If you like your beer light with a bit of sweetness, our Honey Beer Ale is one you’ll want to make at home. Easy to brew and even easier to drink, it’s a favorite with light beer drinkers. One of our customer favorites, it is fresh and crisp with a slightly sweet honey taste. A lot of our customers brew this one over and over again with its no-fuss recipe. This honey-flavored beer is a great go-to beer for all occasions.
- Gold color with creamy head
- Fresh, crisp and easy to drink with a mild honey flavoring
- Light-bodied beer
- Brewing ingredients include: 3.15 lbs. Gold malt extract, 3 lbs. Minnesota clover honey, 8 oz. Carapils®, 1 oz. Tettnang, 1 oz. Vanguard pellet hops, yeast, priming sugar and a grain bag
- Gold color with creamy head
- Details & Instructions
4.9 / 5.0150 ReviewsCould just be my house beerThis was my second kit from MWS, and I couldn't be more pleased. Added the included honey at the 30 minute mark, and an additional pound of unfiltered wildflower honey at flameout. I am by no means a hop-head, so I halved the bittering hops and followed instructions for the aroma addition. This beer is absolutely frigging amazing! Fresh crisp taste, slightly sweet, a clean finish with no after-taste! ABV came out to slightly over 8 percent, but there is no alcohol taste at all (makes it a little dangerous). Family and friends love this beer! A friend who has been homebrewing for 10+ years said it was one of the best home brewed beers he's ever had. Doesn't get any better than that! Bottom line: Buy this beer, brew this beer, do it today! Excellent job Midwest. Prost!April 16, 2013Pretty dern goodI'm not much a fan of light beers all in all, but when I find a good one, it is especially refreshing. That is the case with the honey bee ale. Very accessible for my friends and family that can't handle darker (better) beers, and one I enjoyed as well. I will definitely be brewing this one again in the near future.June 4, 2012mmmMMMMmmm!* I am a beginner level brewer. Plastic Bucket Fermentor, No bottling, just kegging._x000D__x000D_I added an additional pound of Light DME to the wort at boil start, and added the honey with 15 min left of 60 min boil. Followed directions for Hops. 2 weeks in Fermentor and 1 week Carbonating and chilling in a Carney Keg. I'm surprised at how good it is already one week out of fermentor. I added the priming sugar to the wort too (I dont bottle). The bitterness level is perfect for me, no cidery flavors, a bit of pleasurable sweetness, and good head retention. My ABV is just under 7%. I cant think of anything on the Grocer shelf that I'd rather drink right now. My wife says it's her favorite so far. I already have another HoneyBee kit coming in the mail. Cheers!April 21, 2013Love that Honey-bee AleThis was my first attempt at brewing beer. The Kit came with everything needed.The instructions that came with the kit was clear and eay to understand. Not knowing what to expect, i was pleasently supprised on how tasty the beer turned out. I enjoyed that beer and would brew again.April 22, 2013My FavoriteI chose what I brew by the ratings. I've haven't been swayed wrong yet. I am a new brewer, only 8 kits so far. This was my favorite, I love the honey flavor! The insructions said 10 th 30 minutes in the boil with the honey, I split the dif and did 20. I was very pleased with the sweetness, and honey flavor.May 9, 2013Nice kitOne of my first extract kits. _x000D__x000D_Positives-_x000D_1. Price- great price considering how much 3 lbs of honey costs. _x000D_2. Clarity- honey cuts down on the haze. _x000D_3. Big hit with the light beer crowd, not a ton of hop bite. _x000D__x000D_Negatives-_x000D_1. Some people just aren't fans of honey, fermented or not. _x000D_2. Dry yeast included is 6 grams of Muntons. Turns out I'm not fan of this yeast for this kit or others. Slow start, low sedimentation. Next time I'll go for the US05 or 1056.November 5, 2012Nice flavor... eventuallyI made this batch and did two weeks in the primary and two weeks in bottles and started opening them. The first reaction I had was "This tastes like Bud" but it was drinkable so oh well. _x000D__x000D_I ended up "loosing" a 12 pack under my desk for two'ish months. When I opened one of the bottles from that 12 pack it was a whole different beer. The flavors really came through and it was fantastic. I may try this one again and let it bottle condition for a few months instead of a few weeks and see what I get.June 24, 2013Great light bodied beerI found that following the recipe directly resulted in a rather "bland" tasting beer in the end. Don't get me wrong, it was still delicious, but I tend to want a beer with a very obvious flavor profile. I found a very nice few touches to really make this beer "pop". First off, I don't add the honey till after the boil was complete and the wort is chilled an ready to add to the primary. This brings out a lot more of the honey flavors, while leaving fermentation unaffected. Then, after a week in the primary I dry-hopped with 1 oz pellet cascade hops. This added and amazing floral nose and an extremely subtle floral spicyness to the aftertaste, as I found the hop charactor in the original recipe to be too subdued. This is a very good starter brew kit. Any changes in the ingredients are very noticeable in the finished product. I encourage everyone to use this kit to do some experimenting with different hops, yeasts, and spices.May 16, 2012It's worth the wait!I can't say enough good things about this recipe. It takes at least two months of patience before you enjoy this brew - but the wait is well worth it! Just a hint of honey in a very smooth ale._x000D_I will buy this several times over (I bought the other honey recipe - this one is much better).February 10, 2015Great BeerJust moved to secondary, after 10 days in primary, the beer has a great taste, with a good finish of hops. I will keg this for a party but am definitely brewing this again. Currently around 6% ABV.May 22, 2012
- Customer Q&A
Browse 4 questions Browse 4 questions and 18 answersAbout: Honey Bee Ale Extract Beer Kit
not very sweet
I just finished my first fermenting of this beer, I was curious about what it taste like so i tried it and i was surprised that it wasn't very sweet, is that normal?BEST ANSWER: I think anyone who brews this beer for the first time would first expect a "sweet" honey taste, but the beauty is when you realize the dryness in the finished product is from the aggressive yeast attenuation of the sugars in the honey. I found the alcohol in this beer to be extremely uplifting. A unique quality discovered when brewing with honey!what steeping grains did you use?BEST ANSWER: The ones that came with the kit I bought: "Maillard Malts Fieldstone Specialty Grains 8oz". They're pretty mild as they should be for this Ale.What wet yeast do you recommend?BEST ANSWER: I found that with the added suger from all the honey that fermentation is really not a concern and dry yeast works just fine. Of course I always hydrate my yeast before pitching it anyways.Just racked to my secondary today after 2 weeks. Checked my gravity is at 1.002. Did I do something wrong ? Still have some bubbling in my carboy. Should I still leave in secondary for five weeks.BEST ANSWER: Your starting gravity should have been between 1.055 and 1.060. After 2 weeks it is probably finished fermenting especially with the gravity where it is. I usually rack to my secondary with this kit after 6 days and then let it age for a few more weeks. So no I don't think that you did anything wrong. You can let it age in the secondary for a bit longer if you are worried but I don't think that the gravity is going to budge much from there. Enjoy!!