Gray's Honey Ale | Gray's Brewing Company

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Gray's Honey AleGray's Honey Ale

Brewed by:
Gray's Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of drpimento
2.67/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

I remember when this first came out and won a Gold along with their Oatmeal Stout in GABF in Denver at the same time. I rated this and the review got lost. Anyway, this beer is nothing like what it used to be, which was clean, crisp, subtle and a true pleasure. Now, it's soft, thin, overstated and totally forgettable. A pity.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Honey ale pours a golden color with a small head. There are big adjunct flavors, with some nice hints of fresh honey. Overall, you get the honey flavors, and they are good, but its a poor and weak base.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

whats up with the low score here? a fresh blonde honey beer with a huge floral honey nose, clover and wild flowers, but not all that sweet in the taste. maybe a little overly malty on the front end, not that its sweet or heavy, but that it loses some of the delicate feel that the nose has, really summery and alive. the malt weighs it down a bit, as does the lack of carbonation, but the beer tastes really nice, and at under 5% abv is extremely sessionable. bold honey flavors, raw and waxy almost, really vibrant. i would scale the grain back just a little bit and ramp up the carbonation, and this thing would really sing. still, a nice refreshing summer brew that features the honey really well. sometimes when yeast eats honey theres a weird common flavor that i never really like in the finish, but the honey remains true in this one, and the finish is great.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.87/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This pours a clear, pale amber color with a slight, white head. There isn’t much to the scent other than some hints of grain and honey. The taste is fairly average but does have a decent honey taste that is better than Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss. The texture is pretty watery with very little carbonation. Clean and refreshing, but nothing mind blowing.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Pours a nice clear golden color with a thin head that dissipates instantly, leaving a creamy lacing.

Smell - Honey, a lot of malts, and grains.

Taste - Very malty a bready throughout.. It's very watery with a subtle sweetness, surprisingly. These type of beers are usually overkilled with sugar. I feel like the honey might make me a little sick if I drink this whole beer though.. But maybe I just don't like honey as much as others out there. There is also somewhat of a metallic flavor there, like the kind you get when drinking from a can. -- No hops or bitterness seem to be present --

Mouthfeel - Watery with medium carbonation.

Overall - It's an easy beer to drink on but it seems kind of low in quality to me..

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Photo of kristenrae8
3.54/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just picked this up for pre-thanksgiving cooking. I'll admit it, I thought the angry bubble bee was cute and was looking for something lower in the ABVs so I can drink and cook Thanksgiving Day goodness and not get to buzzy. (no pun intended)

A: Clear pale yellow, straw color. Quickly disipating frothy head, no lacing.

S: Floral and Wheat and Honey.

T: Sweet & Subtle. This is a tame beer to introduce to those who are brand loyal to the big box brands. I like honey, blonde and cream ales - so it's up my alley. It's a beer the novice can enjoy, without being scared.

M: Fizz and then a little thin. Perhaps a little watery - but it was just fine super chilled (fridge to freezer for 15 minutes)

O: Overall, I'll finish the 6 pack. I'd buy it in a pinch - or if it was on sale, but it's not going to be my all time favorite. It would probably be a great summer beer.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.19/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no date into pint

Look is a very pale and clear yellow with almost no head. Smell is light wheat and honey. Taste is pale malt, wheat, grain, almost no honey to speak of, just a slight overall sweetness. Feel is light with a little bready thickness.

Very average brew with light honey characteristics. Not too much to note here, if you're looking for something simple this would be a great choice.

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Photo of Fulky
3.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came in a six pack variety of beers I won at a charity auction. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 10oz scooner.

The appearance was less than impressive. A light, fizzy, pale, straw yellow that reminds you of your typical adjunct lagers. A very light fizzy head that goes down quickly and never returns. No lacing at all... almost like having water in your glass.

Appearance aside, the beer smells good. Lots of a honey and floral malts, very sweet and a bit of a grassy hop note.

Tastes of honey and other sweet flavors. A light presence of hops but not at all bitter. Others have described its flavor as timid, which might be accurate but not necessarily bad. it is easy to enjoy without going overboard with flavor to the point which it offends your senses.

Light and refreshing feel, perhaps a bit fizzy or a tad over carbonated.

