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

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Dundee Pale Bock LagerDundee Pale Bock Lager

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

Style: German Maibock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by John on 02-25-2005

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

We personally think the Maibock does not get enough respect and also not enough play from American brewers. What's not to like from a muscular and hoppy lager?

Very heady from a sturdy pour down the side of the glass, stellar head retention as the lacing leaves a thick trail of rings down the glass. Clear, dull amber color. Snappy biscuit, almost cracker-like maltiness and a pleasantly spicy hop in the very clear aroma. Smooth and slick medium to full body holds on to a minimal amount of crispness. Maltiness flexes with biscuit and toasted bread overtones, which, for the most part, are on the dry side. A touch of warmth from the clean alcohol. Ghost-like cooked corn and sulphur, which is very lager-like, lie far beneath the malt and hops. Hop bitterness comes in broadly, balancing the beer right away and in its wake leaving a spicy herbal character that lasts long into the dry finish.

Nothing complex, nothing for the über beer snobs, but this is one damn good Maibock. This could easily be a mainstay on our beer fridge year-round.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
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 oberon
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured clear medium golden with a nice forming one finger white head but it seemed to leave as quick as it came leaving no lace behind,aromas are buttery and somewhat toasted with lighter cooked veggie elemant as well.Quite buttery tasting up front with some caramel intertwined in there I noticed a mineral-like quality more as it warmed a little hops come thru late in herbal.spiciness.Hey $4.99 a sixer and pretty quaffable if a little lighter in flavor and body, I am gonna offer to my German father in law and see what he thinks.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This HB was a glowing orange in color and not quite as clear as one would expect. The head was nice but a bit modest.

Smell – The traditional bockish toasty malt is here, but it is very faint. The grain has a nice lagered aroma, and the sense of alcohol is right on for the style.

Taste – The lagered grain flavor comes out nicely, which is quite an accomplishment in itself from an American brewery. The alcohol is here and quite noticeable as well.

Mouthfeel – This is in between light and medium-bodied with a bit of stingy booze.

Drinkability – This went down well and was appreciated by some of the non-beer drinkers attending skyhand’s Broken Fridge party.

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Photo of generallee
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a nice golden amber color with good clarity. The head is white in color, big, and fluffy. It quickly fades to just a thin covering of bubbles. As I drink a small amount of lace is left behind on the glass.

Smell: It has a simple clean aroma of sweet bready malts.

Taste/Mouth feel: There is a light caramel sweetness to the malt with a thin earthy hop flavor throughout. It finishes cleanly with some mild hop bitterness. The body is light to medium with just enough carbonation for balance.

Notes: Over all I would say that it is an average beer that is easy to drink with a simple clean flavor.

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Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of nem2006
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured clear and brown with medium carbonation visible. There was a medium head and good lacing left on the side of the glass.

The smell had some sweetness from the malts, but you could still catch the hop hint.

Surprisingly, there was much less sweetness than I thought there would be after smelling it. There was a strong bitter finish, but pleasantly not too strong. The malts definitely take a back seat in this one.

If you were looking at the title of the beer it is definitely more 'pale' than 'bock'. But it works well together.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is very fruity. I also get a lot of wheat and bubblegum notes in the aroma. The flavor is grapes, fruit and caramel malt. Not bad overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better Dundee beers I have tried.

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Photo of JESantiago
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Milkysunshine
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of dogfishandi
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear golden almost copper color with a big fizzy head that faded to a thin layer pretty quick. a tiny bit of lacing and some pretty weak retention.

a strange kind of offensive aroma. its a combination of grainy malt, sweet malt, skunkiness, and metallic aromas.

the taste really isnt much better. theres some grainy, pilsner like malts maybe a touch on the sweet side. and again the metallic flavors. maybe a slight touch of hop bitterness towards the finish.

over carbonated, light body, too fizzy and bubbly like all the dundee beers.

this one is one of my least favorite out of the variety 12 pack. i never was really a fan of bock beers to begin with, there are a couple good ones i enjoy, but this is far from one of them. its just too bland. its easy to drink and session, but i wouldnt want to. nor would i ever really want to drink this again. avoid it, avoid dundee all together.

