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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Photo of SmashPants
2.14/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: a fantastic solid brown embossed brown 500mL bottle with a stylish label. A nice package.

Appearance: pours a clean light amber in colour with a fluffy off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Limited lacing.

Aroma: an awkward combination of light grains and honey. Just smells like beer with honey poured into it.

Taste: I will admit that I have never met a honey beer that I like, and this seems like more of the same. An okay bitter hop and malt flavour behind, but the honey just doesn't seem to integrate into the other flavours at all.

Aftertaste: fortunately the honey flavour dissipates quickly, leaving only a touch of hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: the mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with a decent level of carbonation.

Overall: euch! I really don't understand honey beers. Most of them just taste like this one - a pretty ordinary beer that tastes like it has had warmed honey poured into it. Pretty awful stuff. At least this ordinary stuff would only be AU$130+ per equivalent case of 24 x 330mL bottles. Seriously, Fullers??

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Photo of opalchemist
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't expected this. The bottle was "only 14°C cold, but ups have learned that warmer temperatures will result into a much improved taste.

The remarkable feature of the beer is, that it is not that remarkable.
It smells mild malty with a floral tone...
The head is nice and white a coarser than I would like it.
The taste is rather mild... Less hoppy, medium maltiness. No "wrong " flavors at all!
The aftertaste is short and clean.

What is remarkable is the "drinkability" of this beer. It has the right strength is inoffensive, is almost refreshing... It just goes down as very few beers before.

I really like it... not as macho-proof but as everyday feel good beer!

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a nice white thin head that stays around with no lacing. Color is a rich gold with some floaties. Aroma is fruity and sweet with apple, pear and white grapes and some grainy malt. Flavor is grainy, fruity and crisp. Not as sweet as nose would suggest but actually quite sharp and balanced, yet no distinct hop character of any kind. Weird. Mouthfeel is fizzy and cider-like. Overall, this is a decent quaff, although it is more like some of my nicer homebrewed blonde honey ales than any sort of EPA.

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Photo of ghisty
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I wrote a very detailed review, but my connection timed out,
and the site didnt post it.
so, in light of that,

gold. very little head. honey gold. nice color.

grainey. honey. a small malt.

smooth. with that typical fuller's drinkability. a bit sweet a bit sharp.
very good.

nothing to speak of, a minor sharp start. levels to almost flat.
very drinkable.

if anything, the bottle promises more than it delivers,
it looks like a craft beer, by a large brewer, I had expected hops,
but there was very little of that, more just base, and flat, slightly
sweet and grainey, overall I'd say its better than any organic ive had.
but that isnt saying a whole lot.
i like a bit of meat of the bones.
so aside from being drinkable.
I wouldnt buy this regularly..
unless its for my vegan wife.
it might be good for a fishing trip..
a bit light and sweet..
reminds me of an adjuct with more grain and honey.

its basically honey nut cheerios.
as a beer.

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Photo of vinicole
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very pale straw. No head.
Sweet English hop aroma.
No honey - more maple syrup. Grassy hops. Lemon biscuit.
Low carbonation. Light and unassuming.
Fuller's can do much better.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear, golden; medium head; effervescent

Aroma: Malty; bready; light honey

Taste: Malty; creamy, but a little thin; very light hops; a little bready and slight honey notes; smooth, but nothing special; good drinkability

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 4/6/14.

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while but there are better beers in the style.

