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

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JW Dundee's Amber LagerJW Dundee's Amber Lager
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JW Dundee's Amber LagerJW Dundee's Amber Lager

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 08-16-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 185 |  Reviews: 167
Reviews by rugbycritic:
Photo of rugbycritic
4.33/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of our hometown brewer. We have wanted to see them make a move for a better presence in the craft segment. This is it.

A wonderful red copper color surprises you, as you expect a lager to not be this dark. Flavor is not heavy at all, very well balanced with good bitterness, with just a touch of sweetness. Nice creamy head that stays around for a bit. Warming in the glass opens up the flavors even more. Swirl it a bit to release the gas, and even more flavor comes pouring out.

I am looking forward to having these in my fridge along side my usual suspects.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep bronze with a amber tint with a nice size head that left a fair amount of lace,I picked up some toastiness and sweet caramel a little subdued but appetizing.All the traits for the style some caramel sweetness and some toasted malt I did pick up a little dryness in the finish so there is a fair amount of hop used.A pretty solid amber has everything it needs flavor wise going on really nothing sticks out much but well made.With this and its pale ale JWD has two beers that are out of their mainstream swill.

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Photo of generallee
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
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 Jason
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Very clear with a tawny hue, the forth rises and falls to a thin tan lace.

S- Malty sweet aroma, caramel and toasted malts ... almost too sweet.

T- Sweet palate but not cloying, lots of caramel malt with a toasted grain backing. Transparent hop bitterness does little in the flavor department yet still helps to balance.

M- Very smooth with a refreshingly crisp finish. Full dextrin body.

D- I could see having a couple but that is about it.

The malt character lacks depth, hops are lackluster and overall the beer tastes a bit stripped to me.

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Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer lacking Freshness indication, twist of cap. Amber/almond in color and quite clear. Medium bubble head, with decent retention. This brew also leaves high class, wispy and well developed lacing. Typical malty nose. Medium bodied. Moderate malty base, abit watery , late minor hop note adds to a chalky finish. Middle of the road, mass produced micro (?). Nice house but not many folks at home.

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Photo of Hugh37
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of kingjames1
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber - crisp, clean, with a very decent head that persists in an attractive lace throughout. I was surprised by this one. I bought the 'craft pack' from JW Dundee and tried the amber first, not expecting too much (really I was looking forward to trying the Pale and IPA), as I am not that impressed with the Honey Brown. But this is a good amber, especially for the price. Solid malt presence, with a tasteful sweetness, followed by a surprisingly pronounced hops bitterness - not bad at all. Perhaps a tad watery, but really there's not much here for me to criticize. A solid amber lager. Definitely worth trying for the price.

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Photo of ADR
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Darker brown-bronze appearance, completely clear. Yellowish head of medium bubbles. Laces are nice -- patches of rings and small sheets. Lightly caramel aroma, trace of nutmeg. Carbonation is lower and the mouthfeel starts and finishes a bit watery, something that hurts this overall pleasant beer in the long run. The flavor shows the same caramel malt elements as the smell, with just a touch of spice that works well to add some interest. Flattens a bit at the finish, a likeable and non-challenging Lager that's drinkable but a little on the ordinary side. Part of an eight pack with the Pale Ale and six Honey Brown Lagers.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Caramel amber hue much darker and true amber than a Loyalhanna Lager or Yuengling Traditional Lager could be that this one is all malt. Anyway it forms a nice sized head with a healthy amount of carbonation leaves chunky thickets of lacing scattered around my pint. Aroma: Faint caramel sweetness, warm nut bread tone to it all with a balancing pine hop presence there, nice. Taste: Slight creamy sweetness to it, subtle caramel notes even flavor with balancing hops evident in flavor with low bitterness going on. Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth going down medium to light bodied nice solid carbonation all around good beer. Drinkability: A definite go to amber lager reminiscient of Yuengling but pulls the style off so much better.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has an amber-brown crystal clear body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles. There is a thin film of off-white foam that last for a bit fading to a thin ring of foam.

S- The light dry toasted malt note has a nougat smell but is pretty clean overall.

T- The light toasted malt flavor is dry with a note of pale malt and a nougat flavor to it. The finish is a faint green hint that is not really bitter or distinctly hops. There is a soft sulfur hint to the green finish also.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.

