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Dundee Oktoberfest - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

Dundee OktoberfestDundee Oktoberfest

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.4%

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of ElijahRivera

New York

3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Consumed in October during my own mini-Oktoberfest.

A- Some carbonation visible through the cloudy, dark copper body with a small tan tinted head that lasts.

S- Really great unique smell that has many layers of rich caramel, honey and candy sweet malts.

T- Deep, rich, rounded flavor starting with bready, caramel malts, and ending with a balanced subtle hop finish.

M- Full bodied. Creamy, smooth with low carbonation. Semi-sweet finish.

O- My own mini-Oktoberfest consisted of a blind side-by-side-by-side tasting of Oktoberfests by Sam Adams, Saranac, and Dundee. Surprisingly, Dundee fared the best of the three. I'm not very well versed in Oktoberfests, but Dundee was more complex and simply stood out as something special.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 04:32:27 | More by ElijahRivera
Photo of Slatetank


3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured chilled from a 12oz into a goblet purchased the bottle at Wegman's

The color is deep amber bordering on copper with 3 fingers of ecru cream with large bead. The smell is mildly malty with a slight herbal hop aroma. The feel is good with moderate carbonation and mild sweetness level with a low bitterness level and light body in general.

The flavor has some subtle caramel elements of malt with a nice clean yeast flavor with slight woody hop accent, however the flavor seems muted and not as malt forward as it could be. The taste has a gentle toasted grain flavor which is pretty standard for the style. overall the fest is pretty standard, by the numbers...good but not exceptional. I would drink this again, but it isn't worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 00:27:29 | More by Slatetank
Photo of TwelveOunces


3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours clear amber orange with a one finger off white head.

S- Grain, dark fruit. Smells like beer what can I say.

T- A surprising dark fruit presence in this beer. A grain flavor and a crisp lager feel. A lot of caramel and burnt sugars. A good sweet/bitter balance. A rather plain but balanced beer.

M- Light on feel. Very easy to drink.

O- You cold do worse, but you cant do worse for the money.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 23:08:50 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of M_C_Hampton


3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, basic brown colored with a short light tan headed that quickly faded leaving little to no lacing, crystal clear, vibrant bubbling
S: sweet cereals and bread, caramel, light spice
T: on the sweeter side but not much going on, some malt flavors, a little toffee
M: thinner with too much carbonation, odd slight mineral water aftertaste
O: not great for the style, but not undrinkable, lacks depth of flavors though

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 03:56:11 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of TMoney2591


3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

As far as I can tell, this is the last O-Fest I've got. Not sure if I'm pleased with this fact or not... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear auburn-bronze topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises sourdough, toffee, and a kiss of greens. The taste holds notes of very sweet caramel, light candied orange peel, dry bran, and brown grass. It's a strange dichotomy on my tongue between the sweet and the dry/grainy that luckily moves in shifts, rather than just sitting poorly on the tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick feel. Overall, a decent O-Fest, but nothing to get anywhere near excited about.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 01:14:35 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of magine


3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark copper amber color with lots of bubbles and an off white head that sits pretty chunky initially. Head settles to a nice lace layer and leave some good lace. Looks good.

Brew smells of malts and some mellow hops. A true lager nose here with just a bit of spice in the nose. Smells pretty good though.

Brew is spiced in the middle and in the end. Starts with good creaminess from the ever present head; caramel malts in the middle and lots of nice peppery spice. Lots of carbonation - but it works well here. Head settles down a bit and the creaminess subsides. Still good stuff though. Brew finishes clean, and you want another sip. Good slight sweetness to this one. Nice malts and some hops in the finish. This is a good session brew. Good.

First brew from Dundee and I like it. A better take on the style than some of the better craft breweries out there. A great price point for a good Oktoberfest. I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 01:52:37 | More by magine
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Orange-copper colored body topped with 2 fingers of frothy ice cream float head. Good retention with wet lacing.

S: Toasted caramel malt, toffee, spiced rum soaked fruit, honey wheat bread and grains.

T/M: Super rich malts, spiced fruit, timid rum and bread. Focus is in the malt with little to no bitterness. Sticky mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Finishes semidry lingering caramel apples.

O: I like this Oktoberfest it's more rich and malty than some with a great mouthfeel. Nice take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 18:49:18 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of Bitterbill


3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It sure pours nice...a ruby red colour, an inch or more of foam, does well with the lacing.

