Dundee Pale Bock Lager - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Dundee Pale Bock LagerDundee Pale Bock Lager

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472 Ratings

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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John on 02-25-2005

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Reviews by chicagoabbot:
Photo of chicagoabbot
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle as part of a Dundee sampler 12 pack...decent light brown color. Fairly well balanced to the hop tilt in the nose...good for the style. Taste is respectable, clean, light but malty. Could improve on the yeast character, which is very light. I've noticed in general about Dundee's German style beers that they are clean and drinkable but don't have much delicious yeast funk. Mouthfeel is clean. Overall decent and the 12 pack was only $10, so it was very reasonable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

We personally think the Maibock does not get enough respect and also not enough play from American brewers. What's not to like from a muscular and hoppy lager?

Very heady from a sturdy pour down the side of the glass, stellar head retention as the lacing leaves a thick trail of rings down the glass. Clear, dull amber color. Snappy biscuit, almost cracker-like maltiness and a pleasantly spicy hop in the very clear aroma. Smooth and slick medium to full body holds on to a minimal amount of crispness. Maltiness flexes with biscuit and toasted bread overtones, which, for the most part, are on the dry side. A touch of warmth from the clean alcohol. Ghost-like cooked corn and sulphur, which is very lager-like, lie far beneath the malt and hops. Hop bitterness comes in broadly, balancing the beer right away and in its wake leaving a spicy herbal character that lasts long into the dry finish.

Nothing complex, nothing for the über beer snobs, but this is one damn good Maibock. This could easily be a mainstay on our beer fridge year-round.

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured clear medium golden with a nice forming one finger white head but it seemed to leave as quick as it came leaving no lace behind,aromas are buttery and somewhat toasted with lighter cooked veggie elemant as well.Quite buttery tasting up front with some caramel intertwined in there I noticed a mineral-like quality more as it warmed a little hops come thru late in herbal.spiciness.Hey $4.99 a sixer and pretty quaffable if a little lighter in flavor and body, I am gonna offer to my German father in law and see what he thinks.

Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This HB was a glowing orange in color and not quite as clear as one would expect. The head was nice but a bit modest.

Smell – The traditional bockish toasty malt is here, but it is very faint. The grain has a nice lagered aroma, and the sense of alcohol is right on for the style.

Taste – The lagered grain flavor comes out nicely, which is quite an accomplishment in itself from an American brewery. The alcohol is here and quite noticeable as well.

Mouthfeel – This is in between light and medium-bodied with a bit of stingy booze.

Drinkability – This went down well and was appreciated by some of the non-beer drinkers attending skyhand’s Broken Fridge party.

Photo of generallee
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a nice golden amber color with good clarity. The head is white in color, big, and fluffy. It quickly fades to just a thin covering of bubbles. As I drink a small amount of lace is left behind on the glass.

Smell: It has a simple clean aroma of sweet bready malts.

Taste/Mouth feel: There is a light caramel sweetness to the malt with a thin earthy hop flavor throughout. It finishes cleanly with some mild hop bitterness. The body is light to medium with just enough carbonation for balance.

Notes: Over all I would say that it is an average beer that is easy to drink with a simple clean flavor.

Photo of nem2006
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured clear and brown with medium carbonation visible. There was a medium head and good lacing left on the side of the glass.

The smell had some sweetness from the malts, but you could still catch the hop hint.

Surprisingly, there was much less sweetness than I thought there would be after smelling it. There was a strong bitter finish, but pleasantly not too strong. The malts definitely take a back seat in this one.

If you were looking at the title of the beer it is definitely more 'pale' than 'bock'. But it works well together.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is very fruity. I also get a lot of wheat and bubblegum notes in the aroma. The flavor is grapes, fruit and caramel malt. Not bad overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better Dundee beers I have tried.

Photo of dogfishandi
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear golden almost copper color with a big fizzy head that faded to a thin layer pretty quick. a tiny bit of lacing and some pretty weak retention.

a strange kind of offensive aroma. its a combination of grainy malt, sweet malt, skunkiness, and metallic aromas.

the taste really isnt much better. theres some grainy, pilsner like malts maybe a touch on the sweet side. and again the metallic flavors. maybe a slight touch of hop bitterness towards the finish.

over carbonated, light body, too fizzy and bubbly like all the dundee beers.

this one is one of my least favorite out of the variety 12 pack. i never was really a fan of bock beers to begin with, there are a couple good ones i enjoy, but this is far from one of them. its just too bland. its easy to drink and session, but i wouldnt want to. nor would i ever really want to drink this again. avoid it, avoid dundee all together.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best part about this brew would have to be the price factor. You can get it for abou 5.99 to 6.99 a six. That and the fact that it is a decent helles bock. Pours bright straw colored golden with bright white creamy textured head, leaves behind specks of scattered lacing on the sides of my glass. Aroma has a touch of citrus and some fruity phenols mostly a bit of green apple, with other cereal notes peeking through. Grassy herbal hops in the background pretty muted. Flavor a sweet honey coated biscuit malt profile with some rough graininess and harsh metallic notes. There's a rounded touch of green apple tartness flowing with some of those herbal hops I mentioned. Mouthfeel is medium bodied especially for a lager, carbonation was inoffensive nothing big to report here. Definitely more balanced nothing cloyingly sweet, overall impression is that it's a decent regional brewed bock bier that I have no plans of drinking regularly. I remember enjoying this more when I bought a sampler of the Dundee with the new labels.

