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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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:
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(Beer added by: John on 02-25-2005)
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Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with a thin white head that leaves lacing

S - Is pretty malty with a touch of hops

T - Is of sweet malt with some slight hops

M - This is a medium bodied beer

D - This is a pretty good beer one that I could drink all night

Photo of garymuchow
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unusual in appearance in that it's definitely not filtered. A far amount of yeast looking floating mass noticed in the bottle (even before pouring). 'Don't quite ever remember that before, especially with a lager. Nice malty aroma that's fresh but also presents a light hoppy spiciness. A cross between a pils and bock for this part. Nice enough
Loud fizzy carbonation. Dark gold pushing amber, most clear (see above). Foamy type head settles to a more dense 1/4" cap.
Taste shows nice malt flavors that are heavy, but not too rich. Actually has a heavy feel that makes it almost ale like, yet a cleanliness which shows it's a lager. Toast flavor swims around in the background. Drink leaves a malty coating on the tongue that lasts for awhile. Later this coating has a dryness to it too. There is a desire to drink quickly, but the beer resists it with a nice heaviness. Alcohol not necessarily represented in the flavor. Carbonation seems a tad too heavy and leaves me feeling full.
This isn't all that bad.

Thanks Dad.

Photo of youngleo
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured to a small head, that left some lacing around the edges with each swallow. Was almost golden yellow in color.
S- Smelled of citrus and malt, and alcohol.
T- Tasted a little on the bitter side. Perhaps that was the alcohol, or maybe the malt. Had a citrus after taste. But I liked it.
M- Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was just about right.
D- I could drink these all the time. But with the higher alcohol content (which was evident), you would have to be careful

Photo of mnj21655
2.1/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw in color with about a half finger of white head that has decent retention. Aroma is almost non-existent. There are faint aromas of sweet crystal malts and lightly spicy hops as well as a distinctly lager yeast aroma. Taste is of some crystal malts, a touch of hop spicyness in the finish, and a lager character throughout. I noticed a surprising amount of alcohol in this brew considering its only 6.2% ABV. In the finish there is a flavor that seems to be a combination of spicy hops and has an overwhelming lager character that I find very unpleasant and the alcohol flavor doesn't help. Mouthfeel is average at best, medium-light body and moderate-low carbonation. Drinkability is fairly low. I simply didn't enjoy this at all. I would not recommend this beer.

Photo of gmfessen
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear golden color with a lot of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass to a rice crispies crackling head. The smell is rather non-descript, grainy malt is really all that is going on here. The initial taste is a slight sweetness, quickly countered by a bitterness from the hops which gives a smooth, dry finish. Nothing too complex, just a decent tasting beer. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a bubbly, slightly viscous carbonation. Overall, a decently drinkable beer - nothing offensive about it, but nothing really impressive either.

Photo of EStreet20
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not exactly maybock season but it's in my mix pack. Here goes...

12 ounce bottle, tall thin pilsner glass.

A - Pours out a hazy golden yellow color. A nice two finger head of white foam atop.

S - Some sugary malts.

T - Taste starts off pretty nice with some malty sweetness. Gives way to some cooked veggie flavor. Finishes again sweet in the mouth. Not bad.

M - Mouthfeel is a little too watery, even for the style.

D - Well not the most drinkable maibock I've tried, still not bad and fairly fit "to style".

Photo of nickfl
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One and a half fingers of white head on a perfectly clear, golden body. Decent retention and good lace.

S - Clean, sweet malt and perhaps a hint of hops.

T - Herbal, spicy hop flavor, followed by slightly sour malt notes. Lingering malt note in the finish and a little yeasty as well.

M - Medium body, high carbonation.

D - Nice and drinkable, but.... I might consider it a little heavy for the style. It has just a bit too much hop flavor and not enought malt for a real Maibock.

Photo of Jp7010
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Last one of the Craft Pack. Poured gold into a nonic, with a half inch of creamy foam. The smell was sweet, and fruity. It was unfortunately, accompanied with some slight ester notes. The taste was pleasantly fruity and spiced, with slight earthy hop notes. Moderate carbonation danced through this thick and creamy beer. The heavy brew finished dry. This was by far, the most surprising brew in the Craft Pack. One I would definitely drink again, but not for some time.

Photo of Brad007
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale gold color with a very thin head. Aroma is strong and malty with a slight sweetness to it, much like a simple bock. Taste is very strong and malty upfront and fades into a sweet aftertaste. Just doesn't seem very drinkable.

