Oregon Honey Beer
Portland Brewing Company

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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
Reviews by zeff80:
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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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RedDiamond from Oregon

2.67/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Oregon Honey Beer is headless, laceless, and so clear, I had no difficulty reading a newspaper looking downwards through an imperial pint of it. It is bright gold and all but odorless.

I don’t especially care for this beer, although it does project a clean, light crispness and momentarily comes to life with a gentle flush of honeyed sweetness. It is otherwise meaty with a drab finish and MacTarnahan’s menu offers far more exciting options.

Mar 27, 2005
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +7.1%

Jul 24, 2013
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Hunter from Arizona

2.47/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Beer pours a golden hazy color with a thin head of white foam.

One of the first "honey" beers where I could actually detect honey in the aroma. Sweet malt and the barest hint of hops round out the nose.

Taste is strangely bland, given the promise of the nose. There's some hop flavor, a little honey, and nothing else. Reminded me of selzter. Finishes clean enough, with a slight corn-like aftertaste. But nothing here stands out. there's better representatives of the style out there - find 'em and leave this one on the shelf.

Oct 13, 2004
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RedwoodGeorge from California

1.43/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This review is going to start at the high point and head downhill from there: When poured, this looked like beer. (There, that's the high point, now on with the downward slide)

The beer poured somewhat cloudy and straw colored with little carbonation - almost no head which quickly subsided to -no- head, just a faint off-white ring. No lacing on the glass to speak of.

The smell wasn't promising - a strong smell of old mown grass and burnt grain. No hints of honey or sweetness to be found, no crisp hop scent either.

The taste was much like the smell - very mossy, a few malt notes and this pervasive taste of day-old popcorn (the stuff with the fake butter) There wasn't an ale-like taste here, more like a lager gone stale...

The mouthfeel was okay - pretty much like a flat lager that left a bit of coating on the tongue (perhaps that's the honey?) The beer got heavier and more unpleasant by the halfway point.

All in all, a pretty undrinkable brew. No real taste of honey to speak of, no fresh notes that say "Summer Beer", nothing to recommend this at all. Sometimes you have to wonder if this is what the brewmaster had in mind or if they didn't want to waste the 10,000 gallons that was brewed up so they just shipped it and hoped for the best. I guess in every sampler pack there are bound to be a few duds and this was the one this time around.

Jul 11, 2004
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misterscooter from California

3.02/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Honey beer? Well, I guess there is a hint of it in the smell, along with your standard beer odors. But not much there. The straw color is topped by very little head. I don't remember being particularly fond of this beer before, mostly, I thought, because it was a honey beer. Now I realize that there isn't much there. It is thin, with a hint of sweetness. Slightly dry, especially in the aftertaste. It is...a'ight. Oregon has better.

Sep 14, 2004
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DFN from Arizona

2.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Oregon Honey Beer tastes and feels like a "light" beer -- not a good thing, in my book. Its color is on the orange side of golden wtih a half-inch head that lasts for a few minutes. Taste is mild and slightly sweet, a bit on the bland side. No alcohol content is given, but it feels like a beer you could drink all afternoon; the problem is, you might not enjoy the process all that much! Not a bad beer, but not one I'd seek out.

Dec 17, 2004
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hero27 from Minnesota

2.47/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a pale gold, head doesn't stay around for the party.
Stale, corn-flake aroma. Grainy malt texture and a fairly light body. I personally couldn't taste much of the honey at all.
Adjunct-flavors permeate..yippee.
Very rough around the edges, and certainly not one I'll be purchasing in the near future.

May 15, 2007
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ghurux86 from Missouri

3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a pale clear yellow with a white head that actually sticks around fairly long.
smell is yeasty with a hint of sweet honey. average
taste mimicks smell very well with bitterness coming through in the background, probably from the hops that are slightly noticeable in the flavor
mouthfeel is average at a best. medium body with a fairly low level of carbonation.
drinkability.... well i'd drink it again if someone offered it to me, but i probably won't buy it again. not bad, just not special. very average.

Apr 18, 2005
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BDTyre from Canada (BC)

2.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale gold colour with almost no head (that could be because the glass went though the dishwasher.

Sweet honey and malt smell. Hints of brown sugar and caramel.

Very acrid, bitter-sweet taste. No at all what I would expect from a honey beer. Not very enjoyable, and it leaves a foul aftertaste.

Overly carbonated, and not the easiest on the tongue. It a shame, I was really looking forward to this.

Apr 13, 2007
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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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theopholis from California

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

Appearance- Pours a very clear pale yellow/gold. AHas a very small, tight, white head with no staying power and no lace.

Aroma- Quite sour for a honey, which is kind of weird. Some floral hops, and some herbs I can't figure out.

Taste- A mix of sour-mash and graininess. Some bittering hops, and a touch of flavoring hops. Not very malty. Can't say I'm real impressed.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel. About what I would expect for the style. A bit over-carbonated, and it has a very dry finish.

Drinkability- It's not aweful, but it's not really very enjoyable either.

Feb 17, 2007
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mithrascruor from California

2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden-yellow colour with a large, foamy, and airy head.

Smell: Has a generally sweet, floral-like aroma. A bit of grains are present as well. Generally malty.

