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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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195 Ratings

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jadpsu on 03-23-2010)
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Photo of armock

New York

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

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that fades quickly but still leaves lace behind

S - Is mostly of sweet pale malt

T - Follows the nose it has a very sweet malt flavor

M - this beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not my favorite style by a long shot but I found this beer to be pretty decent tasting and easy to drink I could drink a few of these in a sitting its worth a try sometime

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 20:51:14 | More by armock
Photo of wmtxbb


3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 01:50:57 | More by wmtxbb
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 20:22:09 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of BrewStoutMagic


3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in a sample 12pack.I'm enjoying this one as well as I did the others. Its got a sweet taste but is a lite brew. The kind of brew you want to binge drink and party all night. Slighty fruity and wheaty.It did have some nice carbonation.I agree with the other reviews that this would beat out other lite beers.It goes down the hatch real easy.Pick some up. Also its cheap. Oyeah and goes well with pretzels.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 00:27:54 | More by BrewStoutMagic
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4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought the dundee sampler cause it was cheap (damned monetary constraints), and this ended up being my surprise favorite of the bunch. I typically am not a kolsch fan, but this brew was quite well done. Nice straw color; however, lacked any head really, which was disappointing to me. Smells of light citrus, wheat, and maybe a slight sweet honeyesque aroma. Very nice. Taste is similar, very bubbly with some sweetness and wheat flavors. Simple, yet balanced and very drinkable. Great example of the style to me. This beer was almost as pleasantly surprising for me as Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 05:01:25 | More by jt31914
Photo of Bitterbill


3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 22:34:20 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of AlfaMale


1.73/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Things that make you go hum. I saw this beer on the shelf and asked why not? Well, the reason was obvious once I got it home and popped the cap. No life and no head. Can you say skanky? I thought you could. The Dundee Stout was not too bad, but this Kolsch Ale is simply tasteless and stale.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 18:23:20 | More by AlfaMale
Photo of lovindahops

New York

3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

the girlfriend actually jumped a variety 12 at Walmart so I said why not?!?

A- crisp straw yellow with a surprisingly weak head (for thinking macro). Not expecting anything super

S- well there is some life to this brew.... a lemon and yeast scent sharply arise from the glass. I would actually describe this to a sam summer seasonal. Really puts a positive spin on it

T- a dry musty prune, grape, and lemon taste. Not really flavorful, but still reasonable

M- light and crisp with flavor too

D- Dundee makes a brew that can be pounded. Kolsch style is a brew that you can drink over and over. Compliments for the surprising flavor and the slam dunk drinkability!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 01:45:43 | More by lovindahops
Photo of IPAescotch


3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A; a really light color, almost wateryl

S:light malt.

T: some hoppy aroma, some light maltiness. Reasonably carbonated, thankfully not too much. Very tasty for the style (maybe) but not my thing

M: and light, but with some flavorful after taste

Out of the sampler, this is by far the most drinkable

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 01:40:54 | More by IPAescotch
Photo of HalfFull


3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 00:31:34 | More by HalfFull
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2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 23:46:48 | More by stakem
Photo of Plokhooy


3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I say about this beer what I'll say about all of Dundee's beers: If you want to teach someone about beer, by some Dundee styles and train them on what are simple examples of the various styles. This one is a bit malty for a Kolsch though. Not bad, not great

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 01:47:47 | More by Plokhooy
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3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 00:22:35 | More by JimbobAlonymous
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours clear, vibrant yellow with a half finger of foam that flitters away quickly. Aroma is fruity, toffee, butterscotch almost... the yeast is throwing something up there.

First thing that strikes me is that this beer is sweeter than most Kolsch beers I've tried. There isn't that crisp finish and kiss of noble hops. This finishes sweet - the final gravity should be a few points lower.

Flavor isn't bad, just not a great example of a Kolsch. Hops are barely present and the color is a few shades too dark.

Not my favorite in this mixed pack - stick to the Pale Bock or the Stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 01:04:56 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of Natainos

New York

4.88/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another Dundee Please!

A: Nice yellow, had a thick head that reduced to 2 inch. and slowly laced away. Another Cool Logo!

S: Corny and or wheat notes light bread smell.

T: Crisp, refreshing, pound-able with flavor, closes-thing to Macro styles but with way way more flavor, corny and or wheat notes light bread, great Pizza Beer ;)

M: light,crisp, nice carbonization not too much.

D: Oh YES! can have this on a cold day during football, hot summer, or just about anytime, why go Macro when you can get way more flavor with this Dundee Kolsch Style Ale from Genesee Brewing Co.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 22:47:25 | More by Natainos
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Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 20:15:48 | More by Phyl21ca
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Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Poured a translucent golden yellow with a one inch, soft, fluffy, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a solid quarter inch cap with a some swaths of lacing exposed during the tasting. Nose is not as clean as I would have anticipated for a Kolsch - I get some adjunct, and maybe a trace of caramel malt and honey. Taste follows nose; however, some light fruity esters come out in the flavor profile and the finish is a little cleaner than the nose would lead one to believe. Perhaps a little bit of hops is expressed in the middle. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, with a lively carbonation that approaches a prickle across the center of the tongue - I feel like there is also a little oiliness or slickness in the mouthfeel as well. Decent, but not by favorite domestic Kolsch. Nonetheless, respectable and better than I anticipated.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 00:56:18 | More by Jwale73
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3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 01:54:20 | More by RickS95
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4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 02:40:39 | More by mempath
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New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a mix pack a while ago. Cold 12oz bottle poured into a chilled weizen glass and paired with pizza.

A: Clear light golden brew gives about 1/2" of white bubbly foam with a moderate pour. It settles to a pretty stable 1/8" layer.

S: Moderately sweet with honey, plus a little diacetyl makes it more like caramel. Some muddy lemon hops.

T/M: Thin and watery, diacetyl and a heavy sweetness without anything to back it up. Like buttery water. Some light citrus and a bit of banana.

D: Goes down easily, but not very appealing.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 22:37:07 | More by BeerNinja007
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4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 20:47:02 | More by DrDemento456
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4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear golden colored body, lots of little bubbles make up a bit cream colored head. Fair amount of lace. Light sweet malt scent. Sweet malt from, biscuit, nice light floral hop finish. Clean and creamy mouth. Kolsch is never a very complex brew. This is a good version of it. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 02:38:41 | More by Tballz420
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 00:37:07 | More by DerekP
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3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a transparent golden copper color with spare white frothy head, spare lacing, and soft carbonation. straw like malty smell with lemon hints as well. taste is much the same with some bread, citrus hints. slightly bitter, light body, and short flavor duration. thin texture that goes down smooth and is very easy to drink. light bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 11:50:19 | More by berpwillie
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3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep gold color with a two finger width white head.
Smell: Light pale malt. A hint of hops.
Taste: Tad hops initially and finishes with a sweet aftertaste.
Mouth feel: Slight carbonation and smooth
A fairly descent beer. A first time with this style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 07:21:20 | More by waltertrush
Dundee Kolsch Style Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
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