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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

224 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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 chaunur
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow and crystal clear with a frothy white head. Minimal lacing. Not much aroma, some malt, slight presence of citrus.

Clean crisp flavor, again mostly a grain essence, just enough bitterness to balance. Nothing overpowering. Nice semi-dry finish, easy on tongue.

I think I'll have another

chaunur, May 02, 2011
Photo of Looneybiz
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and it has a nice golden hue with a one finger head that doesn't leave much lacing and doesn't stick around very long.

Very malty smell.

Taste is also a malt bomb but a refreshing one. The bottle describes it as clean and crisp and that is a good description. The hops are very very subtle so if your thing is hops you wont like it.

Overall a very nice beer and I'd definetely drink it again.

Looneybiz, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Purchased as part of a 12-pack sampler. What I believe is a Julian-style date code is on the bottle neck.

Poured into a strange glass. Looks beautiful. A Tall white head zigzags around the entire glass. The body is supremely clear, gold as real gold, with tons of slow carb trails. Smell is crackery, with a bit of pepper on the nose. Feel is sort of viscous. Taste is a conglomeration of clean malts, mild hops, and sorta annoying minerals. Finishes with some pleasant spiciness. To be honest, I wish this brew tasted more like it looked, but it was pretty darn good anyways.

sixerofelixir, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of avaccani
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light yellow. Brilliantly clear. Had a 1 finger tight white head that lasted.

S - Malty. I got no hop nose on this at all. Smelled pretty good.

T - Was a tad bland. Kept getting a sweetness I just couldn't put my finger on.

M - Carb. was spot on.

O - I'd drink this one again. It was a good thirst quencher that the Macro lovers would get into.

avaccani, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of GregBlatz
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice golden color with a thin white head. Very clear. Looks like a macro beer.

S - Smells of light fruits. pears and apples. Slight hint of toasted grain.

T - More of the apple and pear notes. Balanced by the toasted grains. Slight bitterness. Subtle hop flavor.

M - Thin and carbonated. Refreshing.

Overall - A very refreshing beer. Just what the style should be. The smell and taste remind me of a chardonnay. Go figure. Anyway, I like it and am glad that it rounds out the 12 pack mixer I bought.

GregBlatz, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
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!

woodychandler, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of DaveBlack
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Good looking beer. Crisp, light golden color. Maybe a finger's width of white head that has little retention, but keeps a partial film on the top. Steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, as well as sticking to the sides. Very light lacing.

S: Surprisingly malty for such a light beer. Malts and honey. Smells sweet and clean.

T: Again with the malts, a slight biscuity flavor, honey and enough hops to balance out all the sweet notes. A tasty beer.

M: Light bodied, large amounts of carbonation. Really light and crisp, leaves the mouth feeling refreshed. Maybe a little heavy on the carbonation for my taste, but it works with the style very well.

D: A very drinkable beer. Well balanced flavor and crisp mouthfeel make this a good session beer that has a good amount of flavor backing it up. Worth a look for sure, especially at the relatively cheap price.

DaveBlack, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of droomyster
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light gold with a one finger of bright white foam with good retention. Aromas are typical kolsh: light grassy hops and light graininess and honey. Taste is predominantly sweet and perfectly consistent with the nose. Very refreshing, simple, straightforward. Nothing fancy but nothing foul. Solid.

droomyster, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of G2Brew
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Karl Marx famously said that his movement couldn't take hold in Koln because the workers and their bosses drank this beer together. Kolsch (style) is an everyman's beer, if there ever was one, and this is a solid example.
Poured from a bottle at about 45 degrees into a pilsner glass.

A - Deep yellow, very clear, small white head that didn't stick around long, and left little to no lacing.

S - Very pronounced malty grains, not too sweet, some biscuit. Hops are subdued, but provide a little light fruit and citrus.

T - A very clean, Kolsh flavor. Grainy, malty, light on the hops, very crisp.

M - This has a light mouthfeel, very, very clean, plenty of carbonation that gives it a nice tingle all the way through.

D - This is one of the most thoroughly drinkable beers I know. I wouldn't place it above Pilsner Urquell, but yeah, I could drink a lot of this, it's a terrific hot afternoon beer.

G2Brew, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of industrialswill
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lovely yellow with a nice sweet, almost winelike aroma.
It's got a nice delicate flavor, but it's too delicate [as in weak]to pick out any key flavors. I suspect this is an out of date beer with [of course], no date on the bottle.
As usual, the score you see here is weighted too heavily on appearance and aroma, so one more average beer slips by with a B something rating.

industrialswill, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear gold color with a thin white head. Head becomes a thin layer of bubbles and leaves no lacing.