A fairly average beer with good smell, above average taste, and favorable drinkability. Leaves some room for improvement, but is memorable and worthy of sampling.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.89/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale fizzy yellow ale with a bright white cap forming it fine sorry lacing. Aroma is a faint honey tone with grainy tones all day. Flavor is worse than any other macro out there beers like this give craft beer a bad rap. To be honest this has no heart this is mass produced in Wisconsin with a new label and fucked up approach. This is there cross over with harsh flavors hints of wild honey floral quality with more cloying aspects of heavy carbonation and husks from grain than anything else. Mouthfeel should be ligther bodied but the carbonation hits rediculously on the palate, cloying is mild. Overall never again I'm pretty much writing this brewer off after two beers, but I'm brave enough to try Busted Knuckle.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
2.83/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a long-neck bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow with a one finger light foam head that recedes fast with little or no lacing at all.

Smell: Faint sweet and grainy aroma with very faint honey sweetness.

Taste: Very light and watery, with only subtle sweetness of honey and sweet malts. No hops presence at all. Tastes like a "light" version of Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss beer. Not terrible, but not really much happening here flavor-wise.

Mouth feel: Light body and watery, with light-to-medium carbonation.

Overall: A very light and watery beer with only hints of honey flavor and some weak malt flavors. This is really a "light" beer style, and not at all the type of beer I enjoy. I've had worse "light" beers, but that's not a very favorable comparison to make. Wouldn't seek this one out again.

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Photo of peabody
2.11/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a watery yellow with 1/4 finger of white suds that go away very quickly.
Smell is a bitter mix of charred honey and burning yeast. Not too much here.
Taste is a very watery version of coors lite and dirt. No honey here.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky but there is nothing here to make the mouth feel anything.
This isn't good at all. Will never have this again.

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Photo of JackieTH
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Rob for the sample.

Poured light gold with a cap of white foam that was short lived. Smell was at best 'non-descript' meaning I didn't get much, perhaps light malt and faint honey, but I could have been wanting to smell honey. At least it wasn't offensive. Taste was more very mild malt, slightly honey, adjunct-lager like, mildly crisp and light. Overall would be okay..refreshing even..on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Slyjoker87
2.35/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - It pours as a very watery light yellowish color. The head was not impressive nor did it stay for very long.

S - There are hardly any smells that can be noted, except for a faint honey smell.

T - I can hardly taste any honey notes, and it resembles the taste of your average, watered down, mass produced american beer more than anything else.

M - Lacks in carbonation and feels dry.

D - Why not grab a bud, miller, keystone light instead? This is just terrible.

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Photo of FreshHawk
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Very bright, clear gold color with an average sized, foamy, light, whispy white head. Disappears pretty fast leaving a very thin lace.

S - Very strong herbal and floral aroma with a lot of bready/malty sweetness along with a bit of a vegetable/corn type of aroma. Somewhat reminiscent of honey, but a little heavy on the vegetable, and maltiness.

T - Really thin and fairly bland. Dominated by corn/vegetable flavors as well as some malt sweetness that you expect from a bland adjunct lager. A faint spicy herbal flavor in the background. Very slight lingering sweetness.

M - Very light with moderate carbonation. Very thin and watery.

D - Easy to drink, but it is way to bland to want more. Not overly sweet, just thin and easy to down.

Notes: I'll probably pass on this one, got it for $3.99 a sixer so not like I'm really out much. Too bland and like a bad adjunct lager. A little bit of honeyish flavors and some more on the nose, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.72/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this beer from the Lager Mill in a mixed eight pack from grays for $10.99. I had their oatmeal stout back in the summer and thought it was good so I am interested to see how some of their other beers are. There is what looks to be a bottling date, but it's kinda of smudged and I really can't make it out. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer with a crazy looking bee with red eyes holding a mug of beer. The label is different then the one shown so they must have updated their labels. This beer poured a pale straw colored yellow that had two fingers worth of short lived white head that didn't leave any lacing.

S- I pick up a good amount of pale malts, some sweet honey and a slight amount of grassy hops at the end.

T- The pale malts impart a nice grainy flavor that reminds of some whole grain cereal. In the middle I pick up the honey which adds a nice touch to this brew and isn't overly sweet. On the finish I get some of that whole grain flavor followed by a slight amount of grassy hops.

M- Light bodied and very crisp. The carbonation is prickly and could have been done better.

Overall I liked this beer. I thought it was a good honey ale and I liked it much more then Leinenkugels version. The appearance and mouthfeel could use a little work but other then that it was a pretty good representation of a honey ale. I would buy this again, I think it would make for a good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of dhannes
3.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled into a Sam Adams' Perfect Pint.

A=Golden yellow, slightly darker than MGD; but foam head was thin, white, and short-lived.

S=Almost non-existent; some hops and honey.

