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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Photo of Tschnab
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A light brown color with a good sized foamy head and lace rings.

S- very malty, not much else. The malt is carmel and slightly fruity.

T- I'd like more hops here because this is all malt. Still, it's bready and carmely, not horrible.

O- this beer is cheap, which makes it a decent bargain. Still, nothing special at all.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle as part of a Dundee sampler 12 pack...decent light brown color. Fairly well balanced to the hop tilt in the nose...good for the style. Taste is respectable, clean, light but malty. Could improve on the yeast character, which is very light. I've noticed in general about Dundee's German style beers that they are clean and drinkable but don't have much delicious yeast funk. Mouthfeel is clean. Overall decent and the 12 pack was only $10, so it was very reasonable.

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Photo of BeerBuggy
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head on this beer was 1 and a half fingers thick in a glass mug. It left long wide strands of lacing. There was a moderate amount of carbonation. The color was amber. I could read the label on the beer through the full mug. It had a nicely ballanced hoppy and malty smell. The mouth feel was somewhat creamy with a sticky afterfeel. There was a slightly sour aftertaste.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Yup, another gift from my brother. This one pours a clear jaundiced canary topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises dusty biscuit, light toffee, light orange zest, mild flowers, and grass. The taste picks up the fruit baton and bolts, emphasizing the erstwhile mousy orange and adding some light lemon zest, light melon, and a heaping helping of banana. There's also a decent amount of caramel, lightly buttered biscuits, light black pepper, and even a pinch of clove. It's all a bit much all of a sudden, and it all sorta disappears at the end, but it's not at all bad. The body is a rather light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a nearly drying finish. Overall, not a bad helles bock by any stretch. I'll admit, I'm a bit surprised by it, as it's nothing special to look at and keeps some shady company, but I'll never turn down a beer like this.

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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 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 tito42
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Packaged on May 20, 2011, I think, from possible julian date stamp on bottle neck. Purchased from Dundee's new 'craft pack.'

A: Crystal clear gold with a decent white head that dissipates quickly but retains well and leaves nice lacing.

S: Earthy hops and sweet malts.

T: Sweet malt transitioning into a hops finish, as is usual with the style. More of a honey sweet than a richer caramel sweet. A definite alcohol kick at the finish, and spicy hops linger. The sweetness is a little off base to me, not in intensity but in flavor.

M: Nice malt backbone per the style, with a medium body and a dry finish.

O: Fits the maibock bill, but doesn't excel anywhere. I'd rather have a Boss Tom's from local brewer Boulevard, but that's a seasonal.

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Photo of Tundruth
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out into my pint glass a superb, clear amber. It forms a huge foamy head that overflows the glass. the head sticks around for a solid four or five minutes before eventually tapering off, leaving behind nice lacing.

The nose is strong and sweet, dominated by pale malts. Also, there is some indication of toasted malts that give off smells such as toffee and caramel.

The flavors in this beer are very good and balanced. The malts blend well with the flavors given off by the grains and other ingredients. Although good, the flavor is a bit lackluster. it represents the style well, but still seems to me to be a off, maybe as though it is missing something.

mouth feel is a little bit too thick and "sticky" for my liking.

It is good and definitely worth trying, but don't expect anything off the charts. in terms of the overall blending, it tastes alright, but certain aspects of the beer's composition, flavor, and body could be better.

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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 Georgiabeer
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer left at my house by someone. This one pours golden with a thin head. A constant stream of tiny bubbles. Nice enough aromas of caramel and toasty malt, a bit on the sweet side. The taste actually starts out quite nice, with more of that caramel and malt flavors, some toastiness, and a somewhat bready sweetness, but it falls off a bit towards the end. Nicely carbonated, but a bit too sweet. Not bad.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden brown with 1 finger head that disappears quickly. No lacing of note.

Smell - Smells of some bread and maltiness and some slight spice.

Taste - Similiar to the Starr Hill Helles Bock I tried, it has some Belgian Strong Ale flavorings in the taste. THis is a unique style of beer that many craft brewers don't seem to make on a wide scale. Must be a niche market for it.

Mouthfeel - fizzy carbonation, light

Overall- This is an easy drinker and tastes like its <5% ABV but the 6.2% really sneaks up on you. I recommend giving this a try. Its not the greatest beer by any means but it is different, drinkable and worth the effort.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.69/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-transparent golden with thin white head that clears.

S-a blend of honey and booze. medium strength. there's a tad of salted caramel in there as well.

T-hits the tongue with boozey bitter honey and malts. the bitterness and honey seem to last quite a while and form the after-taste. the tastes aren't of quality. this is an unbalanced mess.

M-medium to high carbonation with a dry finish

O-this is a fairly harsh beer. definitely is not something i'll be wanting again. this one really has nothing going on for it. its not completely disgusting though.

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Photo of chaunur
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a a golden straw color, clear with a fairly frothy 1" head, moderate staying power with some lacing.

A malty baked bread aroma, slightly sweet. A hint of floral hops.

Again a generally malt flavor, semi-sweet, some carmel is hinted at, but its not cloying. Hopped enough to give good balance and improve its overall feel. Nice clean finish.

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Photo of Looneybiz
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and it has a light golden bronze hue with a full finger head that stays around for a bit. Was a frothy head and left decent lacing.

Smell was very fient, but you could pick up sweet malt aroma.

The taste is malty sweet, and I could swear their is honey in the brew. There is a little bitter bite at the end that isn't unpleasant.

