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 | website

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:
138
Ratings:
294
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
20.87%
 
 
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Photo of pinksilverstars3
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's very easy to drink with a fresh taste. It tastes even better as tonight blizzard rages on. There is no bad aftertaste. It's clean and you can drink it with anything or by itself. I find that all of the genny beers have their own taste which is a good thing. I like a cheap beer that is pleasant to drink at any time.

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Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-copper color with a one-finger head into my glass.

The aroma is full of sweet, grainy malt in the nose. Sweet like raisin and plums.

Taste is sweet with raisin, plum and grainy malt. Bready.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grainy malt. A bit harsh, possibly from adjuncts? A bit thin.

Not bad. Drinkable. Not much to be impressed by but it's always a treat to try
it.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce can into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Pours a medium copper color with a one-finger head of off-white foam which leaves some frothy, weak lace.

S: Smells of roasted caramel malts with a dash of grains and an earthy, sweet aroma as well.

T: Bit of a metallic grain sting at first, but a sort of nice, mellow dose of sweet caramel malt pushes over it with some lager malt characteristics in there as well. Ever so slightly bitter floral hop finish with a mild drying effect, but odd watery flavor too.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth. A slight acrid adjunct sting and a little watery in the finish, but otherwise pretty nice.

D: Surpassed my expectations as a modest ABV bock with good lager qualities and a slightly sweet and smoky malty profile. Love the artwork on the can, like the contents a little bit less. Serviceable though.

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Photo of tdm168
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - clear amber with a mountain of brownish, off white head that has great retention

S - heavy caramel, mild chocolate malt notes, heavy lager yeast

T - light flavor, caramel, very very faint chocolate, a bit grainy, mildly bitter finish, lager yeast in the finish

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, crisp, slightly overcarbonated

This is surprisingly good for Genny. I've been drinking Genny all my life coming from northern PA and this is the first one I've truly enjoyed. It has flavor and a high level of drinkability. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of suspect
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a nice crystal clear coppery red color. Aggressive pour leads to a fluffy tan 1.5 finger head that disappears after a few minutes. Lacing is spotty but present.

S: Subtle nose with malt characteristics and an ever so slight hop finish. Definitely picking up standard lager notes as well with slight adjunct smell at the end.

T: Ah, Genny Bock. There really is nothing awe-inspiring about this beer but the flavors are nicely blended and smooth all the way around. The malts and hops mix and blend nicely and the taste is good.

M: Perfectly carbonated, smooth finish.

O: The easiest of drinkers. Smooth overall beer and for $8 a 12 pack it's really one of the best buys on the market.

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Photo of chcfan
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can into awesome, newly acquired Rare Vos pilsneresque tumbler

I picked up a sixer of Genny Cream Ale about a month back and it was a total drain pour. Actually had a metallic and overall nasty aroma that I couldn't get past. It was less than $5, and I poured that whole thing down the drain. I believe it was really old, but I'm not giving that beer another chance.

I heard that there's a lot of love for Genny Bock, so I picked up a single. The beer I'm reviewing right now came from a case that I picked up for a $15.50. Love that it comes in cans, love the look of the cans, and love the look in the glass. This being a lower level beer, I would not be against sipping it from the can if I'm enjoying it outside or sneaking it onto a golf course. I have found my spring value beer, and I'm pretty happy about it.

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Photo of Durge
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The can alone is easily worth half the price of admission here, very similar to the original from the 70's that I remember fondly. This latest version is a dark iced tea brown with a big fluffy off white head and decent lace. It has a sharp wheat and mild caramel aroma. This is followed by a big caramel and dry herbal hop taste. A little rough around the edges but I don't find this to be bad at all as bock's go. Well carbonated and very drinkable. Nice job for a blue collar, low priced bock in a fun can. Party on Genee!

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Photo of beertunes
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this sentimental favorite in a trade with orcasteve, Thanks much! Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear dark amber color with about a half inch of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma was malty sweet with a slight tang at the back. The taste was clean and malty, just a touch sweet, with an interesting sharpness in the finish.

The body was light but full. Drinkability is very good. Or maybe that's just my memories of of sunny afternoons in the backstretch grandstands at Oswego Speedway, pouring these beauties down the throat with friends while watching the supermodifieds roar around the track.

This is a beer that's not going to blow any serious BA away, but Genny products are the beers I grew up on, and I'm glad for the chance to revisit it.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I noticed a twelve pack of this Genesee brew and I just could not pass it up for two reasons: 1) The packaging was great, featuring a bright green background with little yellow star shapes and a goat jumping over the Genesee logo, and most importantly 2) any bock that costs 6.99 for an entire twelve pack is at least worth a shot as far as I'm concerned.

