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)
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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 MrHurmateeowish
2.94/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle from their multi 12-pack. Red-amber translucent body with a thin off-white head. Smells of roasty grains and cooked vegetables. Sweet processed honey flavor with hints of roasted malt dominate the flavor, with strong notes of cooked vegetable. Not particularly appetizing. Watery mouthfeel, which doesn't actually help the drinkability much... Not too impressed with this one.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.16/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle

JW Dundee’s Original Honey Brown poured a clear “clean” golden color and has a creamy white head. The taste is light, with just a hint of honey, low in bitterness and a crisp mouth feel. Finish is less sweet than I expected or would prefer. Smell is very mildly sweet.

Was hoping that the honey/sweetness would be a little more prevalent in the taste – although worth a try!

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Photo of santafr0g
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glass – Pint

A – Pours a clear amber with a white head slightly less than a centimeter that dissipates quickly.

S – Has a sweet and fruity aroma.

T / M – Immediate impression is of the carbonation rather than any actual taste. Actual taste is somewhat of a biscuity malt feeling. If the beer wasn’t so carbonated, the mouthfeel would be much better. Actual honey taste is very hard to distinguish.

D – Not too bad. I would drink more if I wanted an easy and crisp summer drink.

Comments: I drank this as an offhand to a Guinness the other day, and the honey sweetness was brought out a lot more.

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Photo of giblet
2.18/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

i saw a funny poster regarding this beer so i thought what the hay, i will give it a try. poured pretty nice out of the bottle into me glass. golden brown with decent head. the smell was kinda sweet. the taste was way too sweet. no hop smell or flava.

i really did not care for this beer. it would be nice to get some hops there and give it some balance. i am not into sweet so those that are might like it just fine.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of theopholis
2.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- A deep gold/brown color. Quite clear. Looks like old honey. Decent head that hass some retention, but then settles down ot a thin cap with very little lacing.

Aroma- Aroma is rather light. What little there is has a tinge of malt sweetness and some grainy malt. A hint of breadiness.

Taste- Some malt sweetness, with just a hint of honey. Somewhat malty. Not very hoppy at all for an amber.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Just a hair syrupy. CO2 level good.

Drinkability- Not great, not bad.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this was what i drank as a kid when i wanted something upscale. looks pretty good with a nice amber color. smell is of honey and some sweet caramel malt, a hint of roastiness is present. i don't like much as far as non-malt/hop additions to beer but i do like honey. this is moderately sweet from the malt and honey but not much going on to bring balance. not totally out of whack though. relatively light in body and mouthfeel. hops are pretty much undetectable. at 4.5% drinkability is good, but not complex enough to drink much of it these days. also can become cloying.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 12-oz mug, this beer is a clear amber color with very little foam on top. Aroma is light to almost non-existent. Overly sweet taste with no balancing bitterness at all. No malt flavor, no hops detectable. Not cloying, but not at all pleasant.

Bleagh, the worst beer in the Dundee lineup.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank a bottle of this at a family gathering earlier today. Poured into a pint glass. A good summertime BBQ beer indeed! This beer pours a clear light brown/amber gold color with a white fluffy head about a finger and a half thick that settles to a pretty decent white surface layer. Pretty good lacing too. Has a sweet, malty aroma with some honey present. Tastes pretty much the same as it smells, malty sweet with some honey notes and rounded out by a touch of hops. Not the most complex taste, but overall enjoyable. Has a crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable in the hot July weather.


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Photo of plaid75
3.41/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a sparkling medium copper hue with a one and a half finger creamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a bready malt with a touch of (honey?) sweetness.

The taste consisted of a grainy malt and light honey sweetness. Some drying hops evident as well. Slight metallic flavor that gradually diminished after a few sips.

The mouthfeel was on the lighter side and finished dry.

Overall not a bad drinker. Reminds me of my college days upstate. A very popular beer for many that represents a baptism into fuller and more robust drinking. Not bad for what it is.

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

Ah, JW Dundee's Honey Brown... the beer that me and one other person drank at the PCaf.

Pours a golden honey color with a foamy head. not too much smell, but some malts, nothing impressive.

Some definite sweetness in the taste as would be expected by a honey flavored lager. Other than that, its not to exciting.

Basically, this beer is good because its cheap, and an alternative to your run of the mill American light lager.

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Photo of TheSMUSpaz
2.66/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As plain as this beer is in the drinking department, I have found it to taste wonderful when cooked with brats. I'm not a big fan of the honey taste in a beer, but it really adds flavor to the bratwurst. Not a bad beer, just not one I'd really get excited about.

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Photo of goochpunch
1.97/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out a golden honey (no shit?) color with a thinnish head that leaves some scattered lacing. Smells grainy, and, honestly, it's hard to pick out much else. Lot of sweetness in the nose too. Flavor is pretty much, grain, honey, and a metallic twang. Not much else. Faint hint of rubber bands too. Too sweet. Mouthfeel is sticky and fizzy. I'm not impressed with this. How the hell did I used to drink this? Give me a High Life over this any day. At least High Life does't have this cloying sweetness.

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Photo of tbone53
2.26/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

not much here.freind gave me this so why not.
a:a clear amber color.starts out with a good head but no retention.
s:maybe my sniffer is off but no smell.
t:not much of a beer taste i suppose it taste better than some of the macros at the grocery.
m:not much here either.
d:now we are getting somewhere.this would be good if you were trying to get your freinds to try something new.this would be a good session beer you can throw a few of these back.
overall i was not overly impressed with this one but i wouldnt turn it down if somebodygive me one or some.

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Photo of therica
3.6/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appreciate this for what it is, a semi-macro at a great price that actually has some decent quality.

