Original Honey Brown Extra Rich Lager (Beer Brewed With Honey)
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

Original Honey Brown Extra Rich Lager (Beer Brewed With Honey)Original Honey Brown Extra Rich Lager (Beer Brewed With Honey)
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Style:
American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #170
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
73
Ranked #47,296
Avg:
3.14 | pDev: 16.88%
Reviews:
693
Ratings:
1,474
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Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
 
New York, United States
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Year-round
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Original Honey Brown Extra Rich Lager (Beer Brewed With Honey)Original Honey Brown Extra Rich Lager (Beer Brewed With Honey)
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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.06/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(12 oz bottle, E229 12, twist-off crown; purchased cold 6 pack... poured into 500 ml mug)

L: brilliantly-clear, orange-amber liquid (far from brown); weak head on pour, receded in short time... thin collar, no lace

S: ultra-weak aroma intensity... try as I may - and I nearly collapsed a lung in doing so - could not pick up much of anything aside from a whisper-soft toasty caramel biscuit hint... the glass was barely cool to the touch, and just pure weak-itude

T: pretty much a watery malt liquor foundation with a soft kiss of toasty malt syrup (almost a maple aftertaste, but I could be stretching)... very little lingering flavor aside from a vague medium crystal malt character in the back of the palate; weak grassy bitterness builds... subsequent big sips detect a bit more reach to the malt sweetness, but it cuts off hard in the finish

F: rather clean, to a fault... its color and its name had me fooled into expecting more (German, malty, bock-y) body, but alas it's almost too thin and subtly sizzly, but ultimately poundable

O: first time having this in over 20 years; certainly the first time from a glass; couldn't find a pounder can, caved in on a sixer... what an unimpressive taste, nearly devoid of character - had hopes of a lil something more, though it's a decent (cheap) alternative to an AAL... drink it (cold) from the bottle (was a lil more enjoyable that way) and imagine 'honey', 'brown', and 'extra rich' - maybe you can trick your brain (1514)

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Photo of Tantonys
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Basically regular Genesee beer with biscuit or another amber malt and honey flavor added (I doubt real honey). Slight hopping, yet enough for this beer. I agree it is "Extra Rich" yet not from malt, possibly cane or corn. A pleasant beer to enjoy with friends that won't break your wallet.

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Photo of jkblr
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz twist off bottle with 0229 in black ink on neck (about 6 months old) poured into a becher glass at fridge temp. The beer pours bright light amber in color with nearly white head. The head settles to a nice cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is faint with a touch of grain and some yeast. The taste is lightly tangy with a touch of toasted malt and little bitterness. There is a light vegetable aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin bodied with above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, ok, as in not completely offensive.

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Photo of Sgt_1991
4.21/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Honey brown extra rich is one of my go tos. It's cheap down here in SE GA 7.81 for 6 bottles. It's a pretty decent beer. I tried it first in a pic six from a large package store and was pleasantly surprised with how smooth it was. Rich lager on it's own right with a bit of honey sweetness. It's not overly sweet and it's very easy drinking. Very good beer to get cheap locally.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first discovered this beer at a bar & grill type place up near Syracuse NY back in the 90's. They had it on tap and we went through a load of pitchers. At the time, I recall really liking it. Was not available then in NJ so I'd buy a few cases and bring it back. My dad loved it. Not sure how this is today although going to pick some up soon.

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Photo of Brook82
3.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownish/gold color with finger width head. Light lacing in pilsner glass. I thought the taste was well balanced with a nice honey presence that blends in without dominating overall taste. Finished with hop bite that was quick and dry. Pleasantly good drinking beer for a paltry $.99 + tax for 24 oz can.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks a lot like watered down coke. Nose is like sugar water. Taste hints at honey, but gives way to a cider line taste. Decent beer, but I’m positive they can improve on it.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: quite flat, not bubble at all. Yet, still a creamy head.
Smell: Very honey like, sweet.
Taste: The same as smell, dominantly honey flavor and sweetness. however, taste faded quickly after a short while. Little hoppiness.

An okay beer, too much honey sweetness that is not balanced by hoppiness.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4.5/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was my gateway beer into craft beer, craving the different taste from a macro brewery peaked my interest which led me to a beer like under the kilt. Up until this time I was having a lot of traditional macros without much personality. This one is awesome and I have not had it in a while, might have to hearken back like a glass of Michelob Amber Bock too!

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Photo of guynametyler
3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An absolute gem for the price!!! It's nearly the cheapest beer in my local beer cave and it is better than most on the shelf. It has a classic brown ale taste that would be mistaken for a much pricier brand. It's not hard to make an average brown ale but it's incredible to make such a tasty beer at such a cheap price.

