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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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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Photo of GreyMorel
3.52/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smell is of grains with a faint honey scent. Taste is archetypal lager, but with that nice honey flavor both during quaff, and lingering shortly after. Mouthfeel is thin and smooth with typical and unremarkable lager qualities. Drinkability of this brew is very high due to its pleasant well balanced taste, and smooth mouthfeel.

This beer is good, if not overtly remarkable. It wont explode your taste buds with overbearing 100+ IBU bitterness... and that's a GOOD thing. Dundee Honey Brown is a solid "every mans" beer that enthusiasts and casual observers alike can enjoy. It is one of the beers I keep on hand at most times.

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Photo of Chadpaq
3.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drink this beer a fair amount. It's relatively cheap and has a pretty good flavor for a Lager.

I usually don't bother pouring this in any sort of glass, preferring to just crack it open and drink it straight from the bottle. I don't think it hinders the taste all that much. It has good solid carbonation, and definitely has the sweetness of honey in it, but not too much. Sometimes I'm in the mood for a beer with just a bit of sweetness, and this one always hits the spot.

There's really nothing remarkable about this one. It's cheap, seems pretty easy to brew, but it usually satisfies me when I'm drinking it with some sort of light food or just watching a game. Solid.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden with a suggestion of amber, with nice white head. Nose is soft with some honey and a light biscuity/toasty quality. On the palate this beer is medium to light bodied with more of the biscuit and honey character, but is still light on the flavor profile - result is very good drinkability. Not a bad session beer, or something that I would consider with breakfast (biscuits of course).

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Photo of hosehead83
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Clear golden in color(not brown!), with a one inch moderate head of foam
Aroma-faint biscuit and malt
Taste-Slight buttered biscuit with faint honey notes, leading to a slightly sweet finish
Overall, an affordable, sessionable beer. Would make a nice "transition" beer for macro-beer drinkers to enter the craft beer world

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Photo of nastley3
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle with average head, no lacing. Clear light bronze/honey color. Could easily pick up the honey from both smell and taste. It was a very unique beer, unlike anything I had tried before, however I didn't particularly like it. I liked the idea of adding honey, and it had a somewhat soothing texture to it, but overall it was not very good. I guess it's just a strange beer that doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of Thur123
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a honey color, a mellow bold gold color, with about half a finger of head and moderate carbonation. The smell is straw like, with a real cereal smell and an edge of mellow molasses like honey.

Glug glug glug

The flavor is a weak malt component with a better the meh hop edge that I would describe as being similar or slight better than the best BMC. The honey sweetness reminds me that there's more malt and really I could better describe this as being closer to Yuengling with honey. The mouth feel is good, fizzy and thick and not too watery. Over all drinkable, but just so.

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Photo of josefnewsong
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

To be fair, I had this beer straight from the bottle, no pour (although I have had it before). Smells sweet but not necessarily like honey to me, then a bit of maltiness. The taste was light grainy malt mostly, and again a touch of sweetness that approached a honey flavor but wasn't quite there. The beer doesn't taste bad, there's just not much there. Not as thin as I expected, nice crisp finish. It's drinkable, but it's the kind of beer you drink when you're not paying attention.

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Photo of garuda
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

An aggressive pours gets about 1.5" head which quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Minimal lacing on the glass. I like the way this beer looks, with a nice clear golden color.

Aroma is of sweet malts with a touch of honey. I can't pick up any hop content at all.

A much lighter body than I expect from a lager, feels a bit watered down.

Taste is very similar to the aroma, sweet with some honey, but no hops to speak of.

Drinkability is ok, I can put down a couple before the sweetness really starts becoming too much, with nothing to balance it out.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.52/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle drank from a standard pint glass. no visible freshness information on the bottle.

A- this one pours out a deceivingly light colored body. maybe a dark golden color. was expecting darker from the name. a small cream colored head on top quickly fades. little to nothing in the lacing department.

S- sweet grainy and bready malts. not much in the way of hops. bland and uninviting.

T- the taste is very similar to the smell, unfortunately. sweet grainy malts. a touch of honey. nothing on the hop front.

M- light body with a very high level of carbonation.

D- uhhhh i finished it. that should count for something, right? that will be my last.

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Photo of Kendo
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is dark golden -- the color of cream (creme?) soda, actually -- with plenty of visible carbonation/bubbles. Small ivory head leaves no lace.

S: Sweet malt and generic cereal grains.

T: Follows the nose, leaning towards the sweet side of things: caramel malt and basic sweetness, perhaps from the honey. Has an almost vanilla-like aftertaste, reminding me again of cream soda.

M: Slightly slick in the feel. As for heft, I'd call it a tad bit heavier than light. Carbonation is active and big-bubbled.

D: OK. Too sweet to score any better.

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Photo of far333
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear reddish orange with streams of fast rising bubbles reaching a low off-white head that settles out quickly.

Semi sweet nose with noticeable notes of honey, some bready malt and toffee.

Nice crisp lager with bready malt notes upfront, plus cinnamon and toffee. Semi sweet honey notes, not cloying. Mild bitterness offsets the sweetness. Slight spicy finish.

Crisp mouthfeel, tingly and dry. Very bubbly. Tasty beer, not overly complex, but fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Engineerrock
3.59/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Nice clean flavor, mostly honey and a little malt. Golden color with a little bit of head. Overall well balanced and pleasing-not knock your socks off bitter, not too complex, but a good summer kick back kind of beer.

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Photo of kpoole25
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from gift pack to glass. Amber color, smells sweet but I didn't really pick up on 'honey'. Taste is pretty one-dimensional, mellow malty sweetness, really no hops or any bitter to balance it out. Somewhat drinkable but gets boring after several sips.

