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)
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pure golden like a Dortmunder with a white head that quickly disappears to nothing and no lacing. Decent visible carbonation. Aroma is of.. corn? And honey. Reminds me of PBR but with honey. I'd give it a higher score if it weren't for the style category it was in. It's not bad, but compared to craft beer I don't think it lives up. Taste starts out like sipping some tea with honey- the sweetness from the honey but with the more assertive, not candy like malt character. I can see why people complain about this beer a bit because it definitely has a bit of a "macro" taste to it and the honey is sort of the redeeming factor. Again, PBR with honey. But, as a Rochesterian, and thus a supporter of High Falls brewing, as well as a fan and supporter of craft beer, this beer is a good step above anything BMC puts out. There is malt. It doesn't taste cheap or just in there by accident. This beer has some purpose and some flavor other than getting you drunk. They honey is very refreshing.. I actually can't even think of another beer with honey I've had that I can drink so easily. Most of the time honey is in the super complicated DFH brews that take you an hour to drink and an hour of research to understand. This is a no nonsense, straight to the point, honey lager that is very enjoyable and a good step into craft brewing.

I remember buying this a lot right when I got into craft beer. I think my taste has evolved since then, which is good, but the things that drew me to this beer are still there.

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Photo of bmwats
3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Light amber, pours a big white head. Dissipates quickly. Very little lacing. Carbonation continues to rise throughout experience.

S: Not much here, but a little malt, and a hint of honey not surprisingly.

T: Light malty taste, with a subtle sweetness.

M: Light almost syrupy feel. Sweet aftertaste sticks around in the mouth. A little cloying.

D: Light and refreshing.

Nothing special, but an easy drinking, serviceable quaff.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

JW Dundee's Original Honey Brown Lager is a clear, sparkling golden lager with a thin white film of a head. The aroma is faint; sweet and tangy from light grain and honey. It's pretty light bodied and reasonably smooth. It's a bit watery and quite bubbly. The finish is crisp. It has a very mellow flavor-- smooth and a bit sweet. Light grain and honey are abundant and there is hardly any bitterness. It's a very unoffensive session ale that I would drink on purpose.
(rated Jul 22, 2008)

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Photo of colts9016
2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A dark amber color little to no head.
Nose is malty, a hint of hops and honey.
Taste is a subtle malt with little to no hops. The lingers one the back of the beer to give it an okay finish.. Overall the finish is clean with just a touch of honey. A good game beer.

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Photo of WakeandBake
2.87/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Light golden brown. Hint of white head.Sweet/grainy aroma,no hint of hops.Mild wheaty taste with a ton of sticky sweetness. Very thin, medium carbonation. A lighter, refreshing beer.I get this sometimes when on sale,nice to take to a party and share with the Macro crowd.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.83/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/14/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a light golden brown color body, with a low-medium white head, that is diminishing. Has an aroma of hops, and some nuttiness? Taste has some nuttiness. Has a light body, and a lightly hoppy taste. A nice clean finish to the beer.

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Photo of 6stringfunk
3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a very beautiful appearance. Color is a rich amber. Did not produce much head when poured. The smell of honey is very slight. The taste of this beer is that of malt and hops. The honey taste is most noticeable on the finish. I was expecting a bit more "honey" and was slightly dissappointed as it came across as a regular lager that was slightly sweeter than others I've tried.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.31/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It has a great color to the body. This beer poured with a bronze almost gold color. It had a great head two and a half fingers of head with a lot of retainability. Tight off white lace. The aroma is sweet and candy like with just a little bit of fruity hops to it. It has a sweet and slimy mouthfeel. The flavor is crisp and sweet at the same time. It has a bitter cady like taste.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the chance to try this one on-tap at T. Ruggs Tavern the same say I had earlier had it out of a bottle downtown. Off the tap this brew was indeed a honey gold color but it was a little darker than out of the bottle. The head was moderate and foamy, slightly gold tinted and it displayed good retention and some decent lacing. The aroma was malty, grainy and slightly sweet with honey all subtly blended together. The flavors were sweet with honey at first (as opposed to caramel or chocolate malt). This then became grainy and dry with a crisp finish but the hops profile was lacking. The mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation good. It was still nothing great, but it was better on tap.

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Photo of Domingo
3.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Haven't had this since college, but the new look won me over. I needed an item for non-beer geeks, so this seemed perfect.
Pours a pretty light amber color with a little head, but nothing too crazy.
Smells like lager yeast (clover honey), and I'm sure the honey flavors are accentuating that even more.
Tastes sweet, but still definitely "beer-y" enough so that you don't think you're drinking something else. Not much of a hop presence, but the finish is clean enough to know they're there and doing the job. It seems a little watered down, but certainly a big jump over BMC.
Not too bad, and I've always known this as an excellent gateway beer and summer go-to item.
Probably a little bit tame for a true beer geek, but this can be a life saver in beer challenged areas. Put it in the same grouping you would Yuengling.

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Photo of yesferro
3.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this at Kroger, they had 1 6pack and no clue on what me to charge for it, ended up paying $6.29 for it.

I bought this hoping this would be close to my much loved Barbar, but after smelling this beer I knew I was going to be dissapointed . It smells like an average euro lager, there is a vague hint of honey but it's barely there. Pored a nice looking yellow with a basic lager head, nothing bad to say about it's appearance. As for the taste, I can't find anything wrong with this beer but I really have a hard time saying it's great. Lightflavored and pretty crisp, the honey didn't really hit me till afterwards, and when it did it was only vague. There's really nothing wrong with this beer, I just think I was expecting too much.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very clear gold with a somewhat large, foamy white head with above average retention. Big, active carbonation bubbles are apparent. Lacing is pretty good.

