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

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BA SCORE
80
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83 Ratings
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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 ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of kdawg105
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad. I would

+.

Not bad. I got this brew in a pick 6 as for Irish Red very basic. The smell was what to expect of Malts but they were very light on the nose, the taste pretty much the same not quite there, mouthfeel not bad nice for its style!

kdawg105, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 muddyh2oblues
3/5  rDev -14%

muddyh2oblues, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +14.6%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of keethrax
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Not as red as I would have hoped, but with a nice head

S: Malty and sweet, with the faintest hint of hops. Almost smells like toffee.

T: Much like the aroma, malty with a little bit of hops way in the back. Malt, molasses and nuts with a bit of roasty goodness less prevalent (but still more than the hops). Not a who lot of bitterness.

M: Decent mouthfeel, smooth and a little thick (relative to other lightish lagers anyhow. not on an absolute level when compared against a wider variety of beers).

Other: Very temperature sensitive. Had one that was just a bit too cold and it totally killed the flavor and aromas. The beer was very disappointing, the malt goes away and because there hops and other flavors are fairly mild, you're not left with much. Had a second a bit warmer (in the 50-55 degree range) and it was a night and day difference. It went form "boy, do I have to drink this whole thing" to "hey this is pretty tasty"

keethrax, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 JRed
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber in body with big white foamy head that leaves lacing. Aroma of cereal, big malt sweetness, nutty, hazelnut comes to mind. Tastes is big on cereal grains, nuts, slight hop spice, echoes of apple skins, toasted bread, clean finish with just a lingering sweetness. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A session with a malt focus.

JRed, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of sixtysixpixistix
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of all the beers on the Wegmans shelf I have tried, Dundee is among the very best. It has a malty dark taste without being too bitter or too strong. It also tastes a little light for a thick texture.
It's also fairly cheap, and you've gotta love a deal :D

It worries me, however, that the label says "limited release."

As long as Dundee is on the shelves I will continue buying it.

sixtysixpixistix, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - red/copper in color, clear, with about 2.5 fingers of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - interesting smell..it seems more like food than a beer. Although I can't quite place what food. For some reason it smells very "German".

Taste and Mouthfeel - malty, but light. Also light roasted quality. Perhaps some malts or hops used that I'm just not aware of, but the taste is fairly unique to me. Texture is very well-balanced.

Overall - interesting brew. Somewhat of a new taste for me, perhaps due to the style. Good tasting and somewhat different.

Nerudamann, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of thegodfather1076
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Very cool label.

Appearance - Pours a dark amber color with almost no head.

Smell - Smells of a toasty nutty malt with a slight citus smell.

Taste - Tastes of a toasted nutty and maltyness finished with a nice hop flavor and light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation leads to a light bodied beer.

Drinkability - Very smooth and light with good flavor making this a nice drinkable brew.

An overall OK brew that I enjoyed. Not the best representation of this style that I've had but enjoyable all the same.

thegodfather1076, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. What I believe is a Julian-style date code is on the bottle neck.

Pours more of an golden-orange color than a red. An off-white ring is there. Smell is mainly mineral, as well as some earthy malts. At first taste, I'm surprised how roasty and almost peaty one of the malts is - it's very nice. An overriding smoothness follows an almost smoky finish, yet still a bit bitter. Probably the most complex brew I've yet tried from Dundee, and I liked it.

sixerofelixir, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of yesyouam
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Meisterlol
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Just turned '21' this is my first review. I picked up a 6-pack of this beer at a local sub-shop that has a nice collection of beers. I choose this beer almost at random; it was moderately priced and had a red ram on it! But, don't be fooled I have tried my fair share of lagers.

I poured the beer into a 'concial' American pint glass, had a one to two finger head on it, and it laced down the glass. The beer is very coppery in color, almost like a watered down coke with a very slight touch of red. Very noticeable is the carbonation, even when you reach the bottom of the glass bubbles are still steadily rising.

