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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 CHL
2.99/5  rDev -4.2%
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 -12.2%
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 +2.6%
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%
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 -1.3%
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 -7.7%
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 -2.9%
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 -3.8%
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 +5.8%
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%
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 -5.8%
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%
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 +16.3%
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 +11.9%
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 +17.9%
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 +17.3%
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%
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 +8.3%
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 -2.2%
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 +4.2%
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 +5.1%
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%
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%
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 +6.4%
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 -7.7%
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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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 1,422 ratings
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