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Photo of HopWallopguy22
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I believe that his beer gets a bad rap. When I poured the beer I saw a golden-brown color with a semi nice head. When smelling I do not get a bad odor; I do agree though that some people might take the smell as being 'fake', but I do not believe that it is that bad. Taste wise, I get a nice lager taste with that hint of honey.

For a beer that I drank in college, it is a good rememberence of good times I've had and beer that I drank. I think it should be given another chance, every beer deserves another sip....

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Photo of Ezone024
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into standard pint glass i was really impressed with the way this inexpensive amber lager looked, it has a clear light amber color with a very frothy flavorful head.

smells are regular, little bit toasty with a hint of sweetness.

hops are mild in the flavor but they appear while the taste is dominated by a pale bready lager taste with the sweetness of honey that makes for a pleasant drink.

great alternative to sam adams or blue point toasted lager, especially with the price difference. $9.99/12 pack

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last of the sampler.

An aggressive pour shows a nice clear amber hue and a whopping two inch head that receded to a cover and left quite a bit of lace around the glass.

Smell is clean with a slight whiff of honey.

Taste is also a clean affair..Mildly malty with the same aformentioned hint-o-honey and a clean refreshing finish.

Just above light bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A very drinkable lager which, although not full of flavor, makes a really good session beer and a great alternative to any macro you might usually seek out. Give this a try.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank this one straight out of the bottle. Kinda glad I didn't dirty a glass.

S: Nothing special. Slight notes of burnt sugar and heavy grain.

T: Tastes like a standard macro Lager with a little honey in it. Nothing noteworthy here.

Drinkability: Drinkable in the same way that, say, Budweiser is drinkable.

Value: I've seen this priced at over $8.00 a six pack. I think not.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark yellow color with very little lacing. Started out with a lot of foamy head, but it quickly shrunk to just a thin ring aloing the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet malts and a distinct honey aroma are the majority of the nose. Perhaps just a touch of piney hops.

T: Pretty typical macro beer flavor, with just a little more character. Grains mostly: sweet malts, biscuits, bread, and a little bitter hops. Just a little sweetness from the honey that makes it better than your average macro-lager.

M: Light bodied: a little too watery, but not that bad. Medium amount of carbonation.

D: Not a bad brew and I would definitely take it over many other lesser beers. It's probably better to drink this one a little on the colder side, but it would definitely be refreshing under the right circumstances.

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Photo of MadTown1000
4.03/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And old favorite from college still good after all these years. The honey smell is apparent out of the bottle, think and sweet along with some caramel malt. Pours a, well, honey-colored amber with about 2 inches of head in a pint glass, which fairly quickly recedes down to about half an inch, leaving no lace, and then stays for a while. Flavor approximately matches the smell, with just a little bit of green grass in the aftertaste as well. Thicker than your average lager in its mouthfeel. Not a lot of obvious carbonation. Has a lot of the characteristics I'd ordinarily associate with a brown ale, but somewhat lighter. No hop bitterness to speak of, and goes down smooth. I like it as an interesting substitute for either a lager or a brown ale, and on top of that it's dirt cheap.

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Photo of stakem
3.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow color that has a bit of orange to it and is clear. Forceful pour produces less than a finger of white head that receeds fast but laces a bit on the way down. Slight bit of malt in the nose blended with a sweetness that I am assuming to be the honey addition. Slight bit of sulfur twang in there as well in the end of the aroma. Taste is a let down, it has a lingering sweetness and that is about all that the taste has to offer. Not malty sweet, but honey sweet mostly. Finish is crisp, feel is light and carb is right on. It is easy to drink and you could probably session the heck out of this beer if you enjoy the honey sweetness. Once was enough for me.

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Photo of farrago
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin, clean white head, the foam not dense enough to prevent a swift dissipation, no real lacing to be had. Clear, mostly transparent copper red to orange color, lightens a good bit towards the rims. The nose bursts with sweet corn syrup, honeyed oats and then orange peel, burnt caramel and a grittier graininess, full nostril presence in terms of pushing outwards but ends up hollow. Medium-bodied, close to fluffy carbonation adds to the body, drier with a bitter, metallic ring, especially at the finish. The honey, corn syrup not as dominant here, at least in terms of ratcheting up the sweetness. Apricot and peach pit notes are nice, minute touch of mixed citrus, buttered English muffins. I mean, it's alright, but not sure why someone would really choose to drink it per se.

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Photo of TheMadJack
3.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz Bottle into pint glass.

The beer is very clear and almost exactly the color of honey. Not sure how they justify "brown" on the label. Head is foamy and quickly dissipates to a thin film. Some visible carbonation in the glass, notably bubbles forming on the bottom.

Smells lightly of orange, honey, and grass. There's an oak note hiding in there, too.

Flavor is crisp, with a lemony bite and slight bitterness. Honey flavors apparent, as well as a modicum of cream and maltiness. Finish is sweet and sour and sticks to the back of the mouth a bit. Lingering.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy, similar to drinking a cream soda.

These go down easy and are actually mild enough on the palate to have more than one of. Not too exciting, but drinkable. The beer actually burps quite pleasantly ...

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a golden brown color with absolutely no head. No lace either.

Smell is sweet grains. Not much going on here.

Flavor is sweet malt a touch of honey nothing real substantial. Very light in taste.

Light slick mouthfeel. Light carbonation.

Overall I didn't expect much from this beer and it pretty much hit the mark. Meh.

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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 1,411 ratings.
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