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

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Reviews: 132
Hads: 277
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 20.87%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 132 | Hads: 277
Photo of tdm168
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Chaz
3/5  rDev -13%
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

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of rterry13
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of bornridiculous
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of giblet
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.


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Photo of keithmurray
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a mug

Appearance - clear dark amber color with frothy white head

Smell - this is faint; honey, malts is what I pick up

taste - malt, caramel, bread, hops

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, fairly smooth and straightforward, slightly sweet, bubbly on the finish

overall - pretty good beer, one of the best offerings I've had from Genesee, at the price point, definetly worth checking out

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Photo of musicforairports
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of haywire77
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beverage pours a very nice copper/amber with red highlights abound and a big 2" frothy light tan head that hangs around for a few minutes before dissolving to a thin halo around the glass edge. A little bit of lacing to speak of, but not much or this score would have went up another half a point.

The smell is boring, however. Very faint Burnt caramel and slight malt mixed with sweaty socks. Not enough to make you turn away, but just a little "off."

Flavor is really solid. Sweet bready malt and a little of that Cream Ale biscuit flavor that we all have a deep down love of. Maybe a little flash of metallic fruit on the tail end.

Mouthfeel is so-so. Lots of carbonation and bursting bubbles, but leaves a funny coating in your mouth that makes you want to rinse it out with another drink. A great marketing ploy to get many people to session this beer. I know I will.

Overall this as by far the finest offering from the Genesee brewing company, and one that I wish I could get all the time. It would easily replace my regular swill of choice and be a staple in my fridge with the grandma appearance of the green goated can.

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Photo of suspect
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a nice crystal clear coppery red color. Aggressive pour leads to a fluffy tan 1.5 finger head that disappears after a few minutes. Lacing is spotty but present.

S: Subtle nose with malt characteristics and an ever so slight hop finish. Definitely picking up standard lager notes as well with slight adjunct smell at the end.

T: Ah, Genny Bock. There really is nothing awe-inspiring about this beer but the flavors are nicely blended and smooth all the way around. The malts and hops mix and blend nicely and the taste is good.

M: Perfectly carbonated, smooth finish.

O: The easiest of drinkers. Smooth overall beer and for $8 a 12 pack it's really one of the best buys on the market.

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Photo of mjtiernan
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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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 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 rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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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 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 twiggamortis420
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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).

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Photo of hosehead83
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of LiverDonor
3.76/5  rDev +9%
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".

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Genesee Bock from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.