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 BrewAskew
1/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I think the BA reviewers were on to something. The brewers were full of crap--this is not what it should be. Honey, when added into the fermentation process (where it belongs, IMO) will NOT sweeten the beer. Honey is 100% simple sugar, thus 100% fermentable. I can't stand it when brewers and meaderies make such cloyingly sweet beverages such as Michelob Honey Lager. What they are really doing is "flavoring" this otherwise decent beer with honey to give it honeyish aroma and sweetness. They have to add it after the yeast has been removed or killed, otherwise it would ferment out and you would get a drier, more vinous flavor from the honey and maybe the aromatics of the flowers the bees were using. Dundee, A-B, stop doing this! It misrepresents the true role of honey in fermented beverages. I damn it on principle.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.03/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a bright looking gold color. That is where the positives end. Sweet and funky tasting that made me hold back my gag reflex. I guess honey is not supposed to be in beer (see Leinie's HoneyWeiss). Drinking this beer was not a very pleasant experience. I cannot recommend anyone buying this beer for anything except practical jokes.

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Photo of mhewes
1.09/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A : Pours a clear golden with a small white head

S : Has a malt and honey aroma. Not that good of a smell. Something's off

T : Honey and malty flavors. Not that good at all

M : Thin, crisp, watery

D : Drainpour. I wouldn't touch this one again.

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Photo of John1985
1.12/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Yuck!! Golden appearance, some malt flavor up front, overpowered by a sickly sweet flavor that goes through the aftertaste. Totally unbalanced.

Tastes like they poured a whole jar of honey in one beer!! Seems like it was made for underaged high school girls. A very, very poor effort!

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Photo of rye726
1.15/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I thought that honey might mike this beer a little more enjoyable. In reality, it just adds an off anrtificial flavor to an already bad experience. The same yellow color and no head. The nose and taste are all stale rice. Watery body does not drink well at all.

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Photo of Jason
1.2/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist bottle, with a “Born On Date” on the label on the neck.

Appearance: Golden hue with a bright clarity, obviously they were going for that deep golden honey colour. Above par head retention, nice and bubbly with some stickiness.

Smell: Weird grainy aroma that is similar to horse feed or green barley, little sugary sweet also.

Taste: Smooth mouth feel with a moderate body, little bit of slickness on the tongue. Carbonation is moderate, the sweetness is so high it is nearly unpalatable. Hops are minimal. More and more sweetness, does not taste natural though that is what is stated on the label. Bit of tingling carbonation is the only thing that tries to off set the sweetness. Residual sweetness run rampant to the point of sickly.

Notes: Pretty bad, way too sweet and very hard to drink one 12 oz bottle. Needs a bigger twang of hop and/or a bit of dryness. Not recommended at all.

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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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Photo of lester619
1.29/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer has a deep golden clear honey color. I get the impression they used artifical coloring to make looks as much like honey as possible. Smell is overwhelmingly sweet honey with a few floral characteristics. The sweetness is the dominant force though. This is undrinkable. It tastes as if someone took a bottle of michelob, poured a third of it out, filled the bottle with honey and put the cap back on. That's probably not too far from the truth. It just horrible sticky disgusting sweet and nothing else. Avoid it like grim death.

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Photo of acrawf6
1.3/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer had a very nice appearance to it; a darker straw color. Very nice. That is the only nice thing about it.

The head poured out white and smelled very grainy and i thought kinda sweet too.

Taste is very interesting, but not in a good way. I think it definetely has a honey taste, but i dont think real honey is good and should not bee in beer (pardon the pun). When drinking all i can think is that is is sweet and bad. It filled my mouth just fine, but the second it is swallowed, watch out... that honey sweetness will hit you!

overall, a horrible beer. I think it is physically impossible for me to finish a sixer in a night if i tried. way to sweet with no other flavor.

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Photo of Illini5596
1.33/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Well what can I say? It's beer and honey flavored water. Slight head, but not worth speaking of, this one is made to be drunk from the bottle. All in all what you would expect from Michelob, low quality beer at a very affordable price. A beer for people who don't like beer, it has almost no flavor, but without the perks of flavorless light beers as it is loaded with carbs. Not offensive, but not worth touching.

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Photo of proc
1.35/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Cloying and sickeningly sweet. J.W. Dundees does a better job with their Honey Brown. This smells o.k., pours out to a bright yellow, then assaults you mouth with a nasty, sweet taste that follows through all the way to the end.

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Photo of LarryV
1.4/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Wow, it's been awhile since I've had a really bad beer, but this one fit the bill. Pours a golden color with a bit of a glow almost. Not much of a head, a little sticky lacing. Sweet - very sweet with a strong honey flavor. It's almost like they just took some raw honey and stirred it in to sweeten the beer. The problem is that there's nothing to balance the sweetness, hops are virtually nonexistent. Real hard to get through a bottle of this.

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Photo of BeerAngel
1.43/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours an ultra clear golden/orange with a tiny, I mean TINY white head that all but completely disappeared. The smell is a very faint fresh bread smell that is lightly sweet. The taste of honey is very, very apparent in this beer. Almost overwhelmingly so. Whew!...this thing is sweet tasting with a carb bite and nothing else can get past the honey. Strange tasting at best. For a company that's normally scared to use flavor, they went "flip-side" on the honey here! They just don't understand if you have bold flavor, you have to provide some type of complexity to it to counter balance things. Very light bodied and oh so sweet (not in a good way). Not very drinkable at all in fact I struggled through 12 ounces of this stuff. Cheers!

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Photo of Hunter
1.46/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Yet another expedition into cheap US macrobrews. This was on sale for $5 a six-pack, so I thought I'd give it a try.

