JW Dundee's Amber Lager
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

JW Dundee's Amber LagerJW Dundee's Amber Lager
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American Amber / Red Lager
3.34 | pDev: 13.77%
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
JW Dundee's Amber LagerJW Dundee's Amber Lager
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Photo of LXIXME
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Big white to off white head slowly settles down above a bright clear reddish amber colored beer.

Light caramel malts aroma is about all I was able to get off this amber.

Light caramel grain malts taste, without much of anything else showing up.

Slightly dry aftertaste with a very slight bittering effect with this medium bodied beer.

Pretty easy drinking beer, but you should be a fan of the malts, and not the hoppy styles of beers to enjoy this drink.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out with a slightly dark copper color and a fizzy cream colored head on top. The smell of the beer had the aroma of lager yeast and some sweet caramel on the nose. The taste of the beer reminded me of a Yuengling Lager but not quite as good. The mouthfeel of the beer was a bit light for a dark lager like this one, it should have had a little more body to it. Overall this beer wasn't all that impressive.

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Photo of Brewski4Drewski
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed September 3 at Savannah Craft Brew Fest '11.
A: Pale brown more than anything, not amber. No head, thin lace.

S: Malty and sweet with slight toasted malts and a little nutty.

T&M: Similar to smell maybe more subtle, nice malty medium body that finishes smooth.

O: Decent beer to have some malty flavor but drink a few under the hot sun. My sampling was the last of the bottle wondering what a freshie would be like.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.76/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

JW Dundee's American Amber Lager is a clear and sparkling, well, amber lager. The head is thin and white and leaves nice lacing on the glass. The appearance is really the best part of this beer, so look well. The aroma is sweet and malty, maybe caramel, with a hint of grassy hops. It's pretty light bodied and watery. It's prickly, with a gritty finish. It tastes pretty sweet, again, like caramel. There is a hint of bitterness at the finish and the aftertaste is clean. It almost seems as if it wasn't completely fermented, but I've certainly had worse.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a mixed 12 pack of Dundee's ($8.99/12).

Your run of the mill amber lager here. Pours a nice red color and has some caramel malt taste, but nothing really stands out. Nothing offensive about, but also nothing spectacular about it. I would drink it again if handed to me but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of hops4me
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is not a bad beer at all. BUT it isn't great either. It pours amber with a big fizzy white head that quickly falls into the glass. No real lace to speak of. The head reduces to nothing. Smells of amber malts and typical malt fruitiness. Nothing overwhelming or too impressive. Taste has the same impact on me. Malt and a little bit of hops. Mouthfeel is a little thin but it is drinkable. This beer is good for the money. I got a mixed 12 pack for 9.69. For that price these beers are worth it. I would say this amber has a minute edge over Yuengling.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.3/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is not an abomination by any means, but make no mistake about it - it is not a good lager by any measure. While it hits the required noted for an amber lager in terms of flavor and appearance, it is raw, young tasting and entirely lacking in subtlety.

It pours amber with a thin head and lots of carbonation. It smells grainy and slightly sour. The flavor is grainy and sour and unpleasant. The mouthfeel is mercifully thin and leaves little trace of the flavor on the finish.

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Photo of changeup45
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2/18/2005. For some reason I didn't have high expectations for this but found it to be decent enough. Amber colored, thick off-white head and lots of lacing. Quite a bit of malts, some caramel, and light balancing hops. A woody note in the finish and aftertaste. Drinkable.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Long Trail pint glass.

A: Poured a clear, copper-amber color with a bubbly head of froth which fizzled to a thin, beige lace. It's not a category to score on, but this beer sounded like a bowl of Rice Krispies in milk.

S: Smells of generic toasted grain and malt with a sweet aroma rising from it.

T: Taste is a little thin, but balanced. There's a rush of sweet caramel malts up front, followed by a synthetic hop bitterness that does little to add flavor to the aftertaste, but serves as a balance to the sweetness of the malts used here.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, and pretty crisp for an amber lager.

D: Dinkable enough for an amber lager, but in a generic category, this one doesn't even hop off the page. I'd go after these in a mix-pack and end it there.

It's almost a shame this one is apparently retired, because it's probably the most balanced out of Dundee's collection of misfits. New packaging and label art ought to mean new beer recipes with a dedication to taste and quality, too.

