Labatt Genuine Honey
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #147
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2.87 | pDev: 16.72%
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Ontario, Canada
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Notes: Genuine Honey Lager was introduced in 2005 in response to consumer demand for honey lagers. Labatt Genuine Honey uses genuine, all-natural, 100% Canadian honey to give consumers a softer, smoother taste. This naturally-aged lager is brewed to the same uncompromising standards applied to every Labatt beer. Genuine Honey Lager is the real thing!
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 31
Photo of Knapp85
2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a clear yellow color. Not much head on top just a few scattered fluffy patches on top. The smell of the beer is of sweet grains and malts. The taste of the beer is semi-sweet as well, not too much in there to bitter the brew up. The mouthfeel is light bodied and pretty easy to drink, no real complexity in there though. Overall this beer is pretty typical I think of it's style. Obviously I think it'd be much better if it been more like a Braggot or something. For a social drink this one might be a reasonable choice.

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Photo of hopdog
2.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

340ml bottle. Bottle labeled 'Honey Lager'. Twist off top.

Poured a medium and clear golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of some honey and grainy. Tastes of the same honey and grainy. There's nothing special about this one but then again there isn't anything really 'offensive' either.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Labatt Honey Lager is a very clear light amber beer with a thin white head that fades and leaves decent lacing. It has a faint aroma of cardboard, corn, grain and dust. It is medium-light bodied, smooth and very bubbly with a firm finish. It has a green flavor. Light malt and corn are present. It's almost a touch sour and it doesn't have much bitterness. It beats a Bud.
(rated Jun 12, 2008)

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Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is pretty much your basic macro.Taste is fresh and a little sweet with honey mainly in the aftertaste.Overall a good solid beer that I would buy and recommend to my drinking buddies!!The second of 4 in my Labatt's craft pack,so far so good!!

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.92/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Light copper. Frothy white head.

S - Nose is a bit of fruit and honey. Floral notes and a bit of a green leafy aroma. Light berries.

T - Berries and fruit. Cloying honey-ness on the back of the tongue. Light upfront acidity and big overall sweetness. A bit of hop for balance only (and not enough really...)

M - Moderate body. Carbonation is too strong.

D - OK, but I wouldn't session it. The honey flavour is quite strong. Nothing off though.

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Photo of WesWes
3.6/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry lager scent that boasts of pilsner malt and a faint honey aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a crisp pilsner malt flavor that goes down rapidly with a slightly sweet honey finish. The honey isn't overdone. It finishes crisp and clean. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinker. It's light and pretty tastey as far as macro lagers go.

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Photo of berserker256
2.63/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought a Labatt variety case today. This is the first flavor I'm trying. First off, I don't like how many Canadian beers are in 11.5 ounce bottles. They're jipping me of that half ounce. That's one less beer per case! Anyway, This beer was poured into a pint glass. It's dark gold and totally see-through. The head was thin and white and dissappeared very quickly and left no lacing behind. Now the glass is half emptied and it looks like old pee. The smell reminded me of when I tried to make a honey lager with my Mr. Beer kit. I.E., NOT good. Too sweet with some odd apple cider vinegar funk. Tastes smoother than it smells but still pretty mediocre. Chewy and sweet with a hint of honey. It feels like a film of sweetness is left on your teeth. I won't get this beer again. Normal Blue is better.

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Photo of kbnooshay
2.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very clear macro golden color with lots of carbonation sticking to the sides of the glass. Thin white head that went down to NOTHING in about 30 seconds. Smells like Labatt which means of corn and harsh grain. Unlike regular Labatt though we have this odd honey sweetness. Like labatt but grossly sweet.
The feel is weak and not as fizzy as i thought. Watery corn syrup. I could probably drink a lot of this very very cold. But its just plain weird.

Regular labatt is better.


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Photo of tgbljb
3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright golden color with modest white head. Poor retention.

Smell is somewhat lacking with a bit of sweet fruitiness noted.

Taste has a nice firm malt character. Sweet without being overdone.

Thin ending with only modest taste retention.

Easy drinker. A good spacer.

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Photo of generallee
3.47/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.5oz. or 340ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It hade a thin white head that faded out fast and left little to lace behind. Its body had a nice golden amber color with good clarity and some visible carbonation.

Smell: The aroma was very sweet and malty.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor hade a nice sweet character with touch of clover honey along with the bready sweet malt. Hop flavor was rather bland with a mild bitterness. The texture is smooth with a medium body and the carbonation is lively.

