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

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145 Reviews
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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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Reviews: 145 | Hads: 306
Photo of OSUCowboy26
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured with a thick 2 finger head (good retention). Finish was clean with a copper/amber color. The nose is of malt and caramel. The taste confirmed to be a sweet malt-like flavor, with a slight finish of hop. Carbonation is moderate, but the beer feels a bit heavy. Definitely couldn't drink more than 1 or 2 of these. Not my favorite Oktoberfest. Seems a bit too sweet. There are so many better, Oktoberfest beers out there that it is hard for me to recommend this one. It is cheap though.

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

Dundee's Oktoberfest 12oz into 0.4l ALSACE Fischers tulip. Pours a clear amber color with copper hues, a nice 1 1/2" bone white head that stays around for a bit then recedes into a thin film which remains throughout the drink. Smells of sweet pale and caramel malts, lightly roasted malts, biscuit, and a touch of grain. Drink is medium carbonated. Tastes of caramel malt, a little biscuit, and a slight hint of red grape. Somewhat sweet aftertaste lingers for a few minutes after, not cloying but pleasant. Overall a good rendition of the Oktoberfest style, but all in all not one to write home about. I picked up a 6pk for $5.99 on sale, so @ that price not a bad buy. I recommend pairing this brew with pan seared pork chops seasoned only with a dash of salt and pepper. Cheers!

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Photo of mikeg67
2.46/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with practically no head, not much lacing. Aroma is fruit and caramel malt. Flavors are caramel malt and some fruit. Medium, crisp body. So, so Octoberfest, if not for high carbonation it would be cloying.
This brew is not on par with better examples of the style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in fall 2010.

This was the first time I ever heard or seen of Dundee's Oktoberfest so I had to give it a try. It pours a dark copper color with a thick head of foam. The scent is not very strong but it has a very full flavor that drinks very smooth. This is perhaps the best Oktoberfest I've had thus far. A must try!

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Photo of jt31914
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer has a very nice amber color, and was only docked points because of the near complete lack of head/retention. That being said the beer tasted very malty and wasn't lacking in carbonation; it has an almost sour taste along with the crystal malt flavor. It is very typical for the style, but is well done, and as such for the price is as good of a marzen as you could find. Very drinkable, and nice mouthfeel, certainly is smooth enough. Solid example of the octoberfest style.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Photo of lespaulrocker
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a golden amber with a tan, two finger head. Little to no lacing.

S: Smell was a little elusive. Maybe a bit of caramel. Not too impressed.

T: Caramel, a bit of toffee. Burnt taste. A lot of malts. Spicy hop finish.

M: Good amount of carbonation. Light bodied and smooth.

D: Very drinkable.

Not the best beer I've had, not the worst. It's average, that's the best description. I'd get it again if there was no other offering.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- A moderately aggressive pour left a 2-finger, tan head that slowly dropped to a full film that sustains itself to the end. The body was a clean, copper with moderate carbonation. Good sticky rings were left on a glass that generally isn't too helpful in that respect.

S- A little subtle at first. Caramel and spicy, herbal hops come through in the beginning. It's definitely malt-centric. A little warmth makes for a stronger aroma, though the qualities stay much the same.

T- Caramel that comes off as slightly burnt or toffee-like initially. There's a toasty, bready quality in the background. Spicy hops clean up the finish just a bit.

M- The first sip is through a frothy head. Moderate carbonation and lighter hops make for just a slight tingle. It's a little long and viscus in the end.

D- It's pretty decent. However, in a style know for high drinkability, this one isn't quite there. While I like my Oktoberfests on the bold and malty side, this one's almost too sweet. All said, it's pretty cost friendly. Something I'd probably pick up when I'm a little lighter in the pocketbook.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up on a whim for a mix-a-six.

Pours a see-through amber/brown with an off-white head. Turns to a thin cap and ring. Slow rising carbonation bubbles.

Malty, bready scents, sweet notes of caramel and toffee. Usual for the style, pretty faint.

Very malt forward, good balance of caramel/buttery/biscuit malts. Nicely even between sweet and toasty. Notes of fruit at the finish.

Mouthfeel is good except for stinging carbonation which goes away after a few seconds of sipping, but it is noticeable with every sip.

Surprisingly solid. No complaints except for the out of whack carbonation. I'd buy a 6-pack of this, especially at the price (about $7 I think.)

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Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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

Reviewed from notes over the weekend.

A- Copper color with a frothy white cap. Good head retention and some spots of fine lace.

S- Buttery sweet, slightly roasty and toasty caramel malt profile. Not much in the way of hops.

T- Just like the aroma. Toasty caramel malt with some dark fruit. Buttery and fairly sweet. Big bready finish. Like a "copper" ale. Slight nutmeg spice hints.

MF- Light but creamy. Moderate amount of carbonation. Goes down smoothly.

DB- Not bad at all. Right down the middle for the style. Does its job with the Fall feeling and has a refreshing flavor.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - darker amber or dark copper in color. Good 2 fingers of foam and good carbonation.

Smell - slightly malty smelling, probably due to the fuller body. Sweet hints, perhaps some caramel.

Taste - well-balanced, but slightly on the bitter side. Hops are there, but can't taste them as much. I can't find a whole lot of taste in this beer outside of the slight bitterness and hoppiness. Perhaps it's too well balanced.

