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 association330
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a moderate amber with a one-finger head that quickly dissipates into a light ring which leaves just a few wisps of lacing. The head is very light/fizzy and almost soapy.

S - Some malt and honey sweetness. A slight whiff of grainy alcohol if you sniff it long enough. Very subtle overall.

T - Sweet malts, with a honey finish. Not overpowering or outstanding.

M - Carbonation is medium-high, almost downright fizzy - somewhat prickly. Light body, pretty easy drinking.

D - Very quaffable, smooth, and balanced.

For the price ($6 for a six-pack), it's a decent beer and better than a macro, but it's nothing special.

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

Nice dark golden to amber colored pour with a head that doesn't last. Some malt and honey like sweetness in the smell, but not too much else. Taste is light malty with some honey sweetness kicking in during the aftertaste. It is nicely carbonated, but not too highly, and is very easy drinking and refreshing. I know this isn't a fancy beer, or a very complex one, but it's perfect for easy drinking on a hot day especially. Very likeable if you just want some simple flavor and not something heavy or complex. This is a simple classic that I can enjoy while not wanting to think about the beer.

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Photo of imaguitargod
4.12/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always enjoyed this beer and as far as I've found it's the best example of a honey beer. I recently had the pleasure of getting it on tap instead of the bottle. It was really amazing. The honey flavor was definitely more pronounced than in the bottle and it went down much smoother as well. I had it served in a pint and the head was reduced from what you generally get out of the bottle.

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Photo of woemad
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from a 6-pk bought on sale at a local Safeway for $5.99. No freshness date.

Poured a clear amber color with an inch of white foam. Splotches of white lace left on the sides of the glass.

The nose is malty, with a sweet honey scent, but also a crude, grainy smell.

The taste starts off with a sweet honey-ish flavor. Then the crude earthy, graininess noted in the nose kicks in. The finish is fairly clean.

Somewhat thin body, with a fairly crisp mouthfeel.

From the name, I thought this would be a brown ale, but I now know that is definitely not the case. This is a thoroughly mediocre lager that was worth what I paid for it, but it's not terribly memorable. I can only see getting this when it's on sale, like it was today.

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Photo of beerbrains
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Years ago I used to drink my fair share of this beer. I haven't had one for a while until tonight.

It pours a dark yellow with very little head and even less lace. Smooth light maltiness with an equally light honey sweetness. Moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. Nice to visit the past while being able to leave it there.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite beer.

One of the smoothest beers I've had.
Definitely taste the honey but not overpowering.
No bad aftertaste or initial bite.

The money shouldn't matter but this is a steal, not a reason its my favorite but at $9 for a 12 pack, thats just awesome.

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

A - poured a dark golden color with a thin white head

S - Sweet malt with a slight bit of honey

T - Is like the smell sweet malt with a little honey

M - Kinda light on the carbonation pretty smooth

D - This is a good session beer good taste and pretty cheap too

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Photo of ericj551
2.94/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

JW Dundee's Honey Brown pours a clear bright orange with a thin head. The aroma is grainy with a hint of honey. The flavor is more graininess, with just a bit of sweet malt. I think the "brown" part of the name must refer to the color of the bottle, and not the beer.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden amber with a small white head that settles into a thin veil.

Aroma is very mild, consisting of light malt sweetness and a hint of honey.

Flavor is exactly the same. Very mild and sweeter than I remember.

LIght body and mouthfeel. Better than your average macros but still uninteresting and bland.

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Photo of stephendr
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. glass bottle- color of dark orange, with a off white head - nose of mild hops, slight grass, melon, and malts – taste of sweet corn, some malts, and no honey- body is light, sweet and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of honey(finally), and sweet artificial

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Photo of tab021
2.46/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Golden honey with thin foamy head

S: Very light honey smell nothing very strong

T: Very mild honey taste with some sweetness, but its very plain...

M: medium carbonation and sort of thin feel.

D: Definitely not one of my favorites. Wouldn't really recommend it

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Photo of mnj21655
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a pleasant honey color with very minimal head. As I stick my nose in to take a whiff of this I am immediately smacked in the face by what I can only characterize as an American macro lager with some depth. The aroma is fairly mild, slightly malty and just a touch hoppy. Taste is somewhat better. I do get a bit of macro lager coming through again but with a touch of honey and malt. Mouthfeel is ok, body is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is mediocre. Overall this beer just really doesn't appeal to me and I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of champ103
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold/Yellow in color. Very small white head and a little lace.
S: Very grainy with a little malt and a hint of honey.
T: A bit more honey than in the nose. Very light malt flavor.
M/D: Very light and fizzy. Easy enough to drink.

I use to drink this all the time when I thought this was a high end beer for a low price. Not all that bad though. This was very popular in College because people thought they were drinking a better beer than the BMC swill. I guess that it is better than that, but still not very highly recommended.

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Photo of EStreet20
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the mix pack.
12 ounce bottle, 16 ounce "shaker" pint

A - Interestingly enough "Honey Brown" poures out a clear yellowish golden with a very small white head. Tons of carbonation from the looks of things.

