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

Genesee BockGenesee Bock

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BA SCORE
78
okay

227 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.74%


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:
No notes at this time.

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Brenden

Ohio

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.

Serving type: can

03-02-2011 16:42:55 | More by Brenden
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secondtooth

Indiana

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!

Serving type: can

02-21-2011 20:59:26 | More by secondtooth
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victory4me

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

02-21-2011 02:45:15 | More by victory4me
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aranheaney

New York

3.35/5  rDev -2%
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...

Serving type: can

02-20-2011 01:24:49 | More by aranheaney
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gabedivision

New York

3.35/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-13-2011 07:14:52 | More by gabedivision
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dogfishandi

New York

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: can

02-07-2011 04:06:18 | More by dogfishandi
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nezelrac

New York

3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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

Serving type: can

02-06-2011 22:33:43 | More by nezelrac
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GregBlatz

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: can

02-01-2011 00:19:59 | More by GregBlatz
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TrouserSneeze

New York

4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Serving type: can

01-31-2011 23:50:31 | More by TrouserSneeze
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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

Serving type: can

09-01-2010 02:19:28 | More by russpowell
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: can

07-11-2010 15:14:20 | More by tone77
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

Serving type: can

06-27-2010 14:00:53 | More by GbVDave
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capaneus

New York

3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: can

06-09-2010 15:46:23 | More by capaneus
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: can

06-06-2010 03:50:14 | More by Gambrinus1184
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lovesoutherntier

New York

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: can

05-13-2010 04:43:18 | More by lovesoutherntier
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: can

04-30-2010 01:34:55 | More by Stigs
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tim9887

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: can

04-26-2010 02:41:08 | More by tim9887
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chcfan

California

3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: can

04-23-2010 00:25:16 | More by chcfan
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beertunes

Washington

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: can

04-20-2010 22:52:09 | More by beertunes
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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!

Serving type: can

04-10-2010 02:19:32 | More by Suds
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tzieser

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a good surprise. At 6.99 a 12 pack, I was expecting another piss yellow faux-bock (search "Super Bock" and you'll know what I mean). Pours a great copper like color with a 1-2 finger head that sticks pretty well. Not a crazy complex nose, but hints of caramel malts are definitely noticeable. Flavor is remarkably smooth and has a substantially larger malt character than expected.

I loved this stuff. I'll definitely seek it out again.

Serving type: can

04-10-2010 00:48:08 | More by tzieser
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NOOGIE

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Poured 12 oz. can into pint glass. Big foam head which disappears quickly to almost nothing. Nice black reddish hazy color.

Smell: Good mixture of chocolate, sweet malts and hops.

Taste: Same mixture of chocolate, sweet malts and faint hops.

Mouthfeel: Nothing really sticks around your mouth for too long, and it is a dry taste that finishes.

Drinkability: Going into reviewing this beer, not knowing anything about this beer and paying only $6.29, I am really pleased with this beer. Anyway the drinkability is surprisingly smooth, but not creamy like I like in my bocks. Still if you're in Northern Wisconsin pick some up cheap!

Serving type: can

04-09-2010 23:16:47 | More by NOOGIE
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emccaff

New York

4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
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"

Serving type: can

04-09-2010 20:14:48 | More by emccaff
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I noticed a twelve pack of this Genesee brew and I just could not pass it up for two reasons: 1) The packaging was great, featuring a bright green background with little yellow star shapes and a goat jumping over the Genesee logo, and most importantly 2) any bock that costs 6.99 for an entire twelve pack is at least worth a shot as far as I'm concerned.

Genesee Bock pours a dark reddish-brown color that is orange where the most light manages to pass through it at the very edges. The head is a good two fingers tall, it off-white and it is very nice and rocky. Some fairly good lacing stick to my glass.

The nose isn't very powerful, but the the light caramel malt and sweetness that are there are pretty good. A hint of a metallic aroma hangs around also.

There isn't much to Genesee Bock, but what is here is pretty good. A light caramel flavor and other sweet malts pop up quickly, but fade even faster. The lightest touch of hops comes through in the finish, but it took me four or five sips to notice it at all. Although it is not the most flavorful bock that I've encountered, Genesee Bock does taste like a German bock, and it is very clean on the palate.

The body is very light, and the carbonation a touch above the median. No complaints here.

Genesee bock really impressed me for what it is. It is clean and extremely easy to drink, just like a bock should be. Also, any bock in a kick ass can that costs 6.99 a 12 pack is good in my book. As far as cheap beer goes, this is the BEST value I've seen in a long time. Maybe ever.

Serving type: can

03-15-2010 00:14:45 | More by Hojaminbag
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's see, I'm 53 years old, so I probably first tasted this 50 years ago. No kidding. I'm from a German family and we always got a taste of whatever adult beverages were being drank, and I remember my dad getting this and something called G.B. (Good Bock?).

Over the years I usually grab a 12 of this once a year or so if I spot it. So this weekend I threw it in with my usual ridiculously expensive stuff.

You have to admit, it is the best value beer. Here you have something with color and a bit of taste at less than 1/4 the price of the Bell's Consecrator I bought at the same time. However, price is the only way those two should be compared.

This beer is barely acceptable, but it IS acceptable. It is a fairly innocuous bock - it will not overpower you with good (or bad) taste. There is a bit of funkiness, but that's what bocks are supposed to be.

If you are on a budget, you could do a lot worse than this. Heck we are planning to go back to an all inclusive resort this year in Cancun, and I wish the DosXX dark (cerveza obscura) they serve was as good as this.

Serving type: can

03-14-2010 17:12:25 | More by schoolboy
Genesee Bock from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.