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Dundee Pilsner - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 180
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.85% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 12/8/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Nicely clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good German pilsner style. All around good balance and robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,393 characters)

Photo of mhuber
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, thin head that dissipates almost immediately. Faint aroma of citrus. Crisp flavor, slightly bitter. The bitterness lingers a bit before giving way to a woody aftertaste. No lacing. This is your garden-variety pilsner. Drinkable if not all that interesting. (269 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle label data: none noted

The body color is pale gold with a thick, creamy, lasting white head; stacks of foamy rings along the glass. Sweet, grassy, lemony aroma. Flavor reveals light cereal grains with a slight citrus character; excellent hop bitterness balance. Medium bodied; juicy; mostly dry finish.

A solid pilsner overall. Outstanding appearance and a very respectable flavor. (390 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dundee Pilsner brewed by Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. This brew has an ABV of 4.85% The pilsner pours out a nice amber color with a white head. There is a bitter sweetness in the smell of this this brew. You also pick up on some grains and malts in this brew. The smell is almost like apple cider. Not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is rich with flavor. There is mild sweetness at the beginning, then a bold grain taste at the end. Dundee Pilsner has a nice balance to it. There is nothing over powering in this brew. The mouthfeel is full but, it is smooth. Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. did a nice job with one. I would buy this brew again. (690 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, no "best by" date that I could find.

APPEARANCE: pours a crystal clear pale yellow with two-finger white head that dissipated slowly until a thin layer of bubbles remained throughout, medium carbonation, there is a good amount of lacing on the glass.

SMELL: sweet honey, bread, lemon grass.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet, light citrus then a nice light kiss of hops.

PALATE: light body, medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very drinkable beer that would offend no one, it does not set the world on fire but I enjoyed it, great price at $9.99 for a sampler 12 pack, for the price I would definitely but this again. (703 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with some sort of bottling code on the bottleneck. Acquired as part of the variety twelve pack from the local Jewel.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a slightly murky golden yellow orange. One finger of frothy white head with decent staying power. Leaves some scattered spotty lacing. Looks good for what it is.

S - The aroma is grainy and lightly herbal / fruity. A bit of bready / crackery pilsner malt. Fairly basic, but appealing enough.

T - Taste follows the nose - fairly basic, but appealing enough. Bready, malty, and indistinctly fruity.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, and clean. Light-bodied and easy drinking.

Overall, an average example of a pilsner from these guys, but it works well enough for me. Not something to seek out, but it would definitely be a nice beer to have if there are lesser options available.

Dundee Pilsner -----3.5/5 (894 characters)

Photo of car2052
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Stella Artois goblet.

A: Nice clear, deep golden. 1 finger white head. Decent carbonation.
S: white bread. a bit yeasty. hint of spicyness from the noble hops.
T: Light saltine cracker malt. Hint of cinnamon from the hops. Sweetens as it goes down. Slight aftertaste.
M: Light bodied. Fizzy feel. Goes down pretty smooth.
O: Better than the regular domestic beers, with a bit of nice zest from the hops. Very sessionable and with a decent amount of flavor. Drinkability is through the roof. (524 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
2.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I've said before that I'm not impressed with Dundee, it holds true here. There pilsner, was, however, less offensive and really just bland. Not a whole lot of clean herbal flavor, which I like in a pilsner. Somewhat watered down and too sweet. Nice carbonation, however, and rather refreshing. Easy to drink, but not really worth drinking. More of a pale adjunct lager in most regards. (385 characters)

Photo of EvanHarper
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle kindly gifted - thanks Dave - poured into conical pint glass

Straw colored, wispy, rapidly dissipating white head, moderate carbonation apparent

Very clean aroma: mineral water, white bread, soda crackers; if I'm not imagining, a glimmer of noble hops. Good pils smell.

Slightly sweet up front. Quality pils malt, mingled with a very pleasant floral and herbaceous hoppy flavor and moderate bitterness. I wish it finished (and even started) somewhat dryer, though.

