Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

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

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Dundee Pale Bock LagerDundee Pale Bock Lager
484 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John on 02-25-2005

Bros Score:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 484 |  Reviews: 294
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.

 366 characters

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

Pours a clear, light amber color. 1/2 inch head with good retention and slight lacing. Smells of fruit, sweet malt, and some hops. I guess it fits the style, though pale bock is an odd nomenclature. Tastes of hops up front with the strong lager background. The aftertaste is of some sweet malts. Fairly smooth with low carbonation. Mostly hops and strong lager taste overall. Not a bad beer, but not a stand out either.

 419 characters

Photo of NEhophead
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a pilsener glass.

Watery caramel with flaxen highlights. Faint, carbonation-filled white head that fades to a delicate film almost immediately. A few trails of condensed lacing, but nothing much.

Semi-sweet caramel and honey malt aroma; faint toffee. Buttery diacetyl over a stiff, musty malted wheat base. Floral aromatics; lavender.

Big wheat and grain base initially that lasts throughout the sip: wheat, rice. The sweetness is surprisingly toned down with just hints of buttery toffee and thin caramel. Phenolic taste at mid-sip with burnt, floral hops that makes for a somewhat unpleasant dry finish.

Medium bodied; primarily grainy in texture with just a bit of slickness from the malt sweetness. More or less on par for a Helles Bock.

A pretty average Helles Bock with a few pleasantries and flaws. Not one I'll go back to; however, better than expected from what I remember of the JW Dundees family.

 946 characters

Photo of Arbitrator
2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Golden-orange. Small head, light lacing.

S: Citrusy, some hoppy elements. Not very aromatic.

T: Begins with sweet malts, then bitter hops come in with a slight citrus flavor. No real finish.

M: Light-bodied.

D: Not bad for a social event. Not something I'd seek out.

 308 characters

Photo of yesyouam
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

JW Dundee's Pale Bock is a clear, very sparkling, light amber beer with a small white head that soon fades. The aroma is of pale malt extract, grass, hay and some sweet corn. It's just on the light side of medium bodied. It has a smooth mouth feel with a crisp, delicate finish. It starts a bit sweet, turns almost salty, then it's peppery. It's not very bitter and tastes a bit chemicalish. There is a flash of some tropical fruit or bubblegum, which is a little odd. The aftertaste is boozy. Not too bad.
(rated Jul 22, 2008)

 527 characters

Photo of skeetermoses
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer this is one that I could see myself drinking in the future as far as it goes, my second time with Dundee beers. I had the Honey wheat beer, and was not that impressed with it. I did try to get the sampler pack but it broke on the way out of the store.

 266 characters

Photo of oberscrc
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Mainly golden color with a hint of orange. One finger head with faint lacing.

S: Fruity citrus with a little hoppy finish, both very faint and fleating. Also a little metallic quality to it.

T: Starts with a sweet malty note and finishes with a weak hoppy bitterness, nothing overpowering. Along the way can pick up a citrus note.

M: A bit carbonated for my naste, very light on the palate. Lasting effect on the tongue from the carbonation.

D: If you are looking for a high quality micro-brew then you will be disappointed, but it is better than average at its price-range. A good football game beer.

 608 characters

Photo of WakeandBake
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep golden with a big fizzy white head. Smell some sweet grain with a hint of floral and spicy hops not alot of hops but some there. Taste isn't as malty as I thought. Bread/grain flavor with some slight toasted malt. Some residual sweetness hangs on the tongue. Mouthfeel was light to medium with good drinkability. I like this one as well as all the others in the mixed 12. Solid beers for a very reasonable price.

 417 characters

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of mixed six came this beer which was a honey gold color with an off-white head. Moderate retention and some broken bands of lacing. The aroma was an interesting blend of pale malt, lager malt and some hints of hops all with a slight mustiness. The flavors were at first all pale malt and rather buttery with hints of caramel sweetness but this then got grainy, bready and dry in the middle. The finish was a little off for me, the musty and bitter note, and it stuck to the tongue. Not a highlight. The body was medium but the carbonation slightly prickly at first. This mellowed out as I drank it, however. An interesting beer but not one I would seek out again.

 668 characters

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

Bottle from sampler set from Kroger.

Poured clear copper color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Average balanced hop and malt aroma. Medium body with lively carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of average duration.

Drinkable beer.

 306 characters

Photo of seedsofchaos
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden, amber, and straw hues. Boring head with mediocre lacing.

S: Great smell. Sweet and malty.

T: With this company the flavor always seems to fade after that initial swig... What is up with that??? First sip revealed malty goodness and every other had me saying, "well... I'm drinking something that tastes like... beer..." But it's the beer of my childhood that I speak of (ie Budweiser, Miller, and the likes).

M: Very light mouthfeel but a little sticky on the back of my throat. Interesting... but not interestingly good.

D: If I was just throwing back bottles to get drunk, then sure this is great. For the taste and overall drinkability, find yourself a better beer.

