Old Credit Holiday Honey | Old Credit Brewing Co.

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Old Credit Holiday HoneyOld Credit Holiday Honey
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Old Credit Holiday HoneyOld Credit Holiday Honey

Brewed by:
Old Credit Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Mindsquall on 04-02-2006

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's a little early to start the holiday drinking, but this one has been in my fridge a bit too long. The odd thing, I think I picked this up back in June.

Appearance: The head simply didn't produce more then a finger and it didn't stick around at all. The body boasts some nice clarity and slow carbonation but lacing is pretty much a non-issue.

Smell: Rich caramel malt, accented by a note of honey. Pretty much eveything I'd expect. It also have some fruity berry notes in the background which I guess adds to the "Holiday" feeling of the beer. No spicing like a winter warmer though, but I'm not going to hold that against them, since I don't think that was what they were going for.

Taste: It starts with some doughy malts that needed to be a bit sweeter and more caramel like. The honey then makes a very brief appearance before a dusting of hops and nuts comes out and ending with a touch of an almost sour berry twang that seems out of place. I'd give it 3.25 if I could, but it does enough for me.

Mouthfeel: The lack of carbonation gives it far too much of a watery consistency and the transition from bitter to that odd end isn't doing it for me. The aftertaste though is a slight honey bread taste which is nice.

Drinkability: It's alright I guess, but I wouldn't call it a guzzler and it doesn't do quite enough for it to be a memorable seasonal I'd seek out. It's good, but the taste and lack of carbonation leaves it a bit stagnant of a drinker.

Final Thoughts: Out of all the Macros I like, Sleeman Honey Brown is probably one of my favourites. This pretty much drinks like a discounted version of it. It's alright, but I wouldn't give it the same praise. I think the problem lies in a beer called Holiday Honey, I'd expect to be sweeter and not with a doughy, sour, bitter mix.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

680mL bottle, poured into a fluted plisner glass.

Dark golden copper in colour, clear, with visible carbonation and a half inch of quickly dissipating head. Looks like an extra malty lager.

Nose is pretty faint - a bit of honey, maybe some hops.

I will give Credit where it's due - this brew does taste like honey. But that's about it. A bit of malt and light herbal hops to the finish.

Harsh carbonation, thin bodied. Not really doing it for me.

A pass for me - pretty thin and one dimensional. The flavor isn't bad, it's just nothing too exciting.

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Photo of ssmack
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

650 ml bottle. 5 % ABV

Clear redish amber colour. Half inch of large bubbles that subsided to a slick. Bubbles on the side of the glass when it was first poured. Little lacing and no retention.

Mild floral aroma of honey.

Tastes like buckwheat honey. Stronger that the aroma but one dimensional.

Light feel that is saved by a sparkling the mouth from the carbonation.

This ale really lacks hops. It drinks like flavoured water.

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Photo of Mindsquall
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up today directly from the brewery, as a seasonal offering they carry there. This poured a deep red, with a thin head and some lacing. This smelled very malty, very much like their Amber Ale. This tastes much like their Amber ale, the honey in this brew is very slight. this brew is pretty smooth, and easy to drink. Not bad overall. I just wish the honey was a little more evident.

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Photo of galluch
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

680 ml bottle served cold into a glass. Review from notes on January 28, 2017

Appearance - Rich, semi-clear Amber color. Not much in the way of head or lacing.

Smell - Cereal grains and some honey for the most part

Taste - Same as the nose. A slightly milky flavor, although that may be the age of this bottle showing.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, easy drinking, middling carbonation and medium body.

Overall - Inoffensive, but not spectacular or even approaching it. Pass.

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Photo of SnatchyMcPants
5/5  rDev +47.1%

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Old Credit typically begins selling its Holiday Honey ("HH") at the beginning of October, and we sampled it shortly thereafter in a 680 ml bomber purchased from the brewery's retail store. HH is 5.0% alcohol by volume. As is normal with Old Credit's beers, there was no date code on the bottle.

