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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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice golden color, the head was fizzy and white but not too bad. The smell of the beer has a nice aroma of malts and caramel. The taste of the beer is toasted and has plenty of malts. The mouthfeel is pretty good, nice body and a carbonation. Overall not a bad beer at all really. Pretty surprising.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
1.9/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bought a mixed 12 pack of Dundee's ($8.99/12).

There has to be one bad beer in a sampler pack right? I tried this 4 times and was only able to drink the entire beer once. I don't have many drain pours but this is one of them. Just way too strong of an alcohol taste and the beer is just not smooth at all. Way too many astringent tastes going on. Really, not a good beer at all.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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 zeff80
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden-yellow color with copper hues at the top. It had a 3-finger, foamy, soapy, off-white head that left some lace.

S - It smelled of malt and grasses.

T - It tasted very malty and sweet. Also, some noticeable grain flavors and a slight hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp and fairly smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good maibock. A solid offering from JW Dundee's

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a frothy head that holds together well and drapes lace

Smell: Sweet toffee malt, almost perfume-like, with hints of grain

Taste: Sweet toffee with a biscuity character, up front, and a surprisingly peppery flavor developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweetness persists but fades to let some of the grainy lager elements achieve a bit of balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Far from my favorite style, Dundee has done a surprisingly nice job here

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma of caramel malt is quiet simple though pleasant. Taste is dominated by balanced caramel malt with good sweetness level. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad though not much in terms of complexity.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of mothman
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz brown bottle, with no freshness date, into a pilsner glass. Head is decent with amazing lacing. Color is a straw orange.

Smell is of carmel and malts. Taste is that same malty carmel with a floral citrus taste. Not to bad actually. Carbonation wasn't the best.

This was an interesting flavor and I really enjoyed the smell. So far it is one of the better beers out of the mix pack.

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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 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 Gkruszewski
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -5%

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 nickfl
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One and a half fingers of white head on a perfectly clear, golden body. Decent retention and good lace.

S - Clean, sweet malt and perhaps a hint of hops.

T - Herbal, spicy hop flavor, followed by slightly sour malt notes. Lingering malt note in the finish and a little yeasty as well.

M - Medium body, high carbonation.

D - Nice and drinkable, but.... I might consider it a little heavy for the style. It has just a bit too much hop flavor and not enought malt for a real Maibock.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale amber color with a short foamy white head that fades kind of quick and leaves some lace on the glass.

S: The smell is sweet and bready with touches of honey & corn.

T: As with all High Falls beers that I’ve had, I taste that distinctive roasted corn and malt flavor accompanied by some honey, spice and a touch of hops.

M: Crisp, but not as smooth as a beer of this style should be, medium-to-light body with heavy carbonation and I suppose you could say it has a clean finish.

D: It’s drinkable because there isn’t much to it, which is the case with all beers that I’ve had from High Falls Brewing. It’s got a decent kick to it and is a decent alternative to a macro. I could drink it all night, but if there were something else available that isn’t from the major brewers, I’d almost certainly switch over.

Given that I like this style and this is the highest rated beer from High Falls, I had high hopes for this beer. I’m thinking my expectations may have been over-inflated. While I can honestly say that this is the best beer that I’ve had from this company, it’s nowhere near the quality of other beers that I’ve had from this style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decent start to the head but it settles to nearly no bubbles. There's initial lace on the glass, but that also fades over time. Light amber color.

Earthy smell with nearly no hop.

A touch of sweetness up front. Rather dry at the swallow where some bittering hop shows up. The aftertaste dies off faster than one would expect. The body is as expected.

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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 russpowell
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours honey colored with a 3 fingers plus white head. Almost good head retention & a little lacing

Smell: Slight grainyness, not much else, maybe a little malt

Taste: Sweetness with alcohol bite. I taste as much corn/grainyness as I do malt. Not what look for in the sacred bock. Finishes sweet & fruitty

MF: Some syruppyness & good carbonation, feels like a bock.

Drinkability is this beers strength, don't really consider a bock taste-wise. The ABV helps to mask some astrigency & sweetness I found annoying in their honey brown., worth a try, just please don't tell me this your favorite bock!?!!!???!

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Photo of XmnwildX12
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a full inch of white head. Respectable lacing on the way down.

Smell: Sweetish pale malt aroma with a scent of floral hops.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a cereal sweetness. Floral, lightly spicy hop character with a brief, discreet level of bitterness, leaving the beer to finish as sweetish as it started.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, it's okay, though it lacks the depth of character to continue my interest beyond the single 12 oz. bottle.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale orange with bright lemon peel accents. Stately bubble streams can be seen blipping off the bottom of the pint glass and plinking into the underside of the bone white creamy crown. The foam is becoming mesa-like as it melts and is laying down some pretty good looking lace.

The nose is typical for a maibock, which makes sense. It's pale maltier than most, is low on power, and features a European hoppiness courtesy of German Magnum and Czech Saaz. Not bad at all. This brew actually has some promise...

... that it promptly squanders on the palate. That might be overly harsh, but this Dundee beer is really no better than most Dundee beer. A flavor hook is sorely need. The brewery claims that it's 'Big and malty'. It isn't.

The Pale of the name was chosen for a reason. Just like the nose, pale malt is dominant on the taste buds, with little of the toasted-earthiness that beer of this style usually delivers. A moderate sweetness is countered by a moderate bitterness (25 IBUs) and a moderate grassy-herbal hoppiness. Ho-hum.

Keeping style and ABV firmly in mind, the mouthfeel is thinnish and fades too quickly on the back end. Supposedly malt-dominant beer should be maltier than this. The score is saved from sinking lower by an acceptable amount of carbonation.

Unfortunately, Pale Bock Lager is par for the Dundee course. On a positive note, it favors the upper end of the GBC range in terms of quality. Fans of the style might want to give it a look, but this single bottle is enough for me.

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Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of stakem
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with 2 fingers of yellowish head. As the bubbles crack and pop, the head receeds and is already lacing. Nose is slightly hoppy and sulfuric with the malt. Tate is all malt with a grainy/biscuit taste but is clean and crisp. Picking up on some buttery notes in the finish. Overall it is worthwhile, but nothing outstanding. I proceed this review with caution because of the vast differences in brewer interpretation on the style of maibock so take it for what it's worth: "pale bock"

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Dundee Pale Bock Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 484 ratings