. Has a nice creamy head that doesn't last for very long, but a film of head exists for the duration of the brew. Well carbonated as well.

S- Honey and grains. Extremely clean and crisp for a nose while not being weak in any way at the same time.

T- Bread and buttery goodness. Honey adds flavor without adding a lot of sweetness. The brew leans towards the sweet side, but only in a slight Tower of Pisa kind of way.

M- Extremely smooth. Almost like water in that extent. Medium thick for it's style. Carbonation feels about right by existing, but not being abrasive or interfering with the drinkability.

D- A very refreshing drink that hits the spot. Also, yet another good brew from Fullers. While it didn't blow me away, it was tastefully made, it hits the spot, and it did very well at earning it's name.

The honey would make it a bit too much to have a few of these, but a single feels about right. (956 characters)

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. (484 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden orange colour with thick white head that dissipates fairly quickly with some mild lacing. Smells of floral hops, fairly sweet bready malt. Flavour is quite sweet, I guess from the honey, but I'm not getting a lot of honey flavour. Nice bitterness in the aftertaste. Very smooth mouthfeel. Quite a nice English ale. (336 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear, yellow-orange body with a tall, foaming, off-white head. No more than a few stray dots of lace on the way down.

Smell: Faintly biscuit scented, that's all, as the sweet-scented honey is the main player here, as expected, though there's some subtle hints of florals and citrus, like sniffing an orange blossom honey.

Taste: Sweet taste of raw honey overlaying lightly supporting mild-tasting biscuity, bready malts. Light floral notions. A kiss of citrus. Low hop character provides just a smidgen of spice and bitterness, letting the honey settle quietly on the tongue. Sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Tastes like a glass of that Bit-O-Honey candy. Honey Dew is amply honey-tasting without being overly sweet. Simple but satisfying and refreshing, if the price were just a skosh less, I'd consider stocking up on it. (968 characters)

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. (312 characters)

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. (357 characters)

Photo of patra7
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep gold / light amber color, very clear; Head: white and rich but falls fairly fast, completely dissappearing after a while.
Smell: Honey with a touch of grainy / grassy flavor
Taste: Honey is dominant; refreshing, notes of hop bitterness but just on a second level.
Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Little carbonation, however does not feel watery, probably because of the honey presence.
Drinkability: Very drinkable, refreshing and interesting due to rarity of kind

BBD: 2011-03-01 - I had it on 2011-03-19 (19 days after BB date) (547 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best by date of April 22, 2011.

This was something my wife fell in love with at the Cleveland Beer Fest, so when she saw this at Heinen's she bought a whole bottle. I normally would look right over something like this, but since she brought it home I of course sampled/ticked it!

Nice smei-hazy golden yellow. A bit lighter than honey would be, though the way it glowed seemed appropriate for the name/style. Small white head that had decent retention. No lace.

The smell on this beer is fantastic. Never have I had a honey beer that smelled this close to raw honey in it's own jar still. Hell, most purportedly honeyed beers don't smell or taste like honey at all. As a pale ale, the smell misses its mark, but this is a honey beer that has no style to its own, and I am rating it as a honey beer. As such, it cannot be surpassed by many, if any, other honey beers.

The flavor was fairly typical for an English pale, though with only a mild sweetness and a twinge or coriander on the finish that made me second guess the type of yeast used here.

Medium bodied, but only because the honey serves as somewhat of a thickening agent here. Medium to low carbonation.

Overall not a beer I would want to drink again, but the smell was spot on. (1,243 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours somewhat cloudy yellow with a very small head of small white bubbles. After 20-30 seconds the head was gone. You can see that there are some bubbles rising, but not too many.

Aroma: I initially got plenty of honey along with some toasty British malts. There are some floral hops in there, but overall the aroma is very subtle. You can pick up the honey clearly, and there are no other flaws, so overall I would say that they hit the aroma you may expect from the label.

Taste: The flavor is pretty sweet overall with only hops being in the initial part of the flavor and a bit in the finish. This beer is quite sweet for a British anything. There are sweet and toasty British malts in the flavor too, and the honey is adding a bit of an earthy flavor to the finish...I wonder if some of them were the "trash can" honey bees. Just kidding... Anyway, the beer is really subtle overall and has a medium to light body with low carbonation, so it comes across the palate a bit watery.

Opinion: This is an OK beer overall. I like that it doesn't try to put a bunch of hops in there to compete and muddle up the honey. It showcases the honey pretty well, so for what it is, it really isn't that bad of a beer. That said, I was looking for something a little more "boozy" or something like it had mead mixed with it. As it is, it is kinda a sweet "girlie" beer...which is OK, but not one that I will be coming back to. (1,432 characters)

Organic Honeydew from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
80 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.