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 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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Photo of MikeBrandman
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rich brown color. Transparent. Golden hue. No carbonation, no head, no lace. The appearance would have gotten a better rating from me if the head was there. Maybe I had a bad pour or glass.

S - Honey is the strongest smell. Kinda oat smell. A little metallic too. This metallic smell worries me. Not a very strong smell in the bottle or the glass, however. What's there is good but nothing to get excited about.

T - The honey taste isn't as strong as I expected, even from the weak smell. It's there, but it tastes a bit more like Honey Nut Cheerios or something of the like. It tastes like beer first and honey second. Slight metallic taste is there too. I'd hate to have this from a can... Still, very good honey taste, especially

MF - Feels pretty good before and as it goes down. Interestingly, there's a honey like thickness that you can feel on your tongue just after drinking.

D - Really drinkable, although the metallic taste could get a little vexing. I like this beer a lot though, I'd say it's definitely sessionable.

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Photo of magnj
3.66/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - A one finger head floats atop a crystal clear yellow body maybe 2 shades above a BMC. A Film remains for the entirety of the glass leaving some respectable lacing.

s - Sweet and malty, a hint of spicy noble hops.

t - As the nose suggests this brew has a malty sweet taste from start to finish. The yeast is really clean and crisp, only giving away a distinct lager taste as it gets warmer. I wouldn't necessarily say honey, but it's definitely sweeter than your average beer.

m/d - Not sticky but there is a fair amount of body to this beer that when combined with it's distinct sweetness might make this beer best left for a cool summer evening rather than a hot afternoon. Highly drinkable, unique and accessible to non-beer geeks with a friendly label and twist off cap. My only beef is it is in no sense of the word brown and that identification might make it a little less likely to get picked up by someone looking for something new but scared of "dark" beers.

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Photo of jsh420
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brings me back to my college days

pours golden brown with a 1+ finger head that fades fast and leaves no lacing

smell is a bit metalic and adjunt but though all that good amount of sweet carmel malts and grassy hops

taste - is much like a medium body pils - sweet carmel malts some apple and tiny bit of hops

mouthfeel is medium/light body well carbonated good smoth crisp finish

drinkability is good - a refreshing lager and priced right - a good gateway craft beer

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

Honey gold with fluffy white head that leaves sugary cotton lacing. A mild assortment of honey, hops, wheat, and light caramel in the nose. Light wheat flavors, honey, slight candy that dissolves into processed sugar. A light lager with mild notes of honey to add a twist to the usual fizzy corn brew that most people drink. Not terrible but not impressive either.

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

A: Light copper. Crystal clear with small head that dissolves quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet aroma with honey, carmel, and bread. Faint hop precense as well

T: Tastes just like it smells. Honey and light carmel upfront, then grainy and hoppy on the backend. Flavors are very subtle, nothing really impressive.

M: moderate carbonation

D: Back in my college days, this was the beer we splurged on when we wanted something "good". How times have changed. This beer is average in every aspect. They go down easy, but not something I could drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a chilled pint glass.

This has been one of my favorite CHEAP beers since... forever. I grew up on this stuff and it has huge sedimental value to me. (I'll try not to let that bias this review.) The recent label change provides a bit of a disconnect from those days long past, though. Not a fan of the new label. But anyway...

A heavy pour yields 1 finger of off white head of small bubbles that quickly settles to a thin film. Leaves a light film on top of the light orange brew.

Smell is malty and sweet: honey, caramel, and a tiny bit of unidentifiable hops. Taste is of sweet cream soda up front, light malt body in the middle, and the same muted unidentifiable hop muddiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy sweet with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is high. Sweet but not cloying. Overall it is nondistinctive, muddy, but pleasantly like cream soda. This is about as good as it gets for a cheap-as-dirt brownish lager. A great value.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall this one seemed a bit thin on flavor despite it's title.

It poured a light amber color with a finger of white head. The aroma had a sweetness to it that was a bit hard to point out. For the taste I was expecting some honey flavor, it was just barely there. Perhaps I got spoiled on my mead trip a few years ago and had unrealistic expectations. It goes down the gullet very easy and finishes clean. It's a nice summer fun beer.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour has a nice light brown color. There is a medium amount of carbonation that creates a medium-sized white head that laces throughout the beer.
Smell has a nice crisp wheat taste with a bit of honey. There is also a tad of a hop smell also.
Taste has a good balance to it. There is a crisp wheat flavor with a slight touch of honey, tasty but not overpowering. There is a good tinge of hop taste as well, but it cedes to the wheat.
Mouthfeel is a great part of this beer. There is a nice smoothness and thickness that almost resembles honey. But it is also fresh and crisp at the same time.
Drinkability is great on this beer. It is a nice beer in a can with some awesome crisp, refreshing qualities to it without overbearing taste buds. Might be one of the best beers to drink a 6 or 12 pack of cans on a hot summer day doing some lawn work.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- clear golden-amber with clean, white head and some lace.

