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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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464 Ratings

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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 02-25-2005)
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Photo of beachbum1975
2.35/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I had a hard time finding the motivation to write a review about this one... I just couldn't find anything worth mentioning.

A: Pours a nice, clear yellowish orange. Average white ½ in head with it's share on some nice light lacing on the walls of my traditional pint glass.

S: Lightly toasted malts, nothing beyond that.

T/M: Was this the last beer I had from Dundee, the India Pale Ale? Light bodied, light flavored and watery. All I detected was some light malts, a slight green apple presence, light butter and water. Highly carbonated with no discernable aftertaste.

Overall, this should have been called "Pale Bock Blaah", not impressed. No thanks. Boring, even for it's style. I liked the label on the bottle more than the beer itself.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the relatively inexpensive ($9.99) 12-pack sampler. I had tried the Honey Brown, but that's the only Dundee (or J.W. Dundees) product I knew. This one looked a lot like the Pale Ale in the glass (clear amber) with a nice head of foam that disappeared quickly but left a nice bit of lacing. Almost imperceptible malt in the nose and somewhat more in the taste. An odd bitterness (hops?) was the only other flavor. Not quite as drinkable as I had hoped. Little carbonation with a tiny bit of alcohol in the aftertaste.

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

Poured a golden brown into a goblet with a nice 1.5 finger head, receded to a cap which lingered for the duration of the drink leaving scant lacing. Aroma is malt, caramel, with a bit of hops. Mouthfeel is good with a little heaviness, great carbonation which balances well. Taste is like the nose, with a bunch of malt, caramel, and a slightly bitter hop finish. Drinkability is high due to the relatively low ABV and the good balance of taste. I could see myself picking up a sixer sometime if the price is right.

Photo of drxandy
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to flare pint, pours a nice honey golden amber shade, cream colored head fades to nice lacing, good carbonation bubbles

smells of grains and slight skunky hops, smells to style quite nicely

taste is sharp and biting, hop presence pops out at the end, not as malty is what the label indicates, but the malts used compliment the maibock side nicely - high carbonation brings out the spiciness, not bad!

mouthfeel is light and spicy, slight bitterness, quite drinkable indeed - another nice offering from highfalls' dundee.

Photo of mothman
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz brown bottle, with no freshness date, into a pilsner glass. Head is decent with amazing lacing. Color is a straw orange.

Smell is of carmel and malts. Taste is that same malty carmel with a floral citrus taste. Not to bad actually. Carbonation wasn't the best.

This was an interesting flavor and I really enjoyed the smell. So far it is one of the better beers out of the mix pack.

Photo of JMBSH
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden in color. After getting between two and three fingers of head, it then settled to a light coating on the surface. A fair amount of bubbles rise to the surface. Almost no lace is left on the sides as I drank the beer.

S - Sweet, malty scent. Hint of citrus but it is barely noticed.

T - Slightly sweet up front. Very little bitterness detected. Can't detect any noticible alcohol.

M - Clean and light. No aftertaste at all.

D - You could have more then one due to its light nature and low hoppiness. But it feels like a lot of other mass produced beers. One is enough for me period.

Photo of hops4me
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was suprisingly decent. Deep gold in with a big fizzy white head. Smell some sweet grain and floral and spicy hops. Not alot of hops but some there. Taste isn't as malty as I thought. Bread/grain flavor with some slight toasted malt. Some residual sweetness hangs on the tongue. Mouthfeel was light to medium with good drinkability. I like this one as well as all the others in the mixed 12. Solid beers for a very reasonable price.

Photo of oriolesfan4
1.83/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bought a mixed 12 pack of Dundee's ($8.99/12).

There has to be one bad beer in a sampler pack right? I tried this 4 times and was only able to drink the entire beer once. I don't have many drain pours but this is one of them. Just way too strong of an alcohol taste and the beer is just not smooth at all. Way too many astringent tastes going on. Really, not a good beer at all.

Photo of Seanibus
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the best of a poor bunch of beers from High Falls under the Dundee label.

Pours an Orange golden, with fluffy head and lots of carbonation, giving off a light malty aroma. It has a pleasant malty taste with slight hop bitterness and hints of Lemon, a sourdough breadiness. The mouthfeel is strangely grainy, with a sting of carbonation and a little spiciness clinging to the tongue.

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

The pour reveals a clear cpper wth straw highlights and a nice column of bubbles risin to the top of the brew. The hed is about one fingers width, but recedes to an island of foam. Crystal sweet white breads hit the nostrils with some faint, spicey hops to boot. lavors of mild toasted malts meld with syrupy fruit juices in this pale malt blast of a bock. Some autumn like spces also make themselves known in the palate of this beer. The palate is a bit syrupy with the concentrated malt flavors and pumkin pie spices. Just a touch too much for a regular drinking bock.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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 GilGarp
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a full inch of white head. Respectable lacing on the way down.

Smell: Sweetish pale malt aroma with a scent of floral hops.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a cereal sweetness. Floral, lightly spicy hop character with a brief, discreet level of bitterness, leaving the beer to finish as sweetish as it started.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, it's okay, though it lacks the depth of character to continue my interest beyond the single 12 oz. bottle.

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 williamherbert
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a thin layer of watery head atop a clear medium-orange. Initial swath of lace. Like a darkish pale ale.

