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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Photo of ommegoose
3.42/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the Dundee Craft Pack.

I don't find it real appealing when you can hear the head dissolving as if it were soda pop. Within a matter of seconds there's nothing on top. Fast moving carbonation. It's a nice, clear golden color. I went for a second bottle, and did get a marginally better result with the head, so I bumped it up .5.

While it's not exactly like sniffing a pot of honey, the beer does have enough honey character in the aroma to be recognized as such. It's simple and not real strong, and hindered by the awful head retention. A bit grainy.

While having "brown" in the name is misleading, "honey" is not. Has some sweetness, but I definitely wouldn't consider it too much. If you're the kind of person who really dislikes sweetness you might disagree. After the grainy honey sweetness, there's not much else to be found. I honestly wonder if hops were even used here. None to be found. This still tastes pretty good.

Very light bodied. Carbonation is not too overdone. I have a feeling I might find it too much if I drank from the bottle, but pouring it out has solved that problem.

If I look at this as a light lager, I'm pretty pleased. It tastes pleasant, doesn't pack much alcohol, and is light bodied. The price is pretty decent still, although this used to be quite a bit cheaper. It was $4.99 a sixer not that long ago. $11 for a 12 pack is not bad, and it's something the guests won't mind. This serves its purpose well. Off the top of my head, I want to say this is preferable to the similar Leinie's Honeyweiss.

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Photo of dupee14
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I would not call myself an experienced beer drinker at this point but am learning as I go. I originally purchased this brew from pure looks. It looked appealing and I can appreciate a "sweet" beer. I purchased a 6-pack. I had nothing against the beer on the first go. The next night when I decided to polish off the pack, the honey sweetness really kicked in. Now, I do like a brew that is sweet but this one in particular is too strong with the honey. It's drinkability is smooth, more like a light beer. I would not put this in the category of a brown ale. If it were to be this sweet, I would like to see it with more hops to balance it out. It's smell does have a hint of honey but does not brace you for the "honey overload" that it will give you. Good at first but would recommend lighting up on the honey flavor!

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager
High Falls Brewing Co.
Style: American Amber / Red Lager
ABV: 4.50 %
live review 3/13/09, bottle>glass

A 3.5, caramel dark amber honey in color. decent head that did not last to long, very minor lace collar.
S 3.5 - malt and honey dance.
T 3.5 taste follows smell. solid sweet malt notes mixed with honey finish. A hingt of dry finish with a sweet battle back and forth.
MF 3.5 - medium+ carbonation, light body with a full slickness in texture
D 4.0 - I dig this one, I would not call it "brown" but I do like the honey addition. Almost overdone in the honey, but tolerable for 1 or 2 brews.... I would home brew a fuller body less sweet version of this and love it! (This is why I bought it, I am working on a recipe idea ;-)

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Photo of goblet
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured this one out of a 355 ml bottle .

A, light clean amber on the brown side.no froth, some carbonation,specks of lace .

S,of course ,detectible honey and malt slight hops in there as well.

T,this is a smooth honey flavored beer perhaps the best of it`s kind that i tried ,light malt and hops .

M,the honey taste coats your month even after it`s done . the malt and hops are nice.

D, I find this drinkable goes well with pretzels. nothing extraordinary but a nice alternative to a standard lager

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Photo of Strand
3.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's a pretty good domestic beer. It's fairly comparable to Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss, but it has more honey flavor than Leinie's, and it's a bit darker. I'd give this beer to somebody who's looking for an alternative to their mainstay American lager.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best part about this is the way it looks. Everything else is just average. It's your run of the mill, assembly line beer. I also think its a little confused. The style listed is an amber, but the beer calls itself a brown. Doesn't look like either or really taste like either. The only thing that saves this offering is the honey adding a touch of character to the nose and taste.

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Photo of buyaa
3.11/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: good large bubble head that disappeared quickly, amber in color

S: a little sweet smelling otherwise unremarkable

T: Clean tasting, for me being in rochester I've had this many times and it seems like the longer you've gone without having it the better it tastes. you can definitely taste the honey, but it is not so overpowering that limits drinkability like other sweet beers.

Overall: Pretty much what it claims to be a relativly sweet lager that is good on occasion

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Photo of RickS95
3.27/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Little to no head, what's there is thin and white. Looks like watered-down honey in a glass.

Unmistakable honey-dumped-in-beer smell. Actually gives a nice mouthfeel--crisp, refreshing. Surprisingly good mouthfeel, considering the look and smell.

I expected this to taste like a shitty American nasty stank beer, with a dollop of honey; but it's surprisingly good. It's definitely sweet, but not overpowering; subtle, it stays in the background.

The finish is simple, but that's not a bad thing. The slightly sweet taste gives way to a very subtle bitter hoppy finish.

