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

Genesee Spring BockGenesee Spring Bock
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Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Ranked #85
Ranked #28,239
3.47 | pDev: 13.83%
Mar 10, 2023
Mar 07, 2008
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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Reviewed by DMFF from New York

4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bought a 12 pack of this the day it dropped at my beverage center for $11.49.

L: Absolutely looks the part. Clear, deep copper color with a 2 finger off-white head that dissipates quickly into a thin eggshell cap. Delicate, yet sparing lacing.

S: Sweet malt, subtle fruit and a little grass on the nose. Mild, yet pleasing.

T: The taste follows the nose with some additional complexity. Sweet malt, mild roasted nuts, subtle toffee, spices and grassy, earthy hops. The mild bitterness in the hops rounds the beer out nicely. Finishes clean.

F: Medium-full bodied, with a crispness that keeps you craving more. Carbonation is spot on with this one.

O: This is a good beer. Factor in the fact that this was purchased at less than $1 a beer in 2023 and you have a real winner! It isn't the best bock I've ever had, but it's certainly the best spring beer at this price point and I will be picking up more!
Mar 10, 2023
Rated: 3.88 by Jstanch1971 from New York

Feb 09, 2023
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Reviewed by Fedorable

3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
The price of Genesee seasonals is what counts. None of them are exceptional, but ALL of them are enjoyable. $10 for a 12 pack of these is one of the best deals I've ever seen locally. It's malty, a little sweet. Very enjoyable brew that I would find hard to get tired of
Aug 28, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Genesee Brewing Co. "Genesee Spring Bock"
12 fl. oz. can. Production coding is illegible.
$2.33 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: A crystal clear deep copper colored body with orange and gold highlights is topped by a short head of off-white foam that unfortunately drops rather quickly. In the nose it's malty, a bit sugary, and subtly fruity. The flavor follows with some additional character. It's got a combination of both golden and reddish caramel, some nuttiness, a touch of toffee, and floral, spicy, and grassy hops. A moderate bitterness balances it and along with the spiciness it finishes mainly dry with some lightly sweet caramel, a soft nuttiness, and floral and spicy hops lingering gently. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp with a very fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation. I'm actually surprised at how good this is. It's not a classic of the style but it is very nicely balanced and rounded, and quite tasty. At just 5.2% ABV you could drink a lot of these but I think it would probably start to become a little cloying after two, and certainly after three.
Review #8,197
Aug 04, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by paulish from New York

Apr 08, 2022
Rated: 3.29 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 03, 2022
Rated: 3.39 by wafers from New York

Feb 20, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
12oz can into a pint glass. Coding no help in determining exact age, but a Spring release so maybe 7 months or so.

Mixed look. Beautiful crystal clear amber red body. Small off white head disappears quite quickly, no lacing.

Basic sweet and malty aroma.

Taste follows the nose. A little sticky.

Mouth just about medium, it does feel quite lively in the mouth. No bad aftertaste.

Overall, clean, harmless tasting beer. Wouldn't say no to another, but might to a third.
Oct 03, 2021
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Reviewed by bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a dark copper with one finger of foam. Smell is malts and grass with a little sweetness. Taste follows. Light fizz…a little watery. Not bad but not a very robust bock.
Jul 10, 2021
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Reviewed by UrbanCaveman from Ohio

3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
12 oz can, poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees F.

L: Your standard caramel-colored bock beer, with a fairly thin head that has decent retention.

S: Crystal malt abounds, bready and sweet, with a tinge of grass and flowers.

T: See the notes about the nose, nearly verbatim.

F: Bordering on light for a bock, with mild liveliness to the carbonation.

O: I grab at least one 12 pack of this every year. On occasion I can find it priced at roughly $0.50 a can. For the price point, this is a beauty of a bock.
Jul 04, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania

Apr 06, 2021
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Tight bubbled head of three fingers initially. It slowly dissipates over the tasting leaving some minor streaks and spots on the glass. The liquid is copper-amber and is crystal clear.

Plenty of crystal malt to the smell. Lots of caramel. Semisweet with just a touch of floral hop in the background.

The beer matches expectations with a full round malty flavor. The body is full. Surprisingly, it isn't as sweet as many Bocks. The hop is nearly imperceptible. There's a hint of alcohol. Short aftertaste of mild toast and lightly sweetened caramel.

I have fond memories of this beer from when I was in graduate school. This was one of the first non-macros I tried. I always felt the picture of the can was an example of very poor marketing. Even though the goat is associated with this beer and the yellow daisy-like asterisks most likely represent spring, I remember thinking this beer would never be taken seriously. For a Bock, it isn't really that bad. I imagine a blind tasting would give this beer far better scores.
Mar 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Pours amber with a 1 inch white head, which fades to a wisp.

Aroma is malty, a bit grassy.

Taste is malty, caramel, grass.

Thin bodied, light carbonation. Semi-sweet finish.

Not exactly my idea of a Bock but not too bad.
Mar 18, 2021
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Reviewed by Bito24 from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
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
Rated: 2.39 by Wellgoose12 from New York

Apr 25, 2020
Rated: 3.79 by DonBowman from Pennsylvania

Apr 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Reviewed by bigdeuce from Pennsylvania

2.77/5  rDev -20.2%
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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Reviewed by Billsfanbeerlover from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +32.9%
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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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

3.61/5  rDev +4%
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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Reviewed by hottenot from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +15.6%
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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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Reviewed by Byoung_Ju_Kim from New York

3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
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
Rated: 3.24 by Jamesstoops from Ohio

Apr 27, 2019
Rated: 2.63 by chiefz1 from New York

Apr 27, 2019
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Rated by Rustiew2 from New York

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Nice late winter beer. Not to heavy, but has some body and taste.
Mar 05, 2019
Rated: 3.67 by bebg835 from New York

Jan 27, 2019
Rated: 3.71 by soupieman from Pennsylvania

Jan 23, 2019
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Rated by Cameron1986 from New York

3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Nice flavor. Not too filling.
Jan 19, 2019
Rated: 3.43 by 1mrbeer from Ohio

May 25, 2018
Rated: 3.65 by deonreds from New York

May 15, 2018
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

May 09, 2018
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Reviewed by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
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
Rated: 3.4 by nodder from New York

Mar 13, 2018
Rated: 3.4 by Octoberist from Pennsylvania

Mar 03, 2018
Rated: 3.65 by ajdemma from New York

Mar 02, 2018
Genesee Spring Bock from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 355 ratings