 683 characters

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

 1,033 characters

Photo of Clydesdale
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a perfectly clear gold with a big, sudsy off-white head with solid retention. Lacing is impressive.

S: Sweet, roasted malts. Clean and rather light.

T: Sweet malt backbone with some slightly sour and bitter, almost vaguely lactic hops. A bit of caramel, perhaps. Not too complex.

M: Thin and watery, with lightish body. Smooth and somewhat creamy carbonation. The finish is slightly dry.

D: Eh, this one is kind of bland. Nothing wrong with it, but also nothing to really recommend it.

 502 characters

Photo of clayrock81
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark gold, even orangish body with a two-finger head that died really quickly. Light malt smell with airy hops. Light-bodied and watery, with minimal malts and some sour hops. Not enough hopiness to qualify as a maibock in my opinion nor do the hops come shining through. I don't really think I'll be having this again.

 327 characters

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep gold, almost light caramel with a decent head and actually decent lacing.

Scent is mild sweet malt -- not much there.

Taste is all sweet malt and caramel up front, some mild bitterness later. Not too complex.

Medium bodied, a little chewy and mouth coating. Sweetness of the beer makes this a bit cloying.

Overall, not bad -- but nothing I'd seek out. A real one-trick pony, but compared to the rest of Dundee's brews, it is the champ of the mixed pack.

 468 characters

Photo of midaszero
2.87/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear orange straw with no head but a little white around the edges

S - Faint sweet roasted malts

T - Good amount of sweet malts some sweet caramel notes

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Not horrible but could be a lot better. Better than most other Dundee I've had but still not to be sought out

 315 characters

Photo of clemtig76
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed 12 pack purchased at Total Wine in Greenville, SC for $7.99. Pours a clear golden copper color with a medium head and some sticky lacing. Sweet malty aroma. The taste is of biscuity malt with some caramel malt and just a faint hint of hops. The alcohol is well hidden. A very drinkable beer at a great price. Too bad there are only two in the 12 pack.

 367 characters

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!

 1,101 characters

Photo of thain709
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden brown in color...mild lacing and carbonation

S - Roasted malts

T - The caramel malt flavor up front...finishes with a mild hoppiness

M - Medium bodied a good amount of carbonation throughout

D - Nothing too special in a lager...but I could drink this more than once

 280 characters

Photo of beeragent
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12oz bottle:

A - Light copper, forming a 1 inch slightly off-white head. Light spots of lace stick to the glass.

S - Light aroma consisting of sweet malts and a slight hint of hops.

T - Heavily dominated by the sweet malts. Caramel flavor runs throughout, along with the hops coming through in the finish.

M - Medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation throughout.

D - One of the better brews IMO from this brewery. Nice flavor. Slightly higher alcohol level may prevernt this from being an all-night drinker, but definitely worth having at least one.

 590 characters

Photo of beachbum1975
2.36/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I had a hard time finding the motivation to write a review about this one... I just couldn't find anything worth mentioning.

A: Pours a nice, clear yellowish orange. Average white ½ in head with it's share on some nice light lacing on the walls of my traditional pint glass.

S: Lightly toasted malts, nothing beyond that.

T/M: Was this the last beer I had from Dundee, the India Pale Ale? Light bodied, light flavored and watery. All I detected was some light malts, a slight green apple presence, light butter and water. Highly carbonated with no discernable aftertaste.

Overall, this should have been called "Pale Bock Blaah", not impressed. No thanks. Boring, even for it's style. I liked the label on the bottle more than the beer itself.

 747 characters

Photo of tugdriver7
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the relatively inexpensive ($9.99) 12-pack sampler. I had tried the Honey Brown, but that's the only Dundee (or J.W. Dundees) product I knew. This one looked a lot like the Pale Ale in the glass (clear amber) with a nice head of foam that disappeared quickly but left a nice bit of lacing. Almost imperceptible malt in the nose and somewhat more in the taste. An odd bitterness (hops?) was the only other flavor. Not quite as drinkable as I had hoped. Little carbonation with a tiny bit of alcohol in the aftertaste.

 521 characters

Photo of ljbrisson
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden brown into a goblet with a nice 1.5 finger head, receded to a cap which lingered for the duration of the drink leaving scant lacing. Aroma is malt, caramel, with a bit of hops. Mouthfeel is good with a little heaviness, great carbonation which balances well. Taste is like the nose, with a bunch of malt, caramel, and a slightly bitter hop finish. Drinkability is high due to the relatively low ABV and the good balance of taste. I could see myself picking up a sixer sometime if the price is right.

 515 characters

Photo of drxandy
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to flare pint, pours a nice honey golden amber shade, cream colored head fades to nice lacing, good carbonation bubbles

smells of grains and slight skunky hops, smells to style quite nicely

taste is sharp and biting, hop presence pops out at the end, not as malty is what the label indicates, but the malts used compliment the maibock side nicely - high carbonation brings out the spiciness, not bad!

mouthfeel is light and spicy, slight bitterness, quite drinkable indeed - another nice offering from highfalls' dundee.

 528 characters

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.

 398 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.