Good drinkable mouthfeel, not too thick or thin, gets the job done. The excessive sweetness gives a slightly "sticky" impression on the finish, though.

Overall a very solid European-style pilsner, exceptionally clean and distinct flavors, just could use a bit more dryness especially in the finish. (780 characters)

Photo of Hergestridge
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a very Nice Pilsner. It's not Pilsner Urquell by any means, but for a Adjunct Brewery, it's quite a nice entry with a crisp flavour, nice head lacing lazily, and a nice hop effervescence.
Compared to the bigger and more heavily commercialized American Brewers, it's a step ahead of Miller/Coors. It's also nice that they give you a nice craft pack choice with beers that aren't en Vogue. For 10$(US)) it's well worth it. I've reviewed the IPA from the same Craft pack (12-Bottle-4 style entries) and this is quite a crisp clean pleasing flavour.
Nice Job Dundee/Genesee Brewery. (586 characters)

Photo of Bockrules
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a perfectly transparent straw-gold capped by a two-finger, dense, white head. A few small bubbles are seen. Head is just a wring of bubbles half way down the glass, but that rings remains until the bitter end and manages to leave behind a nice web/rings of lacing.

S - A bit of pale malt and some light adjuncts upon opening the bottle. In the glass it cleans, but still is unimpressive.

T - A bit of lemon grass to go with the pale malt upfront. The body is solid blend of light malt and peppy, slightly grassy hops. Flash of hops, a bit of lemon, grassiness as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a slightly spicy lemon grass finish.

M - Light bodied, but definitely thicker than most macros. Ample carbonation is not overpowering and suites the style well.

I like to think of Dundee as an economy "micro" brewery: usually priced about around the big 3 macros, but producing many styles of beer that could give many a micro a run for their money. Dundee pilsner doesn't disappoint, with distinctive German pilsner hop notes (admittedly watered down compared to the likes of Bitburger) on a solid mouthfeel this beer is a winner. I admire that the brewers didn't cop out and produce a watered-down light beer under the ubiquitous "pilsner" designation. I would happily drink this again - perhaps in a variety pack with some of the other better Dundee brews. (1,433 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle from a Dundee "Seasonal Variety Pack" served in a pint glass.
A: Light golden-amber with plenty of visible carbonation.
M: Crisp and lively feel with a medium body.
Good malt/hops balance for style. Hops are earthy and spicy, as expected.
O: a solid, if uninspired pilsner. (297 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the Dundee Variety pack, the Dundee Pilsner is a German Pilsner style beer. Legend has it, in 1840 a monk smuggled precious lager yeast into Bohemia, setting the stage for the first Pilsner. Today, the smuggling may be over, but the Pilsner tradition continues. Dundee Pilsner is brewed with the noblest of saaz hops and premium German Pilsner malt- for a rich, crisp taste and a finish so smooth that it deserves an encore.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served at 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a white crisp foamy head over a golden straw yellow body, mildly hazy. Retention is average, crown lacing is thin with a soapy consistency. Carbonation is relaxed but plentiful. A decent appearance, but could improve a lot. 3

(Smell) Pilsner malts, honey, faint hop flavor with a low hop bitterness, much more sweet than bitter. Aroma is almost cider-like with semi-sweet apples and thin honey malt leading the aroma. Potency is below medium. Not particularly impressive, its quite an average aroma, with plenty of common off-flavors. 3

(Taste) Pilsner malts, light caramel malt, some mild honey cereal sweetness and hop extract if anything at all, not nearly as bitter or flavorful as one would hope for in the hops department. The hop flavor seems shallow and artificial, and the malt profile the dominating flavor in the beer, complete with a sticky, sweet and unclean finish. A mild citrusy lemon zest on the finish is enjoyable. There's a lot of work to do on the flavor profile of this beer. 3

(Mouthfeel) Airy and smooth with a little tartness on the tongue, a light body and little alcohol presence. A decent texture for the style and this beer in particular. 4

