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Dundee Festive Ale - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

158 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 10-24-2005)
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Photo of RepMichigan
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

RepMichigan, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of EvanWilliams
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

EvanWilliams, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of bluesplit63
2/5  rDev -43.2%

bluesplit63, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of TrojanWheels
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

TrojanWheels, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of rayj212
3/5  rDev -14.8%

rayj212, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of yesyouam
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dundee Festive Ale is a very clear, sparkling, amber ale with a huge, pillowy, off white head. It leaves a bunch of festive lacing on the glass. It has just a very slight whiff of soft malt and medicinal herbs. The soft, creamy medium body has a dry, slightly silty finish. There's some fruity malt that's a touch sweet, a little bit of spice and a touch of bitterness. Everything's pretty subdued. It almost seems a little salty. That reminds me of Genny Bock. It's not really exciting, but it goes down just fine.

yesyouam, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Punkyg0608
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Punkyg0608, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of SickGnar
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Orangey copper, bright and clear with streams of big bubbles rising to the small off-white head. Mediocre for retention & just barely okay for lace.

S: More balanced than I expected. Soft and rounded nutmeg and allspice about even with earthy cinnamon. But all soft overall. Some malty sweetness & hints of bread crust. Not really getting any orange peel. Nor any hops.

T: Opens with malt sweetness. Then spices – all rounded, balanced, and blended nicely with each other and the beer. Next some richer bread crust malts push in. Base malt backbone is rather insubstantial, but adequate. I never get any orange peel, just a vague fruity something. Soft grassy & herbal hops come in way at the end for balance.

M: Less than average body with fairly standard US carbonation. Feels just a tad thin and coarse. Some sweetness at first, but it goes semi-dry with a spice note. Could stand to be smoother and softer, but it is decent.

D: Not special, but certainly very good for the price point. Drinkable enough. A nice balance of malts, spice, and hops. Sort of a richly malty and spiced ESB. Another solid and reasonable offering from one of the lesser celebrated “gateway” breweries.

SickGnar, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of jsisko01
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark amber color with an inch thick, off-white head. Has nice lacing.

Smell - The smell is very feint.. but I detect cinnamon, coriander, and some other spices I can't point out.

Taste - Lots of spices. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, coriander, light caramel flavor, and clove. Has a very bitter finish and somewhat of an alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel - Thick in body with high carbonation.

Overall - I love Dundee and this is a pretty good winter warmer. Better than others I've had.

jsisko01, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of zimm421
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears a nice amber color and is very clear. The head is tan and looks nice at first, but quickly disappears and leaves absolutely no lacing.

Nose is spicy and malty. Not too strong, but there is a hint of alcohol in the nose. Taste is very interesting. Everything works together well and blends together nicely. Sweet up front and then the spiciness comes through. There's even a hint of orange towards the end.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Goes down nicely. Overall, a good brew. Better than expected, and this is nice on a cold winter evening.

zimm421, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of TucsonTom
1.9/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I agree with those who don't find much holiday spice in either the smell or the taste. For me, this beer had characteristics more in line with an Octoberfest style than a Winter Warmer. My review scores reflect how I feel it fits as a Winter Warmer.

TucsonTom, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of mpulcini
4/5  rDev +13.6%

mpulcini, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Another6Pack
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Another6Pack, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Weyerbacher Winter Ale.

A: Clear amber with two-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a minute. Virtually no lacing.

S: Faint. Spices like cinnamon and light malt aroma.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Light toasted malt. A bit nutty. Cinnamon and other spices. Sort of fruity.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Slightly dry and warm.

O: This was okay. I definitely liked the Weyerbacher more.

SolipsismalCat, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of FreshmanPour77
3/5  rDev -14.8%

FreshmanPour77, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +13.6%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of memoulds
4/5  rDev +13.6%

memoulds, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of caramel and toffee malt. I don't get any holiday spices or other aromas that I typically attribute to winter warmers. The flavor is rich and malty with a little bit of nutmeg mixed in. The beer is very lightly spiced but the spices are present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A decent winter warmer, but not one of the better examples of the style.

Mora2000, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Winter warmer light? Pours a copper color, light copper maybe. Moderate head with decent retention. Allspice in the nose. Other spices clearly found on palate, especially cinnamon. Light caramel flavors. Incredibly light bodied and watery. Could have tricked me into thinking this is a BMC product.

yemenmocha, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of IIKaRuII
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice head that creeps away slowly. It is a beautiful tea like color, with a nice cloudyness.
Smell is of many spices with a light malt appearance. Has so much going on you could smell this for a day and keep finding stuff in it. you can smell oranges and cinnamon as well.
very dry, but great taste. you can taste everything individually. Caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.
you could drink a few of these and you would be good to go. is great straight to the finish.

IIKaRuII, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Look - clear, copper color with about a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - definitely a spiced ale type of smell. I seem to smell more of the allspice than the nutmeg, cinnamon, or orange peel.

Taste and Mouthfeel - a little fizzy feeling from the foam. Also with the taste, the allspice seems to come out at me more than anything else. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Drinkability - not a bad tasting ale, but at the same time a little bland. It'd be nice if more of the flavors on the label popped out at me. So, not very complex-tasting, but not bad tasting either.

Nerudamann, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):

Sunset amber color, perfect clarity with a healthy lacing on the glass. Hints of pie spice, caramel and orange peel in the nose. Dry palate with a moderate- to medium-sized body; clean with a big crispness. Flavors jump from caramel to toasted bread, taffy to mild pie spice, orange peel to an even hand of hops. None of the spices seem to jump out in front of any other. Quick kiss of alcoholic warmth in the dry finish.

Lots of balance here, and no overwhelming complexities or over-spicing to kill drink- ablilty; meaning you could have more than one and not feel the need to move on.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah Dundee! Every time I crack one I can expect well... an average brew.

A - Looks kind of lacking. Tons of carbonation reducing foam to a mild lace ring. Color of semi dark amber.

S - Well I can smell some caramel and bread maybe a bit of nutmeg or cinnamon but it's hard to really nail down since its so faint.

T - Not bad! Expected something really bitter like a pale ale but got a smooth warmer with very mild spices. The most in your face part is the yeast which is bready and strong with little spices balancing it. Kind of warming really even with the low ABV.

M - Got a kind of medium to slight heavy body. Must be from the yeast.

D - Well it's good but no really something I could see as a go to winter warmer. It's pretty decent and well deserved of at least a B+ rating but to me seems to need more spice.

DrDemento456, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Giggy
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle: "Ale brewed with spices" An interesting herbal aroma, spiced, with some caramel malts coming through. Pours a deep mahogany hue that is clear with a minimal bone colored head. Taste is alright, nothing special with the spice notes coming through on the front of the taste then mellowing into caramel and bananas. Overall, It's decent nothing great by any means but very drinkable.

Giggy, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of DerekP
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brown/dark copper, creamy off-white head

S: Malty/sweet. Caramel, spices (cinnamon)

T: A slew of spices; tasting cinnamon & orange peel. Caramel in the back end. Hops dominate the spices.

MF: Light-medium bodied.

D: Pretty drinkable. Flavor is a little reserved and flat, despite the tasting credit I gave the brew above. A good brew nonetheless.

DerekP, Dec 04, 2010
Dundee Festive Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.