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

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 17.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 26 | 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 generallee
3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a dark amber color and good clarity. The head is off white in color and foamy but fades out quickly leaving just a ring of foam on top.

Smell: The aroma has a heavy malty character with caramel and light roasted/toasted notes. Hop aroma is very mild.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a big malty flavor that is sweet and bready with a nutty character. Hop flavor is modest and brings leafy/herbal notes and mild bitterness for some balance. Also a little metallic taste creeps into the mix. The finish is fairly quick and balanced but still a bit on the sweet side. Its carbonation is soft and the texture is smooth with a medium body.

Notes: Overall it's a good offering for good price.

Photo of MOShepp
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear medium amber with a small head that reduces quickly and some lacing.

Aromas of citrus and caramel.

Tastes of apricot, bread dough, caramel and citrus with some hops noticed. Pretty smooth and well balanced.

Not a bad beer, easy to drink.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a clear caramel amber orange hue in the body with a large off white head forms thick with ample lacing cling evenly across my dimpled mug. Aromatics are clean with toasted malt sweet caramel noted and mild herbal hops blended with mineral water. Flavor has again a very clean and subtle moderate sweetness with a touch of toasted nuts and caramel malts weight in but no heavy it's more like Oktoberfest light but in a good way. Definitely a well crafted brew from High Falls, excellent drinkability light to medium bodied even sturdy carbonation, nothing here is too heavy just maybe at times a bit too muted if I want something really flavorful. If I'm grabbing a sixer though, this is a contender for sure especially in the fall around Thanksgiving football time of year.

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear tangerine hued brew with a creamy two finger head. Big sheets of foamy lace slide down the glass, leaving big washes of foamy arcs on the glass. This is a looker for sure.

S - This tragically underpowered nose is aromatically challenged. I really almost can't smell anything! Light wafts of caramel malts and mineral notes come to me after labored snorting at the rim of the glass. I honestly can't think of a more nasally handicapped beer.

T - MUCH better than the nose...at least I can taste this beer even if I can't smell it. Sweet caramel malt, carrot cake with that brown sugar icing.

M - Medium bodied,...but almost pushing the thick side of the envelope. This is dextriny, smooth, skillfully carbonated, and mildly hoppy at the relatively neutral finish.

D - Good stuff. I just wish it had some sort of scent. I'm a big fan of sniffing...I often nose a beer for five minutes before I even drink the damn thing, and this one ruins that part of the beer-xperience for me. All around, this is a good beer despite it's one major flaw. This is one I wouldn't mind sessioning on a cold late autumn day...I'm thinking huddled around a bonfire with friends sort of sessioning here.

Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was always a fan of Dundee's Honey Brown beer, and this is from their inexpensive "craft" line.

Attractive and clean pumpkin-amber in color, with solid lacing.

Sweet scent.

Tastes caramel-biscuity, with an undercurrent of spice.

Very well-done and enjoyable, and definitely a good bargain for a craft-style beer!

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Clark's Ale House for $3.50 a pint. Appeared a clear orange with a short white head. Like the other Dundee beers, this is a simple but tasty drink. There's a dry but sweet caramel taste that dominates with light candied bread undertones. Clean and drinkable, I'm sure it's a fine beer to drink a stein of.

Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours caramel with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Caramel, slight pear notes

T: Fruity, nice caramel notes up front, dryness & faint leafy hops, along with some grainyness. Beady malt & fruittyness dominate as this warms along some leafy hops & more dryness. Finishes with a delight breadyness. pears & dryness

MF: Medium bodied, slightly sharp carbonation, smooths out fairly quickly. Good balance

Drank easy enough, I would pick a sixer of this up before I would most of the O'fests I've had this fall to include Sam Adams & Left Hand. Not a bad effort at all!

Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with a ton of release that yields a big 2+ fingers of creamy eggshell colored head. That peters down pretty quickly, into a thin fizzy retention that leaves some decent spotty lacing behind. The aroma is deep, fruity, floral notes sticky malt sweetness. Not super assertive but it's there.

The taste is mostly overly sweet with caramel malts that possess a bit of a toasty feel. There's some floral tasting hop bitterness in there for a bit of balance. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a creamy feel and fairly easygoing nature.

Simple take on the style here that could have maybe have done with a little less sweetness and packed a touch more body. Decent stuff though that went down easily.

Photo of nicholas2121
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color with a moderate off-white head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of caramel malt, a touch buttery and doughy, and some grassy hops. The taste is similar to the aroma. Caramel malt with some metallic notes, and a spot of lemon; the buttery taste is not really present. An earthy tea-like bitter hop rounds out the brew. The feel is of a moderate body with tingly carbonation, good balance between sweet and the earthy hops, finishes a tad sticky. A standard american marzen brew; caramel malt profile with earthy/grassy hops.

Photo of aepb1
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Translucent red/brown with an off-white head

S- Sweet caramel malts

T- Malts present the whole time and some spicey notes in there as well

M- Light/medium bodied with some bite from the carbonation also in there

D- Definitely a fall beer! Enjoyable but not something I'd go out of my way to get

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is rather mild, some malts. Taste is big on malts, somewhat sweet, notmuch else going on. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and enjoyable beer.

