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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Reviews: 294 | Ratings: 485
Photo of woodychandler
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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Photo of Ricochet
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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Photo of Wamesit
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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Photo of John
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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Photo of MikeBrandman
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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Photo of thebrood1987
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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Photo of zsk
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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Photo of rarevos
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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Photo of JuicesFlowing
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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Photo of Ville
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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Photo of chilidog
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First...Thanks John!!
Call it alittle luck or timing, but I was able to get two bottles of this limited test brew of High Falls. As a possible spring release, I say this would make a fine seasonal for High Falls.
It pours a good-looking, clear copper/gold. The glass is active for carbonation seems up abit as a slighly off-white one inch head is formed. It maintains fairly well but lace is spotted and fades.
The aroma is bread-like, with hints of honey, rye and toasted caramel malts. The taste is carried by a sweet malt balanced well with a tangy hop spice. The finish has a hint of pepper, while the alcohol at 6.2% is soothing and calm.
The mouthfeel is soft and drinkability is high as the carbonation, I think, aids the medium bodied brew.
As High Falls carries on through tests of this brew, I say "Yes" to this possible seasonal, and with any more luck, there's always the chance we'll see it next year!!

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Photo of JDFish
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very tastey brew with a nice hops finish. Plenty of foam from the pour from the bottle to the pint glass. Drinkability and flavor rate real high. Goldenrod in color with a slight haziness. Mouthfeel was on the lighter side and the smell of pale roasty malts. Very good brew, I liked it the best out of the gift pack.

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Photo of mempath
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

just drank it but forgot to take notes. all around, well above average. bock is a favorite for me (aside from hopbombs) so this was no exception. crisp golden color, nice malty nose, taste stays consistent with everything else. actually tastes better after about 5 minutes of warming up (on this cool october day....i'd keep it cold in warmer times)...good carbonation. definitely a session drinker as most of this variety 12-pack delivers. except for the honey brown...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was quite surprised at how much body and flavor the Dundee Pale Bock Lager has. I guess I've just run across too many regional breweries that use the term bock, and then deliver a thin ghost of the style. On the other hand, there is a bit of tradition to that... breweries would often add coloring to their regular lagers in spring and call them bocks. This, however, is nothing like that. It's got a deep amber-orange color at about 12 SRM, and a fairly long-lasting creamy cap off off-white. The nose is caramelish, grainy and bready with a thread of spicy and floral hops in the background. The mouth feel is a dextrinous medium-full, and its moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation leaves it smooth across the palate. The flavor is again, caramelish, grainy, bready, and gently toasty. A stiff bitterness runs through it, appearing at the middle, and balancing it into and through the drying finish. Herbal and spicy hops appear at the swallow, and then help to dry it in the long lingering finish. A very nice example of the helles style. Well-brewed and balanced towards drinkability. Worth trying!

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Photo of AlFromBayShore
4.09/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This comes from the Dundee variety 12 pack. I thought the porter was the best of the lot. I'd like to alter that sentiment. The pale bock lager, at the very least, shares the top spot with the porter. This beer is a bit lighter than the porter. Has a crisp and malty taste and a medium body. Detecting some notes of honey and maybe a subtle peach note? Nice finish on this beer too.

Once again I made the mistake of having this right out the fridge. You gotta let this warm. When cold, there is a slightly metallic tone in the smell. It disappears as the beer begins to warm.

Good drinkability. I have to think quick and write fast because the beer is disappearing quicker than I can review it.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has a great bronze body with about a finger and a half of nice white froth head. The head and lace both have some nice staying power. The aroma malty with some secondary hops aromas emitting. It has a traditional taste. This beer is mildly hopped, malty and roasted. It has a mouthfeel that is on the upper end of light.

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Photo of beyah
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz. Pilsner Glass, head was quite good from an easy pour~ 1 finger. Lacing is good and head retention is OK.

Beatiful Golden color, biscuity, malty and hoppy like an IPA, whats not to like. Well balanced.

