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)

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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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3.29/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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2/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: caramel in color with 1 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and honey

Taste: honey start with sugar coming in closely behind and toasted malt in the middle the finish is sweet honey

Mouthfeel: light body, high carbonation, sweet start with a less sweet middle and a super sweet end

Drinkability: I try to leave prejudice out of my reviews, but in full disclosure this was the beer I probably drunk the most of in my later years in college and my first years out out of it. Now I only have it every now and then. Still it is sentimental and is a favorite. I love the sweetness and refreshingness of this. I could easily drink a six of these--if not more. Of all the Dundee's beers this is by far my favorite. I think it drinks more like a sweet brown. If you like sweeter beers, hunt this down. The honey is about as present here as it is in any beer.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
2.32/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From twety-four ounce can :

Aroma sweet malts floral. Appearance is a coppery light brown with fairly large white head. The head dissapears in seconds, there is no lacing. The taste is horrid, overly sweet, adjunct lager with brown food coloring! Nasty, Nasty,Nasty!

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Photo of Koufax21
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Pagosa Brewing pint glass.

A - borderline amber color, with a fizzy white head that quickly disappears.

S - smells of biscuit and honey.

T - Somewhat bready, but the honey overpowers it rather quickly.

M - good carbonation, and medium bodied.

O - not really my style. Only reason I was able to try this was because my wife bought some. I would not buy this for myself, but my old lady seems to enjoy them.

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Photo of bluHatter
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear light amber colored with a foamy head that recedes quickly. bubbles form on the inside of the glass.

S: Honey, malt and yeast.

T: Mostly malts with a sweet honey linger. Somewhat bready.

M: A little carbonation tingle, but very light. Crisp and thin.

O: A decent amber, but rather plain and a little too malty for my taste. Just a very basic brew.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.94/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber with a large, quickly-fading head.
The only noticeable aroma is honey... nothing else.
Loads more honey as a flavour along with some caramel and finishes with a mild bitterness. A little cloying.
Could use more carbonation.
One-dimensional but not bad.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer budget was running low so i decided to try one of the cheap, mass-produced craft beers.

a- light orange in color with a decent white head that dissipates after a few and retains a nice ring lacing

s- smells very sweet, bready, malty, yeasty. more malt aroma than anything else

t- sweet honey, carmelly/nutty malts, nice sweet aftertaste

m- crisp, medium carbonation. goes down really easy

o- nicely and happily surprised at how much i like this. its not bad at all for cheap beer and is very drinkable. since the abv is so low it wouldnt be a bad thing to down a 12 pack. very happy with my choice!

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Photo of samie85
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a crystal clear honey color with two fingers of frothy white head.

S-Smells primarily of some herbal hops and some light caramel notes.

T-Light, sweet, bready malts with a slight green apple note and some light bitterness on the finish.

M-Smooth and slick in the mouth with low carbonation and a faint dryness on the finish.

D-Very easy drinking and sessionable beer. You can't beat the price either: .99 for a 24 oz. can. A great choice for a backyard BBQ sort of event.

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3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed September 3 at Savannah Craft Brew Fest '11.
A: Pours more of a golden than brown with a bright white head, decent lace.

S: Smells of honey and malts, smells really good maybe enjoyed the smell more than the taste

T&M: Smooth and crisp with a slight honey finish, I wish it tasted like it smelled...noice. Really drinkable, felt like I was drinking a light lager, could have put back a couple...baker's dozens...

O: Might try to cook with this one...

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Photo of ADZA
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a weird colour for a so called honey brown its more like a clear see through golden amber hue which leaves a fast vanishing one finger head and a rim of lacing,i found the smell of honey more prominant when smelling the bottle but when poured the aromas are creaming soda,a touch of honey,floral hops and sweet barley,it has a just over light bodied mouthfeel and is very smooth and has tastes of toffee,honey,a touch of floral hops,barley sugar and finished with a caramel sweetness and overall i really was hoping for more cheers.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1.5" white head. Clear light sienna brown iced tead colored body. Smell is mildy sweet with caramel. Taste is pretty much the same. Label says this is extra rich? No. Is it lager? Yes, I get some of the crispness in the finish. Is it sweet as honey, no, not really. Just a tiny step up from BMC mainstream.

