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

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131 Reviews
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Reviews: 131
Hads: 274
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 11
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of harryhood1
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
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!! (428 characters)

Photo of edfish
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
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! (432 characters)

Photo of harrymel
2.81/5  rDev -19.5%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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 (420 characters)

Photo of mwa423
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of DJED69
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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!! (328 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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! (938 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,399 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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! (294 characters)

Photo of victory4me
3.35/5  rDev -4%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of aranheaney
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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... (890 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can to a pint glass.

A- Pours a nice deep reddish brown with a faint white coating over the top.

S- Malty rice. Has faint alcohol sweet chocolate and light hops.

T- Tastes like sugar and malt. Sweet on the tongue and the finish with nice touch of caramel.

M- Way over carbonated, almost goes down like a pepsi, otherwise nice bodied, goes down smooth, easy to drink.

D- Nice drinkability, easy to drink and very cheap, with the exception of the carbonation being way too high for my liking this beer is pretty good. (534 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (731 characters)

Photo of nezelrac
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
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 (674 characters)

Photo of GregBlatz
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cool looking can. $7.99 /12pk from a brewery not known for craft beer or at least brewing according to style rather than the masses.
Website said they have made this since 1951. Maybe it never was distributed in OH or I missed it.

I tasted my beer at around 55 degrees.

A - Tall head with thin bubbles. Off white head settles and tries its best to lace the glass. Color is a beautiful clear copper.

S - Metallic, but I seem to get that from other low gravity Bock beers. Thin caramel smell. Smell seems to indicate that this is a small beer. Might be an easy drinker.

T - Malt is the first flavor that hits my tongue. Nice bitterness rounds out the flavor. Finishes clean without a cloying sweetness. Suprisingly complex for a little beer. Bitterness lingers a bit which is nice.

M - Thin and high in carbonation. Bit of a slick oily mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable beer.

Overall - I think we have a winner here. This is a nice session beer at lower than BMC prices. Consider it a macro beer that actually has some subtle complexity and is brewed to a style other than American Pilsner. I'm going to buy this again for sure. (1,131 characters)

Photo of TrouserSneeze
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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 (778 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev -6%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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! (846 characters)

Photo of capaneus
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(A) poured out of the most exceptionally retro lime-green can with a happy, flower-pickin' goat on the front. it produces a good 1.5 finger head in my wide-brimmed VERBODEN VRUCHT goblet. The head has a whipped cream look which is interrupted with large bubbles coming up throughout. this display quickly recedes to a white film on top with clumpy lacing. the color is a rich brown with chestnut highlights. this is a $6/12 pack beer?

(S) smells of caramelized malt and raisins with a substantial bready quality. i like bready beers. seriously, this is a $6/12 pack beer?

(T) faintly sweet caramel with a very mild but present hop bitterness. i'm finding a lot of the complexities are being obscured by a prominent boozy taste. i've had these in my cellar since JANUARY and i've noticed the booziness become increasingly pronounced with age. too bad, but this beer is really intended to be consumed fresh. the aftertaste is very similar to GENESEE CREAM ale - i don't mind that one bit.

(M) quite nice. thinner than a GERMAN bock, but thinner is good in this case. the carbonation is smooth on the tongue, and not at all stinging or soda-like. a well balanced arrangement here.

(D) again (and for the last time) this is a $6/12 pack beer? a great beer for the money (or a good beer in general), and spot on for the rather forgotten style of 20th century AMERICAN bock beers. i plan to stockpile next JANUARY on this once-a-year and unusually affordable treat. a near-perfect session beer. (1,492 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce can into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Pours a medium copper color with a one-finger head of off-white foam which leaves some frothy, weak lace.

S: Smells of roasted caramel malts with a dash of grains and an earthy, sweet aroma as well.

T: Bit of a metallic grain sting at first, but a sort of nice, mellow dose of sweet caramel malt pushes over it with some lager malt characteristics in there as well. Ever so slightly bitter floral hop finish with a mild drying effect, but odd watery flavor too.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth. A slight acrid adjunct sting and a little watery in the finish, but otherwise pretty nice.

D: Surpassed my expectations as a modest ABV bock with good lager qualities and a slightly sweet and smoky malty profile. Love the artwork on the can, like the contents a little bit less. Serviceable though. (877 characters)

Photo of lovesoutherntier
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell of this beer is a faint amount of malt and thats about it. Its a rather dark color, with a thick foamy head in my goblet. the taste is of faint maltyness in the front and all the way through with no backbone to this beer. it is very drinkable, and for the price, 6.49 for a 12 pack, its a good beer to have after uve already had some real good beer and want just one more the tastes arent amazing, but for the price, they know what kind of beer it is. if you can get ur hands of a 12 pack id advise because it will last you a long time and you wont regret it. (569 characters)

Photo of Stigs
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of tim9887
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 24pk from Bell Beverage for $10. Wow. 12oz can poured into a mug. Pours a darker amber with 1/2" tan foamy head that doesn't stick around. Aroma isn't all that impressive, just some general malt sweetness. In the taste I get some subtle chocolate/molasses character and some metallic flavor which is odd. Very soft carbonation and quite easy to drink. Overall a great value for such a modestly-priced brew. (418 characters)

Photo of chcfan
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can into awesome, newly acquired Rare Vos pilsneresque tumbler

I picked up a sixer of Genny Cream Ale about a month back and it was a total drain pour. Actually had a metallic and overall nasty aroma that I couldn't get past. It was less than $5, and I poured that whole thing down the drain. I believe it was really old, but I'm not giving that beer another chance.

I heard that there's a lot of love for Genny Bock, so I picked up a single. The beer I'm reviewing right now came from a case that I picked up for a $15.50. Love that it comes in cans, love the look of the cans, and love the look in the glass. This being a lower level beer, I would not be against sipping it from the can if I'm enjoying it outside or sneaking it onto a golf course. I have found my spring value beer, and I'm pretty happy about it. (818 characters)

Genesee Bock from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.