The problem is with the metallic taste upfront. It just hits too hard. It's an interesting take on the style but I believe I've had better versions of a helles bock/maibock. .

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

My third of the craft pack, this bock poured a light amber color with a small/medium white head. It had an inviting look to it... maybe it was just the lighting.... maybe it was because it was my first beer of the night ;-)

The smell had a nice malty aroma, a bit of butter, and a bit of hops. The taste is thin at first, but slides into a nice malty body with a small hop flavor that merges moderately well. Also present is a subtle alcohol sweetness. As the taste fades out, bready and malty flavors dominate. The carbonation was medium on this beer, and it sported a medium/thin consistency.

I was surprised by this one, and I didn't think it was too bad. I would definately have another. It isn't entirely true to form, but it is still a good beer. Definately worth a try.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - nice pour, I got a bit lucky though. I'm hastily tumbling this into the pint glass and the head is forming nicely. With an ounce to go, I held up just in time as the head exceeded the top of the glass. It held on without falling down the side and I added the last ounce. As I write this, it has quickly fallen back down now to a quickly thinning cover, scarcely lacing the glass. The beer has a bright copper color and some modest beading.

Aroma - a very light buttery biscuity grain, either legitimately or suggestively reminding me of a copper ale. Odd for a helles bock but not bad.

Taste - comes across light, then increases in flavor. The malts, weak at first taste, gain some biscuit and toasty malt flavor at mid-palate. Some mild hops on the swallow, clarifying more on the aftertaste. Ends with elements of roasted grain and faintly bitter hops, quite nice.

Mouthfeel - definitely thin, this undercut the flavor and cost it a few points. Carbonation is a little pushy but it's okay.

Drinkability - way to go, High Falls. I'm a fan of this one as I find myself drawn more to the bock categories of late. Well done.

Photo of matty
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden colored beer with a almost macro-lager like aroma.Taste is dominated by sweet malt.This is the sixth and final beer in the JW Dundee craft case and I scored each one as a thumbs up.Good job by High Falls Brewery!! As for this one specifically it is something I would buy again but would not go out of my way to get it!!

Photo of animal69
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

the next was the pale bock ; pours a deep, clear, golden color w/ a white head which dissapates quickly, some lacing ; not much for aroma, a kinda "ricey" nose to it, some caramely malt undertones present ; the flavor is actually reminicent of the US " 40 " malt liqours, but sweeter & more hops ; a little to thin here, too, much too light for the style, too much carbonation as well ; not a bad beer , but nothing spectacular either....

Photo of Bitterbill
2.03/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This pours from 12oz bottle(part of variety 12 pack) a clear amber with a small but firm head of foam that shrinks to some islands by the end of the session.

The smell is of sweet malt and some fruit.

The taste has caramel malt, some roasted malt flavour, some fruitiness(cherry, citrus) and a slight alcohol flavour. Hmm..there's not much harmony going on with the flavours here and I'm finding it kind of difficult to take more sips. Nope. This one is not for me.

Photo of goochpunch
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a nice marmalade with a fluffy little head and some spotty lacing. A handful of streams of bubbles lazily make their way to the head. Smell is pretty lackluster, with an overall vague sweetness taking over. Malt is pushed to the back along with a note of alcohol. Little bit of vegetable smell as well as an odd hint of stinkbug. Flavor isn't as sweet as the nose would suggest and the malt comes a few steps closer to the fore (but accompanied by some graininess). Alcohol is well hidden and there's a suggestion of leafy hop in the finish along with a nice balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel isn't too syrupy (which can be the case with some maibocks) and the carbonation is a *good* lively. Overall, this is a solid beer. Can't complain of it being full of defects or anything, just this isn't the most impressive helles bock around.

Photo of grub
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

biegaman shared this one. thanks jan!

12oz bottle.

pours crystal clear yellowy amber colour. a small fairly dense head rises up and quickly falls to a ring around the glass. bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. light caramel. biscuit malt. bit of alcohol. just a hint of grape-like fruity character. touch of earthy character.

taste is ok. actually, it was a bit of a letdown after the pleasant aroma. bit of corn. light biscuit. earthy. could actually be a touch past its prime. bit of alcohol. watery.

mouthfeel is a bit thin. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is ok. i'd rather sit and smell it though.

Photo of Pegasus
2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy deep golden orange in color, with a large, persistent white head, thin, scattered lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Strong caramel and toasted malt trump the aroma, with little else of note.

