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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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455 Ratings

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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | 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 scruffwhor
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

scruffwhor, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

jbphoto88, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

GilGarp, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of nem2006
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

nem2006, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

williamherbert, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

MrHungryMonkey, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

Gambrinus1184, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

kinger, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of almychristopher
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

almychristopher, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of elniko
3/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

elniko, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

Rayek, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

orangemoustache, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Gmann
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

Gmann, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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

zeff80, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of dacrza1
2.53/5  rDev -26%

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.

dacrza1, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of Squelch
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%

Appearance: Pours golden with a fleeting off white head

Smell: Smells of caramel maltiness

Taste: malty with a slight hop bitterness backbone.

Mouthfeel: Feels heavy to me with a lingering stickyness

Drinkability: best of their offering. Decent beer

Squelch, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of generallee
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

generallee, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%

Just a hair darker than a macro lager. Big foamy head that hangs out for a bit. Leaves better than expected lacing.

Smells grainy with what I can only call "a quasi-euro smell," not quite skunked, but not quite not skunked (follow that?).

Tastes like fairly bland malt and a very grassy/earthy hop bitterness that carries through from start to finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but not too offensive.

Feels a little creamy; medium body.

Overall it's drinkable, but nothing to write home about.

Hoagie1973, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of happygnome
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

a: pours a dark amber golden color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving no lacing
s: grainy malty sweet caramely very nice hints of citrus and grassy hops
t: caramel sweetness with some citrus and grassy hop bitterness
m: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, i enjoyed this brew

happygnome, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of Clockwork420
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%

After many months and months, even years of me begging my father to get proper glassware to do his beer and wine drinking he took my advice. AND USED ALL MY GLASSES!!!

So I use a little cartoon-y glass that is vintage and says love is... ...making marriage last 75 years and has a pic of two naked cartoon people. Creepy really...

Anyways, got this beer from a Shop and Save, St Charles MO. For $5.00 and some change I got a sixer of bottles. Now I have tried JW's other line of porters I think and didnt like it so much. But for the money hands down, this stuff takes bud light and kicks it in its groinular parts.

A- Darker gold color. Slightly amber. Its purty. Granted I dont know much about bocks. But I like this.

S- Whoo. Smells like a cheaper beer by all means. Nothing special here. Like wet corny-malty smells. Nothing I can pinpoint further and would not like to. I want to drink/eet this.

T- The moment of truth. Sweet. Perfectly carbonated. The carbs in alot of beers make or break how I feel about them, this is pretty much perfect in this aspect. I can however taste the alcohol. It sticks around. I dont like that part. But its got a good thing going. NO HICCUPS!

M- Slides right down yur gullet. The alcohol in it is just the only part I got hang ups on. But its expected in a cheaper higher ABV beer.

D- Definitly. Would drink this more often if I was strapped for cash and in need of a more beefier beer thats easy to drink. Good for summers, good for BBQ's.

Overall I am surprized. A cheaper pack of beer turned out much better than originally anticipated. Its a wonderful feeling, knowing that there are people back behind this beer working thier tails off to make this and other brews but keepin it at a price middle class joes can afford. TAKE THAT A&B!

Its even good out of this vintage childrens juice glassy.


Clockwork420, May 31, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear semi-dark amber with a one and a half inch bone white head that tapers down to about a half inch in a couple of minutes while leaving some decent lacing on the bubble down. Carbonation is active from the etchings on the bottom of the glass but fades away as the beer settles for a bit in the glass.

S: Good balance struck between hops and malts, though I feel as though I am detecting a slight corn adjunct aroma in here as well, smells like a watered down dead guy ale with a bit of a macro twinge.

T/MF: Not too bad, has that buttery apple quality that most maibocks I've tasted demonstrate, very full mouthfeel as a result of the pretty active carbonation. There still is a bit of adjunct rice and corn flavors here and there but the hops seem to be doing most of the heavy lifting in the beer.

D: One of the better offerings from JW Dundee.

bluemoonswoon, May 28, 2008
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%

Not an impressive looking beer by any stretch of the imagination--this JW Dundee craft pack offering pours a light orange/copper with little to no head, leaving a very slight lacing along the glass as you finish. The smell is thin; just basic, faint hings of malt. The taste is crisp and light, which makes this a pretty easy beer to drink and would go well with chicken/poultry.

oldirtycaffrey, May 20, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%

A: Poured a pale orange with a slight white head leaving a small spotchy lacing behind.

S: sweet malt upfront followed by a dry herbal hopping.

T: some light fresh grains with a dry character. There was a light herbal hopping and some dried citrus in the finish.

M: lively and fizzy with lots carbonation but was a tad thin and watery per style.

D: Drank like a macro, pretty boring, bland, uneventful.

beerthulhu, May 18, 2008
Photo of rye726
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%

Weak head quickly turns to a thin cover. It was tan over a copperish beer. The nose has some sweet malts and not much else. Again a subtle sweetness that is light but balanced. I guess its hard to make something thats out of balance considering what they put into it. Average body. Too light considering my idea of a good bock.

rye726, May 12, 2008
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