Photo of chinchill
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz undated bottle poured a golden-amber. Small white head has decent retention.

The aroma [2.75] is a mix of sweet malt, spicy hops and, unfortunately, a whiff of wet dog.
The slightly boosted ABV is all too obvious in the flavor. Both the flavor and the aroma improved with some warming.

O: an average quality lager, albeit with more flavor and alcohol.

Photo of pwoods
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz from a variety pack. Served at about 40 into a pils glass. No dating/labeling.

A: Very pretty amber pour. Maybe 1 finger of head with little to no retention. No lacing.

S: Smells like an average lager. Sweet malts. Raisins? Pretty weak smelling.

T/M: Nice balance between grains and swet malts. I was afraid this would be too sweet because of the smell(and past experiences with this company). Hops come through at the end nicely. Pretty light body even for a lager and carbonation is pretty high.

D: Very easy to drink and sessionable. For $8/12pack, this is without a doubt worth a shot. Especially if your thirsty.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden over ripe wheat color and crystal clear with an off white head. The head doesn't stick around but fades to an island of bubbles that floats about the beer surface.

Smell is mild, slightly caramel and of light grains but very faint.

Taste is heavy on the malts with a caramel backbone. The finish is slightly bitter with a warm spice sensation on the tongue but not in taste. Very nice.

A clean carbonation cuts the heavy malt flavor and lightens the overall body of the beer. Nice combination to make a completely enjoyable beer drinking experience. Very worth a try.

Photo of wmtxbb
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear brownish amber with a finger sized head that disappears into nothingness. A good bock should have a good sized off white head that lasts.

Smell: Grain-like malt smell that has the typical crisp lager scent.

Taste: Heavy malts and honey followed by the crisp citrus-like lager flavor. The malts seem to be be maybe amber and caramel. Like most beers I've had from Genesee this beer is simple. Sometimes that works. Personally I prefer a little more complexity from my beer, but a bock should be smooth and simple so I cannot dock this beer because of that.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Refreshing like most lagers and sweet.

Photo of dacrza1
2.54/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden body with soft bubbles and a white, pillowy, extra-creamy two-finger head in a pokel--uneven tracings... thin, metallic hints of malt; crisp and a bit buttery... thin going in, but a bit of an annoyance on the throat... creamy and weak-bodied... somewhat malty--more pilsner than bock?--but the taste boldens late... stronger, but still basically a light lager with some sweetness...pleasant and rather nondescript--giving this beer the benefit, it may just be a misnomer (can't imagine this holding up to an actual bock), and without expectations, it is drinkable.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dundee- Bock

A- Slight cloudy copper brown with a big foamy head. Nice lacing.
S- Malty and earthy with hints of caramel.
T- Earthy licorice malt, slight touch of chocolate and carmalized malts. Touch of alc. present.
M- Sweet and a tad boozy (rubbing alc.)Sweet warming finish.

Overall- Mild and light on flavor. Alc. is very present for a %6?! A decent offering.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"big and malty lager"

AP: Pours out a burnt orange color with hazy yellowish hues and a few big bubbles struggle to the top to create a foamy and lacy, all-white head that dissipates slowly to a constant white lace-like cover.

nose: This one has a strange herbal-sweet malty scent that seems to include cloves, brown sugar and some spices from the hops and a tangy sweetness from the yeast.

flavor: This is a rich, herbalized malt dominated sweetness that hits the tastebud's pretty hard and is somewhat balanced by a zesty, peppery hop and yeastieness that gets mellowed by a wheat and grains effect that does a decent job mellowing out the big and strangely sweet malt.

Feel: Medium bodied, crisp but very hefty feeling with a dry, clean bite.

DA: This one is going down pretty easy on this 95 degree day (6/27/07) but the sickly-sweet malt proves to be too big for another.

Photo of BrewMaven
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of a 12 pack I got to keep me entertained until Christmas.

Pours a nice rich amber and produces a massive two inch head of tan foam. Not bad!

Aroma of grainy (soapy?) malt and not much else I could pick up on.

Taste was similar to some Euro "Mocne" beers. Smooth mellow maltiness with a easy going finish where a slight hint of alcohol appeared.

