Dundee Festive Ale - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
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3.48/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
01-17-2012 14:48:23 | More by yesyouam
3.55/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
12-24-2011 06:01:49 | More by SickGnar
3.98/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
12-23-2011 07:08:34 | More by jsisko01
3.98/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
12-18-2011 00:54:11 | More by zimm421
1.9/5 rDev -46%
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.
12-16-2011 21:38:29 | More by TucsonTom
3.28/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
11-26-2011 06:29:19 | More by SolipsismalCat
3.43/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
04-04-2011 01:41:06 | More by Mora2000
3.2/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
01-18-2011 04:02:20 | More by yemenmocha
3.98/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
01-13-2011 05:42:17 | More by IIKaRuII
3.13/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
01-10-2011 03:56:03 | More by Nerudamann
4/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
01-03-2011 15:33:05 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.88/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
12-25-2010 03:07:38 | More by DrDemento456
3.65/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
12-13-2010 21:40:49 | More by Giggy
3.6/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
12-04-2010 15:45:49 | More by DerekP
3.7/5 rDev +5.1%
We are in the middle of a large snowstorm tonight, not that different than the scene at Dundee's Tavern depicted on the label of Dunndee's Festive Ale. The beer poured a dark amber color with red edges and a reasonable cap of foam. The aroma of dark caramel is mixed with husky grain and dark fruit. A generic spiciness is present too...is that some pepper from the alcohol in this 6.2 ABV brew?
The flavor is malty, a little sweet caramel, but grain as well. The sweetness continues through the center and the beer ends with some clove and other festive spices.
This beer did just fine on this snowy winter eve.
12-04-2010 01:41:38 | More by BeardedBoffin
4.65/5 rDev +32.1%
I haven't reviewed beer since I can remember but I feel like I have to give this beer some needed credit.
A: Transparent copper body and the head doesn't stay around very long. It is subtly carbonated as it sits in my pilsener glass.
S: FESTIVE! I smell the spices and malts. It's what I expect out of most winter warmers that are labeled as such. And it's not overpowering by any means.
T: Dundee specifically states: With a mild nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and orange peel spice character. It's on the back of the bottle. Well the complexity is there and the orange comes in on the tail end. I was a bit surprised that it was this good.
M: It's malty the whole way through with the added spices kicking into gear. Spice up front, orange in the back, with little carbonation in the way.
D: 6.20% ABV is perfect for allowing this festive beer to be enjoyed more than once in a sitting. Considering I am on my second in 15 minutes... I don't really plan on stopping on a third either!
11-27-2010 03:12:07 | More by MLasoski
Dundee Festive Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.