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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark golden color with almost no head. Almost no bitterness or hop flavor but still a strong honey taste to it. Pretty easy to drink, almost like a light beer. Very light and unimpressive. This beer is like most of their products: watery and mass produced bad beer.

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Photo of williamherbert
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

No head atop a watery but darker-than-average-for-a-lager clear yellow. Pretty see-through. Mild film on top. Not great.

Honey-coated top layer of aroma over a corn and rice-laden malt. I've been told this beer is Genny with honey; nothing to dispel that here.

A better-than-B/M/C, lagery flavor with additional honey. It's crisp, but the adjuncts are heavy. Slight metallic taste.

Actually feels creamy for a lager, closer to a pub ale feel. Crisp enough. Not terrible but wouldn't be my go-to choice. It's a honey-soaked macro lager.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light honey orange, with a big head that fades fast to a thin fuzzy white laece.

Not much to the aroma. If there's honey in it, I can't pick it up here. Smells like plain old beer.

Tastes pretty smooth. Again, I can't seem to locate the honey, but it's a nice balanced lager. Not a lot of hops, but it still has a nice bitter smack to it.

Mouthfeel is middle of the road. Slightly closer to light than heavy.

Terribly under-rated beer, that is actually quite drinkable. I hadn't had one in quite a while, and I was bit surprised at how smooth and balanced it is.

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Photo of JamesS
3.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pale amber color, just a shade darker than golden, with a little head and some nice lacing. It had a nice scent, fairly weak, with malt and biscuit tones and a bit of honey scent that helped. Good taste, descent lager, better than a macro, and the honey flavor added a fair bit to it. It went down smooth, a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of kinger
2.61/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't know this isn't terrible but it just doesn't offer much. I remember drinking this in college, it was better than swill and didn't cost much more than a sixer of Bud. Anyway aroma is really not present except for a faint scent that lets you know this is beer. Pours a light copper with a decent white head and some proper lacing, not bad. Slightly creamy and full on the palate with a smooth clean finish again not bad. Flavor is of a crisp lager rather bland but there is a nice touch of honey sweetness after the swallow. Mellow and easy to drink, don't expect anything great.

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Photo of BeerCon5
2.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a kind of dark, golden color with almost no head.

A little scent of grain, some vanilla maybe, very little honey.

Mostly a roasty grainy taste with some honey and yeast.

Light-bodied feel with a little too much carbonation.

I'd say this was an average drinker. Nothing interesting stands out at all, although I haven't had many honey lagers I expected more honey taste.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not really getting the amber color , or any red. Golden in color , small head , no lacing.

Almost no aroma, could be allergies.

Slightly sweet malty in taste , no hops perceived.

Mouthfeel is light , sharp , somewhat dry.

Overall an easy drinking session beer.

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Photo of nfr5069
1.96/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I wish I read ChainGangGuy's review before I bought the Dundee Sampler. I got sucked in by their packaging. Nice box, offering 6 different beers all with cool labels!! However, all coolness and satisfaction ends when you twist off the firt bottle cap. (That's right, twist off - should have been my first clue...) Anyways, regarding this beer in particular:

A- not a bad color but not what I was expecting for a honey brown. I'm pretty sure Sam Light is darker. Had a one finger depth head which almost immediately disappeared.

S- though many people say they can smell the honey I'm not getting that. The beer doesn'thave much of an odor.

T- Well it's not the worst beer I've tasted, but once again not what I expected. It tastes like they accidentally added twice the amount of water required to make a honey brown. Very watered down and bland.

M- I really don't know what to say here. The beer is too weak and lacks any complexity. Any "mouthfeel" I have is gone in a second (thankfully!)

D- Yuck!! I am having a hard time putting this oe down, and may be dumping it. I would not recommend this beer, the sampler, or any other Dundee beer.

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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 jbull
3.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dundee's Honey Brown Lager pours a crystal clear light honey color with an off-white head that disappears almost immediately to light lacing. It is a beautiful beer. The nose is sweet lager with very mild hop.

