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Dundee Wheat Beer | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Dundee Wheat BeerDundee Wheat Beer

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 169
Reviews by almychristopher:
Photo of almychristopher
2.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

starts off looking like a hefe... i mean it says hefe right on the bottle for one (as long as you don't look at the fine print) and it's got a slightly cloudy orangish amber color, but then you notice the fine print. it a american wheat beer... and that it is. no real fruit esters in the nose, a bit of citrus maybe, but all in all not a good hefe smell. i think they should drop the hefe disguise. sweet malty taste with a bit of citrus, not really anything to write home about, and then the heavily carbonated mouthfeel, that there wasn't enough malt to support in the first place. not going to be lining up for this one.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

Part of the revamped lineup, the marketing is sly, as the back label is upside-down to try and get the consumer to tip the bottle to read it, which pulls the sediment from the bottom and makes the beer cloudy. Wheat beer or American-style Hefeweizen? It's easier to say--and explain--"wheat beer."

Cloudy straw-beige hue from the sediment. The head retention is pretty damn awesome, but that's no surprise from a wheat beer. Clean beery smell, slight ale aroma of fruitiness, wild flowers and a fermented wheat twang. Clean palate, medium body with a lush crispness and smoothness. A neutral wheat flavor melds with a chalky yeast flavor that drops notes of pear and white grape skin. Herbal hop bitterness and flavor balance out the modest maltiness. Wheat comes off very bready with a mild huskiness from the barley. The finish is slightly dry.

An ease to drink, perhaps easier to drink than most American wheat beers without an unwanted lemon wedge thrown in our glasses. Sessionable is what this beer is, a no-brainer beer to pass the night away.

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Photo of generallee
3.72/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into my "duff beer" hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: It has a light hazy golden color with an off white or light beige head. The head builds up thick and slowly fades to a thinner covering. The lace is slick and sides down with the beer as I drink it.

Smell: The aroma has sweet wheat and doughy malt essence along with a light, all most fruity yeast as well.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has some sweet doughy malt and wheat flavors that are a bit light and thin but refreshing. The finish has a light crisp citrus edge that I like. Its body is light with a smooth creamy palate.

Notes: It a nice safe flavor. Nothing is out of balance or offensive just mellow.

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Photo of nem2006
3.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. There was a good, white, sticky head that left nice lacing on the glass. The beer was a slightly hazy golden and there was great carbonation.

The nose was a slight orange, but the smell was somewhat weak.

The beer was light/medium bodied. There was some slight sweetness at the start followed by a weak citrus flavor and then finished with a little bitterness from the hops. I did not think it was as flavorful as other wheat beers I have had.

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Photo of dogfishandi
2.64/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a hefe glass, some sediment visibile at the bottom of the bottle. pours a hazy yellow golden color with a big velvety looking head that fades to about a half inch of head. pretty good retention and some pretty decent lace on the glass. some very light sediment visible in the beer as well. looks like a good hefe, but something tells me its not going to be.

rather off aroma. its metallic, kinda skunky, some faint whiffs of wheat, a little grainy, and an ever so faint hint of a hefe yeast, really only noticed it off the initial pour.

definatly has kind of the same taste as the aroma. really metallic which i noticed in almost all the genesee beers in this variety pack. grainy, and maybe just some barely noticable tastes of wheat. skunky too. and wheres the hefe yeast?

light body, a tad high on the carb, but it settles out after a little bit. kind of a change from the other dundee beers which seem to have way too much carbonation. but still not an exciting mouthfeel.

if you can get around the off flavors, its definatly easy to drink prolly only because of the light body. but i would prolly turn it down if offered to me, and definatly would never even think about seeking any dundee beer out in the future. maybe just some genny cream ale for its cheapness, and drinkability.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is upfront golden cloudy with thick honey tinged hues with large billowing cloudy white head. Aroma: Sharp wheat with a touch of hops, a tad bitey. Taste: Has deep biscuit layers of with marshmallow tones more sharp wheat a touch of acidity and citrus not bad. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied refreshing brew with even carbonation, not bad. Drinkability: Although this one doesn't weight in as a true hefe for me, I could drink and enjoy this one this summer on the regular.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull roasted wheat color, kind of murky with not much head. There is only a thin haze of foam floating on top of the beer.

Smell is mostly caramel with some whiffs of wheat and citrust. Nothing outstanding about this one.

Taste is just as average. There is a big processed caramel taste that sways a little far to the sweet side for my taste. Wheat in the finish with a pleasant bite on the tongue in the finish. Not much character or anything else positive to say about the taste. It's just mehhh.... ok.

Not a great beer. It serves a purpose and is worth a try. I bought this in a 12pack sampler so at least there was only one more to drink. Maybe I'll pawn it off on my wife or a beer novice friend.

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Photo of SetarconeX
2.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Good thing they told me this was a hefeweizen on the label, because otherwise I wouldn't have been able to tell. Golden yellow color with an awful lot of clarity for a hefe. Don't think I've ever seen a hefeweizen that'd been filtered this much. Smells not unlike an outhouse to boot.

