Genesee Honey Brown
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

Genesee Honey BrownGenesee Honey Brown
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From:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
 
New York, United States
Style:
American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #79
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
72
Ranked #29,932
Avg:
3.13 | pDev: 17.25%
Reviews:
710
Ratings:
822
Status:
Active
Rated:
Yesterday at 03:32 AM
Added:
Jul 06, 2001
Wants:
  36
Gots:
  248
SCORE
72
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Genesee Honey BrownGenesee Honey Brown
Notes: Formerly: Original Honey Brown Lager

This isn’t your watered-down light beer from college. Nor is it a heavy craft beer. Honey Brown pours right smack dab in the middle. A delicious golden amber color, it’s a beer you can drink throughout the night while staying true to yourself and your evolving palate. Enjoy it with friends. Enjoy it with strangers. It doesn’t matter to us—just enjoy it.
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Rated: 3.54 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Yesterday at 03:32 AM
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Reviewed by Webby64 from Indiana

1.96/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
I almost threw up after a couple of these. Most disgusting "beer" I've ever tasted. Gave me a headache. I see why it was only $14 bucks a twelve pack. Never again! Avoid
Oct 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.06 by Danzifer from Ohio

Oct 20, 2022
 
Rated: 2.87 by ronniebruner from Arizona

Sep 23, 2022
 
 
Rated: 3.75 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Jun 25, 2022
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Reviewed by lagrluvr

3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
It's not an amber or red lager. And nothing brown about it. What a joke. It is a normal American golden adjunct lager, with more body than Bud or high Life. Slight honey-ish note maybe, if you really try to find it. Overall, for the price - in this case, a free 30 pack - it's a decent nostalgic cheap summer lager to crush once in awhile with relatives from PA, who are nice enough to bring it. Won't likely have any more until another similar situation happens. (when someone else buys it). Like honey nut cornflakes in the aftertaste after a few. Good to alternate with Yuengling and IC Light for the full yinzer vibe.
Apr 10, 2022
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I would buy this stuff in a heartbeat if I found it again. Possibly one of the earliest beers in my life that was not swill, and served a gateway for starting to brew with brown ales as I had no real idea this was lager. I always thought I could taste the honey, but would love to revisit with a more refined palate.
Mar 31, 2022
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Rated by ethanuel

4.94/5  rDev +57.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Amazing. Absolutely incredible. Not a better beer in the world. Could use a slightly higher ABV, but aside from that, everything about it is PERFECT.
Mar 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.29 by jkh15 from Michigan

Mar 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.16 by DavyDnIndy from Indiana

Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from 12oz bottle
The look is lighter than expected for half of the name being literally brown, it's a golden lager not any darker than say a craft lager. Head is made up of larger bubbles similar to a soda but fades down to wispy froth maki g it look more normal, but the carbonation is aggressive. It will weakly lace if you really try.

The smell is similar to an average lager bit with more body, maybe the malt or the "honey", but definitely a lager smell out on the forefront.

The taste is similar to the smell with some hoppiness and nothing off, and the honey sweetness comes through relatively strongly on the finish making it pretty balanced for the price point but the hops are definitely not the star they are just kind of there until the honey ends up overpowering them. The more you drink the sweeter it seems. Overall flavor however is american lager.

Mouthfeel is very similar to any of your standard american lagers. Has a definite presence but doesnt overstep. Some might call it water but if this beer was too thick the honey would just be too much.

Overall the description the company puts out for this beer is very accurate. Just a few rungs up from your bud, miller, or coors, but not so much going on as a craft whatever except for maybe the german craft scene with their hefes and helles. But a good entry level beer that you dont see around too much (in the west at least) and offers a bit more than average macros.
Dec 05, 2021
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Almost-clear, brassy gold, with light white head.

Smell is a helles-like floral+sweet grain aroma.

Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, plus some hop-generated spiciness, and some light bitterness.

Feel is light and smooth, finishing with moderate, sharp carbonation. That carbonation bite is a bit rough at the end.

Overall, not bad . No off flavor, and what's there is pleasant, just not enough of it. That slightly harsh carbonation drags it down a bit. Too noticeable for the easy-drinking session beer that it's intended to be.
Nov 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3.31 by 22Blue from Kansas

Nov 13, 2021
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Rated by Zopiac from Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Very plain beer. Close to the way I like it. Tiny bit of honeyed grain on the very back. A bit weak.
Nov 05, 2021
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Rated by Scott_45 from Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
For a cheap lager, it has a decent taste and at 4.5% ABV, less filling than other cheap lager choices.
Nov 04, 2021
 
Rated: 3.71 by Stignacious from New York

Oct 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.13 by dd53grif from Michigan

Sep 15, 2021
 
Rated: 3.91 by cdub70085 from Connecticut

Sep 11, 2021
 
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
24oz can into a pint glass. Coding on can no help in determining age, but my guess is this has some age on it

The body is a crystal clear reddish amber color. Seems well carbonated, but there is zero head or lacing.