Medium viscosity and lightly carbonated.

Never had a pale bock before so I can't draw comparisons to anything there but it's a fairly drinkable, basic lager that I'd gladly choose over more common read "macro" brews.

Photo of GilGarp
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass with good head but it doesn't last. Redish golden in color with great clarity. A little bit of lacing is left behind.

Aroma is malty and sweet, somewhat fruity, maybe some cherries in there.

Taste is also sweet and malty almost like a weak watered-down barleywine. I haven't had other beers in this category that I can remember so I can't say if it's true to the style.

Mouthfeel is smooth, good level of carbonation, medium body. Drinkability would be better if it wasn't so sweet.

Photo of harkjohnny
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Oddly, the first thing I smelled as I poured this out is banana?! Taking a whiff I get toasted grain, some malty melanoidins that are relatively strong. As it warmed a spicy hop aroma showed up.

Color is light amber and is exceptionally clear with a large creamy looking persistent head, rather spot on for style in this department.

Flavor is rich malts that are at first toasty and bready, but it comes with a harshness and astringency in the middle accompanied by spicy hops and some alcohol. Some light DMS and diacetyl slickness show up as well. Moderate bitterness is very spicy and peppery. Semi-dry finish.

Body is med to med-strong with high carbonation and some bite from this as well. Does move toward astringent here too. Warming alcohols present.

Has the guts to be a maibock but misses the mark on several points with it's flaws.

Photo of psujesus
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bought from the Dundee craft pack at a local Wegmans

smells nice and malty, poured into a pint glass, leaves a thick foam when poured, pours an orangish color, very rich in a malty flavor, has a sweet taste to it as well

Id have to say it an all around good beer

Photo of pmcadamis
2.21/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear, honey-gold with a thin white foamy cap that actually shows decent retention, but looks pretty dull. Not a very interesting brew to look at.

S - Very hard to smell this one...a bit of honey and a little bit of sweet cereal like mybe Cheerios. This is a very challenged aroma. I really can't smell much at all.

T - That hint of Cheerios in the nose was spot on....I taste that cereal too. Pale malt with a touch of honey and a very light dose of hops.

M - This is thicker in feel than it is in flavor. It's syrupy sweet and thick. Quite a bit of carbonation is present, and the finish is neutral with a lingering sugary coating. Not very appetizing.

D - Not an altogether bad beer, but I'd pass this by in a heartbeat for something a little better. This isn't very "too style" either. This is so sweet and thick that it's really almost a drain pour. I hate to be so critical, but I really don't like this at all.

Photo of mempath
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

just drank it but forgot to take notes. all around, well above average. bock is a favorite for me (aside from hopbombs) so this was no exception. crisp golden color, nice malty nose, taste stays consistent with everything else. actually tastes better after about 5 minutes of warming up (on this cool october day....i'd keep it cold in warmer times)...good carbonation. definitely a session drinker as most of this variety 12-pack delivers. except for the honey brown...

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was quite surprised at how much body and flavor the Dundee Pale Bock Lager has. I guess I've just run across too many regional breweries that use the term bock, and then deliver a thin ghost of the style. On the other hand, there is a bit of tradition to that... breweries would often add coloring to their regular lagers in spring and call them bocks. This, however, is nothing like that. It's got a deep amber-orange color at about 12 SRM, and a fairly long-lasting creamy cap off off-white. The nose is caramelish, grainy and bready with a thread of spicy and floral hops in the background. The mouth feel is a dextrinous medium-full, and its moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation leaves it smooth across the palate. The flavor is again, caramelish, grainy, bready, and gently toasty. A stiff bitterness runs through it, appearing at the middle, and balancing it into and through the drying finish. Herbal and spicy hops appear at the swallow, and then help to dry it in the long lingering finish. A very nice example of the helles style. Well-brewed and balanced towards drinkability. Worth trying!

2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz to pint glass

A: A light golden body. Thin white head, minimal to no retention. No lacing.

S: The aroma of an adjunct lager, oily.

T: Light bodied. Pale taste. With a slight malt and hop balance. Low carbonation.

M: Clean and crisp. A nice and non-filling beer. Short lingering taste on the palate.

D: A nice and easy drinking beer, but the flavors do not call back for more.

Photo of Ezone024
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours straw colored with hint of transparent amber, thin aromatic head that leaves aroma's of bready malts and a metallic german tinge.

taste is grassy at 1st then followed by a full biscuit flavor, seems like a metallic german lager with a good mix of pale malts.

Mouthfeel is average a little sweet aftertaste, thats about it.
drinks really good for over 6%. put a 6'er of these bad boys back real easy and catch a buzz quick.

impressed for a dundee brew others besides the flagship honey brown have failed to get my jollies off

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Dundee Pale Bock Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.