Smooth mouthfeel, and a way better than the mainstream lagers, I would get this one again without reservation. It's not from Belgium or brewed in a castle but it sure is an excellent choice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Stimack
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First experience with this brew and was expecting pretty good results based on past experiences with High Falls. Always nothing extraordinary, a fair to good brew at a great price. This brew was not what I expected; I felt it was a excellent brew and a great price. Brew pours to a clear golden color that has amber highlights in it. Nice sized off-white head that breaks down somewhat slowly leaving a nice sheen of lace along the sides of the glass. The aromas are actually quite complex, rye bread like smell along with slight fruit like esters and a spicy hop scent. The taste is very nice, very similar qualities as expressed in the aromas of the brew. Very rich malt like flavor dominates but then the spiciness cuts through, finishing nicely. A very smooth brew, with the ABV at 6.2 I would imagine that this one could sneak up on you because it is very easy drinking, exceptional offering!

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Suprisingly saw this on tap at Donnely's Public house in fairport(get it while you can). The bartender didn't really know what it was but i guess it is a test or something. Anyways i loved it. It is certainly pale as it pours a really light gold. The taste is sorta sweet but I think the hops are more dominant. Perfect amount of alcohol. Interesting brew, hopefully we will see it in the stores soon.

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Photo of Natainos
4.06/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So Another review for the Local Craft Brew & homage to monks.

A: Love the golden look to this beer, when poured it held a semi thick head for longer than what I thought it would (2-3 min) and it laced really nice. Logo Rocks too.

S: Malty, sweet smell, mild burnt aroma.

T: Creamy malt, with a tangy burn back of tongue can taste barley, ( you know your drinking unadulterated flavors .

m: A tangy burn "crisp", quick yet fading combination., some creamy after taste.

D: Nice, clean yet with complex and deep flavors.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.04/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

onto the second of the genny variety exhibition

A- a clear lager look. Slightly more golden than yellow. Small type of head on the brew

S- strong spiced yeast presence that is balances with a malty theme towards the end. A musty fruit presentation is filtered throughout the brew. Furthermore, there is an enlightening scent from the brew

T- a fantastic sweet malt flavor mingles with a spiced hop presence. When you think you are diving into a lager, you are actually tackling a balanced brew with swell maltiness and dry hop flavor. This is good

M- flavor all over and good

D- Dundee is a home run for their "teachable moment" of craft brews. Pale Bock Lager is so tasty. I highly recommend it

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Photo of Bockrules
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Great fluffy, four finger head in my pilsner glass with good retention. Nice Orangey-straw color. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves splotches of lacing near the top of the glass and beautiful lacing near the bottom.

S - Nice sweet malty smell with hints of hops. Could be stronger though and seems to present only directly after the pour.

T - A little bit of alcohol up front followed by a smooth body. The body has hints of hop flavor on top of a sweet malt body. The finish is has great balance and leaves a bitter aftertaste.

M - Moderately carbonated and creamy. Suits the style very well.

D - Pretty damn good for a cheaper beer and pleasantly surprising after my poor experience with Dundee Pale Ale. I went through this one pretty quickly and could drink a few of these in a night. If the rest of the Craft Pack is this good, I would definitely consider buying it again and pawning off the Pale Ales on my Brothers. A very straightforward, yet good bock

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.02/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good two finger head over a slightly cloudy brew that equates to a 7 in color on the SRM beer color chart. Impressive clinging lace with a tight cling. Aroma of apple, caramel, orange, peach, cinnamon, and malt. Flavors of green apple, orange and lime peal, caramel, green tea, and mild hops. Sort of patchy feeling in my mouth. Not bad at all, good for another round and to share with friends.

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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 DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in my sampler pack from Dundee
A - Pours a dark amber brown with slight mild head
S - Smells of mild hop and bread malts with mild sweetness
T - Overall great bready and hop tones with slight bitterness
M - Medium to light bodied.
D - Well I have a few more and it wasn't that bad. Definitely drinkable and good tasting.

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