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3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber color with a soda-like head that doesn't stick around too long.

Aroma is adjunct sweetness and macro lager-esque. Some caramel and brown sugar are there as well.

First sip and I remember a lot of college keg parties. We used to think this was as good as it got when it came to kegged beer. Wow. Like Bud with a couples scoops of raw sugar thrown in. Seltzery mouthfeel, caramel sweet with some corn flake flavors.

Overall - meh. It is what it is. The price point is a direct indicator of what you're getting.

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Photo of ckollias
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Copper-amber lager in color with a white two-finger head that quickly dissipates in to a thin wispy lace.

S: Average malted aroma with traces of honey, spices, and cloves.

T: Smooth brown ale with mild sugar sweetness. A little bit of honey present but more sweetness than honey.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation. You can barely taste the alcohol.

O: Decent honey brown lager. Very smooth and easily drinkable. Better than a watered down mass produced beer but not an over- the-top craft beer – and it looks like that is what they were going for.

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Photo of TooManyShots
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is probably one of my favorite lagers at the moment. I have tried Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat, and I have to say this is a better brew with honey.
Nice mouthfeel. I could smell honey immediately after opening, but didn't taste it until the end of the drink. Very easy to drink, with a pleasant taste. The sweet taste this lager has is a nice treat.
Nothing too amazing, but a nice flavorful brew.

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Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark gold with 1/4" of head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. Smells of grains and lager yeast with just a hint of honey. Taste is sweet; grains up front and honey in the finish. The honey doesn't over power, but is actually mixed well with an average lager. Mouthfeel is crisp though a little over carbonated.

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Photo of DannyDan
2.81/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden body with a thin white head that has good carbonation, decent lacing and minimal retention. The nose consists of sweet malts and not much else. The taste starts out with some sweet honey flavored syrupy malts with a hint of hops and grains. The label says brewed with honey, but I can't taste a good quality honey in this beer. The mouth feel is light and very watery and overall this is just an average sweet tasting American lager. Amazing that ten years ago when I was drinking Labatt, Bud, Bud Light, Dos Equis and Smithwick that I thought this was a great beer.

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Photo of theBubba
2.55/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First off, let's get this straight. Any home brewer knows that brewing with honey is expensive. So I kinda doubt this Genessee adjunct, buck forty-nine a 24 oz can has too much honey in it. Yeah, it's sweet...most likely corn syrup.

Anyway, it poured like most macro brews, except the lace lasted a bit longer than expected. The color was of a slight amber and the taste was typical corn/rice adjunct. With a touch of hops and and a semi-crappy sweetness. Honey?

This beer might benefit from the old proverbial wedge of lime more so than Corona (another crappy beer).

"Mr. Dundee" most likely is sighing in his grave.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

24oz can served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear amber color with a off-white head that thinned to a ring leaving light trails of lacing.

S - faint caramel malt sweetness.

T - somewhat sweet with just a hint of bitterness towards the finish before turning sticky sweet on the lips.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation, refreshingly smooth.

O - it's just ok.

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Photo of crhensel
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass (4/17/10)
Poured clear and with a nice amber/light brown color with a small, white head. The nose was strong with caramel and a general fruity sweetness. The taste was filled with a caramel and honey sweetness what was not at all overpowering. As the glass progressed, that honey started to come out of the background a little more, but this remained a sweet, refreshing drink.

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Photo of justinjj1280
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light, transparent amber with a decent head that retains pretty well and leaves some lacing.

I got malt and just a bit of honey in the aroma. The flavor is pretty malty, and the honey is just a hint in the finish. It's on the sweet side, but not overwhelmingly so. There's not much in the way of any hop flavor.

This is the first beer that I ever drank. I hated it at the time. I actually thought it was bitter! Coming back to it many years and many beers later, I'm struck by how times and tastes change. Not a great beer by any means, but a good one. I could session it easily. A good one to have from time to time, and it's hard to beat the price.

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Original Honey Brown Extra Rich Lager (Beer Brewed With Honey) from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
3.1 out of 5 based on 1,413 ratings.
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