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Photo of BruceLombardo
4.61/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a biased review. I have drank this for over 20 years. It is my favorite beer of all time, and I go out of my way to special order it for my use. I have drank many beers, but this one I search for, going to small liquor store to liquor store. It is a beer I love because of its quirkiness. I like the bubbly feel, I love the smell of a fresh opened bottle, and I enjoy that small sweetness that comes with every experience. Thank you, Dundee. Probst!

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Photo of Jelitikasez
3.29/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice, simple, straight up beer. Probably great at a grill out.
I had it with spicey Thai, and the sweet, smooth beer was a cool and soothing on my firey tongue.
I say sweet, but not crazy sweet.
For the $6.49 I paid for 6 bottles, I'm very pleased with this summery beer. May go-to again when I need something a bit lighter than my usual chewey stout and porter fare.

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Photo of Theguy2doorsdown
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's the craft beer you drank in high school, before you knew what craft beer was. It was a great alternative to Red Dog or Ice House. I read some of the reviews and almost lost my shit when I read someone poured it into a tulip glass. I'm drinking a tall boy of it as I write and all I can say is, I've had a lot worse and a lot better.

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Photo of Vermont_Northern
2.72/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

It gets that high overall because when I was a wee lad drinking underage this beer was a staple. Strange to think that in a state where great beer was everywhere honey brown was a classic cooler filler. Might have had to due with the fact that girls loved it.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.2/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look: One finger white head, orange-light brown body.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Corn, grains, very mild honey, very mild noble hops. Better than most macro beers.

Feel: Medium-light body, medium-high carbonation. Dry finish.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.9/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance – Clear, pale amber body with a one finger head.

Aroma – Mostly honey, light caramel malts.

Taste – Sweet, wheat malt, light honey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – Good body, slightly viscous, a little honey-like coating on the tongue.

Overall – A good beer, solid and easy drinking.

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Photo of puck1225
2.87/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Amber color. Thin short lived head, almost no lacing. Slightly sweet smell. Sweet taste, corn, cola, a bit of bread. Not something I will seek out.

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Photo of claminat420
2.03/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12oz bottle poured heavily into a pint glass. only marking on bottle looks like J11712 13:34W

Appearance-transparent copper (maybe a tad bit amber) with a frothy head that's the slightest bit off white. leaves light lacing.

Aroma- yeasty bread. macro-ish.

Taste- has a weird artificial flavor. has a sharp metalic note right out the gate. no abv it seems.

Mouthfeel- light bodied. overly slick. weird and not in a good way.

Drinkability- yeah i'm prolly never gonna drink this again.

Overall- i have to give this beer respect because it's the first i ever actually liked wayyy back in the day which lead me to the world of craft beers. but now it's like a gatorade of the beer industry. i can't believe it but i might take a bud over this.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden colored beer (almost the color of honey) that is perfectly clear. Can see right through it. A finger worth of white dense crown sits at the top.
The smell is some toasted malts and a little sweetness. Maybe caramel like.
The taste is sweet and toasty. Honey/caramel come through.
The mouthfeel of this is wet and medium bodied.
Overall, this is a solid choice for cheaper beers. One that actually has flavor.

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Photo of jonervin26
3.91/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Truthfully, it has been a minute since I've had any of this beer. However, I used to drink the hell out of Honey Brown. Writing this is actually making me crave it. Might have to go pick some up. A truly tasty brew.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 7/20/2017. Pours crystal clear deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head wit good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of honey, brown sugar, bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/caramel, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of honey, brown sugar, bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/caramel, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Very mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of honey, brown sugar, bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/caramel, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal dryness. Very clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and slightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this was a good Amber lager style. All around good robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the very mildly bitter finish. Clean, smooth, and flavorful dark/bready malt and honey flavors. Could have definitely used more hops, but there is nothing really wrong with it. A nicely enjoyable offering, and good style example.

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Photo of willcull78
2.55/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Overall it tasted all right, that rich honey flavor; however, the overall feel was not impressive; in fact, I got a bit of a headache from it. I wanted to like this beer, because I like do like honey, and thought it would make a nice offering; however, it just didn't really do it for me. As inexpensive beers go this one is drinkable but their are better beers for the price.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Tawny gold to light clover honey colored. Moderate lacing and thin creamy head. Smells sweet with a hint of malts, but mostly a honey smell that's stronger than honey itself. Funky generic lager smell too. Taste is big on sweet honey. Finishes with a borderline sour twinge. Feels carbonated and a little slick. Sticks to the tongue some.

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Photo of Hackattack
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stuff is not too bad. It is a lot better than any of the other brews I have tasted from Genesee/Dundee Brewing Company. This was a bigger deal before the craft brews took over.

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Photo of ordybill
3.77/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a clear amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is sweet malt and sugary honey. The taste is nice, but feels lije a processed flavor. not a bad beer at all.

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Original Honey Brown Extra Rich Lager (Beer Brewed With Honey) from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 1474 ratings