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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Ratings: 1,409 |  Reviews: 668
Photo of Dadoftwogirls
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall not bad at all. It has some depth and complexity. Isn't for everyone but definitely not the worst beer in this class. Pours dark with a decent head. Taste is rich with a slight "honey brown sugar" sweetness which doesn't appeal to everyone. Good for a few but might not be the best choice for a Saturday or Sunday full of football.

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Photo of CBOLAND17
4.25/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Despite the fact that this beer has a low rating, i think it really great. This is not at all a typical american lager like bud or coors. This beer has a mild sweet taste that is very smooth much like all lagers and an almost creamy aftertaste that will please any mouth. This is one of my favorite session lagers and i highly suggest it.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a stange. Beer is brown and clear with minimal head and steady carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is actually kind of honeyish, smells OK.

This beer is medium to light in body, mildly sweet and grainy. It has a mild aftertaste its a very boring beer. There is no honey in the palate, at least I can't detect it. Just another (basically) bland beer for the masses.

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Photo of MacEnvy
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a quick freezer-chilled bottle into a pint glass. Estimate it was poured at 45 degrees F.

Pours smoothly into glass with a medium head that stuck around for several minutes. Some lacing of foam on the glass. Color is a medium copper and crystal clear.

Smell is unremarkable, though clearly malty and honey is present.

The taste ... very sweet with almost no bitterness. I mean, VERY sweet with almost NO bitterness. My wife even took a sip (she hates hops) and said it was like a soft drink.

The mouthfeel is luxurious. Heavy and thick on the tongue and all the way down the throat. The heavy malts and honey play a great role here.

While I was disappointed with the taste, the mouthfeel of this beer is enough to make me give it a second try. Gotta love that heaviness and full body! This won't be a frequent purchase, but if I'm in the mood for a sweet and full-bodied beer I'd go for it.

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Photo of Tunafever73
3.56/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not gonna bore you with my disection of this beer. I am partial to anything with the name Genesee on it. My Dad grew up near the brewery in upstate NY.

This is one of those beers that most peopele who try it say is good but it is nobody's favorite. I will drink this one again but probably not today.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: orange-yellow hue; decent one-finger head; decent threading
S: sweet, moderately fragrant
T: fruity, meadlike quality; sweet; no bitterness; very simple, with little body, spicing, or flavoring; drinking this beer will be no memorable experience, but it won't be offensive, either
M: a bit watery
D: you bet, you could have a number of these, but mainly to try to catch up to what one good craft ale would do for you

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Photo of jsprain1
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- On the light side of brown, to be generous. The head was thin, but it did leave some nice lacing.
S- Smell is quite sweet. Honey, but sort of in candy honey sense. Not quite like real honey. Some malt aromas also fill in.
T- Weak malt, with honey sweetness being the big player here. Hop presence was quite weak.
M- Light bodied, low carbonation and I felt that the sweetness left a slick feeling on the tongue.
D- Drinkable, I suppose. Sits in that same level is the Michelob "crafts" for me. This beer is decent, and nice to see in someone's house instead of some alternatives, but still nothing to search out.

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Photo of hdofu
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing all too great about this beer, it's a bit better tasting then the average lagger, smells ok, tastes watery with a finish of honey which removes the bad taste I normally get with a lager. Its about as drinkable as the style gets, that being said I could easily pass on the style.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear deep gold color with a surprisingly large cap of whitish foam. Fades pretty quick though and does not leave any lacing.

Nose is sweet grains and, shockingly enough - honey. A little metallic twang that seems to pervade all the beers from Genesee.

Pretty refreshing brew when served colder than 40, even though it is quite sweet. Has a honey flavor which is what they were going for I assume. Light bodied with a delicate toast on the finish that helps the meager hops clean things up. Not great, but it makes a good, reasonably priced gateway beer to get people interested in more flavorful brews.

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Photo of atsprings
2.38/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one on-tap at Flying Saucer for no reason than to chalk one more beer towards my 5th plate. Served in a standard pint glass a deep orange, certainly not anything I would call "brown," with a thin, quickly diminishing head. Aroma was slight honey, but not much else. The taste was a bit of sweet honey and malts, again, not much there. The beer was light bodied with low carbonation. I honestly didn't expect much with this one, and it certainly didn't deliver anything. This is one I will not be having again.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Corned Beef & Co. shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a light brown color with a thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a faint smell of honey and caramel backed by a bit of graininess.

Taste: The taste pretty much matches the smell. Honey and caramel malts with just a touch of hoppy bitterness. I've heard this beer compared to Honey Nut Cheerios and I have to say that the label fits.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and watery. Nothing really to gripe about but nothing special either.

