Michelob Honey Lager | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Honey LagerMichelob Honey Lager

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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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Ratings: 237 |  Reviews: 142
Photo of greywolf
4.88/5  rDev +97.6%
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 jdavidson84
4.14/5  rDev +67.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice clean head. Easy Drinkability. This is a great beer for hot wings or any other of your favorite spicey foods. I found this beer one of the best I have enjoyed in a long time. It's totally Bitchin'. I wish I could buy this beer all the time. I Love Honey Beer!!!!

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Photo of kegger22
4.05/5  rDev +64%
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 InstantBeer
4/5  rDev +61.9%

nice and sweet.

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Photo of jimmybryght
3.98/5  rDev +61.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being a 20-year honeymead drinker/brewer, I have some experience with this kind of beer. The Michelob Honey Lager is slightly darker gold and a tiny bit thicker than a standard lager, which adds to the mouthfeel. The honey in the aroma is noticeable but not as overwhelming as some suggest. Nor is the taste dominated by the honey stored within. Sure, it's a bit sweet but also kinda malty and has a light backtaste of hops and a hint of fresh corn. I think the honey flattens the head, but it's a small price to pay for the overall taste. I enjoy it.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +57.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a lacey white head. The aroma is average. It has lager characteristics, but it has a sweetness to it from the addition of honey. It makes the aroma a little more complex enjoyable. The taste is good. It has the flavor of a macro-lager, but the honey mellows it out and adds a nice sweet flavor. The mouthfeel is good. This is a medium bodied beer with a average amount of carbonation. It drinks well. This is a good beer for the money, macro or not.

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Photo of SargeC
3.88/5  rDev +57.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep gold brew with a frothy white head.

Smell: Semi-floral aroma. Sweet malt, minimal hops. Honey sweetness.

Taste: Good malt presence with a hint of honey. Nice minor touch of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium. Very smooth, slightly sticky.

Drinkablity: A lighter beer that has a good, sweet backbone. Refreshing and satisfying.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +55.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Michelob's Honey Lager delivers a clear, deep golden body capped by an average-sized head of white foam that drops shortly but maintains a thin surface covering, and leaves some nice lace before it goes. The nose is welcoming with a disctinctly sweet, honey flavor and some malt. There's no hop presence to speak of, but that's to be expected for the style. Surprisingly dextrinous in the mouth, it's creamy and smooth with a medium body and delicate carbonation that gently bristles the tongue. The flavor is sweet and honeyish as well, but it's not overdone; and there's enough bitterness there to pull it into a drying finish, and keep it from becoming cloying. Well done!

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Photo of BeerskiBrewski61
3.76/5  rDev +52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is really pretty decent. I normally don't say too many good things about Anheuser-Douch beers, but this beer is pretty decent. It looks good, smells good, tastes real good, left a good after taste in your mouth, and is very drinkable.
It has a nice form head when poured, the color is a nice auburn and is clear.
I don't know if a heavy rock fell upon the head of Anheuser-Busch, but they are now brewing pretty decent beers.

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Photo of simmons
3.76/5  rDev +52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m going to against everything I have ever said about Michelob. I hate Michelob, but I figured I try out their honey lager because I’m a huge fan of honey beers, wines and all most anything with honey it. I wasn’t expecting all that much and here it turned out to be probably one of my favorite honey beers. I feel that it puts Honey Brown to shame and I love Honey Brown. This beer has a decent golden color to it, aroma is mild with the sent of honey floating about it. You can expect the average North American lager taste that you get from most big name brews, kind of plain, not much malt flavor or much hops, nothing to great but they but in the right amount of honey to make it good. As for its head it really isn’t there at all but at this point I don’t care. I feel that this beer was well done.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.73/5  rDev +51%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice slightly orange-yellow-gold color, very clear, decent head. Aroma is fairly clean, plain, non-descript...it has maybe a hint of a honey character (sort of like a lightly floral scent) but just barely, not impressive but not offensive either. The flavor is not bad at all - if this is an American macro lager ala regular michelob its got it beat hands down, much more malt character and also some honey sweetness that is a tad cloying but not too much (certainly not more than a lot of Big beers and big beer styles), and does have some balancing hop flavor and bitterness although its clearly on the malt side of the balance. I think this beer probably had honey added after pasteurization or filtering - most honey beers get honey sweetness attenuated by the yeast, or certainly the homebrews I've made and consumed have been. So, maybe its kind of cheating but hey I think it works OK. This is another sample from the holiday pack, which I think overall is pretty good for a macro brewery. If they'd dump the mich regular and use that all-malt michelob from a few years back it would be a much better package to me.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.67/5  rDev +48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color with a decent off-white head and subtle carbonation. Light sweet honey aroma with light graininess underneath. A light smooth honey sweetness adds a bit to it's overall drinkability.

Maybe a bit too sweet as you go and it is a bit one-dimensional but nice to see A-B trying something different.

Per Label: "Natural Honey"

Born On: 10/20/04
Tasted: 12/19/04

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +47.8%
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 jasonjlewis
3.65/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent 1 1/4 finger head with good retenetion and lacing. The color is orange and the carbation seems effervescent.

