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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John on 02-25-2005

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Reviews: 294 | Ratings: 485
Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild,malty, a touch sweet. Taste is good, malts with a touch of hops, not overly flavorful but tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall a good quality beer.

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Photo of tapman
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium golden in color, just a few shades darker than a pilsner, the head is billowing at 3 fingers after an aggressive pour and displays it off white color, meringue-like appearance.

The label reads true, "Big and Malty." Aroma is full of butterscotch and raisin-apple juice.

Soft on the palate and not as up front as the aroma. Flavors of light caramel and a moderate bitterness make up the flavor. The bitterness grows in stickiness and intensity in the finish. Light traces of warm alcohol come through as it warms and the finish becomes even less clean.

Smooth and a little dry, I could have had this one with a little less carbonation. Or maybe even more... just not what it has at present.

Started out great and kind of fizzled towards the end, but for Genesee Breweing Co. a step in the right direction. Since Dundee is a brand that many trust, due to Honey Brown fame, and with this new profile of craft-style brews could act similar to Sam Adams in converting BMCers to craftdom.

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

A - Nice white frothy head at a half inch on top of a golden body with a moderate amount of rising bubbles.

S - Clean, slightly roasted, malty.

T - Slightly sweet with a certain maltiness that makes for an easily consumed brew. Nothing out of the ordinary here either way... good or bad.

M - The feel is rather coarse which seem s to take a way a bit from that watery body of this brew. That being said, I think the coarse feel helps it a bit but it might be a little too aggressive.

~ This is a brew that holds up fine in all character aspects. It doesn't have an overwhelming greatness in any aspect but it is certainly a drinkable brew. This is one built for sessions.

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Photo of Franz4
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a well balanced beer that I felt was a good example of the style. It was balanced, refreshing, and had a nice crisp taste to it. Not much aftertaste to it, and went down pretty easily, could have easily had a couple of these in an evening. It was a thirst-quencher for sure.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden amber with thin white head and descent retention and lace.

S- Sweet malt, grains, biscuits, and toffee. Very bready smells with faint floral hops.

T- Very biscuit with caramel and toffee.

M- Grainy, chalky and thin.

D- Very easy to drink, just boring.

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Photo of greenmonstah
2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Golden amber/yellow with a finger of white head. Nice lacing and average retention.

S - Malty sweetness and a tiny bit of skunkyness. Grainy.

T - Very boring. Grainy and a tiny bit sweet malt. Bready malty finish piques my interest a bit, but it's just not a great taste overall.

M - Light to medium body with nicely active carbonation. Perhaps the best part of the brew.

D - I'm not a fan of either the nose or the flavor, but it drinks like a 4%, not a 6% so I have to give it credit for that. Not something I'll drink again, but it is not undrinkable.

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

Nice head retention in this maibock. Not enough maibocks out there these days and that's a shame. Good biscuity flavor with a very dry finish. The copper color is a treat to the eye, for sure. I think the one thing this beer comes down to is the hops. It's a very hoppy beer, with a warm finish. It's a pale, so it's naturally a little bitter. If you like them hoppy, this is a clean, dry beer that you could really make an evening out of.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly darker than an export lager. Not much of a head, but it does leave some good lacing.

S: Some understated sweet maltiness and not much else.

T: The biggest note is of slightly sweet honeylike malt. I think I'm also picking up some diacetyl. Hops are practically nonexistent. Bland and inoffensive enough to pass for a higher-end macro.

M: On the lighter side of medium.

D: It's not bad, but it isn't really anything more than a pale shadow of a great German lager.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: golden yellow, very clear; good carbonation; dissipating head
S: not much smell
T: semi-sweet start that moves quickly into a nice savory malty flavor with hints of coriander and anise
M: decent mouthfeel

Overall, this is an inoffensive but not outstanding beer.

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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 Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is very fruity. I also get a lot of wheat and bubblegum notes in the aroma. The flavor is grapes, fruit and caramel malt. Not bad overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better Dundee beers I have tried.

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Photo of wmtxbb
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear brownish amber with a finger sized head that disappears into nothingness. A good bock should have a good sized off white head that lasts.

Smell: Grain-like malt smell that has the typical crisp lager scent.

Taste: Heavy malts and honey followed by the crisp citrus-like lager flavor. The malts seem to be be maybe amber and caramel. Like most beers I've had from Genesee this beer is simple. Sometimes that works. Personally I prefer a little more complexity from my beer, but a bock should be smooth and simple so I cannot dock this beer because of that.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Refreshing like most lagers and sweet.

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Photo of jera1350
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a body the color of honey and a thinner eggshell white head that does stick around, this beer also offers a little bit of lacing.

Some pale malt with a good dose of clover honey. Really fresh and sweet smelling.

Light malt that give a honey sweetness. Subtle notes of toffee and crackers. A light hop presence that adds a little earthy bite, especially in the aftertaste. Not much else to report, but a pretty clean beer.

This offers some creamy carbonation with a body lying between medium and light.

Drinks nicely and offers just enough flavor to keep interest. I could enjoy a couple of these with ease. A nice brew.

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Photo of sauron681
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish off golden color. Very clean and clear, with large carbonation bubbles. Smells of caramel, butterscotch, and heath bars. Very thick head to start out, finishes rocky, and decent lacing the whole time.
Sweet and syrupy in the mouth, seems thick at first but really has a thin mouthfeel. Finishes chalky and dry, coats the throat all the way down.
Light notes of maltiness and a light spice flavor.

In my opinion, brewery wise, this is one of the best dundee beers iive tried

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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 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 IPAescotch
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light but strong appearance
Light wheaty malt scent.
Malty is tasty, but light. I know, that's the style, but still. Carbonation covers the flavor a little. Once it mellows and warms exhibits more intense malt flavor. hop is lacking.
Nice and creamy mid carbed mouthfeel. Just feels good rolling over your gums.
Middle of the above average road. Delicious if your used to budweiser, but not follwing a dfh ipa.

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Photo of soju6
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice golden honey color, with a moderate head that fades quickly to some lacing.

S: Mild malt aroma with a trace of sweetness & citrus.

T: Mild malt flavor with a caramel sweetness & citrus mixed in. A light bitter finish with a bit of a spicey after taste.

F: light body & smooth.

D: Interesting beer, nothing fancy, just a bit too sweet. Still worth a try.

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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 Plokhooy
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I say about this beer what I'll say about all of Dundee's beers: If you want to teach someone about beer, by some Dundee styles and train them on what are simple examples of the various styles. This beer reminds me of a "dumbed" down Shiner Bock.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pour is a very clear, honey golden color with a finger of foam. Aroma is minimal, some malty sweetness, not much else.

This is a nicely balanced, semi-sweet beer. Not a ton of flavor, but it reminds me of a honey brown. Easy drinking and very clean tasting. A kiss of hops at the finish help this beer finish crisp.

All in all, not a bad beer. One of the better ones out of the variety pack I bought.

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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 Jwale73
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Poured a very light, translucent copper with a loose, one inch bright white head - a little light-colored for the style. Head eventually settles into a broken skim with some thin bands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Definitely smells like a Maibock - toasted malt, light fruity esters and a trace of toffee and biscuit notes. Taste is somewhat bland - a little bit of citrus comes across and drowns out the light fruit in the nose. A little bit of malt comes across the backbone, but the toasted quality and biscuity notes drop off. There is a hint of caramel that lingers at the finish, but it ends all too clean. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to the light side of the spectrum) with a crisp carbonation. Goes down easy, but there are definitely betters examples of the style.

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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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