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Photo of kinger
3.02/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decent offering from a generally lackluster brewery. This vienna poured a very light amber color. I'm hesitant to call it copper but it really is. Small white head and very little lacing. Aroma is sweet with a faint caramel maltiness. Surprisingly full mouthfeel and a really smooth finish which is the best aspect of this brew. Moderate malt flavor, semi-sweet and pleasant but far from interesting. Better than their trademark "Honey Brown" but only by a slim margin.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, golden-mahogany body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Toasty malts with a slight hint of toasted almond slivers. Very soft floral notes.

Taste: Toasty malts, a slight nuttiness, and a medium dark caramel sweetness. Faintest hint of floral and citrus. Rather subdued hop bitterness. Crisp, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium, fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: A thin, simply dark lager that's only real goal is to be crisp and refreshing. I'm fine with that.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice golden amber with an off white head that recedes to a small amount of lace. the aroma is malty, malty, malty. I'm not detecting a lot in the way of hops, but the lager smell is deffinitely there. the taste follows suite with a very caramely sort of sweetness, and a bit of that lager yeast taste. the mouthfeel is decent medium body, not a bad beer... damn good value these guys are putting out.

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Photo of Rayek
3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of a sampler pack.

A: Deep amber color is very clear with fairly active carbonation. Small and soapy white head has very little retention and leaves no lace.

S: Dark chocolate, toffee, brown sugar and a little grass. Best part of the beer for me.

T: Toffee sweet malt is balanced nicely with a mildly peppery bitterness. A slight metallic taste lingered in the background. Not particularly complex.

M: Medium light body feels syrupy. Carbonation level is a bit too high.

D: Decent social beer. Not very exciting, but I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pale copper color with a decent dense off-white head that dissipated into a cap. The aroma is pretty faint, some buttery/nutty malt and thats about it. The taste is of slightly toasted malt, mineral water, and a light grassy hop. The feel is light with a good amount of fizzy carbonation, finishes balanced and neutral. A decent offering but nothing to get excited over. The beer has some flavor and drinks easy.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a nice initial head. Reduces quickly, but leaves some spotty/stringy lacing.

Aroma of toasted malt, bread crust, and fruity hops.

Has a nicely balanced flavor. Earthy malts and a little grain balanced by a light hop bitterness. No off flavors.

Mouthfeel is a little creamy, yet still crisp. Good carbonation levels after a strong pour. Medium body.

This is a good staple beer for me. Inexpensive and reasonably flavorful and refreshing. Not too filling so it can be enjoyed in quantity year-round. One of my regular stand-bys.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bronze copper body with constant effervescence in a lager glass--thick, half-inch head appears tasty... medium-bodied malts with a friendly, yeasty accent--appealing--and yet a hint of corn also... nondescript, thin bodied palate--settles on the tongue, but is fleeting like iced tea...tin, metallic malts--a Natural Light tinge with a little more body.. warms as the glass continues... a bit sweet with a somewhat grainy, yeasty finish...again, nondescript--serviceable and probably a safe companion to pizza or nachoes...

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Photo of ATPete
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz twist off

JW Dundees Amber Lager pours a orange brown color with a small white head, very tiny rising carbonation and i spot a floatie or 2...hmm. There is no detectable funky odor in the beer so im assuming the brew is not out of code but there is no date printed on the bottle. The nose altogether has no real defining smell, just a subtle smell of roasted malts. Upon drinking it has a real nice malty profile, good balance, the hops are slightly detectable, a bit of wood, and some fruity notes and a very pleasant aftertaste. Its body is medium/light with a perfect amount of carbonation making this one extremely drinkable and a damn good american lager for under 6 bucks a 6'er!

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Photo of generallee
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a deep amber color with excellent clarity. The head is full and fluffy with a creamy off white color. It hangs on for a short time and recedes to a thin covering. On the way down the glass it leaves behind some nice lacing.

Smell: The aroma is light and clean. There is a light malt presence with soft aromatic hops in the nose.

Taste/Mouth feel: Nothing out of this world but it is fresh, crisp and clean. There is a pleasant sweet malt base with a mild hop presence within a medium body that has a refreshing texture and clean finish.