Smell- Sweet honey. Pale maltiness and balanced hop aroma.

Taste- Light steel. Some pale malt. Light grain. Sweet honey and light hop.

Mouthfeel- Light body with some creaminess. Good carbonation.

Drinkability- Light and sweet. Refreshing and accessible.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very clear amber - I'd go so far as to call it "honey amber," but that would could be taken as cheesy. I suppose I just did. A pretty lifeless head, it kinda comes and goes without much fanfare.

S: Subtle malt scents, not much for honey. Perhaps a touch of huskiness in there, but a step up from many of the light lagers out there.

T + M + D: Soft maltiness... the honey flavour is pleasing. It's maybe a little 'artificial' tasting - like Golden Grahams or the like, but it's certainly honey. It has a nice crispness to it, with a lighter body, so it does well as a refreshing warm day drink - I'm having it on a cooler rainy evening, though, so that's just an assumption! ;) Light alcohol, easy session choice. Not the most extraordinary or even flavourful beer, but sometimes it could be just the thing. It's certainly a good 'gateway' candidate.

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

Pours a honey color with a decent sized head that sticks to the galss and doens't leave the show early.

Aroma is of light malt adjuncts and husky grain. Sweet sugar and maybe honey sneaks in on the finsh.

Flavor is sweet light grain and sweetness. Like someone took a macro and put sugar and honey in it. Flavor is extremely husky and dusty and a little bit dry, based on your preference.

Mouthfeel is thin and not of any substance. Refreshing, but not a substantial brew.

A good beer for macro lovers, but a little lacking.

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Photo of Offa
2.94/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent, fairly enjoyable lager, but very basic, thin, characterless, and not even "brown".

Dark gold, just slightly darker than a normal pale lager, it has rather ugly big bubbles, a medium off-white head that soon vanishes to leave a few foamy bubbles.

The aroma is mostly bland, vague sweet malt. It is primarily grain with hints of honey and toffee.

The taste is very mild but fairly nice, rather like a more full-bodied basic pale lager but with noticeable grain, a hint of pine and hay, hint of brown sugar, and a light but clear alcoholic quality. I noticed no honey in the taste, although as mentioned the aroma had a hint of it. It's mostly sweet with a faint bitterness in the end. Ultimately it's little more than a basic, rather thin, watery pale lager with a light caramel-brown sugar quality. It' fairly drinkable, though.

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Photo of brentk56
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a fluffy white head; decent retention but not much lace

Smell: Hard to pick up much of anything; slightly vegetal and a hint of perfume

Taste: A building sweet flavor that tastes sugary rather than of honey that reaches a crescendo by mid-palate; after the swallow, the finish is clean except for just a hint of the residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink, particularly if it is a little sweetness you desire on a hot day; not for me, however

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Photo of gramatton
2.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

Light honey color with little to no head. Bottle talks of how this is America and we make beer the way we want.

Light smell of malt and a touch of hops.

Very sweet taste with almost no hops to balance. Lots of carbonation keeps it light on the tongue. Honey was more evident as it warmed up abit.

A little too sweet for me. It would be pretty drinkable if it wasn't as sweet.

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

It poured golden in color and clear. It had a one finger head that quickly receded into a lite lacing. Lite amounts of carbonation were present.

It had a lite scent of malt, and a touch of floral hops.

It had a malty taste. It was slightly sweet. There was a little astringent alcohol punch to it in the finish. It was medium bodied.

It was a pretty drinkable beer. It has room for improvement. But it is still a quality beverage.

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Photo of scurvy311
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The overwhelming sensation is cloying sweetness and watery mouthfeel. The aroma is that of nuts and honey. Flavor is dominated by a sweetness that is underpinnd by a wandering maltiness. I am glad I tried it but I think it needed more malt dryness and honey aroma and maybe a touch of carawheat.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no date poured into a Pilsner glass.

A - I looked past the large, loose head which went down to virtually nothing right away to the tasty light amber color which, like the name, resembled honey but not brown.