Notes: Overall it's a basic average tasting beer.

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Photo of Magpie14
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: typical macro-lager look with a thin soapy head and no lacing. This beer however has a slight golden brown hue to it...must be from the honey?

Smell: some grains and corn are present paired with an off kilter sweet smell. Not much overall.

Taste: hmm! Not sure I can put my finger on this one. Hint of caramel or honeyed malts? Much sweeter than I thought it would be. Has usual grains/barley aftertaste, it is a bit weak and thin overall.

Mouthfeel: carbonated and fizzy lots of bubbles working hard in the glass and mouth after every sip.

Drinkability: yea, it is drinkable! probably in large quantities if that is your thing. Goes down relatively smooth and somewhat nice on a hot humid Michigan summer day. I did not know what to expect with this beer, it was better than I is alright.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly darker gold than your average pilsner with an amber hue. Thin white head disappears quickly.

Smells corny with a touch of honey sweetness. Reminds me of a breakfast cereal.

Flavor isn't very complex, but it's pleasant. Malty with a subdued honey flavor and a hint of citrus fruitiness. Honey flavor is not too sweet, not overdone, and seems natural and not artificially created. Slight touch of hops rounds things out a bit.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth even straight out of the bottle.

I like this beer for what it is. I wasn't expecting much and was pleasantly surprised by the easy drinkability.

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Photo of shirfan
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale orange with little foam to speak of.

Smell is bland, basic grainy macro.

Taste is actually tolerable, and slightly better than average for the style. Relatively full body with some light huskiness -- less corn gets through than in, say, Blue, probably due to the honey. There's just enough honey to add some sweet flavor to the mix and not be cloying. Very light bitterness in the finish mingles with some more grainy flavor.

Final verdict: I got these for free and wouldn't pass up more in the future at the same price.

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Photo of biggred1
2.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Clear light honey blonde with a quickly dissapating soapy head. No lacing.

S-Faint grainy aroma,frosted flakes come to mind.

T-Really tame and almost flavorless with a wisp of grainy malt and honey.

M-Thin and watery with medium carbonation.

D-Nothing offensive, but why bother? Pretty lame and boring.

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Photo of iceball585
2.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Bright golden color, clear, half finger fluffy head that lowered to a thin ring, lots of tiny bubbles rising throughout

S- Honey, sugar, grains, earthy, hint of floral hops

T- Grains, light malts, honey (really lacking in flavor)

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sweet, watery

D- Not worth buying again

I was really suprised by the lack of flavor with this beer. It honestly tasted like I was drinking flavored water.

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Photo of Brad007
2.25/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Been a while since I reviewed anything from Labatt.

Color: Dark blond/copper color with one-finger head.

Aroma: Sweet with corn adjunct in the aroma. A tad sweeter but no honey detected on the nose.

Taste: Thin and sweet. Honey shows up but only adds a touch of sweetness. Rest of the lager is thin and watery.

Mouthfeel: Sweet with very little honey.

Verdict: Mediocre. Even Labatt Blue has more flavor than this. It's good to try but not something worth buying more often.

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

More pale orange than honey gold. Despite a big burst of CO2 on crown cracking, very few bubbles can be seen zipping up to a slim, dirty ivory colored crown. The foam lasts long enough to be respectable and leaves no more than a slurred collar of lace.

The aroma features the typical untoasted graininess and musky hoppiness of the style. On a positive note, there isn't anything offensive about it. On a less than positive note, honey is not appreciated. Maybe the flavor will deliver on that front.

Honey Lager tastes exactly like anyone who is familiar with the 'American' macro lager style should expect. It tastes like Labatt Blue mixed with a few teaspoons of honey. Whether or not that's a good thing depends on whether one likes sweet lagers in general and honey in particular.

Personally, I think it adds another dimension to a beer that is seriously lacking in dimension. The sweetness cuts down on sessionability, though, for those who actually buy and drink Labatt beer on a regular basis. Like I did back in my youth.

The description of a simple beer's flavor profile will be, ipso facto, simple. Husky grain and mildly floral, mildly earthy hops are mixed with a dollop of honey. There's actually enough bitterness present to keep HL from turning into an overly sweet mess. At least it doesn't seem to be deteriorating as rapidly as expected as it warms.

The mouthfeel is acceptable because it's slightly more full than the style average. Too bad there's a background buzziness from too much harsh feeling carbonation. In the end, the positive and the negative cancel one another out.

