Organic Honeydew | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Organic HoneydewOrganic Honeydew

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-09-2002

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.72/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- This pours a hazy golden color, so I'm guessing that this is an unfiltered ale. There is an impressive thick white head that's fairly compact in the center and with big bubbles around the outside. It sticks around for several minutes before settling into a nice layer over the liquid. The carbonation looks quite aggressive off of the initial pour but then seems to settle down. Looks like an oily beer, with good sticky lacing on my glass.

S- The aroma is very pleasant, with a distinct, but not overwhelming scent of honey. There is also the sweet malts and grains, along with some mild hopped bitterness in the background. There is also a somewhat fruity tone that provides a slight zest in the aroma.

T- Absolutely fantastic! First thing I notice is a pleasant malty/grainy flavor. The honey flavor is very mellow at first, but comes on more strongly in the middle palate. Right on the finish, the mild hop bitterness shows up, really balancing out the overall taste of this beer. Great stuff!

M- I feel that this has a nice medium body to it, as it has a consistency that feels like there has been some honey blended in. As I suspected in the appearance, the carbonation does settle down, but the presence still leaves somewhat of a zing on my tongue. With all of this said, this brew is very refreshing overall.

D- In my opinion, this beer would be enjoyable all year a session beer or while enjoying a hot summer day on the patio. I think this would go well with barbecued chicken and would even suggest that this could be enjoyed as a dessert beer. This has been one of my favorite beers since I discovered it and am surprised at myself for getting around to reviewing it only now. I highly recommend this one!

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Photo of maiiik
4.7/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. My first impression of the bottle wasn't quite good, but I decided to give it a try, specially because I like the the combination with honey. It feels great in the mouth and it leaves you a tasty flavor when you finish each drink.
Totally recommended!

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.44/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep yellow, with a very mild white foam head, needed to pour very hard to achieve it and it disipates quickly. Smell is sweet of malts and honey, hops are almost imperceptible. Taste is bready, like cracker bran, grains, malts, almost no honey nor hops. Low body with very low carbonation. Interesting beer, taste and looks donĀ“t match, but are not bad at all.

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Photo of Offa
4.37/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is actually a really good, lighter beer, at least as long as one doesn't drink it too cold (which one should avoid when drinking any British ales in general). Light, subtle, it actually has some nice complexity and very firm flavour and feel.

Very deep gold to pale amber, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin foamy top and then a ring with no real lace.

Aroma is strong honey-bread dough with grain, herbal-leafy hops, a lot of bread with a clear honey character. It is very nice and somewhat reminiscent of a helles with the additional of honey and a slight yeasty English ale twist.

The beer is light but the taste is fairly assertive, very firm and well-rounded with some nice complexity. It has a lot of bread and leafy-herbal hops up front with strong honey and grain and bread dough taking over right at the finish. All the elements linger nicely, but the honey-bread dough character lingers longest. It is nicely balanced, with clear light sweetness and tingly-zesty, leafy herbal hop bitterness balancing nicely. Neither oily nor watery, it has a good, firm feel and it is highly drinkable.

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Photo of keeganfrank
4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden ale with a foamy head that has lots of retention. The color reminds me of mead, or maybe I just think that because I know there's honey in it. Aromas of sweet cereal and fruits. Honey is present and isn't overpowering. The flavor reminds me a bit of mead as well. Tart, fruity candy with a touch of honey. Grains are present as well. It's crisp and refreshing on the palate. This is a really lovely ale.

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Photo of tonton
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 50cl bottle into the Fuller's Organic Honeydew glass, which is a stemmed pint.

Beautiful honey color with a fluffy white head with medium retention.

I love the smell. There's a nice aley goodness with a touch of nice bees' honey, not artificial honey smell.

The taste follows the nose. A very simple ale with little alcohol or hops kick, and plenty of that nice honey flavor, but definitely not too much. Just a touch, and it's a good one.

This is one of my favorites. An excellent refreshing summer ale. Beer connoisseurs may think it's a little on the plain side, but it's exactly that that endears it to me.

Luckily, this ale is being widely promoted in Hong Kong, so there are many more places it can be found, and it's the least expensive Fuller's bottle available here.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured from the bottle into my pint glass with a nice foamy head sitting on top. Smell is of fresh clover honey, very sweet and quite nice. The clover honey makes it's way into the flavor as well as a delicate addition to it's slightly bitter hop character. Remarkably smooth and easy to drink.

This is quite a nice honey ale, I will likely get this one again.

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Photo of nicki_san
4.19/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Size: 500ml Bottle

A: Its color is a fitting Honey Yellow with a pretty foamy head

S: Very sweet smelling reminiscent of mead.

T: Taste very sweet and refreshing then an excellently bitter hop taste.

M: a tiny bit below average carbonation with a light body.

O: I am hooked on this Ale. Highly recommend it to be tried at least once, preferably cold on a warmer day. Relatively pricey compared to U.S. Domestic Beers, but as the old saying goes, You get what you pay for. In this case it is an amazing Ale.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear, yellow-orange body with a tall, foaming, off-white head. No more than a few stray dots of lace on the way down.

