Mexican Honey Imperial Lager
Indeed Brewing Company - Minneapolis

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Style:
American Imperial Pilsner
Ranked #18
ABV:
8%
Score:
87
Ranked #12,518
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 10.46%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
182
From:
Indeed Brewing Company - Minneapolis
 
Minnesota, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  40
SCORE
87
Very Good
Notes: Humming with a citrus and floral fiesta for the senses, Mexican Honey Imperial Lager is brewed with Mexican orange blossom honey and Amarillo hops. Proud recipient of the Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival 2014, this award-winning cerveza is all buzz, no bite!
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 182
Photo of REVZEB
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Thought this nailed the concept: honey laiden lager without losing the "beer" flavors (grains, malts, yeast, booze). Very smooth, slightly bready, and thirst quenching. Smell has flowers, orange zest, soil, and cereal like grains to go with the honey and malts. Same with the taste. Not super deep, but does well to execute the vision. Want more foam on the pour, but I'm being picky on that one.

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Photo of ty_in_ND
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 16oz can.

L - Bright, clear yellow with a small white head that disappears quickly. Leaves nice lacing when sipped on, though. Not as carbonated as other lagers I've had, but still a good number of bubbles dancing to the top.

S - The Amarillo hops and honey smells play very well together. Nice mix of floral, spicy, and sweet honey. Very faint malt and faint alcohol (not a surprise from an 8% ABV beer!).

T - Taste follows the smell, with a hint of citrus on top. Very lovely combination! The bitterness is nicely tamed down (according to the can, 17 IBUs).

F - Nice mouthfeel. Sometimes, if too much honey is added, the beer can have a wine/cider feel, but Indeed nailed the recipe here. Crisp, moderate carbonation. Leaves the mouth fairly dry. The honey and hops flavor definitely linger!

O - This is a fantastic beer! The only knock on it from a "I don't wanna get knocked on my rear" point of view is the ABV. This is a dangerous beer if you have a couple! You don't taste it, but if you're not careful, your head will be spinning. Indeed makes a seasonal "Light" honey lager that's about 5% that I can't wait to try. Otherwise, while this is too strong to be a summer thirst quencher, it would be a great drink to go with any type of meal (from fish to, dare I say... spicy Mexican). Buy it if you can find it, you won't regret it!!

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Photo of tropicaltim
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It has a unique taste. Honey is definitely present. Front half taste like a Mexican resteraunt followed by smooth finish with a pleasant subtle after taste that chills on the tongue.

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Photo of Monsterbaitor
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very surprising they pack 8% abv into this lager. The honey and malts really show through on this and hide the alcohol well. Like a craft honey corona, except if you drink too many prepare to be fu¢&3d!

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Photo of Benish
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned and poured into pint glass.

Appearance: golden yellow with 100% translucence. Head is very minimal.

Aroma: very sweet, bready with notes of cracker.

Taste: very sweet! The flavor of honey is not pronounced but seems to lend a lot of sweetness to the beer. It's very malty with notes of toasted cereal at the end. This imperial lager doesn't add complexity but makes the flavors more intensely rich.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Almost sticky.

Overall: don't expect huge complexity in this beer. Yet it is very rich and sweet. There does seem to be an extra layer of sweetness on top of the sweet malt that that without a doubt comes from the honey. An outstanding imperial lager!

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Photo of ipeters1017
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Smells very strongly of honey, with a few floral notes coming through. Taste is honey--sweet but not overbearing, with a little bit of spice in there. You can't taste any alcohol whatsoever, and there's a floral, almost grassy taste that comes through in the finish. The first sip was slightly medicinal, but it didn't show up again. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very refreshing for an 8% ABV, definitely looking forward to having this throughout the summer. This is the most impressed I've been with Indeed by far.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i cant believe people didnt like this more, its one of the best honey beers out there right now, its strong and rich, summery and incredibly flavorful. awesome stuff from indeed. the pint can pours a mostly clear rich golden color with slightly orange edges and a tall shaving cream thick white head. honey is dominant in the aroma, seriously honey forward, floral and waxy and genuine. the beer isnt crazy sweet though, i think they did a nice job letting the lager yeast chew up just enough of the honey to make it refreshingly dry, but still taste a whole lot like honey. it has a satisfying feeling in the throat too, the honey definitely influences the texture of this. i love the flavor, sweet a little bit, cerealy and fresh on the grain side of things, and with a classic lager yeast strain the comes on later. super easy drinking for its strength, this went down way too quick. honey and maple syrup and certain fruit sugars sometimes are just so hard to brew well with because its a trade off between the beer being sweet to a fault or tasting like the ingredient, and with that in mind, this is some of the better honey flavored beer out. it needed to be a strong lager, the style is perfect for the honey to shine through. top notch and underappreciated beer right here.

edit: i appreciate this just as much every time i have it. really one of the best expressions of the flavor of honey in any beer i have ever had. this is so dialed in, so unique, i adore it. as good a honey beer as is out there right now!