Notes: Simple and good but great. It comes with a modest price tag that will bring me back for more.

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Photo of apratsunrthd
2.57/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours amber with an unimpressive head and some lacing

S - not much to say in the smell department. Standard lager smell if a bit grainy.

T - really turned off here. Far too medicinal. Not at all impressed.

M - Right at average. Nothing stands out.

D - It's plenty drinkable but I can't find a lot of reason to pick this amber lager over any other to drink.

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Photo of barleyman
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the brown glass bottle into my straight sided pint glass tumbler. The deep amber color is right for the style.The grassy, mild aroma is average. The flavor is quite good for a mass produced amber lager. Mouthfeel is also good, one could consume a number of these. For someone who is accustomed to heavier styles, this is quite drinkable.

Just a thought.


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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear burnt amber with a one and a half inch loose and bubbly beige and white head. There are the tiniest pockets of carbonation bubbling up from around the etching on the bottom of the glass. Lacing is minimal with a few streaks of bubbles reaching down the inside of the glass.

S: Pretty clean and balanced with a mild floral and spicy hop background complimenting a slightly less mild stickily sweet caramel maltiness. Slightest bit of corn knocks this one down, but nice and even other than that.

T/MF: This beer wants to do something but it misses the mark. It opens with a slight hop spiciness then becomes sweeter with mild caramel bready under tones, but the longer this beer sits in the mouth the more apparent that corn taste becomes clearer and begins to define the sweetness of this beer. The mouthfeel is a bit more interesting with hop and malt bitterness working together well enough and a spritz of carbonation moving the flavor profile around the mouth. The finish is long and buttery with emphasis placed on the malts.

D: I appreciate what this beer is trying to do and its a relatively cheap beer with a relatively good taste and drink ability. A beer similar to potato chips: something you reach for when you don't what to think too hard about what you are drinking.

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Photo of rye726
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Like most of the JW Dundee beers, this is pretty macro. An amber colo rwith a tan bubbly head. Not much of a nose or flavor profile. Some mild malts and very light pale hops. A watery body leads to poor drinkability. Nothing bad about this one, but nothing good either.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear, amber color with a beige head that left some lacing.

S - light malty aroma.

T - sweet malt flavor with a touch of hop bittering on the finish.

F - light/medium bodied with a crisp carbonation feel.

D - easy enough to drink anytime.

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Photo of JMH_
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty nice looking, crisp (but perhaps a touch watery) amber colour with a big foamy head that settles in to a thin lace and leaves a bit of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a touch weak: faint sweet caramel and perhaps a bit of toasted grain. Not much going on here but nothing really negative to say either.

Flavour is a touch heartier than the aroma. It's got a more pronounced malt vibe to it, being somewhat roasted/toasted and somewhat sweet. There's a slight hop kick at the finish of each sip. Still, there's not much improvement over the aroma as it just remains average. Mouthfeel is light bodied and a bit watery at times.

This one wasn't bad overall, it was just straight across the board average. Nothing memorable about it but nothing terrible about it either. Just a bland, middle of the road brew in the end.

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Photo of xare
3.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours as a lovely amber color with a creamy head (off a hard pour). Carbonation fizzes up everywhere and is constantly bubbling up even 10 minutes after. Laces rather well for the light head that it has and sticks to the sides of the glass - a rather nice surprise.

Smells of toasted malts and nothing else I can discern. Rather average as far as aroma goes. It's quite hard to smell anything else if there is anything else at all to find.

Tastes like toasted malt with a bit of a kick at the end. The kick is that of bitterness which lingers even after swallowing and then slowly dissipates.

Apart from the previously mentioned lingering bitterness there really isn't anything that sets this apart in terms of mouthfeel. Goes down smooth, has a lingering kick, and nothing else.

Definitely a beer you could use for a session beer or a beer you wouldn't mind drinking, but it isn't a beer you'll cry out for or crave. Overall, a solid beer to drink when you buy it as a part of a craft pack (which is how I got it).

I wouldn't search out sixers of this but I might order a pint at the bar and I don't mind downing them when they come as a part of a mixed pack. Overall, I'd drink this again consistently.

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JW Dundee's Amber Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 185 ratings