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

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Original Honey Brown Extra Rich Lager (Beer Brewed With Honey)Original Honey Brown Extra Rich Lager (Beer Brewed With Honey)

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: 667 | Ratings: 1,404
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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 Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I used to think that this was one of the best beers on the market, I found out shortly after that I was crazy and started losing a lot of interest in this brew.

Honey brown pours out as a Light brown lager similar to what a Newcastle looks like. The head is thin and fizzy, the smell is lightly toasted. The taste is kind of bland now these days, it used to be a nice roasted sweetness that was pretty easing. The mouthfeel is very light. Overall I thought it used to be better but I guess my tastes changed.

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Photo of metter98
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: As the beer warms up, light to moderate aromas of honey become noticeable in the nose and become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has light flavors of caramel malts with stronger notes of honey towards the finish. Despite the honey, the beer isn't really sweet. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: You can definitely smell and taste the honey in this beer, which prevents it from being bland.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.76/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a mixed 12 pack of Dundee's ($8.99/12).

I remember this beer being around for a while, one of the first non-BMC beers I tried back in the day. Revisiting it, it isnt too spectacular. Barely any honey taste at all, but it's smooth and heavier bodied than the usual cheap beers.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Eeh, an ok beer. Looks...bown...with coca cola looking high lights. A little over carbonated, with little in the way of head retention. Smells caramelly, nutty, and molassas like, albe it light. Slight yeast flavors and earthiness in the nose. Tastes much the same in sweetness and a little souring from fermentation. May have a little diacityl. No hop aroma or flavor leaves this beer too sweet not to have a bigger body. The body is medium and slick to the palate. Finishes a bit too barley sweet and not bittering or drying in the finish. No definate alcohol flavors or warmth. An ok beer, but the lack of balance and depth keeps me from drinking more.

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Photo of brentk56
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a fluffy white head; decent retention but not much lace

Smell: Hard to pick up much of anything; slightly vegetal and a hint of perfume

Taste: A building sweet flavor that tastes sugary rather than of honey that reaches a crescendo by mid-palate; after the swallow, the finish is clean except for just a hint of the residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink, particularly if it is a little sweetness you desire on a hot day; not for me, however

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Photo of LXIXME
3.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Medium, maybe slightly bigger off white head with some decent staying power sits above a clear bright copper golden colored beer.

Faint sweet lightly roasted caramel grain malts aroma.

Caramel grain malts with a light honey twist in the taste, it seems the honey in the taste fades kind of quickly.

Lighter dryish aftertaste with just a bit of the caramel malts hanging around with this medium bodied brown.

A little light on the taste but still not a bad beer, I could down a few of these.

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Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an amber/copper color with a small, short-lived white head. No lacing.

S - It smelled fairly malty and sweet. It was hard to detedt any honey aroma.

T - It was sweet and malty with a faint bitterness. A slight honey taste did emerge as it warmed up.

M - It was smooth and fairly crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an easy drinking beer. I used to drink it alot when I thought it was a huge step up from what most of my college buddies were drinking.

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Photo of mothman
2.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, with no freshness date, into a pilsner glass. Decent head, but it dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing.

Color is a very light straw, not very impressive. The smell of honey and a slight touch of hops. Bready malts showing. Again, the taste was of a significant honey. Here, the hops showed again but with more of a malt backbone.

I read the name honey brown and thought it would be just a little darker. I was really let down with this beer. Not something I will be drinking again.

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Photo of nickfl
2.94/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - One finger of white head. Settles down fairly quickly but, as with all Dundee beers, it leaves great lace. Golden body and excellent clarity.

S - Aroma of malt, perhaps a bit of honey. Nothing very strong.

T - Sweet malt and honey flavors up front. A bit floral, maybe some lavender. The pronounced sweetness is drawn out, but finishes clean.

M - Somewhat thin body, moderate carbonation, quite sweet.

D - Fairly easy to drink, but the sweetness becomes cloying after a while. Not too much character to this one other than the honey.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice looking glass of beer with a crystal clear golden-amber body and a creamy white head. The retention is fairly good and it leaves some nice lace throughout the glass. The nose delivers a honey-tinged sweetness. The body is light/medium and a fine-bubbled, median carbonation leaves it lightly crisp in the mouth. The crispness in the mouth is needed, however, to help balance the flavor which is also sweet and honeyish. There's a bit of malt character present, but overall it's more about simple sugary sweetness than grain flavor. It finishes less sweet than might be expected, but with a very distinct note of honey at the outset. It's definitely an interesting beer. Apart from the honey flavor, it's surprisingly drinkable - and yet it's not because it overwhelms the palate after more than two servings. And yet you could continue to drink it because there's nothing there to stop you. Probably worth trying if you've never had it before.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.45/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours to a light gold/amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves almost no lace.

S: Smells a little bit sweet, but there really isn’t much smell at all, which makes it hard for me to detect anything specific.

