Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Dundee Original Honey Brown LagerDundee Original Honey Brown Lager

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 663 | Ratings: 1,390
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Brown pour, looks decent, head dies very fast on it before you can really get a measurement or feel for it. Mild and light brown. No hopping evident in the nose, but there is a pleasant sweetness to it.

Taste also seems to be lacking hop characteristics, the carbonation even is lower thereby contributing to that lacking aspect. The sweetness dominates, needs to be offset a little better by something. Too much honey. Too much sweetness.

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Photo of sennoma
2.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not super sweet despite detectable honey/malt/maple syrup notes in smell and taste. Could probably use some more bittering balance though. Funky aftertaste that I can't quite place and don't really care for; another review called it "metallic" but I don't get that, it's more "residual malt" or something. Smell is better than taste, as not overpowered with honey etc. Drinkable but not going to be a favourite.

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Photo of Lorenzai_Konstantinov
2.3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Let me just start by saying that this beer was intended to be drank out of the can. I poured a little bit in a glass to get an idea of its colour. It pours a light copper colour, barely darker than a Bud or Miller. The foam fizzles out in a matter of seconds and there is no lacing.
The nose consists of brown sugar, honey, cheap pale malts, and corn. Lots and lots of corn. When it's ice cold the corn hides but if you let it warm up...you've been warned. I do not detect any hops at all.
The taste is surprisingly decent. There is a Canadian maple syrup / brown sugar / honey and malt flavor that is smoothe and not overpowering. It is not overly sweet either, just enough for you to want to take another swig. There is only a trace presence of bittering hops. The mouth feel is very light. Only a low amount of carbonation coupled with an above average thickness nets this beer a silky smooth character.
Overall I like it every once in awhile, or when I'm broke. It's a nice change of pace, and it's 99¢. Just try it.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.42/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Extremely smooth for a lager, and not too sweet with the honey addition, this beer is light bodied with an oddly metallic after-taste. But as a Western New York native, I know that it is often the best option at some local bars.

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Photo of plumberman63
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish/red
smells a sweet honey malty
taste is a smooth, light honey sweet with a little malt, a slight bite at end.
Smooth easy going down. Could drink multiplies in one seating.
I would drink this again, definitely better than the normal , coors/millers/bud beers

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Photo of BlakeA85
3.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into mug. Pours a dark, attractive clear brown with a nice white washy head.
Smells of malt, honey and some hops.
Tastes like the nose, honey and malt with a little bitterness on the back end.
Mouthfeel is crisp and nice. Mildly carbonated.
Overall, pleasant tasty sweet lager.

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Photo of Squire123
2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Admittedly it was the word brown rather than honey that caught y eye.

Nice enough brownish, reddish sort of brew. Light texture and flavor, little hops, Pretty much a bland effort that doesn't match the promise of the label. Not bad, just unoffensive.

Ticker brew at best. Buy it cheap and serve it cold.

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Photo of taters21
3.34/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden honey color with a finger head that leaves nice lacing, beautiful carbonation.
Not a lot on the smell, typical adjunct lager malt, some apple, mustiness, honey.
Taste follows with malt, light honey, bready malt, finishes with a whiff of hops.
Mouthfeel is full, creamy, reminds me of Genesee cream ale.
Overall not a bad choice for the price given its competitors, I'm looking at you bud/miller/coors.

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Photo of KACK1533
3.74/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smelled sweet, and that's about it. Dark red/brown color. Head doesn't stick around for long on this one. Tasted sweet. I'd have this again, as it's pretty good.

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Photo of Owlish1
2.34/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Look - nice, clear honey brown color, small head that dissipates quickly
Smell - mild, sweet smell. almost no scent of hops
Taste - tastes like weak beer sweetened with honey, no bitterness
Feel - nice carbonation, thin mouthfeel
Overall - this is not to my taste at all. Sweet beer doesn't necessarily sound bad, but it's not working for me. In fact, I think I'll pour this out and try something else.

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Photo of transitionbikes93
4.17/5  rDev +35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cold weather is approaching central Virginia, as with such darker beer

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

it could use a little more flavor but it still tastes good. there's virtually no smell at all. it's on the thin/light side so it's easy to drink a lot of. it's also cheaper than bud/coors/miller and i'd rather drink this over those three any day.

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Photo of JetFeather22
4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd say for the price this is a grate beer, Only $15 for a 30 rac of these, But for some reson the 6 pack bottles are $7.99. Don't know what's up with that.. If you want the cheapest beer you can get this is the one to get, Better than PBR and about the same price

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Photo of bigzack420
3.94/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a nice light brown color not too much of a head but very white sweet malty smell very sweet tasting and smooth and refreshing drink for all occasions over all not bad

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Have always bought this in bottles, but saw Fry's carries tallboys for $2 and picked one up.

L- Pours a deep, fittingly honey/amber color with a thick inch of head that dissipates quick. Nice looking lager.

