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 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 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 ZimZamZoom
3.16/5  rDev +24.4%
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 +11.4%
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 -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 PatronWizard
2.94/5  rDev +15.7%
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 +40.9%
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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Photo of SargeC
3.88/5  rDev +52.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep gold brew with a frothy white head.

Smell: Semi-floral aroma. Sweet malt, minimal hops. Honey sweetness.

Taste: Good malt presence with a hint of honey. Nice minor touch of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium. Very smooth, slightly sticky.

Drinkablity: A lighter beer that has a good, sweet backbone. Refreshing and satisfying.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.65/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent 1 1/4 finger head with good retenetion and lacing. The color is orange and the carbation seems effervescent.

Smell is of some pale malts with a hint of caramel malts and honey. There is also a tiny bit of a citrusy and grassy flavor. It seems fairly enticing.

The taste is of pale malts with a good balance of caramel malts and honey. It's actually a nice beer. The only problem is a bit of some off dry tannins in the beer as it warms.

Mouthfeel has a bit of crispness but comes through light and smooth without being watery. The beer finishes a little bit dry as it warms.

This is a good summertime beer and I think it's underrated being that it's an AB product.

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Photo of changeup45
2.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden color with a thin white head. A definite sweet honey taste. It is light-bodied with honey, corn and a grainy, malty mix. It's not bad for a Michelob and somewhat refreshing and clean. Still, this is not a whole lot better than standard swill.

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Photo of kinger
2.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Blast from the past, I came across this on tap last weekend up in Cleveland and had to order one since I haven't come across it in years. I used to work in a beer truck at an outdoor concert center and this was on tap along with regular Michelob. It was decent back in the day, and is still alright in my book. Faint aroma with a sweet honey scent. Pour is so-so, lack of a decent head and lacing knock it below average. Mouthfeel is a touch thin. Flavor is quenching with the basic Michelob/Bud grainy malt but with a good touch of sweet honey.

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Photo of auxiliary
1.89/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

appearance - Pours a clear gold color with a small white head.

smell - Grains and honey smell here.

taste - Light malt taste, with a floweral hop flavor and imitation honey at best.

mouthfeel - Light-medium, and watery.

drinkability - This thing is nasty. I'm open minded and thoguht it would be good stuff. Watery, light, has a wiered after taste that after drinkking half of it, I feel like pouring it out.

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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 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 babaracas
2.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber with rocky white head. Retention is ok but lacing is more or less absent. Smell: Michelob + honey... honey, grain, slight presence of pale malt and boiled hop. Taste: astringent grain, euro-lager skunk character, finishes with honey sweetness that overwhelms a hint of hops. Mouthfeel: very thin but sticky sweet. Too one-sidedly sweet and a bit watery, not interested in another.

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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 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 Drew966
2.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Michelob Honey Lager pours a typical lager yellow with a white head that fades quickly. I don't mind the aroma, sweet, honey like I guess. Very fizzy and very sweet. If there are hops in this I don't taste them. Not the worst macro I've had, I could probably drink a couple.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.5/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sample at AleFest Dayton: Pale gold color with a thin white head with poor retention. Spotty lacing. Sweet aroma of honey and a hint of malt. Light-bodied with a flavor differentiated from the normal Michelob only by the added honey. It actually seems more like an afterthought than a concerted effort at creating something new. The finish is bland and mildly sweet. Not worth coming back to.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.06/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

My better half picked up a 6-pack, so I thought I'd give it a go.
Aroma is a touch sweet, with no distictive qualities. Pretty basic lager malt base.
Pleasant enough light amber of gold and brownish orange. Head is white with a medium length.
Sweetness up front is alright, it's the persistence that's a problem. It hangs around for the whole drink, which, just somehow, doesn't seem right. A touch of dryness at the end, but no bitterness to speak of. The sweetness is sugary, but not necessarily honey, and it blends with the malt to create a bit of caramel quality that has it's moments. The sweetness helps as it warms, so it doesn't have to be comsummed quickly.
Body is a little heavier than many lagers with a very nicely done carbonation that's rather fine.
The sweetness (without a balance) would do me in after two, but as a single shot it's alright, especially for a hot day.

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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 granger10
3.12/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light honeyish color with a small fizzy head. Aroma was strong on the honey flavors along with some pale malt. Taste follows aroma. Really sweet with honey being prevalent. I like that flavor better than corn or rice, which is what one usually finds with macros, but its still nothing special. Lacks complexity and balance. Cloying after a few sips. Very similar to Dundee's honey offering. I wouldn't turn this down but I don't think I'm going to pay for another.

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Photo of evh883
2.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Michelob makes a decent beer for the price per bottle and scale or production. This beer was ok. It had a very golden color and on the pour had a bubbly head which went away as fast as I poured it. Aroma was typical of a macro lager with a bit of a sweet aroma. Tasted like a lager with honey in it. Overall, this was an ok beer that I would not buy on its own, but you can't say you don't like it without trying it.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.73/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice slightly orange-yellow-gold color, very clear, decent head. Aroma is fairly clean, plain, non-descript...it has maybe a hint of a honey character (sort of like a lightly floral scent) but just barely, not impressive but not offensive either. The flavor is not bad at all - if this is an American macro lager ala regular michelob its got it beat hands down, much more malt character and also some honey sweetness that is a tad cloying but not too much (certainly not more than a lot of Big beers and big beer styles), and does have some balancing hop flavor and bitterness although its clearly on the malt side of the balance. I think this beer probably had honey added after pasteurization or filtering - most honey beers get honey sweetness attenuated by the yeast, or certainly the homebrews I've made and consumed have been. So, maybe its kind of cheating but hey I think it works OK. This is another sample from the holiday pack, which I think overall is pretty good for a macro brewery. If they'd dump the mich regular and use that all-malt michelob from a few years back it would be a much better package to me.

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2.24/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden orange body is very bright. Head fades very fast from its off-white fuzz.

Nose is hard to pick up but does have a slight honey wheat hint.

Enters the mouth soft and zesty but with almost no honey noticeable as I would have expected. Maybe a hint of vanilla silk on the mouthfeel twords the end of the palate. Overall drinkable with a decent mouthfeel but not interesting at all.

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