S - Some honey on the nose, with some weak malt smells.

T - Taste is of some faint, sweet malts and a bit of the honey emphasis.

M - Light and watery.

D - Goes down easy enough. Basically a fairly bland golden lager.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours from 12oz bottle a clear medium gold with about a 1 finger head of foam. It has a little bit of lacing.

The smell is of some malt and honey but it's light.

The taste has some sweet malt and honey flavour to it but it's very bland. The mouthfeel is fairly nice and it's of medium carbonation but agai, the flavours are very bland. I got this in a mixed 12 pack and I would *not* buy this by the sixer. It's just too ordinary. Give me their Pale or IPA, or their Amber Lager.

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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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Photo of blackie
3.27/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Lacking white head, golden-amber colored beer

s: A nice hint of honey under an uneventful but decent light amber beer.

m: medium carbonation and a light-medium body

t: A decent macro amber with a moderate honey essence that's actually pleasant...avoids being fake or cloying. Really not much to it, but it's very clean and well rounded.

d: quite easy, I like it a little

a favorite choice during my early beer development, acquired a single bottle

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Photo of Brad007
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with ample carbonation. Aroma is sweet and malty upfront with some of the honey flavoring in the nose. Aroma reminds me of a macro lager (I consider High Falls to be a regional brewer though). Reminds me a bit of Genesee as well.

Taste is very smooth upfront with a lot of the honey showing through the beginning of the mouth. A second sip confirms the same thing with the honey fading to a sweet and interesting aftertaste.

Smooth and drinkable. Inoffensive. Not something I'd buy again but it seems like they consider it their flagship so it's not too bad.

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Photo of jdmorgan
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My final beer of the craft pack, this beer poured a rich gold bordering on amber and had a medium white head.

The smell has biscuit and carmel malt aromas with a bit of honey. The taste has a similar malt body and a slight honey afterthought. The hop flavor is low/medium. The carbonation is medium and the beer has a thin/medium consistency.

All in all, it's a decent beer. Good taste and decent body. Not bad and certainly better than alot of beers out there. I can and have drank them in succession. Definately a good beer for the fridge.

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Photo of MMansfield
2.99/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled bottle at work 11/09/07.

Appearance: Pours a light amber colour with a white head diminishing quickly to a thin ring.

Aroma: Sweet, grainy, some grass.

Taste: Malty backbone, sweet.

Mouthfeel: Sharp, highish carbonation.

Final Statement: Not a bad beer at all but another classic example of the a brewery calling their beer a honey brown and it not being brown. I don't get that. Either way, an average boring beer that isn't bad.

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Photo of youngleo
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured to a 1 finger head. That disapated fairly rapidly. Left a little head all the way around the glass and some nice lacing. Head was a creamy color with the lager a brownish yellow. S- Not much smell really. Just a little sweet.
T- Had a good taste, just a little on the sweet side. The honey was doing its job.
M- Had more of a good mouth feel than some of other domestic beers. Carbonation was very good. Wasnt real heavy.
D- I could drink these a lot of the time. Ill buy these again on a regular basis.

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Photo of Jp7010
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. Poured honey-colored with a lacing of slight tan. The aroma was sweet, of honey, malts, and other sugars. The taste was similar. Sweet malts, with a honey note. A slight chemical taste bit in the end. The mouthfeel was of a medium-bodied, lightly-carbonated lager.

As far as drinkability, Honey Brown was an old go-to beer in college. $3 for a pitcher of Honey Brown? Sure, that'll keep me happy for the night. Now, that my palate for beer is more refined, I find it hard to drink more than one bottle of this. Not an exceptional beer. Not even a good beer. But average.

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Photo of matty
3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey colored beer with sweet fresh aroma.Taste is biscuit followed by a sweet honey.Minimal carbonation and very smooth from top to bottom of bottle.This has been one of my favorites when I was younger and I still enjoy it.Got this as part of an assorted JW Dundee craft pack for 20.00 a good buy!!!

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Photo of StoutyMcHaggis
4.19/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been loving me some browns lately, from Moose Drool to New Castle. I found this one in a six pack of bottles with only 4 left in it and I'm so glad I did. It's super-tasty and an excellent session beer(I could drink these for hours). The only downside was the smell, but I dont expect much from browns. This beer just proves that not all beers need a lot of alcohol to be great.

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Photo of animal69
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this was actually the 2nd high falls brew i ever drank ( i used to drink Genny cream ale 20 yrs ago) before i got to Rochester ; pours a light gold colour w/ a thin head which dissapates quickly leaving little lacing ; not much for aroma, a "macro" smell overrides all but a faint waft of a caramely/honey/ even less hoppy aroma ; very thin flavor, Am. lager w/ some sweet caramel/honey flavor lurking deep beneath it all ; a light mouthfeel, yet not dry enough, i feel this beer should be less to match the taste ; on the upside, i could prob. drink a 12 of this easily (tho i'd pref. Bud Light or Corona for my rehydration)....

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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 1,411 ratings.
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