D- This beer has a nougat off flavor and the overall smell and taste are pretty light and one dimensional.

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Photo of pwoods
2.07/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle from Krogers(lol) poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice dark amber pour. 1 finger head that retreats to a constant 1/8 inch. Decent lacing.

S: Smells like cheap, over sweetened instant iced tea.

T/M: Tastes the same: Sweet'n'Low. Malts are at a good level, just overly sweet. Very light body, moderate-high carbonation.

D: Easy as shit to drink except for the taste. Found this for $8/12pack(variety). Can't beat the price, but this is the 5th(out of 6) worst.

Note: Although not the greatest beers I've tasted, JW Dundee's has 2-3 beers that I'd gladly pay 8$/12pack for.... If only I could find a normal 12pack of there "good enough for $8 IPA/APA" and not a variety pack.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
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 SetarconeX
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks not unlike a glass of diet coke. Sweet and malty on the nose, but really doesn't give off too strong a scent. Tastes a little more watery than I'd really like it to be, but without any actual negatives on the taste. More sweet than I'd like, and with some weak hops.

This one's just kind of there. Nothing against it, but completely lacking anything to recommend it.

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Photo of brewQ
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Genny/High Falls

A attractive clear copper, well charged CO2, some sheathing

S feint aromas, sweet/grainy

T a step above macro lagers with a bit more flavor

M lackluster finish

D Definitely drinkable and at a decent price, good transition beer for newbies

I picked this up by mistake; meant to grab the Pale Ale but was in a hurry and got this. At $4.39 a six pack this is okay, the Pale is better and either one saves me $2 now as the XMas bills roll in. (Versus $6.39 BLVD).

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Photo of dacrza1
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
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 Calico
2.89/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a huge head. Very clear amber appearance.

Aroma - slightly malty. Very slight banana nose.

Taste - there isn't much. A little peach and cherry. Mostly all I can taste is vague maltiness. Bitterness on the back of the tongue. Finish is both bitter and malty.

"Perfectly balanced" it may be in terms of the BU:GU ratio, but it's not a very pleasing beer to my palate. Drinkable as in it's a session beer, but not all that drinkable in that I don't feel much like having another one.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Perfectly balanced" states the lable.

AP: Nice, deep amber color, very vivid with some red hues and moderate carbonation that creates and maintains a soft, foamy off-white head and long sticky legs cling to the glass in it's wake.

Nose: Whoa...caramalized brown suga and nutty malt aroma. There is a subtle tangy hop aroma and equally as subtle smelling yeast. Overall the sweet malt scent dominates.

Taste: Honey wheat bread and toffee malted sweetness, just like the aroma only the flavor has a very nice balance with earthy but tangy and interesting hop notes and a very subtle yeast and a mild oak'ed hit. The balance is nice, although still dominated by a rather nice sweet malt.

FeeL: Light to medium bodied with a crisp feel and light refreshing finish.

DA: pretty dang good.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear and amber / slighty orange in appearance, bubbles rise from the bottom in perfectly straight columns up to a two finger creamy head pocked with big craters of bubbles. Looks like a carrot cake with off-white icing on top. I love carrot cake, so this scores high on the apperance scale for me.

Smells pretty malty. A spice cake or snickerdoodle cookie aroma predominates, while a subtle hop note gently stings the nose. The smell is very nice, but a little weak. I have to really pull in alot of air to get a good whiff. IMO the greatest smelling beers are the ones you can smell as soon as you pop the top, but given that this is a lighter bodied lager, I won't hold that against it.

Dry and bitter at first sip, lots of wet sweetness pulls through at the end. That's cool! Sorta backwards from the way most beers start with the sweet and end with the bitter. But, the aftertaste is a bit stale.

This one is s smooth sipper that has something unique about it. It sort of reminds me of Killian's Irish Red, just a whole hell of alot more tasty. The one downfall IMO is that it has that skunky moldy thing goin on that is typical of lower-end American lagers. A minor flaw, and like I said...it's expected with the style.