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Photo of FLima
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted it on tap at Fuller’s. Pale yellow color, with a decent but swift head.
Very nice aroma of honey (ps. Need to taste the bottled version to check if loses this character), though initially was not sure if having something similar on taste would be nice. But it did feel great. You can still taste some honey sweetness but at an optimum level and matching perfectly with its malts and hops. Aftertaste is zesty and sweet.
Light body and light carbonation.
Well balanced and packed with refreshing hops. Excellent drinkability, I could be drinking this all day long.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just past the Best By date of 11/2/12. Looking forward to a nice English Ale. Purchased Big Top - and you know what that means. Heh.
Pour fits perfectly into my SN tulip. Attractive yellow gold with full white and very fizzy head. Slightly cloudy.
That sort of flat English ale smell. Soft malt character with hint of sweetness, but also the kinda' vegatal aroma that sometimes can come from honey in beer. A bit of a watery quality to the aroma too.
Soft malt flavors with the most interesting leaving in fairly short order. A slight doughiness to the malt character. Little hints of sweetness up front. Hopping appears middle with flavor and then progresses smoothly into the bitterness. Reasonably dry finish and extends quite long after the party is gone.
Moderately light body with fine and prickly carbonation. Enough heft to give some smoothness.
An English drinking ale for certain. Has an easy drinking quality. I surprised it's 5% as it drinks and feels smaller than that. Richness and fullness of flavors start to open up as it warms. Not a knockout, but I'll never pass something from this brewery.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2012. Brewed with organic ingredients - the label claims that this is the UK's most popular organic beer.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A golden-amber colour with faint haze and medium carbonation. Forms a large head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of light malt, a hint of sweet, earthy honey and some very mild floral notes. Not too much going on.

Tastes of sweet, light malt with a hint of honey. Subtle notes of fruity ale yeast, faint caramel, mild honey and stewed hops. A slight floweriness in the background. Dry and slightly sugary. No bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with nicely judged carbonation. Aftertaste of faint malt/honey.

An OK honey beer, though nothing special. Quite light in aroma and flavour, though the honey comes through. Would probably be alright on a hot day, but frankly there's not enough going on to hold my attention. Worth trying but no need to seek it out.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: crystal clear; purest gold colour; decent, white head

Aroma: sweet, bready malt; floral hints

Taste & Mouthfeel: silky texture and very clear honey flavour that rises up to dominate in the finish - the combination of which fits the name perfectly; medium-light body, ditto for the carbonation; some caramel and creme brulee flavours come to mind; surprisingly, not overly sweet

Overall: another success from Fuller's - flavour is spot on, great mouthfeel - fantastic summer brew

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Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells clearly of fresh honey, slight pale malt, sweet malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of honey, pale malt, sweet malt, and a hint of hops. Overall, this is the first time I've ever discerned the distinct flavor of honey in a beer brewed with honey. That alone, would be enough for me to give this a high rating. Also, good appearance and feel.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes
A - Clear golden, solid head dissipated slowly

S - Light raw honey with grain and adjunct

T - Adjunct and grainy malt, some leafy hops, and a raw honey flavour that has a strange mustiness to it

M - Light with medium carbonation, finishes slightly dry

O - The honey aspect is definitely raw and natural, and although the result tastes a little odd it is easy drinking and worth a try

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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 Antikythera
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle from LCBO, poured into glass, slightly chilled.

A: really clear and honey-coloured. Fizzy head goes away quickly.

S: nice and wheaty; on the other hand there was a touch of some unpleasant proteiny smell.

T: wheaty and a little sweet. There's no honey in it, according to the ingredients. It's honey-themed, I guess? Don't get me wrong, it's nice.

M: a bit fizzy, refreshing.

O: I'd buy more of this if it was made locally, but for the price there are other honey browns and similar that I prefer.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Dec 9 2012. I bought this mostly because of my past experiences with Fuller's - I love their porter, ESB and London Pride, so I figured this one was well worth a chance. Served only slightly chilled.

Pours a clear, pale golden-yellow colour, topped with one finger of frothy, soapy white head. Retention isn't great - it's mostly gone within a minute or so, but it leaves behind a ring of lacing and a thin, even cap. The aroma is clean, subdued, and dominated by grainy malt sweetness, with some grassy, slightly herbal hoppiness rounding it out in the background.

The flavour doesn't stray far from the crisp, fresh themes detected on the nose. The flavour is of grainy pale malts backed by honey sweetness - persistent throughout the sip, but not enough to be cloying. This is largely due to the lovely hop backing - I could be wrong but they do seem a bit noble; their grassy, hay-like presence that lingers into the aftertaste would not at all be out of place in a pilsener. The flavour is a bit straightforward, but I really do love the way this stuff feels on the palate. It's definitely light-bodied, but it has a silky-smooth mouthfeel going down, no doubt thanks to the mild carbonation. This stuff is just absurdly easy to drink.

This is a bit of a strange creature; reminding me more of a pilsener crossed with one of those North American 'honey lagers' than a real EPA. Regardless of the details though, the fact remains that this is tasty stuff, and highly sessionable too.

