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

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-07-2008

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Photo of steveo25
4.28/5  rDev +24.4%
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!

Photo of generallee
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet can. I love the old school can as well as the $6.45 price tag for a 12 pack. This brew poured wonderful reddish amber, with an off white head. The head is frothy and leaves good lacing on the glass. The aroma is of light malts and straw, adjusted with corn or rice. Also there is just a hint of caramel. The taste is sweet and malty, bready and pretzel like. Hops are almost a nonfactor. The palate is medium bodied creamy and smooth. Finish is short and sweet. Overall not outstanding but a good beer at a great price.

Photo of mjtiernan
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a DFH signature glass

A: Deep rusty red with a generous head. Pretty good lacing as the head fades.

S: Adjuncts and medium roasted malts. Slightly more appealing than your average BMC.

T: Ahh..this is where the surprise come in. It’s not bursting with flavor, but the adjuncts are pretty well hidden which makes for a reasonably smooth drinking experience. Some malt is present. You do get a bit of corn/rice in the aftertaste that knocks you back to reality however.

M: Much smoother than your average adjunct lager and way better than the nose indicates. High degree of drinkability if you don’t mind a bit of corn/rice in your beer.

O: Fear the goat! A local treasure that is an early sign of spring. Being that it is still January in western NY, they may have jumped the gun on this one. But bless them for trying.

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

12oz can at about fridge temp poured into a standard pint glass.

pours out a clear deep brown color with a one finger of off white head that settled to a thin layer and towards the end of the glass was almost completly gone. just a bit of spotty lace at first.

not much aroma to this one. slightly sweet light caramel malt, herbal like, a bit fruity, and some mineral like lager funk.

sweet caramel, a bit fruity, herbal tea, and some grains, a little metallic, and a little mineral like lager funk.

light bodied with somewhat of a watery feel. a bit astringent.

very easy to drink, exspecially for $10 a 12 pack. the only time i would buy this again would be for something cheap to play drinking games with or go to a party.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a pretty clear deep caramel body that is clear with a strong carbonation of big bubbles to support a thick tan head that soon fades to a thin ring.

S- The clean aroma has some Noble hop hints in the finish.

T- The soft melanoidin notes have some toffee hints to it with a dry soft hop snap at the finish and a sulfur quality that grows as it opens up.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp fizz that lingers after each sip.

O- This beer has a clean light flavor but there are nice hints of bock beer. The big fizz and sulfur grow a bit to strong as the beer opens.

Photo of Brenden
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This really is a beauty off the pour, forming a big, fluffy off-white head that settles to a dense 2 fingers in height atop a clear coppery-light brown beer. I really, really want to give the appearance here a 4.5, but it just fades too quickly and the moderate lacing isn't quite enough to push it past good.
I get grains and caramel in the aroma off of a gentle malt. There's an interesting yeast presence(that I like) in here offering a sort of dusty, flowery sweetness. It's a touch light, taking some effort to get the full effect, but not bad otherwise. It's really a 3.5 but for the lack of hops aroma and resulting balance and the lightness of it.
The flavor follows suit, with a strong malt supporting gentle caramel sweetness, a slight nuttiness, plenty of toasted breads, and that interesting yeast. There's just a touch of hops for light balance. It's not complex or overtly flavorful, but nothing I'd shy away from and an easy sipper.
The mouthfeel here is nice, with a rich, full smoothness coming over a body on the lighter side of medium. Everything about it is smooth, starting with the first sip, all the way through into the finish, with a light carbonation and ample malts presence making it full and creamy in the mouth. Again, there could be a bit more body, but it's good.
This isn't the most balanced bock out there or the most flavorful, but it's not one to pass up either.

Photo of Stigs
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can left in my fridge by one of my buddies who is always touting it...served in a standard pint glass

A - poured an inch of loose bubbly light tan colored foam...seems to be falling at a pretty quick pace. eventually settles to a thin film and slightly clingy lace ring. the beer is a light brown color, slight ruby tones.

S - light caramel malts, grains and stale biscuit. almost a complete lack of hops.

T - very sweet. dominating caramel and brown sugar with some cinnamon sprinkled in. finishes a bit crackery with just the smallest flash of hop bitterness before sweetness takes over. finishes slightly metallic.

M - a good bit of creaminess for the style...very stinging but not overdone carbonation. finishes sweet and sugary with some dryness.

D - well what can i say - not my cup of tea but this has a lot of character. awesome looking can, too.

Photo of Retroman40
3.44/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a caramel brown, with large head, and pleasant malty maple aroma.
Some lacing, but not outstanding.
Sweet flavor up front - almost nutty with a slight citrus undercurrent.
Not an impressive finish, but a fine and easily-sessioned beer (and a great value). And the can design is retro-hip!

Photo of JohnFatAss
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Photo of BeerVikingSailor
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fun colorful can pour into pint glass...great goat artwork!

This is a fun, very drinkable and very affordable ($6.99 / 12 pk) spring bock, not too heavy like some darker bocks I have had lately.