Drinkability: A very average lager. Certainly better than most other macro offerings but still pretty pedestrian, in my opinion.

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Photo of sliverX
3.57/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber tinged copper color with a thing white head that faded to a thin film.
Smell is a pretty typical macro smell with a touch of honey to it.
Taste is like a brown ale, a bit nutty can definitely pick up the honey once again. At times especially on a hot day and when it's ice cold from the cooler it tastes like iced tea to me.
Mouthfeel is just a touch heavier than water but suits the beer just fine.
Drinkability well while not the most exciting buzz worthy beer this is definitely a great intro to the craft world and beer with real flavors.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.98/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I CANnot believe how many people have come forward in support of the CANQuest! sliverX is one of them and he recently sent me an amazing package for which I owe him big time. CAN you dig it?!?

Biere mit honning, eh? My Old Lady is both an apiarist and a meaderist so I wonder what she thinks of this, or maybe I don't, since she is rather outspoken. The pour gave me just over a finger of fluffy eggshell-white head with great retention and the beginnings of decent lacing. Color was a bit on the golden side for an Amber/Red, but it did exhibit NE-quality clarity. Nose had an odd nicotine/tobacco smell and I am sitting in my ABSOLUTELY smoke-free kitchen as I type this. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a slight sweetness on the tongue. I also experienced an odd flavor that reminded me of freshly bleached laundry. Oof. Finish was slightly sweet, but overall this was not worthy. Sorry.

A CANQuest (tm) review will always get top billing, but since my local, in-person trader, tone77, was kind enough to drop off a bottle for me, I may as well revisit this beer. Today is M, 27 March 2017.

From the bottle: "Beer Brewed with Honey".

It was another twisted-up twist-off cap, which I did not realize until the Pop! of the cap happened all too easily. Grrr. I took out my frustration with an aggro pour that raised a brief finger of foamy, off-white head with limited retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a sweetish, bready-biscuity smell accompanied by a light scent of honey. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery. The taste was reminiscent of my late maternal grandmother's biscuits drizzled with honey. Very pleasant. Finish was semi-sweet, not rampant with honey, but certainly noticeable. Bottle wins this match-up, but the original scores stand.

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Photo of soju6
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a sort of a golden amber color with a decent head with some retention that fades to lacing.

S: Mild aroma of grain and a hint of honey sweetness.

T: Just a bit of a malt taste blended with a light laste of honey, not overly sweet, with a crisp finish.

F: Fairly medium body which goes down smooth and easy.

D: I would consider this a quite drinkable beer although the mild sweetness would stop me after a couple.

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Photo of roddwolff
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer made with honey, once served in a pilsener bayern glass. Look: Brown-crystal color, lots of bubbles, thin foamy head, white and fine, the logo looks like the Simpson's bee. Smell: Clean, just sweet malt and honey, nothing else, maybe a little toffee too. Taste: Sweet and toffee malt, lots of honey and some floral hops. Mouthfeel: Clean, little bitter with a sweet finish, light and soft body. Drinkability: Very acceptable and very sweet.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.38/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at the Goat Hill Tavern, pitcher split among two other friends. I had to try this classic. On to the beer:

It's not brown at all; more like a pale orange colored beer with soapy suds on top with little head retention. And it's not that honey-like in all, in both aroma and flavor. In fact, there seemed to be more apple than honey. Just apple cider in the aroma, nothing great. Tastewise, those apple cider characteristcs jump out, but as the journey goes on, it is less pungent. Hints of DMS and light roast from the malt. Motuhfeel is fizzy and light, perhaps appropriate for this beer.

Dundee's Honey Brown was probably the shit back in the age of disco, but these days craft beer drinkers expect more from their beer. Not a horrible option, and maybe worth a try just for the sake of nostalgia.

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Photo of VolcomBrewer
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I tried this Lager along with my Father one night. Hey, this brewery is only 4 hours away, why not try it?

Appearance: This poured an amber colored beer that foamed up into a bubbly off-white head that all too quickly diminishes into a slight ring. I was pleased to see lacing however.

Smell: Smells of sweet malt and honey...I'm sensing nothing on the hop level however.

Taste: It was less than I expected. I was hoping for something more malty with slight hop. What I tasted was a palate-full of slight malt sweetness with sweet honey to back it up. The finish was a bit watery with a slight bland alcoholic bite...even though the ABV is only 4.5%...

