Michelob Honey Lager | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Honey LagerMichelob Honey Lager

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
We brew our Michelob Honey Lager with European aromatic hops and toasted caramel barley malt for a balanced taste.
What makes this beer really special, however, is the addition of a touch of natural wildflower honey. It all adds up to a just slightly sweet and uniquely soft beer.

21 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-01-2002

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.39/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Has a little bit of obscuring clarity particles going through it, other than that it is in the solid yellow range with 1/5" white head. The aroma did give off sweetness as its first (and only?) component in the aroma department.

Taste, keeps dropping sweetness, too much, out of balance, not tasting the beercentric stuff, just adjunct like sweetness. Lots of carbonation. Lacking malt, hops, yeast flavors. Nothing balanced about it despite the commercial hand job. Do they still make this? It just doesn't resonate with me.

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Photo of NODAK
2.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smells rather unremarkable...standard lager with some sweetness thrown in presumably from the honey.

Tastes like a bland lager (though not an adjunct lager, I'll give it that) with a citrus note and sweetness from the honey. Again, nothing special here. Only a very small bitterness on the finish, and the sweetness seems to grow a bit during the swallow, becoming more pervasive.

I've had beers with honey in them before that are decent, but I can't recommend this beer. It's just dull and not all that enjoyable.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
2.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a nice deep gold color. Medium bodied, nice sweet smell. Slightly sweet taste, but does not taste like honey to me. More of an artificial sweetner taste.
Slightly bitter after taste to balance things out.

Nothing offensive about this beer, but nothing makes me want to drink more of it.

It is not horrible, but I would not buy it again. I would probably turn it down even it was offered for free.

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Photo of G2Brew
3.44/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this bottle up at the Jacksonville Budweiser Brewery 2 days ago. No date, but I was told it's less than a week old. Poured into a chilled, straight-sided glass.

A - Coppery-gold color, great clarity, and a full finger of white to off-white head that lasted nicely, with light lacing.

S -A noseful of honey. Floral hops, malt, and caramel, not overpowering. It's pleasant and unique.

T - The honey is very prominent, sweet, with a lot of hop bitterness. Surprisingly strong honey/caramel aftertaste, not necessarily bad, just not expected.

M - Medium to heavy mouthfeel with light carbonation. I think a bit more carbonation would help.

D - Yeah, I can drink this. This is an interesting variation on honey beer. I wouldn't drink a lot of it, but it's a nice change of pace.

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Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.2/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a- drank this out of the bottle so i couldnt tell you the appearance
s- smells mostly of honey malts and maybe some corn
t-tastes mostly of honey and sweet corn
m- medium thin mouthfeel, just a tad thicker than michelob from the honey
d- i actually enjoy a sixer of these on occasion

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Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is grainy.Taste is a macro with honey sweetness.Pretty smooth and refreshing a perfect beer for a summer day.Overall a pretty good beer that is light and refreshing.This is something I would recommend and purchase again.

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Photo of SickGnar
2.91/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden with a light copper tinge. Two fingers worth of just off-white head falls quickly to a bit of a ring and doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Candy-like, floral, but necessarily honey sweetness predominates. Sort of one dimensional - it avoids being cloying by not being very powerful.

T: Distinct honey sweetness and flavor. Again, right at the verge of being cloying but not quite there. Hops and carbonation somewhat balance things out, but this is a sweet beer. Some bready/doughy malts come through. The hops have a nice spicy character that works well with the honey.

M: Medium to just over medium body with slightly under matched carbonation. It has a nice softness but without being really creamy or smooth. Some residual sugars but a semi-dry bite late in the finish.

D: Well done and reasonably balanced. Great for what it is, a sort of gateway brew. Nice and drinkable and, actually, pretty damn fair.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
1.61/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Nearing the last of the thanksgiving leftovers.

Orange-amber in color. One finger head quickly dissipates, leaving little lacing. Few rising bubbles.

Smells of sweet grains and honey with just a touch of cardboard box.

Tastes like a glass of honey water with a little beer in it.

Feels slick like honey going down. Other than that, it's watery and unimpressive.

Drinks terrible. Drainpour. I got a third of the way through it and realized I had other beers in the fridge, so why waste precious seconds of my life consuming this beer. "Swill" would be a complement.

