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

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Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our take on the 16th century German legend has turned out to be a legend in its own right. For every spring since 1951, our brewery has carefully crafted and lagered Genesee Bock Beer. The result is an exceptionally hearty, full-flavored beer with a slight malty finish—and a perfect way to celebrate the snow melt.

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Reviews: 153 | Ratings: 331
Photo of jkblr
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can stamped A099 (possibly Jan 9 2019?) poured into my Celebrator pokal at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours bright pale amber in color with mahogany highlights and light khaki head. The head recedes to single layer of bubbles and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is malty with toasted bread being predominant. The taste is malty with some toastiness, but there is a hint of the slightly tart, corny adjunct flavor as well. Mild bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with just above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, good. These low ABV adjunct American bocks could have a category all their own and this would be near perfect. Carefully lagered with no off feel or flavor. Enjoyable for sure.

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Photo of Byoung_Ju_Kim
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Genesee's Spring beer, looks definitely darker than larger, darker than yuengling amber larger which to me, not as attractive as lager or pilsner type beer. The bubble makes the whole beer smoother but stays only for 20-30 seconds. Tastes balance in the beginning then turns into slight bitter at the end. It is heavier beer than I normally drink so I often drink this while I eat snack (It is a great match with Trader's Joe's Chili lime corn chip)

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Photo of beergoot
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber body; thin yet frothy and slightly sticky head. Crystal malt sweetness to tne nose; malty. Sweet, toasted malt flavor; mild bitterness. Heavy body; dull, lightly dry smoothness; low-key warmth overall.

A fair bock, not world class, but quite enjoyable for what it is.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 oz can in a snifter. This decent bock pours a nice
red tinged light brown color with a very nice head of off white foam
that settles to a thick ring, thin light pooling layer, and shows some
darn nice lacing. Nose of sweet malts, caramel, and subtle breaded
malts that are faint with a hint of orchard fruit. Flavors expand on
the nose with light cherry breaded malts with caramel and brown
sugars with a hint of light bread crust. Decent mouth feel; medium
light body, medium smooth carbonation, and a lightly sweet finish
with a faint wafting herbal hop on the rear.

Overall, nothing to hate and a lot to enjoy from grandads stand by
brew. Mind blowing, no, but it is a session worthy little brew.


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Photo of ajm5108
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber, clear, good carbonation & head. Aroma is malt forward, semi-sweet, watered down caramel. Taste isn’t exciting or revolutionary, but it is a solid beer. Just caramel malt, a little dry hay / straw underneath, faint hops. Great pounder / session beer.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Overall this is a pretty good lager, flavors are great, no off flavors, everything balanced well. Not quite as drinkable as I’d like but still pretty easy to drink. Has nice caramel, toffee, and toasted notes, nice hop finish. Definitely a good cold weather beer for sure

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow mug: color is amber, transparent, nice effervescence, head is light tan with mainly fine bubbles, head presents at least 1 inch thick and lingers very well; head laces the glass sides nicely.

Smell is light toast and caramel, not overly sweet just enough to call it a bock; hops are earthy and neutral.

Taste is similarly light but flavorful: toast, caramel, not much specific base malt character so I suspect this is sweetened with a blend of malts but the flavors are well rounded; hops are feint earthy dryness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, moderately carbonated, and a good drying character to balance any linger sweetness.

I've had Genny Bock Beer many many times, and look forward to it every spring as it is one of the best values in beer. I have to say that this years version might even be a bit better than years past, with more balance and noticeable sweetness, not so thin. Of the lighter bock beers available in production this is near the top, better than Sam and Yuengling bock styles, approaching St. Nikolaus from Penn Brewing but in a lighter flavor.

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Photo of jphallenbeck
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

In comparison to regular Genesee beer, this has the same feel, but the flavor is stronger and much more toasty. The goat branding is probably its biggest selling point. When I first discovered it I had just returned to school for my spring semester and had only enough money to drink cheap for the next 4 months. I still make it a tradition to drink this for (instead of) dinner each year when it comes out, in accordance with bock beer origins historically. Many Rochesterians follow this tradition.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Genesee Bock Beer | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. Poured from the can into a pint glass, the head is three fingers thick, with spotty lacing, and a clear reddish brown body.

