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

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246 Ratings
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | 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:
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4/5  rDev +17%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev +17%

GennyCreamAle, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of kuhndog
4/5  rDev +17%

kuhndog, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Schmidts
4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Schmidts, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Blueribbon666
4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
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

Blueribbon666, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of rooftopbrewing
4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

rooftopbrewing, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of godlessape
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

godlessape, May 24, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

twiggamortis420, May 22, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear copper color with a thick foam head that fades to a ring. Some lacing left.

S- Toffee, bread, and caramel sweetness in the nose.

T- Light bitterness initially that is quickly chased away by malt sweetness and caramel. Toasted bread and diacetyl buttery flavors are apparent in the finish.

M- Light bodied with low carbonation. Thin and slightly undercarbonated.

O- Overall this is a decent enough brew and a great buy for the price (12pk $7.99).

projectflam86, May 22, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper/amber in color, with a huge head of off-white creamy looking foam.
Aroma-Faint skunkiness and malt note.
Taste-Watery malt, faint toasted malt sweetness. More character and flavor than BMC brews. Very easy drinking and sessionable. Not unpleasant and a step up from your run-of-the-mill BMC.

hosehead83, May 08, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
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

mikesgroove, May 07, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

ChainGangGuy, May 05, 2011
Photo of LiverDonor
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pretty decent. A nice light brown color and not much head but I'm not taking my brews on a date or home to meet the folks so honestly that's not very relevant to me.

Smell is nothing remarkable. Smells sweeter than it tastes. I'm having a hard time describing the smell other than "sweet" as this beer has substantially more flavor than aroma.

The taste is very lovely. Fresh and earthy. Just like Spring! Kind of grassy and hay like with some caramel and a very slight hoppy bitterness. Love it. They did a good job giving us something perfect for the transition into warm weather. Not too heady but not too bland.

Mouthfeel is good. It's definitely a got a fair amount of carbonation but not too watery considering it's a Genesee product.

I try not to judge beers based only on the price but this one gets high marks for being an unbelievable value. I was drawn in by the cute retro packaging and the price, however I was extremely surprised when I first tried this. It's the first year I've seen it available in my area and I've turned on a LOT of my friends to this brew. I've probably bought five or six 12 packs of this since I found it in February. I'm already mourning the end of "Goat Season".

LiverDonor, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of Natural510
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, no dating.

Pours a dark amber with nice chunk of white bubbly foam which takes its time to dissipate.

Scent is sweet with malt and forest notes. Overall on the subdued, faint side.

Flavor is malty sweet with a bit of a cola overtone and notes of tea leaf and cherry. Mild hop bite to balance things and a yeasty, astringent finish.

Body and mouthfeel is more on the average side; not too watery but obviously built for easy-drinking and not aspiring for a full-bodied brew.

Overall a quality seasonal macro offering; along with Shiner one of the original American bock beers. At $6.99/12-pack this is a great bargain and good go-to spring offering.

Natural510, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of harryhood1
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A spring staple for me. All of my ratings are made with price point in mind. Considering that I can get this for $13.50/case, this is a really drinkable and a pleasing bock for me.

Of course it doesn't hold up against other craft bocks but again, for the price, I really enjoy the couple cases a year I buy of this in the spring.

If you're looking for a good "lawnmower Bock", this is your beer.

Really awesome camping beer!!

harryhood1, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of edfish
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a can...medium dark ruby
Smell- faint hop and malt a strong genney smell
Taste- a strong gennee taste , above average for any canned beer. Not overpowering not underwhelming but definatly a gennee brew.
Mouthfeel is average but decent,
overall- for the price of 8$ a 12 pack quite great! I pick this as my favorite canned beer, like I said for the price and if you are even thinking of liking a Gennee brew this is good!

edfish, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of harrymel
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to thebroth for this extra, cheers Scott!

A: Pours a blood ruby ale with superb clarity. Two finger head which is persistent. Broken sheet lacing.

S: Malt, grain, wheat, straw, slight caramel. Decent nose for the style.

T: Presents mostly a one-dimensional flavor profile. Very much grain and specialty grain. Nothing special. Very average.

M: Medium with moderate if not high carbonation. Should be much lighter body or lower carb.

D: session beer. 'Nuff said.

harrymel, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of Extrajoker00
3.83/5  rDev +12%
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

Extrajoker00, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of mwa423
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark golden color that is crystal clear with a finger of slightly tan head with reasonable retention and some lacing throughout the glass.

S - Aroma is mostly light malty and biscuity aromas, but there is a bit of off-putting skunkiness.

T - The taste at first is similar to the aroma, light, malty and biscuity with no real hop flavor. However, near the back of the tongue and aftertaste is a bit skunky, like it was lightstruck or made use of some saaz hops.

M - Mouthfeel is very light and crisp, exactly what I would expect for a bock.

D - A pretty average bock, reasonably priced and probably the best beer made by Genesee I've ever had, but if you're a bock fan, there are better choices.

mwa423, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of DJED69
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Third year I purchased a 12 of Genny Bock---first review.

Looks great pouring a deep copper color with quick to fade head. Smells of malt and faint hops---nothing overwhelming. Taste is great! Malt dominates with nice bitter hoppiness. Goes down easy and would be a great beer with food. Tremendous value!! Hats off to Genny!!

DJED69, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
3.83/5  rDev +12%
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!

angrybabboon, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Brenden, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

secondtooth, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of victory4me
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard shaker.

One of my favorite can designs ever! Pours a clear medium brown with a two inch head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of bread and a subtle hop character. Think typical macro with a little extra.

Taste is smooth and bready. Very basic, but not your usual corn lager flavors from adjunct lagers. A nice balanced malt character with a touch of hoppiness. Finish has a sweet twang that I can live without. Mouthfeel is very thin. This is not a very complex beer, but a very easy drinker and well worth the $15 a case price point.

At one time this was considered the best bock beer in America. A beer I look forward to every spring.

victory4me, Feb 21, 2011
Genesee Bock from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.