|Posted on February 1, 2011 at 3:38 PM|
I had this beer while I was out at a friend's house, and I didn't have a camera with me at the time, so I jotted down some notes, and the only picture I could find on the net was this:
I know it's very large and not a real picture as far as showcasing the actual glass I had, but it was the only one I could find that showed what the beer actually looked like in a glass... My apologies. This is Michelob Honey Lager from Anheuser-Busch InBev. BeerAdvocate classifies it as an American Amber/Red Lager with 4.9% ABV and recieves a C- overall and an F from the Bros.
So it's a pry-off cap, so I needed a bottle opener. I poured this into a Pilsner glass, which is Michelob's recommended glassware for this particular beer. Poured a light amber color with a thick white foamy head. Also this beer had a very nice head retention.
The beer smelled very pleasant. Right up front there was the smell of sweet pale malts, followed by the smell of honey. A second smell reveled the scent of the bitter hops. To me this beer smelled like a standard, non-adjunct, pale lager with a touch of honey...
Taste was just like the smell really. You immediately taste the sweetness of the pale malts and the honey with a slightly bitter finish from the hops. This is a very sweet beer, but the sweetness balances very well with the bitterness from the hops and isn't a nasty sweetness, but rather a easy drinking, smooth sweetness. The taste to me seemed just like the smell; a standard, non-adjunct pale lager with honey added.
Overall to me this is simply an okay beer. I found it very refreshing, especially if it were a hot summer day and I had just finished mowing the lawn and was all hot and sweaty and you handed me a nice, cold, six-pack of this, I might down 3 or 4 of them before I even said thank you... it's that kind of beer. Very well balanced as far as sweet to bitter, but ultimately, this isn't a beer I would probably go out and buy. I won't say that if I'm at a friends house and they have some, that I wouldn't crack one open and drink it, but I don't think this is a beer I would ultimately purchase for myself.
I rate this beer overall GLASS HALF EMPTY. It isn't terrible, and it's definitely worth a try sometime if you ever get the urge, but it's just not something that I think the average craft-beer or mainstream-beer consumer would buy. It is definitely a niche' beer that will have a small following and that's about it.