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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: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-07-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,392
Reviews:
147
Ratings:
313
pDev:
14.16%
Bros Score:
3.81
 
 
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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

Photo of drh88
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Whey2Hoppy
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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 paulytasker
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dallynusa
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best beer for the price.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.31/5  rDev -33.2%
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 Squire123
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Psg5062
2.77/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Stignacious
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
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 womara
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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