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Photo of bnes09
2.16/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Golden and transparent. Paper thin head sticks around about as long as a leaf in a hurricane. Smells of bread grains and rice. Tastes of white bread, rice and an artifical honey sweetness. The small amount of sweet flavor is enough to vastly overpower any hints of bitterness present in this beer. Light and watery in feel, lots of bubbles. Not a brew I would drink often. Very little flavor or complexity.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.06/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled on October 11, 2010. The pour is fairly typical for a honey ale with an orange tone and a short-lasting fizzy white head that bubbles to nothing. The aroma is full of honey and malts. The taste is about the same. There is nothing special going on here.

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Photo of bmwats
2.8/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium dark amber color. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Just a touch of beer ring lacing.

S: A little malt, a little baked bread, a little hop, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Malt with a bit of a bittersweet hoppiness.

M: Light body, slightly bitter and pungent aftertaste.

D: Easy drinkin'.

Atmosphere is okay. Nothing special in terms of appearance or nose. Flavor follows suit. A bit a bittersweet palette. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.73/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

And the bottom of the barrel takes a beating again today, got off early and hit up greens and bilo and grabbed what I could, this should be a fun night. Served cold and poured into my pint glass, consumed on 08/23/2010

there is just truly something wrong with some of these beers, case in point.the pour is not horrible, in fact it had a darker amber then some of the others i have seen lately. small head fades quickly.

aroma is sweet, very very sweet with tons of artifical honey and caramel notes that just dont seem to be rightly placed. as i take the first sip i reach a consensus that there is just too much going on here. soo sweet without any balance to it from the hops at all. very light feel is just too light with way too much carbonation which only serves to push the sweetness even further up. some balance would have done wonders here i am sure.

overall another i will have to pass on, just not doing it for me at all.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.11/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Not very distinguishable from the hefe. Good clarity, a light to medium yellow tinge to it. Sweet, but not too sweet honey aroma.

Taste, goes downhill quick, funny aftertaste from whatever honey they are using, doesn't do well with the high carbonation, just a fizzy honey aftertaste and corn left over. A neat beer to smell, but not much else going on here noteworthy.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.19/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Thick, solid brown. No foam or carbonation to speak of and not much lacing.

Smell: Strong honey. I love the smell of honey, so that probably raises my grade here. Some caramel malt mixed in as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Honey in the taste, and that's about it. This beer is very, very sweet. Extremely thick, viscous mouthfeel, almost like corn syrup (which it also tastes like a bit).

Drinkability: The sweetness overpowers in this beer, and for that it's kind of weird.

Overall: A missed opportunity. A little less sweetness would make this enjoyable.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, sudsy white head, which settles quite slowly, leaving a drooping ring of lace around the glass. It smells of country road weeds, light honey, and mild white grain. The taste is honey, mild sweet rice/corn malt, and metallic, floral hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium weight, sugary smooth, and soft. It finishes fairly sweet, the malt and honey redoubling their efforts.

Not a bad honey lager - it tastes like, well, honey, which also provides the benefit of distracting from the otherwise mediocre amber lager underlying things. For all the weak-ass honey ales/lagers that I've had over the years that hardly have a whiff of honey essence and sweetness to them, now I get (pretty close to) the real deal from AB? Will wonders never cease?

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is honey with some grain notes. The flavor is heavy on the honey but I also get some banana and grain. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not great, but not terrible.

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Photo of t00sl0w
2.98/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a- dark gold with a white head that goes away rather fast, and leaves baby laces.

s- personally, i cant stand the smell of this, its weird, cant reallly describe it. kinda malty though.

t- light, malty, sweet

m/d- way carbonated, so, that kills the mouthfeel, but its light so its easy to drink.

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Photo of greywolf
4.88/5  rDev +92.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i just finished one of these a few moments ago and can still teaste the fresh honey flavor(ok well not fresh) but you know what i am talking about,,

A,,,this beer had a color of goldeness to it

S one could smell the hint of honey and not just the first sip but all the way to the end

T the teaste of this beer reminded me of honeysuckles that used to grow out the back of my house as a child,,

M..it felt refreshing with every sip

D the drinkability was major smooth and was deffently a beer i will add to my now growing collection of beers i enjoy

on a differnt note,,,my wife who does not really even care for beer but bless her she tries one of everyone i ever get,,,,she loved this beer and as had me get it now for when we have people over i think this beer may turn her around,,lolo

so guys if ur wife.girlfriend.other does not really enjoy beer give this one a shot,,,,

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Photo of SamN
2.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Deeper honey brown, glass clear, thin head thins out to almost nothing after a few seconds. Mild visible carbonation.

