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Genesee Bock - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 132
Hads: 275
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 11
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-07-2008

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Photo of billybaub
4.79/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Makes me feel young again. I didn't think they made this any more. Back in my college days this was THE beer. It was said to only be made when the barrels were cleaned. What a treat to find it again. I had some Genessee beer a few months ago, also something from my younger days, but it didn't hold up to my memories. This bock beer has exceeded my memories. It holds up to almost any beer I have ever come across - and there have been many. I could truly recommend this beer. Also, quite affordable. Please try and enjoy - in moderation.

Now where is the Holland Brand in the white bottles? (593 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look 7/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 82/100

Summery: This beer is amazing for the price. That said, it is $7.99 a 12 pack. Honestly probably the best value per ounce of any beer I have ever had. Still it is an adjunct and does have a sweet malt after taste that isn't great as it warms. Otherwise, smooth clean and tasty~ (450 characters)

Photo of DagenhamDavis
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I'm a big Genesee fan, but I have to say, this really surpasses their usual standards. Who knew they could make such a great beer? I picked it up on a whim, and I'm already halfway through my second 12er. For a budget level beer, it's really exceptional, and can hold its own well above many of the mediocre craft brewers flooding the market today. (348 characters)

Photo of steveo25
4.28/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 12 pack just to try it (it was cheap, I like cheap beer).
I had no expectations, no knowledge of the beer prior to purchase.
What a nice surprise! Very tasty brew. Goes down smooth. Light, clean finish. I'll buy again.
Nice job Genny! (248 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.41/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Genesee Bock brewed by Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. This brew has an ABV of 5.20% The bock pours out a nice light brown color , with a nice off white head. This brew smells, sweet, with grains and malts. You also pick up some hops at the end. The taste is bold with flavor. There is some sweetness .malts, and grains. Genesee Bock has a nice smoothness to it. There is a lot going on in this brew, but there is nothing overpower about it. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. There is nothing bad about the mouthfeel of this brew. I like how smooth this brew goes down. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.50 out 5. Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again. (722 characters)

Photo of bear755
4.8/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The Genesee Brewing Company did a great job with this.
It's clear not heavy, easy to drink.
Very nice bock at a great price.

I always wait and buy a few cases every year. (172 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a wonderful copper brown. Has hues of amber and gold and has a creamy persistent head of off white foam. Nose is malty. Soft round bready malt with a touch of sweetness. No hops scent except for the idea of grass. There's corn on this nose as it's part of the malt character but it does not smell like corny sweetness. It has a light scent to the nose. The taste is excellent. Clean, a touch sweet with a bit of caramel. Has no hop flavors. Really excellent and no bitterness form hops either. They are a part of the mouthfeel though as they dry on the palate lightly in the crisp finish. The corn does lighten the flavor while it is not excessively sweet. In the finish it's crisp, just dry and lingers softly and sweetly. Not cloying, nodiacetyl which is often just a slickness without a heavy buttery taste, and has no alcohol on the palate. The only criticism I have is that I think the corn keeps it from being as malty rich as it might have been without it . But it is very well done and adds lightness to the flavor and drinkability. The mouthfeel is thinner side of medium. (1,103 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can into a pint glass. Very cool can design btw. Pours a crystal clear darkish brown with a half finger off-white head. Poor head retention and lacing but I really wasn’t expecting a whole to out of this beer. Aroma has burnt caramel, toffee, and some molasses. Perhaps a touch of corn as well. More caramel on the taste along with molasses and a quick whiff of alcohol. Light corn with a little grassy hop character. Slightly sticky with very little bitterness and a bit of a thin mouthfeel. Overall, while this is far from a great beer or a good example of the style, it is very refreshing and quite tasty considering the price. A beer I like to pick up every spring. (676 characters)

Photo of Retroman40
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.

A - Poured a very clear copper color with a fluffy initial head that retreated to a thin lace for the entire beer.

S - Slightly fruity with some roasted grains.

T - Sweet cooked grains with some hops and fruitiness.

M - Tart and tangy with good carbonation and a sweet finish.

O - A decent bock beer that hits all the right marks. They only bring it out in January and it's worth stocking up a 12 pack or two if you like this style. (478 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.02/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

P- Thanks to my buddy Captain Bennett for this beer....however, I am leary of it.

A- a mahogany color that is clear as well as a 2 finger head that has some staying power. I am quite impressed with the appearance even though the had has huge carbonation bubbles through it.

S- Sour maltness that over powers the roasted hints I can gather. nothing else to get excited about.

F- sour malt mash and apple cider vinegar.

