Oregon Honey Beer
Portland Brewing Company

Oregon Honey BeerOregon Honey Beer
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Pale Ale - American
2.8 | pDev: 16.79%
Portland Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Oregon Honey BeerOregon Honey Beer
Notes: 17 IBU
Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 108 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Something about the end of the year makes ya go back and crush all those 90s beers that were the foundation of your beer chops. This was my first "honey" beer.

Pours golden color that looks like beer. 1/4" white head. I'm wondering where this worked its way into the pale ale category, always seemed more like a blonde ale. Aroma was just a mild grain component.

Taste was truly about as bland as beer was being made. Even less hops than the non craft beers, this was just made to be smooth and non offensive, and by that measure, it handled itself well. When you weren't into beer, this helped the transition to craft beer. Always thought the body had a bit of a newer wet cardboard feel to it. Didn't have that dry body that sometimes honey can help with, this was an afterproduct adjunct to make the beer taste less like beer/beer ingredients. One of the original beers worth having around to give to other people, didn't age fast, relatively affordable but you hoped you wouldn't be drinking it.

Dec 24, 2019
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vkv822 from Oregon

2.48/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

22oz : tulip

Clear, golden with a foamy white head.

Grainy, lightly sweet taste in both the aroma and taste.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

Not much to be said against it, just a fairly forgettable beer overall. Simple grainy, sweet profile in the aroma and taste as stated above.

Jul 13, 2014
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RHVC59 from Oregon

2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bombers were on sale so I picked up a couple.
Chilled a glass.
Opened the bottle, and it smelled....ok.
Not much head to speak of and that disapeared rather quickly.
The moment of truth, I took a sip.... And the memories of a misspent youth popped into to my head... Miller high life, the champaign of beer... That is what I tasted.
This beer might be best after performing hard manual labor in the blistering hot sun.
Not one I will go out of my way to look for again.

Jul 09, 2014
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured out as a standard yellow colored beer with a small head on it nothing too crazy here. The smell is of some light sweet notes and grains. The taste is light and semi sweet kind of refreshing. The mouthfeel is light also, very easy to drink. There isn't too much to say about this. It's a pretty standard brew.

May 17, 2011
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jeffjeff1 from California

3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up in Clayton while getting dinner at Johnny's Deli.

Appearance- gold color, little to no head

Smell- malt, honey

Taste- honey, light flavor

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- ok It's kinda average. Not very flavorful though. I'm used to more full flavored beers.

Oct 31, 2009
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BierFan from Michigan

2.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hard pour produced only a thin head and the head vanished in record time. Golden body with good carbonation.

Smell: As the name would lead you to believe, this beer definitely has honey in it. Not much else to say about the smell, really.

Taste: The honey flavor is especially strong in the aftertaste. Low hop bitterness.

Besides that little bit of honey the beer doesn't have a whole lot going on. It's just a gimmicky pale lager.

Sep 02, 2009
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Haybeerman from Colorado

2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, orange-straw color. Poured a 1 finger creamy stark white head that dissipated to a thick skim. Laced in creamy thin rings.

S: Light, slightly sweet malt. Wet grain.

T: Pale malt, dry sweet honey flavor. Mild hop bitterness. Not very complex, not real flavorful and lacks depth

M: Light body. Balanced carbonation. Mild and cloying sweetness lingers.

D: Definitely goes down easy. Just not a very interesting drink.

Jun 08, 2009
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Tone from Missouri

2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells unusually sweet (like a mixture of honey and cream), slight alcohol aroma, and some crisp yeast cleanliness. The smell after the honey/cream aroma is sadly lacking. So far, it does not fit the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast cleanliness up front, then some sweet malt, some bread flavors, a little odd flavored honey in the finish. I'm not really picking up any hop flavors which is disappointing. Overall, not what I would consider an APA, the honey is not very flavorful, and the palate as a whole is slightly watery.

Mar 19, 2009
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: Is a golden amber color with a white ring around the glass. There is effervescence in the glass and a lot of it. The clarity of the beer is very clear with a slight haziness.

Nose: The honey kinda mask the hops. There is some malt, some floral esters, and citrus.

Taste: A nice honey flavor but the hops kinda lack in this beer. There is a nice maltiness in the beer. There are floral esters and citrus but on in the background.

Overall: It is a descent beer but far from being a complete pale ale. The honey hides the hops to where it is muted. there is a good flavor in the beer.