S- Cheap hops fills the glass. Bitter smelling, chlorophyll, metallic edges, and frankly, smells like a fart.

T- Reminds me of diet Sobe. A brief half-hearted jab at some sweet malts, and then quickly reverting back to the classic adjunct taste of cheap, overly-bitter hops and metallic twang sourness. Ever so faint hint of honey-like flavors at the end.

Overall, rough flavors and gaps in structure.

M- Fizzy carbonation, it's too much. Light body.

D- Like most beers, I'd be easier to drink if it tasted better. This does not taste good, and therefore has low drinkability.


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Photo of katan
3.19/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pous a dark golden color. Extremely clear, filtered - a shout out to the QC peeps at the major breweries. Light bubbling. Light head formation, only a film.

S - A light, dry, sweet honey scent comes through. A bit raw.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness, accompanied by just the lightest hint of honey. Mid-stream gets drier, a little more bitter. Finishes with the strongest hit of honey, pretty overt as if pulled in some from your pancakes. A rather boring beer I would have to say.

M - Decent body, not watery, can be creamy at times. Carbonation bite fade in and out of being too strong. Leaves behind a clinging sweetness on the palette.

D - Decent drinkability - manageable flavors, manageable ABV. Can be a bit filling at times - may affect sessioning.

A good beer for those afraid of beer.

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Photo of kegger22
4.05/5  rDev +59.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Michelob Honey Lager was a perfectly clear amber color with a modest white head that displayed little retention.

The aroma was sweet malt and a little musty.

The taste was surprisingly good. Starts out sweet with a little, tiny hops bite. A honey flavor is certainly there but not overdone. This definitely tastes better at the tip of the tongue rather than the back.

The mouth feel was medium bodied, oily and well carbonated.

Drinkability was very good. I will have no problem going out and buying a 12 pack of this tomorrow.

This is my unsung hero of the year. The only question I have is: Have I allowed the other reviews to cause me to underestimate the beer? There is nothing wrong with this beer other that being a BMC, get over it!

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Photo of Onenote81
2.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a crystal clear dark gold with a thin white head on top. Leaves some spotty lacing. Smells like honey, syrup, and some grains. The mouth is crisp and easily drinkable. Carbonation level is decent. Wow. This is a really sweet beer! Tons of honey-sweetnes, puckering candy sweet. Not much for beer-flavor in this one. No hops, no grains, nothing. Not my thing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.26/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The Honey Lager begins with a deep golden color, heavily carbonated but with a timid head that forms the lightesst cover for the beer but has staying power.

Grainy and sweet sums it up. But going further, the grain aroma and flavor out weigh the maltiness for an uneven balance. More like tasting the husk of the grain than the malt. Honey sweetness makes a strong impact and does have a pleasant floral taste but also dominates the beer with unresolves sweetness.

Low maltiness makes the beer seem thin and grainy. Sweetness tries to buffer the beer against the grain but without true maltiness, this doesn't happen. Low hop flavor and bitterness doesn't allow for the dry balance to come into play. Nor does the carbonaiton help to clean things up.

The Michelob brand is capable of making solid beers, but did not do so here.

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Photo of macrent2
1.58/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer came in a bottle. After pouring this beer into a clear glass, I noticed that it had an artifical "honey" colour with a nice amount of carbonation and a short head that disapated quickly. No noticable lacing seen.

Light smell. Sweet.

Strange, almost flat and artifical. Bitter aftertaste.

Very poor honey beer. A shame!

Fail, will not drink again!

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Photo of cokes
1.29/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Honey colored- and probably not naturally so- with a tight crop of off-white suds that die to a collar then stay a bit.
Wet sileage nose with a dollop of brown sugar sweetness.
More of that weird, wet, grainy cowfeed in the mouth. Then the sweetness greases the mouth with a pasty, honey-ish, sugariness. Some tea like tannic qualities underneath, but not seemingly hop derived. It's like a watery iced tea with about 6 tablespoons of Splenda.
This cloys up fast. It's all oversweet and artificial. Medium bodied, low-to-moderate CO2.
An absolute chore, and I think I'm giving up.

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