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 BeerFMAndy
2.48/5  rDev +0.4%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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 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 FickleBeast
2.39/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Bell's pint glass

A - pours clear yellow with one finger of head. no apparent lacing

S - nothing much, a little sweetness, no hop aroma detected

T - very sweet. It tastes kind of like malt extract used in homebrewing.

M - Low carbonation, tiny bubbles, overall feels pretty good. Pretty viscous consistency.

D - Not good. Too sweet! There is no crispness to make this beer refreshing.

Bleh. not good. I'm glad this is the final beer from the 6 pack.

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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 Brad007
2.73/5  rDev +10.5%
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 unclejimbay
3.08/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Michelob Honey Lager
Reviewed 3/6/09, bottle>pint glass
Style: American Amber / Red Lager - really?
ABV: 4.90 %

A 3.5 - Golden honey color, better appearance than expected, good head/head retention.
S 3.0 - Clean neutral macro smell, minor malt sweet aroma
T 3.0 - Malty sweet on palate with a quick dominant chase of honey sweetness. It's almost enjoyable but just a tad overdone with the residual cloying honey taste.
MF 3.5 - High clean crisp carbonation. Thin-medium body, semi slick after taste.
D 3.0 - A bit sweet for my taste in a cloying overly done honey fashion - but almost good.

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Photo of jwc215
3.05/5  rDev +23.5%
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 talkinghatrack
1.7/5  rDev -31.2%
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 PatrickJR
2.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Michelob really nailed the color on this one, it looks just like honey. A finger of white head rises and falls quickly leaving minimal lace.

S - There's very little aroma here. Some metallic character strikes me first, followed by a vague sweetness that I suppose could be the honey. Graininess hides on the back end.

T - Not too shabby really, but this could be a lot better. Honey provides initial sweetness that reminds me more of cheap rock candy than actual honey. Sweetness fades by about half into a grainy, bland flavor followed by a smidge of bitterness.

M - Solid medium body with moderate to high carbonation. The body holds the sweetness well and high carbonation makes it a bit refreshing.

D - Honey Lager certainly won't knock anyone's socks off, there's simply not enough flavor or complexity going on. It is however an easy drinking beer. Forgettable at best but a passable intro to the uninitiated.

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Photo of larsee01
2.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A--Clear, reddish-tinged amber. Decent head with surprisingly sticky lace when poured aggressively.

S--Adjuncty and slightly sour yeastiness at first scent. Mild...almost weak. But alas, you will pick up some malty sweetness and honey scent.

T--Sugary sweet at first...more like saccharin! Followed by a bitter kick that I wish I could call balancing. Light, grassy aftertaste. Honestly this taste a lot like a Euro lager. That's unfortunate. Drinkable...even rather refreshing...but flavors are way out of whack. Kind of processed/artificial vibe here. Worst of all, it doesn't taste like a Michelob--a beer I really love!

M--Thin and kind of like sugar water. Not much help in the carbonation department here.

D--Goes down easy, but how many beer sugar bombs are you interested in?

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Photo of CityBoy1986
2.09/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

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

The appearance is a nice golden colour. A white head quickly recedes into a film and leaves decent lacing. So far so good.

However, it smells much like traditional Michelob (much wheat) with just a hint of honey. The taste brings out more of the honey, but it doesn't mesh well with the rest of the beer. It's almost as if they just added honey to already-brewed Michelob.

Mouthfeel is also similar to Michelob--light, watery and high in carbonation. Drinkability is very low. Half a bottle is more than enough for me.

I don't know whether the target consumers drink Michelob or if they are craft beer drinkers looking for something cheaper than their usual buys. Whoever they are, Michelob probably won't get them.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear bronze color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of faint bready malt and nothing else. The taste is of bready malt too...more than the aroma with a hint of honey in the finish. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with carbonation that is too high, and gets in the way of tasting the beer. Overall, this beer is decent at best, and I can't see myself drinking it again.

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Photo of blackie
3.3/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a nice white head over a golden amber beer, low retention

s: smells of a clean all-grain lager with just a light aroma of real honey, grassy spicy noble hops

m: medium-high carbonation and light-medium body, a bit coating in the finish but generally clean

t: pale lager grains, a touch of spicy, grassy hops, and a quick note of honey in the finish, a slight lingering unpleasant sweetness, a little metallic note that doesn't fade

d: consumed very cold it's best, as the less desirable heavy flavors aren't sensed...so it follows that it loses some drinkability as it warms

used to drink the hell out of this stuff on the cusp of my micro-evolution...yet another single picked up in Hampton

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Photo of LarryV
1.4/5  rDev -43.3%
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 thekevlarkid
2.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a gold/amber color with lots of visible rising carbonation. The head was one finger thick, bright white and retained ok as a skim but laced very well. The aroma was very much of macro mashed-grain and a little artificial sweetness. The flavors were similar, basic Michelob beer with a little added pale malt sweetness and something syrupy that wanted to be honey ,but wasn't. Blah. Bad aftertaste that lingered, a nail in the coffin. The mouthfeel was good but the carb too high and the body watery. Thumbs down.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.3/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a fizzy gold body leading to an off-white head. The head wasn't that impressive but the lace was nice. It has a two-tone body it gets darker towards the top once things start to settle. It smells mainly sweet a little bit of honey but mostly adjunct and malt. The taste is also somewhat adjunct as well but not bad overall. The after taste is really sweet and honey like. There is a little bitterness and it is a light bodied beer.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.49/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours crystal clear straw color with decent head and lacing. Moderate head retention.
Smell is a bit grainy, sweetness in the mix, almost candy like.
Taste is way sweet, almost cloying. Mouthfeel is actually pretty good on this one.Finishes on the sweet side.

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Photo of Aleforge
1.61/5  rDev -34.8%
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 BuckeyeNation
1.84/5  rDev -25.5%
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 ZimZamZoom
3.16/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty gold color, plenty of bubbles and a nice white head on top. Some lacing is evident as the head fades.

I do get the mild aroma of honey and malt, no noticeable hops in the nose. the taste is light and sweet with honey, some graininess in the back and also a bit of a boozy quality from the honey I think. Not at all an alcohol warmth, but just a perceived booziness. Maybe a tinge of bitter hops in the finish but clean and crisp after that. There is no lingering quality to this.

Light bodied, and easy to drink. A nice beginning beer for any BMC drinker looking to step it up a notch.

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Photo of WakeandBake
2.83/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle.Pours golden and clear with less than a one finger head it had some decent lacing and head retention. The aroma was sugary/honey sweet with possibly some corn? The taste was sickly sweet from first sip to finish. The beer was medium bodied, smooth but not very easy to drink.Did not detect any hops at all,a good dose of them may have helped out a bit here.

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Photo of rye726
1.15/5  rDev -53.4%
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 PatronWizard
2.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Can't hurt. Poured myself one...

Looks like honey, only thinner. Big white head of big white bubbles. Not long lived.

If I close my eyes and wish real hard I can almost smell the honey. Otherwise smells like light beer.

There is a honey sweetness to the flavor. Not bad. Masks the otherwise unsavory light beer flavor.

Medium bodied. Harsh carbonation. Drinkable

Overall: macro with honey

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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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Michelob Honey Lager from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.47 out of 5 with 235 ratings
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