(Overall) It's not hard to determine that I've had much better pilsner choices than Dundee's variation. A cider tartness and a thin, limited hop profile (low bitterness) with a sweet cereal malt base makes this a slower drinking, less clean and crisper pilsner than the average competitor's offering. It's not one of the choice picks of the variety pack but it's decent for the price and certainly a viable option for pilsner lovers who may be in a financial pinch, but with a little better cash-flow may easily find a better year-round Pilsner. 3.5

Genesee/Dundee Brewing Company's
Dundee Pilsner
3.2/5.00 (2,304 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the mixed 12 pack I picked up for $11.99 the other day. Nothing too crazy here, kind of the run-of-the-mill pils most breweries toss in a mixed pack. Has the nice bubbly carbonation and crisp, biting hops, but a bit too light bodied and not flavorful enough for my liking. A decent beer, drinkable for sure.. but nothing you'd seek out. (344 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pilsener:

A: transparent, light golden body with a great foamy white spider-webbing lacing, no carbonation is seen rising

S: some toasted grain with a faint grassiness working through some slight maltiness.

T: some grainy malt sweetness with a very faint herbal bitterness at the end

M: light to medium with a slight watery feel, sessionable, there is no carbonation felt on the tongue.

O: good for the style and for me, I would have this again. (455 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
2.86/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pokal glass.

a - pours a transparent, light golden shade and forms a two finger, pillowy, bright white head right away. after calming i get a thin cap, a few streaming bubbles, and some nice leggy lacing.

s - toasted grain with a faint grassiness.

t - grainy malt sweetness with a very faint herbal bitterness in the finish. hop character is seriously lacking here.

m - lighter side of medium with adequate carbonation. coarse co2 profile.

o - average at best. goes down easy enough, but doesn't have much to offer flavor wise. $11 for a sampler 12 pack, you get what you pay for i guess. (593 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a very thin yellow color (the color of most macro beers) with less than 1/4 inch of white head that had good retention and light lacing. There were also a lot of tiny bubbles clinging to the side of the glass throughout the beer.

The aroma and flavors mostly basic "beery" grains, no real hop presence, a little sweet and basically just on the bland side of average. The body was decent, crisp and clean, with just a slightly sweet finish. Drinkability was good, you could drink these all day as your "chore beer". Overall, not a bad example, but not a notable one either. An OK choice if you're looking for a "value" brew. (663 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

When I am not drinking beer from a CAN and I am at home, I do not mind bottles. I am somewhat curious to try the entire Dundee oeuvre and I recently found singles of most of the ones that I have not previously reviewed.

From the bottle: "Legend has it in 1840 a monk smuggled precious lager yeast into Bohemia, setting the stage for the first Pilsner. Today, the smuggling may be over, but the Pilsner tradition continues. Dundee Pilsner is brewed with the noblest of saaz hops and premium German Pilsner malt - for a rich, crisp taste and a finish so smooth that it deserves an encore."; "Hazy and Hoppy".

My pour netted me just better than a finger of foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a beautiful sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had that Saaz hops bite and my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery and the taste did not live up to the nose. It was as though it had been set to "Mute". Finish was more malty than hoppy, which is par for the style, but it added up to something underwhelming. Not bad for the price point, but there are better examples of the style out there. (1,138 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.01/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a light golden straw color. A very airy head sits on top and dissipates to a film. Some sticky lacing sticks to the glass. The beer smells like lemongrass and faint malts. The taste is refreshing. A very light lemongrass hits the palate first. There's a touch of hops in the finish, very balanced. The mouthfeel is light.

Overall, pretty good summer beer, for sure. Light, low ABV, and tasty. Well done. (451 characters)

Photo of meatloafoverdose
2.26/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Adjunct lager looking golden hue with a white foamy 2 finger head.

Smell: sweaty hay smell, very off putting. Smells very BMC lager like.

Taste: slightly floral witha faint citrus taste other than that it taste very cheap adjunct lager with a slight skunk.

