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

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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 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 zeff80
2.72/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, gold color with a small, short-lived head. Highly carbonated and no lace.

S - It smelled very sweet. I could pick up notes of honey and a corn/grain aroma, too.

T - It tastes of sweet honey. There are some malt and grain flavors, as well.

M - It was fairly crisp, but a little thin. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is not a bad macro lager. I purchased it alot in college because my girlfriend would actually drink it. But I picked some up recently and it is still a good session beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +51.6%
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 TheManiacalOne
2.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, caramelized malts, lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a honey sweetness that is quickly followed by the breadiness of lager yeast and light malts, but there's also an adjunct sweetness in the background. There's a very mild hops presence that is not enough to bring much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this beer just didn't do much for me, it is not one that I would drink again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale orange body with a small, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Mild aroma of honey, grain, and flowers. Pretty basic, at best, though nothing to get sore about.

Taste: Basically tastes like their standard Michelob with a few drops of honey stirred in. Simple, sweet maltiness with a hint of grain. Faint floral hops with a light bitterness. Encroaching wateriness on the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a terrible ride for the one bottle, though I'd be pretty loathe to accept an entire six-pack.

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

Slightly more orange than amber with honey colored trim. Several streams of small bubbles can seen disappearing into the underside of a head that is ecru in color and has acceptable texture. Disrupted rings of sudsy lace don't appear to be committed to the cause.

The nose is way too weak and is bland to boot. It's apparent that the beer is going to be somewhat sweet, although it's difficult to appreciate the honey per se. No real nastiness keeps the score from falling too far.

Honey Lager is the first beer in quite some time to fail what I like to call the involuntary grimace test. If the first sip causes me to (you guessed it) contort my face into an involuntary grimace, then the beer in question is seriously lousy. This beer is seriously lousy. A-B doesn't have a good track record with respect to the IG test.

The flavor profile consists of grain soaked in sugar syrup. That's it. I must have had sweeter beer, but this one seems sweet in an intolerable way. Call me crazy, but it still doesn't taste much like honey. All that extra sugar just glues up the works and prevents the flavor of the grain from being appreciated. Actually, in this case, that's probably a good thing.

There's nothing inherently wrong with the body/mouthfeel, though it could use higher quality carbonation. The honey seems to fill it out a bit, which is a good thing. I still can't go with an average score, though. Mostly because it's so hard to separate mouthfeel from flavor. Gack.

I'm willing to give Anheuser-Busch props when they deserve them. Michelob Honey Lager is deserving of nothing but scorn. Even though it doesn't taste like them, this is beer for those who think that Fruity Pebbles are the ultimate in breakfast cereal. Two thumbs waaay down.

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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 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 Gagnonsux
2.68/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is fairly one-dimensional, mundane stuff. So far, I don't think I've found a honey beer that I really liked. Appearance is honey golden, head is below average-sized. Smell has a generic sweet smell, mainly malts with a touch of honey. Taste is sweet honey and some malts, not too strong, but very one-dimensional. This gets old fairly quick. Drinkability isn't too bad, but could be a lot better if this had a little more character. Not something I'll pick up again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Honey golden amber tone with a decent sized silky white head leaves behind some scanty lacing. Aroma: Label claims all malt, this maybe but it's a mild biscuit malt sweetness blended with honey sweetness this one's not bad some very light hopping. Taste: It's not off to me just honey trace throught it with some light bready malt sweetness finishing hops to balance not horrible. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied not too impressed with this aspect and quite overcarbonated. Drinkability: Well, not a staple but the best of the Michelob sampler in my opinion, refreshing and strangely not bad.

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Photo of jwc215
3.05/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden amber- plenty of clarity. A thin head disappears to a few bubbles.

The smell is of honey and some grain with a hint of light, non-descript hop spicing.

The taste is of honey with some caramel in the back. Sweet, but with some non-descript hops that don't lend bitterness, but some restraint to the sweetness. It has a honey stickiness in the finish.

It is on the fuller-side of light-bodied. Not too fizzy, all things considered.

Too much honey without substance, though there is a slight touch of caramel and light, vague hops - along the "macro" line. Not bad for someone who wants a beer with a heavy hand of honey (and not much else). Honey lingers for an almost annoyingly long time.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +52.8%
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 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 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 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 jdhilt
2.63/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour this hard and you get a get head, there isn't a lot of carbonation. Leaves a lace. Pale orange color and a faint honey nose. Very light bodied but better than a Mic lager. Very definite taste of honey and finishes with smooth malt/honey flavor. The ABV is 4.9%.

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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 RBorsato
3.67/5  rDev +44.5%
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 Brad007
2.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium blond color with a one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is light and sweet with honey and sweet malt in the nose. Not too overpowering.

Taste is sweet with honey upfront and not much else can be detected.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering honey and not much else. Seems rather too sweet to begin with.

Not bad but the honey is too much here. Where's the lager part?

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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 Suds
2.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I approached this one with mixed feelings: I’ve liked some of the new Michelob brews, but most honey flavored beers seem to fall short in many aspects. This brew is decidedly in the latter camp. It pours a crystal clear golden color with a fizzy, unappealing head. The aroma is faint grain and a little honey…maybe a bit of a cooked corn smell as well. The taste is almost unbearably sweet. Syrupy and cloying. Now, I enjoy a sweet mead occasionally, but this didn’t have the deep honey flavor of a mead. Instead, it’s a sugary, unbearable, sticky sweetness. This beer was not for me at all!

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Photo of ZAP
2.67/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know a lot of people think this is overly sweet but I say "shoot if you're going to put honey in a beer, do it up in a big way"..and they certainly do with this...I tend to like sweet and oversweet beers so this doesn't bother me all that much although I'm sure for some it could be sickening...

It is a brilliant gold in color...clear...nose doesn't exhibit much honey...more adjucts again....mouthfeel is creamy and slick...taste is sweet like honey...I think this could have been a much better beer with some added complexities to it, but I can deal with it as it is...

A nice sweet change of pace on occasion and my favorite out of the sampler....If you like sweet beers give it a shot you might like it...If not stay away because it is overdone...kind of like a sweet can of fruit punch or something like that....

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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 BeerFMAndy
2.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. 09106 date printed on neck label.

A - Brilliantly clear gold color is beautiful but massively hindered by the insanely fleeting, fizzy white head. Gone in moments and left next to nothing.

S - Skunky dry straw, rice, and sweet corn with no real malt aroma, no hops at all, and just a dab of honey.

T - Wow, ok. Overly sweet with both honey and syrupy sugar. Light malts mingle with corn and straw adjuncts on the finish. Too sweet but really, besides the sugar level, it dosn't offend me.

M - Light and crisp with a very sweet finish that lingers on the tongue.

D - If you don't mind sugary beers, you'll love this. It's definitely a little too sweet to be easily drinkable.

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