Original Honey Brown Extra Rich Lager (Beer Brewed With Honey) | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

Original Honey Brown Extra Rich Lager (Beer Brewed With Honey)Original Honey Brown Extra Rich Lager (Beer Brewed With Honey)
1,417 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001

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Photo of bassmantin
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank straight out of the bottle. Can't comment on the appearance.

I'm going into this with fairly low expectations, but it's not terrible. A little too sweet for my taste. The honey taste is subtle enough but doesn't really do it for me. It's a very full-bodied beer that, despite an overall lack of anything interesting, leaves my stomach satisfied. I'm pleasantly surprised.

Pick this one up if you're in a pinch and desperate for a decent beer.

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

Thin head of off-white foam tops a medium amber body--fairly standard and rudimentary. The nose is weak, with mild grain malts rising more than anything. The honey of HopSlam, this ain't. Nor does honey appear in the taste, although it isn't all bad. There's some decent sweetness to accompany the malt, but this is a fairly basic, straightforward lager. At least it doesn't go flat; I suppose that;s worth something.

This is neither offensive nor arresting, fine beer if cold and one is thirsty, I suppose. No Wow! factor, just decent. It certainly isn't one I'd spend the coin on.

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

A friend showed up with a 12 pack of JW Dundees Honey Brown in cans, poured it into a pint glass.

Amber color with some white head that has okay retention and a little lacing. Very clear, must be very filtered.

Smell is malt sweetness, maybe a faint yelp from the hops, not a lot of honey in there actually, wouldn't honey make it drier and lighter?

Taste is pretty similar to the smell, it isn't too far away from a slightly more flavorful macro. For me, there really is no reason to drink this because of the ubiquitous presence of yuengling, but it isn't a bad beer. The sweetness kind of got to me and i wouldn't want another, but it wasn't bad.

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Photo of jwc215
3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours translucent copper with a thin white head that stays around. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of sweet grain with some honey. Some grassiness comes through.

The taste is of sweet grain and honey. Not quite as sweet as it could be with that description - some balance to it to make it bearable. Taste is actually not bad because honey is restrained with it coming through in the finish. Light-bodied, but not watery.
Not a bad brew for the price (very affordable). Rvrn though there is some non-descript balance to it, it's still too sweet for me to "session".

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Photo of auxiliary
2.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance - Clear golden color, with as a small head.

smell - Mix of malts and honey here.

taste - Some sweet malts and honey here again.

mouthfeel - Light body, watery.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer,light side, under 5%ABV!!!Lawn mower beer.

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Photo of hockeyblades
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

pored a nice amber brown with a very thin head. you can clearly smell the honey. the first sip i had of this beer i was impressed, i really enjoyed it, but after about the 5th or 6th the sweet honey aftertaste started to get to me and i had to grab my hop devils. I would recommend this beer at a bar or even a 6 pack but no more

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Photo of association330
2.93/5  rDev -6.1%
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 +13.8%
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 +32.1%
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 -1.3%
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 +1.3%
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 +21.8%
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 +9.6%
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 -5.8%
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 -16.7%
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 -10.3%
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 -21.2%
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 -13.5%
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 -11.9%
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 -15.1%
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 -5.1%
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 -5.8%
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 +4.8%
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 +6.7%
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 +18.6%
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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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 1,417 ratings
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