The score would be higher it the beer didn't look or smell so crappy. I expected the worst, but this was a good beer.

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Photo of yuenglings
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear light golden yellow with a half decent head

S: A malty/honey smell with a little nut at the end

T: Not bad but not to great light malt taste with some honey in there and grains

M: Light and thin with good carbonation

D: Its very drinkable but i dont think i would every buy it agian its just to bland not enough taste

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Photo of puboflyons
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz bottle no. 412325008231 and sampled on Feb. 22, 2009.

A - A mainly honey-amber pour with off-white head.

S - Very sweet and malty. The honey aroma is clearly evident. Smells like Honey Nut Cheerios more than beer.

T - The mouthfeel is thicker than water and vaguely sticky like honey. The taste of honey is the leading flavor. A very sweet beer and mild. Kind of elements that I like.

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Photo of rdub
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I feel a little bit bad reviewing this so highly but can't help it. I really enjoyed this for some reason. Appearance was light/amber with your average macro lager aroma. The taste however was nicely balanced and pleasant. Nice balance of malt and hops with a bit of sweetness. It wasn't braggot sweet but just a bit of it came through from the honey. Mouthfeel was average and drinkability was good for me because of the taste.

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Photo of sauron681
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium bronze color with very minimal head, ever so slight lacing, and a lot of carbonation. Aroma of flowers, and something else sweet and slightly fragrant.
Silky and light in the mouth, very smooth, more so then I thought it would be.
Has a sweet taste, beginning and end, smooth, hint of sugar, trouble picking up any honey, however. I feel this beer could be improved upon, but not real bad.

update: this time around the honey really seems to stick out as an aftertaste. fresher batch maybe? still very plain beer with honey thrown in

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Photo of n00tz
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Light Amber body, sparse carbonation, thin white head.

S - Clover, flour (grain), and floral hops.

T - Sugar, clover, freshwater and a slight spiciness.

M - Light bodied ale rinses clean and leaves a sweet freshwater taste on the palate.

D - Respectable presentation for a honey ale. Delicious and refreshing.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this in Rangely Colorado, I'm not sure on the name of the store. Around $6.

A: Deep amber color, a fair amount darker than I remember. Big white head about an inch thick reduced to a film. A few spots of lacing. Lots of bubbles.

S: Grainy, a fair bit of honey and sweetness, and a whiff of spicy hops lays way in the background, not a whole lot going on, but smells fairly decent.

T: A lot like the nose, quite grainy, a lot of honey in the aftertaste, but not a whole lot upfront. Almost a buttery flavor as well. Not bad really.

M: Thin and crisp, with a sort of buttery/sticky texture. Somewhat odd for a lager, but it isn't bad or out of place.

D: This is an easy drinker. I could see myself throwin back a whole six pack of this quite easily. A pretty tasty mild light beer. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper color with only a very faint head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Lots of malt present in the aroma. A slight artifical honey smell lingers. Mildly sweet.

The sweetness of the malt is felt in the taste, with notes of honey, caramel, and a very faint touch of hops in the background. Seems a little too sweet at times but it's really not too overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and this is an easy beer to put away. Could be a good session to start someone new to craft beer on.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a copper color with tons of bubbles streaming to a 1-finger white head. Head falls apart around half way down the glass. Leaves decent lacing.

S - Moderate smell of sweetness on musty malt background. Can pick out a few adjuncts. Smell dies out as it's in the glass

T - Honey up front followed by a very malty body with a hint of honey riding on top. Incredibly smooth honey finish with just a hint of adjuncts. Leaves a sort of strange bitter-honey aftertaste that isn't necessarily bad, just different. The hop and honey flavors in the body seem to clash a bit, but not a bad beer.

M - Highly carbonated with a thin/medium body. Could use a thicker body and done down the carbonation.

D - This is definitely a Macro drinkers micro. Very sweet honey flavor is about the only thing that differentiates it from other lagers. I remember this being one the first beers that caused me to become interested in "better beer." I also gave it to my now roommate freshman year, and it was the first beer he had in college. So fond memories from a mediocre beer that seems as though it were a macro crossed with root beer and honey.

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Photo of shohog
3.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Amazing clear honey color and a sweet smell. Taste was unexpectedly pleasant. I had never tried this lager before and was very pleased. It was so easy to drink. This is a great beer to have 6 or more of in a hurry. A classic "lawn mower" beer. I will most definetly be stocking up some more of these come summertime. It is so much better than BMC. I was not expecting to like this beer and mistakenly thinking it would be like most other lagers by BMC lacking taste.

I'll be bock!!