I smell hearty grains and full-bodied malts.

Tastes like a slightly sweet version of the smell. Very quenching.

Medium-light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll rate Genesee Bock Beer | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. with a 4.25.

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Photo of pizzanuts
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

And then i tried the goat beer again. ..

The first thing that fines to mind is how how much the label increases the consumers expectations. But after a while i realize the pre_pre_pregame pretense whereaswas all lie.

This was a fad beer from 2005. Whilst well hydrating, it didn't realy satisfy.

I enjoy this for the shear fact of its aroma and smell. The tradeoff in taste is upsetting. Maybe a touch too much carbonation.? The stink is infatuating. It remind s me of that thing you picked, found repulsive even close to vomiting, then smelled again out of shear bewilderment of how bad it actually stunk. Its like that Cleveland browns season after they lost all the games last year, but you just know its going to work this year. ..that was 12 years ago and you still think it's cute to dress your 2 year old in a Brown's jersey and don't see any thing wrong with it. That is what i think of the smell

I sip hoping the malt will mature but it never does, nor do the hops "manifest" ever.

Over all,it is what it is: a relic of an attempt of a dying brand to remain relevant. I still buy it after 11 years from now and then because of that stupid goat. And this beer challenges me to understand what i haveliked and what i am going too do About it
Every time

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It certainly has a pleasant appearance. Clear amber with a slight chill haze, and a moderately aggressive pours yields a big creamy tan head with surprisingly excellent retention and lacing.
The nose gives off toasted, grainy malts with adjuncts and a touch of hops. Caramel, toasted brown bread, corn, and some dried grass in equal measure. A bit on the corny/sweet side, but the caramel and toast is pleasant.
The taste is a little better than the nose. You mostly get caramel and toast, with just a touch of grilled corn sweetness.
There's a touch of grassy hops, and it finishes with a sticky butterscotch/toffee/raisin flavor like a scotch ale.
The mouthfeel is fairly side, but feels closer to medium thanks to the rolling creamy carbonation.

Not too bad for an adjunct bock. The corn and skunky grassiness is still a bit off putting, but this is preferable to me over Shiner Bock.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma and flavor is malts, mild fruit and a relatively clean/mildly sweet finish. Comparing it to craft examples isn't fair but it was pretty decent.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a crystal clear amber brown caramelish color with a two finger, creamy off white head. Retention is minimal and lacing is non existent.

The smell is sweet caramel, toasted bread and very grainy.

Taste is the same, but seems more clean than the smell lead me to belive.

Feel is light, smooth and crushable.

Overall a solid beer for the money ($7.99 for a 12pk). Definitely better than other beers in that price range, but just because Taco bell is better to me than most fast foods doesn't mean I make a habit of eating it.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. can into pint glass. It pours a clear, orange-cola brown with one full finger of fluffy, milk-white head and lacing with excellent retention. It smells of sweet cracker malt, corn, and a whiff of caramel. It has a subtle caramel taste along with the cracker. It's roasty and ever so slightly bitter at the finish. It is light and crisp, pleasantly carbonated, and super drinkable at 5.2% ABV. Overall, this is a light, tasty brew that I always welcome as a sign of spring. I think it deserves more love than its rating.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- A beautiful shade of dark amber with a frothy, slightly tan head that really sticks around.

Smell- Burnt sugar, caramel, molasses, and just a slight hint of that corn adjunct-like smell you'd get in their cream ale.

Taste- Follows the nose. More subtle than I was hoping for, but I think I may have been expecting too much as someone who is accustomed to dark beers over 10%. The flavor that is here though, is truly excellent.

Feel- Very light and smooth, perfect for the style, and perfect for a Spring seasonal on a hot day (Or, a snow day, if you're me.)