Smell is of some pale malts with a hint of caramel malts and honey. There is also a tiny bit of a citrusy and grassy flavor. It seems fairly enticing.

The taste is of pale malts with a good balance of caramel malts and honey. It's actually a nice beer. The only problem is a bit of some off dry tannins in the beer as it warms.

Mouthfeel has a bit of crispness but comes through light and smooth without being watery. The beer finishes a little bit dry as it warms.

This is a good summertime beer and I think it's underrated being that it's an AB product.

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Photo of erosier
3.58/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours a golden yellow color with a medium sized a light white colored head that leaves some lacing as it fades.
S: Smells of a light malt flavor and then a nice honey aroma.
T: Malty up front and then alot of very sweet honey to finish off the beer.
M: Very light, a little heavier due to the amount of honey, refreshing. Nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, if it was less sweet maybe a bit more drinkable.

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Photo of twi1609372
3.55/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this was a suprise. i was expecting much much sweeter. THis beer was about right as far as the sweetness meter goes. Other than that it did have a pretty good flavor. but the sweetness was definetly the centerpiece. Overall looked normal, smelt sweet, tasted slightly sweet. finished with a honyesk aftertaste.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.53/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Alright. This has got to be the most peculiar beer I have ever had. Ever. It pours a nice darker golden colour, almost like apple juice, and the smell is quite nice, too. The taste is actually quite good. When it first gets into your mouth, it immediately tastes of beer, (which it should), but quickly it turns sweet. Quite sweet in fact and one can most definately tell that honey was indeed involved in the production of this brew. I saw where one fellow wrote in his review that this stuff leaves a peculiar, but pleasant, after taste in ones mouth and I must say I'd have to agree with that. I really like this brew, even though it is quite strange, sweeter than most people seem to enjoy (I gave it 3.0 because of its sweetness in drinkability), and, as much as I hate to say it, it comes from AnheuserBusch. 'Tis a day of great shame, for I have spoken praise to A&B.

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Photo of VTaler
3.53/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice golden honey color with surprisingly thick yellowish white head that stays around for about 20 seconds
S - Nice floral hops with a pale malty aroma
T - First you taste nice maltiness. The honey is not quite present right away. You can taste the hops but they are very subtle. A little spiciness from the hops. You can actually taste some of the fruity Belgian style esters that come from it. This is usually not common in these types of lagers. The honey comes in later but it is barely sweet at all. This really tastes like an ale rather than a lager. Kind of combination between a Belgian blonde and a pilsner. Overall this is a malty and somewhat complex beer and I like it.
M - Very good mouth feel. Nice medium body with somewhat low carbonation
D - Decently drinkable. I could have another but I would not call it a session beer because it felt pretty heavy.

Tastes really good with parmesan cheese

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Photo of Dapperticus
3.5/5  rDev +41.7%

Photo of Twpsyn
3.5/5  rDev +41.7%

Photo of Vancer
3.48/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another brew from the Mic craft line, and this one's looking pretty good in the ol' Sammy freebie glass - a golden yellow with a nice white head, decent lacing, just a nice start.

Malty aroma, no honey - but could one really smell honey if it's mixed with something else? Now the quaff, yeah, a nice and light pop of sweet honey mixes well with the malt. Smooth as lager silk, this is a darn fine brew. A bit of an odd funk in the finish is the only nitpicking drawback.

A decent lager with a "fruit" flavor added.

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Photo of chilidog
3.48/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I also was surprised by thisone for I have not found a Honey ive liked yet, until now! My rate #'s are up for that reason. A pure gold' clear honey color with a white puff short-lived head.Somewhat medium lace. Aroma is kinda grainy ( beerlike rather than honey on the nose ). Very AB smooth mouthfeel.Leaves the mouth alittle dry. Taste is more of a caramel sweet than an overdone honey sweet. Beleave it or not, this is my best honey and perhaps my pick of AB specialties.

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Photo of BeerBob
3.46/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Michelob Honey Lager pours a golden amber with tints of red, from a brown 12oz twist off cap bottle. Head is up at a good two fingers but fades quickly to a clean Beer surface, no lace or ring.

Nose is a light honey, palate is sweet honey, sweet corn, some slight malt with a bitter hop bite and the carbonation finish.

After a hard day of shopping at the market, I was very thirsty when I popped the top on this Michelob Honey Lager. The combination of the sweet honey and the bite of the hops put my palate at ease right off the bat, this is a fairly good macro lager.

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Photo of G2Brew
3.44/5  rDev +39.3%
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 ghurux86
3.43/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours an orangish yellow color with a medium off-white head. the head dwindles to a small white layer rather quickly but the little that was left stayed around until the end, which impressed me. it also laced a tiny bit.
smell is that of barley and malt and maybe a hint of hops. the sweet honey smell is noticeable too but overall the smell is nothing special.
taste is pretty good. in my opinion one of the best beers that AB puts out. sweet honey comes through in the flavor along with malt and a hoppy background.
mouthfeel is not bad at all. not too thin. fairly light body with a low-medium level of carbonation.
drinkability is fairly high due to the low abv and good flavor. goes down smooth.
in my opinion this is worth a try at least and is fairly underrated. i think that just because AB puts it out, people are biased against it but it is really a decent beer and is worth a try. definitely one of AB's best.

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