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Photo of applky
3.77/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Unimpressive? Sure. Drinkable? Most definitely. This beer, unlike other mass produced lagers, actually tastes really good. Yes, perhaps a bit sweet, but this is a great beer to go to after having one or two already if you want to mellow out. Nothing super special, but not deserving of the bad rap, I feel. I'm a huge proponent of wildly complex, expensive, artsy beers, but sometimes, you don't want a Quad or an Double IPA. Sometimes, all you want is something that goes down easy and tastes good too. There are definitely better session beers out there, but this isn't bad.

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Photo of budgood1
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a re-review. original 10-18-02.

pours out a clear light amber colour. fizzy little head and little lace. a slight grainy aroma with touches of toffee and hints of honey sweetness. no hops to be detected. a fairly sweet and smooth flavour with a dry crispness in the finish. i get more of a sugary sweetness from the maltiness rather than a bold genuine honey taste, but honey is present and accounted for. there is a washed out grassy hop flavour to be detected but adds little to the taste profile. ghostly amounts of bitterness to balance out the sweetness. the body is rather light in substance with a mouthfeel that is smooth, albeit a touch watery. drinkability is good... just for the fact that there is nothing offensive; it has a high quaffability/quenchibility factor, and would be approachable to those in the macro/light beer crowd looking for a bit more flavour and substance.

it's weird...after six years, i basically feel the same way about this beer as i did as a relative newbie to BA. i altered my scores very little, but slightly improved my review.

i bought a sampler pack to review all the dundee beers, and thought this would be a good place to start as this offering was the only one i had previously sampled.

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Photo of diabecktic
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A lightly tanned head forms quickly and is somewhat weak (< 1 finger); retention is minimal but lacing is pretty good. Rising carbonation is present in small amounts. The beer isn't really as brown as the bottle would infer - it's more of a translucent (light) caramel color.

The armoas are quite sweet; malt character is dominant, but there is a bit of honey (it smells kind of "processed" though) in the nose. Based on what the box says, you'd expect it to smell more hoppy than malty. Unfortuantely, that doesn't seem to be the case here. It's a misleading collection of scents, but it's not bad.

I'd say that the palate matches the nose fairly well; maltiness dominates with a touch of honey. Hop character is minimal-to-non-existant. It's basically sweet, but not too sweet; unfortunately, this also destroys any semblance of balance.

This beer is kind of heavy in the mouth. I found it to be kind of "sticky" - much like the honey that's supposed to be in here. Crispness is minimal, as the beer just seems to linger after each sip.

It's a bit too thick and sweet to drink quickly, so I would advise against doing so. The flavor isn't complex to the point where you would want to avoid drinking quickly, but it would seem to make a decent session beer.

I found this beer a bit too unbalanced and thick for my liking. It seemed to lack crispness and contain a bit to much of what I would call "processed" flavors. Based on what the bottle and box said I should expect, I wouldn't not have guessed that this brew would taste like it did. It's not particularly bad, but I don't think it's too special, either.

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Photo of dudecandle
2.99/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a twist-off 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. No head retention at all, golden color, more of the 'honey' color than the 'brown' which I at least thought would show up.
S: Honey, maybe a hint of apple and caramel on the side.
T: Again, honey dominates, though that apple shows up again with a slight maltiness.
M: Best part of it. Pretty good complement of rounded body with carbonation.
D: Overall, I'm a fan of the body, but anything this sweet is off-putting and makes me glad that there are only two in the variety pack I just got. The flavor isn't terrible, but 12 ounces of it seems to last too long.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a orange-copper collor with a two-finger head that didn't last too long. The smell is sweet with malts and honey. The taste starts off with some sweetness that reflects the smell with a tiny bit of hops in the middle and a bit of honey in the backend. The beer itself is a little watery with a decent amount of fine carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer and is a good starter beer for people who aren't sure if they like beer or not.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Haven't had this in ages. Got this out of a sampler pack from Dundees, so far everything else I tried was excellent (porter and pale bock lager)

It's amazing how much this looks and smells like a cream soda; from the clear honey color to the copious amounts of white head; smells very sweet... High-fructos corn syrup sweet... Probably just the honey.

Tastes of malts, very sweet; I can't even get a hint of hops in here.

No bitter after taste, but it is perhaps a bit watery.

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Photo of redjameskidd
3.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers out there for introducing people to something outside their familiarity zone, and one of the two beers (Blue Moon being the other) that made me enjoy beer in the first place.

I haven't had one for a while, but I imagine it would be much too sweet for me now. Still, a very easy-drinking pint. As others have pointed out, it's sort of funny that it's called "brown," as it clearly is not. In a pint glass, it pours a deep orange sort of color.

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Photo of oelergud
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Regular 12oz brown glass bottle with a twist-off cap. The label shows a honey bee.
Clear light honey body with a slightly off white head. Low retention and lace.
Great honey scent with undertones of hops and spices.
Standard lager flavor with a touch of honey. The aftertaste is a mild honey hops mix.
Medium body with a bit of coating.
Good drinkability.


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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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