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

Not Rated.
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Reviews: 145
Hads: 306
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 24.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-28-2008

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.39/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

On tap at The Genesee Brewhouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light brown, clear, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like not much, really, there's maybe some caramel and weirdly sweet malt, but the aroma is not exactly leaping out of the glass here.

The taste is honestly gross. The malt character is sweet, in a shitty candy sort of way, with a very low hop presence, and a kinda dark fruit mixed with green apple or pear sort of thing. The flavor here is just too weird for an Oktoberfest.

This is light bodied, not very drinkable at all, with a moderate level of carbonation.

A pretty unsatisfactory beer in just about every way. Woo!

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Photo of utopiajane
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Smells malty and at first no hops no caramel. Color is good. Drinks with a breaddy malt and a good hit of sweetness. Bubbles finish it. Light hops come through at just the right moment for balance. Doesn't linger long. Clean finish with a clean hops butter. As it warms caramel starts to bleed through into the nose and the flavor. malt seems thin and I wonder if they used decoction method or not? Finishes with thin caramel and residual sweetness.

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Photo of justinp444
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass this beer is a clear slightly dark amber orange with a two inch thick foamy white head. Smell of fresh citrus and floral hops with a bit of earth, caramel-y malts, a bit of alcohol, and brown sugar. Taste is smooth drinkable with a molasses/brown sugar sweet malt flavor. Floral hops and a tiny bit of citrus with some metallic flavors. It's a little light bodied and watery but it makes it up with a nice mouth feel. If it wasn't as oddly sweet metallic then I'd really enjoy it more.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, bottled on 7/16/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavor with minimal yeast ester notes present in taste and aromas. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Oktoberfest style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dundee Oktoberfest -brewed by Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. This brew has an ABV of 5.50% When Dundee Oktoberfest pours out, it is a nice light brown color ,with a nice white head. The smell is rich sweetness and spices. You also pick up on some grains and malts in the smell. There is a lot going on in the taste of this brew. You pick up on the spices and malts. Dundee Oktoberfest has a smooth taste, there is nothing overpowering in this brew. I though there would be more to this brew but it is ok. I was hoping for more flavor in this brew. More spices and flavors. For what it worth this is mild Oktoberfest, but it is good tasting. The mouthfeel is nice and clean, with no bad aftertaste. The mouthfeel is is and clean and refreshing. This is a good drinking brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would get this brew again.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%

Not bad at all, well, nothing special either, I had low expectations but found the beer reasonably tasty. Certainly much better than the regular quantity beer. The cost of $4 a six certainly helps the score.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: light malts, but not a lot of aroma;

T: not a lot of flavor either; what's there is nicely malty, but it seems watered down;

M: light to medium bodied; light, creamy carbonation;

O: it's got potential, but needs more of what's there;

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark burnt orange body with a decent white head.

Smell: Nice caramel malts touched by a kiss of floral hops.

Taste: Nutty caramel malt flavor balanced by nice floral hops .

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but overall decent mouthfeel.

Overall: Nice little Octoberfest.

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Photo of ElijahRivera
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.07/5  rDev -11%
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

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of magine
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of jbierling
1.99/5  rDev -42.3%
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.

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Photo of wac9
4.76/5  rDev +38%
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

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Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of scratch69
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of carolinahophead
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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 .

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Photo of Amalak
4.38/5  rDev +27%
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.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of jb413
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Dundee Oktoberfest from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.