By Kevin Burns, Beer Columnist

Dundee_honey_brown Genesee Brewing Company is a regional favorite in Rochester. In addition to the traditional Genesee line of beers, the brewery produces the Dundee Ales & Lagers line which, includes an IPA, porter, brand new seasonal Irish Red Ale, and the Honey Brown Lager.

Dundee Honey Brown was first introduced in 1994 and quickly became a regional favorite. In the late 1990s the brewery started to tinker with the beer. The recipe remained the same, but the packaging, was changed, the price went up and it was pushed as more of a "craft beer".

When sales plunged, Genesee decided to revert back to the old packaging and throw its marketing support behind the classic beer. The beer is made with water, barley malt, hops and pure Manitoba White Clover honey.

Dundee Honey Brown poured a clear, dark yellow color with a finger width of white head. The aroma is slightly malty with a noticeable sweetness.

The body is smooth and thicker for a lager. There is a malt base with a sweetness before the beer finishes with a light dryness.

Overall, this is an interesting beer from Genesee, yet ultimatly just average at best. It is easy drinking, but the honey is a little overwhelming and the finish is lacking.

This is a truly unique beer to pair with food. The honey allows for some diversity and the malt backbone would pair well with some light meat. Any number of chicken dishes would be an ideal dinner for me to enjoy while drinking Honey Brown.

Producer: Genesee Brewing Company
ABV: 4.5%
Price: $2.00 (12 oz. Bottle)
Rating:  (2 out of 5 | Average)