The drink is very smooth with plenty of gummy sweetness holding on and hanging around. Reminds me of St Arnold's Fancy Lawnmower: a sweet easy-drinking lager. All sweet with very little bitter and light carbonation. Great beer for hot summer days. A little weak in flavor overall but definitely honey sweet and a good summer lager. Could use a little more body. But a beautiful beer to pour in a pint glass.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.57/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good after a recent facelift.

Light, malty, and fruity. Bright, juicy fruit and toasty, crisp malt.

Apricot yellow, uncanny clarity, moderate head with poor retention.

Smooth lightly carbonated body is very enticing. Sweet and lightly malty. Clean palate, clean finish.

A clean, soft lager. Not much in the flavor department, but where it lacks interesting flavors it also lacks all potentially unpleasant flavors. A good no-brainer; a good flagship for a brewery that's always seemed to me to be more interested in selling beer than brewing it.

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

Pours a light tan/copper color with a small white head. Some head retention.

Sweet smell with a slightly malty aroma.

Crisp sweet taste with a solid malty back. Honey flavor is present with the aftertaste.

Somewhat watery but the flavor remains. The honey coats the mouth.

Not a bad beer. In fact it was the first case that was ever purchased for me...about ten or so years ago. Decent session beer.

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

Picked up as part of a Dundee sampler pack.

A: Pale amber beer has great clarity and active carbonation. Only the most vigorous pour netted a head of much volume. Retention was minimal and no lace was left.

S: Honey aroma is faint. It hides behind scents of toffee, burnt pine and grass.

T: Very mild flavor. Initial toffee flavored malt is followed by a mild bitterness that holds flavors of pepper and lemon. Honey flavor is there, but waits until almost the finish to make itself known.

M: Watery, light and a little syrupy. Carbonation level is too high.

D: OK session beer. A safe bet for someone who doesn't want to stray too far from the macro path.

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Photo of ibashmuck
3.94/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Medium head on a lovely amber body. Smell was unremarkable, nothing to mention. However, the honey sweet taste and smoothness were excellent. Very easy to drink, with a nice aftertaste. Surprisingly good, despite it's overall grade here. I could drink this all day. Well done.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Single, twelve ounce bottle just purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
After seeing this one all over the place, finally decided to give it a try...
Overall, a watered-down, typical lager with slight hints of honey...
Pours a light-brown hue with no head and minimal lacing with slight carbonation...
Bland taste consisting of a loose mouthfeel, some grains, slight honey, and no alcohol...
Watered-down, flavorless mouthfeel with an average level of drinkability at best due to the low ABV and lack of cloying flavors...
Wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this one...

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Photo of Gmann
3.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours as the name suggests, a honey brown color with an average white head that dissipated into a sparse cap. The aroma is a bit faint, some sweet caramel malt, honey, and a light clove spiciness. The taste is sweet, honey malt, a bit bready, not much else. The feel is light and well carbonated, finishes with a somewhat smooth malty sweetness. No real strong flavors and a sweet honey smoothness makes this brew quite drinkable. The sweetness is not cloying, works well. A refreshing beer for a hot day.

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Photo of happygnome
2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a golden color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving no lacing
s: sweet caramel and honey malts dominate the nose, no hop presence in the nose just overwhelming sweetness
t: sweet honey, and caramel flavor hints of nutmeg as well
m: medium bodied beer with good amount of carbonation that rises in the glass

overall, this is a fair brew but nothing to seek out

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Photo of drxandy
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz to standard pint, pours an amber brown, foamy white head

smells of adjuncts, light, crisp

taste is bitter, malty, slightly sweet, corn, rice?, lightly bitter, easy to drink..