T=Very sweet with hop presence; reminded me of a cream ale or a typical American lager.

M=Somewhat better than expected, given that it seemed extremely watery when poured.

O=An okay change of pace, but nothing worth writing home about.

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Photo of beerlove82
1.32/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: super pale watered down looking. Maybe a finger head with an aggressive pour that is gone within the minute. No lacing.

S: Can hardly smell anything. Some honey, is about it.

T: Dry, the honey is barely present, mostly in the aroma. Dull.

M: Under carbonated, dry

D: Pretty much a honey like keystone light. Sink beer. Wont try again.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

gray's honey ale

a 2 loud, fizzy head atop a clear light gold body. wow, way too loud, like somebody poured a sprite. the head is gone in no time leaving a sparse quarter-size disc and no ring. big soda bubbles. not promising.

s 3-3.5 smells mostly like a cheap american lager, but at least it doesn't smell stale or overly corny. touch of hay, spicy hop and perhaps, yes, clover honey.

t 3-3.5 timid and restrained; pale sweetness plays with a bit of grain. at first there was a mild but lingering astringency to the finish. for the rest of the bottle that's been replaced by a slight baking powder/seltzer exit.

m 2.5 carbonation is prickly. body light-medium.
improved co2 would significantl help this beer.

d 3 it's swallowable, for sure. nothing offensive (apart from the appearance and mouthfeel), but nothing too interesting.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Slightly cloudy yellow color with an alright amount of white head that disappears quickly leaving little lacing

Smell: Sweet smell but more of a sweet corn then a honey smell

Taste: The taste is pretty good, nothing special but nothing bad either. Somewhat sweet and has a little more flavor then say a macro might have but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is cloudy golden yellow. Almost no head at all. No lacing either.

The aroma is sweet grains with a slight hint of honey. Not much else going on here. Not offensive but, not anything to get excited about.

The flavor is sweet and malty. I feel like a I can taste honey but, it could just be my mind. Clean tasting fairly light in flavor overall.

Light to medium body. Loads of carbonation.

Easy drinking if only because it's not very flavorful. A very average beer.

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Photo of gmfessen
2.62/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy, straw color with a pure white, fizzy head. Other than the small bits of sediment actively swimming around throughout the glass, looks like a macro lager. The nose is rather one-dimensional and not very impressive; slightly sweet (maybe honey?) and grainy, that's about it. The flavor has an initial sweetness that is decently balanced, but at the finish it is dry and grainy, leaves you smacking your lips but not in a good way. Maybe just a hint of honey on the finish (emphasis on hint) The mouthfeel is light in body, almost absent carbonation and a dry finish. Drinkable if you were out of beer, this is not one that I will be going back for. Not terrible but certainly not worth looking for.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale golden body, small white head that doesnt last very long. Not much smell here, a light malty scent. Pale malt taste, touch of light floral hops as well. A touch of honey, but it isnt a dominant taste. The body's a fairly creamy light body. This is a fairly nice light beer that would be enjoyable to sit outside with on a nice summer's day and have a few. Nothing too crazy though

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.05/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear golden straw color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of faint honey, and even fainter malt. The taste is like the aroma. It has a nice honey character, and nice balancing malt, but it is just too faint. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this beer reminds me of a not so putrid version of Leinie's Honey Weiss. While this beer isn't bad, it isn't good either. I can't see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of tjkurz
4.07/5  rDev +38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured murky yellow out of bottle into pint glass little to no head and the faintest of lacing. Smell of grain and a touch of hops. Tastes - some citrus noted as well as a touch of honey - again a hint of hops. Good body and carbonation not too heavy not too light. This beer is very drinkable at a low abv and enought flavor to keep you interested. It reminds me alot of leine's honey weiss except double the flavor and way better body.

Bust this out for a change of pace from your average wheat beer at your summer bbq. This beer surprised me - Grays started me to craft years ago with this and their Oatmeal Stout, when there weren't the New Glaruses of the world around packing every Wisconsin beer mart. Probably good beers to take your friends to the next step past the macros or even leines to the next level.

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Photo of Blakaeris
1.61/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours very pale yellow with a slight soapy head.

Aroma is pale malt, sweet with corn adjunct. Powdery and musty.

Taste is exactly what the nose led me to expect. Sweet pale malt. No hops to speak of, but there is an earthy aspect to the finish. Finish is musty.

Mouthfeel is very light.

The flavor is missing from this brew. I can not find honey, and the odd chalky yeast that is used is incompatible with the other flavor. Not recommend.

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