M- vinegar malts and dry for a bock

O-I didn't expect much because its genesee but it is a smidgen better than what I expected. (550 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. can labeled: 0153-11:53. Sampled on June 25, 2013.

The pour is a medium to mahogany brown with a substantial head that settles down shortly. Busy carbonation.

The aroma is full of caramel malt sweetness, brown sugar, and molasses. Minimal hop aroma.

The body is medium and slightly acidic.

The taste is sweet and malty upfront with a slight moderate hop bitterness at the end. While not as strong ABV as some I have had I happen to like this one and find it to be very drinkable. (504 characters)

Photo of stella77artois
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into pint glass. Had always wanted to try this brew, but had never seen it. Was suprised to find some at the local Price Chopper.

A - Pours a light red-brown, somewhat light for a bock. 1.5 inch or so head, was off-white in color.

S - Malt, cheap sourness (best way I can describe it). Not a whole lot going on. Not offensive, but not neccessarily pleasant.

T - Not a bad beer. Malt up front with a touch of hops. Not much roast to speak of, but it was slightly on the sweet side. Decent aftertaste. Light tasting for a bock, but still, not a bad tasting beer.

F - Quite refreshing actually. Not much dryness, carbonation was very noticeable.

O - Overall, this isn't a bad beer. Most people equate Genesee with crap beer, and yes, a lot of their beers are cheap swill. However, this brew isn't. It's on the light side for a bock, but has good flavor and very drinkable. This is certainly a sessionable beer, and any bock or strong lager fans should try it if you can get your hands on it. (1,010 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out as a brownish color with a cream colored head. The lacing and retention were minimal. The smell of the beer is malty, some earthy hops and yesterday on the nose also. The taste of the beer is malty, toasted and had a good amount of caramel. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and gently carbonated. Overall this a decent bock. (334 characters)

Photo of ElijahRivera
2.99/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the iconic green can into a 16 oz. pint glass.

A-Dark amber to copper in color with a thick lively khaki head that rather quickly dies down to thin, fizzy head. No lacing, no problem.

S-Rich sweet malty aroma with some carmelized sugar and honey mixed in. Also, some husky, corn adjunct aromas, but nothing offensive or off putting.

T-Malt up front with a slightly roasty, hoppy, bitter and noticeably crisp finish. This beer has a surprisingly rich and earthy flavor profile. There is even the most subtle play of dried, dark fruits on the palate. Nothing really too complex, but there is enough here to keep you coming back for more. Dare I say sessionable? Yes, I dare.

M-Thin bodied with plenty of carbonation.

O-Very pleasant. Worth drinking. Good way to welcome in the Spring, and it is my Super Bowl beer of choice. Most people wouldn't expect this caliber of beer when the see the Genesee name on it. It is not the best beer or bock in the world by a long shot, but I challenge you to do any better for the money. (1,040 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #264
Served On: 4/03/2013
Glassware: SA Perfect Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

This was from a 12 pack of cans I found at Breweskee's of New Oxford, PA ($7.15 / 12 pack)

Look: Poured a super clear deep copper with a high level of steady carbonation bubbles and a 1-finger head of fluffy white foam. Lacing was thin but present.

Smell: The aroma had some 'Genny Cream Ale' funk made up of grain and cardboard. Then were some malty notes with a faint roasted character. Also some faint brown sugar notes were happening. Nothing too crazy but nothing real nasty either.

Taste: First up was an adjunct sweetness with a slight roasted note. Then the palate was cleansed with carbonation and some residual corn adjunct. The finish was a nice sweetness that moved quickly to some hop bitterness. The aftertaste was fairly clean with some sweetness returning towards the very end.

This was actually a solid offering from Genesee. I honestly would say it has a bit more character than Shiner Bock. You can't beat this beer for the price. (1,048 characters)

Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can into Great Lakes pint glass.

Nice brownish amber color that lets some light through. Left some lacing on the glass.

Nice malty smell, slightly sweet.

Mostly malts with just a bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

Smooth and not too carbonated.

Awesome beer for the price. Good flavor and drinkability. Definitely worth a try. (334 characters)

Photo of tviz33
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can in to a pint glass.

A- Pours a nice looking amber body with a solid inch of off-white head with moderate retention and lacing.

S- Metallic and adjuncts. A little sweet and a little fruity.

T- Similar to many macro lagers but noticeable better. Mostly malty and sweet, but finishes with a hint of bitterness to balance things out.

M- More to chew on than a macro. Finishes crisp and just a bit dry. Well-carbonated and creamy.