The bottle says "perfectly balanced" right on the front, and I must say that I don't disagree. This is a damn fine lager (though a tad too watery for me) and one that I could easily session with. Also, this would be very good for trying to entice someone away from BMC without scaring them off.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bright, mildly sweet, caramelish, and toasty maltiness defines this amber lager. It's found in the nose and in the flavor, where it's balanced by a solid bitterness and some grassy and leafy hop flavors. It has a beautiful appearance as well with a clear, deep-amber body that borders on copper; and a creamy ivory-colored head that holds well and leaves some thin lace about the glass. It's a great crossover beer that offers a surprising amount of satisfaction and drinkability.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Dark American Lager poured an amber that borders on brown. The bright white head stood in stark contrast to the beer itself.

The aroma was primarily malt but did have some earthy, yeasty character as well. I could not pick up any hop aroma which surprised me because their website said they use cascade hops. The aroma was subdued but pleasant.

This beer was very well balanced. There was a low level of sweetness that clung to the sides of the tongue. No distinguishing malt flavor was detected. There was no hop flavor and what bitterness there was is more than balanced by the malt. No off flavors.

The beer had a light body with a lot of tinglng carbonation. Very refreshing mouthfeel.

Nothing distinguishes this beer from its rivals, but is a very nice beer. What comes to mind is that the whole is greater than the parts. This makes a very good session beer. I picked it up on sale and will certainly pay regular price for it in the future.

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Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of UncleFrank
2.81/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale orange beer with a thin white head that has lasted for quite a while. 20 minutes later I cn still see CO2 bubbles.
The aroma is slightly harsh, skunked maybe. Surprising with a browm bottle beer. Placing my nose closer to the beer I detect dark toast with butter. I I mean toast like rye or wheat in the oven, not the grains.
The taste is sweet and malty with a slight slick finish in my mouth. It quickly fades to a hint of fruit and then clean and gone.
Not my favorite but if I had to choose between can from the the evil empire and this, I'd have this all day long.

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Photo of russpowell
3.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a 2" rocky white head. Very good head retention
& some lacing

Smell: Sweetness and cornyness& alcohol as it warms

Taste: Sweet with malt background, slight grain/hops bitterness. Finishes caramel sweet & dry

MF: Good carbonation, a tad thin, either more malt to heft it up or some more hops to give this some real texture, please!

Okay drinkability, just to sweet for more than 2. Would certainally take this over many macros out there. Would be cold after mowing the lawn. Not destined to make my rotation unless poverty sets in..

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Photo of bditty187
2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lightly hazy, coppery-amber in hue, I really like the color of the liquid, it is kind of ordinary but I like it nevertheless. The head was short-lived; at its highest point the foam was a half finger tall. It quickly subsided to a soapy cap with a thicker ring. There was no subsequent lacing. Overall, the appearance is decent but the details are wanting.

The nose is sweet. There is an interesting mix of apples, caramel, butter, nuts, and a kiss of grain. I couldn’t detect any hops. Not much development. The potency is low, I don’t find the aromas inviting. In fact I am worried! It smells like a sweet candy mess, which is something I don’t want in an Amber Lager. So, here goes nothing…

The palate offers some apple sweetness. And malt sweetness, caramel, hints of honey, some toasty grain as well. I can taste the hops, they are at the back and they do well to create a balanced finish. The start, on the other hand, is kind of sweet. At no point is it cloying or gross. The flavor profile is decent, it isn’t too bland but it is far from interesting either. I can see how this beer would be a popular alternative to BMC. Pleasant but average… at best.

Medium-light in body, the carbonation is too low, it is almost flat. The mouthfeel is sluggish but I can tolerate it for one bottle, if I was drinking more at one time, I don’t think that would be the case. This aspect of the beer needs some tinkering.

This is a drinkable beer. It is a BBQ beer or a crossover beer. It is not bad but I can’t call it good either. It really isn’t cheap enough in Omaha for me to purchase it when I need a drinking beer. Boulevard Pale Ale has that job. I am happy beers like this are on the market but I don’t think I will go back to it anytime soon. My bottle was purchased in Omaha. It was fair.

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Photo of bashiba
2.71/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a nice dark amber with a nice very light tan 2 inch head, that sticks well to the glass.

The smell is a very lacking, all that is detectable is some very faint maltiness.

The taste is if of light sweet caramel malts up front with a very faint bit of hoppiness at the finish. Its not bad, but sort of underwhelming.

The mouthfeel is decent with some nice carbonation to it and the drinkability is very good as there is nothing off or unpleasant about this beer, just nothing to right home about either.

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JW Dundee's Amber Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 185 ratings