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

Genesee BockGenesee Bock

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BA SCORE
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227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.74%


Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: can

04-11-2014 02:59:50 | More by rangerred
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Retroman40

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: can

02-09-2014 11:15:23 | More by Retroman40
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.01/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: can

08-11-2013 20:12:31 | More by Dodo2step
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: can

06-25-2013 22:54:26 | More by puboflyons
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stella77artois

New York

3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: can

06-19-2013 23:24:02 | More by stella77artois
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: can

05-05-2013 19:21:53 | More by Knapp85
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ElijahRivera

New York

2.99/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: can

05-04-2013 03:47:50 | More by ElijahRivera
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CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

04-03-2013 17:37:54 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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MirkoCroCough

Croatia (Hrvatska)

3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: can

03-27-2013 00:23:42 | More by MirkoCroCough
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tviz33

New York

3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: can

03-24-2013 00:15:17 | More by tviz33
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fx20736

New York

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: can

02-09-2013 16:30:49 | More by fx20736
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pinksilverstars3


3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-09-2013 03:02:16 | More by pinksilverstars3
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MaximusSuper


3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-10-2012 23:02:59 | More by MaximusSuper
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Serving type: can

08-02-2012 01:46:28 | More by woosterbill
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-30-2012 02:41:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
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billab914

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

06-22-2012 21:35:22 | More by billab914
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NedShakeshaft

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
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!

Serving type: growler

04-23-2012 14:03:18 | More by NedShakeshaft
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - clear amber with a mountain of brownish, off white head that has great retention

S - heavy caramel, mild chocolate malt notes, heavy lager yeast

T - light flavor, caramel, very very faint chocolate, a bit grainy, mildly bitter finish, lager yeast in the finish

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, crisp, slightly overcarbonated

This is surprisingly good for Genny. I've been drinking Genny all my life coming from northern PA and this is the first one I've truly enjoyed. It has flavor and a high level of drinkability. It's definitely worth a try.

Serving type: can

04-14-2012 19:13:49 | More by tdm168
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Chaz

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden-amber (copper) in color, and appears quite a sight when held up to direct sunlight on a bright spring day. Two-fingered medium-tan head falls quickly, and leaves just a touch of residual lacing as it subsides. Carbonation is better than adequate : )

The nose is decent. It's got a somewhat characteristic metallic/lager quality paired with lightly acidic/tannic (hops?) note, with a lightly-sweet malt profile bringing up the rear. Seems like it wants to be a sweeter beer than it is...

Light blast of golden, sun-ripened apple and pear, an almost citric hop bite, some lingering roast/dark malt toward the end... Fairly dry and almost tart as it lingers. Light note of raisin and dried cherry, a touch of alcohol in the aromatics, not much really.

Lighter-bodied than I was expecting, but not "Light-bodied". Reminds me a little bit of "Shiner Bock" in this sense, although I think this one has Shiner beat in terms of malt profile. I'd prefer a more robust bock to this, but in a pinch or in a can* this one would be just fine.

Altogether, this is an average bock, but in a can? The very idea of disc golf or hiking with this one along for the ride has me thinking about giving it higher marks : )

Definitely worth a try, might be worth trading for (hint, hint). *Cheers to Brother Woody Chandler for the CANS!

Code: 0589 R 07:23

Serving type: can

03-18-2012 21:04:25 | More by Chaz
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a shaker pint glass. Batch 0132 0735 on bottom of can.

Appearance: Clear dark-copper amber color. Off white to light tan thin head across the top with a few chunks of persistent lacing here and there.

Smell: Mild toasted malt and caramel, with a hint of something metallic in at the end. Quite mild in aroma, took some swirls to get what I'm describing.

Taste: Malty, mild toasted malt with some caramel notes. Mild bitter finish, a bit grainy, a bit metallic.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery. Decent carbonation just below fizzy.

Overall / Drinkability: For the price ($8.52 after tax for a 12 pack) a very good deal for a beer with some good character to it, just not really good character. Quite drinkable, but not very noteworthy either. I've had better Bock beers, but this one is reasonably good for the price.

Serving type: can

03-14-2012 23:16:01 | More by damndirtyape
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TheTrevor

New York

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

The beer poured a light brown with orange highlights and a smalle head that left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet malt with the tiniest bit of hops. The taste is a big sweet bready malt hit. The mouthfeel is a little watery with surprisingly little carbonation. This is a great beer for the price. It's a little one-note, but that note is played surprisingly well.

Serving type: can

02-28-2012 23:44:20 | More by TheTrevor
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rterry13

Pennsylvania

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

Probably the best price performer I have ever had. $13.07 for a case of 24 cans. Just wish it was available for a longer period in PA. Limited supply this year supposedly because they have decided to keg a large portion of the seasons supply. I bought every case that my local distributor had ( all 4). He mentioned some people aren't going to be happy with me! Very consistent from year to year. Decent mouth feel, very malty, not much hop presence. But for what it is, it's worth very penny. Those who like Yuengling lager wil enjoy his. May be bit sweet for some. If you can find it, buy it. Great session beer.

Serving type: can

02-26-2012 20:46:15 | More by rterry13
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bornridiculous

Connecticut

3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a Sam Adams style pint glass.

Appearance: Poured with a relatively quickly dissipating head and is a brilliant copper color that is crystal clear.

The smell is malty and slightly hoppy with sort of weird tinny smell that reminds me of beer being kept in a can too long.

Taste: Malty with hints of hops, a little on the watery side, but only noticeable if being critical. Fades to a nice clean malt finish.

Mouthfeel: I thought this one was going to be overcarbed and I was wrong. Good carbonation for style, slightly low on body.

Overall impression: This beer is an enjoyable but average bock style beer that has one big thing going for it, cost. It cost about 7 bucks for the 12er. This is probably a beer that will go into the rotation simply for this reason.

Serving type: can

02-21-2012 23:52:38 | More by bornridiculous
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JohnFatAss

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a bit of a let down, because I really enjoy Genesee Cream Ale.

I like the looks of this beer.

It has a , clear copper color. An off white head. Really looks nice in the glass.

The retro can is cool too.

The mouthfeel is a little watery.

It has a faint malty smell.
Malty flavor, that leaves a cardboard taste in the mouth.

Maybe Bock beers are just not for me.

Serving type: can

02-12-2012 02:33:05 | More by JohnFatAss
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giblet

Ohio

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

pours a dark amber. nice three quarter inch head. steady fine carbonation. rather good lacing down the glass. smells of roasted malt. nice smooth drinking beer with good finish. i like this brewery and this is a very good offering from them.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Serving type: can

02-07-2012 20:37:38 | More by giblet
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Genesee Bock from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
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