Genesee Oktoberfest
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #225
Ranked #32,817
3.7 | pDev: 11.08%
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Genesee OktoberfestGenesee Oktoberfest
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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 35
Photo of officerbill
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad at all. Genesee had made a pretty good märzen oktoberfest. Less malty than some others, crisp with a slightly bitter aftertaste. A very drinkable beer at this price point.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks goes out to tzieser for this brew.

12 oz. Can

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, bready. The taste is malty, bready, nice sweetness. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. A nice thirst quencher. Thanks Tom!

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Photo of IronLover
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin orange in color with excellent clarity.Poured with a tall, creamy, off-white foam with food retention. Sweet bready and caramel malt aromas. Medium light bodied with medium high carbonation. Bready malt and caramel malt flavors up front followed by medium, lightly acidic, hop bitterness. Grain yuh and sweet malty flavors on the back end to the end. Finished with a light bitter bite and malt sweetness. Great appearance, but the caramel malt character was a bit sweet and not right for the style. Body was a bit thin as well. This drank more like a sweet amber ale than a marzen. Nevertheless this was tasty and quaffable.

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Photo of jeneric84
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a very nice head that remained the entire way down the glass with a fair amount of lacing. A little metallic on the nose (poured from can) but was not present on palate. Creamy, bready, some toasted malt character, a nice but subtle kick of malt on the mid to back end of palate. Pretty active carbonation. At $7.50 for a twelve pack you won’t find a better deal. Even without taking the price into consideration I’d at least rank it with Sam Adams Oktoberfest offering, although I actually prefer this one. I love classic märzen style Oktoberfest and this one will be a staple in my fridge. If I had to complain about one thing it would be the balance of bitterness with the malt. The sweet spot of the malt isnt terribly complex or linger long enough compared with the bitterness of the hops at the end.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Genesee Oktoberfest brewed by Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co., With an ABV of 5.50% This Oktoberfest pours out a pint beer glass nice light brown amber color with a nice white head. There is a nice amount of lacing, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with light roasted grains and malts. There is also a nice amount of hop bitterness in the smell. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You first pick up on the light roasted grains and malts, then the hop bitterness. This is a good base Oktoberfest, nothing over the top , but very enjoyable and drinkable brew. The body of Genesee Oktoberfest is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this Oktoberfest, it has a super nice balance to it. This brew would go nice on a cool fall day or with dinner. The mouth feel is , Bold, Mild, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Genesee Oktoberfest a 3.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co., Did a nice job with this Oktoberfest.

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Photo of CR2036
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: A beautiful, clear amber/copper color with a decent off-white head.
S: Roasted malts and a hint of spices. Also getting a slight caramel smell.
T: Oh boy, this is pretty good for a Genesee. Nice roasted malt flavors blend well with a nice spiciness up front, with a drying herbal/grassy hop flavor at the end. A very refreshing finish.
F: Decent carbonation and refreshing despite the dark malt characteristic.

O: Not much to say here other than it's a quite good attempt at a Märzen/Oktoberfest style beer. Coming from Genesee, I wasn't expecting very much at all. At $8.99/12pk, this is probably the best value to quality ratio I've found yet. Definitely worth your time.

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Photo of Billsfanbeerlover
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Found this in Essex VT for $4.99 a 12 pack... Why not and what a delicious surprise!!! Good color, flavor, and smell - did I say it was 4.99 for 12? Easy drinking - nice job!!!

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Photo of John1985
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a medium amber with an inch of head that reduces to a thin cap. Fresh bready malt aroma, flavor is basically the same, a touch of hops on the finish keeps things light and crisp. A good effort and an outstanding price point value. Not as polished as some, but a good all around Oktoberfest for quaffing.

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Photo of Scrapss
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heck of a surprise. Under $20 a case and subtle hops, malts and color belie the price.

A: Coppery color with a nice two finger head that falls quickly. Sparse wide soapy lacing. Poured into a tall, slender pint that is less wide at top but not nonic style.

S: Mild hops of noble varietal type. Gentle. Toasty bread. Yeast is super mild. Pleasant.

T: tastes exactly half way between overly caramel American marzenfest styles and the traditional helles style festbier. I like the balance. Appropriate.

M: medium-full slick sugar on uptake yields to spritely appropriate levels of creamy carbonation. This is followed by slightly drying hop bitterness. Very nice.

O: Wow. Was not expecting this at all. Super impressed. Keep up the good work Genny!

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Photo of JohnnieB71
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was shocked to see this beer at my local beer store. I grabbed a case for 22 bucks. I can honestly say this beer blows away many craft breweries renditions of a Marden! Grab it if you see it.