The smell is all bread and grain. To the style.

Bread, grain, mild sweetness, no bitterness in the taste. Pretty much to the style and pretty tasty, easy drinking.

I find this to be a nice example of the style; I've had others from brewers with a bigger rep than this and they weren't as good. A good effort from Dundee, me thinks.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 18:52:42 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of jbierling


1.95/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I sampled this beer along with two other similar choices (Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat and Sierra Nevada Tumbler) and it seemed thin and devoid of taste or flavor. I really expected to like it more but was left disappointed. The color and appearance was good, the taste was not.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 05:41:13 | More by jbierling
Photo of wac9


4.8/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i love this beer cant wait for this comes out , everything about this beer means fall , one taste and i fell like im in the woods walking on leaves crunching them with every step , the beer is cool and crisp and makes me feel good all a perfect beer in a glasss so enjoy a beer this beer i know i do

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 01:15:48 | More by wac9
Photo of Brenden


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dundee's take on the style is a bit darker than some, surpassing copper to be more of a bronze. The head, a tight, tan cap, gets to one finger tall but ends up half that, which then sticks around and leaves some spotty lacing around the glass as it falls.
I get a malty sweetness with caramel and a light biscuit along with slightly herbacious hops, but it takes effort to force it out of the aroma; the flavor is a bit stronger. It is very well balanced, for what it's worth. This stands about in the middle of the pack, and could use more strength but has a generally good profile.
The feel is light and leans more toward crispness than smoothness with a bit more than moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 06:47:33 | More by Brenden
Photo of scratch69


3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Dark copper-brown color with a fingers worth of tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Light smell of caramel malt sweetness with some nuttiness.

Taste- Slightly sweet nutty malt flavor with the faintest hint of hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Smooth and crisp but just a little watery.

Overall- Not bad, I've had better oktoberfest beers but this was worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 19:09:32 | More by scratch69
Photo of carolinahophead

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has been a while since I have tried a brew from Dundee....
A: Poured a Marzen copper / brown color with light head
S: Rich roasted sweet malt ... its an Oktoberfest for sure . The hops are hard to find but that is a good thing.
Taste : It's an easy drinker for all you malt heads. Do like the sweetness in this one.
M : Medium mouthfeel and good finish. Represents the American style well.
O: This one is on the same level as the Sam Adams version for sure . Will be fun to drink throughout the season. Can you say grilled brats .

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 21:17:09 | More by carolinahophead
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.4/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Very deep red-brown color. It's opaque. There a good tan foamy head that leaves a good amount of lace.

S. Alcohol scent. Very thick maltiness.

T. High octane brew. The alcohol is present. Taste kind of like a pumpkin-saison.

M. Definition of full-bodied.

O. I'd have to have a taste test, but right there as the best Oktoberfest I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 01:14:16 | More by Amalak
Photo of jsisko01


3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a VERY dark amber color, almost brown looking.. with an inch thick, creamy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Has pretty nice lacing.

Smell - Caramel, brown sugar, nuts, and toffee.

Taste - Similar to smell.. Toffee, caramel, very malty, and toasty. Maybe some clove..? There's some spices that I can't point out.

Mouthfeel - Thick body with mild carbonation.

Overall - This is a lot different than most of the other Oktoberfests I've had.. almost like a different style. It's not bad, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 07:09:44 | More by jsisko01
Photo of BigRedN


3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: When poured into a pilsner glass the beer is brown in color with a nice off white head approaching 2 inches in height. Head has good staying power, eventually fading to a cover on the liquid with lacing down the glass.

Smell: Light in the aromas. There is some caramel malt, with a slight nuttinessto it, nothing much else stands out.

Taste: Some decent maltiness no cloying sweetness (lightly sweet caramel and malts). A slight bitterness as I swallow the beer down. Kinda like an Oktoberfest Light beer.

Mouthfeel: A little lighter in body than I would like. Well carbonated, lively on the tongue.

Overall: October is well in the rearview mirror ,but I had been saving a few O-fest beers waiting for the right time to review them. This is a good, easy drinking beer. A very approachable Oktoberfest beer, one to introduce a person to the style. I will likely look for this again next year.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 04:26:30 | More by BigRedN
Photo of jb413


3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown/amber, darker than most Octs, with a 1.5 finger tannish head. Some lacing. Nice.

S - Some mixed maltiness. Smells a bit "cleaner" than others.

