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

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 17.51%
Wants: 1
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 Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Color is a moderate copper-amber with a light tan head. Not too much retention or lacing on this one. The aroma is a bit faint with a little bit of earthy hops as well as some light caramel and toffee. The taste brings a bit of caramel as well as some slightly-toasted bread. Feel is a bit light but overall pretty good. A nice and easy sipper; middle-of-the-road, but it'll do the job in a pinch.

Photo of Knapp85
1.86/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is probably the worst Oktoberfest I've ever had. It's a damn shame too. I look very forward to the fall season because I find the beers to be among some of the best at that time of the year. This was just a major upset here. There was an ok looking color to it but very thin on taste and mouthfeel. Where did all the seasonings go?

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

Glassy harvest orange with candy corn colored borders. The compact crown (which is equal parts bone, beige and pastel orange) is firmly creamy and does a better than decent job of lace deposition. No complaints so far.

Even though the nose is on the shy side, it smells classically Oktoberfestish. It also smells like it will be anything but a malty beast. That's no surprise given the 5.5% ABV and the brewery that created it.

Dundee Oktoberfest is a pretty decent effort. Like most High Falls beer, it's stone simple and somewhat boring to taste buds that are used to more complex fare. On the other hand, it should be easily approachable and wonderfully drinkable for those who are looking to cross over to something better than BMC.

Given the malt shortage, the ABV is probably a little less than 5.0%, not greater. There can't be much Munich malt present since that typical earthy nuttiness is on the subdued side. It's more of a light caramel and honey sort of vibe. A hint of German hoppiness on the back end easily brings things into balance.

The body/mouthfeel comes into its own as the beer warms. It started out too light, then seemed to gain a little heft and some lagery smoothness over time. There might even be a hint of subtle viscosity on the finish.

Dundee (now Genesee) Oktoberfest is a paint-by-the-numbers version of a style that is not among my favorites. That said it got (most of the way) onto my good side early and stayed there throughout all 12 ounces. Along with Dundee Porter, this is probably my favorite HFBC beer.

Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden-orange color with a fizzy and bubbly appearance. It had a tan, foamy, bubbly, two-finger head that did not leave any lace.

S - It smelled of malty sweetness with hints of caramel. Also, a very slight floral aroma.

T - It tasted of roasted malt with some spiciness. Some bitter hop kick. Hints of cinamon and nutmeg, too.

M - It was crisp and fairly smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good tasting and easy drinking Oktoberfest. Nice offering in the Dundee line of brews.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, rich amber body with a wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Restrained nose, smelling mildly of toffee, caramel, and a half cup of grains.

Taste: Mildly sweet toffee and caramel maltiness with an underlying touch of grain. Light spicy hops and bitterness. Mostly drying finish, but you are left with the tiniest bit of lingering sweetness. Like a ghost whispering "Dundee" in your ear.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Eh, it's tolerable, even okay at times. Like a proper Oktoberfest that got the volume turned down on it.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright copper color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, fruit, malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of grain and a hearty malt character. Then there are sweet flavors of caramel, fruit and some spices. There's a mild hops presence and there doesn't seem to be much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are many others in the style that I would pick first.

Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big fluffy almost 2 finger head that fades semi slowly and leaves a nice lacing over crystal clear orange ruby red color. Color is a little too dark, and way too reddish. Somewhat like a red ale.

The nose brings some malts, Munich, little crystal, some syrupy perhaps extract aromas, some Marzen lager aromas, crisp, some sweetness.

Taste is pretty clean, crisp, a definite lager taste, light fruity and crisp lager flavors. Some light malts, red malts and quite a bit of them, again more like a red ale than Oktoberfest IMO. Some light crystal and Munich malts, some light sweetness but no syrupy flavors, fruitier than I expected as well. A faint bitterness too. Finishes mostly clean with a little sticky feel and lingering light fruity lager flavors, but no malt like I expected.

THe mouth has a lighter body with decent carbonation.

Clean and crisp drinkabilty, a definite session beer.

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 Slatetank
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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 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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful malty scent that boasts of pale, Munich, and crystal malts. It's quite good actually. The taste is good also. It has a very smooth, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes with some breadlike character. It has a nice crystal malt sweetness as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good Oktoberfest. Most of the ones I've tried lately have been lighter in color and not as complex. This is a very good Marzen.

Photo of mothman
2.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Rare Vos Glass

Pours ½ finger of creamy white head. Fades to a ring around the edge of the glass. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a copper hued orange.

Aroma: I don't really get anything here but a smell that seems to be malts covered in dust and some spices.

Taste: A huge malty beer. A lower level of an octo-fest for me. Some spices notes with some grain. Not a big fan of this.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, over carbonated and light to medium bodied. Ends with a rancid mothball flavored aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is not my type of octoberfest. Dundee doesn't seem to be able to make a beer to the style. It is malty, but nothing seems to match up here.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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

a. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear copper color with a small bone white head that recedes to a ring around the edges.

s. Nothing unexpected. Biscuity malts.

t. Crisp malt body that is balanced well. Caramel malted barley. At times the malt is cracker like. Eventually it finishes malty with a residual sweetness. Certainly a solid example of the style.

m. On the lighter side of medium bodied. A bit light on overall flavor on the palate, but nothing offensive or out of place.

d. This is a good offering from Dundee. I will say any self respecting brewer that can't make a good O-fest is pretty unexcusable. This is a good O-fest. Solid and affordable. Cheers.

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 jdhilt
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is caramel with the hops in the background - almost but not too sweet. $1.20 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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 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 Bitterbill
3.36/5  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.

Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-copper color with a thin head. Not much to see visually but it's good.

Aroma is mildly sweet/smoky with a bit of bready feel to it. Seems par the course for a marzen.

Taste is smooth, lightly sweet and smoky with just a tiny bit of hop bitterness at the back of the throat. Nothing offensive here.

Mouthfeel feel falls just a wee bit flat. A bit thin here but still enough to be flavorful.

Not bad. I think it's a good example of a marzen and likely cheaper than my current favorite marzen, Sam Adams Octoberfest. I think you should try a bottle of Dundee Octoberfest and decide for yourself.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, straight copper underneath a three finger head after avery hard pour. The head recedes to nothing and no bubbling.... I don't get it. Good color and thats it. The aroma is just straight forward sweet malt anda soft grassy hop. The taste is nice toasted mlats ixed with a shetrock dry grass and adjunct. The taste leaves pretty quick, but it is has undeniable octoberfest beer flavors, just cheapened a bit. Still pretty drinkable though.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is crisp and malty with a subtle tone of spice, not strong but still inviting. It pours a nice clear coppery amber with a decent pale tan head. Flavor is malty with hints of spice and - could that be pumpkin? Texture is smooth, a little tingly, a bit on the thin side but still acceptable.

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