Tastes astringent with a hint of lemon. Odd tingly mouthfeel. Bit of malt sweetness, and some hops on the finish that feel weak and fall flat.

Really not quite sure what to make of this one. Can't find any of the promised wheat in there. Quite a letdown.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dundee- Wheat

From the 12 pack variety pack. 6 different beers offered, 2 of each. My 1st from the 12 pack.

A- Light golden orange with a billowy, but quick fizzing head. Fizzles out to no head.
S- Sweet pungent lemon, wheat, and buttery malt.
T- Light sweet lemon, butter, sugary malt. The lightest of wheat and sunflower.
M- Sweet citrusy start with a dry malty backbone and dry malt finish.

Overall- Very sweet, yet bland. No crispness but a decent malty body.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.85/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle > 16 oz. SA glass

Hazy, white gold color, mellow carboantion is lazy but easily supports a dense, creamy, shimmering crown.

a spicey, herbal wheat scent, slightly musty and wet earthy. slight "off" scent of cheesey scented yeast.

This is a strangely crisp yet very smooth feling wheat beer. The flavor is a thin, sweet wheat malt, decent spiciness with a dry, earthy edge. This has to be the smoothest feeling hefe ever, but it's also a bit thin and watery. The lable states " be unclear". And this beer is just that.

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Photo of GilGarp
2.51/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pale orange in color with lots of head, decent retention for the style, no lacing. It claims to be filtered but clarity is high for a wheat.

Aroma is unremarkable, mostly that of a macro lager.

Taste is more of the same bland american lager flavor. Nothing much to report here.

Mouthfeel is fine and drinkability is high, at least in the sense that it's easy to put one down, but I won't be seeking out another.

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good foam on white and orange body, unfiltered and cloudy, and some creaminess in mouthfeel. Lageriosh taste, a tad grassy, a tad citus, but well malted down. Caramel. Wheaty aroma. Average hefe but above average beer. A decent beverage with lunch. Not a bad one.

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Photo of pmcadamis
1.7/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A - Semi-cloudy orange with a small white head. Almost looks like a pale ale, not a hefe. Head retention sucks... this one dissipated in seconds, and no lace is to be found on the glass.

S - Light orange-drink notes, like Tang or something. There isn't a whole lot going on here. Some metallic notes make this one smell zingy.

T - Honey, orange blossom, and overriding metallic notes that remind me of the way your blood tastes when you stick your pricked finger in your mouth. Some hops are there, and a bitter note wraps things up, but boy is that metallic flavor distracting!

M - Light bodied, thirst quenching, and extremely carbonated. This is the one thing this beer does well... quench thirst.

D - Not good. While I've found essentially all of the Dundee brews are below average, this one is probably the worst. Tastes like a nickel soaked in orange soda pop. Blech.

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Photo of mempath
4.02/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

though not a fan of wheat beers, there are some that make their point and get me interested again (i miss the old Abita wheat from the 90s...!). appearance is deep golden brightness with little to no lacing and a nice rim of head remaining after a few minutes. doesn't look bad at all. nose is all about the cereal character with yeasty, malty bursts. i think this is exceptionally good maybe because it doesn't have that irritating sense i get in alot of wheats i've had in the past (this tongue is made for hops), but i still get some nice flavors that are made crisp by the carbonation, yet at the same time, seem to be diminishing the potential of the flavor to come out. very drinkable. actually i'd session this light, almost fruity wheater, esp. in early spring when i am ready for the sun (as shown on this cool label) to start rearing it's head.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Citrusy, crisp, and refreshing, JW Dundee's Hefe Weizen pours a cloudy orange-amber body beneath a creamy head of white. The head holds fairly well before dropping to a solid surface covering; and it leaves some nice rings of lace at the outset of the glass.

The nose is citrusy with lemon; perhaps a touch grapefruity; and a slight-touch chalky with citrus-rind and yeast. Wheat malt makes an appearance but it's secondary to the fruitiness.

The body is light; and it's crisp with a delicate, fine-bubbled effervescence.

Not unlike the aroma, citrusy fruitiness dominates the flavor with wheatish malt falling behind. None of the traditional Bavarian characteristics are really present (there is a suggestion of banana, but that's probably just from sweetish malt, and there's certainly no clove), and one must assume that this is an American wheat ale. Yeast is clearly present, however, making its mark with both flavor and tartness. It's delicate bitterness is just enough to back it, and it finishes with a touch of residual sweetness that's off-set by yeastiness.

As a backyard BBQ beer this one fits perfectly; and I'd guess it pairs really well with seafood and Mexican dishes as well. It's fairly pedestrian, but also worth trying just to see.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy orange yellow body with a small creamy white head. Sweet light banana aroma. Thin banana flavor, light what hints. Fairly non-descript. With its spicy wheat malt aroma and crisp hop finish this Hefeweizen is a light, pleasantly flavorful beer ideal for warmer weather. Not the greatest Hef in the world, but not the worst either.