Beer pours a dark red-gold in color. Nice billowy head that builds fast and thick, but dissipates quickly. Thick clumps of lace cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell is strangely subdued, especially for an adjunct lager. Faint tace of hops, some honey, little else.

Everything goes wrong with the taste, however. Most beers using honey employ it as a means of adding a subtle taste. Not this one. I've had meads that have less honey kick to them. Way too sweet, and really more like white sugar than honey. Nothing else comes through. Mouthfeel is too cloying for a lager, and I'm left with a sweetened-tea aftertaste.

I'll finish the other 5 bottles in a frozen mug, to deaden my taste buds. Won't be coming back to this.

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Photo of Seanibus
1.5/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Ew, ew, ew. Do not drink this beer. It tastes like some kind of hellish honey-flavored candy - a bitter honey candy at that.

It starts out ok, actually - pours a clear yellowish. I had to work pretty hard to get much head, but with a very aggressive pour, it produces about an inch of froth, which falls away to nothing almost immediately and leaves not a trace of lacing. But still, not that bad.

The aroma too is OK: slight with a little whiff of honey. So far so good.

But then the first sip. Oh, that first sip. Sweet, cloying, artificial, medicinal, industrial, Band-Aidy. Oh, there's honey on there, all right, but where's the damned beer?

The mouthfeel, unfortunately, is rather clingy, leaving me scrambling for something to remove the honeyish stink and film from my mouth. The finish is like a crushed aspirin tablet on the tongue - bitter, astringent, persistent, chemically.

God, what a waste of perfectly good honey.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
1.52/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bright deep gold color, creamy short term head that quickly becomes large bubbles and then fades. Smells of apple and adjunct, I can't detect any honey in the nose. First impression is of one dimensional sweetness. No bitterness, but is lightly sharp from the carbonation. Not much to taste except the sweetness. Quite a disgusting beer, I must admit that I threw it out. Tastes like a macro with a tablespoon of sugar added.

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Photo of mynie
1.52/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Nice little head. Dark gold color. Nice but nothing special.

Adjunct odor. Malt mixed with random weeds that I've probably never heard of before. Inoffensive but flat.

Sweet! Not like, "Sweet!" as is "Cool!" but "Sweet!" as in "taste like deadly, overpowering sugar." This is the honniest honey beer I have ever drank. There's some simple malt in the back that leaves a slight hint of a nice, dry aftertaste, but it's just not enough. More bitter at the back, please. Balance this sonofabitch out.

Almost horrible, too much like sugar water. I couldn't see myself drinking too many of these. Feels like I'm rotting my teeth.

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

I have never had a "honey lager" before and its going to be impossible to know if this is a good rep of the style or not. However if this is a good rep then I hate Honey Lagers.

The appearence was the only thing somewhat positive about it. Everything else was a disaster. It smelled like candy, tasted very sickening sweet. Had a slick mouthfeel and isnt something you want to drink beyond the initial taste test.

If you want a sweet brew stick with a Wee Heavy, or possibly a Dopplebock. This light lagers infused with flavors are horrible.

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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 pmcadamis
1.65/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My fiance bought a sixer of this and didn't like it so I jumped on the grenade.

A - Light honey brown with a hint of burnt orange. A thin flimsy cap stays there for all of about three seconds before reducing to a wimpy little collar.

S - Honey, grain, and a stale styrofoam cup aroma. And no, I didn't pour it into a styrofoam cup. Smells really sweet and heavy with honey.

T - Thick syrupy honey flavors without a heavy mouthfeel. Strangely, it tastes "heavy" if that makes sense, but it's really quite dull and flavorless. Tastes a bit like cheap honey-flavored tea. Not altogether terrible, but it ain't good.

M - Thin, watery, and overcarbonated. I can feel the sugar, but not in a good Dopplebock sort of way. More like dropping a teaspoon of honey and another of sugar into a big glass of water.

D - Poor. This is really a mess.

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Photo of talkinghatrack
1.7/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

a - standard clear light beer with some caramel coloring.

s - light beer. Some sourness and some sweetness.

t - hard to place. Not bad up front but an odd, cloying under-tongue sweetness in the middle. Some decent bitterness at the end but the sweet remains. I guess that's the goal of this honey beer but I don't dig it. And it only gets worse.

m - thin with very small bubbles. Meh.

d - normally my logic is that most light beers are highly drinkable by definition if they are tolerable in taste. This one doesn't appeal to me.

This is a pretty low score from me but I just don't like it.

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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 danielharper
1.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Received as a gift as part of the Michelob Holiday Pack.

Dark yellow/orange body with nonexistent head. Some carbonation creeping up to the top of the glass, but otherwise completely transparent.

Sweet aroma, but with unpleasant yeasty undertones that are not inviting.

Cloying sweet flavor (and I usually like sweet beers) with very macro-like notes and a nasty "light lager" aftertaste. Unpleasant.

Reasonably thick mouthfeel, washes around the mouth pleasantly, despite the nasty taste.

Low drinkability. I don't even think I'm going to bother to finish this bottle. Life is too short.

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Photo of Pegasus
1.84/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium golden color that I suppose is meant to be reminiscent of honey. Well carbonated with a half-inch head that seems to have some staying power; lots of broken lace.

Aroma: Aroma consists mainly of honey and some grain notes - It is clear why Jason remarked that the aroma is similar to horse feed, it is quite so.

Taste: Tasting yields sharp, overpowering honey notes that drown out any other flavors, although I think I detect a little hop bitterness. The carbonation is fairly sharp and stinging. Finish is excessively sweet.

Mouth feel: A little thinner than expected, although not unpleasant.

DrinkabiIity/notes: I commend Anheuser-Busch for attempting to develop new beers, but this one misses the mark.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck with a twist off crown; served in a standard pint tap glass.

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