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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-07-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
143
Ratings:
308
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
14.2%
 
 
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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +1.2%
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 -0.3%
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 +8.7%
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 +10.1%
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%
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
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 +8.1%
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 +10.4%
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 +2.6%
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 +8.7%
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 +38.8%
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 +8.4%
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 +9.9%
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 +24.1%
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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Photo of nicholas2121
4.41/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Genesee Bock brewed by Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. This brew has an ABV of 5.20% The bock pours out a nice light brown color , with a nice off white head. This brew smells, sweet, with grains and malts. You also pick up some hops at the end. The taste is bold with flavor. There is some sweetness .malts, and grains. Genesee Bock has a nice smoothness to it. There is a lot going on in this brew, but there is nothing overpower about it. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. There is nothing bad about the mouthfeel of this brew. I like how smooth this brew goes down. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.50 out 5. Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of bear755
4.8/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The Genesee Brewing Company did a great job with this.
It's clear not heavy, easy to drink.
Very nice bock at a great price.

I always wait and buy a few cases every year.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a wonderful copper brown. Has hues of amber and gold and has a creamy persistent head of off white foam. Nose is malty. Soft round bready malt with a touch of sweetness. No hops scent except for the idea of grass. There's corn on this nose as it's part of the malt character but it does not smell like corny sweetness. It has a light scent to the nose. The taste is excellent. Clean, a touch sweet with a bit of caramel. Has no hop flavors. Really excellent and no bitterness form hops either. They are a part of the mouthfeel though as they dry on the palate lightly in the crisp finish. The corn does lighten the flavor while it is not excessively sweet. In the finish it's crisp, just dry and lingers softly and sweetly. Not cloying, nodiacetyl which is often just a slickness without a heavy buttery taste, and has no alcohol on the palate. The only criticism I have is that I think the corn keeps it from being as malty rich as it might have been without it . But it is very well done and adds lightness to the flavor and drinkability. The mouthfeel is thinner side of medium.

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Photo of rangerred
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can into a pint glass. Very cool can design btw. Pours a crystal clear darkish brown with a half finger off-white head. Poor head retention and lacing but I really wasn’t expecting a whole to out of this beer. Aroma has burnt caramel, toffee, and some molasses. Perhaps a touch of corn as well. More caramel on the taste along with molasses and a quick whiff of alcohol. Light corn with a little grassy hop character. Slightly sticky with very little bitterness and a bit of a thin mouthfeel. Overall, while this is far from a great beer or a good example of the style, it is very refreshing and quite tasty considering the price. A beer I like to pick up every spring.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.

A - Poured a very clear copper color with a fluffy initial head that retreated to a thin lace for the entire beer.

S - Slightly fruity with some roasted grains.

T - Sweet cooked grains with some hops and fruitiness.

M - Tart and tangy with good carbonation and a sweet finish.

O - A decent bock beer that hits all the right marks. They only bring it out in January and it's worth stocking up a 12 pack or two if you like this style.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

P- Thanks to my buddy Captain Bennett for this beer....however, I am leary of it.

A- a mahogany color that is clear as well as a 2 finger head that has some staying power. I am quite impressed with the appearance even though the had has huge carbonation bubbles through it.

S- Sour maltness that over powers the roasted hints I can gather. nothing else to get excited about.

F- sour malt mash and apple cider vinegar.

M- vinegar malts and dry for a bock

O-I didn't expect much because its genesee but it is a smidgen better than what I expected.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. can labeled: 0153-11:53. Sampled on June 25, 2013.

The pour is a medium to mahogany brown with a substantial head that settles down shortly. Busy carbonation.

The aroma is full of caramel malt sweetness, brown sugar, and molasses. Minimal hop aroma.

The body is medium and slightly acidic.

The taste is sweet and malty upfront with a slight moderate hop bitterness at the end. While not as strong ABV as some I have had I happen to like this one and find it to be very drinkable.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into pint glass. Had always wanted to try this brew, but had never seen it. Was suprised to find some at the local Price Chopper.

A - Pours a light red-brown, somewhat light for a bock. 1.5 inch or so head, was off-white in color.

S - Malt, cheap sourness (best way I can describe it). Not a whole lot going on. Not offensive, but not neccessarily pleasant.

T - Not a bad beer. Malt up front with a touch of hops. Not much roast to speak of, but it was slightly on the sweet side. Decent aftertaste. Light tasting for a bock, but still, not a bad tasting beer.

F - Quite refreshing actually. Not much dryness, carbonation was very noticeable.

O - Overall, this isn't a bad beer. Most people equate Genesee with crap beer, and yes, a lot of their beers are cheap swill. However, this brew isn't. It's on the light side for a bock, but has good flavor and very drinkable. This is certainly a sessionable beer, and any bock or strong lager fans should try it if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out as a brownish color with a cream colored head. The lacing and retention were minimal. The smell of the beer is malty, some earthy hops and yesterday on the nose also. The taste of the beer is malty, toasted and had a good amount of caramel. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and gently carbonated. Overall this a decent bock.

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Photo of ElijahRivera
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the iconic green can into a 16 oz. pint glass.

A-Dark amber to copper in color with a thick lively khaki head that rather quickly dies down to thin, fizzy head. No lacing, no problem.

S-Rich sweet malty aroma with some carmelized sugar and honey mixed in. Also, some husky, corn adjunct aromas, but nothing offensive or off putting.

T-Malt up front with a slightly roasty, hoppy, bitter and noticeably crisp finish. This beer has a surprisingly rich and earthy flavor profile. There is even the most subtle play of dried, dark fruits on the palate. Nothing really too complex, but there is enough here to keep you coming back for more. Dare I say sessionable? Yes, I dare.

M-Thin bodied with plenty of carbonation.

O-Very pleasant. Worth drinking. Good way to welcome in the Spring, and it is my Super Bowl beer of choice. Most people wouldn't expect this caliber of beer when the see the Genesee name on it. It is not the best beer or bock in the world by a long shot, but I challenge you to do any better for the money.

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