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Photo of ZAP
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reminds me some of a blonde doppelbock with the sweet honied maltiness....and then also it reminds of a malt liquor with its somewhat harsh splash of alcohol....mix in a little earthy/floral hoppiness and I'm not sure what we got here. I kind of like it as a I like sweeter beers at times. I'd say better than average but nothing I would be fired up to drink again.

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Photo of SebastRain
2.11/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is from tasting notes on 3/10/16.

From a 4 pack of cans... poured into a snifter glass. Not sure if these cans were stored in a hot place or if this is how the beer is supposed to taste... Here goes the review.

Look - gold/yellow color with a decent lacing. What I expected for an imperial lager. - 4

Aroma is a very strange dank vegetable medicinal notes... really not liking it. Some grape maybe? Not starting off on the right foot. - 1.75

The flavor keeps you on guard with a boozy medicinal taste. Like a combo of old cough medicine and beer that you really just try to get down the hatch. There are some elements of bready/spice spice combo. It was really tough to tell what was going on. There was some sweetness from the honey. Hops were not overwhelming by any means as expected, the medicinal flavor took over completely. I really hope this was a bad set of cans because we (between three people) tried to choke it down but poured all of them down the drain... something that seems like a sin. - 1.75

Feel - Normal for an Imperial lager - slightly malty.

Overall - I gave this beer a 2. Tough when you have to pour a 4 pack down the drain. Will try again next year and update the rating if it changes.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've seen this on the shelves for the past year and looked forward this this new batch. Just in time for spring, but I do note is has a best buy date lasting nearly a year. Boy that alcohol is a good preservative.
Mostly grainy, lager yeast and a small hit of spice and green from hops.
Quite clear, but not brilliant. Dense white head with good stamina. A little darker than typical.
Really nice complexity for a lager. Nice carbonic bite to start that adds a sharpness to the flavors. The grains pop on this, with a spiciness and herbal, floral hops. A slightly drying soft bitterness that doesn't linger too much. The lingering taste is a slight sweetness and it's nice with a very soft bitterness.
Great lager feels goes down easy but with the bite and slight heaviness from a larger beer it slows it down just enough.
There is a nice sweetness in the aroma and drink that brings rounds out the flavors and seems to enhance the other flavors.
I like this drink

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very slim white head. The color is orange and medium-light. Looks like a lot of amber ales.

Smells of sweet apples, grains, and some spice. This smells very much like a lot of ciders out there. The smell also reminded me (and this is not necessarily supposed to be a criticism) of Budweiser.

Taste is dominated by a sweet bread type of feeling. With a fair degree of spices, and some subtle hops, both of which makes an appearance in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light, and as a result, this is very drinkable. I don't know what it says about a beer that it works the most when you shut down your sense of taste and just drink the damn thing.

This essentially feels like an over-alcoholic, over-priced lawnmower beer. If it wasn't so expensive I would rave about it, but at the price point I was expecting something more. Perhaps that's the eternal curse of the craft lager; the inability to outprice the macros, and the initiateds inability to justify spending their hard-earned craft-beer money on a lager, which at the end of the day, is only slightly better than the big macros.

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Photo of hardysf
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Didn't care for this one too much. Not a huge fan of imperial lagers. Pours golden yellow and clear. Smell of lager yeast is pungent and sweet bread notes too. Taste follows the nose. Overly sweet to my palette. Harsh finish with boozy aftertaste.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16oz. can.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with about one finger of foamy white head that lingers for a moment before receding. Also leaves behind a little more lacing then I was expecting.

S: Smells of lager yeast and various grains initially, then you get some aromas of orange, and honey. Some subtle notes herbal spicy hops are detectable as well. It smells much like a typical lager but has more sweetness on the nose then I would expect.

T: Lager yeast, and biscuit as well as some sweet bready malts up front. In the middle you get some nice citrus and honey flavors. Finishes with some subtle earthy hop spice. Not bad at all but just a little to sweet and lacking the complexity I was hoping for.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied, moderately carbonated, smooth and creamy but lacks that crisp finish that you would expect.

O: Well my impression is that this is an above average lager. I like a lot of what's going on with this brew and I think it is pretty close to being a really good beer. But on all levels it just seems to be lacking something and it really throws me off. I will admit I am not the biggest fans of lagers so I could see this being much more enjoyable to those of you who are. Overall I did enjoy it and would recommend giving it a shot for anyone looking for something different.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed, bright golden hued, with a long-lasting and lace-leaving white cap of foam.

Aroma: cereal grains, mightily multiply, sweetness and some spice. Something's happening here.

Taste: Hmmmm. Yeah. Lager. Strong. Honey. Sure. Mexican? Yeah….it's sweet. It's strong. Not too this, not too that, not hoppy, not especially malty. Pretty tasty…but,….missing certain complexities I enjoy observing. I guess I'm trying to say that it's wonderful for what it is, …if you like that sort of thing. It's not what thrills me. I need more of more, not less and then some.

