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 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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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.76/5  rDev -11.5%
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 Getinthevan
3.57/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this for the first time tonight and for what it was, it wasn't a bad brew at all.

Appearance was a light amber with a decent, if not, small amount of head and lacing. It looked like a typical lager with nothing special, but it had lots of aroma.

Smell was pretty spot on with lots of honey and mild hops. While not overly dependent on the honey aroma, the mild bitterness made this quite a pleasant overall smelling beer. Not bad at all.

Taste was overall very good. The honey and hops flavoring was pretty strong from beginning to end and certainly no complaints from here.

Mouthfeel however was a bit light. It felt like water going in from the first sip to the end right down the throat. This is a very drinkable beer, but a little too watery. The flavoring however does make up for it, but it is a bit thin.

Drinkability however is pretty top notch. A six pack of this could go pretty quickly, but yeah, for an amber beer, this is a good New York brew to get your hands on.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.7/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one in a 6-pack from Spec's in Houston... poured from the normal 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

It's got a dark amberish color to it, with a decent inch or so head that lingered for a few minutes. The smell is much more malty than honey, although there's a little honey in there. The taste is more of the same, still not the amount of honey flavor I'd like to see from this one. This one is very drinkable, could be a nice beer but leaves a little to be desired.

Some new notes... had one on 12/29/09 as part of a Christmas pack of beers. More honey flavor that I remembered, on the front of the sip. I'm surprised, pretty solid... I figured I'd rate this one a little lower as I drink more and more different beers that I love, but if anything it gets a slight boost up.

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Photo of Clockwork420
3.74/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Got it for $4.89 a six pack at Shop and Save.

A - is golden slightly darker than bud light for instance. Its got a quickly dissipating head. And it leaves light lacing.

S - Maybe its really just all sweet smell. Not honey but malty sweet.

T - Easy and smooth to drink. Light carbs. Sweet and nice. Wet tasting. Watered down. Its very easy overall.

M - Too thin. Not much else. Its slick and slippery. Easily gone in a few drinks.

D - High high high.

Id give this to someone whos afraid to venture away from the mainstream beers. One for price and two for the drinkablilty which is was most novices look for in the first place. Its good. For the price. I wouldnt buy it for $6.00 a six for instance.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.63/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber with a slight, soapy looking head. It smells slightly honeyish with a sour graininess. The taste is flat, grainy with the barest whiff of honey. It has a slightly sweet finish with flat, cardboardy bitterness. The mouthfeel is slightly clingy and leaves a slight honeyish bitterness on the tongue.

If you are forced to drink a Dundee beer, this one isn't too painful, though I wouldn't recommend anything from the line except if you are stranded in Upstate New York with no alternatives and you are in extreme need of a beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light orange color, very clear, pours with almost no head.

S: Very faint caramel aroma with some nuttiness.

T: Very sweet malt upfront with a honey lacing. Starts off very sweet from honey and malt but finishes with a smoothing and lingering caramel flavor with some spicy citrus hints.

M: Moderate mouthful, nothing to exciting. Very sweet overall.

D: drinkablility limited to 1 or 2 due to sweetness.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.57/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, rusty amber with hay sunshine highlights. Very little head right after the pour that quickly dissipates to nothing. The aroma has notes of cramel, honey, and white bread in an overall soft aroma. The taste starts with soft white breads that slowly reveal the dripping honey that leads to a soft, bready malt finish wth some light white tea hops. The palate is very easy and balnced, ending in a very balanced honey lager. Very underrated beer in my opinion.

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Photo of jbphoto88
2.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clear brew with a dark terracotta earthy amber look. A stiff sponge like head rises and falls fast.

Smell is rough. It has the same nose as a macro lager with used grains and processed sugars. Not really any evident honey.

Taste is equally disappointing as the nose. There is an overly sweet flavor that clings and irritates the back of your throat, like eating to much candy. Unlike the nose there is slightly more honey flavors evident in the taste, however its not a great taste.

The beer seems unbalanced and confused. I feel like this one is an over processed brew that was created on auto pilot. Packaging is probably the biggest seller of this beer not the contents itself.

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Photo of Zadok
2.4/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light amber with virtually no head nor lacing. Not much to look at.

Smells of a light malt and maybe a little sweet smell, not much else.

Initial taste is kind of musty. Light and I mean very light malt flavor. Make a small drop of honey flavor also present.

Very watery with little carbonation.

Well I didn't expect much and I didn't get much. Somewhat of a below average beer. Decent sessionability as one would be with low abv and drinks like water.

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Photo of Herrbrokt
2.46/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From 12oz bottle

Hazy gold. minimal white head with some lacing

smells like a macro hmm....

there's certainly honey. not much else to speak of positively
very husky

real plain on the palate but it goes down ok

nothing offensive but nothing great

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Photo of GilGarp
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. It has an orange brown color, little head, and perfect clarity. No lacing left behind.

Aroma is only a little better than typical american macro lager.

Taste is surprisingly sweet and the honey comes out stronger than other honey beers I've had. It's not all bad but just a bit too sweet for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is fine and drinkability is good but it would be too sweet to drink all night.

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Photo of nem2006
2.88/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer was clear and light brown. There was a small head that faded, but left a little lacing on the glass. There was almost no carbonation visible.

The smell was pretty weak, but you could catch a little sweet honey.

The taste was very mild, semisweet. It was smooth and had a light bitterness at the end. Not a beer I would drink again if I had a choice.

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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 1,441 ratings