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: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by John on 02-25-2005

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4.75/5  rDev +38.9%

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4.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Woody CANnot CANtinue on CANs alone (or so I am told) and so I have the occasional bottle transgression to keep my numbers synched up.

From the bottle: "Big and Malty"; "Monks brewed bock for times of fasting during the darkest depths of winter. Then, the arrival of bocks 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. Be optimistic. As the monks would say, 'In bock there is joy.'" Hear, hear!

It is kind of disappointing that these beers come with a screw-top cap, preventing even a Pop! I gave it a decent pour before backing off to allow things to settle. The two fingers' worth of head looked like a French Vanilla ice cream cone. It was big, rocky and with excellent retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow (Edit: Amber, SRM = > 7, < 9) of a shade that would have made Midas envious and with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty sweet, just as advertised. Mouthfeel was big and full with a honey-like taste on the tongue. Finish was silky smooth and even somewhat dry, as though the fermentation had fully converted the available sugars. This was entirely smooth, to the point that half of it was gone and I was barely aware of it. I would not want a steady diet of it, nor would it be very appropriate in the summer, but on a chilly evening in early March with Spring just a few weeks away, it was perfect.

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4.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

High Falls seems to brew beers that are "in the neighborhood" for the style. Pale is good, Amber is decent, Winterfest was a treat, now, I was in my fave store, they had a sampler pack with this in it. I looked up, and there was a SIXER! Plus, it was 4.49! So, had to try it, and knowing the few reviews on BA have rated this really well, I couldn't lose.

Poured a pumpkin orange with mild carbonation and a small head that ended in a white foam that didn't go. The orange color is different from other beers. It smelled pleasant, that's being nice, you could tell there was a small difference from other beers, so maybe better than average.

Mouth was full, thick, nice balance in alcohol to heavy malts, the main difference, it went down slow with a pleasant aftertaste. Being I've had little experience with Bock beers, I have to stand up and cheer HF. This is what BMC lagers should taste like and miss so well. Malt character is full, almost chewy, with a nice hop taste that balanced with the malt but wasn't as big as APA's. Alcohol was only apparent in the end, but the main thing that hit me on this is the chewiness! Almost like better Imperials and Porters. Is this beer really from the people that brew Genesee?

Needless to say, I'm sorry I didn't buy a few sixers. It makes me re-think JWD's Pale. THIS is the beer I'll buy while it's available. If this was $6 it would still be a great buy. On the package, they mention a Hefe, IPA , and Scotch Porter are thier seasonals....bring em!

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4.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden straw with a very thick white head that gives way to good lacing.

S - Sweet. Dextrin as well as both biscuity & bready malts.

T - Refreshing but with real substance. Caramel is added to the malt spectrum in flavor and there is a very broad and subtle hops element that provides constant balance to this malty and sweet bock. The finish is dry, due to the aforementioned hops presence throughout, but the crisp, clean (and sweet) flavor isn't cut short.

M - Medium, perfect carbonation for the desired effect.

D - Highly drinkable; year round.

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4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dundee's Pale Bock is a new beer from High Falls, brewed as a potential spring '05 seasonal line extension for the Dundee brand. This has been made available in limited quantities even though it may not make it to full distribution this year. A very small quantity of bottles were produced and some draught product I'm told will be (if not already) available at select area bars.

Keeping in line with the quality of the Amber Lager and Pale Ale, this traditional bock is all malt (pale) with Magnum and Saaz hops. The brew is crystal clear light gold. Head is eggshell colored and has good retention after a moderate pour. Lace is decorative. Aroma sends fresh baked light rye bread notes wafting up. Fresh baked German pretzels come to mind as well. Spicy hop notes are also detected. Taste tows the fresh bread line with a silky clover honey like smoothness. An overall malty sweetness is predominate but is quickly countered with a peppery Saaz finish. This is also a very clean brew. Drinkability is excellent. I've been pouring two at a time in my 500ml. tapered German cylindrical glass, what a lush! (there's quite a bit of headspace in it above the plimsol line)

Cheers to Dave at HF for taking on this underrated and underappreciated style and nailing it.

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4.27/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep reddish amber. A lot deeper than any lager I've seen before. Offwhite head that rapidly goes from one and a half finger to less than one and stays that way for most of the drink. Heavy carbonation makes it hard to see through this one, but definitely more opaque than something like a Honey Brown.

S - Big smell on this one. Smells of grass and honey, hops and malts all at the same time. Delicious smell. Really impressed with the smell on this.

T - It says "Big and Malty" on the bottle. It does not lie. Big malty taste right off the bat, but it's fairly hoppy as well. Very well balanced. A bit of a honey taste in between the two, as well. Big taste indeed.

MF - Full bodied lager, definitely. Wouldn't go so far to say chewy, but it definitely fills your mouth. Mouthfeel compliments the flavor extremely well. The finish isn't quite as balanced as the taste though, leaves a bit of a hoppy residue.

D - Extremely good beer to sit down and enjoy. If it wasn't for the high alcohol content, I'd go as far to say as sessionable.

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I get a strong smell of caramel bready malts and some spicy hops in the back. On the taste I get that spicy hopiness with a sweet dry caramel bready malt and then ending with the spicy almost noble like hop taste.

This is a very straightforward beer but a real good one. As it warms the hop bitterness grows. I'm impressed with the malt in this beer as its pretty robust and goes so well with the hopping they use. The fruitiness from the yeast also mixes in well with the hops.

Its an earthy floral type of hop taste as well like one you'd get in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Actually this reminds me of a Samuel Adams beer... which to me is a good thing. I can tell this has a thicker and creamy feel to it than their other beers simply because its a lager. This tells me they know how to make a good lager. Get this beer in their mix packs. Dundee again makes some of the cheapest best craft beer I've had.

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This offering from High Falls is very good. I got it in a sampler with the Amber, Pale Ale and Honey Brown. Beautiful color, a dark gold, with creamy but not excessive off white head. Some lacing. Very smooth and drinkable. The Saaz hops were noticable and to my taste might be a little weak. I really like the Saaz. Anyway, the Hops are there, but this is a malty beer, as it should be, and the balance is probably true to style. This is absolute proof that High Falls knows good beer. Truly enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not familiar with the style at all, so interpret scores accordingly.

12 oz bottle, poured into pub pint glass.

Pours a nice golden color with a thick initial head. Head was fluffy, though not long-lasting at that size. A thin head covered the beer for the duration of the glass. Highly carbonated at first, tapered off quickly. Very nice. A bit perfumy, malty and lightly hoppy. Tasted like a breakfast of buttered toast at a table with a very fragrant floral centerpiece.

Really enjoyable, and considering I hate J.W. Dundee's Honey Brown, I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable this was. As others have noted, $4.99 a six-pack for something this good is a nice supermarket find. Will be certainly enjoying the other five.

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4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
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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4.17/5  rDev +21.9%
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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Dundee Pale Bock Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
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