This is one of those beers that I am trying because I like the brewery, and I find that I enjoy everything they do. Except, really, this one. Nothing wrong with it. It's fine that it exists. But, I would never choose to drink it again.
C'est la vie.

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Photo of Kanger
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very light Orange gold

Aroma: Sweet. Fruity esters. Cider like. A little vinous.

Taste: Crisp A little dry on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body.

Overall: A very nice lager, though I failing to taste any honey.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours bright straw under a 2” finely bubbled white foam cap that clings to the side of the glass.
S: Light orange and honey on the nose with light grains in the background.
T: Honeyed light grains with orange highlights.
F: Dry and crispy with medium carbonation and a medium light body. Has a little honey texture and stickiness on the finish that lingers and coats the tongue.
O: A big, refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color, with a thick pillowey white head. The head fades ever so slowly, leaving a massive lace.

This beer has a grainy aroma. I detect some pepper nots as well as some grass. It has a very mild honey aroma.

As with the aroma, the honey that I was expecting takes a back seat to the grainy flavor. It is a little more pronounced, but only slightly.

This beer is crisp. It is carbonated well. It leaves a grain aftertaste with a hint of honey. The a kohl content is very well masked in this beer. Is it sessionsble? I don't think so, but I am not opposed to drinking a bottle or two.

Overall, this is a pretty decent beer. I don't love it, but I like it enough. Thanks go out to my good friend Sarah for including this with a plethora of fine Minnesota beers!

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Photo of maedhros09
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

10 oz from tap
Look: Lightly hazy gold with little head and no lacing
Smell: lightly sweet, herbal hops
Taste: Sweet with a faint suggestion of alcohol and an herbal hops afterglow
Feel: A bit fuller in body than your standard craft lager but not by much. Smooth yet effervescent.

Overall: Had this one after the Bauhaus pilsner and was expecting a bit more complexity and depth given the abv. It was sweet, which can't be faulted given the name, but a bit much for me. The finish was nice with a bit of clean herbal hops standing out. I guess I didn't really get "the point" - why not just make it a regular strength pilsner if you don't get any extra depth from the higher strength? Although it was tasty, it was disappointing considering I preferred the regular pilsner that preceded it - more balance and complexity would have been welcome.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can, tasted 5 March 2015. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very clear bright golden color. One finger of white head, decent retention, okay lacing. Minimal visible carbonation.

Smells of grains and lager yeast, with just the faintest touch of honey. Not bad, but not all that interesting.

Taste is pretty good. Starts out clean, tips sweet, then fades bitter, but all of those characteristics in moderation. It's flavorful and varied, though I wish I liked the particular flavors more.

Feel is really nice. Fuller and richer than most lagers, probably due to the heavier malt bill. Buzzy carbonation that persists throughout, keeping the weighty liquid and the flavors from settling.

Good, and almost really good, but the flavors let me down a bit. I like the variety, but I want more out of each side of it.

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Photo of joshcmn
4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a very tasty IPL. I believe the key to enjoying this beer is to allow it to warm. The complexity of the malt truly shines as the temp climbs. It is dangerously quaffable for its high ABV. Another winner from Indeed! I feel like I could drink the entire 4 pack but I need to work in a few hours.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap into a shaker

I don't really "get" the imperial lager angle...none of the clean crisp flavors I love in lagers in this one, even though there are plenty of interesting things going on in terms of the flavor profile: honey is quite pronounced, as are some relatively complex floral and orchard notes...fairly heavy and slick mouthful.

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Photo of Herky21
3.07/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Kind of a clumsy, lager yeast/honey mash up. It doesn't come together as well as I had hoped. Maybe the pilsner yeast had some trouble finishing this 8.7% monster.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Radiant golden brew. Smells like a standard lager nothing special here. Taste is honey and a little boozy. OK flavor for a springtime beer. One of my favorite thing about lagers though is their sessionability and at 8% this beer destroys that benefit.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear bright gold color. The head is a massive two and a half inches of billowy white foam that recedes slowly leaving nice lacing. The aroma is of honey, lavender, hibiscus, and chrysanthemum. There is a lot going on in this aroma, and it seems that a different flower sticks out with every whiff. The taste is sweeter than the aroma with lots of honey up front. The finish is much more floral than the sip, and lingers nicely. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a really well crafted beer that I can see drinking regularly when it is available.

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Photo of Mdog
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Clear yellow-gold, good head.

Smell: Sweet candied oranges.

Taste: Sweet, oranges, clean & crisp, just a hint of grassiness.

Overall: Really good! Of course you have to like sweet beers, but this beer is sweet without being syrupy or heavy despite its high ABV. I hope I can find some more cans of this.

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Mexican Honey Imperial Lager from Indeed Brewing Company - Minneapolis
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 182 ratings