mouthfeel is crisp, macro lagery, nothing super special, i would buy again over some beers, but only bought this time around because it was on sale.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.35/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generous two-finger pure white, frothy head sits on an effervescent honey-golden body head that simmers to a single finger... sweet honey scents couple with malts in a formidable yet inoffensive pairing that is somewhat distinctive... substantial palate, like an old-school lager, meant for weighty significance moreso than pure drinkability--and yet this could play both the serious actor as well as a party extra six-pack... versatile... malty in the back, honey up front, clove in the middle--the balance is unique and refreshing, like a liquid graham cracker (and I know that does NOT sound appetizing)... safe to say, this rating will well exceed the respect of the masses, but Dundee's Honey Brown was my first beer love and though I've seen many others since 1997, I keep coming back to the sweet maltiness that I drank--sometimes warm to ward away roommates--during those wonderful college days... this was the beer in hand when I innocently talked to my future wife for the first time in Bill Hess's Tavern's basement, the beer I carried in a backpack at Bloomsburg block parties, and still the treat on humid summer nights like this one, inexpensive and casually impressive... I'm biased, but we are allowed one guilty pleasure on this site, I hope--it IS beer, after all

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

Appearance: Crystal clear. Pours dark tan with an off white effervescent head that goes away quickly. No lacing.

Smell: No hop aroma. All malty caramel aromas present.

Taste: Sweet, malty fruity. Tastes like honey should taste like. Minor hop bitterness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Lacking in bite. Needs more carbonation.

Drinkability: I could drink this over and over. Light like a bitter with a good honey flavor.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: Has a dark gold look to it. Has a bubbly head that disipates to nothing. No lacing.

S: Smell is mostly that of a regular macro but it does have a bit more malt and a touch of honey.

T: Same deal, a watery macro taste but with more pronounced flavors of light malt, honey, and corn. Not bad, not great.

M: A little thin but does have a slight creaminess to it. Good amount of carbonation.

D: I have a place in my beer drinker's heart for Honey Brown. This along with Pete's got me drinking stuff other than macros and when I couldn't afford German offerings around here. As far as drinkability, you really can't drink too many. I don't know why, nor can explain it. It just overwhelms you if you try to drink this like a macro (considering it is the same price), just sits heavy and not too comfortable. Not a bad beer and I find myself slumming with it every now and again.

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Photo of generallee
3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a golden amber color with excellent clarity. The head is thick and white in color. It hangs on for a short time and recedes to a thin cap that leaves very little lacing.

Smell: There is a sweet bread malt aroma with some honey.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a simple bready malt flavor with some sweetness from the honey. The hops are light and add just a hint of bitterness to the finish, which is crisp and clean. The texture is refreshingly smooth with a light to medium body and an average carbonation.

Notes: Honey brown is very refreshing, clean and simple. Not bad at all for the price.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.89/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can't tell you how much of this I drank in the early/mid 90's. Used to be my favorite beer before my tastebuds grew up.

Looks slightly darker gold that the average macro. Unimpressive head & lacing.

Smells very grainy with hint of hops in the back. Slight sweetness.

Tastes like corn with a touch of honey. Might be a good breakfast beer for those of you who are into that type of thing. Faint grassy hop finish, but doesn't cut the sweetness.

Feel is rough due to high carbonation levels.

I'll still drink a couple for the nostalgia factor, but I've moved on to bigger & better beers.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
2.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: I'll just go ahead and say it: it pours a clear and dark honey brown ha-ha. One and a half inch head bubbles down rather quickly into a thin cap, minimal lacing, but decent carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Macroy with a bit of honey, corn and rice otherwise, meh...smells like a plain old beer.

T/MF: Sort of sweet with bits of corn and apple and loose huskiness, light and smooth with prickly carbonated mouthfeel, very smooth with a clean finish where the honey becomes more noticeable. Not much there.

D: Not offensive, easy drinkinging, ABV makes it so you can put down a number of these. Good value for a decent beer but for taste versus price I'd take a macro to save my money for what little extra taste you get from this beer.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear amber gold with a pencil-thin white head.

Aroma of light malts and a side order of skunk.

Taste is pretty comparable to most BMCs on the market. Slightly sweet with the malts and honey.

Light mouthfeel, crisp, and moderately carbonated.

Quite drinkable and all that, but nothing real special.

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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 1,413 ratings.
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