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Photo of brent106
2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Obtained from a JW Dundee craft pack. Poured into pint glass. One finger head lasted about 3 seconds. No lacing. Very cloudy yellow color w/ a hint of orange.

Oddly, this one does not look nor taste like other hefeweizens. There was no smell and no fruit flavor.

The taste was rather bland. There's not much to mention here. Nice balance, but this is the weakest link of the Dundee beers (wheat beers are my least favorite).

I will make beer bread out of the other Wheat Beer in the craft pack.

Dundee beers are only $1 a bottle 'round here. Can't beat that.

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Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev 0%

Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes, drank about a month ago...

Pours a semi-hazed straw color with a finger of fluffy ivory colored head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Plenty of grassyness & breadyness

T: Grassyness, lemon hops & grainyness up front. Dryness, & grainy notes dominate as this warms, a long a slight bready sweetness. Finishes grainy & watered down, fell apart at the end...

MF: Light bodied with soft carbonation, really thins out at the end

Drinks alright for a summer quencher, but I believe this is a one & done

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Photo of HalfFull
2.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass, this beer pours a bright golden straw with a full inch of frothy soapy head. Offers a bit of haze but is relatively clear for the style. Head retention is fairly good.

Smells like a macro lager with a bit more substance in the end. Overall not much of a nose beyond a bit of lager yeast and a touch of orangey bread. I am hard pressed to believe this is an ale. A touch of hops comes out later on with a bit of a spin but are highly volatile and don't linger.

Taste is equally unexpected. Touch of wheat but not much, and the flavor is fuller and sweeter than anticipated. I sense a cover up here. Finish is short and a bit drying leaving an average feel and drink. Hops are underused here as they don't contribute much to the nose or flavor, yet leave a slightly detrimental effect on the finish.

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Photo of Gmann
3.02/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light toasted straw color, some haze, and a rather small thin white head. The aroma is of wheat malt, perhaps a touch of banana, and some lemon zest. The taste is strangely bitter for a wheat beer. No real wheat characteristics, just a light bitter hop that runs through it. Ends with a touch of lemon. The feel is light and fizzy and finishes slightly bitter. On the lower tier of the wheat beer spectrum as it doesn't really have much wheat characteristics. Other than that, it is a light and easy drinking brew.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.39/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Welp, the bottle says Hefe-Weizen, but then right beneath it, it says: American Wheat Beer. So, I'm not sure whether or not to cry foul.

Regardless, the beer ain't bad for the price.
The beer looks a hazy, wheaty yellow, rather like a wit. The head is also quite impressive -- a beautiful white cloud that stands impressively for a minute before it fades away leaving some lacing.

The smell is, well, not good. It reminds me of American Macro Lager.

But the taste is classic American Wheat. Now, I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this is a damn fine representation of it. Light, refreshing, slight hop presence. Simple, but pretty good.

Yeah, I could definately see myself drinking this guy more, especially since JW Dundee's beers tend to be less than a buck a beer!

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
2.79/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear light golden yellow with a creamy, tightly packed tiny bubbled white as snow head, bits of carbonation bubbling up from the etchings on the bottom of the glass. Standard looking american pale wheat ale fare, no lacing to be seen.

S: Not bad, much better than the appearance with a strong orange peel, light banana and dusty sweetness, quite good, very nice, I just hope it tastes as good.

T/MF: Soda like consistency but a bit smoother in the execution. Flavor profile is much weaker than the aroma, sort of bitter actually which I find very strange for a wheat ale. Just bland bland bland, there is a bit of a banana profile that is detectable in the finish but any hint of the orange peel that was in the nose is nowhere to be found in the taste. Disappointing to say the least.

D: Drinkability is okay because there is nothing in the taste to offend the palate, smooth tasting and bubbly to keep the palate alive, if only it were alive with flavor...

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Photo of alleykatking
2.58/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle...last one of the Dundee's to try..thank god this train wreck is over!

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color. I was thrown off by it to be honest with all their other beers being so crystal clear. Even with a hard pour still only got about a finger cloudy white head which died almost as fast as it came. Soapy lacing that slides down the glass.

S- With first sniff I picked up a drity wheat smell. Almost a sour and bitter smell. I kind of like it although I think most people would be turned off by it. It almost reminds me of model airplane epoxy. Some sweeter malts are underlying all that but the epoxy smell overcomes it all too much.

T- This is the most refreshing one out of the six I have tried. Damp wheat taste right from the get go that leads into a water mess of wheat and malts. To my surprise this beer isn't oxidized like the rest of the line. This beer starts with a good bang but ends up being way to watery for its own good. The water washes away any taste there was suppose to be in this beer.

M- very light mouthfeel. Good carbonation in this beer makes it race across the palate and into the throat with ease. Light wheat taste left in the mouth with this beer. Almost too watery though and washed that wheat taste away. No real distinct aftertaste just like malts and wheat.

D- This is the most drinkable out of the Dundee beers I have had. Now this is not saying much but for what it's worth I said it. Ready for this 12 pack sampler to be done so I can drink some better beers.

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Dundee Wheat Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3 out of 5 with 180 ratings