Mouthfeel: tingly clean feeling on the tongue

Overall it was a horrible beer which I will not be buying again, either a 6/12 or in the sampler 12 pack. It was far to close to a BMC tasting beer with a bit of skunk. Maybe I had a bad batch but i highly doubt it because my dundee beers were far less impressive even for a "cheap beer" (606 characters)

Photo of wages
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

appearance - 4/5 - Pours a faintly hazy straw color with a stark white 1 1/2 finger head.

smell - 3/5 - Smells faintly of grain.

taste - 3.5/5 - Primarily a mild grain flavor.

mouthfeel - 4/5 - Lots of carbonation focuses you on what little flavor it has to offer. Refreshing.

overall - 3/5 - A pilsener has to be exception for me to really enjoy it, and this offering is far from attractive to my taste buds. I could drink it in a pince. (442 characters)

Photo of SickGnar
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale straw, bright and clear, multiple streams of bubbles rise to the small white head. Settles moderately fast, but leaves some pretty okay lace.

S: Grainy & touch doughy malts. Hint of sweetness more form fruity esters than from malts. Pear mostly. Faintly spicy noble hops. Sort of pilsner, but also sort of kolsch.

T: Fresh milled grainy pils malt. Hints of toasty & doughy. Very kolsch-like pear & white grape light fruity ester notes. Medium firm noble hops bitterness and character. Spicy & floral up front, grassy in the middle, and herbal on the backend.

M: Must under medium body. Carbonation is nicely matched & expansive in a softly creamy way. Crisp & refreshing with a balanced finish. Hop drying increases as consumed.

D: It looks the part, but lacks truly clean crispness in aroma and flavor. With fresh milled grain & fruit ester aspects, it is a bit like a kolsch in some ways. Actually, it is about as much a kolsch as their way fruity Kolsch offering in the same mix 12 pack. Regardless of style, it is a nice, pleasant, refreshing and easy drinking brew. (1,082 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Looks like a Pils, all golden and clear. Smells like one too, with spicy herbal hops and some graininess. Smoothness is off the hook, though the flavor is more of an oily hoppiness that just doesn’t quite seem to fit, like a jigsaw piece that won’t work no matter how hard you try to cram it in. Maltiness is a little thin but gets by, while the oily hop keeps truckin’ along. Clean, dry finish without much besides the thin malt and oily hop. This beer begs for a bit more; it’s shallow in character, yet still an easy brew to knock back. (605 characters)

Photo of Tschnab
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- looks like your classic pils, golden color with good carbonation, foam, and lace.

S- toasty grain, malt, very light saaz hop spice aroma.

T- for a pils, this is a malt bomb. Hops are there but they are not at all prominent. It has an unpleasant carmel flavor and light citrus.

O- I tend to pan malty pilsners. I'm open to the idea, just not this one. poor execution here. (377 characters)

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

An oddly intriguing Pilsner with uncharacteristic flavors of lemon and tea. Obviously not part of normal pilsner profiles but interesting in a pale ale sort of way.

The beer pours a basically clear light golden color with a terse head, light retention, and low-lying lacing. Pretty standard look for American made Pilsners.

Aromas of grain, light caramel, crisp malt, esters of lemon, apple, and appricot, along with an herbal and grassy tea-like scent all shape the nose in a very odd aromatic make up.

Flavors of caramel, grain, and malt allow for moderate sweetness before the grain flavors transend towards more the more hoppy taste of grasses, herbs, and light tobacco and eventually the bitey bitterness of vegetal hops. The balance of assertive hop flavor and restrained pilsner maltiness makes the beer taste more bitter and hop-forward than Pilsners should.

Medium body at first, but after the quick pang of carbonic bite, the beer is left light and somewhat thinned, partly because of the bite and bitter dryness of hops in finish.

A nice beer, but not what I reach for in a Pilsner. Very lemony and tea-like with a hint of caramel and tobacco leaving final impressions. (1,185 characters)

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Dundee Pilsner from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.