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

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Reviews: 132
Hads: 278
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 20.87%
Wants: 12
Gots: 35 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-07-2008

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Photo of bear755
4.8/5  rDev +39.1%
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.

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Photo of billybaub
4.79/5  rDev +38.8%
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?

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.41/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

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Photo of steveo25
4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
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!

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Photo of Schmidts
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper brown from a 12oz czn. Nice 1/2 inch head that fades to a 1/8 inch head that stays, with lots of lacing. Smells of sweet bread and malts.Taste is malty and fruity and has a nice kiss of hops!
A very flavorful bock to say the least.
It has a great feel in your mouth and is very refreshing. This Bock is really surpprising and really good. I give it an overal of 4. give this one a try when you can, you will like it at a nice price of $15.00 for a case of cans.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed many times now formally reviewed for the first time. Poured from 12oz can into dimpled glass mug. Pours a rich but bubbly mahogany color with a nice half inch thick head. Taste of malt is good and present throughout but never heavy thanks to the carbonation before finishing crisp and clean. This is a good bock for the price and a style I wish I could get year round especially this one as the price for a 12 is great and good as a session. Probably my favorite from Genesee next to the more common Genesee Cream Ale. Solid bock beer for the price and surprisingly not watery...the can artwork is also great, once referred to as "grandma beer" by a Bud Light drinking party goer who saw me drinking the "funny" cans

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Photo of emccaff
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A dark, clear, deep amber with a touch of ruby red. Looks great but the head faded quickly to a thin "topping" of foam. It's a very light version of a "German Bock"...think American Lager vs. German Helles and you'll get the idea. Sweetish with a touch of caramelized malt. Hops? Not so much. Compared to a great German/Craft bock, well, you might not even think it's a bock beer, it's that light(for a real bock). But-as a session beer this is great stuff! Not heavy but definitely not to be confused with Bud, Miller,PBR ect. Upstate NY it costs less than $7 a 12 pack. All things considered I'd drink this as a year round beer. To bad it only hangs out for a few weeks a year!

Glad Genny kept the original artwork on the can too. Very Retro & cool!

Now...if they would only bring back "12 Horse Ale"

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Photo of pitweasel
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This can be a tricky little bugger. When I poured my first can, I quickly realized that it's very eager to get out of the can and into a glass, and it can foam up on you very suddenly if you're not careful. When poured properly, you're treated to a beautiful amber basin, topped with a good finger and a half of head. The best way I can describe the smell is "beer bread", as the stuff I bake smells just like this. The taste is very much on the malty side, with a hint of caramel in there to perk things up. The mouthfeel isn't overwhelmingly thick, but it's got more body than I would have expected.

For about 50 cents a can, this stuff is an absolute steal. World class beer? Not really. But it's leaps and bounds better than anything I've ever tasted in its price range, which means when I need to think about how much I've got in my wallet while shopping for beer, this is sure to come to mind time and time again.

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Photo of rooftopbrewing
4.16/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with RTB co-founder on 6/6/11

A - Copper colored, dark, but relatively clear with a small, almost negligible, off-white head and no lacing.

S - Subtle nose on this one. Get a slight smoky and even fainter caramel, but not noticeable at all unless you're really working. Slight malt, but really pretty non-existent.

T - Smooth. Tastes like a light beer incognito as a dark beer. Great drinkability considering its great value. I could drink this beer all night no problem. Very easygoing.

M - Medium to full bodied. Very light carbonation keeps this refreshingly brisk and smooth. Lends itself to great drinkability.

O - REALLY enjoyed this beer. Interesting enough that it's worth your while, and the fact that you can get it at 67 cents a can really makes this a worthy investment. A truly great value beer. Also, the robust, portly character of the can with an almost comedic decoration adds to the fun that this beer proffers.

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Photo of TrouserSneeze
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aaaahhh...a sure sign of spring coming: stacks of Genny Bock 12 packs at our Wegmans supermarkets.

Pours a dark amber color with a one inch head. Lacing remains to the last sip. Smells of caramel and malt. Taste is slightly sweet and at the same time some hops show through! Light carbonation that you feel on the tongue, but don't see in the pour. Very smooth going down. Finishes dry. Easy to drink large quantities of these!

Worth waiting for. Unfortunately, Genesee keeps the Bock season way too short.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the can. Everyone does, I know. But, its a great design.

Pours a dark amber with some ruby red hues and a big frothy head. Looking good coming out of the can.

Smell is a bit corny and grainy. Not much to brag about here. Some malt and caramel notes - nothing too exciting.

Tastes much better than the other Genny beers I've had. Has some solid malt notes and some character and flavor that hasn't really been there with their Cream Ale.

Overall its a nice beer. No complaints. Decent enough malt profile, easy drinking and c'mon that is one pretty sweet can that its coming out of!

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Photo of nezelrac
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe I am being generous here, but this beer is way better than it should be. Poured from a 12oz. can into standard pint glass.