Smell: Faintly biscuit scented, that's all, as the sweet-scented honey is the main player here, as expected, though there's some subtle hints of florals and citrus, like sniffing an orange blossom honey.

Taste: Sweet taste of raw honey overlaying lightly supporting mild-tasting biscuity, bready malts. Light floral notions. A kiss of citrus. Low hop character provides just a smidgen of spice and bitterness, letting the honey settle quietly on the tongue. Sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Tastes like a glass of that Bit-O-Honey candy. Honey Dew is amply honey-tasting without being overly sweet. Simple but satisfying and refreshing, if the price were just a skosh less, I'd consider stocking up on it.

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Photo of shand
4.17/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a nonic.

This brew pours out a clear golden color with a finger of head that quickly drops. The aroma is very sweet, with a very realistic honey note dominating the proceedings, along with some lightly toasted malts. The taste is excellent, it's got the sweet honey tastes at first, but it fades to an absolutely sublime lightly toasted malt helped out by just a touch of honey. Delicious. The mouthfeel is quite quaffable. Overall, it's a great summer ale that I wish came in six packs.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was really surprised by this beer. It pours a golden color with little or no head. The taste is very fragrant and sweet, like a pinch of fruits mixed with honey. The synthesis of the two create an almost chocolaty sense. The taste is all encompassing, yet not overbearing. You can taste the wheat in it, and the hops come in at the end. There is little after taste, and if anything it is just the bubbling of the carbonation in your throat.

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Photo of paxkey
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the clarity on this beer is stunning. pale yellow with bone white head. some carbonation but no bubbles rising up. very clear beer.

i pick up fruit right off the first sniff. some honeydew in there. the aroma on this is quite full and enjoyable. so much citrus coming through in the hops and a sweet malt background makes this smell really enticing.

bitterness followed by fruity sweetness. wet finish to this beer makes it feel full bodied. finishes clean with some sweetness. i prefer a drier finish but it is called honeydew.

very tasty stuff, a definite cut above.

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Photo of BBP
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours golden amber. Somewhat honey like. Has a nice creamy head that doesn't last for very long, but a film of head exists for the duration of the brew. Well carbonated as well.

S- Honey and grains. Extremely clean and crisp for a nose while not being weak in any way at the same time.

T- Bread and buttery goodness. Honey adds flavor without adding a lot of sweetness. The brew leans towards the sweet side, but only in a slight Tower of Pisa kind of way.

M- Extremely smooth. Almost like water in that extent. Medium thick for it's style. Carbonation feels about right by existing, but not being abrasive or interfering with the drinkability.

D- A very refreshing drink that hits the spot. Also, yet another good brew from Fullers. While it didn't blow me away, it was tastefully made, it hits the spot, and it did very well at earning it's name.

The honey would make it a bit too much to have a few of these, but a single feels about right.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice cloudy golden color. Clear and crisp with a nice lace of head.
S: Nice malty honey comb aroma. This has a very good earthy huskiness.
T: Malty crisp honey flavor. Full body flavor of honey but not too sweet Natural flavor.
D/M: Good weight and slight carbonation. Full balanced flavor that pairs very well with dessert.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 500ml bottle, best before 17th June 2009, drank late May 2009 on a sunny afternoon watching my garden grow around me.

At one with the world, this slightly chilled bottle hit the nail on the head for me. Poured into a UK pint sleeve glass it looked a picture, light golden blonde with a white foam head sat on top. The head did stay for a while before retreating into a wispy covering with a thicker collar around the glass, some lacing too.

Hints of honey and an English country garden (or was that my own gardens aroma?) smell, very subtle but also very noticeable.

The hop content ensures the beer isn't too sweet, the honey element tries to dominate, but just about fails, the other ingrediants coming into their own as you take great gulps of this most refreshing of beers.

Well balanced and smooth feel to this beer, well crafted.

A joy to drink, mellow and well rounded, just like the rear label claims!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty much what you'd expect this to be. Sunny, yellow-golden in color, clear with a bit of a glow and wispy foam. The essence of honey more or less defines the aromas and flavors. Some toasty pale malt certainly factors in there as well, mostly in the aftertaste. A touch of light sweetness up front, though this all but disappears into a delicately bitter-floral, dry finish. Damn soft on the palate, quiet. All in all, not terribly complex, but delectable and drinkable for what it is. Probably would go well with a creamy flan or pudding.

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Photo of Arno
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Golden yellow honey like. White foam head, not much, lost quickly. Not much lacing.

smell: Sweet smell of honey and breadlike malts.

taste: You get the honey straight away. Not the sweet caramel like flavor, but the actual deep honey flavor, but not as sweet. Together with some bready malts, quite wheaty, and in the background some bittering hops to balance it out.

mouthfeel: Thin, refreshing, above average carbonation. No sirupy honey style, like you'd expect :)

overall: I must say. I wasn't that impressed with the first one, nor the second. But somehow this one grows on me. Especially when hot and very thirsty this is an insanely satisfying drink. If you want to sit down and enjoy a good complex beer, this is definitely not the one. But if you're thirsty and just want something refreshing this is a great beer.