O- This beer is really easy drink, and I've certainly had worse. Light on the wallet at $7.50 for a 12 pack. You get a great bang for your buck with this beer and it may turn in to my go-to session beer from now on. Much better than the piss-water. (703 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cans purchased at the sketchy Rite-Aid down the street from my house.

Drank from the can, but I know this beer is a nice clear amber brown. Don't know much about head or lacing but I'm guessing it's not much to speak of.

Smells like sweet grain, with some nutty aromas as well.

Tastes simple, but good. Sweet grain, toasty bread and caramel. No flavor is outstandingly strong, but it doesn't really need to be.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, thirst quenching for sure. Medium carbonation.

This is a classic seasonal in Western NY. It's nothing super special, but still pretty tasty anyway. (594 characters)

Photo of fx20736
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a glass, served at fridge temp.

Dark amber with a 2 finger creme brulee head that recedes quickly and leaves a thinnish head.

Aroma: malty sweet with just a hint of hops. No lacing to speak of.

mouthfeel: good

taste: adjuncts come through, thinnish malt with some sweetness followed vegetal hops and a faint metallic aftertaste. Toasted caramel re-asserts itself at the end.

notes: appearance is nice, aroma is good. Taste is a disappointment. (477 characters)

Photo of pinksilverstars3
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's very easy to drink with a fresh taste. It tastes even better as tonight blizzard rages on. There is no bad aftertaste. It's clean and you can drink it with anything or by itself. I find that all of the genny beers have their own taste which is a good thing. I like a cheap beer that is pleasant to drink at any time. (321 characters)

Photo of MaximusSuper
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two 12oz cans in a large Wiezen glass. And many more after that.

A: Pours a clear, deep chestnut body with two full inches of creamy tan froth. Ok retention, moderate lace. Pretty darn attractive.

S: Entirely clean and quite pleasant, with nuttiness and some dark fruit notes being most prominent. Definitely on the malty side, which I like in a Bock. Really nice.

T: Starts out deliciously malty. Some caramel sweetness shows up midway though, and just a hint of bitterness lends balance on the finish. Everything's really nice.

M: Soft, well-carbonated and a bit on the light side of medium-bodied. Pleasant.

O: I've enjoyed it for many years, it's a genuinely good Bock, and for the price it's simply outstanding. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a high flavor-to-cost ratio. (792 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to Hopstoopid120 for throwing this one my way to review.

A: Pours a clear, deep chestnut body with two full inches of creamy tan froth. Ok retention, moderate lace. Pretty darn attractive.

S: Entirely clean and quite pleasant, with nuttiness and some dark fruit notes being most prominent. Definitely on the malty side, which I like in a Bock. Really nice.

T: Starts out deliciously malty, with fig and walnut leading the way. Some caramel sweetness shows up midway though, and just a hint of bitterness lends balance on the finish. Everything's really nice up until the aftertaste, which is marred by a metallic note. Still good despite that flaw, though.

M: Soft, well-carbonated and a bit on the light side of medium-bodied. Pleasant.

O: I wasn't expecting too much, but this really impressed me. It's a genuinely good Bock, and for the price it's simply outstanding. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a high flavor-to-cost ratio.

Cheers! (991 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, honey and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mild sweetness from flavors of honey and caramel come in. The hops presence is also mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style. (808 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into my Dogfish glass. It poured a clear, mahogany color with a frothy, off white colored head to it. Really nice looking color.

The aroma shows a lot of grainy, sweet malts to it with a touch of caramel coming out. I get a little bit of a tart, crisp fruit presence to it as well. It feels pretty light, crisp and clean.

The taste also shows a lot of grainy sweetness to it, but the caramel shows up a little more prominently. There is a crisp, slightly tart fruitiness that shows up more towards the finish. Pretty crisp, clean, lager finish to it.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was light, easy drinking, and pretty flavorful. It was a decent beer of the style as well. I thought it was pretty good overall, I'd choose it over other similarly priced, lighter beer. (826 characters)

Photo of NedShakeshaft
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured from growler, off-white head with good retention topped fiery copper-red body

S - Carrot muffin, the store-bought kind

T - Really nice caramel malt with a hint of chocolate. A bit of peppery spice on the front of the tongue and some acidity on the sides. Hops are understated but not out of line with the style.

M - Refreshing. Enough body to satisfy but easy enough to drink all day. Lingers on the palate, eventually the bitterness collects here.O

O - A beer lover's alternative to Shiner Bock. Not quite as poundable but plenty refreshing and flavorful. Stands up well to calamari; I'd also happily pair with a lightly battered fish and chips or wings. Well done, Genny! (688 characters)

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Genesee Bock from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.