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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)
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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 Engineerrock
3.59/5  rDev +15.1%
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 -7.1%
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 +18.6%
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 +16.3%
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 +16.3%
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 -7.7%
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 +4.2%
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 +29.2%
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 -1.6%
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 -9.3%
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 +3.2%
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 -10.3%
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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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 bottle to a pilsner style glass. Little to no head on this brew and directly after pouring there is very noted carbonation coming to the top. Sweet, sugary aroma with very lite mouthfeel. Taste is sugary syrup sweet, small hints of honey and biscuit notes, finishes quite dry. It would be pretty easy to drink a few of these with some salty or spicey food. Not a bad beer something to have on hand for the BMC drinkers in your life.

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Photo of deaconoflove
2.38/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

ap. A pale gold color with a hint of amber...honey colored perhaps? No head.
sm. Grainy and alcohol to start. A bit of hops.
ta. A little malt, a little honey hidden in there. Kind of a mediciny sweetness. Sweet aftertaste, rather than bitter. Honey again?
mf. average, unremarkable.
dr. Goes down okay, not offensive, but there are lots of choices out there.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
3.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a glass

A: Pale straw with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly

S: Perhaps some green apples (some sort of fruitiness) and some DMS (but not a corn flavor). Not much malt or hop aroma.

T: Some unpleasant sweetness that is out of place in this style. I am unable to place the fruit, but it is present.

M: A thick, syrupy sweet coating in the mouth. A bit cloying but not excessive. Not as clean and crisp as would be expected, but definitely lighter bodied. Moderately carbonated with a slight tingle on the tongue.

Notes: Perhaps, like all the rest of the beers in this mixed pack, a bit off-style, but probably the most drinkable of the beers I have had from this brewery. Cheers.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
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 +13.5%
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 +3.2%
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 -7.1%
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 -14.4%
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 +21.8%
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 -3.8%
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 -36.5%
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 -31.7%
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 -2.9%
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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Original Honey Brown Extra Rich Lager (Beer Brewed With Honey) from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.12 out of 5 with 1,423 ratings
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