T: Just like with the smell, it’s difficult for me to detect anything specific in the taste either because there just isn’t much of anything there. It’s got a little bit of honey sweetness, which masks the roasted corn flavor I usually experience in cheaper beers. Overall, the taste isn’t bad, but there just isn’t much of it.

M: Crisp with a light/medium body and the carbonation is a bit high.

D: You can certainly drink a lot of this beer if you wanted to, simply because there isn’t much to it. However, for the same reason, I’d personally prefer to drink something with more flavor.

Considering the price, it’s not a bad beer, but if I’m looking for an inexpensive alternative, there are other cheap beers that I’d prefer.

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Photo of mactrail
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a tough category to compete in. There should be a category for "Pale Industrial Slightly Flavored Beer."

Poured from the bottle with a promising head which soon vanishes, leaving the least lacing I've ever seen in a commercial beer. Color is a pale brownish amber. Slight caramel flavor is only good feature, I think. Slightest hint of dishwater taste must be the hops. Too sweet to be refreshing. Insipid is the best short description.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Some florals, some apples, even some chemical-based honey.

Taste: No real clear-cut maltiness, but you do get a taste of apple juice sweetened with an addition of corn syrup. Very light floral hoppiness but no real bitterness. Slight chemically astringency near the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Bleh! I'm slowly working my way through the JW Dundee's Box of Horrors, and this one, so far, is the worst of the lot. Again: bleh!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium amber with a generous infusion of orange. The head is off-white and has just enough firmness not to fade to nothingness immediately after the pour. The lace pattern consists of an abbreviated collar with minimal specks farther up the glass.

The nose is really nothing special, but neither is it off-putting. It smells of malt/grain with a sweetness that I'd be hard pressed to identify as honey. Perhaps the honey will be more noticeable on the palate.

Like the nose, the flavor struggles to reach the 'average' rung of the flavor ladder. I'm finding it hard to describe the flavor profile with any degree of coherence (maybe because it lacks coherence?). An insufficient quantity of lightly toasted malt and mildly spicy hops are the primary elements.

Each mouthful starts out favoring sweet and ends up favoring dry. I still don't appreciate much of any honey flavor. The body is on the thin side and the beer manages to feel a little harsh in the mouth. It all fades away rather quickly though, so any true unpleasantness is effectively blunted.

JW Dundee's Original Honey Brown is a pretty insipid offering. It's a by-the-numbers amber/red lager that get the numbers slightly out of sequence, but manages to avoid offending. That's hardly a ringing endorsement.

(I just noticed that the underside of my bottlecap says 'sorry try again'. Make a better beer and I'll consider it).

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Photo of russpowell
2.89/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a a "craft" 12 pack, figuring what the hell? 12 beers for $10.

Pours golden/honey with a 2 fingers white head that dissapears pronto. No lacing or head retention

Smell: Cornyness/grainy & sweetness

Taste: Sweet Honey?? (no drynes so I doubt its honey imparting this sweetness)& grainyness. finishes too sweet

MF: Undercarbonated & slighlty thin

Drinks okay, but to sweet to drink more than 2. Folks who like sweet or bland will enjoy

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one at the Father in laws house the other night. While not my first choice, it turned out to be not so bad in the long run. Served cold right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/14/2008.

The pour here was not much at all in the way to look at, but no bother, that is no reason to not go ahead. Light amber color with a small, wispy head on top that never really became too much of anything. Light side glass lacing and a decent amount of carbonation were the only really redeeming factors in this one.

The aroma was light as well. A nice touch of faint earthy hops started out the show, with a quick hint of grain and a light sweetness that I assume is coming in from the honey. The flavor was more of the same, quick touches of light, sweet honey that were layered on top of the grain base on this one. Some light, almost pine like hops coming through on the finish, but rather unremarkable when taken in context. Light feel, was adequately carbonated, but a little bit light in the consistency. Highly seasonable though, especially when it was warm out, I would have no issue at all with going back to this one again.

Overall not bad, a light lager with a pinch of hops and a touch of honey. I am not sure which one dominated, though I would have liked to see both be a little stronger. Still, not terrible at all.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Bel Paese, served in a brown bottle poured in a glass.

the color is ruddy brown with good clarity and quick to relax head, pretty standard look. The smell is nice, sweet as expected with mild honey and malt aroma, practically no yeast or off notes in the nose, just a light candy-like caramel. The feel is slick and moderately carbonated semi-sweet with a hint of diacetyl.

This is a beer I used to drink a lot of so I wondered if I would enjoy it again years later. The taste is mostly caramel with a light sweet smooth tinge and gentle diacetyl from the lager which isn't unpleasant. This has a hint of creamy caramel, but finish is semi-dry and light. Overall I enjoyed this, not a great lager in any sense, but serves its purpose, gentle sweet honey adds to the lager. It is probably one I will not return to unless the beer menu is similar to the place I ordered this in.

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Photo of Jason
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

A- Dusty golden color with a decent lace.

