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 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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Photo of musicjustintime
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had this in a few years...and it's still the same. VERY smooth....one of the smoothest ever....and VERY sweet....and NOT hoppy AT ALL, which I personally like. Very nice reddish-brown color, and a nice malty smell to it. I like this brew alot. SO smoooth...as I said...and NOT HOPPY AT ALL!!!! I don't even think there ARE HOPS in this!!! That's ok though. Beer is NOT about all hops. There are many other characteristics to consider...and this is a good one. Sorry I haven't had this in so long...but it came in the Brewmaster's Sampler, and I'm glad! One of my fav. in the variety pack. I can see why this got medals. One must not be a "hophead" if you're gonna try this! One must be a "malthead" or "lagerhead". Give it a try, and you won't be sorry! Again, don't expect the hops though!!!! There's NO bitterness whatsoever in this delightful lager! SAAALUTE my BA friends!

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a golden brown with a medium amount of head that actually lingers a suprisingly long time.

Smell- Light somewhat musty nose with undertonse of caramel.

Taste- A very smooth burst of flavor onto the tongue, the touches of honey are pleasantly subdued and are the only noteworthy undertones to an otherwise very dull flavor.

Mouthfeel- Fills the palate with flavor, light coating of the mouth.

Drinkability- A very drinkable beer, pleasant, light, with interesting flavor.

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Photo of GPHarris
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick white and fizzy head into a tulip glass. left a light ring and sheet throughout. the body was a clear amber, not brown.
s - hints of honey.
t - sweet and a little fruity.
m - a little bite to it with a medium thickness on the tongue.
d - easily drinkable and a good session, especially for newbies.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a light brown, forming a 1/2 inch head that quickly faded. No lcaing. The aroma is a mix of sweet malt and light honey. The taste has a grainy/dirty taste up front, then ending with a slightly sweet honey flavor. Nothing complex here. Medium mouthfeel. I can see non-craft beer drinkers enjoying this brew, because this reminds me of a Bud light, with a shot of honey added. Not horrible, but definitely something that I wont be buying again.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A not very brown, clear looking lager, somewhat golden brown. Got an almost one finger head on the pour. Settled into a small cap on this almost not carbonated brew. Note I've been avoiding drinking this beer for too long, and am finally getting it off the shelf.

Some honey, cured hay, grain husk, biscuit, and toffee. Smells decent, but nothing overly special.

Biscuit jumps out, with some richer nutty and toffee nuances. A touch of honey, and earthy notes of cured hay.

Light in body, yet has some substance. Nice balance between the constituent parts, the honey is playing its bit part well, and not getting in the way of an almost dry and refreshing finish.

Certainly drinkable and almost sessionable, although this would likely be boring session fare. Would be a good beer for getting a macro swill drinker to try something with a little more colour than piss yellow. Pretty run of the mill brew, theres a lot of better beers out there, and as such ill probably never buy this again. That said it was nice to try it.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.27/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AP: A clear amber color with golden-yellow hues in direct light. Mild activity and slow carbonation manages to create a thin 1/4" bubbly and light white head dissipated quickly and features only minor lacing.

Nose: Honey soaked bread, brown sugar, sour yeast (rather nice) and herbal hop. Obviously a malt dominated aroma.

Flavor: A honey-sweet yet doughy malt flavor dominates, but behind that is a rather nice sour yeast on the back of the palate and a subtle, herbal hop finish. The after-taste is a sweet and sour yeast effect.

Feel: Medium body, smooth and slick feel with a very mild bite at the end. It really feels much more alive that it appears.

DA: This seems to really drop in quality after a while, it really flattens out and becomes "old" quickly.

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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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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 1,432 ratings