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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Photo of BevMoAndrew
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served into a traditional pint glass at about 35-40 degrees.

Pours a honey golden color in the glass with a white froth. Simply and straight forward, this beer shows some caramel, sweet honey, and grains. This really is a simple beer that I can easily see myself drinking a few off during a summer BBQ. Nothing special here, but easy to drink. Would go great with honey-BBQ ribs or even orange chicken.

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Photo of psujesus
3.54/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

bought from the DunDee Craft pack

not really a pretty beer when poured, good head retention, the normal clear golden color, nice honey smell to it, enjoyable malty honey taste to it, a little too watery with not much carbonation to it

an easy beer to drink

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Photo of kifn2
3.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The head is thick, but doesn't retain well. The beer has a decent, not overpowering smell. No real aftertaste to speak of. No strong tannins. The sweetness and flavor are appropriate for the style. The color is slightly lighter than most honey brown ales

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Photo of TommyBuckeye
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I bought this in a 12 pack for $10.99. I know, you get what you pay for, BUT it's a great 12 pack for the price and it's a good offering of different beer styles.

A - Golden amber with off white head. Head stays strong thoughout.

S - Smell of honey with hint of biscuit malty aroma.

T - Low hop taste with malt and honey - much like the smell. Good tast but a ittle bit watered-down.

M - Thin mouthfeel

D - Very easy drinking beer but not much character. Nice beer for Sunday football.

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Photo of merryjoulton
2.67/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is an ok beer that goes down fairly smooth and has some definite honeycomb sweetness to it. Taking a whiff is like smelling a warm buttermilk biscuit that has been lathered with sweet sticky honey. The sweetness comes out in the taste, which isn't much more than your average lager. Mouthfeel and drinkability were alright.

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Photo of oluap
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Great beer! Golden light brown. Sweet malty husk notes hit the palate with moderate carbonation. Honey coats the palate during the after taste and lingers for 15 seconds. Def. a great session beer! Its def. a step above the macros! Perfer it straight from the bottle and or on tap. p.s. rochester NY baby!

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

Pours a clear copper with a small white head. Very subdued aromas of light malts. The honey comes through on the palate but not the nose. Light, sweet maltiness, not much in the way of hops. Body is thin. Overall its not bad but neither is it interesting.

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Photo of t3hcho53non3
1.98/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden amber with a white one finger head that quickly leaves. Leaves little to no lacing.

S: caramel and sweet hops

T: Sweet sugar and honey. Very sweet but after the first sip starts to taste like water and nothing other than water.

M: Very light waterlike with little to no carbonation

D: YOu can pound these back like there is no tomorrow if that is what you want to do. THere is zero I mean zero complexity to this brew.

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Photo of vdread
2.13/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager pours a golden amber with a white foamy head. leaves some lacing. smells of sweet caramel and...honey.

the overwhelming sweet sugar and honey taste is immediate, caramel malt that is way too sweet. i cannot appreciate any other flavors. feels heavy in the mouth. i get absolutely no enjoyment out of drinking this beer.

this beer came in a dundee craft pack with a porter, ipa, pale ale, wheat beer, and a bock.

though i've never had a 'honey' beer before, i didn't know what to expect. this beer is unbearable for me to drink. it's way too sweet and not in a good way.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a cream soda/honey looking color. Very clear which I expected. After a hard pour I got a quater inch off white head that died almost as soon as it took life. Soapy lacing that just sits and falls down into the glass. Not really a looker for a beer at all. Maybe it's retarded step-sister? Let's hope this gets better from here.

S- Super sweet upfront in the nose of this beer. Big honey (which they brew with) and sweet caramel malts bring up most of aroma. A light roasted scent comes through all the sweet smells. Not really sure what they were going with here....doesn't really work. But that could just be me.

T- Taste is a little bit better than what the smell would have you think. Still very sweet upfront with the tastes of honey and caramel from the malts. The middle of this beer has a low lying burnt malt taste that balances this out as much as it can. The ending is more watery than I care for but left a typical amber beer maltiness taste in your mouth. The taste really suprised me with it not being like what the nose was telling me it was going to be.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little on the low side I think for this beer. Glides a little better than their porter across the palate and to be honest I think left a nice sweet taste in the palate. Sweet malts is coating everything. This is a beer that all the sweet tooths would enjoy for sure.

D- This is a pretty drinkable beer. I can tell it is marketed more toward the BMC crowd with all their beers from this brewery being watery going with a BMC stance on things. I almost enjoyed this beer a little to much but nice beer to sip on inbetween the big boys.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey like color like an ice tea with a nice one finger head that is a very slight off white. The smell is of a sweet roasted malt backbone with a honey presence and a little caramel. The taste is of the sweet roasted malt backbone with honey and a sugary presence. The taste was a little watery but a little too sweet. The mouthfeel was moderate carbonation and a little slick. Overall it is very drinkable but it leaves you wanting more flavor. Other honeys have been a thicker fuller taste without the sweetness.

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Photo of CHL
2.99/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Actually honey colored (not brown as expected), with a high head that shrunk to nothing. An especially sweet pilsner kind of smell.

It's sweet, malty, but I'm not sure I would identify the honey. Not a lot of hops, and it feels watery overall. Very drinkable to start, but the sweetness tends to become cumulative over time. I think this would be a good beer with food, but on its own it drags.

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Photo of mnrider
2.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. Bottle. Twist off. Poured into pint glass.