My sense of smell is unfortunately terrible, I can barely pick up even modest smells. I can tell however it is malty, giving the sense of something being smoked with a nice wood. So I would guess to the 'expert smeller' that it would be very malty.

The taste: very drinkable. It goes down smooth, not too rich of a flavor, it does not linger in your mouth. It is very modest in terms of bite or flavor; I was expecting a bit more of a 'punch'. The carbonation is not overpowering.

Overall: although not an expert opinion, if I had to choose between this and something like Yuengling's traditional lager, I would choose this beer. Yuengling's standard lager is definitely drinkable, but so is this. As well I feel 'Dundee Irish Red Lager' has a more full taste than the former.

Meisterlol, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant reddish-coffee and has similar aromas of light roast coffee, caramel and baked apricot. The palate is hugely malty and juicy with a tart presentation and a balancing but never overpowering hoppiness. More notes of espresso and papaya lead to the mouthwatering finish.

TheWhiskerReview, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of wac9
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

this taste clean and fresh but unlike honey brown witch backs it up with it name and taste, this beer doesnt bring anything to the table , doesnt even look red, has no taste , skip it waste of time. but it cheap and if your a poor white boy looking to waste your money then buy this beer why is it call irish that an insult

wac9, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of Franz4
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass, no freshness info

A- poured with a good 2 finger head that left lacing as it settles, very bubbly head, steady stream of bubbles rising to the top of the glass, translucent red/copper in color

S- yeasty with a touch of wheat like malt, kind of musty actually, wasn't a real fan.

T- Very mellow taste, very little bitterness, a little bit of toast, slightly biscuity, but I feel like I'm reaching for descriptors on this one, I can point to many things that this beer is not, but the flavor profile just isn't there.

M- Medium carbonation that seemed just right, kept just the slightest of heads through the glass.

D- There's really nothing offensive about this beer, it's just not doing it for me. I could down several of these and they would go with just about anything, it's a nice, mild beer.

Franz4, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 nukem5
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a great copery color with a very delicious looking foamy cap of tan which goes away to leave behind a fine lacing down glass.

S: Slightly nutty and a touch of citrus, nice malt aroma.

T: Malty fruity and nutty do come thru,Slight bit bitter.

M: Good medium body with fine carbonation bubbles whooshing thru the mouth nicely clensing the oils of my fried herb crusted chicken.

D: would drink a few of these and would be really good at a cookout, would go good with a smokey grilled taste.

nukem5, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of dhannes
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a Sam Adams Lager class; decent foam; color was more of an amber than a red, but adequate. Although the label said something about extra malt, this reminded me of a watered-down version of Ale Asylum's Hopalicious. This would probably be a good beer to consume in quantities and with food, as it would neither fill you up nor fight the taste of foods...I still have one bottle left, which I will have to try with a meal.

dhannes, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Lauthaha
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Clear, with a ruby-amber color. The back label says it has a '...rich, off-white head---some say it's "cappucino-like" ...' and I have to agree. The head looks agitated, very foamy, but subsides pleasantly leaving very little lacing on the glass. Looks good to me!

Smell: The nose is malty with floral hop undertones. Perhaps a slight touch of herb/spice influence here. Also pretty good.

Taste: The hops really shine in this beer. Good malt flavor surrounds them (the hops). Also, there is definitely some herbal influence, but I am not seasoned enough to put a direct finger on it.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation here. It froths superbly, coating every square millimeter in my mouth with delicious flavor. Aftertaste is replete with malty character which remains long after the drink is done. It's a flavor which is welcome to stick around, so that's a good thing in this case.

Drinkability: Just a bit on the bitter side for me to enjoy in excess. Perhaps that's a good thing.

As far as red lagers go, it finishes just a touch heavy, but I'd still recommend it over the macro-brewed attempt made by the Coors Empire, "Killian's Irish Red." At least Dundee's take on Irish Lager has some staying power, and for than, I commend them.

Lauthaha, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 BuckeyeNation
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"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 BeerFMAndy
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
Dundee Irish Red Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.