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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
80
good

105 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 236
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | 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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Reviews: 105 | Hads: 236
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. (760 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the "Dundee Craft Pack" with their IPA, Stout and Pale Bock.

A - Poured out a clear, pale orange color with gold highlights. It had a two-finger, cream colored head of bubbly foam that left some lacing.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel and grains. Nice aroma, like most Kolsch-style ales.

T - Sweet flavor with a good dose of caramel and grains. There is a floral hop taste and an odd "unrecognizable" flavor. It just isn't clean.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a somewhat dry finish. A very light bodied ale.

D - This is an okay kolsch. The taste just is a little odd. (579 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clear, blonde body with a smallish, receding, white head.

Smell: Sweetish, honey-scented nose with altogether meager notes of vaguely bready malts and alcohol-spritzed fruit.

Taste: Sweet, honeyish maltiness with a hint of soft biscuit innards. Moderately fruity with a trace of candied lemon. Not a bite of spicy-minded hops as it is a halfhearted tickle. Very, very low bitterness felt. Finishes a bit sweet, with a hint of malted wheat, and a slight heftiness weighing on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation. Slight mouth-coating slickness present.

Drinkability: As a Kölsch, it's neither particularly authentic nor particularly good, but it is easily drinkable. So, it's essentially on-par with the rest of their offerings.As (788 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a light copper colored body with excellent clarity. The head disappears quickly and leaves no lace on the glass.

S - Sweet, honey malt with a touch of grain husk in the background and some herbal hop aromas to balance things out.

T - Sweet, soft malt notes up front with a hint of biscuit character. Some light, floral hop flavors come out in the middle and transition to dry herbal character in the finish. Light bitterness and bready malt notes balance any residual sugar.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Light, dry, and drinkable. There isn't anything particularly complex going on here, but what does one really expect from a Kolsch? The malt is pleasant and bready, but finishes appropriately dry with light, herbal hops. My only real complaint is the utter lack of head and lace, it looks almost like white wine in the glass. Pretty decent, especially for the price. (957 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
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... (737 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, some hops and some sweetness.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and a thin malt character that is about where it should be for the style. Then some mild sweetness comes in from the malt along with mild flavors of honey and caramel. The hops presence is also mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little flavorful, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, even though it's just a mediocre beer overall, this is a decent poundable beer to drink for a while. (876 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of smcolw
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Foamy head that retains its shape for a long time. Leaves some thin blanketing lace. Dirty gold color.

Smell--Slightly sweet, lightly hopped, appears to be promising.

Disappointing flavor that has some elements of Belgian yeast. Berry fruit notes that are particularly strong in the swallow. The aftertaste is short lived and somewhat sour, like sour milk. Good body and carbonation. Worthwhile to try. (404 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/4/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a damn nice kolsch style. All around great robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,456 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, pale malt scent along with a dry finish. The hop aroma is light and there is limited yeast character. The taste is decent. It has a smooth pale and Munich malt flavor that's a tad sweet. It goes down easy with low hops and a subtle yeast fruitiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. I've had better kolsch's, but this is a quality offering. (559 characters)

Photo of stakem
2.92/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a SA sensory glass, this brew appears a perfectly clear light golden color. The etching on the bottom of the glass makes a tornado of carbonation swirl together and form at the surface supporting the finger of large bubbles that compose the white head. It's kinda neat looking at this with a silly level of enjoyment kind of like the first time you saw a lava lamp in action. Despite the rising bubbles, the head is nothing more than a thin film in a little time...or maybe just a lot more time has passed than I have given credit considering the awe and wonder of the rising bubbles. Sparse yet leggy character to the lacing that appears on the glass.

Fairly sweet aroma to this brew that doesn't really smell of any type of grain. It is however slight fruity suggesting a bit of pear and an artificial smell of candy like gummy bears are noted. I wasn't expecting that. The pear sure I like that, the smell of candy like gummy bears... eek.

The taste of this brew is mildly sweet with a grainy flavor mingled with the flavor of pear. A trace amount of hops are present to counter the sweetness but alas there is an abundant amount of sweetness to this brew that meshes with a slight alcohol character.

It finishes somewhat crisp but with a flavor of alcohol that is more noticeable than expected. Medium to light feel with a modest level of carbonation. This brew isnt really that enjoyable, the sweetness verse hops verse alcohol just doesn't do it for me. I haven't had a bunch of kolsch style offerings but I can tell you this one is average at best. If you want to maximize your enjoyment level with this beer, make sure you have a glass with etching on the bottom of it and fire away! (1,706 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another bottle courtesy of my local trader, tone77, who wants me to keep my bottle numbers up and is willing to help in the process.

From the bottle: " In Germany, Kobes (brewery waiters) have been serving Kolsch since 1906. But they're notoriously tough to pin down, always rushing past with grilled potatoes, cabbage, sausages, and big, round trays of their namesake brew. And while you might need to speak German to order a Kolsch in Koln, you don't need any such skill to enjoy one here. Ours is light and refreshing with subtle "biscuity" notes and a clean, refreshing finish. It's also considerably less difficult to order. And that's something we can all drink to. Prost!" OK, but why the dog as the waiter? A German Shepherd? Hmmm.

My aggro pour resulted in two fingers' worth of thick, foamy bone-white head with good retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow that would have made King Midas proud, plus it exhibited NE-quality clarity. A very pretty beer. Nose was as advertised, with biscuity malt notes. Now I was beginning to slaver in anticipation. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant lightly sweet maltiness on the tongue. Finish was also as advertised - "clean and crisp". I could easily put a sixer of this away on a hot, humid summer day, plus I have not had a clinker yet from the Dundee line. This is a series worth exploring! (1,353 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (280 characters)

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. (629 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a light golden colour and has a good 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is grainy with maybe some bready malt. Very light overall but decent.

The taste is on the sweet side from the malt with some notes of bread and quite grainy with a bit of corn noticeable. I can "sense" some very light lemon notes but they're tough to pull out. It tastes, well, pretty bland in the long run.

Fairly light bodied, crisp carbonation, and fairly drinkable. For a stab at the style, I think Dundee could have done better. (516 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a thin-head into my glass. Certainly looks "Kolsch-style" to me.

Aroma is full of sweet, grainy malt with a smell reminiscent of honey (?) and not much else underneath.

Taste is pretty much the same. It's a bit uninspiring though. Sweet, malty but there's no slight hop bite. Somewhat bland in the middle as well.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweetness and corn and honey come to mind for some reason.

Why call something Kolsch-style when it doesn't even come close to the style? I'd rather have a real kolsch over this. (557 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last beer in the variety pack. Loved the label with the dog waiter. Don't know why their isn't a pic of it here...

A - Pours a yellow straw colored brew with little to no head
S - Mostly of grassy malts, hops, and slight grains.
T - A very nice ale. Pretty standard sweetness that finishes bitter from the grain malt but not overbearing. Nice.
M - Really light. Could drink it all day.
D - A pretty nice brew that I could see getting again. Pretty much standard brew that is both full of flavor and drinkable. (514 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (362 characters)

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