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Dundee Irish Red Lager - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Hoagie1973 on 03-01-2010)
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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high dense beige head that has very good retention properties and gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of toasted malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of toasted malts along with some notes of caramel, hints of malty sweetness and subtle hints of tea. Only a very slight amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The lighter nature of this beer makes it very easy to drink and rather sessionable.

metter98, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%

"Farmers in Ireland and Scotland have been painting sheep for ages... makes 'em easier to find."

--rear label

Like most red ales (or lagers), this one is bright orange with amber trim. The frothy head of pale golden foam was at least three fingers to start and develops shallow divots as it descends. Decent lace too.

The nose doesn't exactly jump out of the glass, but it's appropriate for the style: a bit sweet, a bit earthy, not many hops. It doesn't smell like very malty beer, though.

Dundee Irish Red Lager is no better than average. Lagers tend to be lighter all around, but it could still use an infusion of malt. Sweetness is at a low ebb and there really isn't anything for the taste buds to grab onto.

The midrange malts have no caramel or chocolate character, as some of the darker Irish reds do, and the 'cappuccino-like' flavor referenced on the rear label is laughable. This is bland, by-the-numbers beer that tastes like it was brewed by one of the Big 3.

The mouthfeel is thinnish for the ABV and there isn't enough carbonation to keep things inflated for even a brief moment. The beer does a drive-by on the palate and is gone in an instant. Wait, that might be a good thing.

Dundee/Genesee beer ranges from slightly below average to slightly above average. Irish Red Lager is on the low end of that range and isn't something that I care to drink again. Even as a starter IRA, there are better options than this.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +14.6%

A: Brown/copper and clear. Solid two finger head that left a surprisingly small amount of lace.

S: Strong barley and grain. Caramel notes.

T: Malty, slight roast. Caramel notes. So many in this genre have a watered down taste but this one finishes strong with a light tart flavor.

M: Smooth, nice wet finish. Mild to moderate carbonation and light to medium bodied.

Overall: An excellent choice for its genre. Only have tried two beers from this brewery but so far they seem solid.

kylehay2004, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an amber-tan body in color, is reasonably clear, and is topped with a finger worth of raffia-colored foam.

Smell: Fairly sweetish, malty aroma of sugar-encrusted, toasted loaf bread ends given a hint of humble tea bags.

Taste: Toasted bread crusts given a layer of caramelized sugars, providing for a decent amount of sweetness. Faint, faint nuttiness. Blur of vague fruitiness. Hops impart a light herbaceousness of Irish Breakfast tea-like taste. Lightly bitter. Semi-dry finish with a minor crackle of carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation keeping it fairly crisp.

Drinkability: To be honest, I find Dundee gives a banal treatment to their range of brews, but I genuinely enjoyed this one and it's the only I'd consider purchasing again (don't hold me to it, though). Maybe I'm just getting soft and sweet in my old age.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%

A - Poured out a clear orange color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a one finger, tan head of bubbly foam that left some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty and biscuity with some floral notes.

T - It tasted of bready malt with some caramel. It had a mild spice/hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied lager.

O - This is an okay lager. I could see it being a "gateway" beer for a non-craft drinker.

zeff80, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, some hops and a touch of spice.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, honey and fruit come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

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

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer to drink for a while but there are better ones in the style.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%

Pours with a thicket of light khaki tan head forms a nice doughnut shaped cloud of foam, scattered thin strips of lacing appear with each sip. Body is a nice amber red hue crystal clea definitely filtered. Label talks about painting sheep red as they do in Ireland, these Dundee brews crack me up. Aroma light toasted malt character mid nuttiness going on witha touch of caramel in the finish but really it's very light. Flavor is semi sweet mildly roasted malt character a bit of sour dough bread with light herbal malts. Mouthfeel is light bodied carbonation is ample not overdone body is just uninteresting. Drinkability overall is pretty weak due to the fact that the flavor good be much better and it's just not drinking as smooth as an Irish Red should. Do you remember Michael Shea's Irish Lager they used to brew, this is pretty close to that.

WVbeergeek, May 03, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and caramel scent along with a dry yeast aroma. The taste is average. It has a bone dry pale and crystal malt flavor. It has a mild caramel character as well as a pretty good hop component. It goes down smooth with some metallic off-flavors. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average red ale. I'm not exactly lovin' the taste. It's a little too dry for me.

