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Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Dundee Original Honey Brown LagerDundee Original Honey Brown Lager

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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Reviews: 665 | Ratings: 1,394
Photo of Mitchster
2.06/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours out to a brilliantly clear bronze, forming a small soapy white head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Not really a brown ale at all. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is kinda like a cross between a bland EuroLager, and an even blander continental macro. Fermentation is clean...suggestion of pale malts, corn, grassy hops. Mouthfeel is wet and mild with a medium-light body. Taste...again, like the smell but with little hop flavor or bitterness, allowing the residual malt sugars to be perceptable. If I concentrate, perhaps I can fool myself into thinking there is honey in there somewhere, but tastes closer to corn syrup. Touches of grass, caramel flavoring, and vanilla in the middle. Finish is wet, clean, and brief.

Rather dull, with little redeeming qualities. Not horrible, but not good either.

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Photo of Jacobob10
2.43/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Haven't had one of these since high school, and now I know why. Pours a light amber color. A slight head that is fairly steady throughout, but almost no lacing. A faint aroma is present, somewhat minty, and a touch of honey. The taste is very disappointing. There's something not right with this beer and I can't put my finger on it. Almost tastes like cardboard. A very mild beer that is disappointing to say the least. A step up from Bud, Coors, etc. but not recommended.

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Photo of psyco1
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's closer to amber than brown, the head's whiteish.
It has a slight honey hint to the smell, moreso than Lienenkugel's honey weiss, but that's not saying much.
The taste is ok, it tastes like a macro without as much corn and a bit more sweet.
I'd take these over budmillercoors just about any day, it seems to go rather well with spicy foods.

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Photo of soper2000
2.11/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This stuff is pretty ubiquitous here on campus, the price was 1.25 per draft so i decided to try it. Received this beer in a clear plastic cup so to the best of my knowledge the pour was an amber color with a quickly disappating white head. Not really much smell to this one. Flavor was subdued but there was a little bit of malty sweetness present. This is a pretty light beer. It's nothing special but then again it's not god awful either.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.65/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, very pale copper with a thin white head. Smell is sweet and grassy. Light pale malt aromas.

Hmmm. Just to note, there is a pervasive honey flavor throughout this beer and I wonder what they have added to the brew to get that flavor. Anyway, the rest is just a bland pale malt character. A bit too fizzy and not much character. Grassy and crisp. Light-bodied. Not a bad beer but does not distinguish itself either. If it had not been left in my fridge after a bunch of guys came over for cards, I probably would never have tried it and I sure can't see trying it again if given a choice.

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Photo of flaminghomer
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a macro looking head, white and fizzy. lace looks good. appearance is clear and barely a light copper amber. not brown. smell is mild and a bit sweet. smells like a macro. taste is smooth and perfectly sweet. i think that they use adjuncts in this beer. that is what the smell and taste is telling me. despite all of this it is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of brewQ
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A choppy white head atop a light copper colored brew.
I strained to pick up any aroma.

There is a hint of flavor, I know it is not honey, since that typically ferments out rather completely with little residual.Maybe it is some Genny house character shining through! Still, not a disagreeable flavor.

Is this stuff really in the Vienna Lager style?

I will say it is drinkable, especially at the sale price of $7.99 a 12 pack. A bit more more flavor than a macro when the budget is tight.

Seems to have spawned a host of imitators.

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Photo of wsouloa
3.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I first had this beer at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo while wolfing down some wings. It tastes better on tap than from the bottle. This isn't an overly complex beer. The color is somewhere between amber and brown. The taste of it is just as it is advertised. You can definitely taste the honey in it but there is not so much of it where it is too sweet. Goes down easy and is better than just about any macrobrew you will find.

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Photo of CortexBomb
2.12/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out with a decent brownish colour, with plenty of carbonation, though that quickly heads off into the stratosphere. Scent is sweet, but that's about it.

As for the flavour, typically bland macro with a touch of sweetness which to my palate didn't closely resemble honey. Perhaps I was expecting as stronger honey flavour with this one, but the taste definitely lacked what I was looking for.

Mouthfeel was very watery, and the drinkability was low, I had difficulty finishing the bomber.

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

Appearance – Bright orange in color with a decent head.

Smell – This smells like a typical American macro (without the skunk, thankfully). The grain is unrefined and a bit musty with no quality sweetness or balancing hops.

Taste – There’s a very slight taste of honey here that kind of smoothes things out, but otherwise this is American grain and sucrose with a dash of table sugar.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonation and medium to light in the body.

Drinkability – This is definitely not one that I’d buy again, but it was just good enough to keep out of the sink.

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

Picked this up at the convenience store down the street in a bomber. It poured a light copper colour with a moderate to thick head that didn't last all too long. The smell was semi-malty and sweet. I wouldn't say honey sweet, but it was sweet. The taste was also sweet, but it lacked that honey taste I was looking for. It also had a malty taste. I will drink this again. It is much beter than any of the other macros out there. It's good if all there else is Corona, Bud and JW Dundee's.

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Photo of mschofield
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-amber with a 2 finger rocky white head, the head settled down to a cap within a minute and there was no lacing present (this wasn't brown by any means).
Sweet aroma, presents itself as coming from honey.
Honey is detectable in the taste, lightly toasted malt, no bitterness or any real hop flavor. Sweet which seems to come from the honey rather than the malt.
Smooth and light to medium bodied, a mild beer, it doesn't even have much in malt, yeast or hop flavors never mind complex subtleties of those.
I don't know about the marketing on this one - the fake "Australian/British name", brown-lager etc.., but I found it to be a very acceptable beer. I could easily base a session around it, as long as I didn't have to very often.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a light honey color with one finger of head. There is very little lacing on it. The smell is of sweet caramel and malt, a little light on the smell. The taste is also very malty, no hops in sight. Very sweet taste, and a little bland on some parts of the tongue. The mouthfeel is a little watery. The drinkability is fair though.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.21/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an easy drinking, economical beer. Pours to a white head and gold-amber color. Head retention is poor. Aroma is of sweet malt (or is it unfermented honey?) and a bit of hops. Flavor is sweet and malty with a clean, pleasant finish. It is a bit on the sweet side but not too bad.