Taste: Opens with a strong caramel note, followed by pronounced herbal hops, late in the taste a quite harsh bitter hop note appears. Finishes dry with a lingering harsh chemical bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, soft on the palate.

Drinkability/notes: Rather mediocre, in all, a bit of disappointment.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-once brown glass long neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tapglass.

Photo of pwoods
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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 DrinkinBuddy
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark golden color w/ 2 finger head. Smell was slight floral with a sweet fruity presence. Taste was surprisingly good! I've had many of J.W's brews before, but this was really descent. Fruity flavor, maybe a plum or raison, with a sugar cookie taste that lingers, not much in the hop department, but caramel malt was nice. Mouthfeel was malty and pleasant, but carbonation was a bit too much for a great balance. Drinkability was nice, but not the greatest. Overall, an above par brew.

Photo of HardTarget
2.6/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: Clear label gives up 6.2% abv., not much else

Aroma: Caramel and DMS are the main smells, not any real “malt” notes to me.

Appearance: Clear light amber, nice white head stays tight and gives spotty lace

Flavor: Mirrors the smell, heavy caramel, minor vegetal element, not a lot to like here.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium body

Overall Impression: Just not a lot to like. Little malt flavor, more caramel overdose.
Thanks to Pegasus for the sample

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

A - Pours a crystal clear light copper. Head isn't huge but very creamy with good staying power.

S - Solid maltiness backing by a light floral hop. Maybe a touch of banana in there as well?

T/M - Substantially heavy in body and flavour. Still getting a banana-like quality as well. A little bit boozy as might be expected and a tinge of sweetness, and finished with a solid hop bitterness.

D - Overall, better than expected but I wouldn't want too many of these in a row. Substantial.

Photo of mobyfann
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid $2.99 for a 6-pack at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH...

The beer pours a typical helles golden clear base, large white head, low retention, no lacing. The aroma is dual-toned of malts and alcohol... hrmmm... nothing special...

The taste weights more emphasis on the malt and the alcohol taste is non-existent. The malts are actually quite nice, a little grainy, but nice on the palette. It is easy-going while in the mouth due to a low amount of carbonation and is a decent session beer at 6.2% abv...

Final Thought: This is like a jacked up PBR that tastes better and hits you harder... I wish I would have bought a case worth at $12!

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

WHAT A SURPRISE!!! Just bought a Brewmaster's Sampler, and never even heard of this one. Pours a beautiful Amber/brown color....the head is perfect, and stayed the whole time! Lacing was impressive too. And the flavor. Oh yes, the flavor! Isn't that why we drink the stuff?!?! It was SOOO smooth and very malty. A tiny hop bite, but oh, so tiny. Just a perfect balance of hop and malt...but more malt than hop, which I personally like. Nice beer for the autumn, I think. Really liked this, and I still can't believe that it was only $19.99 for a case of this stuff!!! Hell, a few isles away there were beers going for $200 a CASE!!! This is a quality beer, in my opinion, but try for yourself. If you're a "beer geek" what the hell is $20 to you?!?! AND, in the Brewmaster's case, you get SIX DIFFERENT BEERS from J.W. Dundee's!!! SIX BEERS!!! I think that's great. Props to you, my friends at High Falls. Keep them prices low and that flavor/quality high!!! Very comparible with the expensive micros, I think. A secret "gem" in the beer world! SAAALUTE my BA FRIENDS!!!

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

A-Clear darkish amber color. Off-white 1/2 inch head from standard pour into standard shaker pint. retention was very good. Lace was good as well, leaving interconted splotchy rings down the glass as the head receded and after each swig.

S-Carmel malts, earthy hops and lager yeast. Not overly complex aroma but pleasant enough. No mistaking that this is a lager though in the nose.

T-Caramel malt. Mild earthy hop bitterness melds well with the dominant malt. Some yeasty lager flavor is here is well. As with the nose, not overly complex but well done.

M-light body, fizzy tight carbonation.

D-I could have several of these, in fact I did.

Overall-Another veritble bargain from High Falls. There beers can be hit or miss, but when you find the hit (like this one) the price to flavor ratio just can't be beat.

Photo of Minkybut
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from the bottle to a tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was lager colored with a tam creamy head that lasted a little while. The taste was slighly sweet with a touch of hoppiness that was just right for me. Not to hoppy. I liked the beer and will buy again.

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