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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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Ratings: 1,422 |  Reviews: 674
Photo of allboutbierge
2.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

My freshman year of college we snuk in a half keg of this stuff into the dorms during our springfest to get loaded all day at a reasonable price. We choose this for one reason: Girls love honey brown. Im not the biggest fan of honey brown though. I like the occasional one here and there but the taste is just too sweet to enjoy more than one or two with out having something to eat. It isn't a stand alone beer but in the facility of one maybe two beers its not all that bad. The appearance supplies the drinker with almost no head at all, the only resemblance to a head is a foaming similiar to that of a well poured pepsi. The color is a slightly dark yet a very transparent goldish amber. The carbonation on this beer is very light with a medium body, the beer itself has a sliky relaxing feel with every swallow. The flavor is just too sweet though for me to call this a good beer. Its has a mellow feel to it nonetheless. Overall this an average beer that Im sure has its audience who will think less of it and people like myself who may not dislike it but not exactly like this beer.

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Photo of bditty187
2.3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thumbs down on this one. I could not get passed the artificialness of the taste. The honey was just off kilter with the rest of the beer. As a fan of honey beers, I’d have to say this one is just not that good. The body is a brownish-amber, high carbonation (which hurt the taste), and no real head or head retention. The aroma was sweet malt, some honey, but mainly clean (or plain).

Maybe worthwhile on a hot summer days or with some tangy BBQ. But maybe not...

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

Pours a dark rusty/gold color with a small fades fast head.No lace at all. Very high on carbonation, almost soda-pop high.The smell is hoppy-sweet. Taste has hints of malt and honey to the point of almost caramel.Very smooth and drinkable.It might be liked by a non-beer drinker, its that sweet and carbonated.

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Photo of BeerBob
3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

JW Dundee’s Original Honey Brown “Honey Flavored Lager” pours a darkish amber from a 12oz brown bottle with a twist off cap. Head is light tan then fades to nothing.

Nose is a very faint honey with damp grains. Palate is light honey followed by carbonation, then slight hops and again honey.

JW Dundee’s Original Honey Brown, a light honey flavored lager, would be good for barbecues or picnics or even a nice quencher for spicy foods.

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Photo of Lupe
1.81/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear amber color with a generous white head and suprisingly wonderful lace.Mildly sweet to the nose with a thin malt aroma. Finishes clean and crisp with some dryness. To me it tasted like watered down Sprite. A little overboard with the sweetness is and tastes processed. Not an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.57/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is very clear and light amber in color. A small head vanishes in no time. The aroma consists of malt and sweet honey. There is a real nice crisp taste. Honey is present. A dryness is also present. Some very slight chocolate and roasted malt undertones. A nice drinkable brew here. Nothing spectacular, but really not too bad.

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Photo of ZAP
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Certainly nothing outstanding here, but really this is better than I thought it would be....It is definitely sweet on the palate but I kind of like that with a honey beer. The honey is evident and it has a pretty, smooth creamy texture...I'm rating this as a honey beer...as a Brown Ale it would score considerably lower as to me it doesn't resemble a brown ale at all...It is deep golden in color...pretty clear...not a complex beer, but for a honey beer it is better than most I've had included Leinie's and South Shore's...

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luckily I have never had one of the "bad batches", which this beer seems to be notorious for. Pleasant aroma and nice color, and the honey aftertaste has the potential to linger, which can be either bad or good depending on your preference. One of my favorite American beers that is not from a micro-brew.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a winner in my book. slightly dark, and very smooth and creamy. you get a hint of honey as it goes down with a little bitterness. i went back to this one many times, and it never let me down. it was easy to drink, and bery enjoyable

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

On tap tonight, I have had the bottles as well. Slighty darker than yellow to light brown color. Thin faint white head, sweet, honey smell, with some sourness as well. Tasted overly sweet, with a serious stale, sour finish. Didn't get much malt or, hop balance, just sourness. Thin feel, not much to keep you drinking more. I remember the bottles being much better. I may have had it from a stale keg. Not memorable, and I won't buy it again for a long time.

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Photo of marc77
2.18/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark copper hue, clear and effervescent. The head settles into a respectable layer that coats the glass. Sweet caramel malt and cooked corn in aroma, and not much else. Lightly bodied from the copious use of adjuncts. There's a one - dimensional, non caramel malt derived sweetness in flavor that is quite offputting, and borderlines of being cloying. Malt complexity is sorely lacking. Hop bitterness is meager, and thus allows for the sugary sweetness. Tastes like a typical macrobrew w/ sugar added. Mild honey flavors emerge in the finish, then vanish quickly leaving an empty blandness. Honey Brown is not an enjoyable beer. The sweetness is cloying and tastes processed.

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Photo of psugrad98
1.85/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer makes me sick. Maybe I just don't like honey beers. It's light wood color with thick large bubbled head. Smell is of a touch of sweetness with almost a bread smell. Mouthfeel is fizzy and mouthcoating. Not very sweet, but its the kind of sweet that makes you gag. I can never finish one of these.

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

Copper color, very white head that's gone at about 25 seconds. There might be a slight honey in the aroma, otherwise understated sweet smell. Bottle says "smooth" and it surely is. Smooth to the point of zero complexity. I couldn't detect any hops anywhere in my mouth, primary impression is of light brown sugar. Surprisingly thin mouthfeel while at the same time a little gagging in the throat after three sips or so. I suppose this is drinkable for people who don't like beer but there was nothing of note to me. A sweet "Genny" that made its way west from Lake Ontario to a liquor store south of Lake Superior...

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Photo of Wildman
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I found it to be an average beer to drink. Something better to drink then the Budlights, etc. at a function. But there are better beers out there of this type. It poured a dark yellow color and formed pratically no head to speak of. The aroma was of malt and some hops. The flavor was of malt and hops. The body was very light and the finish hard to really figure out.

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

Revised: Man, brought back old memories. The nose and taste overflow with bread and honey, no discernable aftertase now. Felt thicker than I remember and more drinkable as well.

Original: Another beer that should be considered the base-line for a regular drink. It smells of bread and honey. Slightly sweet with a bit of an after-taste. Another brew I only seem to see in college towns.

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Photo of proc
2.68/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This wasn't too bad. I was expecting the worst, figuring the honey would taste like an afterthought, but it seemed to blend in nicely with the beer. Not as sweet as I had anticipated either. Decent, and fairly cheap too.

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Photo of aracauna
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Take Newcastle and water it down and lower the quality just a bit and you've got Hone Brown. Not a bad beer, though.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.76/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pleasant, drinkable beer. Rather slight head, beautiful dark golden brown color, slightly sweet and very smooth and pleasant, no aftertaste at all. Easy to drink, unremarkable, but nothing to offend, either.

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Photo of bmills1608
1.03/5  rDev -67%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I really hate this beer. The honey flavor puts me off right from the start. I never understood why this beer was so popular when it first starting getting hit the shelves in PA. If ICE cold it is still bad but gets way worse as it warms up. I can barely choke one bottle down.

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Photo of Todd
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The only thing brown about this beer is part of the name. The highly enjoyable honey flavour and ease of drinkability are the real highlights of this brew. An excellent session beer and perahps a nice baby-step beer for drinkers who can't let go of their mainstream lagers/pils.

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Photo of John
3.84/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Those looking for the typical brown ale will likely be dissappointed. I don't think it's intended to be interpreted as such. However, as an honey brown lager it does well in a pinch and is a decent beer. A good introductory craft brew.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extremely mild - makes Newcastle look robust. If you like a really mild brown - you will like this. If you want something with a little backbone, look elsewhere.

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