A: Light amber looks like Honey! Half finger head which turns into nothing, with no lacing.

S: Good amount of honey and malts.

T/M: Very sweet like Honey! Watery with sweet malts. Smooth and kinda crisp.

D: Not great but not bad. Too sweet for me and it needs more than just honey. It is smooth and is interesting to at least try.


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

Part of the Dundee Sampler Pack...

A - Light amber color, fluffy head disapating into nothing

S - Light malts, honey and hops

T - Slightly sweet, light malts and hops. Nothing crazy. Would have liked a bit more honey.

M - Medium bodied, crisp. Ample carbonation maybe gets in way of taste.

D - Easy drinking, has a little bit something to make it above average but could go a little higher with some effort.

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Photo of showell
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Number three from my mixed 12 pack of Dundee beers. Yellow with about a 1" head. Smell is all malt. The taste is pretty nice actually. I drank this one late in the evening when I was getting tired and about ready to call it an evening, and this was a good beer to get ready for bed on. Nicely sweet. Not too much carbonation. A nice "last beer of the evening - I'm going to bed" beer. Would mix nicely with a slice of pie when you get home and are a little peckish before bed.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark yellow almost light amber color with mild carbonation

Smell: It has a sweet smell but it is only slightly like honey. It has almost a fake honey smell

Taste: There is also a sweetness to this beer but almost a little too sweet. Pretty good taste but lacks much complexity and a little too sweet to drink a lot of.

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

Poured into a dimpled pub glass.

Light amber, clear with a soft wisp of a head and no lacing.

Smells of grainy sweetness and freshly ripped cardboard.

Taste is slightly sweet malt. A bit sugary in the finish, lingering sweetness.

light and drinkable.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden color with a thin white foam that faded quickly.

S- Hints of sweetness and honey with some grain and corn aromas.

T- Lots of corn taste with a dash of honey. A bit artificial but at least it has some flavor.

M- Light and crisp with an easy finish. Thin with high carbonation.

D- Not bad but not one to buy again.

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Photo of Kooz
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I drank this all the time while living in Rochester--it was always brewed recently, and tasted quite different from the bottle I am reviewing here (bought in a package store in CT). Some of the flavors were there, but tasted watered down. Moe importantly, the mouthfeel was watery--not the robust creaminess I had come to expect. Overall, outside of the Rochester area, I don't know that I need to try this again.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date into a standard shaker pint glass.

Pours a clear, light amber hue with two fingers of slightly off-white foam that fades away to nothing rather quickly, leaving behind only slight, splotchy patches of lace on the glass.

Nose is clean, with no esters and only vague notes of sweetish caramel and the slightest hint of honey.

Very light in body and mouthfeel, perhaps even a tad watery-thin. A clean flavor profile lends only the slightest sweet notes of honey and a bit of a watery finish when served at fridge temperature, with caramel malt sweetness and a deeper honey character, along with a touch of biscuit, coming through as the beer warms up, finishing mostly clean but slightly sweet lingering honey aftertaste.

Mediocre as far as craft beers go, falling in easily with the likes of macro "craft" offerings such as the Michelob brand, but easy-drinking and an inexpensive, more flavorful alternative to many of the blander offerings out there in the same price range.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.12/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A beer from my ol' stompin' grounds.... Rochester, NY... I've had this several times in the past.... years ago... but this one was purchased for me in a MIXED six pack given to me by friends.

Poured into a pint glass to produce a head of about 1/2" of white foam. It disappeared rather soon leaving a clumpy cap on the beer and very little lacing. The beer is clear and of a light amber color.

Nose: Very slight. Sweet Honey.

Taste: Mirrors the smell. A little sweetness from the honey. Slightly malty.... mild.

MF: Macro, thin lager. Not as smooth as I would expect.

Drinkability: I'll have the one.... but this is nothing special.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
2.94/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty dark golden, super-clear body with a small head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Smell is very watery with hints of caramel, wet veggies, and apple.

T- Sort of metallic and plain alike a macro lager. My hopes for this were much higher than what was delivered. The honey becomes more noticeable as the drink warms and you drink more. When I burp, I get a delicious flavor alike a Bit O' Honey candy piece.

M- At least the carbonation is active and the body has a certain "drag" to it

D- Meh. If it isn't cheap, it isn't worth it.

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Photo of Tolnik
3.62/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This warmed copper coloration beer pours with a retentive head that keeps a fair amount as it reduces. The beer has the aroma of a sweet hopes that gives a hint of honey. As the first sip of the beer hits the taste buds it lights up a great balance of hops and malt with tones of honey, slight coriander. Overall a good beer to have on a warm summer day.

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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle.. Has a golden, light brownish color with a small head. Aroma is slightly sweet, very mild. Good taste. Mild and slightly sweet, refreshing. Medium bodied in mouth and very drinkable. Overall this is my go to low cost beer.

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Photo of Psilo707
3.49/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice brown color, a bit opaque, a bit translucent. Medium lacing with medium head, decent all around. Smell is strong of honey and seems very pleasing. A bit of oats and hops also present on the aroma.

Taste is good... almost great, but not quite. Something holds it back, maybe a slight metallic tinge and a lack of good honey taste until the aftertaste happens. I can tell there is honey there but it reminds me of honey that isn't that premium.

Mouthfeel is creamy and good. Drinkability is good but a bit lesser.

Overall, pretty good, not the best honey lager... but good.

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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 1,408 ratings.
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