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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 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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Photo of MMansfield
2.99/5  rDev -4.2%
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 +4.5%
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 -18.9%
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 +23.4%
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 +34.3%
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 -1.3%
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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Photo of whiplash3825
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never heard of this brew or read any reviews... the "World Beer Cup 2004 Winner" label on the carton was what attracted my attention. Priced cheaper than most of the craft beers.

Pours a clear copper color with a half-inch head. Doesn't look very brown.

Smell was close to nonexistent... slightly sweet with a light hint of hops.

The hops in the smell are nowhere to be found in the taste. Neither is the honey for that matter. Just a light malt and sweet flavor. Slight peppery bite at the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good with a nice level of carbonation. Not as thin as I'd expect from such a light-tasting brew.

Drinkability is very good due to the low ABV and light flavors, none which really offend. But am I drinking it so fast because there's just nothing to really savor?

The bottom line: definitely better than a Bud or Coors Light, but really just one step up from a macrobrew. Maybe a good "gateway" beer to an appreciation of better brews. But I'm surprised this won any awards... it's slightly above average IMO.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Blarney's, Willimantic, Conn.

A: Poured a medium amber with an off-white, one-finger head of foam. Some lazy carbonation and weak lacing were present.

S: Smells sort of sweet with a little bit of hop in the nose. Not quite bready, but more like a sweetened breakfast cereal.

T: Doesn't particularly taste like a brown ale at all, more like a semi-sweet, honey flavored ale. The sweetness and malt definitely pushes this brew into the ale category, but there's nothing indicative of it being a brown.

M: Slightly sticky and relatively refreshing. Not too complicated, but that works for this brew.

D: The low ABV and what I'm sure is a low retail price would make this more attractive than some other micros, but would probably only get in a pinch/for economical reasons.

J.W. Dundee's has always seemed like a macro among micros, but their gold standard in my opinion has always been the Honey Brown. Not too bad, but not impressive enough to keep on hand.

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Photo of erosier
3.11/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer, espeically for its price. It pours a nice golden honey color with a white head that seems to stick to the sides of the glass pretty well. It has an aroma of a very sweet malty beer. The taste is the same, very malty and sweet yet smooth. Not too sweet for a beer and not too malty either. Very little hoppy feel if at all. It feels fresh and a nice carbonation makes it very drinkable. The aftertaste is good as well, no sour, no bitter beer face. It is a decent beer, espeically if you're only looking to spend $6 for a 6pack. Other than that, it's not overwhelmingly delicious, but it is definately worth a try at that price.

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Photo of jp32
1.93/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This actually was one of my crossover beers about five years ago. One of the first "non-mainstream" beers that led me into this wonderful world they call craft beer.

Now, obviously, I liked it a lot more then than I do now, but I've still gone back to it, maybe once a year if that, to try it once more.

Its pale and yellow, little to no head. Smell is sugary sweet, hints of bread, and otherwise quite boring. Same with the flavor. Really just a little too sweet, and it doesnt seem to taste like honey, it just seems to taste sugary and syrupy, but then again maybe thats the affect honey has on a beer.

Warning: To be given to crossover hopefulls only. If you already like craft beer, this one isnt going to impress you one bit.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear leathery brown body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles. There is a thin but lumpy head of beige.

S- The light clean sulfury smell has notes of Munich malt and a faint dry honey hint.

T- The pale malt flavor has a dry light nougat flavor with a slight tang at the finish. There is a watery taste that increases as the beer warms.

M- This beer has medium mouthfeel with a fizzy finish.

D- The honey flavor is more of an off taste with more of a nougat quality that any fresh honey flavors. There are some lager characteristics that keep this beer dry but the light flavors also makes this beer a bit bland.

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Photo of KarlHungus
1.9/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear yellow-green color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparce lacing. The aroma is of sweet biscuits, and caramel malt. It is a very generic aroma, and very faint as well. The taste is even lighter than the aroma. I keep sipping hoping I will find something, but all I can detect is a light caramel note in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light bodied, but a little thicker than I would expect from a beer with such little taste and aroma. Overall, I am insulted by this beer. It calls itself "Honey Brown," however, it has no honey in the flavor profile, and it is certainly not brown. I guess the brewers assume I am too stupid to know what honey tastes like, or what brown looks like. Anyway, I assuredly will not drink this beer again.

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

From a 12 oz bottle costing $1.79 at Safeway in Eureka, CA this poured a very clear amber that seemed more like apple cider than beer. Very little head and virtually no lacing. Nose of light hops and s little sweetness.. Not much finish. In spite of this it was drinkable.

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Photo of Limberg316
2.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been glancing at this beer for a while now at my local grocery store and when it went on sale, I thought, eh what the hell. I wasn't really impressed with it overall. It pours fairly well at best. It has a clear 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.

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

Color is a nice golden-brown. Aroma is malty and has undertones of honey sweetness. Flavor is good, malty, with strong hint of honey, no bitterness or hop component. Smooth, not complex, but refreshing and tasty. This is a good beer for a party or to have with dinner.

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Photo of iceball585
2.88/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Golden brown color, lots of co2 bubbles throughout, thin lacy head that disappeared almost instantly

S- Weak auroma of wheat and hops

T- Malts, honey, candy, slight bite of hops at the end

M- Light feel, fairly carbonated, watery finish

D- Nothing to get excited over

Really nothing special here. It's very sweet w/ honey flavors almost giving it a candy like taste. Also a little too carbonated feel for my liking.

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

You can see right through this beer. no smell really, s/light lingering honey taste. Low carbonation, good lawn mowing beer. Not a bad taste after burping. Good session beer, others were right, it does coat the tongue a little. Have at it, crisp, refreshing light beer.

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Photo of maddogruss
2.88/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light, copper body with a small lacing that dissipates almost immediately.

S: A slightly, sweet malty smell, but otherwise nothing really.

T: Tastes pretty malty, like a macro. There was a subtle, honey aftertaste.

M: A little light, but nice, crisp, and refreshing.

D: Very drinkable; tastes pretty good overall and is very easy to drink since it is so light.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looks alright - pours a clear copper with a nice head. Seems sticky enough, with some solidity.

S - Smells not much. Some booziness and generic maltiness and some floral hops. Not really especially honey-like.

T - Quite sweet, without a lotta hoppiness to cover it up. Kind of candylike in its sweetness. Hops are almost nonexistent, and no bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Not overly light. Carbonation isn't overwhelming either. Makes for a pretty neutral mouthfeel.

D - I guess it's OK. Not a lot of flavour, but certainly easy to drink one of. More than one... I dunno.

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

Golden brown in color.
Light sweet caramel malts with a little honey in there also.
Taste was clean and the honey was more present here. A small hop presence balances the sweetness.
A mouthfeel that starts to lightly coat the tongue. Somewhat light and a crisp finish.
Overall this is about average. I wouldn't turn it down.

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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 1,422 ratings
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