Dundee Pale Bock Lager
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

Dundee Pale Bock LagerDundee Pale Bock Lager
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German Maibock
Ranked #169
Ranked #45,236
3.44 | pDev: 13.95%
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States
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Photo of BCad
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Copper amber pour with a thin bright-white head that fell away quickly.

S: Nothing too appealing, just malt and residual sugar.

T: Taste quite good. Toasty malt, sweetness, and a nice lightly hopped finish. Only complaint is that it's maybe a touch too sweet.

F: Fizzy and a bit on the heavy side. Fits the style.

O: This brew isn't pretty or particularly appealing at first glance, but it actually drinks pretty nicely. Deffinitely has a fair amount of residual sugar, which I don't particularly like, but it doesn't rule it out. All and all a decent beer, I'll drink the rest.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear and amber with a inch of bone white foam that falls well for the style. Bright not too many bubbles on the rise. Nose is bread with a bit of richness. Soft mellow earth and a little mild spice. breaddy with a few bubbles to tingle on the palate. Taste is earthy and has a little richness form malt.. No diacetyl, no dms, no fruity esters. Finishes crisp and clean with a tiny bitterness to show itself . Hops have a bit of herbal to them and the bittering hop is exceptionally clean. There is some sweetness in the finish. I get nothing from it all. All the character is hallertau. Apollo are a soft clean bitterness with a bit of strength.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my Sam Adams dimpled Octoberfest mug.

Look - No head to speak of. Nice color; copper in hue and clear. Like a piece of amber.
Smell - Malt. Bready and toffee.
Taste - More malted grain. Almost toast-like.
Feel - Minimal carbonation. Creamy texture.
Overall - Bought this with some marzen styles to celebrate the season. This style is good, but I need to explore it more.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 3 4/2015. Pours crystal clear deep golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of cracker, toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Maibock style. All around good balance and robustness of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of atr2605
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a nice transparent copper color with a white head with decent retention that leaves some small lacing
S-fairly faint, bit of biscuit and sweet caramel
T-sweet caramel and malt character with bready flavors that follow and a nice hop bitterness that balances out the brew
M-medium bodied and crisp
O-nice malty but crisp and clean brew, quite tasty

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, light, copper color with less than one-finger off-white head that dissipated quickly until a ring of small bubbles remained around the glass, there was almost no lacing present, this beer is lightly carbonated.

SMELL: bread and caramel, faint to the nose.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel and bread then a very mild but pleasant hop profile, this is a malt forward beer to be sure.

PALATE: this beer is lightly carbonated with medium body.

OVERALL: this is a good beer and was reasonably priced at $9.99 for sampler 12 pack, it's not my favorite style of beer but I enjoy variety and would have this again.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

3/23/15 (Bottle) - Darker gold pour, nice pillow white head, mild carbonation. Sweat, malty caramel aroma. Light malty and caramel bread taste, with little bite and mild texture. Overall average beer.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Pours a frothy head. Sharp hop aroma, with a touch of caramel in the nose. Golden color. Starts with biting carbonation and a sharp hop bitterness. Hoppiness dies down and maltiness takes over. Malt swells a bit then subsides into the finish; malt with a touch of grainy hops.

This isn't as bad as I was expecting. Had they gone with the "Maibock" moniker, I could have avoided such dread! It's hoppier on the front, but has nice maltiness behind it all. The transition into the maltier profile is quite pleasant. Don't let the label fool you, this is pretty good.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold color. White fuzzy head retains decently well. Aroma of sweet malts and a distant bready note. In the taste, sweet malt and honey like notes. Reminiscent of a blonde, stronger honey brown lager. Medium bodied, well carbonated brew. Overall, not a bad golden bock here. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of beergoot
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear golden body topped with a fizzy yet persistent white head. Bright, light malt aroma; a hint of spiciness. Light and soft mouthfeel with a light, bready malt flavor. Crisp, clean, and dry finish.

A light and delicate bock with emphasis on the malt flavors. Mostly light bread/biscuit flavors with a barely perceptible hop presence in the nose. Hops do peak out near the finish. Doesn't seem to meet the maibock description as far as hop presence goes, but still easily drinkable and pleasant.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- pours clear and golden with a thin white fizzy head, leaving just a bit if lace behind

S- sweet and toasty malts with some grainy notes, a bit of sweet honey at the end

T- flavors follow aroma, sweet grainy flavors with a honey-like sweetness, semi dry finish with a bit of toasted malt to finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to fizzy and foamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish, very drinkable

O- this isn't bad, just very bland for my taste. I did however like the malty sweetness

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Genesee Brew House in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear light amber, with a one inch head, some rings of lacing down the glass.