Final Grade: 3.7, an acceptable B grade. Fuller's Organic Honeydew is probably the best organic beer I've ever tried, but that's really not saying much. In fact, to be a bit blunt I could just as easily have said that it's the weakest brew from Fuller's I have yet tried. That being said, it's still well above average, and it makes for an enjoyable pint. Worth a try I suppose, but in the future I'll probably just stick to London Pride.

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Photo of mick303
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Noticed this appears to be past the BB date. Picked up from LCBO.
Pours quite a large heard of white froth, leave little film but good lacing. Colour is golden yellow, with good carbonation.

Aroma is slightly sweet, good malt backing. Smell is quite crisp and maybe a touch citrus-ey. Very fragrant.

Taste is immediately of carbonation, then develops a really nice grainy and orange flavour. Malt is quite solid and the beer retains quite a refreshing profile. The finish is a bit chewy with toffee, dry, and slightly cloying.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Good amount of malt for this Pale Ale, remains refreshing.

This is quite a good representation, and is both drinkable and flavourful. Could be better on the finish and maybe a couple off notes (probably due to staleness), but worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a white two finger head upon a honey yellow body, not well retained leaving a thin collar with little lace.

Smell is sweet, hint of honey, malt, some noble hops.

Taste follows the nose, not overly sweet and well balanced, very nice.

Mouth light to medium bodied with little carbonation and only slightly bitter, very refreshing, sweet but not cloying, very sessionable.

A decent brew from fullers that is perfect for summer.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The first organic beer we tried was terrible. I am hoping the honey helps this one. We have only had one from Fuller, but there are a ton on the list. I also found it interesting that BeerAdvocate, a site that has ALWAYS had every beer I was looking for, was missing this one. Not sure what the deal was… but it wasn’t there. There is one listed with cranberries, but this one is just honey. Organic honey! I had no idea that was hard to find. I guess another reason I need to visit South Africa.

This beer will go good after a long day in the office. Let’s get started.

In the Glass: It looks like a thin, polished lager. I was confused because on the website (the official Fuller, Smith, & Turner website) they pitch it as a lager when the style is actually a pale ale. Not sure… but it looks like a lager before it looks like a pale. I am a little worried, because the bottle says to enjoy before April 12.

Nose: The beer doesn’t have that big of a nose. I don’t pick up the honey until the very end. This is a beer that you want to drink freezing cold, but I am sure more aroma will come as it heats up. But that is a double edged sword… gain aroma but lose flavor on a beer like this.

Flavor: The flavor is bland, but the sweetness from the honey really stands out. As I drink this beer, I think about how drinkable it really is. There isn’t much in terms of the mouthfeel or the aftertaste… I would compare this to an infused light beer, like a Bud Light Lime. That’s not a bad thing, because the honey stands out.

Mouthfeel: There isn’t much of a mouthfeel here. It is thin, slides across the palate like a light beer, and is gone just like that. There is some subtle dryness toward the end, but that is gone as fast as it gets there. There aren’t as many bubbles as I expected, either.

Aftertaste: There isn’t much of an aftertaste here. What aftertaste there is is calm, with some dry honey notes. I am not sure I could tell the different between organic honey and regular honey… but it makes me feel better drinking an organic beer, I suppose.

This beer is good, but it is not great. I would order it again if the price is right. I would like to have this on tap in a pitcher to share with friends. If this was being served in a restaurant, I hope they throw a little honeycomb on the rim of the glass for garnish. That would be sweet!


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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says best before 2 September 2012.

Appearance: pale golden hue with a light effervescence and clear body. Head is two fingers of frothy white foam. Not bad.

Smell: light aroma with a pleasant breadiness, a touch of honey and a light hop character. Mild but appealing.

Taste: sweet, malty flavor with a light graininess and a nice noble hop character. The honey really sweetens this beer up, and though it's a bit odd I really rather like the effect.

Mouthfeel: light body with a moderate carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: this is an interesting beer. I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so it rather appeals to me. I could see myself drinking quite a few of these in a session.

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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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Organic Honeydew from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
3.5 out of 5 based on 418 ratings.
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