T - A sweet, slightly nutty maltiness with some hints at other flavors. Maltiness seems like maybe some heavier toasted malts. Nothing there on the back end to speak of.

MF - Slick in the mouth, light-medium body, easy to drink, perhaps a tad watery in the finish.

O - Looks good, tastes alright, but overall subpar. A fairly one-dimensional profile. Lacks a little in complexity and balance. Not bad for the price, but wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 03:12:33 | More by jb413
Photo of Halcyondays


3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a frothy off-white head. Good retention and lace. A little fizzy.

S: Sweet toffee malt with a hint of iron metal and fruit.

T: Good malt flavour with a slightly sweet finish which I enjoyed. Grainy at times, fairly one-dimensional, but an enjoyable effort.

M: Light to medium-bodied, frothy and creamy, biting carbonation on the finish which is one the thin side, a bit gassy.

O: Not a bad Oktoberfest beer, I liked this and at $5.99/6er the price is great.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 22:51:52 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of StaveHooks


3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy dark brown with red highlights. 1 finger of light tan head

S - Rich toffee/caramel malt, very sweet and sugary.

T - Follows the nose with dense toffee/caramel malt. Grainy and tangy grass/straw flavors on the finish.

M - Full body, slighlty chewy feel.

Pretty one dimensional with the sweet malt dominating pretty much everything. But the sweetness works and I find myself wanting another one.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 21:28:31 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of CHADMC3


3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, toffee colored body with a tan head that looks a bit creamy as it dissolves to leave only hints of lacing behind.

The aroma is of caramel malts and faint brown sugar, perhaps a bit on the sweet side. As it warms there may even be a hint of spice.

The flavor also offers sweet caramel malt, a touch bread-like, and also a bit nutty.

On the lighter side of medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. Perhaps not the traditional German Marzen, but certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 00:29:58 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of SolipsismalCat


4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Spaten Oktoberfest.

A: Clear dark amber with three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a while. Phenomenal lacing.

S: Very sweet caramel malt notes. Really good.

T: Moderate sweetness and hop bitterness. Malty and caramel-like. Pretty good, but lacking in depth.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Really smooth, crisp, and refreshing. High drinkability.

O: This beer looks amazing and smells so good. The feel is really great too. Too bad the taste is a bit lacking. Other than that, pretty solid Oktoberfest. I preferred this over the Spaten.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 01:39:01 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of Tundruth

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out into a pint glass. Dark mahogany in color, with a thick head about two fingers tall. Leaves behind some good lacing.

The smell of this beer is of nuts and toffee mostly. Definitely can pick up on the malts in the nose as well.

Tastes malty and sweet. spot on in flavor for an Oktoberfest in my opinion.

Its a little on the light side in terms of body. It seems a little flat, although it still has enough carbonation to bring the beer to life.

Overall not a half bad beer, I enjoyed it quite well.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 22:34:06 | More by Tundruth
Photo of gabedivision

New York

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Hofbräu mug.

Pours a nice ruby chestnut color with a 1 finger head that creates alot of sticky slime. Smells of nutty malts, spice and caramel, with a faint grainy lager type smell. Strong robust malty backbone with an almost fruity center, followed up with a sour grain finish. Light on the mouthfeel, very easy to drink. Overall this beer is worth buying IMO esp for the price. It is a nice easy to drink and enjoy lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 02:42:24 | More by gabedivision
Photo of fo5s

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a sam adams oktoberfest mug. No dating on the bottle.

A- pours a light brown...like a watered down brown ale and a far cry from what I was expecting. 1 finger head.

S- malty, sweet. Maybe it's the appearance, but I swear I catch a tough of nuttiness.

T- malty, a slight touch of butter and caramel, mild hops peak through.

M- both the body and carbonation are on the thin side.

O- Not a great beer nor a good representation of the style, but not unpleasant either.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 07:17:14 | More by fo5s
Photo of drpimento


3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

'Sallright. Poured with a nice sized, foamy, frothy, cream colored head that settled down to a few islands quickly and no lace. Color is a lovely, clear cherry, copper amber. Aroma is malt, toffee, caramel, a bit of fruit and roast. Flavor is less interesting than nose, the same stuff, just less intense or interesting. Body is ok and carbonation is a touch fizzy. Finish is like flavor and on the short side.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 19:34:17 | More by drpimento
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Dundee Oktoberfest from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.