Light aroma, sweet malt with a touch of honey.

On tasting, a little odd. If anything, it feels a little over carbonated. It is very sweet. Also thin and watery.

Mouth between thin and medium, finish sweet.

Overall, no unpleasant tastes, but no substance either. 12oz would have been quite enough.
Sep 04, 2021
 
Rated: 2.81 by mltobin from Connecticut

Aug 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.56 by Mustela_Man from California

Aug 19, 2021
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
12 oz bottle served in a lager glass.
Appearance. Amber colored body with high clarity and a decent white head.
Aroma. Mild with hops dominant and hints of caramel and honey.
Flavor. Mildly bitter with grassy and herbal notes from the hops dominant.
Mouthfeel. Overly thin body with proper carbonation.
Aug 15, 2021
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Rated by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
This is actually my favorite cheap honey brown ale. It is light & refreshing with a slight taste of honey & nutty malt.
Jul 30, 2021
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Reviewed by SaltofOH from Ohio

2.94/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Can, stamped D091, April 1? Pokal glass.

A: pours a brilliant, brassy gold with loads of carbonation and a foamy white head that dissipates to nothing almost immediately. No lacing to speak of.

S: faint cereal grain, perhaps some cooked cabbage. I’m going to put sound with smell, because I can hear crackling bubbles coming from this.

T: really quite faint, sweet cereal. Honey Nut Cheerios? There is something artificial tasting in there. It has the perception of sweetness without actually being all that sweet. As it warms, that taste becomes more and more apparent and unpleasant.

M: thin, highly carbonated. Not totally clean on the finish. Wish it had more oomph, even for a lager this isn’t really satisfying.

O: back in my early 20’s this stood head and shoulders above most of the macro lagers my friends and I drank. Today it is a shadow of its former self. It is not even as dark as I remember (but I’m no fan of artificial coloring, so maybe that is for the best). It does not seem flawed, just a slightly sweeter AAL. Accomplishes what it sets out to do. In fact, at $1.69 for a 24 ounce can, it really is a tremendous value in its market segment. It’s just one I don’t intend to frequent.
Jul 29, 2021
 
Rated: 2.87 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Jul 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.17 by kp7 from Massachusetts

Jul 05, 2021
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

2.37/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5
Purchased as a single bottle from a Marathon for $.99. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - A nice gold with a one-finger sudsy ivory head.
S - Honey Nut Cheerios. Absolutely nothing else, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Just simple.
T - Honey, cereal grain, and a floral sort of finish.
F - Lightly carbonated. Smooth. Medium in body. Almost creamy.
O - I've had this beer before, and I'm happy to finally formally review it! It's a simple brew, but not a really bad one. I'd even go as far as to call it an enjoyable beer! If you like Honey Nut Cheerios, this is just the liquid version of that. An arguably excellent beer pong beer. I really hope they make this in 40s, because that would seriously suit the beer the best. Will buy again, on the basis that this is pretty alright for $.99.
May 21, 2021
 
Rated: 2.93 by nodder from New York

May 06, 2021
 
Rated: 2.81 by JustLikeMyDad from Michigan

Apr 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.83 by BillParton from Arkansas

Apr 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.97 by miwestcoaster from Michigan

Apr 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.13 by Taenim from New Jersey

Mar 28, 2021
 
Rated: 2.98 by GRhoads from Ohio

Feb 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.25 by Chipwells from Georgia

Feb 01, 2021
 
Rated: 3.18 by badtman from Florida

Jan 12, 2021
 
Rated: 1.82 by Mulechops from Kentucky

Jan 08, 2021
 
Rated: 3.16 by Myboymi from Kansas

Dec 27, 2020
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Reviewed by Sayb from Arizona

3.71/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L: Nice crisp amber , head dissipates quickly . Fair amount of carbonation bubbles .
S: Nice lager aroma , with a hint of honey .
T: Definite honey and a bit of caramel . Sweet aftertaste .
F: Clean and smooth , Noticeable carbonation .
O: Refreshing brew for kicking back watching a ballgame on a hot summer day .
Dec 17, 2020
Genesee Honey Brown from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 1532 ratings