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Dundee Kolsch Style Ale - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Dundee Kolsch Style AleDundee Kolsch Style Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

229 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jadpsu on 03-23-2010

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Ratings: 229 | Reviews: 104
Photo of HoppyBastard
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear golden color with less than one-finger white head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin, broken layer of small bubbles, there was very little lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: caramel, banana, bread and citrus.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel then banana and bread, there is also a lemon citrus note as well.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very good beer at a very good price, $9.99 for sampler 12 pack, I would definitely buy this again, Kolsch is not my favorite style but it's a nice break from all the IPA's once in a while.

Photo of dukeandduke
2.81/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

3/27/15 (Bottle) - Golden pour, good carbonation, white medium foam head. Negligible aroma, and not much taste. Very smooth going down, minimal kick. Meh.

Photo of TheSSG
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours a soft, foamy head that has surprising persistence. Yeasty aroma with a slightly citric hop aroma. Clear and gold. Starts with a grainy hop bitterness. A flash of citrus/metallic. Finish is grainy hops and the faintest maltiness.

This is okay. I like my Kölsches to have a GREAT maltiness. This does well on the hoppiness, but there is barely any malt presence. Increase the malt, and this would be a home run.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold color with minimal head or lace. Biscuity malty profile and a bit herbal. The taste follows the nose with a biscuity, bready taste and herbal hop bitterness. Medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth and even. Overall, this is an enjoyable kolsch that drinks easy.

Photo of skyman1972
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is a pretty average beer. Bought in a variety pack at Randolph AFB. Poured a medium dark gold with very little head into a pint glass. Nice flavor with no apparent hops. I little citrus leftover. Overall a drinkable beer once the real good stuff is gone.

Photo of fx20736
4.26/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6 pack from Genesee Brew House on 5/27/13 for $ 6.50.

served cold in a tall glass tumbler.

appearance: Honey amber Gold with two fingers of white head. nice lacing.

aroma: fresh grain with a subtle noble hoppiness.

mouthfeel: soft, silky, elegant.

taste: hay like mustiness with subdued noble hoppiness and just a touch of dextrin sweetness. finishes with a thick malty bed and then a soft touch.

notes: exceptionally well done, true to style

Photo of RyanTeeter
4.56/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Straw colored with a nice, yet thin head. Very pretty.

s: Great aroma for the style. Citrus with strong banana notes.

t: Incredible balance of crispness, banana, tropical fruit and clove. Sounds too fruity but the overall balance is beautiful.

m: Very light mouthfeel. Flavors are tight and dissipate quick enough to keep you coming back for more.

o: When I tasted this it immediately became one of my very favorite beers. This is the beer that you can easily cruise through a 6 / 12 pack on hot summer day.

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are very light aromas of biscuit and grainy malts along with some hints of fruity yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that the fruity yeast flavors are a bit stronger. There are also some hints of sweetness and a slight amount of carbonation.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. I would have no problem drinking a few of these in succession, especially on a hot summer day.

Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw color, moderate froth and little lacing. Scent is pale and contain some musty and tangy grain, light earthy hopping. Taste is bolder than many kolsches i've sampled, grain profile stronger in taste but earthy hop presence right on. Lighter side of medium bodied. Overall, a nice, highly drinkable beer, surprised by the boldness of the ABVs.

Photo of SickGnar
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very light golden – just beyond straw. Bright and clear with a few streams of large bubbles rising to a large pillowy white head. Turns rocky as it settles with some speed. Nice lacing and a dance of bubble with each tilt of the glass.

S: Quite fruity and estery – apples & pears mostly. Biscuity and grainy malts, but a bit behind the fruit. Almost a fruity jam impression from a non-fruit beer. Barest hint of grassy hops. Good strength, and okay character, but somehow not terribly inviting.

T: Yep. A very fruity Kolsch – apples, pears, and white grape notes. More sweet even than nose – both from malts & fruit impression. Sort of odd, thick, estery sweetness from all this that is almost cloying. Biscuity & grainy malts take on doughy hints. Soft background yeast note. Hops are a bit les shy. Grassy & leafy, but with a spicy bite as well.

M: Medium body & slightly over on carbonation. A bit soapy, but reasonably crisp & refreshing. Abrupt finish with a white grapeskin tannin feel.

D: Alright for the style, but on the fruity end of the spectrum. Light malts, balanced hops, lots of fruity, estery yeast contribution. Simple, yet flavorful and refreshing enough. Personally, I like a Kolsch to be softer and more grainy malt forward. My preferences aside, this fruity number is alright. Nice to see a “gateway” brewery take an okay stab at the style.

Photo of Tschnab
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a straw body with a fluffy white cap and good lacing on the cup.

S- mild malt, biscuit, grassy, grainy, green apple

T- very crisp, very clean, not much going on, would like a sour twang here, but it is grainy light and drinkable.

O- can't complain, a sessionable beer for warm days, nothing mind blowing, nothing dissapointing either.

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nothing exceptional about this beer, but nothing really objectionable either. Goes pretty well with a burger. No pun to the burghers intended. What this is missing is some yeast funk and a more pronounced (but not necessarily more aggressive or upfront) yeast funk. Not a bad beer, it's drinkable, just not on the level of the great examples of this style.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear yellow/gold color. Poured a 2 finger fizzy white head that dissipated to a thick skim. Decanted continually. Laced in broken wavy rings.

S: Biscuity malt. White grapes and cut grass.

T: Much like the nose. Biscuity malt transitions quickly to a lightly hopped finish with lingering wet grain.

M: Light-to-medium body. Ample carbonation; active in the glass and on the palate. Mild bitter.

O: Very drinkable to style. Very mild in character all the way around.