Jan 23, 2009
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SickBrew from Washington

3.67/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember trying this beer back in college - about 1993. I poured this brew from a standards 12oz bottle into a pilz glass and observed: a nice refreshing looking beer, light in color and yellow gold at that, head - about 1/2 a finger of fine looking fluffy white head.

Nose is a bit dull but does have a slight honey tone, or maybe its just psychosomatic. Otherwise the hops are subdued and the malt aroma is slight. Taste is better than I though it was going to be. The honey notes are well balanced with the rest of the beers characters, mild hops and malts and really hits the spot. Body is light and refreshing and the carb level is about right. Overall this is good beer and has a high degree of drinkability.

Jan 18, 2009
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droomyster from Virginia

2.37/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a perfectly transparent gold with a big white head. I had to stretch myself to pick up any aroma at all but detected grains and grass; the smell of honey in this beer is surprisingly faint. The flavor is bland, ranging from skunkiness at worst to nearly tasteless maltiness at worst. The medium-light body is somewhat redeeming, but in the end, as much as I wanted to like it, I cannot recommend this beer and will not be having another. Simply finishing this one will be a chore in itself.

Dec 30, 2008
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djeucalyptus from Oregon

2.87/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

After seeing this time and time again, I figured what the hell, and picked up a 12oz bottle.

Poured a lackluster crystal celar drab golden yellow color with a bubbly white foam, almost reminiscent of mountain dew. Fizzles out quickly, and leaves pretty much no lacing.

aroma is negligible, with vague hints of a macro lager. Grain with a bit of hay, maybe a hint of hops? and a bit of sweet light malt, maybe reminiscent of honey.

Taste isn't surprising given the aroma. Tastes like a macro (adjunct?) lager... grainy, a hints of grass, corn, light malt, and maybe a touch of weak hops. The honey sweetness if fairly pleasant and not cloying, but strong enough to make it fairly interesting.

mouthfeel is bubbly with some high carbonation. a bit syrupy for the lightness and low abv... fizzy and tingly.

meh. I could see this as an entry into craft brews, as it's fairly approachable, but not really a good example of APA. Fairly lackluster and weak, with a definite macro-lager-esque flavor profile. Not one I'd ever revisit, although not the worst brew I've had.

Dec 08, 2008
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Offa from California

3.43/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This ale is tasty and smooth, but very light and a bit thin.

Golden, it has a big, dense white head that shrinks fairly slowly.

The aroma is grain with a hint of honey and slightly musty.

The taste is mild but very nice, with a faint honey taste and a nice finish of grain and a hint of honey. It has light sweetness with almost no bitterness.

Dec 03, 2008
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Dogbrick from Ohio

2.53/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sample at Oggi's in Santa Clarita, CA. Pours a crystal clear pale golden color with a medium thin white head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing is apparent. Light honey and malt aroma. Light-bodied with subtle malt, honey and hops flavors. The finish is short and sweet, without much aftertaste. Not worth revisiting overall.

Nov 24, 2008
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orangemoustache from Illinois

2.38/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours a very dull yellow with a thin white head that has a serious lack of lacing as well as anything close to inviting. The is grainy with just a slight touch of sweetness,leaving much to be desired. The flavors and most notably the malt profile is almost non existent,makes me wonder how much malt they really substituted for the two drops of honey that go completely unnoticed. The hop profile may be worse off if that's possible,really seems to be a serious lack of creativity in the design of this beer. The whole time I'm drinking this I am reminded of sitting in grade school bored out of my mind chewing on note book paper,that describes the experience and the flavor.

Nov 17, 2008
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bulletrain76 from California

2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Yellow color with a white head. Grainy aroma with a touch of floral honey and maybe some hops. Very light and lagerish flavor, dry for the most part, without much honey character. Almost no hop flavor and low bitterness. Tastes like a run of the mill golden ale, hardly an APA, and almost a bland pils. Not bad, and would be perfectly drinkable if it weren't for the bore factor bringing it down.

Nov 14, 2008
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matty from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma and taste remind me of macro lagers.I tasted nothing sweet or resembling honey.One of the most mediocore beers I've ever had.I wouldn't recommend since there are so many others good beers to try!!

Oct 18, 2008
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zeff80 from Missouri

2.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a pale yellow color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a small, fizzy, white head that left no lace.

S - It smelled of honey and some light caramel malt.

T - It tasted of caramel, honey and some subtle bitter hops.

M - It was crisp and fairly smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is just an okay beer. The honey flavor was very understated.