Mouthfeel - slightly creamier in texture.

Drinkability - Good-tasting, but not a whole lot of complexity.

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of aepb1
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
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

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Photo of pah
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
One finger of head with a bit of lacing down the side.
Good red/brown color

I would describe the smell as a bit metallic, but not in a bad way. Maybe there is a proper term for that that I do not know

The taste is good, a bit of caramel with an after tone of spices

Mouthfeel is good, not too much carbonation, yet enough for someone like myself who enjoys a bit in their beer.

Definitely drinkable with a meal or by itself.

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Photo of nukem5
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a wonderfully rich and robust copper hue that just says "Fall".Capped with a light head of tan.

S: Spices of the season cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe a touch of pumpkin.

T: Tastefully blended warming spices. The same as above some cinnamon,nutmeg, and traces of pumkin, along with some carmel malts.

M: Light to medium body with hardly any lacing. Sweet and sticky on the tongue .

D: Very desent beer that I do look forward to having a few every year, maybe not the best of this variety but definitly a keeper

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Photo of malty
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Twist-off cap from a 12 oz. bottle with no visible expiration/creation date.

Pours a brilliantly clear perfect copper color with a quickly diminishing light beige head that settles to a mere halo. Lots of uprising visible carbonation.

The toasty malts are very apparent from a couple feet away, even after 3-4 minutes after pouring. I draw my thick-walled stemmed old school Coors chalice under my nose to breathe sweet and caramelish toasted malts with just a metallic twang lingering in the backdrop. Very fresh and encompassing scents for sure.

The taste is very fresh and less carmel than I perceived in the nose. More toasty though. There's a rigid break from the sweet and soft malt experience that drops to a prickly dryness quite abruptly. A soda cracker-like flavor ensues and an earthy mineral-like element arises. The front edges of my tongue are feeling fizzy, but I don't think it's from any noticable hop addition. Almost acrid.

Mouthfeel is more light than medium with lots of medium feeling carbonation. A semi-spicy and prickly finish with a quick loss of flavor after the swallow.

Drinkability is good. Nonintrusive, but the it's more aggressive than gentle.

Overall a great smelling Oktoberfest that actually looked good until the head quickly eroded to nothing. A weird acrid spiciness worked-over my palate pretty quickly, and that did not please me. I'd rather drink this with some sausages and strong mustard & kraut than drink alone.

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Photo of IPASetter
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep golden color with about a 1/4 inch head. Nice carbonation and some slight retention of the head throughout.

S- Slight malty smell

T- Malt flavors definitely dominant this one, with hints of spices. Nothing that is going to blow you away here but nice solid flavor.

M- Pretty light in the mouth, with carbonation still occurring really enjoyable.

D- This is beer screams fall and it very enjoyable, while it isn't anything special. It is a solid Octoberfest.

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Photo of bierbirrabeer
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well now, this is an Oktoberfest worthy of its name. For a better explanation of that, see my comments about the Hofbrau Oktoberfest.

Appearance: A really beautiful golden amber color. The color a fall beer should be. At first pour, there is a two-finger white foam coat above the beer. The foam dissipates over time, yet still leaving a nice white trail on the sides of the glass.

Smell: A nutty wheat aroma that stings the nostrils at first, but settles into a pleasant scent.

Taste: Very smooth and full bodied. The nutty wheat scent transitions well into a similar taste. This is exactly what I would want from such a seasonal beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer is certainly not enhanced by letting it sit.

Drinkability: Eh, it's a one and done-r.

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Photo of HUXC
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

S- Served from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Deep rich dark amber color with about two fingers of white head with excellent retention.

S- smells heavy of malt and seasonal fall spices.

T- Full bodied beer with faint hints of pumpkin and other fall spices. Not the best oktoberfest I've ever had, but certainly not the worst.

M- Medium amount of carbonation once you get past the head.

D- For a beginner this might not be the easiest beer to drink. Its a fine beer to drink after a long hard days work in the fall.

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Photo of huxcrunner
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Photo of crossovert
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle.

It pours a deep reddish/orange amber. The head is fluffy and white.

The smell is sweet, with some caramel, there is also some mineral water.

This beer is sweet, but bitter, not bitter in a good way. Very basic. Not very good. The mouthfeel is exceptionally watery for the style.

A crappy O-fest.

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Photo of RavenBrew
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was looking to change up my routine and found a six pack of this beer.
First impression was what appeared to be a lack of hop taste. Surprisingly the sweet caramel taste was very pleasant. The hops bitterness is present but very light. The head was thin.
Color was a rich dark brown and clear.
Overall the beer was a pleasant surprise, but not what I would expect for an Ocktoberfest. Definately would drink again but would like to see it with a bit more hop taste.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light orange color with some brown hues. Provides a small white head that becomes a small film.

S: Not much going on here, some bready malt flavor with some caramel. No hop presence.

T: A little better than the smell, but a decent combination of malt and hops. A nice amount of caramel malt character on the front end, followed up with a small amount of hop bitterness.

M: A decent sticky finish on the palace.

D: Not the best but certainly not the worst Oktoberfest. I would certainly have another but would not seek it out exclusively.

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