S - A sweetness from the honey is obviously present but also surrounded by some light hopping and light malts. Crisp sums it up.

T - This amber's sweetness from the honey is good due to its good balance. Maltiness and hops take a back seat to the sweet yet crisp and refreshing flavor.

M - Light, crisp, and refreshing carbonation. Thin and light bodied.

D - An easily drinkable lawnmower beer. Enjoyable is certainly a way to describe this.

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Photo of mcraw88
2.91/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Obvious honey color with a very white head which at first pour looked promising but dissipated quickly

Smell - Not to much going on. You get the obvious honey smell but other then that not much

Taste - Nothing. Took a drink and had to take another to make sure I was drinking beer. Upon closer examination you get some sweet maltiness that is also helped by the honey flavor.

Mouthfeel - Almost watery but there is a distinct honey texture that almost sticks to your mouth.

Drinkability - Could easily have more then a few of these in a night. Easy drinker but not much in the way of taste.

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Photo of Teeter
1.67/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Last weekend fellow BA Das Freak showed up with the Dundee craft pack sampler. After tasting the PA,IPA,Porter and Pale Bock Lager I thought we had stumbled onto something above average, then came the Honey Brown Lager. At first I thought it had a funky after taste but it doesn't wait until after. When my dog broke wind I thought I was at a beer pairing in hell. Sorry for the negativity but if I can save one BA from this fate it will have been worth it.

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Photo of adamette
3.64/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the very light brown bottle into my "Second City Chicago" Weizen Glass.

A Very clear body with a honey hue and a head which was at first nice and generous but it dissipated quickly. I was trying to get a big head too.

S Kind of a weak lager but there is also a nice honey, spice smell. Certainly I give it credit for some interesting complexity in a lager.

T Very light tasting lager with that bit of honey that mostly comes in the aftertaste (where I would expect it to since after the lager washes away the honey is left stuck to surfaces in my mouth). Nice, pleasant taste and exactly what one would expect.

M Very light. Only a honey aftertaste brings this back from feeling a lot like water. I think that this is below average for the style as it is listed here on BA but I am not sure that it is an American Amber.

D Excellent, and this is the point. I believe this beer to be made to be drinkable and it delivers.

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Photo of katan
2.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Lighter golden in color. Very clear. Forgot what a filtered lager was like for a while. Head formation is fairly potent, white in color. Dissipates very slowly, going down to a film.

S - Overall a very scentless beer. At best I can detect something that may be close to honey - but I'm not staking y rep on it.

T - Starts off with a dry sweet flavor, which only has a hint of honey flavors. Not bitterness or hops balance. Overall very sweet. Finishes with a honey sweetness. Aftertaste is sugary.

M - Moderate body - not thin or thick. Carbonation is light. Not much for clinging flavors or textures.

D - Easy drinkable beer. So sweet that I would think this has potential as a summer drinker on the deck. ABV is low and manageable.

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

appearance: Average no head. Little to no signs of life in the glass. honey colored.

smell: slightly floral, but not much there.

taste: Bold honey taste up front, but quickly, within a second or so, falls away to nothing. After five seconds or so, the malt appears, but seems flimsy and weak.

Mouthfeel: meh. not memorable for being either good or bad.

drinkability: An interesting novelty beer. Shows much promise, but doesn't deliver on it. Worth a try, but not a re-visit.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.31/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this in the Dundee variety pack that I bought at Byrn Mawr Beverage in Brywn Mawr,PA. I poured it into a flared pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a transparent dark brown body. The head is huge with big bubbles, great retention, tan, and with poor lacing.
Smell: The aroma is rather spargy with earthy hoppy.
Taste: The flavors are more or less piney, maybe some citrus, mostly earthy.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is edgy.
Drinkability: This is a rather drinkable beer.
Don't drink and review.

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

Deep golden and clear into a pint glass with a thin and fleeting half inch of white head, bit of spotty lacing.

Lightly sweet malt on the nose with just a hint of a brown malt/smoke sense in the background. Touch of hops in the mix but the presence is light and covered up with the malt notes.

Taste follows the nose with a light malt being the dominant player. The finish does offer some honey flavor but the carbonation is a bit high initially to appreciate it, and it has a slightly burnt sense to it. Increasingly sweet on the tongue as the beer warms and the carbonation lessens, and that honey flavor while more dominant is a bit too viscous. Might be better direct from the bottle to keep the apparent sweetness at bay.

An OK brew but not one I anticipate revisiting. And not sure why they call it a 'Brown' as the color is golden and the malts are simpler.

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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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