Taste: A sweet malty flavor predominates, with honey, light grains, and a bit of spice, possibly the results of hops.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, smooth, and with a generally light tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Totally drinkable, nothing is bothersome, but it gets rather tedious, flavor-wise.

Though generally nice, there's really nothing here to praise. An average American micro-brew that's a bit sweeter than most. Worth getting if it's cheap and you're curious... otherwise no need to bother.

Mar 24, 2007
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wcudwight from North Carolina

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

Pale yellow in color. Almost pastel yellow. Thin fizzy head that is gone before the pour is finished. Lot's of carbonation bubbles.
Smell is musty grain and malt.
Starts off smooth, very malty, sweet, and you can taste the honey. It's a little off on the finish though. No hops in the flavor.
Mouthfeel is that of a light lager.
It's drinkable. It fit the bill for what I was looking for. A hot summertime quaffer and something to pair with hot pockets. Unless you are looking for something to drink on a hot day or something to pair with hotpockets I would avoid.

Aug 03, 2006
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nairb80 from Florida

2.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Compaired to other APA's this one; for me; falls short. I like a little honey flavor in my beer every now and then; but this one didn't do it for me.

Once i poured this beer into my pint glass I was excited to taste it. The apperance looked appealing; but after tasting it I struggled to finish it.

I would not recommend this beer. If your looking for a good APA I recommend Shipyard Export Ale.

Jan 26, 2007
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IntriqKen from California

2.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very light orange gold pour with a single finger head that melts quickly to very thin lacing.
Aroma is malt with a little honey.
Taste is sweet malt followed by too tiny a hops taste, then a honey cloying.
Aftertaste is of the honey...sticky and cloying on the tongue.
Mouthfeel is moderate.
Not a sessionable brew for me...it's as if the honey is used to hide things, rather than create a balanced brew

Apr 22, 2006
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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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msubulldog25 from Oregon

2.46/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This 12 oz. bottle ("enjoy by 010907") came from the same mixed 12-pack of Mac's as the Blackwatch Porter I tried yesterday. 4 of them in the box and nobody in the office took one...I wonder why?

A: Clear yellow with an abundance of fizzy white head. Starts at 3 fingers & is gone within 3 minutes.

S: Yuck, that's -pretty awful. Adjunct starchiness, musty malt, hops are flat. If there's honey in there, it's undetectable.

T: A couple notches above a macro lager, nothing like the expected APA. Tinny metal taste with a slightly sweet, grainy finish. Sticky malts, trying really hard to find the honey in this "beer brewed with real honey"; it IS there - sticking to the tongue in the aftertaste. Inhale after a sip and you get the essence of wild clover. Just not good enough...

M: Light body, highly carbonated. Spritzy and moderately refreshing mouthfeel, I guess. Burps taste like honey...gross but true...

D: Not a good beer. There's not much that would bring me back to this one, even when it's provided free at the office...maybe if it's the LAST one in the fridge. Maybe. On second thought it's not worth the trouble...

Nov 16, 2006
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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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Enola from North Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale ale this is not. The beer is light yellow and there was a thin white head that dissapeared quickly. The smell is of corn and grain. Not as harsh as some macros but still not a smooth beer. You certainly want this one cold. I could session this beer though. It is worthy of that. Overall, a session beer that is average for that application.

Aug 26, 2006
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mghotbi from California

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

Pours a clear golden with very little head and minimal lacing. Scent is nondescript, a touch of light hops and caramel.

Taste is light and smooth. Sweetness is prominent without being overbearing. Very little hop bitterness. Prominent carbonation but otherwise thin mouthfeel.

Drinkable, but nothing special.

Oct 21, 2006
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dbalsock from Vermont

3.17/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Pours a pale gold color with a brief white head and high carbonation. It's similar to a macro lager in appearance.

Smell: Honey, bread, and light malt come to the nose after some serious smelling effort.

Taste: This is a 1 dimensional pale ale. The hoppage is very light, but contributes a slight piney taste, followed by honey on the aftertaste. There's also a nice nuttiness which is quite nice after the swallow. It's also somewhat cidery.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, highly carbonated, and textured, but not what I would call bitter.

Drinkability: The taste isn't nutty enough for me to enjoy this like other honey brews. This beer has potential.

Mar 05, 2007
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harpus from Alabama

2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Oct 10, 2013
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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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RJLarse from Washington

2.35/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My wife gave me a bottle of (MacTarnahan’s) Oregon Honey Beer for Father’s Day, along with a matching (MacTarnahan’s) Oregon Honey Beer glass. I poured this beer in to said glass.

Pours a pale yellow/gold color and is quite clear. A foamy stark white one-finger head forms. The head dissipates quickly to a champagne style ring around the beer. The beer appears mildly carbonated, and produces virtually no lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is curious, a little malty, a little honey (I guess), and some herbal notes that are hard to describe

The taste is sweet, with something of a honey flavor, but a lot of grain as well. Not much hop flavor. A very plain tasting brew.

Mouth feel is thin, watery and a bit flat.

This is a drinkable beer, but an unremarkable one. I doubt I’ll have it again. With this one it was definitely “the thought that counts.” The glass is nice. It’s a keeper.

NOTE: The website says Pyramid brews this one, but the bottle (and glass) says MacTarnahans.

Jun 25, 2006
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Beer rating: 69 out of 100 with 108 ratings