Michelob Honey Lager | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Honey LagerMichelob Honey Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
235
Reviews:
142
Avg:
2.54
pDev:
29.53%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
7
For Trade:
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Photo of whynot44
3.22/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clearlight amber color with a minimal white head that quickly becomes just a thin collar with very little lace produced.

The aroma is mild sweet malt and honey with just a hint of grassy hops.

Light bodied, mild, honey flavored brew, smooth enough, slightly sweet but balanced with just a bit of hops at the finish..

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

Sampled at local beer store. Poured a moderate amber color with white head. Smeel is sweetish with hints of honey. Taste is good at first but the sweetness becomes too much after after several sips. Left a sticky feeling in the mouth. Glad it was a sample.

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Photo of rowew
2.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Born on date on the neck. "All Natural Beer".

Appearance: Gold color with just a bit of red to it - thin bubbly head fades quickly.

Smell: Lots of grain and sugar. Very sweet, grassy smell.

Taste: Very sweet with a hint of honey. Not much else going on here.

Overall impression: No off flavors, and the honey does add a nice touch, but this was too sweet for me.

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Photo of jp32
2.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a transparent bronze color with an airy, white head that dissipates very quickly. The aroma is of sweet malts and honey. The taste is quite sweet, and almost too much like some sort of artificial honey syrup flavoring. There is a hint of bitterness at first taste, which adds a little kick to the flavor. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and flat. It almost has a syrupy feel to it. Its desperate for more carbonation. After a couple of these, the slimey uncarbonated mouthfeel becomes very unattractive.

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Photo of twi1609372
3.55/5  rDev +39.8%
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 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 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 ghurux86
3.43/5  rDev +35%
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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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 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 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 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 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 Kookiekwan
2.06/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer 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.

Reflection: This is another good example why I don't buy anything from A.B.

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

Presentation: Dark Brown Bottle. Yellow label.

Pour: Nice head, about half and inch. Disappears quickly though.

Smell: like an adjunct lager, alittle more malt than I expected.

Color: deep gold, almost amber

Taste: much better than I expected after reading reviews on here. Personally, I think it has the right amount to sweatness with out being too sweat.

Drinkability: I doubt any one would be able to through these back to easy. A bit heavier than most macro beers, but i could drink a few at a time.

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 kmpitz2
2.89/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very transluscent golden color with a 2 finger head that sticks around longer than most others from the macro companies. The beer smells honey sweet without much more coming through. Most of the flavor also comes from the honey. It's just a little too much in the foreground for my liking. The beer is moderately thick in my mouth. Rather surprising from for a maro offering. This is an easy beer to drink, but because it's so sweet, I couldn't do more than a few. Not a bad offerng, but still a macro beer.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.8/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

After finishing a very sour Goudenband, I need a macro, something highly filtered with a taste on the other extreme edge to get me back on keel. A nice sweet Honey Lager seems in order.

Appearance - perfect honey color. A short lived crisp head manages to maintain a thin cap and collar for the whole sampling.

Aroma - a honey candy smell, and that only briefly. Just the barest hint of something sweet, it's hard to pick up anything after a few seconds.

Taste - well, it's beer with a thick coating of honey wrapped around it, about a step away (maybe a half-step) from alcopop. Some cinnamon flavor on the swallow. I have a feeling this may get a bit sickening and yucky sweet if it warms, so I'll not tarry on quaffing this. No hops detected, this really is a dessert lover's beer, maybe something for the winter holiday season.

Mouthfeel - for a macro lager this has a thicker than expected feel due to the honey heaviness. It's crisp and lingers sweetly in the mouth.

Drinkability - I gotta be in a mood, but I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of simmons
3.76/5  rDev +48%
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 palma
2.93/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearence: Golden body with a decent head with different size bubbles and sticks well to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Some honey and cinnamon. Light malt. No hops in the aroma.

Taste: Very sweet. The honey flavor is artificial. I also tasted a lot of cinnamon. Don't know why the put that in. Ok tasting if you like very sweet beers.

Mouthfeel: Decent mouthfeel. The honey kind of makes it smooth but that just might be a subiminal thought that came out because I know im drinking a honey lager. Carbonation is medium/high.

Drinkability: Can't drink too many of these because they are so sweet. Ok for about one or two but that is it.

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Photo of mschofield
2.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A golden, approaching light amber body, with a two finger rocky off-white head.
Grainy malt aroma, with a touch of honey and darker malt, very clean aroma.
Sweet rich taste, a little cloying and too sweet. A good honey note.
Brown sugar and cinammon?
Looks better than it is, just too sweet to be palatable. I couldn't even finish one. I don't think all that sweetness can just be from honey, unless it wasn't alowed to completely ferment.

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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 merlin48
2.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a sampler box I bought mostly for the two included glasses, and to pacify the manager of a local beer store that is trying to get her distributor to find something more exotic than Heineken and Sam Adams. Pours a clear golden amber, off-white head disappears in seconds. Nose is honey sweet, maybe a faint hint of malts and hops. Mouthfeel is sweet, slightly carbonated. Taste is sweet honey,not much else. No lacing is evident as the glass empties. Not much here to balance the honey sweetness. Syrupy aftertaste doesn't improve my opinion of this mediocre offering.

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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 winomark
1.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Came in the Michelob sampler pack.

Appearance: Medium gold color with an aggressively foamy head.

Aroma: Sweet malt profile reminds me of Budweiser, with some aroma hops present.

Taste: Sweet honey all over the palate. Some malt and hops try unsucessfully to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light, but somewhat syrupy. Honey thickness throughout. Too sweet for my tastes.

Drinkability: A noble effort, but not sure what style this is. A disappointing part of the sampler pack.

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Michelob Honey Lager from Anheuser-Busch
2.54 out of 5 based on 235 ratings.
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