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

Dundee Kolsch Style AleDundee Kolsch Style Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

186 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 186
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%


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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shand

Florida

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very clear golden color with a tiny white head. The aroma is bright and grainy, with some malts and citrus. The taste is pretty alright, not the best Kolsch, but servicable. The smooth malts and citrus that are a hallmark of the style are surely present, but backed up by some graininess and the malting seems a little heavy-handed. Perhaps this is due to the fairly high ABV for the style.

The mouthfeel is easily this beer's strong suit. It's well-carbonated and has that nice drying sensation on the end of the mouth. The drinkability is pretty good. Overall, this is just an alright Kolsch. It's not bad, but I've had much better.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 20:36:19 | More by shand
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servo12

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 04:16:29 | More by servo12
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chaunur

Kentucky

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

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 14:30:08 | More by chaunur
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Looneybiz

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 06:15:40 | More by Looneybiz
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 01:02:59 | More by Mora2000
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 04:30:06 | More by sixerofelixir
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avaccani

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 00:59:30 | More by avaccani
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GregBlatz

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 19:36:10 | More by GregBlatz
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 19:28:19 | More by woodychandler
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DaveBlack

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 02:04:15 | More by DaveBlack
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droomyster

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 22:41:56 | More by droomyster
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G2Brew

Kansas

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 00:32:52 | More by G2Brew
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industrialswill

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 01:50:14 | More by industrialswill
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nrbw23

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 00:59:48 | More by nrbw23
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BatDaddy

Tennessee

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 04:53:56 | More by BatDaddy
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curasowa

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 01:51:22 | More by curasowa
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 15:47:15 | More by tone77
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tapman

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 04:58:44 | More by tapman
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Wamesit

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 04:18:58 | More by Wamesit
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 23:10:25 | More by ChainGangGuy
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:25:42 | More by BeerAdvocate
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nickfl

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 06:25:22 | More by nickfl
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Franz4

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 05:56:48 | More by Franz4
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 03:45:53 | More by cdkrenz
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beerinmorning

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 22:17:19 | More by beerinmorning
Dundee Kolsch Style Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
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