Aug 16, 2008
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

2.96/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a clear copper color, that shows a bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is definitely influenced by honey, with it being the most prominent note. There is also a touch of grassy grain aromatics, notes of crushed saltine crackers as well as a thin beery note. Fairly simplistic aroma, that is not as interesting as it could be.

A honey sweetness is noticeable at the front of a sip, but the beer dries out somewhat without losing the floral honey flavors entirely. Perhaps a kiss of hops add a faint bitterness, as a balancing note the fizzy carbonation seems to add some sharpness to temper the honey flavors. Grassy / grainy malt character is noticeable, but doesn't do a whole lot for the complexity of this brew. Thinnish and light in the mouthfeel, if the flavors were better this would be quite quaffable.

Not a bad beer, it doesn't have any real flaws, it just isn't all that interesting.

Jun 06, 2008
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TYE from Kansas

3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear golden color with slight a slight amber hue that produces a big-bubbled white foam head that dissipates quickly to nothing. No lace. No drink-by date on bottle.
S - Aroma is of barley grain and a slight touch of honey. Not overwhelmingly strong, but not a weak aroma, neither.
T - Tastes of grain and a touch of honey, just like the smell. Medium flavor in the mouth, but once swallowed it is gone. Finishes clean with no aftertaste.
M - Medium to high carbonation. On the light side of light to medium bodied. No hop bitterness. Smooth and almost a bit watery.
D - A good, easy to drink, beer. Nothing too special, but nothing really bad, either. Good balance of light flavors. If you're in the mood for a little sweet and easy, this one's ok.

Mar 12, 2008
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jwc215 from Arizona

2.6/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazed golden with a thin white head that fizzles down to a vanishing patch.

The smell is of grain and honey - mild.

The taste is bland - some grain - some hops balance it out because sweetness is restrained - honey in the finish. Fizziness gives it a bit of "wet cardboard" taste. Water, thin, fizzy. Honey almost saves it a bit because it is not cloyingly sweet, but noticeable. I could have almost confused it with a macro honey lager.

This is the third, and final, beer from a variety pack from this brewery. While the other two were nothing special/forgettable, this one is annnoyingly forgettable.

Mar 04, 2008
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madtowndmb1 from Wisconsin

2.1/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

this beer doesn't seem to have any great qualities! I usually break them down, but I'm not sure if it's worth it on this one. Looks like a macro-beer, it has a different smell, not offensive but different. I don't even taste honey, I don't really taste anything?? It goes down like water and has no after-taste. I would probably have a Miller before this again.

I wouldn't recommend this beer for any reason, other than maybe curiosity.

Mar 04, 2008
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JDV from Texas

2.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Light to medium gold with very short lived head. Smell is sweet malt, and grain. Taste is similar with honey sweetness and grain present but in a watered down fashion. Easy to drink, but a touch bland, even with the mild honey finish. Good substitute for a light beer or pale lager for sure.

Feb 22, 2008
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GoreStorm from California

1.37/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - no head, the color is golden wizz color...

S - pretty bad, nothing much here, slight honey scent under a crappy cheap beer smell

T - there is little honey taste here, what honey that does come through tastes that it was probably of poor quality. this tastes like miller high life but worse, theres some sourness here that's not good but makes it repulsive.

M - this feels like i'm drinking a crappy macro

D - this beer gets the same status that macros have for me....wouldn't drink it if it was free.

notes - i love honey, and i love drinks that taste of honey, so i'm usually sucked into things with the "honey" tag on them. it usually goes two ways, i like it or it's horrible. this falls into the latter. stay away from this beer.

Jan 26, 2008
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.3/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the Coop for about $1.35.. poured into my New Belgium tulip.

1" head disappears quickly only a touch or two of lacing... very clear straw gold color.

Aroma is clean pale malt and little else... maybe a little clover honey essence .. or I could be just imagining things... reminds me of a Kolsche.

Flavor is again very clean.. bready pale grains with a touch of sweetness mid palate.. more subtle honey essence... very low spicy hop flavor... Body is light medium and budding prickly carbonation.

I am not reviewing the beer as an APA... not even close to an APA.. not pretending to be an APA... Definately more similar to an American Blond or a Kolsche.

I don't know why people have a problem with this beer. It is not my thing, but for what it is, it's pretty good... very drinkable and certainly a beer that even the most stubborn macro drinker would appreciate.

Jan 18, 2008
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