Photo of BeerBuggy
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer formed a 1 and a half inch head which it lost somewhat rapidly. It was straw colored and transparent. I could read the beer label through the mug. There was a decent amount of lacing. It had a bready smell. It was not big on carbonation but carbonation was evident in the mouth feel. It was thicker then water but not much. It made my mouth pucker somewhat and had a lasting bitter aftertaste though not overwhelmingly so.

Photo of matjack85
3.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle in the single bottle bin at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.29. Surprised to see this lone bottle sold separately as the Dundee Kolsch is usually only found as part of their mix in the 12 pack of craft bottles. No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear pale gold color and produced a 1½-finger white head. very little lacing with this one.

Nice fruity smell to this. Has some sweet bubblegum aroma as well.

This is a nice tasting beer. Biscuity malt and light fruits provide the sweetness, but there's a nice combination of both bittering hops and spicy hops to keep the sweetness in check.

Light body with a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel, due in part to a high level of carbonation that works well here.

Wish I could get these in a 6 pack by themselves. It would make for a great session beer. As it is, I find them the best of all the beers I've tried from this brewery.

Photo of Bushrod
2/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I may be wrong, as with this Dundee variety pack, I am eating Chesapeake bay oysters that are wonderful, but I taste corn in all of the beers and that gets a big boo from me! JZesus caint i just make a simple comment; why all the required fields; it's only rock and roll!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Working through a Dundee sampler pack thanks to my brother. Nice guy. This offering pours a clear sorta-pale straw topped by a short-lived half-finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises tangelo zest, musty biscuits, very light toffee, and old nutmeg. The taste runs very similarly, with some lemon zest joining the fun, along with some light black pepper and a few drips of honey. The spiciness twangs the tongue nigh into numbness. Luckily, things don't last too long, as every flavor flies off rather quickly. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I didn't enjoy this kolsch too much. I wish i could say more, but I really can't. Sorry...

Photo of beyah
4.06/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear golden color, Has 2 fingers of head if poured slightly agressively.

Lacing does not hang in there very long.

Biscuity malt, slight hoppy smell.

Light body but stll malty, hops are there but subtle.

Highly drinkable, great light summer beer.

Photo of Gmann
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with a short wispy white head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is malty sweet. Cereal grains dominate the aroma with a hint of honey/toffee. Hop aroma is minimal.

The taste is light with a bready/malty sweetness, perhaps some honey notes. Again, not much hops detected. There is a suble mineral character that adds some balance.

The body is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Its sweet on the palate but it is balanced. Drinks very easy and finishes quite clean.

Its a refreshing and easy drinking beer with no real flawed flavors. It seems less hoppy than most that I have tried for the style

Photo of thebrood1987
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just an all around good beer. It has a bit of a fruity smell from the yeast that is reminiscent of grapes and some sweet biscuit pale malts. The taste starts with a bit of spicy hop and the biscuit malt wheat taste comes in and then ends with that a touch of spicy hop and dry almost chalky yeasty finish.

I also get that slight fruity grape flavor as well from the yeast which tastes fantastic and really makes the beer. The fruity grape taste mixes in perfectly with the slight spicy hop they decided to use in this beer. Its a very straight forward beer and that's whole point of this beer. It really drinks like a 5 percent beer rather than the almost 6 percent that it is.

Photo of tito42
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to imperial pint. Brewed/packaged on May 21, 2011 stamped on bottle neck. Purchased in new 'craft pack.'

A: Fizzy white head dissipates quickly and leaves thin head and minimal lacing. Crystal clear, light gold.

S: Biscuits, grape juice, and a faint hint of corn syrup.

T: Very biscuity throughout with a notes of catawba. Lightly hopped finish with a grainy/husky aftertaste.

M: Light-medium bodied, clean and crisp with a very dry finish from hops and grain. Somewhat dextousy in the middle.

O: Easy-drinking kolsch that is refreshing but doesn't knock me off my feet in any category.

Photo of JMad
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this from a tumbler...

The beer is a pale golden yellow with a foamy white head that quickly dissipated.The smell is mostly grain and lemon and there is a surprising hint of alcohol. The taste is a little different, I could point out some grassy hop flavors with lemon and biscuit, there is still a hint of alcohol. The beer is light with lots of carbonation. This was a different beer, not like any other Kolsch I have ever had, it's ok but tastes kind of 'homebrew-y'.

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear looking yellow color. The head was slim but not too bad. The smell was sweet and a little grassy. The taste was sweet and fairly light. There is a bit of malt in the afters taste, no hop flavor at all. The mouthfeel is light but fits the style. Overall it's not a bad Kolsch but not as good as some others out there.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ended up with a selection of Dundee beers from a houseguest, and decided to pop the Kolsch. Really not too bad. I wouldn't give this any awards, and I miss the cool slightly spicy tanginess of a really good Kolsch, but this hit the spot on a hot night. Pours golden with good clarity and a decent pure white head that has some medium retention. Somewhat grainy in the nose with a slight tanginess. The taste has the same graininess, a touch of mellow fruit, and some mild tanginess. A little too soft in the mouth for my taste, particularly on the finish, but there is a decent body and a touch of spice lurking as well. Not bad.

Photo of Bendurgin
2.69/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My room mate bought the variety pack and didn't like this one. So he gave it to me. Poured into a pint glass. Pours with a nice white head that is about a finger thick. Golden straw colored body that is clear.

Spicy cloves and floral hops. White grape juice is in the aroma making this one smell kind of sweet. Seems a bit sweet with artificial sugars; would love to see that toned down. Seems a bit on the sweet side. A bit of honey and grapes come to mind again. A little bit of spice and hops round this one out.

Body seems a bit on the heavy side. The carbonation is good but I love to have a lighter body here. Overall this one isn't anything special. Not the most offensive beer, but I don't think this is one to even bother with.

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Dundee Kolsch Style Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.