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 bluemoonswoon
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear semi-dark amber with a one and a half inch bone white head that tapers down to about a half inch in a couple of minutes while leaving some decent lacing on the bubble down. Carbonation is active from the etchings on the bottom of the glass but fades away as the beer settles for a bit in the glass.

S: Good balance struck between hops and malts, though I feel as though I am detecting a slight corn adjunct aroma in here as well, smells like a watered down dead guy ale with a bit of a macro twinge.

T/MF: Not too bad, has that buttery apple quality that most maibocks I've tasted demonstrate, very full mouthfeel as a result of the pretty active carbonation. There still is a bit of adjunct rice and corn flavors here and there but the hops seem to be doing most of the heavy lifting in the beer.

D: One of the better offerings from JW Dundee.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not an impressive looking beer by any stretch of the imagination--this JW Dundee craft pack offering pours a light orange/copper with little to no head, leaving a very slight lacing along the glass as you finish. The smell is thin; just basic, faint hings of malt. The taste is crisp and light, which makes this a pretty easy beer to drink and would go well with chicken/poultry.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a pale orange with a slight white head leaving a small spotchy lacing behind.

S: sweet malt upfront followed by a dry herbal hopping.

T: some light fresh grains with a dry character. There was a light herbal hopping and some dried citrus in the finish.

M: lively and fizzy with lots carbonation but was a tad thin and watery per style.

D: Drank like a macro, pretty boring, bland, uneventful.

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Photo of rye726
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Weak head quickly turns to a thin cover. It was tan over a copperish beer. The nose has some sweet malts and not much else. Again a subtle sweetness that is light but balanced. I guess its hard to make something thats out of balance considering what they put into it. Average body. Too light considering my idea of a good bock.

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

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, brass color with a white head that flattened out and left very little lacing.

S - grainy malt aroma.

T - pretty well balanced brew, malty sweetness with a bit of bitterness on the back side.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - it's ok, but I wouldn't drink it all night.

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Photo of babaracas
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow orange, fast fading white head, decent lacing. Smell: very little hops, almost all malt. Taste: grassy and spicy hops, pale malts. Mouthfeel: thin bodied, a bit grainy and thin with high carbonation. This is an ok Maibock, but a bit less hops that the others I've tried.

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

Pours a really nice, dark golden colour with a mid-sized creamy white head that sits atop the liquid for some time before settling in, and leaves sporadic residue markings on the glass after each sip.

Aroma is fairly simple but pretty good overall: grainy, grass and a bit of overall sweetness mixed with faint notes of hops.

The flavour is quite similar to the aroma with a grassy, grainy vibe to it overall, and it is a bit hoppier than the aroma would lead on. There is a touch of sweet malt in the mix here as well. Mouthfeel is light bodied, but with a bit of heartiness to it. There's a nice crispness to this one as well.

I thought this wasn't a bad stab at the style. Could it use some work? Sure, but there's nothing to complain about here as being bad. In fact, it leans more toward the positive than anything negative. A easy, basic drinker, but a good brew overall.

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

Pours a five-finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Slight malty nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is malty, some sweetness, hops are balancing. $1.08 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of xare
2.39/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours as a golden-orangish clear liquid with a nice 2-finger bubbly head that begins to dissipate rather quickly. Carbonation is steady and constant, which is nice.

Smells of malt, grain alcohol, and a touch of wheat. Overall, somewhat below average but not bad.

Tastes like grain alcohol with hints of grass, malts, and has a kick at the end that doesn't come from hops. There's a bitterness that seems to want to swat your tongue but it's a lively taste that might endear itself to others. Other than that, flavor was decidedly average.

Mouthfeel is a bit weak. You don't sense anything at all, then the mild flavor hits you, and you're like, 'oh there it is!'. Then there's a bitter finish but it at least finishes clean after the bitterness evaporates. Overall, rather poor mouthfeel - not much better than water with a bit of bitterness at the end.

Drinkability isn't strong due to the mild flavors - you don't really have a reason to finish this brew. I could knock them back but didn't enjoy it too much so I decided to pour it out and go find another beer that I'd enjoy more. Why waste your flavor buds? Drink what you like.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.55/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An overall average beer reminding me of domestic macro brews but with a kick as are most of their beers. Poured a dark golden color with a smell that seems all to malty and a taste that agrees. Easy to drink and good value but probably wouldn't pick this bock again.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber. Ample head with less than average staying power. Good side parallel lacing.
Aroma is nutty with light cocoa coming through. I also get some hints of vanilla.
Light to medium body with light balanced presence of both hops and malt.
Smooth on the pallet and smooth going down with no discernible after taste.
First review of this Beer I only scored it a 3.48, but the current and higher score was done eight years later on 10/26/16,

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3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 1" barely off white head. Fairly dense and retains well. Golden bronze with good clarity. Good lace.

S - Nutty, toasted grain. Honey. Floral. Faint, spicy hops. Smells like a good German Maibock.

T - Sweet malt. Lots of honey. Light grassy, spicy hops.

M - Full, round mouthfeel. Low to mid carbonation. A little mouth coating in the finish.

D - Good drinkability. Another very good value from High Falls.

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Photo of jwc215
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a sizeable white head that descends to a slowly fading patch.

The smell is of grain with a touch of honey. Light caramel in the back, along with some pepper.

The taste is of sweet grain, a touch of peppery alcohol. A touch of metallic. A touch of caramel and a honey sweetness in the finish.

A bit too sweet and a pretty weak body - well - it does reach medium body, but has little depth - for abv lets a bit too much of pepper come through. Overall, not bad though - just mediocre, that's all.

