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

233 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | 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: 233 | Reviews: 106
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

Dundee is branching out with their mixed 12-packs. This beer is clear and heady with a golden color and tightly cropped lace. Dusty biscuits, faintly fruity yeast and a vague note of honey are all in the nose. The crispness goes deep. Its light-ish body does get a fluff from the carbonation. With ample malt to go around, the hops are well placed, and its bitterness keeps the beer on an even keel. Spicy hops and a bite of grain are in the drying finish. Clean and spot-on, this is a highly drinkable light ale, which is comparable to the originals.

More User Reviews:
Photo of generallee
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has no freshness date or abv% but there is a nice description of the beer on the back label.

Appearance: The body has a clean clear golden body with a few bubbles of carbonation streaming up to the head. The head on top is small, white in color and quickly fades down to just a thin layer of bubbles. There is not much in the way of lacing.

Smell: Its nose is light and clean with a light bready sweetness and even lighter fruity notes. The hops are also very mild and just a hint of vine like plant and floral notes.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a clean, biscuity and bready flavor with just a hint of white grape like fruitiness. The hop flavor and bitterness are very subtle and lead to a crisp, light and dry finish. On the tongue it has a smooth light texture and easy drinking light body.

Notes: For an easy drinking light summery beer this will work.

Photo of Mora2000
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain and corn, with a little a bit of something off in it. Not a nice smelling beer. The flavor is also not too great. I get some corn and malt, as well as some sugary sweetness. There is a little bit of grape in the flavor, but it is overshadowed by the other grainy flavors. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a beer to seek out.

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

Bright deep golden body, crystal clear hue with bright white head forms uneven lacing around the edge of the glass with each sip. Aroma semi sweet biscuit malts, nice bready layers form with a hint of herbal hops. Pretty tame with a hint of a copper penny or metallic note. Flavor, slightly fruit notes a bready malt character with lingering biscuit dough finish, slight metallic edge that doesn't come off offensive... I think it's something from the Rochester NY water, I tend toget a lot of this flavor from most of their beer. Mild herbal hops not much bitterness added to the mix. Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy carbonation definitely forced, overall nothing offensive or spectacular. A nice sessionable pseudo craft brew from a stand up regional brewer that I happen to care for.

Photo of wmtxbb
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear yellow with a small layer of lacing around the top.

Smell: Honey and citrus.

Taste: sweet malt, honey, citrus, and a bit of hops. A nice zing from the alcohol at the end. I haven't had too many Kolsch style beers. This one isn't bad, it's not the best Kolsch I've had but it isn't bad. This beer needs more malt.

Drinkability: Nice session beer. This would be a great beer to have with diner.

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

An aggressive pour produced a substantial head that dropped to a partial ring after a few minutes.

Color is a nice deep gold,very slight carbonation.

Smells a little like a soapy lemon...Pretty sparse on the aromas.

Tastes somewhat bready..Mildly grainy with a mellow, dry finish. mouthfeel is just north of thin..It has a little body to it.

Not a bad warm weather brew..Seems low in ABV so you can put a few away without becoming loopy. Also isn't any worse for wear as it gets warmer..Still very drinkable.

Photo of mempath
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours lively, deep golden, settles fast, little lacing

wonderfully fresh, sweet malt smell that isn't bothersome like most 'sweet' noses i sample. dry 'finish' for a smell, but that's a bonus. something different and cereal-like. translates well into the taste, a drier finish than expected, crisp mouthfeel with some creaminess. great summer evening brew. waste your sweat on a lesser brew.

Photo of RickS95
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw-colored, very transparent, but a nice 2 fingers of white head.

Little smell, mostly yeasty scents, but I swear I picked up some pineapple.

Has a pleasant taste, and like the smell, I picked up notes of citrus.

Very refreshing in the mouth, no bitter aftertaste and not lots of carbonation to tickle the tongue, just a crispness to it.

A good medium-bodied beer; good taste, goes down easy making you want another.

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

A golden, light amber color. Smells sweet & sour, ester spice & a bit of phenolic aroma. A hint of liquor (whiskey/bourbon). Honey and sourdough bread (malty). Tastes a little sweet; syrupy. A little grainy; leafy. An easily noticeable presence of alcohol. Almost astringent. Feels crisp, with a semi-dry aftertaste. A hefty amount of carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer. At least worth trying out.

Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a narrow 'pint' glass, showing a clear and pale straw in color and with a light cap of white foam. A steady percolation from the bottom keeps a light film for a while.

Nose of light pale malts and a hint of lemon hops. Adds some complexity with a bit of warming with some yeast notes and a variety of spices. Flavor is dry and offers a light spice character and just enough of a grainy texture to keep a full feel.

Decent drink though the spice notes become a bit overwhelming and seem a bit out of character. Think a 'spiced summer cooler' instead of 'winter warmer' and you've got it.

Photo of servo12
4.6/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I found this beer to be almost perfect. As a drinker of lighter colored brews I have many options. I found this in a multipack at a Kroger store. Needless to say I had low expectations. I was amazed! I found this to be a fantastic bargain. It comes with all the drinkability of an adjunct beer, with all of the flavor that I would expect from a hand crafted brew. It was light yet filling. A flavor of spice and lemon. I give his a thumbs up.

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 tone77
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is somewhat sweet, some malts. Taste is good, malts, biscuty, slightly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on April 13, 2010. It pours a golden yellow with quickly rising carbonation and an inch to inch and a half fiuzzy white head that pops and bubbles down to a thin ring. Malts are clearly the lead aroma with a nice clean but light hoppy sensation in there too. The mouthfeel is around medium. The malts and Euro-hops blend together well to provide a decent, fresh balance that remains clean to the end. This was rather easy to drink.

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 Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light blonde color Kolsch with an average foamy head with OK retention and not much lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet malt with clean cereal notes. Taste is not the most complex with some satisfying notes of cereal and lightly sweet background. Body is about average with good carbonation. Refreshing and drinkable though not as complex as it good be.

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 BeerFMAndy
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland stange. No date or info.

A - Highly carbonated pale yellow straw with superb clarity. A tall, loose cloud-white head has low retention and doesn't leave much lace behind.

S - Dry and grainy straw have more of an impact on the initial whiff than the pale malt. Cold and a note of metal comes through. Hops are almost absent completely. Kolsch-like but very average at best.

T - Again, this comes across very grainy with a straw/corn husk component before it shows signs of malt. Pils malts seem to be included as is a slight hint of floral hops. Better than the nose.

M - Highly carbonated and light-bodied, it's got a tinny, dry hint to the finish that isn't appealing. Average.

D - Decent drinkability for an average brew, this kolsch needs some work but it's not awful.

Photo of JimbobAlonymous
3.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very light beer. I can't even give it a normal review.

Tiny lace of head at the edges of the glass, goes down like watery light beer. not much smell or taste to speak of, just a generic light beer. I would say slightly better quality than bud/coors/keystone...so I have to agree with the reviewer that said they could market this as "dundee light" and totally destroy the other "light" labeled beers. Also, you could probably drink a million of them though so i gave it a good score there.

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 buschbeer
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to a half inch of white head that disappeared rather quickly. It is clear and golden. The smell is sweet and bready. The taste is just like the smell. It tastes bready upfront. Then the sweetness sneaks in at the end. It's better than I expected it to be.

Cheers!

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 deltatauhobbit
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden/straw color with a sizable white head, fades at a slow rate but has low attachment to the glass.

Smell is pretty much all sweet malt, rather uninspiring, no hops on the nose.

Taste is light and crisp, definitely the sweet malt runs the show, a buttery slickness on the tongue, lack of hops is a bit disappointing but I'm not surprised at the lack thereof.

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 twiggamortis420
2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a very clear medium gold color with a large-bubbled white foam that fades pretty fast. A few small specks of lacing hang around, but not much. No freshness date on the bottle that I can find.

Nose is sweet, honey drizzled graham crackers without much of the signature kolsch yeast aromas...in fact, it smells strangely similar to many of the breweries lager brands. Lacks any sort of hop aroma, lets hope it tastes better than it smells.

A little bit, but not too much. Still is missing a nice kolsch yeast flavor that is so nice in classic versions of the style. Sweet, grainy malts are there and bolstered by some toasty and crackery notes. Lacking in the hop department, but there is a mild caress of bitterness at the end. Carbonation level is high, but kind of course...I'd be willing to bet this is force carbonated. It's a mildly refreshing beer that is fairly unoffensive, but it does not really represent the kolsch style very well.

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