A - dark amber with reddish orange hue; nice fluffy finger and a half of fine beaded head; decent retention; some lacing on the glass

S - brown bread, malt and some gentle hop aromas; sweet malt and candied fruit peeks out; hints of toffee/caramel

T - basically repeats the nose; a little simple; toffee and caramel; light hop presence - but sort of nondescript

M - good CO2; medium weight; not as big as some German Bock's, but this is not detrimental to the beer

D - very drinkable; unassuming and undemanding; makes me wish it were April

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Photo of Donnie2112
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark brownish amber with an impressive pillow of head and cascading champagne like carbonation really pretty beer

clean and grainy not unlike a budweiser or something, but there is something there that smells like grape juice or grape jelly (odd)

again the grape flavor intensifies on the tongue, fairly simple flavor I taste a very sweet malt that again I equate to grapes, not a ton for hops...odd

snappy carbonation smooth medium body not alcohol or alpha acid burn

very drinkable, because it's incredibly smooth just shocked by all of the grapy flavor.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

got this for $4.99 a 12-pack. what a deal ! the first beer i ever tasted was genny cream ale and at approx. 3 years old, the grown folks tell me i didn't like it much. hope i feel better about this one.

A- awesome retro can design, started foaming as soon as i popped the tab. puffy beige head is uncharacteristic of low priced beers such as genesee and the retention is really good considering what we may be dealing with here. little spots of spit bubble lace and some large patches as well over this clear reddish copper amber golden highlighted brew.

S- toasted and caramel malt with just a little bit of generic grainy aromas, a little bit of fruity tartness and sourdough pretzels. no funk.

T- metallic (but clean) water and laid back caramel and toasty malt flavors. just an iota of spicy herbal hops intermingled with a toasty pretzel finish. very clean and very nice!

MF- on the light side with slightly over medium carbonation but it has an apple juice type weight to it. palate is left feeling clean with a little cereal graininess and about as unoffensive as a granola bar.

D- rating this among world class bock in terms of flavor, content, etc. would be unfair, but in the world of large scale production brewing (pre- budweiser american ale era) i think that genny outdid themselves. this is a very plain and simple beer without any fancies or nuances, but it also lacks bullshit, and it is difficult to find anything wrong with it, keeping in mind that it came from the king of cheap beer. having crisp refreshing supreme drinkability any time of year doesn't hurt either.

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Photo of godlessape
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one from the fruity green colored can into a pint glass, and paired it with a monster sized oyster Po-boy.

Appearance: It has a gorgeous copper brown coloring with a finger and a half head that shrunk down to just a light skim on top.

Smell: You have to try real hard to capture the aroma in this beer--to hard. Just a real faint smell of malt and bread.

Taste: Malty, and earthy at first blush, but then a slight fruitiness plows it's way through. Very good. Reminds me of an English brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Fit's just right on the palate.

Overall: This beer was a huge surprise when I first tried it a couple month's ago. It was the price and not the dreadful packaging that turned my head and made me pick up a twelve pack--$9:98---please. It's been my go-to beer ever since. Great stuff.

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Photo of generallee
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz CAN into a 20oz imperial pint. Special thanks to woodychandler for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a chestnut-orange, tarnished copper color with 1/2 a finger of light tan foam on top. Retention was fleeting with the head quickly melting down to a thick and sloppy ring that didn't leave much lace.

S: Hars to geet much of a nose here. What I did notice was caramel, mild citrus, tootsie roll, and stale box of Sunmaid raisins.

T: Right off the bat, there was flavors of caramel and raisins. This was followed by flavors of dried wildflowers, dusty lemon-y hops, and bread crust.

M: Smooth and slightly oily with a pleasant hoppy prickle. Finishes on the dry side with a bit of citrus tang and roasted malt.

D: I found this to be quite enjoyable. I understand the pricing on this is very agreeable as well. Good show!

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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A : pours a beautiful brownish amber with a thin brown tinted head

S : yeasty with a fruit element

T : wheat undertones well offset by hops, spice, fruit, and hints of smokey caramel

M : fast start and clean finish

D : with its ABV near 5 and clean finish, more of a drinker than most other bocks

this is a historical favorite of mine, drank this before I knew what quality craft beers were

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got "The Goat" in a trade with Phillyduke.

12oz can, served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear, copper color with a short beige head that went away after a few minutes.

S - sweet, grainy aroma.

T - sweet and somewhat malty flavor with a slight bitterness on the finish before leaving a sweet after taste on the lips.

F - light/medium bodied with a clean carbonation feel.

D - a good, easy to drink brew.

Final Note: I have a soft spot in my heart for Genesee, as for as long as I've been able to consume alcoholic beverages legally (30 years) Genny has always been there for me. I'm a big fan of the Cream Ale and now I'm also a fan of "The Goat".

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Photo of MaximusSuper
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.


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Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of DagenhamDavis
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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 132 ratings.