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Photo of Vinman29
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is an interesting beer. Pretty enjoyable. It tastes like a local/regional brewery can beer from the 1970s-1980s except the taste and quality is better. There is a lot of generic hops flavor, caramel aftertaste, and decent bubbles. I bought a 12 pack at Wegman's for $8.99 (2017), this is the same price as 2016. It tastes fresh, no skunkiness or weird flavors. Otherwise it is like a cheap beer except with more hops and caramel. This is not a craft beer. You could not fool anyone by pouring it in to a glass. But it is very good for what it is. I enjoyed this more than a regular can beer lager because it has a little more flavor, but it's not overpowering. The caramel and hoppiness would make it hard to drink lots of them at a sitting, unless that was your goal. The alcohol content seems pretty high for what it is. So to summarize, for a moderate drinker, this is a pretty decent beer to kick back 2 to 4 during a football game in the fall. It is definitely a retro flavor profile from your parents' or grandparents' time if you are under 50 and maybe picked a couple beers up as a teen. Except it doesn't taste like metal and smell like skunks.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Genesee Brewing Co. "Genesee Oktoberfest"
12 fl. oz. can, production coded but without freshness dating

Look: It displays near to fingerprint-through-the-glass clarity in its amber body with golden highlights. Creamy, one-finger thick head of creamy white. Better than average head retention and very good lacing.
Smell: Caramelish malt, almost like Vienna malt with a hint of fruitiness, and a light, non-specific hoppiness in the background.
Tate: Surprisingly caramelish and malty. Sweetish, but not sweet. Very lightly fruity, again, like Vienna malt; and a touch toffee-ish. Oddly there's something inauthentic about it, as if it were made with caramel syrup rather than malt. Floral and gently herbal and spicy hops are well threaded throughout, and linger gently in the finish along with the remnants of a stiff, balancing bitterness. Some alcohol lingers in the background.
Feel: Medium bodied leaning towards medium-light, but also with some dextrinous character that makes it feel a little fuller. Gently crisp and then smooth due to a fine-bubbled, median carbonation.
Overall: While it's not as good as the finest examples from Germany, I'd still have to say it crosses the line into being "world class" - perhaps barely, but still - which is quite remarkable given its price.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a dimpled mug.

Look: Ver clear light amber body with a light cream colored head that retains well -- decent film with splotchy world map lacing.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malts, toffee, aluminum.

Taste: The aluminum cheapness cuts through the malts, but there's nice toasted bread and toffee. Bitter tangy finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin, too thin.

Overall: First sip was okay, too much toffee but as it warmed and I dissected it became what it is: a cheap beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts. Taste is malts, bread, light caramel, some hints of hops are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth and easy drinking beer, and a good value for the dollar.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love the blue/white diamond motif and German cartoon character. Simple but appropriate much as the goat cartoon on the Bock makes obvious what is inside.

As for the beer, light color for an Oktoberfest. Looks like regular Genesee to me.

Smell - no real hop aroma and not as malty as expected.

Taste - pleasant extra bit of malt and caramel vs regular Genesee lager not cloying or sweet and hop character is minimal as to be expected. Clean aftertaste.

Feel is typical for both style and for American standard. Plenty of head at pour and not overly carbonated at the same time. Doesn't tingle or wrap with velvet either. Just pleasant enough.

Overall - I like this but I've become a big fan of Genesee during this past year so maybe I'm skewed. For $11.93/case tax included it's another 50¢ beer that, like their Bock, I could see investing in multiple cases to get me to the Bock release in January.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into pint glass.

A: Caramel body with great clarity. Head was tiny but creamy small bubbled and white.

S: Has a soice smell I can't put my finger on almost like cinnamon and ginger mixed. Doughy breadiness, slight floral hops, smells very sweet.

T: Nice bready doughy taste with a slight spice charcter and light hops. Fairly sweet.

M: Medium to pushing into lighter territory.

O: This is a good Marzen. It's not too overwhelmingly sweet. The spice notes are there, but not overpowering. Very well done beer.

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Photo of papaglide
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L- beautiful dark copper with a creamy half inch head

S- spicy hop overtones with a malty, yet not sweet background

T- creamy and malty but not sweet at first followed by a small, spicy hop burst toward the end.
The beer finishes slightly dry with a tiny sweetish, malty aftertaste

F- mouthfeel,is creamy with low carbonation. Really pleasant mouthfeel. It makes my mouth cry for more!

O- what a great, bargain Oktoberfest. A no frills, down to earth and back to basics beer. This beer doesn't have 20 different exotic hops, 10 different malts and fruit. What it does have is class. It's not pretentious, it's it's not going to stab you in the back. It's going to be your friend. A good friend at that. Thank you Genesee!

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Photo of Stignacious
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was surprised by this one. Genny has been trying to improve itself lately, and injections of corporate money seem to have had positive effects on the beer overall. To be blunt, this is an $8.99 12pk, and at value for money, you're really not going to get much better than that. By all accounts, this is a traditional Oktoberfest out of the can. Transparent topaz, nice whiffs of noble hops, bubbly white head. It tastes just as good, slightly sweet caramel undertones yielding to biscuity malts and spicy hop characters. Really drinkable with a medium body. Impressed.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Genesee Brew House in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light clear amber-brown color, with a small wispy head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells pretty classically Oktoberfest-y, with some light spicy hops, a bit of a sort of caramelly, but not quite malt character. From what I can gather, this malt character I'm getting is probably melanoidin, and it's pretty tasty. It's biscuity and slightly sweet.

This is quite tasty, and unsurprisingly, Genesee nailed a German style beer. It's richly malty, but not too sweet at all, with a slight spicy hop bitterness. It's unbelievably drinkable- I could drink a lot of this without blinking.

This is lighter bodied, very crisp and tasty, with a normal level of carbonation.

Really, really tasty stuff- and feels pretty authentic tasting to me.

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Genesee Oktoberfest from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 35 ratings