WesWes, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

InspectorBob, May 16, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -14%

ejimhof, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic. "Limited Release" no date or other info.

A - The orange-amber body isn't very red but it still looks good. A frothy bone-colored head rises to three fingers but sinks fairly rapidly to a smooth pile. Dense lace coats the glass just above the inactive and sweaty glass of beer.

S - Smooth and mellow toasted malts coat the back end of the nose with a soft but persistent aroma. Caramel, wheat toasted, and light amber malting hold up the floral and slightly grassy hops on the front end while a tiny touch of yeast finishes it off. Clean aroma.

T - The crisp and clean aroma carries through into the flavor where the toasted malts become a bit sharper in bite. More of the amber aspect comes out of the toasted malts. Sweetness falls away and allows a bigger hop profile. Still floral and a bit grassy, the hops fuse with the malts to provide a nice flavor.

M - Medium-light bodied and crisp with a dry and carbonated finish, the bite is a little hard but the finish is somewhat clean.

D - Not a bad offering from Dundee, it could use a little work but it's on the right track to becoming a good Irish red. I do like the cleanliness of the beer though. A bit harsh on the finish for a lager.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a gold/reddish color, not quite amber, with a small head. Smell is of malts. Taste is also basically of malts with just a touch of hops, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

tone77, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%

A - Sold dark copper in color. Clear. Half inch of head that turns to a moderate lace ring.

S - Slight malts and grains Sweetness in the nose from some caramel malt.

T - Comes off sweet and caramel malty with a slight pecan taste that finish rather bitter with a hop and grain presence. Still very enjoyable.

M - Light and easy to drink except for the bitter finish almost chug able.

D - Bought this on a whim since it was only 2 dollars for the single and it was well worth the try. Kind of wish I had this in a variety pack with the winter and the honey brown. I would buy it since it would be under 30 for the variety.

DrDemento456, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of DmanGTR
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

thatoneguymike, May 04, 2014
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +14.6%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Kopfschuss, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of animal69
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%

A- pours a clear golden-copper color w/ a full 4 fingers of eggshell head (thanx to my vigorous pour) before dropping into a solid surface of tiny bubbles that coat my sam smiths nonic quite well

S- a very mild smell, what i could detect was the acrid lager yeast aroma and lightly toasted raison bread, a bit more nuts as it warmed, no alcohol or hops noted

T- taste is a good bit stronger than smell but still comes through a bit thin, starts of with bready cereal grains w/ a touch of scorched sugars, a bit of earthy, resiny hops do come through at some point as well as roasted nuts, some dried darker fruits, crisp finish with just enough bite to let you know it was there, no notable alcohol detected

M- a dry light-med bodied beer w/ a good amount of co2 provides a nice texture in the mouth

D- a very drinkable beer, a sensible offering for a sensible price, i def. see myself getting more of this for the season

animal69, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Amber/gold in color with a big, fluffy head of foam
Aroma-Faint malt and biscuit notes
Taste-Malt, grain, faint caramel notes
Overall, a clean finishing, easy drinking red. Nothing to blow you away here- a decent affordable brew.

hosehead83, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Chucker17, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

generallee, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of yesyouam
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%

Dundee Irish Red Lager is a very clear amber beer. The thin, foamy, off white head thins to a film and leaves nice lacing. It has an aroma of funky Genesee yeast and some sweet caramel. It's pretty light bodied and a little watery with a slightly gritty finish. It tastes a little sweet and a little salty. It reminds me of Genny Bock. There's a touch of chocolate and a little toastiness, maybe nuttiness. There's a tiny hint of herbal bitterness at the finish. Is this Genny Bock?

yesyouam, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%

From notes:

12oz served in a Dogfish Head pint glass.

A – Pours a slight hazed amber with a creamy off-white that forms a nice collar.

S – Pale and caramel malts, rich graham cracker, weird tomato undertone, nutty lager yeast.

T – A big dose of fruity malt, rich lager yeast, buttery caramel, has a tart fruity bite. Some spice bread comes through.

M – Medium to full bodied, creamy feel with soft carbonation.

Great aroma but a strange buttery and tart taste. It definitely mellowed out as it warmed when the malt really came out.

StaveHooks, Aug 01, 2012
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Dundee Irish Red Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.