Sweet malt and grain in the aroma, with some grassy hops.

Nice flavor this one- light and subtle, while still being quite flavorful. Some sweet corn flavors, not distateful, with a little bit of spicy hop bitterness. Good mix between sweet and bitter flavors.

Light to medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, goes down very smooth.

Not the most complex beer ever, but still very nice, and very tasty.

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Photo of fx20736
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6 pack from Genesee Brew House on 5/27/13 for $ 6.50.

served cold in a mug.

appearance: Deep Gold with a thin white head. respectable lacing.

aroma: sweetish malts and spicy noble hops per the style.

mouthfeel: solid.

taste: like the aroma, slightly sweet with a spicy hoppiness, both subdued.

notes: nice, easy drinking, true to style.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, pours a yellow amber color with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: clover honey, sweet pale malt, slight caramel, slight fruity twang

T: sweet malt up front with a slightly sour flavor mid palate, flavors of honey and cereal grains, finish is sweet and lingers

M: medium to full bodied, slight alcohol presence, leaves a good coating, lower carbonation

O: has an excellent sweet malty flavor but lacks in other areas, good domestic example of the style

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Photo of chinchill
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz undated bottle poured a golden-amber. Small white head has decent retention.

The aroma [2.75] is a mix of sweet malt, spicy hops and, unfortunately, a whiff of wet dog.
The slightly boosted ABV is all too obvious in the flavor. Both the flavor and the aroma improved with some warming.

O: an average quality lager, albeit with more flavor and alcohol.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a nonic (also had in a pilsener, nothing changed):

A: transparent yet golden yellow body leaving a foamy one finger head. It leaves a good spider web lacing. The head lasts about a minute, no carbonation is seen rising

S: mostly bland, but after a while as it warms, there is some nuttiness going on.

T: based around the malts with some slight caramel notes and some spiciness and hops going on.

M: light to medium, slightly watery, sessionable

O: not a bad beer, I think I might have this again.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


a - pours a transparent, deep golden shade and formed a finger thick, coarse, white, sudsy head that dissipated fast.

s - nutty, faint plum or maybe red grape.

t - nutty malt character with carmel notes and a faint spiciness. no discernible hop character but a light bitterness is noticeable on the back of the tongue.

m - on the fuller side of medium with adequate carbonation. coarser co2 profile.

o - decent beer but very malt forward and missing some key style elements, mainly the hops and noticeable alcohol content. totally worth the $.91 i paid for it.

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a, yup, pale, clean, clear light gold color with 1/2 inch of white head that had good retention and light lacing.

The aroma was mostly neutral, although some some grain and a hint of alcohol did peek through, along with an overall sweet scent. The flavors were the same, bland and neutral, with some alcohol burn happening.

The body was OK, full and smooth, not heavy, but a bit sticky. Drinkability was OK, the stickiness and alcohol taste were a bit off-putting. Overall, an average example, not great, not terrible. Try it or don't.

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Photo of Ville
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice taste. smooth on the finish.. A nice taste all the way through. Just came off the beach.. and this fit perfect. Lots of flavor for such a light color brew. I was very impressed with the Bock. I will definitey try again. I'm actually washing down some snyders Hot Buffalo Wing pretzels with it.. and it is perfect!! Cheers!

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part 1/4 of the Dundee Spring/Summer Varietal mix. The Dundee Pale Bock Lager is a Helles Bock/Maibock style. As per the label: "Monks brewed bock for times of fasting during the darkest depths of winter. Then, the arrival of bucks was seen as a sign of better times to come. Today, when self-denial means stopping at one plate of cheese fries, bocks are less for the body and more for the soul, with the power to banish winter-even if it's only the winter of your discontent. Enjoy a Pale Bock and rest assured that better times are coming."