First whiff of pale malt; tangy. Some dark toasted, nutty malt. Good balance of dry malt and slightly nutty caramel malt. Hop presence is negligible.

Spicy, tangy pale malt taste at first, then a deep roasted caramel and molasses. Hint of raisin and dark chocolate. Full of dark flavors that keep coming as it warms. Solid, for sure.

The feel is thick but also smooth. A bit prickly at the swallow. Not bad at all. Overall, it's a nice, substantial but darkly drinkable brew.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slight cooked vegetable aroma, powdery and dry-smelling. Hits of spice like cinnamon, and hops, slight fruit aroma.

Apricot color with copper depths, good clarity, small foam of a head.

Some of the cooked vegetable shows up, but not so much. Slightly malty with toasty dryness. Mild fruit like apple and tangerine. Creamy with soft, spiky carbonation. Growing bitterness adds dimension to the grain-driven palate. Unusual chlorine-like aftertaste.

One of the better Dundee offerings. Still, nothing to write home about.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Long Trail pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish amber color with somewhat clouded brown highlights to it. There's a thin cap of tan foam which reduces to a fine, sticky lace.

S: Sweet and slightly bitter with a touch of ripened fruit. There's a mustiness of over-processed grain and sugar here though, which spoils the uniqueness a bit.

T: Taste is a little sweet and sugary at first, with some caramel and toffee malt flavors mixed with a little dark sugar. Then, a slight taste of hops tries to push through, before cloying and washing down a little bitter. It tried, at least.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky.

D: At a shade over 6% ABV, one wouldn't want to session this maibock, nor would they with many other great bock options available year-round. Worth a try, but then move it out.

If you were hard pressed for a bock and this was all that was available, you could do a lot worse (re: Michelob Amber Bock). But still, Dundee needs to take a good look at what it's trying to do with these scrutinized styles. I know the beer runs cheaper, but it doesn't have to be so obvious why in the taste.

Photo of kinger
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best offering from JW Dundee's yet, although that doesn't mean it's great. Little aroma, but I was able to detect some solid maltiness. Pour is a light to medium copper color with an impressive white head and good lacing. Full mouthfeel bordering on the creamy side, nice clean finsih with an alcohol kick. Flavor is solid, has that strong malt content that a bock should clearly have, this one is more on the calmer blander side for this style but it is enjoyable. The alcohol kick is there in the taste as well which I have always liked in a brew, decent beer to knock back a couple quick ones on. Overall enjoyable but still not impressive from a mediocre brewery.

Photo of almychristopher
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a decent golden color, deffinitely something with some carmelization in the color... but the head dissapears a bit too quickly. the aroma doesn't have a lot going on but a little roasted malt's deffinitely there. much the same with the taste, it's got a nice bit of malt and not a lot else. a bit more than medium in body, but still pretty drinkable.

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

Poured into pint glass

A: Deeper golden coloring, very little head. Middling carbonation. Average looking beer.

S: Not much on the nose, some grassy tones.

T & M: A little maltiness in the beer. I had the Dead Guy Ale right before this one and this beer was definitely thinner in taste in mouthfeel. Not objectionable, very average.

D: Again, about as average as a beer can get. Wouldn't be opposed to drinking again but won't seek out. I have been pretty disappointed by the Dundee brews.

Photo of Rayek
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had as part of a Dundee sampler pack.

A: Rich gold color with active, large bubbled carbonation. Nice big rocky head has good retention and leaves rings of lace.

S: Sweet overall, with caramel, cloves, pepper and a strong grass presence.

T: Somewhat subdued for this style. Toffee sweetness plus a mild alcohol bite. Clove and pepper bitterness builds into the finish. Ends with a lingering pepper bitterness that is somewhat marred by additional metallic flavors.

M: Medium body is slightly syrupy. Carbonation level is too high.

D: Like with other Dundee beers I've had, I'm torn. A nice beer in and of itself. But not that great an example of the style.

Photo of orangemoustache
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dull gold with a three finger tall head that disipates rapidly leaving some spotty lace as it drops.The smell is slightly sweet with a bit of a staleness on the backside.The taste are pretty average for the style,bready and lightly roasted malts upfront followed closly by some spicy/herbal flavors,nice bit of solid hops do this one a lot of good.Smoothe drinking,medium body,drying finish.Nice brew from Dundees,not somthing to pass up if offered,not one to seek out either.

Photo of Gmann
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey color with an average white head that dissipated into a sparse cap. The smell is doughy with a slight spiciness to it, some honey as well. The taste starts off with a honey bready malt, very slight hints on Munich malt which is followed by a metallic and stale grass hop. The feel is light with fizzy carbonation, finishes neutral between the sweet malt and bitter hop. Definitely an easy drinker. Doesn't really stand up with the other Maibocks out there but its still solid.

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden-yellow color with copper hues at the top. It had a 3-finger, foamy, soapy, off-white head that left some lace.

S - It smelled of malt and grasses.

T - It tasted very malty and sweet. Also, some noticeable grain flavors and a slight hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp and fairly smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good maibock. A solid offering from JW Dundee's

Photo of dacrza1
2.53/5  rDev -26%
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.

Dundee Pale Bock Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.