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Photo of JDV
2.26/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Rich honey colored pour with a little bit of white head. Smell was similar to a hefeweizen actually. Taste was a bit malty, a touch tart, light and watery with an almost hef spiced aftertaste and sort of a dull, tart apple juice flavor. Maybe it was a bit past its prime as I got it in a mix pack, but it's hard to say. Either way, nothing impressive.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer is a clear, dark golden/amber color color. Head is about 1/2 inch thick when poured and settles to a decent surface layer. Decent lacing here. Biscuity, caramel malt aromas are present and not a whole lot else. Sweet, caramel maltyness is certainly apparent flavorwise, followed by a bit of hops. Tasty enough, but not very complex. I feel like it is missing, or could use more of something. Has a medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable beer here. Not a bad beer overall, but nothing I would go out of my way to drink again either.


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Photo of pmcadamis
2.21/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear, honey-gold with a thin white foamy cap that actually shows decent retention, but looks pretty dull. Not a very interesting brew to look at.

S - Very hard to smell this one...a bit of honey and a little bit of sweet cereal like mybe Cheerios. This is a very challenged aroma. I really can't smell much at all.

T - That hint of Cheerios in the nose was spot on....I taste that cereal too. Pale malt with a touch of honey and a very light dose of hops.

M - This is thicker in feel than it is in flavor. It's syrupy sweet and thick. Quite a bit of carbonation is present, and the finish is neutral with a lingering sugary coating. Not very appetizing.

D - Not an altogether bad beer, but I'd pass this by in a heartbeat for something a little better. This isn't very "too style" either. This is so sweet and thick that it's really almost a drain pour. I hate to be so critical, but I really don't like this at all.

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

Pours a clear yellow orange color with a medium white head that has some lacing. Very sweet malty smell that a bock is sposed to have. The taste is of very sweet malts and some light hops, but not much. It is a very sweet beer, like a bock should be. The mouthfeel is good and it is a fairly drinkable beer.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice 1 1/2 finger-2 finger headw ith a pale orange color that is trasparent. Lacing is nice and it sticks around for a good while.

Smell is of crystal malts. Large caramel malt bill, sort of biscuity smell. Very subtle citrusy undertones from hops.

Taste is sweet of caramel malts with a citrusy bitterness. Some dry tannins and the hop choice are a slight bother and do not balance the caramel and slightly biscuity malts. There is a slight astringency from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is average and full. I want a little thicker palate from the malts and a little less astringency.

Overall, this is not a bad beer. I could have a couple of these.

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Photo of riversider76
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a thin white head.Decent retention,and some lacing. Aroma is malty,but weak. Body is medium,with a bit of carbonation. Taste is malty with a bit of honey. Little bit of hops in the finish. Nice but on the weak side.Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of enfield249
2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pale straw color, slightly cloudy. A little bit of foam.

S - Not much, maybe some slight vegetable smell and some malt.

T - Up front some malt, but on the back end more of that vegetable flavor. Not bad, but no pleasant.

M - Not a clean feeling, some carbonation.

D - Meh, leaves me underwhelmed. I'm not sure where the brewer was going with this. It's unoffensive, and I'm sure very approachable. If it was selling for less then a buck a bottle, I would by it for non-beer geek friends.

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Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with a thin white head that leaves lacing

S - Is pretty malty with a touch of hops

T - Is of sweet malt with some slight hops

M - This is a medium bodied beer

D - This is a pretty good beer one that I could drink all night

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

Unusual in appearance in that it's definitely not filtered. A far amount of yeast looking floating mass noticed in the bottle (even before pouring). 'Don't quite ever remember that before, especially with a lager. Nice malty aroma that's fresh but also presents a light hoppy spiciness. A cross between a pils and bock for this part. Nice enough
Loud fizzy carbonation. Dark gold pushing amber, most clear (see above). Foamy type head settles to a more dense 1/4" cap.
Taste shows nice malt flavors that are heavy, but not too rich. Actually has a heavy feel that makes it almost ale like, yet a cleanliness which shows it's a lager. Toast flavor swims around in the background. Drink leaves a malty coating on the tongue that lasts for awhile. Later this coating has a dryness to it too. There is a desire to drink quickly, but the beer resists it with a nice heaviness. Alcohol not necessarily represented in the flavor. Carbonation seems a tad too heavy and leaves me feeling full.
This isn't all that bad.

Thanks Dad.

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Photo of youngleo
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured to a small head, that left some lacing around the edges with each swallow. Was almost golden yellow in color.
S- Smelled of citrus and malt, and alcohol.
T- Tasted a little on the bitter side. Perhaps that was the alcohol, or maybe the malt. Had a citrus after taste. But I liked it.
M- Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was just about right.
D- I could drink these all the time. But with the higher alcohol content (which was evident), you would have to be careful

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Photo of mnj21655
2.11/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw in color with about a half finger of white head that has decent retention. Aroma is almost non-existent. There are faint aromas of sweet crystal malts and lightly spicy hops as well as a distinctly lager yeast aroma. Taste is of some crystal malts, a touch of hop spicyness in the finish, and a lager character throughout. I noticed a surprising amount of alcohol in this brew considering its only 6.2% ABV. In the finish there is a flavor that seems to be a combination of spicy hops and has an overwhelming lager character that I find very unpleasant and the alcohol flavor doesn't help. Mouthfeel is average at best, medium-light body and moderate-low carbonation. Drinkability is fairly low. I simply didn't enjoy this at all. I would not recommend this beer.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear golden color with a lot of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass to a rice crispies crackling head. The smell is rather non-descript, grainy malt is really all that is going on here. The initial taste is a slight sweetness, quickly countered by a bitterness from the hops which gives a smooth, dry finish. Nothing too complex, just a decent tasting beer. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a bubbly, slightly viscous carbonation. Overall, a decently drinkable beer - nothing offensive about it, but nothing really impressive either.

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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
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