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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-07-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,558
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
322
pDev:
13.87%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
47
Trade:
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Ratings: 322 |  Reviews: 150
Photo of 1mrbeer
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deonreds
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.46/5  rDev 0%
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.

Cheers

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Photo of ajm5108
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
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 nodder
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Octoberist
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajdemma
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IckyT2012
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edward_boumil
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
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 jdonley1180
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Malt, cracker, mild bitter to balance. A quaffer. I pound these on accident. It's almost spring in the 585

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
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 PaulSlazinger
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jphallenbeck
3.6/5  rDev +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 +22.8%
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 +9.2%
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 +2%
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 +0.9%
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 NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DarthVorador
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CNoj012
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
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 +8.4%
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 jacknyr08
4.63/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bret717
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeastOfTheNortheast
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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