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)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,409
Reviews:
668
Avg:
3.1
pDev:
17.1%
 
 
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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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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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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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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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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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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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 Boone757
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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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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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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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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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Original Honey Brown Extra Rich Lager (Beer Brewed With Honey) from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
3.1 out of 5 based on 1,409 ratings.
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