S: Sweet malts with a touch of honey. Perhaps some grassy hops.

T: Sweet, husky malt presence, with a mild touch of honey sweetness near the back end. Hops don't add much flavor, but are present and add some drying balance - it definitely isn't cloyingly sweet, just a pleasant, mild sweetness.

M: Crisp and a bit of a slick aftertaste. Carbonation is active. Body is medium-light. A slight drying bite for balance.

D: It's very sessionable and quite pleasant, if a bit simple and uninspiring. A nice offering, considering the price and what they were apparently going for.

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Photo of haningj2
3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I actually didn't mind this beer as most others did.

Decent flavor, honey may overpower the rest of the malts, but still not as bad as most make it out to be.

I actually liked the smell. Sweet, not overbearing and a nice change of pace if you prefer darker brews.

Pours smooth, hardly any lacing, decent head for a "lager" with flavoring. Very drinkable and easy to handle.

Would recommend anyone to at least try. Might buy again but definitely not often. Don't let the ratings or the critics ruin the beer for you. It's definitely not "awful". Don't expect the full flavor of a traditional "lager", though.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at Fillipi's Pizza in Santee.

A - Clear honey small head, lots of webby lacing.

S - Almost non existent.

T - Light malt core with some honey and bitter end.

M - Light body, good carb and good balance.

D - Very. It's super easy to drink this one.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.93/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Perhaps the best thing about this beer is the commercials way back when it came out, with the little tiki statue and the slogan "Beware the Beer God!" When I was a kid and saw that I thought a beer with honey - can't wait to try that. Oh how naive youth is. I see the label's changed...but the beer still sucks. Pours a darkish gold with a one-finger head that died quickly. Some sweet malt smells, honey and caramel, mixed with minor citric hops. Watery and slick, thin-bodied, a mellow hop falvor and a not very sweet malt taste. Goes down easy, too easy. not worth having.

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Photo of midaszero
2.19/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Clear slightly darker straw color with tiny white head and no lacing

S - Some malts and faint off chemical smell

T - Slightly sweet malts with a little fruit mixed in. Leaves a bad after taste

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Not that enjoyable. Won't be buying this again for sure

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Photo of Dusty8807
3.26/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

Poured a very nice looking golden honey colored. Looked delicious in the glass. Created a white finger and a half head that hung around for a couple minutes and left little lace.

Smells like honey obviously and light hops. Other than that I can't pick up on much.

Couldn't taste much else really. Very slight sweet taste following the hop flavor. Was fairly carbonated and tasted rather light cold and flat with a lingering bitterness.

Not wonderful but not too hard to drink either. It goes down rather easy and I'd drink another or two, but I could think of better tasting bears to drink had I the choice.

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Photo of thain709
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours...well...honey colored...with a bleach white head

S - Of course...the nose is of honey...some sweet malts mixed in

T - The honey flavor kicks in at the end...it's actually well rounded in flavor

M - Very light and thin

D - It's an interesting style...with the honey and all...really didn't like the sweet after taste

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Photo of mooseisloose
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells like...well...honey. Pours to a slightly golden yellow with really no head to speak of. Taste is balanced, a little sweeter than a typical lager. Has good body and mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is there and not overly done. Very basic. Was expecting something different but its just a little sweeter than a typical lager. Nothing to get excited about.
Update: 4/5/14. Picked up some 24 oz tall boys for 1.69. Now there is something to get excited about.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
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 NCBeernut
3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice mix of malt and honey flavors lend an enjoyable sweetness that never gets cloying. The honey really helps smooth out the mouthfeel. Highly drinkable - a very nice session brew. At 9.99 a 12 pack, its a great deal if you are looking for a smooth easy-drinking lager with some flavor.

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Photo of kbeals
2.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer doesn't look like much. Sort of a straw color, with very little head, absolutely no lacing. Smell is very grainy. Taste is relatively sweet, not too bad really. A touch of honey along with a touch of hops. It's very carbonated, and very easy to drink. An excellent summertime beer, tastes excellent out on a boat fishing. I would definitely drink these again for the price.

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Photo of Berticus
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Take coors and add a little honey to it.
its looked average and the mouthfeel and drinkability are a bit better than any other lager.
The honey... its there but not as prevalent as it is in something like blue moons honey moon.
Definitely recommended if your just looking for something different.

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Photo of mothman
2.79/5  rDev -10.6%
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 JMBSH
3.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hard pour got me about a finger of head that quickly just covered the surface. Slightly dark golden color with a good amount of carbonation seen rising to the top.

S - Can you say honey? A strong scent of honey with a touch of malt in the background.

T - Again honey steps forward. It is soft, diluted, not like you might remember as a kid squeezing honey straight into your mouth. A bit of malt is there again to try and balance the taste. But you can taste who is running the show.

M - Smooth and light. Not a heavy beer. One would even wonder if hops are in there at all given the lack of bitterness.

D - I woundn't drink it with a meal unless I needed something sweet to contratc the dish. It is more of an end of day/afternoon beer, especially if a sunny patio is calling you. An it's low alcohol level and light feel means that if you wish, couple will work nicely for you. But one thing is for sure, I you're not a honey fan then don't even try out of curiousity. You have been warned.

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Original Honey Brown Extra Rich Lager (Beer Brewed With Honey) from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.12 out of 5 with 1,428 ratings
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