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Michelob Honey Lager | Anheuser-Busch

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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
Ranking:
#44,477
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
235
pDev:
30.36%
Bros Score:
1.2
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
7
Trade:
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Photo of Beastdog75
2.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another Anheuser-Busch "specialty" brew. I read the other reviews prior to purchasing this, so I when I got home I would be prepared. A good portion of the reviews said that this beer is sickly sweet and the honey is overwhelming, but I found it not to be so bad.

First of all, Michelob Honey Lager poors a really nice gold color, and like the BA review said, they were really aiming to give this a honey color, and I think they pulled it off well. The head is white and kind of foamy, and lasts for about a minute. The smell is sweet and grainy, but I noticed no distinct honey scent in the smell. As for the mouthfeel, it is very smooth textured, and there is a moderate amount of carbonation. The taste is what I disagree the most on with other BAs. It's got a sweet grainy taste with a touch of honey. Sweeter than your average American lager, but not overpowering like I was expecting. I detected a minimal amount of bitterness from the hops in the finish, but the aftertaste was sweet along with the presence of the infamous AB green apple. I'm starting to think that maybe AB finally reformulated this beer to cut down on the excessive honey taste.

Anyway, I didn't think this was too bad. I surely don't accept it as a serious specialty beer, but I think it's kind of a "macro novelty" that you try once and leave it at that.

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Photo of UnionMade
1.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've been eyeing Michelob's attempt at craft beer for a bit, but haven't had enough nads to actually buy it. Anheuser-Busch's name on a beer is like the Mr Yuck sticker your mom used to put on poisonous stuff, so your 5-year-old ass wouldn't drink it. http://www.cardinalglennon.com/images.nsf/files/Photo24.gif/$file/Photo24.gif
Fortune shined upon me as I was at a friend's.
"Hey...wanna beer?"
Duh, guy!
Nestled amongst some Pete's is a Honey Lager, looking like Puff Daddy trying to sing. Lost cause. A chance to try the Busch family's answer to the microbrew. Carpe Diem.
I opted to just forego a glass. I gotta "keep it real". Not much smell came through, even when I jammed my nose in the neck. A light honey smell, which is to be expected. I got sick of trying to find something that I wasn't entirely sure existed, so up the bottle went. Not too bad. Better than I expected. Nice carbonation. No hop presence. A slight maltiness, but mainly the honey taste. I could imagine this being popular with non-beer drinkers. I guess the honey was pleasant, but my two pals malt and hops must not visit St. Louis much. The aftertaste revealed nothing new, but I'm still wondering if any hops are hiding in the bottle? An IBU or two would find spacious living. I think they used one pellet per batch. Entirely inoffensive.
I doubt I'll drink this again, save an emergency.
Sorry,Honey Lager. Good hustle, but I don't think you made the team.

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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 bditty187
2.85/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Any beer that tastes better out of the bottle has problems. I was dissatisfied at the lack of head and head retention. I was dejected at the lack of smell, some faint sweetness (honey?) but nothing noteworthy. The taste seemed kind of manufactured; the honey/sweetness did not seem natural. I did not find the flavors overwhelming nor did I find them overly enjoyable. I could drink one or two of these (in a pinch) and that’s about all…

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Photo of BrewAskew
1/5  rDev -59.5%
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 proc
1.35/5  rDev -45.3%
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 budgood1
2.28/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

i didn't dislike this beer, and even drank a few of them while i was at it....but i can see where beer geeks would be turned off. the honey taste and sweetness was almost overwhelming, but genuine. nothing i would seek out if i had to pay for it, since i had this at a friends house. if you REALLY like the sweet taste of honey, or are looking for a breakfast beer to go with those pancakes....this is a good choice. if your looking for genuine beer flavor, stear clear.

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Photo of ADR
2.95/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Of all the Michelob "craft brews", this one is least likely to give me a headache (before the Michelob line, the AB "Black and Tan" Porter was my favorite but it was long ago discontinued)...a look at the ingredients label told me that this brew doesn't include rice or other grains, differing from the others...maybe? Very average and a little greasy, because of the honey, I guess...when I'm trapped into bringing something home from a limited grocery selection, I might get this...no hops, malt hidden by sweetness, but I can drink it...

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Photo of Jason
1.2/5  rDev -51.4%
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 John1985
1.12/5  rDev -54.7%
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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