HH poured a clear, deep copper/gold colour with a visible stream of fast rising bubbles, and the copper/gold colour looked especially impressive when back lit. Pouring produced a 1 centimetre beige head that quickly resolved itself into a thin foam and collar, which left no spotting or lacing down the glass. The aroma was of sweet honey followed by hops...the first beer I've tried with "honey" in the name that actually smells like honey! The taste very much followed the aroma, starting out with a distinct, pleasant honey sweetness and transitioning to a slightly bitter hop finish. The honey sweetness and hop bitterness were well balanced and prevented the beer from being overly sweet. There was a slight honey and bitter aftertaste, but nothing strong or long lasting enough to be unpleasant. I found the carbonation to be a bit on the harsh side, and HH was light to medium bodied. Overall, I was impressed by this effort from Old Credit...the first "honey" beer I've sampled with a distinct honey aroma and taste (I'm talking to you Sleeman!).

This would be a good choice for guests at Thanksgiving and over the Christmas holidays as a change from their ordinary.

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Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this in mid-August. Don't know if it is a very early release, or if it is leftover from last holiday season. Nevertheless, the taste is good, though a little metallic towards the end. I can taste honey notes and this seems to be quite satisfying. If its not fresh, I will certainly try it again and it will likely be even better

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Photo of pootz
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml bottle fresh from brewery.

Pours a crystal clear copper-brown beer in the glass, 2 finger rocky cap quickly reduces to a ring, light glass lacing.

Grainy sweetness, light fruits, honey-like sweetness and some mustiness. Up front you get some breadiness then some toffee sweetness, some light fruits, low hop balance but enough to keep it from being cloying....finish is nutty-bready-lightly roasty with a honey-vanilla kiss at the very end.

A decent brown ale with some honey character that is not too sweet....pleasant.

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Photo of biegaman
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

With its shimmering golden colour, slightly distorted complexion, absence of carbonation - and lack of tacky lights or animated Santas - this ale looks more 'Honey' than 'Holiday'. It also looks more 'summer' than 'winter', being only a mere shade of two darker than standard pilsners and maintaining spotless clarity.

The nose has spring-fresh floral notes that are obviously courtesy of the honey, which outweighs both hops and malt combined by a ratio of 2:1. It's as if all the richer, meatier parts of the beer have fallen away and all that remains is its skeleton of pale malt and pasteurized honey. It's certainly nothing to be getting excited about.

So the honey part is straightforward, but the 'Holiday' aspect requires imagination. Aside from not possessing any of the implied savory or spicy qualities, nothing about the beer is fitted for cold weather drinking. It's plain and lagered to a medium (at best) body. It's suited to the heat of a scorching sun, not that of a Christmas fireplace.

In the case of an ailing disorder the absence of an adequate diagnosis is often a decisive part of the disease. I've never felt any need to call this brewery out on their middling, uninspired style (on account that they brew only two brands, intended to be just that), but for a winter seasonal release this is really disappointing. Live a little, guys! For once!

I'd understand if Old Credit Brewing Company was in Saint Lucia or Barbados, but for a Canadian brewery to release this offering as their 'winter warmer' is laughable. What color is the sky in their world? This is not a bad beer by any means, but I don't think it'll do the trick those nights I come home from work not being able to feel my toes.

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Photo of WeissBoy
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Groulxsome
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this bottle from the LCBO before Christmas, but I'm only now getting around to drinking it. It has a pretty nice amber/red colour with some light head the quickly dissipates to the sides of the glass. The smell is as advertised: honey. The taste is the exact same: more honey. It has some light malt notes, but little hopping. The mouth feel is pretty light and clean, with a lingering feeling afterward that you've been eating honey.

Where it succeeds is in getting a nice honey flavour (where there are lots of honey browns/ambers/reds where it is only a small hint) is also where it is a little odd. It -only- really tastes of honey. For what it is meant for, perhaps a wine glass full after a holiday meal or with dessert, it's a great beer. Otherwise it's a nice light beer that really captures the taste of honey without being a mead but without quite tasting like a beer enough to drink often.

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Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of TerryW
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark hazy amber with a moderate head and no lace. Nose is malty with a whiff of hops, no obvious honey aroma.

Sharp upfront, thin bodied. Largely malty in character with some slight sweetness from the honey and a slightly bitter finish. Drinks clean with no aftertaste.

Fairly lightweight overall, drinkable without being memorable. Typical Old Credit offering.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear copper with a bit of a weak head.

S - Nose is a bit on the fruity side with a hint of caramel.

T - Tart up front, with pronounced fruitiness. There's some honey a bit of a grassy hop, and a watery finish. Somewhat sweet and a light hop bitterness.

M - Light, watery body.

D - Not very good, but not terrible either.

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Old Credit Holiday Honey from Old Credit Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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