Some bready malt aromas, little carmel buttery mouthfeel, carbonation pretty solid, nice foamy head in the glass...not much hop presense at all, but for a bock that is not usually the case, mostly a malt brew....

Overall a nice solid spring bock, very tasty; light and crisp, I will be getting several 12 pks to have for warmer weather...a good balanced beer, easy drinking! I like this one a lot.

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from WoodyChandler!

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with 3+ fingers of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Light brown bread notes, even fainter toffee & some metallic notes. All drop away once a bit warm

T: Follows the nose, some grainy undertones as well, plus leafy hops up front. Slight plummyness as this warms, plus some praline sweetness shines through once warm, along with dryness & faint hints of apple & white grape. Finishes dry, with pear & honey notes, plus leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation, thins out a bit as it warms

Drinks easy, starting improving once near ale serving temp, a nice American regional take on the style, would happily kill a sixer of this during a game or BBQ. Flavor really picked up once warm

Photo of nicholas2121
4.41/5  rDev +28.2%
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.

Photo of animalchin
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saw this at $6.99 a 12 pack at my local grocery store. Had to get it. Pretty impressive pour - a nice dark beige body, rocky long-lasting head and bold lacing. Yeast-like and bread aromas, a some malt. Roasted malts and bread in the taste, is followed by a slightly cream or butter like after-taste. Sensing a lot of malt went into this. A of carbonation that tends to over-shadow the potential richness and creaminess that could complement.

I have to say, I am overall extremely pleasantly surprised. Beers at this price for this amount usually tend to signify half-assed brewing, but this is a solid work. I'd like to try this on tap sometime, but I don't know if I'd buy in the store again.

Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and caramel. Taste is rather mild, some malts, a hint of caramel, not a whole lot of flavor. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of Graham_D_Dillon
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love this beer mainly for the can but the beer itself is pretty good too. So much better than all other Genny beers.

Photo of aranheaney
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Let me preface this review by saying that as as life-long resident of Western NY, I have long had a negative impression of most Genesee products Aside from the obligatory high school flirtation with Cream Ale, that resulted in the "Genny Screamers" that so many of us suffered through as a rite of passage, I have avoided most of their line-up like the plague for the last twenty years, BA and this helped soften my view a touch, so here goes:

Poured from a 12 oz can into a DFH snifter, just to set the record straight, a 12 pack was had at my local grocer for $ 6.99, keep that in mind....

A-nice reddish hue with a finger of head that seems to hold up

S-good malt, a but of roast, maybe some biscuit

T-decent, way better than any BMC and did I mention 6.99 for a 12 pack..

M-a bit heavy on carbonation, a touch watery, but ok

D-high, low abv makes this a great session candidate...

Photo of Dodo2step
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.45/5  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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of musicforairports
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I felt compelled to pick up a 12-pack of this for some reason. Upstate New York pride, I guess. I poured one and a half cans into an imperial pint glass that I don't get to use much.

Clear, brown-orange amber color. Some carbonation bubbles. Nice head goes quickly.

Smell isn't much--light, sweet, roasty caramel. That's it.

Taste is bready, malty and sweet. And pretty decent, really. Burnt but smooth caramel notes dominate. Finish is smooth and lightly sweet. I don't really taste any hops in this, nor do I taste adjuncts or that horrendous metallic flavor that kills Genny's Cream Ale for me.

Medium mouthfeel, heavy for a cheap beer, with really nice carbonation.

I was really impressed with this beer. It was $8.99 for a 12-pack. I could drink a lot of this. It's not the best bock out there, but for a simple and flavorful beer that you could drink a lot of, the price is right for this one.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked up as a single this week, i wanted to try a little something different, so what the heck right? cracked open and split into two tumblers with alex.

Poured out a deep russet brown, very clear with lots of carbonation, really quite nice and a classic look for a bock. Thin off white head formed on the top, but quickly faded to just a thin film that stayed throughout the session, but offered no side glass contribution.

The aroma was your classic malty bock. Nice sweet caramel and nutty aromas mixed in with a good earthy tone. The flavor followed through very closely with a nice bitter malty flavor and a good amount of sweetness in it as well. Carbonation that is more then decent never let it go flat and kept you entertained throughout the session. Easily a sessionable beer, as I could have thrown down more then one

Photo of angrybabboon
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 4/3/2010

Appearance: Copper/amber color with a head that fades fast - some actual lacing though

Smell: Grainy, sweet, biscuity - nothing too exciting in the nose

Taste: Sweet, toasty malts - very biscuity - some subtle yet interesting hops - some grainy weirdness that kind of reminds me of sweet corn - all in all, surprisingly tasty

Mouthfeel: Crisp, very light, fizzy, some graininess but mostly smooth

Overall: Absurdly drinkable - given the ABV, the price, and the overall impression of this beer, I would be more than happy to keep it in my fridge year-round

With all due respect to Genesee, this beer almost seems better than it has any right to be. It is ridiculously cheap, yet it is legitimately good. The price to quality ratio for this beer makes me genuinely giddy. When it finally reaches Rhode Island this year, I am going to buy cases. I desire more of this sweet biscuit corn soda!

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Genesee Bock from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.