Photo of BierFan
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 3 twist-off bottles into a large mug.

Very red body and a thin light tan head. Malts are darker than I would like from an oktoberfest. It really seems like much more of a bock due to the darker malts. The hops are what you would expect from a German lager.

I wouldn't suggest this unless you're tight on money. Not a bad beer, but not a good marzen.

Photo of BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Clear copper hue with a huge three-four finger head that slowly settles to a thick pillowy cap. Thick and stringy lacing.

Very light malt aromas except for a little caramel and a good amount of sweet candy. A little bit of toastiness.

Highly toasted grains, along with a little burnt caramel. The sweet syrupy sugar flavor is there as well. Full bodied. The sweet candy flavor lingers for a while.

Not a bad Oktoberfest, but it's a bit sweet. Worth a try.

Photo of aranheaney
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A-orange, fair head, little lace

S-pretty decent, this was a little late for an Octoberfest, especially if it was brewed last August, but there weren't many other options at the bowling alley

T-ok, not anything like this year's Sam, nor the Great Lakes I reviewed, but this is serviceable as a marzen

M-ok, it does leave a bit lingering

D-I wouldn't search it out again, but in a pinch, it'll do

Photo of Dodo2step
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- a nice pumpkin orange color. A nice frothy head as well, a good 2 fingers. A nice patchy lacing on my pint glass as well.

S- a musty dull allspice. There is also hints of malt and barley on the backend. Sweet molasses can be smelled as well.

T- Caramel and molasses come out strong. Allspice and butterscotch for the undertones.

M- bitter and dry but very tasty and enticing.

D- It is a lil heavy to be pounding this back. It filled me up pretty quick but a nice beer for a dinner.

Photo of buschbeer
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of off white head. It is a deep ruddy amber. It is darker than other beers I've had in this stle. It smells malty sweet. It is sweet tasting as well. It also has a bit of a burnt finish. It's ok, but there are a lot of others that I prefer in this style.


Photo of Amalak
4.38/5  rDev +30%
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.

Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug

Appearance: Sienna brown that reminds me of root beer barrel candies. A 1 finger khaki head that dissipates rather soon and leaves no lacing to speak of.

smell: toasted sweet caramel, mild but detectable hops

Taste: Toasted caramel malt adds appropriate sweetness. Spicy hops balance it

overall: a by the numbers Marzen that adds up and is a decent drinkable beer.

Photo of plaid75
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured sweet husky malts with a metallic twang.

The taste consisted of a nutty malt, some caramel and again, some metal.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style (not necessarily a good thing).

Overall a decent Oktoberfest.

Photo of erosier
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a yellow orange color with a tall and thick white head that fades fast but leaves lots of lacing.
S: Smells of sweet malts, a hint of hops and caramel at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet malts, a bit of hops and a hint of caramel at the end.
M: Crisp, refreshing, light tasting with a nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable beer with a nice clean finish.

Photo of Jesse13713
1.42/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Still have a few of these left over from fall. Decided to pull one out tonight and review it. This will be my fifth time drinking this beer.

Appearance - A surpisingly vibrant and frothy head presents itself. A vaguely transparent orange and amber color. No lacing capabilities whatsoever. A very 'Oktoberfest' looking beer.

Smell - Slight pumpkin and bitters. They are watered down and vague, however. No real signs of spices or "full-bodied" taste in the nose, as the bottle suggests. Actually quite a pleasant fall leaves smell to it.

Taste - I really tried to like this; after I remembered absolutely hating the first 4 I drank in the fall. I thought maybe my tastes had changed and I would enjoy this more. I was wrong. This tastes like I ate some leaves and then threw up. The taste and mouthfeel are just absolutely terrible. It's about as bad as I remember it from a few months ago. It isn't skunked or soured from age. A slight hint of deep malts that then turns into a leafy pumpkin pulp taste.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - I can barely get this down without gagging. The mouthfeel is just unbearably unpleasant. I think that after drinking five of these, I'm finally going to give up on this brew and chuck the last one into the trashcan. Perhaps I will try a different Dundee brew in the future. But this is just ridiculously gross.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 1 finger head with good retention and a nice amber color.

Smell is of caramel and biscuity malts. This smells like a lightly hopped amber ale.

Sweet caramel and biscuity malts come through. This is not an oktoberfest, this is an amber ale. Not a bad amber ale either. I like my ambers hopy, but this one is good.

The mouthfeel is full, yet crisp. I like biscuity malts to cling well to the palate, and this one doesn't disappoint.

This is a solid example of the unexciting side of the american amber style. I wouldn't mind having a few of these.

Photo of huxcrunner
3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- there is about of two fingers of off white head that sticks well to the glass, its is a very dark amber orange in color with very active carbonation

s-very active aromas, sweet undertones and good aromas of malt to this beer

t-taste is a little sweet up front as it works its way around your mouth it becomes more bitter, it seems a little grainy to but its nothing super sever that would hinder the taste to much overall the taste is good for the fall season

m-good medium-heavy body that is a little rough but not so much that it would hinder the beer

d- overall this is a pretty good season beer i would recommend it to anyone who has the chance to try this beer

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Dundee Oktoberfest from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.