Mouthfeel: Very thin and watery. Carbonated, yet smooth.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Goes down smooth and with no trouble. That slight alcohol taste, however, is a bit confusing to me. I was hoping against it due to it's low ABV.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Very orange gold/amber, active carbonation, fizzy head, settles to just some film

S: All grainy malt, maybe that slight hint of adjunct sweet, but could be honey, kind of indistinct, if it is honey, should be more pronounced because it could easily be confused with gross adjunct sweet

T: About like expected, malty grain, no toasted malt even, sweetness again but tastes more distinctly like honey, doesn't have that adjunct unpleasantness, a bit watery though

M: Doesn't feel that carbonated for some reason, ends up about medium because of it

D: Pretty good, no off flavors help, and relatively light

Notes: There is definitely nothing wrong with this beer. However, it doesn't really do anything for me either. It is really just a premium lager with some honey.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - Gold/honey color with a 2-finger head, lots of tiny bubbles rapidly rising to the top, retention was good, held for a bit. Left some spots here & there, no lace.

S - Lots of grainy notes, mild mild honey with some soft cracker in there. Not much here, very mild aroma.

T - Grainy with cracker flavors upfront & throughout. Some actual honey flavors towards the finish, not sweet though. Finishes with mild honey flavors & mild sweetness, no bitterness at all really.

M - Lite-moderate crispness, kinda thin feel to it, but then there's this chewy quality to it, around lite bodied.

D - This beer is extremely drinkable! I could easily quaff this beer all night, especially with the 4.5%. I think as I drank it I wasn't able to pick up the mellow honey flavors as well. Worth a try, I might have this one again, not sure if I liked it enough though. Cheers!

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Photo of dogfishandi
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

this one pours a light amber almost golden color with great clarity. fizzy 2 fingers of head that diminished almost imediately leaving just a patchy ring then eventually nothing. very poor retention and no lacing. i also was expecting a brownish color and was left with hardly an amber color.

off the first whiff, the aroma screams macro lager. hardly an aroma at all. some grainy malts, maybe a little lager yeastiness. a little bit of sweetness detectable in the aroma as well, but no honey noticable.

the taste is a little better than the aroma. some sweet grainy bready pilsner like malts. a touch of a honey flavor.

light body, fizzy high carbonation. similar to the mouthfeel of a macro, with just slightly more of a body to it.

pretty good drinkability, definatly a sessionable beer be it a weekend party or just mowin the lawn on a hot summer day. id take this over any macro, but not by much. definatly wouldnt seek it out again.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Remembering how this was a big thing to grab at college in scranton

A- not much lace at all. Copper look. Moderate carbonation

S- big time bread like pilsner presence. There really is not a sweet, honey appearance that was expected

T- not bad at all. Sweetened tasty profile that goes down smooth. The hints of honey allow the drinkability to show up

M- light and crisp. Goes down easy. To be honest,.. Could go through a bunch of these while mowing the lawn

D- maybe I am reminisicing of my college days... However this is a drinkable craft beer. The theme contributes to an easy drinking session. Very crisp, very light, very feasible semi-craft like experience

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Photo of Whiteweasel
3.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a bottle, so I'm putting the appearance at a 3 since I can't judge it objectively.

Smell: Sweet, malty and very sugary

Taste: Dominant taste is maltiness with a lingering sweet honey flavour. Yeasty in a minor way with low bitterness

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, yet smooth consistancy. Solidly sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability: Pleasant and not too heavy. High marks

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a good beer, not as brown as advertised. Good aroma, sweet.

Taste, big letdown. Too sweet. Man, honey should not dominate the taste buds. No hopping. Is this like a nu-mead? Or maybe get some stronger malt so the honey isn't so prolific (or whatever is causing the sweetness almost cloying). You can't even get used to it halfway through. Expensive and not too likeable.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaped pint. It's not brown in color...and it's not even amber. It's kind of in between a pale ale and an amber ale for color. A decent white head forms and streaming bubbles rise to the top. Good lacing at first, and then the head just kind of dissapears.

The aroma is light and subtle like you would expect from a standard lager. It's a bit grainy, and has some of the sulfur notes common in pale lagers. Some darker malts come out in the nose, darker than the color would suggest. It's sweet, with no honey or hops detected on the nose.

The taste isn't that bad. It has a mild honey note up front as well as some grainy malt sweetness. The finish has some nice flavors as well but ends up with a strange lingering flavor you usually find in cheap lagers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slick, lingering feeling. Carbonation is lower than I expected, but it doesn't stand out.

Decently drinkable with its low abv and quick finish. Still not something I'd look to have more of though.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have had many label versions of this over the years, so they must be doing something right as far as beer sales and investing in marketing. Pours a deep gold, little head. Smell and taste has a tinge of sweetness and honey. Not much body but overall a pretty drinkable beer. This is a step up from the macro's, has more flavors and body, but not by much.

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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 1,409 ratings.
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