Overall- One of the best "bang for your buck" beers out there. I could drink this any day and be happy.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.31/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

The best designed can in the world. Pretty good tasting, full flavored, weird mouthful thin but thick at the same time. Slightly roasted flavor, tastes like a mass produced beer, but a decent one.

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Photo of Squire
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Attractive amber gold color with white cap and lacing.

Lighter aroma than the appearance indicates but nicely caramely with a light floral hop presence.

Flavor is malt forward and brings out the good elements of darker malt richness without roasted malt bitterness. A pleasant, crowd pleasing drinker.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Surprisingly good at this price. Don't know how they do it but hope they keep it up. Bock in appearance, caramel malt flavor without roasty malt bitterness, enough hops to balance, this one's a winner.

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Photo of Stignacious
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought on a whim. I was hoping that a $7.99 12pk wouldn't blow up in my face. Ruby-brown out of the can with a massively bubbly white head. Breads and dark fruits take up the nose, but fade quickly away. On the palate, there is some malty, adjunct sweetness, paired with the typical grainy and bready flavors; not much in the way of hops, just enough to dry the back-end out, and a medium body make this very drinkable. This was a very pleasant surprise

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Photo of Jason
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Sizable froth, dark brassy hue with a perfect clarity. Smells of toasted bread crust and crackers, very malty and clean. Touch of malty sweetness to start, quick layers of toasted grain and bread open up on the palate. Smooth and crisp with a medium sized body. Semi-dry finish. A solid malt forward lager, true to style and very clean.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Case of 12 oz cans from Beer Shak for the impossible to pass $11.69/case

Classic cartoon goat - exceptionally cool vintage graphic.

As for the beer, darker than I expected. Dark amber, suggesting not only caramel but also some roasted malt.

As for aroma, nothing distinctive...but at this price point and style I don't expect hops.

Taste - not bad. As I finish the first glass the cardboard-y taste emerges but there's no unpleasant aftertaste. Definitely not as creamy or as corn-y as Genesee Cream Ale but it has enough going for it that I'd have to say it's the best fifty-cent beer I've had in a long time. Maybe ever if you take inflation into account.

Overall - a great value beer. I might just go back for another four cases or so to stash for festival camping season.

Postscript - scrounged up about ten cases in all. Still enjoying it as the best value around.

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Photo of GotWad629
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one of Genesee's best offerings. A Straight forward beer that drinks like an Amber lager. Tastes of light caramel, slight cereal grain, and a mild hop bitterness. It is a Well rounded great session beer - especially at the price point (on draft in upstate NY was $3.25).

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Photo of billybaub
4.79/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Makes me feel young again. I didn't think they made this any more. Back in my college days this was THE beer. It was said to only be made when the barrels were cleaned. What a treat to find it again. I had some Genessee beer a few months ago, also something from my younger days, but it didn't hold up to my memories. This bock beer has exceeded my memories. It holds up to almost any beer I have ever come across - and there have been many. I could truly recommend this beer. Also, quite affordable. Please try and enjoy - in moderation.

Now where is the Holland Brand in the white bottles?

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Photo of ClePaul
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look 7/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 82/100

Summery: This beer is amazing for the price. That said, it is $7.99 a 12 pack. Honestly probably the best value per ounce of any beer I have ever had. Still it is an adjunct and does have a sweet malt after taste that isn't great as it warms. Otherwise, smooth clean and tasty~

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Photo of DagenhamDavis
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I'm a big Genesee fan, but I have to say, this really surpasses their usual standards. Who knew they could make such a great beer? I picked it up on a whim, and I'm already halfway through my second 12er. For a budget level beer, it's really exceptional, and can hold its own well above many of the mediocre craft brewers flooding the market today.

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Photo of steveo25
4.28/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 12 pack just to try it (it was cheap, I like cheap beer).
I had no expectations, no knowledge of the beer prior to purchase.
What a nice surprise! Very tasty brew. Goes down smooth. Light, clean finish. I'll buy again.
Nice job Genny!

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