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

(Appearance) Pours a thin frothy off-white head with an average retention. Surface cover is thin and spotty, and lacing is barely there. Body color is a bright golden-amber, very thoroughly filtered, crystal clear. Carbonation is abundant and energetic. Overall a decent appearance, although naturally lacking in head quality, it appears an average beer. 3

(Smell) Light caramel malt, a bit of honey malt, some mildly bitter grassy hops and a small waft of alcohol. Smell is overall crisp and mildly sweet. It has more dimension than the average Dundee beer. Potency is medium. Not a bad aroma. 3.5

(Taste) Tastes much like the aroma predicts, although with a bit more sweetness, it has balance. A mildly sweet caramel bread front segues into a very subtle bitter resiny hop and alcohol finish. Overall it drinks crisp but full and finishes mostly clean with a high sweet honey cereal malt note as a remaining final impression, a dominating flavor throughout the drink. Drinkability is still quite high despite having a slightly higher ABV than the average beer or bock. Overall, its quite an enjoyable drink. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick with a very mild crispness and a resiny sweet finish. Alcohol presence is low. Body is light. Mouthfeel brings a nice pairing with the beer, accenting the subtleties of the hops, although with a bit more crisp carbonation, the sweetness could be alleviated and the hops given a bit more dimension. 3.5

(Overall) I found the Dundee Pale Bock Lager to be a decent concoction with its subtle flaws. A lasting striking sweet finish is going to be mildly cloying to some and the head quality is, as usual, lacking. However, the positives outweigh the negatives in this beer, making it a noble option for a very affordable go-to Helles Bock. Therefore, I'm likely to recommend this beer as a suitable option should that be your style of choice. 3.5

Genessee/Dundee Brewing Company's
Dundee Pale Bock Lager

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass. The beer is the most beautiful of golden colors, a clear pure bright apple juice hue. A fizzy white head recedes to a wisp of random chunks and odd shaped chunks of lacing stick to the glass. The beer smells bright, malty, and a bit sweet tart like apples. Taste is excellent as crisp apples pave the way for mellow malt sweetness. There's a tart finish that goes well with the other flavors. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and dry.

Overall, another pleaser from the Dundee mixed 12 pack. Clean, refreshing, and delicious. Can't ask for much more.

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Photo of wages
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - 5/5 - Transparent straw color with a 2 finger white head. Lots of bubbles.

smell - 3/5 - Dough/grain aroma.

taste - 4/5 - Has a sweet and smooth flavor.

mouthfeel - 4.5/5 - Very refreshing bite. Fairly high level of carbonation.

overall - 4/5 - Rich yet pale. Quite a unique blend of styles.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pretty clear light gold color with a fairly thin white head. Head has little retention and leaves a bit of lacing here and there.

S- Smell is pretty light. Quite a bit of malts, sweet and bready. A good amount of hops here too.

T- Malts leading the way here with a good amount of hops balancing things out. Hops are grassy and a bit of lemon.

M- Fairly light in body and a good amount of carbonation.

O- I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice clear, light amber color. A very good sized, white, almost creamy looking head. Great head retention and a nice thick foam lacing.

A wonderful biscuit aroma along with spicy and earthy hops. This smells excellent.

Medium bodied, very smooth and slightly dry. Some nice biscuit and toast that is balanced out by a peppery spice flavor that works very well with the crisp semi-dry mouthfeel. A good execution of the style and a refreshing beer.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Just slightly peachy golden, bright and clear with a few random bubbles rsing to small white head that settles fast to an okay ring, but leaves minimal lacing.

S: Light malt sweetness, hint of bread crust, Munich character. Hint of floral & spicy hops. Clean, sweet lager scent. I would like more aroma for style, but alright for a lager.

T: Malts are crakery / bready with some toasty grain & just a bit bready. Crusty bock notes at the edges. Sweetness is there, but fairly restrained. Fairly dry malts overall. Balancing hops – nice background bitterness from Magnum with Saaz providing some spicy & herbal notes. Soft hint of perfumey, pleasant alcohol, and the barest hint of yeast character.

M: Body is just medium in feel, maybe a slight hair over. Seems a tad light for the style and heft. Balanced carbonation is very finely textured. Smooth with some texture and chew, but largely drying overall.

D: A nice balanced lager. Nothing bold or complex, but tasty enough. Very approachable & carries its abv extremely well. It seems more like a 5% beer. Way nicer than the usual macro swill & excellent for the price point.

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Dundee Pale Bock Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 484 ratings