Labatt Honey Lager is decent beer. I wish more brewers would come up with ways to spiff up their macro lagers. Let's face it, most of them could use quite a bit of spiffing. I'd drink this stuff over the more popular North American macro lagers any day.

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Photo of giblet
3.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i got this from a sampler pack. not bad for a light lager. not as full as i would choose but tastey just the same. poured light, decent head but settled quickly. very little lace. not my favorite but a good beer with a bowl of chile on football saturday.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of animal69
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

someone brought the heritage case for thanksgiving and left it ; this one pours a clear light golden color with a thin head which dissipates quickly leaving little lacing ; typical macro "winey" smell to it, no hops at all ; not much here, a thin, crisp flavor w/ some honey present in the end, a faint metallic taste as well ; dry, light bodied and highly carbonated, quite watery in a way ; pretty drinkable, but not on my top ten list by no means...

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a combination of sweet malts, some cooked corn and a soft dose of honey.

The taste consisted of a grainy malt with a sweet honey element. Decent doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was on the fuller side for the style.

Overall a decent lager. The honey wasn't overdone.

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Photo of ZAP
3.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

And I will third the notion that this is the Genuine Honey but relabeled for us Americans eh?

A-Nice golden color...1/3 of an inch of white pillowy head....

S-Faintly musty....sweet....unremarkable...

T-The flavor of this is quite agreeable....a definite honey impression but not over board like the Michelob Honey Lager. At the same time it is more pronounced than say Leinie Honey....sweet flavored lager...not real complex but decent for the style.

M-Light side of medium bodied...a little sticky sweet..

D-Not a bad honey lager at all. I think they have the "honey" portion about right. Certainly worth a try if you like this type of beer.

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Photo of chilidog
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I second that this may be a new look and pehaps a tweek on the beer as well. Got thisone as part of a 24pk. sample. A nice one indeed for they put together four six packs at a cost of about $4.50 each.

This Honey poured good. Clear darkergold in color. The head was fair, white and maintained awhile till settleing to a thin film ring.
Carbonation was ok allowing the beer to appear soft on the mouth.

The aroma seemed typical, alittle grainy with a slight touch of honey.

The taste followed suite..grain like malts with a touch of sweetness. The Honey is faint but yet it feels like it was added thick. The honey then carries the flavor to a slight glaze but drying finish.

Drinkability; sure. Perhaps in lawnmower conditions this beer might fit. Other than that, this beer is just ok on its own.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.57/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, I'd imagine that this is the same beer that they sell in Canada as Genuine Honey. But look at that label with the "Genuine" right there, and it looks a lot like a Miller beer. Because of that I'm guessing they've created a new brand, although it could also be about connecting with consumers of J.W. Dundee's Honey Brown, or even Yuengling lager... who knows? Anyway...

Coax an ample head from this with a rough pour and it'll hold a rough off-white cap of froth for much longer than your standard macro lager would. Beneath that it's crystal clear and dark gold in color. Resting upon the bar it appears as a deep amber with orange highlights. Nice looking glass of beer! Raise the glass to our nose and you get an interesting combination of hops and honey. It's not all sweet as you might expect, and there are some very nice herbal/grassy notes to it! The same follows through in the flavor, and it's almost as if they'd simply added honey flavor to an already decent lager. The hops are restrained, but clear, and they're herbal, grassy, and a touch spicy; lingering in the finish and keeping the sweetness and honey flavor from becoming cloying. It's also fairly light and crisp in the mouth, which keeps the malty sweetness from building as well. It's probably not a beer that you'd want to drink six of, but if you did you wouldn't feel as though you were Winnie The Pooh. Interesting and well done. A good summer beer for sure. Maybe a good regular beer once in a while as well.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out to a deep golden color with a splash of red. Decent head of white foam, no lace. Aromas of malt and grain are present, and curiously, a lack of honey was noted. Dry taste dominated by malt and grain, with notes of bland honey and a touch of hops. Not bad, but far from exceptional. Mouthfeel was thicker than most, but lacked carbonation. Drinkability is average. I could take it or leave it.

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Photo of biegaman
2.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No head, lacing, or aroma. Not much colour even! Really nothing substancial to review. Likewise, luckilly, nothing too offensive to review. It seems to narrowly avoid the swill/low quality (consistent with Labatts) for the most part. Not entirely though. Some sweet note that finds its way through, I assume that's meant to be the 'honey'. Served ice cold it adds a little drop of flavour. Not awful, nowhere close to the worst, but still bad.

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