S - Not much to the nose. Some malt and honey. Nothing bitter or hoppy.

T - Starts and ends malty sweet. No trace of hops, but not overpoweringly sweet like you'd get from a cider or hard lemonade...which might not say much. Maybe a good starter beer if you're trying something different.

F - Light-to-medium body. Thin mouthfeel. Plenty of carbonation to give a bite to the sweetness. Very drinkable/gulpable.

O - Props to my hometown CNY area for producing something you can get just about anywhere. A decent, cheap session beer. Just don't want to drink too many in one session or you get a sugar high.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz can Poured in my yeti sniffer L deep amber brown pours with little white froth cap that disappear to a thin ring S bread and honey T a thin malty backbone drizzled with honey F thin with lots of little bubbles O I could drink this only $.99

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Photo of GrizzleyBeer
1.96/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Probably the beer that got me interested in beer.
I sought this beer out only to find it on tap about 16 years ago.
Loved it.. even craved it.

Fast forward 2014.... Not the same beer, Honey finish is gone and its now just a below average lager.
I'm guessing bigger breweries bought them out.

Very disappointed.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
1.33/5  rDev -57%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pretty disappointing. I expected a sweeter newcastle, however this was not the case. Poured a very light bronze with white head that didn't last. Smell was sweet malt, maybe some corn. Taste was very sweet with a bit of honey and a weird after flavor that I couldn't quite place. Overall a very thin sweet beer that I would pass on again.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3/5  rDev -2.9%

This beer is very sweet and easy to drink. I was actually expecting worse tried it only for review sake.

Appearance: Pours clear light brown with a quick fade whit head that lea a spotty frothy cap and moderate lace.

Smell: Sweet sugary syrupy malt and honey.

Taste: Crisp and light with and approachable with a touch of sticky honey flavor and grain, malt and a light grass hop.

Mouthfeel: Thin light body with a bit too much carbonation but bearable.

Drinkability: I really wouldn't want to drink too many of these there are soooo many better drews.

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Photo of car2052
3.82/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a pint glass.

A: Clear, Deep golden with a 1 finger off-white head that fades quickly, leaving a thin white ring around the glass.
S: Not much going on here. Standard domestic beer yeasty smell. White bread. Hint of honey.
T: Light and crisp bready malt. Slightly sweet. Virtually no hop presence. Honey really isn't there in the taste either. Twinge of yeast also.
M: Light. Very crisp finish.
O: This is the most drinkable beer I've had in a while. Very light, but refreshing. I have no doubt this would be a great beer for barbecues, or with burgers. Very good for a mass-produced domestic beer.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.42/5  rDev +10.7%

Appearance - Clear amber color, with no visible carbonation. 1 finger width foamy head that doesn't last long.

Smell - Slight sweet smell with a hint or roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, not a lot of carbonation.

Taste - Light on taste, slightly sweet. Nothing else of real note.

Overall - Rating this beer was odd because it wasn't a bad beer it just wasn't a good beer. It was ok. Nothing really stands out.

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Photo of Brew_42
3/5  rDev -2.9%

A-clear amber with a quickly dissipating white head.

Smell-Malts and a very slight hint of caramel and honey

Taste- malts and a hint of honey.

Mouthfeel- medium body no carbonation

Overall- kind of "meh" not big on flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

honey brown is one of the original beers of rochester, and unless you drink the genny stuff, this is really the original craft offering of the city. i still like it as much as i ever have. its distinct. a little pale in color to be considered a brown in my book, more copper, and very clear. the nose shows a little honey sweetness, but most of that is fermented out and leaving only the pollen honey flavor. lots of malt middle too, with more of an amber sweetness than a honey one. malty like an esb almost, less roast and chocolate malt than i usually expect from a brown, but there is a sight darker malt element which i guess can get it there for those not used to bigger darker richer browns. the fact that its lagered makes it awesome i think. drinks lighter, finishes quickly, and lets the flavors sort of come back one by one after the swallow. a very pleasant and drinkable brew, good craft to drink a lot of, and even right from the bottle feels appropriate. nice carbonation and not the least bit filling. the original and best from dundee.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased from one of the local grocery stores.

A: Clear amber with decent head and retention.

S: Balanced malt and hop with little bit of the honey.

T: More malt than hop with some sweetness.

M: Smooth with decent carbonation. Maybe a tad watery.

O: Not bad. I like the addition of the honey. You could do worse.

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Photo of MMaxim11
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is refreshing and balanced. Honey brown has a sweet malt flavor with seemingly no hops to taste. You get a sweet malt flavor at the front of the tongue with a pleasant mild honey aftertaste. The two different sweet characteristics makes you want to take another sip. The beer is easy to drink and an excellent choice on a hot summer day or night. Since there is no bitterness to this beer, it is an excellent recommendation to friends who are used to drinking typical American lagers.

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Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
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