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Photo of pootz
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-reviewing this beer. It deserves an upgraded score as the more I drink it the more I am impressed with the malting and drinability of it.

500ml bottle poured a brilliant golden clear ale in the tankard with a 1 inch rocky cap that reduced to a surface lace. Laces the glass well.

Aromas of grains, clover, soft spice and light wiffs of honey

Medium bodied...Decent Carastan-crystal malt spine, creamy mouth feel, well rounded mellow character, very smooth delivery.

Up front we get a big whack of biscuity Crystal malts ( among others) and light challeneger hop tones which give a bread and spice impression...midway the honey is detectable but the hops keep it from cloying, then the finish is drying and malty with a light kiss of the honey acting as a sharp reminder the target hops are in tow and there will be no bitter after taste...just a mild metalic and bready taste . Smooth, malty, balanced and extremely drinkable.

I take this brew as a second Fuller's favorite next to their porter. It's so drinkable and enjoyable I'd be tempted to make this a favored session ale and daily drinker but the price prohibits that.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL classic Fuller's bottle, Fuller's is my favourite English brewery so I was excited to find a new beer from them, best by 3/1/11,

A: Pours a clear gold with a two finger white head, average retention, no lace.

S: Big clover honey nose, so many honey beers have just a mild honey overtone, this one has it in spades. Great nose, reminds me of Bootlegger's Spring Ale.

T: Mild pils style malt with a hint of honeydew melon mid-palate (really) with an elegant honey finish. Never too sweet.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and smooth. Very easy going on the palate.

D: Another quality effort from Fuller's. I liked that they advertised honey and it was there. A no brainer to pick up, it's Fuller's.

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Grainy, sweet, a little bit of honey, fruitiness.

Taste: Light and sweet, a mix of corn and honey sweetness followed by a light citrus finish.

Drinkability: Tasty and light but kind of expensive ($4.20 per 16oz bottle).

I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer. I usually like what Fuller's does and ended up being happily surprised. It's a nicely sweet beer with just enough citrus hops to keep it away from being too sweet. The honey comes through in the taste and also lightens the body. It would be cool to see this on draft somewhere in the Twin Cities.

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Photo of Liquid_Bread
3.99/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a Fuller's pub near King's Cross.

A: beautiful fizzy yellow gold.

S: Nothing memorable, some citrus and hops, mostly just a generic "Beer" smell. This brew's weakest point.

T: Not as fruity as you'd think, some citrus and sweet cane sugar taste to start then a memorable smoky finish.

M: fizzy but not tingly, very smooth finish as it goes down the throat. So so drinkable.

O: Love the taste, love the look. Summertime in a glass as one Hammersmith bartender memorably told me.

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Photo of ablaze
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with good clarity and a bubbly head that sinks fast. Lacing could be better.

Honey, grains, and British hops in the aroma.

Simple and delicious...following up with a good balance of the same. Hops are perfectly portioned and compliment the honey well, and the grain is a real tasty backbone.

Light bodied but not watery, smooth, with good carbonation.

I've had this one a few times before, and every time it is a treat. Straightforward and tasty, perfect in summer. I really like this one.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sparkly, volatile blush-white head with fair retention withers away atop a clear and sunny orange body.

Smell: Of all the beers brewed with honey I've had, this one probably smells the most like straight-up honey. It's backed up by a lovely biscuity, scone-like malt profile with pleasantly fruity notes of pear, Cointreau, and overripe stone fruit and a strange, delicious edge of almonds.

Taste: Plenty sweet with lots of honey and crackery malts, but the overall impression is dry. Citric and leafy hops fence in the sweetness for a clean and bitter finish that doesn't linger. Very nutty and floral mid-sip, and a bit soapy at times.

Mouthfeel: Fairly fizzy and dry, light despite its sweetness.

Drinkability: This is yummy. It can be two kinds of beer: a refreshing, lagery blonde-ale type quaffer when chilled, or a more subtle, sweet real ale at cellar temperature.

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


The nose is all Honey! it actually overpowers the hops and malt aromas.

It is a deep golden colour.

I can really taste the honey. A lot of honey lagers don't taste a thing like real, natural honey but this one does. I also taste a little bit of hops. This surprises me because I didn't think any type of hop flavour could go well with honey but it does.

Mouthfeel is good. For a lager, I would say it is on the heavier side of medium bodied.

Overall I like it and I plan on getting more soon. It will be great for a summer day, especially good for BBQ's.

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Photo of dauss
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden color. Almost no head and the bubbles dissapated quickly. At first taste it doesn't really taste like beer because it has some sweetness to it. You can detect some of the honeydew flavor. It sort of has a mead flavor. It was pretty malty after the first taste, and finished off kind of odd. Just too sweet I guess. It was definitely good and could try some more.

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