Review: Barenjager Honey Liqueur

Review: Barenjager Honey Liqueur


The interest in American Honey liqueur on this site has been a bit shocking to me, but it’s hardly the first honey-flavored liqueur to hit the market. One of the oldest, Bärenjäger, is experiencing a bit of a renaissance now — so what better time than now to explore the charms of this liqueur?

You know how Winnie the Pooh likes honey? Well that’s no joke. Hunters used to use an aromatic honey beverage to attract bears, and that’s the idea from which Bärenjäger (“bear hunter”) draws its name. Bärenjäger is made in Germany; the honey it uses comes from Mexico.

Bärenjäger, which dates back to the 1400s, has an intense, serious honey aroma. Orange blossom-like in character, and just like something you’d put on your toast in the morning. The flavor is even more intense. It starts off soft and simple, but very rapidly generates a powerful sweetness, again with that light orange kick.

There are certainly other ingredients here, but they pale in the face of that sweet honey character. There’s a hint of woodsiness, and vague herbal aromatics, but none of them resonate. This is a pure, unabashed honey liqueur. Of course the beehive that serves as the lid probably tipped you off.

70 proof.


Bärenjäger Honey Liqueur




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. J. Lindsey on August 20, 2009 at 6:13 am

    Love this stuff. First saw it at my local Friday’s when the bottle caught my eye. It frequently gets confused with Jagermeister when you try to order a shot.
    Drop a couple ounces of barenjager in some chilled vodka for a honey martini that’ll knock your socks off.

  2. John O. Roy on December 25, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    I love this stuff. My wife and I keep a bottle in the freezer and take a shot when ever we have a “cold.” The stuff gets thick and coats your throat.

  3. timmy on January 8, 2010 at 4:34 am

    try this if you like iced tea…

    Bee Tea
    1 part Bärenjäger
    2 parts fresh brewed cold tea
    lemon wedge for garnish
    served on Ice

  4. Sean on July 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    We first tried it in Washington at a friends. We now live in Germany and not only is it easy to find, it’s substantialy cheaper. This drink is the best!

  5. Jake on February 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    This is what I found to be best in terms of adding honey to your bar. Clean, sweet – yet with it´s own punch when used in shots.

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