A= barely pours much of a head, but has a gorgeous honey-brown appearance of the gods, in color.

S= immediate fragrance of sweetness, florals and mild hops. Possibly some apricot is more apparent after it sets for some time.

T= surprisingly pleasing, if you're in the mood for something on the modestly honey-sweet taste with only modest hop-bitters. Again, some fruity hints and the later-evident apricot, decent malts, some hops evident. A bit more carbonation than I would prefer.

M= very smooth, leaves a very nice slightly honey-sweet taste with a slight syrupy feeling after the finish. Some carbonation sparkle on the tongue.

D= if I weren't so restless and always loving so many other beers, this would suffice as standard home-stock and for as many as you want. Nothing detracting or unappealing, and for the price it's a nice standard to keep on hand for when the great stuff runs out.

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

eh. looks okay when poured, smells slightly sweet. the flavor is pretty one dimensional. slightly sweet malty flavor that finishes dry. not my favorite beer although there was a time when i did consume quite a few of these. not something i'd pick up again unless i was in a bind.

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Photo of zdk9
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours out a slightly hazy medium orange with a huge head that dissapears quickly. No lacing.

S- Some DMS surrounded by a sweetness and light lager malt flavors.

T- Not really any honey, but pretty sweet. More of an artificial corn syrup sweetness. I could really use some more hops bitterness to combat the cloying sweetness. Not to mention some hops flavor which would be refreshing.

M- Undercarbonated, kinda syrupy but not really much body.

D- Not tasty and so not drinkablility.

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Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a warm golden colour, with a two finger head that quickly dwindled to half. The lacing was consistent and even. Lots of malt flavours in the front, with just a hint of hoppy bitterness in the finish. Creamy texture in the mouthfeel. Despite being mass-produced and easy to locate, remains an excellent choice. Should definately be categorized as lighter fare, though.

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Photo of tzieser
3.26/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served from a 12 oz bottle into a glass

a- darker amber color. pours a suprisingly fluffy head that slowly dissapates into a light ring around the glass.

s- sweet. notes of brown sugar, molassas? definatly something along the lines of honey.

t- very sweet. a nice mix of hops and sweet malts/ the brown sugar/honey taste is really present in the after taste. i like it.

m- decent amount of cabonation. nothing special, yet nothing wrong.

d- i could drink a few of these no problem.

overall, i think this is a decent beer. nothing outstanding, but nothing horrible. i dont think id buy this again, but i wouldnt avise against it.

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Photo of scottoale
3.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz. tall aluminum bottle pours a honey-amber liquid with a finger of short lived, white bubbly head.

The smell is sweet of caramelly malt, adjuncts, honey and some grassy hops. It really smells like an american macro to me.

Sweet, malty and watery with low carbonation and not much going on here. Tastes like malt and honey water with a light tang on the tongue.

Light body, mild alcohol content...this lager is average at best.

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Photo of alexgash
3.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rusty copper with honey edges. Clear, clean, with a small, short-lived, off-white head. Lightly toasted malts, cardboard-accented honey, cookie dough, and a subtle vegetable aroma. Sweetish cookie dough flavored malts with caramel and honey. Lightly toasted malts before a slightly bitter, but mostly sweet malt finish. Sweeter than I expected, but not bad. Moderate body with soda-carbonation. Easy drinking at first, but gets a little sweet (artificially so). Still, not bad.

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Photo of billybob
2.2/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured a light copper color two finger off white head faded quickly to just the beer and no lacing to speak of. could not smell the honey just a macro corn aroma. could not taste the honey just some sweet malt very blah. mouthfeel light and carbonation was ok. not something i would buy again.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Brown" in name alone, this amber pale ale doesn't retain great head, a little light and fizzy. Very clear.

Aroma is sweet (probably raw honey, given the advertised brewing technique), with light grain as well. Very light.

Flavor is more sweet, prominent honey with very few balancing malts or hops. The malt is slightly nutty, and there's some bread flavor too. The finish is sweet malted grain husk, and residual honeycomb mouthfeel.

Drinkable and unoffensive, takes no risks. There is one good reason to get this beer: the price.

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Photo of darkcarrington
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall a pretty enjoyable beer, and not too expensive which is always a plus.

Appearance: Good question. I had this outside so I had no glass or anything to pour the beer into. The bottle was brown though.

Smell: Nice aroma of malts and a hint of honey.

Taste: Noticeable honey taste and fairly malty, and I think a hint of nuts. Which is to say it sort of reminds me of Honey Nut Cheerios.

Drinkability: Goes down pretty easy, although might be a little sweet to drink more than one or two

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Photo of BBM
3.37/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, good ol' Honey Brown. It was certainly one of my "gateway beers", one of the ones that really let me know there was more (and better) out there than Bud and Coors. Well, even though I'm much more seasoned now than I was then, this still is a pretty decent beer. The beer pours a golden amber color, clear, with a small head and lots of bubbles. The smell is a little sticky sweet and bready.

Ok, so this beer isn't going to wow you with it's uneventful but solid malt flavor, or it's sweet honey aftertaste, but then again maybe it doesn't have to. There's very little hop presence, and there is a bit of a cereal grain flavor to the beer. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated.

This is surely a sessionable beer, and at around $5 for a 6-pack, why not? Plus who knows, maybe you will open up someone else's eyes to the potential of beer.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- dark amber body with white head.

S- some honey and malt to it.

T- boring up front with sweet honey aftertaste. pretty tasty.

D- this is a drinkable beer with a great aftertaste. I'm sad my local distibutor stopped carrying it but there's plenty of other places to buy it.

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Original Honey Brown Extra Rich Lager (Beer Brewed With Honey) from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 10.4% out of 100 with 1,416 ratings
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