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Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best part about this brew would have to be the price factor. You can get it for abou 5.99 to 6.99 a six. That and the fact that it is a decent helles bock. Pours bright straw colored golden with bright white creamy textured head, leaves behind specks of scattered lacing on the sides of my glass. Aroma has a touch of citrus and some fruity phenols mostly a bit of green apple, with other cereal notes peeking through. Grassy herbal hops in the background pretty muted. Flavor a sweet honey coated biscuit malt profile with some rough graininess and harsh metallic notes. There's a rounded touch of green apple tartness flowing with some of those herbal hops I mentioned. Mouthfeel is medium bodied especially for a lager, carbonation was inoffensive nothing big to report here. Definitely more balanced nothing cloyingly sweet, overall impression is that it's a decent regional brewed bock bier that I have no plans of drinking regularly. I remember enjoying this more when I bought a sampler of the Dundee with the new labels.

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Photo of chinchill
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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 Rowsdower
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of pwoods
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz from a variety pack. Served at about 40 into a pils glass. No dating/labeling.

A: Very pretty amber pour. Maybe 1 finger of head with little to no retention. No lacing.

S: Smells like an average lager. Sweet malts. Raisins? Pretty weak smelling.

T/M: Nice balance between grains and swet malts. I was afraid this would be too sweet because of the smell(and past experiences with this company). Hops come through at the end nicely. Pretty light body even for a lager and carbonation is pretty high.

D: Very easy to drink and sessionable. For $8/12pack, this is without a doubt worth a shot. Especially if your thirsty.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden over ripe wheat color and crystal clear with an off white head. The head doesn't stick around but fades to an island of bubbles that floats about the beer surface.

Smell is mild, slightly caramel and of light grains but very faint.

Taste is heavy on the malts with a caramel backbone. The finish is slightly bitter with a warm spice sensation on the tongue but not in taste. Very nice.

A clean carbonation cuts the heavy malt flavor and lightens the overall body of the beer. Nice combination to make a completely enjoyable beer drinking experience. Very worth a try.

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Photo of Jonny_Tremain
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of wmtxbb
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear brownish amber with a finger sized head that disappears into nothingness. A good bock should have a good sized off white head that lasts.

Smell: Grain-like malt smell that has the typical crisp lager scent.

Taste: Heavy malts and honey followed by the crisp citrus-like lager flavor. The malts seem to be be maybe amber and caramel. Like most beers I've had from Genesee this beer is simple. Sometimes that works. Personally I prefer a little more complexity from my beer, but a bock should be smooth and simple so I cannot dock this beer because of that.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Refreshing like most lagers and sweet.

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Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of dacrza1
2.54/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden body with soft bubbles and a white, pillowy, extra-creamy two-finger head in a pokel--uneven tracings... thin, metallic hints of malt; crisp and a bit buttery... thin going in, but a bit of an annoyance on the throat... creamy and weak-bodied... somewhat malty--more pilsner than bock?--but the taste boldens late... stronger, but still basically a light lager with some sweetness...pleasant and rather nondescript--giving this beer the benefit, it may just be a misnomer (can't imagine this holding up to an actual bock), and without expectations, it is drinkable.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dundee- Bock

A- Slight cloudy copper brown with a big foamy head. Nice lacing.
S- Malty and earthy with hints of caramel.
T- Earthy licorice malt, slight touch of chocolate and carmalized malts. Touch of alc. present.
M- Sweet and a tad boozy (rubbing alc.)Sweet warming finish.

Overall- Mild and light on flavor. Alc. is very present for a %6?! A decent offering.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"big and malty lager"

AP: Pours out a burnt orange color with hazy yellowish hues and a few big bubbles struggle to the top to create a foamy and lacy, all-white head that dissipates slowly to a constant white lace-like cover.

nose: This one has a strange herbal-sweet malty scent that seems to include cloves, brown sugar and some spices from the hops and a tangy sweetness from the yeast.

flavor: This is a rich, herbalized malt dominated sweetness that hits the tastebud's pretty hard and is somewhat balanced by a zesty, peppery hop and yeastieness that gets mellowed by a wheat and grains effect that does a decent job mellowing out the big and strangely sweet malt.

Feel: Medium bodied, crisp but very hefty feeling with a dry, clean bite.

DA: This one is going down pretty easy on this 95 degree day (6/27/07) but the sickly-sweet malt proves to be too big for another.

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