S- Smell is light honey sweetness, a bit of caramel malts and a touch of lemon. Everything is pretty faint here.

T- Pretty much follows the nose here with a bit of a watered down taste.

M- Light in body and a good amount of carbonation.

D- There's really nothing to this beer. It goes down pretty easy and is rather boring.

nrbw23, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of BatDaddy
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden straw color with a fluffy white head. Dissipates down to a small wisp of lacing. Carbonation seems light.

S - Strong honey and floral notes. Some biscuity malt and a touch of sweet light fruit and citrus hops.

T & M - Light and crisp. Hint of sweetness in the malt. Grainy, light touch of bitter hops. Dry. Wisps of honey and citrus.

D - Easily drinkable, especially if it were warmer out. This would make a pretty nice spring/summer time beer.

Another not great but darn good beer, at a bargain price.

BatDaddy, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of curasowa
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden yellow color with 1 finger of head that faded to a ring

Aroma: Grainy and slightly bready, with just a hint of oily hops

Taste: Grainy malt upfront, and sweeter than I was expecting, before the carbonation shows up in the middle, than a touch of mild hop bitterness before a grainy/corny lingering finish

The Rest: Body is medium and drinkability is good. A decent beer, hurt by the graininess that's always lingering around.

curasowa, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

tone77, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of tapman
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Head is dense and white, though not as big as some standard offerings. Body is a toasted honey brown, crystal clear and pretty good looking.

Clean minerals in the nose with a light bread-yeast aroma. Light, floral hops.

Ultra clean. A small, pale malt, grainy taste is free of any by products.

Light, crisp, chewy, refreshing.

A damn good beer...from the honey brown people! This definitely turns some BMCers onto craft beer. Cheers to Genesee forpulling a Dominoes Pizza Turnaround (i.e. admitting that your standard product is not that great and countering with good products.) Other large breweries, you've just been taken to school.

However the beer does lack certain grain, hop and sulphur aromas/flavors that are found in Kolsches like Reisdorf and others.

tapman, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Wamesit
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright, clear gold. Thick white head that disperses quickly and gives way to moderate lacing.

S - Honey and sweet malts in the nose. The is a dry bisquity quality somewhere in the aroma that becomes more pronounced with further inhalations.

T - The sweet malts are less caramel and more dextrin. Honey and fruity yeast are very apparent. Crisp and refreshing. The carbonation is lively but not overt and it plays well with the very slight touch of hops in the finish, which itself it flavorful and dry.

M - Light but due to precise carbonation it is never flat.

D - Highly drinkable, esp on warmer days.

Wamesit, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
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

ChainGangGuy, Jan 11, 2011
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

nickfl, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of Franz4
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What struck me about this beer was the crisp, fresh feel it had to it, very clean throughout. Appearance and smell were pretty average with typical color and no unique or very distinguishable scents. This would be a great summer beer to go with a picnic or to watch a baseball game.

Franz4, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of cdkrenz
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium yellow body nearing a copper tinge. Head is pure white and starts at an inch but recedes at a moderate rate to an eighth or less.

S - Light grains with a hint of smokey blueberry.

T - Bready flavor throughout. It has a nice accent of fruit that's difficult to barrow down.

M - Thick and smooth with an edge of coarseness.

~ This is a beer that's worth a sample. Especially if you're a fan of ales of the German decent. This is a nice beer.

cdkrenz, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of beerinmorning
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Kolsch poured really nice with a great head into an iced glass.

The smell and taste is almost overwhelmed by a honey sweetness. The drinkability and mouthfeel are pretty standard. As for flavor, this is a beer you could hand to a Coor's drinker and they wouldn't freak out like they would with most craft beers.

While this is not really a bad beer by any means, it lacks the crispness that comes with most sweeter beers that positions themselves on drinkability over a really full bodies texture or flavor.

beerinmorning, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of greenmonstah
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - A pale golden-straw color with a finger of soapy white head that dissipates rapidly.

S - Malty and a bit sweet. Very clean smelling.

T - Sweet malt and a touch of fruityness. Grainy. Very little hop.

M - Light body and good carbonation.

D - Goes down fairly easy, but isn't especially fun to drink. A decent brew for the price, and a worthy beer for most fridges, but nothing special.

greenmonstah, Dec 24, 2010
Dundee Kolsch Style Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.