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Photo of scaaven
2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was lackluster at best. Average all around, it wasn't all that bad and was very drinkable considering the price. The mild honey flavor timidly reveals itself in the mid-to-after-taste, which complements the initial bitterness of the alcohol and hops. The alcoholic content seemed slightly lower than what I expected from the taste, but it still did the trick. Not thumbs down, but definitly not thumbs up. Somewhere in the middle is where this beer resides.

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Photo of nixhecks
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange color with a thin white head that dissapated within a few minutes. Plenty of carbonation is visible. The aroma is mostly a chalky malt smell with a macrobrew-like smell as well. The taste is not bad, very light and crisp, but rather lacking in complexity. It was a little thin and simple, but the price was the same as Bud or Coors and it still managed to bring a little bit more to the playing field. Not bad, I would recommend to anyone looking to get more from a macro while paying the same price.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.95/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a dark honey shade of golden with a foamy white head. This beer smelled and tasted sweet, with a nice richness and definite influence of honey in the flavor. It goes down easy, but like I said, it is pretty sweet. The finish is easy and soft, like it came out of a little plastic bear. Dundee's is very enjoyable, and very, very smooth. It's like the sweet tea of beers -- and that's a compliment.

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Photo of SetarconeX
2.79/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A lovely bright reddish-orange color, though definately not brown. Smell is quite sweet, with a light maltiness. Taste is of a rather bland lager, saved by an overbearing honey-driven sweetness.

Tasty in its own way, but definately not something that I'd reach for if there were a number of other alternative brown ales available.

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Photo of Redrover
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap in Fitz's Ale House in Elmhurst, IL. They have $1 domestics on Monday and this is the best choice of the bunch.

Beer is a nice tanish/light brown color. Light tan head and very little lacing.

Beer smells faintly of malt and not much else.

Taste is fairly average, but not bad. Main thing I noticed is some malt induced sweetness and a touch of caramel . Perhaps the honey helps, but I can't really pick it out. Not much hop balance. Beer does not have any chemical or adjunct taste.

Beer is fairly easy to drink and has a nice mouthfeel to it.

While not anything outstanding, it is a serviceable brew in a pinch.

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Photo of WesWes
3.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light golden color with a slight reddish hue to it. The head is bone white and laces quite nicely. The aroma is decent, but nothing special. There is a bit of malt character in the nose along with that traditional lager smell. The taste is not bad, but not that great either. It contains a slight honey flavor along with the maltiness from the vienna malt used. It is a light beer with a low body. It's like most macros; quite popular and quite drinkable. I've never been a huge fan of this beer, but to be honest after giving it an objective review, I don't think it's too horrible after all.

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Photo of TheDM
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a small short lived head of medium sized white bubbles with a carbonated light amber colored body. It has a mild malt/hop aroma a mild fizzy initial taste and flavors of mild spices while finishing very smoothly. I found it to be a very nice drinkable brew that went well with my dinner.

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Photo of bierman2000
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

well it's a light brown lager wiht a sweetish mouth feel and taste. It was a big beer in the late 90's but has faded fast.. No smell or nose to speak of with lots of caramel flavor. It is thin in body and strength but is drinkable due to this combination. A good beer to have for a session.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Poured out an amber color, but it calls itself a dark lager. Little to no head even with a vigorous pour. Aroma is muted malt and hops. Taste is of malt with some hopiness, but is lacking in any honey flavor. This is a good smooth drinking beer, which I'd drink again. But it is just another lager. Nothing special.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.31/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Great American Ballpark on 6/19, Reds vs. Cubs day game, following a Barrelhouse RedLegg Ale (amber).

Well, having said that this was tried *after* the RedLegg Ale, this is a definite step down. Appearance is about like that of iced tea. No head, intentionally poured that way by ballpark staff.

Aroma was pretty non-existent, I couldn't pick up anything but a distant attempt at malt.

Taste - a very light malt character and what seems to be kind of a fabricated honey flavor riding behind the malt. Nothing heavy, if it were more intense, it might come off more as candyish, less genuine. But as is, the carbonation, the malt, the slightly sweet part, all pretty well balanced if you ignore that there is no hop presence. Aftertaste is bready and slightly wheaty in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is a-okay. Not too heavy, goes down easy and smooth.

Honey Brown introduced me to the realm of 'other beers', a sort of baby step for me at the time. It tastes different to me now after having had so many new and different beer styles. My palate has really opened up more, but if only for sentimental reasons I can almost always drink a Honey Brown or two. It's just so easy!

It's rather odd to me that this beer ranks 43rd out of the 47 with 5 or more reviews. At the same time, it has the 3rd most reviews applied to if for the style. Such a popular beer among the members here, all logging in to say how below average this is? Perhaps the same phenomenon exists with Bud, Miller, etc. Just thought it was interesting.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Lager poured a small white quick dissolving head into my glass. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass. There was carbonation observed that was rising to the top. This was a smooth tasting brew without bitterness, but it definitely lacked character in my opinion.

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Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
3.09 out of 5 based on 1,394 ratings.
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