It's a refreshing beer and one of those that would be great while eating with your favorite food.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Purchased as part of a 12-pack sampler. What I believe is a Julian-style date code is on the bottle neck.

Pours a clear, lite-golden. A small, white head patches the glass. Many slow carb trailers. Looks good. Smell is a clean, honey-biscuity malt. Smells good. Taste is a smooth, toasted malt with a carbonated, bitter finish. A bit of mineral as well. Definitely balanced more toward the malts, though. Reminiscent of a marzen. A decent drinker, my 2nd favorite of the craft sampler.

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Photo of GregBlatz
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden in color. Very clear with a thick tall head that gets fluffy when it recedes.

S - Sweet malty grain. Caramel.

T - Nice full flavor. Malty and sweet and a simple bitterness to balance it. Slight metallic taste. The aftertaste reminds me of the taste of a mash. Interesting.

M - Fuller bodied than I thought it would be. A little alcohol warmth. I'm guessing 6% abv?

Overall - Pale in color, but it delivers in flavor. I like it.

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

A - Looked excellent. A nice deep yellow with a 2 finger off white head. Laced the whole glass.

S - Smelled pretty good too. I got all the malts, bready, biscuity, doughy.

T - Tasted pretty darn good. Very crisp, refreshing and overall balanced.

M - Mouthfeel was spot on. Nothing wrong there.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this. I got the sampler pack and by far this was the best one of the bunch.

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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 droomyster
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper with one finger of white foam with good retention. Aromas are typical maibock: predominantly sweet, grainy, maybe a hint of caramel, little in the way of hops. First thing I notice is not the taste but the body, which is considerably heftier than I expected. Comes across as medium-full, and this would be a good thing if only the flavors had the strength to keep pace. Unfortunately, the flavors are highly subdued. Tastes of lightly sweet grains with maybe a hint of woodiness; neither note is strong enough to be appreciated or warrant further contemplation. Overall: not bad but uninteresting.

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Photo of G2Brew
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a straight-up Maibock/Helles Bock, very true to type.

Poured from a bottle at about 40 degrees into a classic beer mug.

A - Pours gold with about a finger of white head that leaves good lacing. Fine rising bubbles throughout.

S - Very pronounced malt, slightly sweet, some breadiness. Modest noble hops aroma.

T - Tons of malt flavor, with a touch of sweetness. Hops balance nicely, but do not come to the fore, as is right for this style. It makes me think of a nice Munich pilsner, but with the malt pushed more forward and the hops pulled back. This is a very tasty bock.

M - Smooth, soft, and dry enough to be very refreshing, especially with the ample carbonation. I will make sure my next one is a little warmer, maybe 50, 55 degrees, to enhance the malt profile and bring the carbonation down a hair.

D - I like Bocks, and this one rocks (I was a poet and didn't know it!) Yet another highly drinkable beer from Dundee. For the money, this is very impressive. I have thoroughly enjoyed most of the Dundee brews I've tried, and this is no exception.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich honey color, maybe only a half finger of head that quickly drops into a thin layer that coats the top of the beer which is maintained by a steady stream of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. There is absolutely no lacing on the side of my glass.

S: Good smelling beer. Caramelly malt notes, a slight breadiness, and a slightly fruity sweetness.

T: A surprisingly well balanced beer. Sweet malts quickly give way to a wave of hoppy bitterness. Leaves the mouth with a nice balance of malts and hops, but also a slightly off-putting metallic taste. After the first few taste the metallic favor largely disappears, leaving just the vying sweetness/hoppiness.

M: medium bodied, light on the carbonation. Slightly sticky.

D: A very nice beer, very drinkable, either for a one-beer night or as a session beer. Plus, the price is pretty good, which is also appealing.

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

Bright gold with an average amount of carbonation.
The aroma is somewhat fruity, malty and alcoholic. I'm a fan of pale lagers in general and I like this one quite a lot.
There is a certain bite on the tongue and aftertaste that I look for and this beer has got that covered.
I'm very impressed and mildly surprised by this 89 cent brewski.

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Photo of JMad
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug...

The beer is pale golden copper, there is a thin bubbly white head.

It smells rich, lots of honey, butter and caramel malt, maybe even a hint of maple syrup.

Taste has a slight lemon hop bite, butter, bread, honey and a touch of sourness.

The carbonation lightly stings the tongue, it smooths out and leaves the mouth a little dry.

I was impressed with this one, it's light but full of flavor.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours straw colored with hint of transparent amber, thin aromatic head that leaves aroma's of bready malts and a metallic german tinge.

taste is grassy at 1st then followed by a full biscuit flavor, seems like a metallic german lager with a good mix of pale malts.

Mouthfeel is average a little sweet aftertaste, thats about it.
drinks really good for over 6%. put a 6'er of these bad boys back real easy and catch a buzz quick.

impressed for a dundee brew others besides the flagship honey brown have failed to get my jollies off

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

A - Poured into a pint glass. Clear golden amber color with an active white head that holds up well. Active carbonation.

S - Biscuit malt, some grains, and a touch of sweetness. Very clean.

T & M - More biscuit and some toasty notes. Light herbal hop crispness. Clean and well balanced. Mouthfeel is mostly dry but it has some weight to it. There's almost an oily quality at times.

D - Very good. Not really complex, but a clean, well balanced beer.

A solid beer at a great price. Hopefully I'll enjoy the rest of my mixed 12 pack from Dundee.

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Dundee Pale Bock Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
3.42 out of 5 based on 485 ratings.
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