Genesee Spring Bock
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

Genesee Spring BockGenesee Spring Bock
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Style:
Bock - Traditional
Ranked #144
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
79
Ranked #46,045
Avg:
3.48 | pDev: 13.79%
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
342
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Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
 
New York, United States
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  51
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79
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Genesee Spring BockGenesee Spring Bock
Notes: Formerly Genesee Bock Beer

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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stevoj from Idaho

3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can from Wegmans. Clear amber pour, small off white creamy head . Malty aroma, woody, minor sweetness. Taste concentrates on the malts, some caramel, light sweet notes. Nothing too fancy, but solid.

Jul 30, 2020
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Bito24 from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First of all a great looking can! Far as away one of Genny’s best. Didn’t have any expectations, just hoping it was better than Genny lagar, which it was. Not too strong and not too heavy with a bit of a sweet after taste. Very nice finish. 12pack 9.99 at Wegmans in Erie, Pa.

Apr 28, 2020
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can with date code A070 on the bottom. A = January (first month of the year), 07 is the date (date), 0 is the last digit of the year (2020).

Beautiful deep amber color with copper highlights. Brilliant clarity. A large, off-white, creamy head retains itself very well.

Light caramel malt and toffee make up a very mild aroma. Sweet toasted malt flavor with very little hop presence.

Medium bodied, smooth, and clean. A nice beer for the late winter and early spring.

Mar 29, 2020
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bigdeuce from Pennsylvania

2.77/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks and smells like a true Maibock and very inexpensive. Pours an off copper color. Scents of apricots and light brown sugar. The taste is decent, it’s just really lacking hops which gives it a cloying finish which is very unpleasant. It’s better than most macros but not something I’d reach for again even though this is my favorite style.

Mar 28, 2020
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Billsfanbeerlover from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$9.99 12pk Wegman’s in Westwood, MA. First time trying this... Nice color, head after pour dissipates quickly amongst carbonation. Great flavor almost like a lighter bodied Oktoberfest. Great session beer at a great price. Enjoy!

Feb 27, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

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

Translucent coppery-orange, with quickly-dissipating light tan head.

Smell is bread dough, a sweet caramel aroma, and a vaguely woody tang ,that disappeared when the head did. Swirling doesn't bring that back. ???

Taste is lightly tangy bread crust , as if it was sourdough rye, caramel, but less sweet than the aroma, with moderate bitterness that lingers on the tip of the tongue, and leaves sort of stripped/blank feeling of not being able to taste anything on the end of the tongue. (Not necessarily a bad thing, just noticeable.) As it warms, a slight nutty flavor (toasted pecans?) becomes apparent.

Feel is smooth and light, but not watery, with some carbonation tingle coming in late.

Overall impression is similar to the Irish(red) Ale that I had last night, but with a slight added nutty note. Overall, I like it , but am glad I got just a single, and not a 12-pk. Ymmv. Overall rating is how I liked it, as-is, not to-style.

Feb 21, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-optically clear, amber can pour. A thin foam cap dissipates quickly. The aroma is slightly sweet and toffee-like. The flavor is lager-like with a caramel note. It is easy to drink. I picked this up on an upstate trip. I was pleased to be reminded that Spring will come. This was a common brew during college in the early '80's.

Feb 21, 2020
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hottenot from North Carolina

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

I really miss this Bock. Especially around Christmas. When Grandma would roll out the keg of Genesse Bock next to the Christmas tree and belt out "Old Lang Zine".
In the key of B flat, due to having tapped the keg ahead of the family getting a swig.
Very nice come cold weather.

Oct 17, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can, enjoyed straight from the can on a chilly, rainy day. Nice malty flavor with notes of caramel, biscuit, toffee, and a hint of citrus. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Great beer.

Sep 03, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

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.

Jun 12, 2019
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Byoung_Ju_Kim from New York

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)

May 24, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

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.

Apr 14, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

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.

Cheers

May 09, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 19, 2018
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edward_boumil from New York

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

Jan 29, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 04, 2017
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jphallenbeck from New York

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.

May 28, 2017
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Caveworm from Ohio

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.

May 07, 2017
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pizzanuts from Ohio

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

May 04, 2017
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

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.

Apr 27, 2017
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jzlyo from Iowa

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.

Apr 08, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

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.

Mar 14, 2017
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MacMalt from New Jersey

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.

Mar 13, 2017
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Whey2Hoppy from New Jersey

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.

Feb 09, 2017
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Rock_Glenn from New York

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.

Jun 02, 2016
Genesee Spring Bock from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 342 ratings