S- Sweet aroma, more malt than honey ... almost smells like processed honey essence.

T- Weak and watery malt, mild sweetness with a husky finish. Faint hop does nothing to flavor and barley balances.

M- Light crispness, a tad slick on the palate.

D- This beer is easy to drink though the sweetness was getting to me after a while.

A cult classic and a decent stepping stone from macro lagers to perhaps craft beer one day.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 06/23/12 notes. Had on tap at 13th Step in New York on the Lower East Side. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear medium brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet fruits, nuts, toasted malts, roasted malts, burnt malts, fruity malts. A little too sweet, pretty average.

t - Tastes of nuts, too much sweet fruit, toasted malts, burnt malts. Same as the nose, average.

m - Medium body and medium carbonation. Pretty smooth body.

o - Overall a pretty average beer. I found it a little too sweet and having a lot of toasted and burnt malts. Not something I'd probably seek out again.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 pack on sale for $8.15 at Spec's liquors. Found this to be a pretty decent beer, but after a few it seemed a little too sweet for my tastes. Appearance is a nice copper color, definently not very brown, but not bad at all. Smell is mildly sweet, alcohol is noted, smell is clean, but nothing great. Taste is very sweet of honey, maybe a little too sweet for my tastes. Not bad tasting, but sweetness became tiresome by the end of my second beer. Luckily the sweetness doesn't last very long after finishing a sip. Drinkability is pretty good, especially for those who prefer honey flavor. Dundee's Honey Brown seemed very filling for a lager though, but I think it might be just the sweetness bothering me. I probably won't buy this again, but it still is a fairly good beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to taiyed for letting me steal this bottle!

The brew day was coming to a close by the time I cracked this bottle open. It pours a clear pale golden honey topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises fake grape, light caramel, mandarin oranges, and lemon zest. The taste runs along a similar course, with some light honey thrown in as well. Things haven't thickened out, though: they remain as whispy as in the smell. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a decent brew, a bit on the weak side, and a bit fizzy to truly be highly drinkable.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.98/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I CANnot believe how many people have come forward in support of the CANQuest! sliverX is one of them and he recently sent me an amazing package for which I owe him big time. CAN you dig it?!?

Biere mit honning, eh? My Old Lady is both an apiarist and a meaderist so I wonder what she thinks of this, or maybe I don't, since she is rather outspoken. The pour gave me just over a finger of fluffy eggshell-white head with great retention and the beginnings of decent lacing. Color was a bit on the golden side for an Amber/Red, but it did exhibit NE-quality clarity. Nose had an odd nicotine/tobacco smell and I am sitting in my ABSOLUTELY smoke-free kitchen as I type this. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a slight sweetness on the tongue. I also experienced an odd flavor that reminded me of freshly bleached laundry. Oof. Finish was slightly sweet, but overall this was not worthy. Sorry.

A CANQuest (tm) review will always get top billing, but since my local, in-person trader, tone77, was kind enough to drop off a bottle for me, I may as well revisit this beer. Today is M, 27 March 2017.

From the bottle: "Beer Brewed with Honey".

It was another twisted-up twist-off cap, which I did not realize until the Pop! of the cap happened all too easily. Grrr. I took out my frustration with an aggro pour that raised a brief finger of foamy, off-white head with limited retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a sweetish, bready-biscuity smell accompanied by a light scent of honey. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery. The taste was reminiscent of my late maternal grandmother's biscuits drizzled with honey. Very pleasant. Finish was semi-sweet, not rampant with honey, but certainly noticeable. Bottle wins this match-up, but the original scores stand.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.03/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is by no means horrible, but what I will say is that it definitely falls under the macro label. The high carbonation is evident in the pour, along with a short lasting fizzy white head. The one thing that is somewhat impressive about it's appearance is that it's not your typical pale golden straw color, instead it is a deep honey colored brown. The sweetness is quite evident in the nose, but I don't think it is related to a malt character. Probably the artificial honey aroma/flavoring. The first sip is overbearing with honey flavor, so much that there really isn't a beer there anymore, just watered down honey. However the body for this style is relatively full, in comparison to macros or honey beers I have had.
The drinkability of JW Dundee's Honey Brown Lager would have to be judged in the fact that most people would like it for it's honey flavor sweetness, but I find that I didn't enjoy this one nor would I enjoy it one right after another. Too sweet to be enjoyed in my opinion.

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Photo of stakem
3.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow color that has a bit of orange to it and is clear. Forceful pour produces less than a finger of white head that receeds fast but laces a bit on the way down. Slight bit of malt in the nose blended with a sweetness that I am assuming to be the honey addition. Slight bit of sulfur twang in there as well in the end of the aroma. Taste is a let down, it has a lingering sweetness and that is about all that the taste has to offer. Not malty sweet, but honey sweet mostly. Finish is crisp, feel is light and carb is right on. It is easy to drink and you could probably session the heck out of this beer if you enjoy the honey sweetness. Once was enough for me.

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