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

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273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 134
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 Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +7%
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.

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 ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can - $2.75 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: From the retro-type can it pours a clear, amber-brown body with a finger of beige-hued suds.

Smell: Gently sweetish on the nose, with basic, simple notes of toast, light caramel, and light brown sugar.

Taste: A taste of toast, a soothing sugared sweetness and a tiny, tiny pinch of cocoa. Light indistinct fruitiness. Mild, lightly earthy hops with a low, subdued bitterness to it, so the sweetness remains until the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Milder and gentler than most, but gains a boosted drinkability from the lower level of alcohol and the crisper-than-most level of carbonation. And it's cheap. If I'm paying only $2.75 at a restaurant, a six'er of the stuff in stores should be pretty reasonable.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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 jwc215
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a fluffy tan head that descends to a thin cover, leaving some lacing.

The smell is of some caramel with a touch spicy hops.

The taste is of sweet caramel with a touch of earthy hop spicing. Something "macro-ish" in the taste that I can't quite pinpoint, but it's there.

It is light-to-light-side of medium. Mild carbonation.

Easy-drinking enough in a "no frills" sort of way. Cheap - only about seven bucks for a 12-pack. Not bad, but nothing special.

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

The beer pours a nice dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pilsner and crystal malt scent along with a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a crisp lager feel with just enough caramel sweetness to add some complexity. It's not overly complex, but it goes down smooth and finishes dry with a balanced bitterness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good bock. Like I said, it's not the most complex and interesting beer on the market, but it's smooth and easy drinking.

Photo of woodychandler
2.23/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

CAN you believe that today (01 Mar) is Iceland Beer Day?!? I am having a CAN or two to help celebrate this most auspicious occasion.

My pour produced a finger of ecru head with low retention, quickly becoming wisps. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity and lots of CO2 bubbles gently rising to the surface. Nose was really malty sweet accompanied by a light tang. Mouthfeel was medium with an unpleasant astringency, like gargling with hydrogen peroxide, in the mouth. Oof. Finish was slightly sweeter, but I just could not get past that initial taste. I have a 12-pack, so I CAN revisit this one, but for now, I am sure I will be one of the low scores.

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 billab914
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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 Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to JoeyBeerBelly for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing at all. The nose is malty and lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with lots of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew.

Photo of beertunes
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this sentimental favorite in a trade with orcasteve, Thanks much! Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear dark amber color with about a half inch of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma was malty sweet with a slight tang at the back. The taste was clean and malty, just a touch sweet, with an interesting sharpness in the finish.

The body was light but full. Drinkability is very good. Or maybe that's just my memories of of sunny afternoons in the backstretch grandstands at Oswego Speedway, pouring these beauties down the throat with friends while watching the supermodifieds roar around the track.

This is a beer that's not going to blow any serious BA away, but Genny products are the beers I grew up on, and I'm glad for the chance to revisit it.

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 Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-copper color with a one-finger head into my glass.

The aroma is full of sweet, grainy malt in the nose. Sweet like raisin and plums.

Taste is sweet with raisin, plum and grainy malt. Bready.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grainy malt. A bit harsh, possibly from adjuncts? A bit thin.

Not bad. Drinkable. Not much to be impressed by but it's always a treat to try
it.

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 Durge
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The can alone is easily worth half the price of admission here, very similar to the original from the 70's that I remember fondly. This latest version is a dark iced tea brown with a big fluffy off white head and decent lace. It has a sharp wheat and mild caramel aroma. This is followed by a big caramel and dry herbal hop taste. A little rough around the edges but I don't find this to be bad at all as bock's go. Well carbonated and very drinkable. Nice job for a blue collar, low priced bock in a fun can. Party on Genee!

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cool looking 12 oz can courtesy of sliverx, thanks Tim! Pours a clear, glowing crimson color with a stiff off-white head that shows good retention and great lacing.

Nose is pretty faint. Light toast and sweet grains about sums it up.

Taste is mostly near-bunt malt without much sweetness in tow. Dry, even finish without much, if any, hop character. One of the better brews I have had from the Genesee/Dundee lineup. Compared to Shiner Bock this one is not as crisp and clean, but it has a more pronounced malt flavor and body. Not too shabby of a brewski here, Id drink it again.

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 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 DmanGTR
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this directly from the can, so I'll rate the appearance based on the can's looks. I really enjoy the design. Smelled of malts and a touch of cooked corn. Who cares, it's good old Genesee, it's their signature. However, I found the taste to be pretty bland. Nothing off-putting, just really light and bland. I wish they could up it a touch, oh well. Smooth and Genny-like. Could do a few no problem. A good beer to have a casual burger cookout with.

Photo of woosterbill
3.8/5  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!

Photo of Suds
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember having this beer in the early '90's (not sure if it was the same recipe, although), I recall the brown colored can. Coming back from retirment, this beer is a welcome sight. Inexpensive and very tasty. Love the retro packaging. It's a clear copper color with a relatively thick white head. The aroma is malty, although a bit more toasted malt than I recall....crust on highly-toasted bread. The taste is malty and flavorful. It's a little drier than I'd like, although this makes it a very drinkable brew. Not terribly complex, but very enjoyable. Nice beer for the expense!

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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".

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a fine looking orange/amber color, looks like an OFest. Almost two fingers of creamy light tan head. Not long-lived but puts up a nice chunky ring of lace around the high water mark and a few pillar-like columns down the glass.

Aroma - very standard grain, MGD-like.

Taste - perhaps the 'cream ale' of bocks? The graininess is almost that of a standard lager level, but with a Milleresque flavor. Some nice caramel malt flavor present once the palate adjusts a bit, a little toastiness to boot. I have to say, for a beer with elements of macro, this also has a nice flair of good flavor running through it as well.

Mouthfeel - light and crisp, not what I'd want from a bock, but there is a note of smoothness.

Drinkability - not a true bock in terms of strength, but it has some bock character in the taste. Not the worst spring beer, I'd have a few more.

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Genesee Bock from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.