Genesee Bock pours a dark reddish-brown color that is orange where the most light manages to pass through it at the very edges. The head is a good two fingers tall, it off-white and it is very nice and rocky. Some fairly good lacing stick to my glass.

The nose isn't very powerful, but the the light caramel malt and sweetness that are there are pretty good. A hint of a metallic aroma hangs around also.

There isn't much to Genesee Bock, but what is here is pretty good. A light caramel flavor and other sweet malts pop up quickly, but fade even faster. The lightest touch of hops comes through in the finish, but it took me four or five sips to notice it at all. Although it is not the most flavorful bock that I've encountered, Genesee Bock does taste like a German bock, and it is very clean on the palate.

The body is very light, and the carbonation a touch above the median. No complaints here.

Genesee bock really impressed me for what it is. It is clean and extremely easy to drink, just like a bock should be. Also, any bock in a kick ass can that costs 6.99 a 12 pack is good in my book. As far as cheap beer goes, this is the BEST value I've seen in a long time. Maybe ever.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, honey and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mild sweetness from flavors of honey and caramel come in. The hops presence is also mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of GregBlatz
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cool looking can. $7.99 /12pk from a brewery not known for craft beer or at least brewing according to style rather than the masses.
Website said they have made this since 1951. Maybe it never was distributed in OH or I missed it.

I tasted my beer at around 55 degrees.

A - Tall head with thin bubbles. Off white head settles and tries its best to lace the glass. Color is a beautiful clear copper.

S - Metallic, but I seem to get that from other low gravity Bock beers. Thin caramel smell. Smell seems to indicate that this is a small beer. Might be an easy drinker.

T - Malt is the first flavor that hits my tongue. Nice bitterness rounds out the flavor. Finishes clean without a cloying sweetness. Suprisingly complex for a little beer. Bitterness lingers a bit which is nice.

M - Thin and high in carbonation. Bit of a slick oily mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable beer.

Overall - I think we have a winner here. This is a nice session beer at lower than BMC prices. Consider it a macro beer that actually has some subtle complexity and is brewed to a style other than American Pilsner. I'm going to buy this again for sure.

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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 BeerVikingSailor
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fun colorful can pour into pint glass...great goat artwork!

This is a fun, very drinkable and very affordable ($6.99 / 12 pk) spring bock, not too heavy like some darker bocks I have had lately.

Some bready malt aromas, little carmel buttery mouthfeel, carbonation pretty solid, nice foamy head in the glass...not much hop presense at all, but for a bock that is not usually the case, mostly a malt brew....

Overall a nice solid spring bock, very tasty; light and crisp, I will be getting several 12 pks to have for warmer weather...a good balanced beer, easy drinking! I like this one a lot.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I felt compelled to pick up a 12-pack of this for some reason. Upstate New York pride, I guess. I poured one and a half cans into an imperial pint glass that I don't get to use much.

Clear, brown-orange amber color. Some carbonation bubbles. Nice head goes quickly.

Smell isn't much--light, sweet, roasty caramel. That's it.

Taste is bready, malty and sweet. And pretty decent, really. Burnt but smooth caramel notes dominate. Finish is smooth and lightly sweet. I don't really taste any hops in this, nor do I taste adjuncts or that horrendous metallic flavor that kills Genny's Cream Ale for me.

Medium mouthfeel, heavy for a cheap beer, with really nice carbonation.

I was really impressed with this beer. It was $8.99 for a 12-pack. I could drink a lot of this. It's not the best bock out there, but for a simple and flavorful beer that you could drink a lot of, the price is right for this one.

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Photo of joshstevens87
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours an orange/slight brown/red with a huge white head that quickly dissapates and leaves a little lacing
S-a sweet malty bready smell with a little bit of a toasty character a bit weak though
T-a sweet caramel taste very sweet and bready malt taste with no hint of hops and little alcohol presence a very generic representation of a bock not world class but still very good and very easy to drink all night
M-very full, with a medium body and a light carbonation just like a bock should tase
D-not the most amazing bock but for 8 bucks a 12 pack i think its amazing and is definately a go to due to its solid taste and low abv????

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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 giblet
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark amber. nice three quarter inch head. steady fine carbonation. rather good lacing down the glass. smells of roasted malt. nice smooth drinking beer with good finish. i like this brewery and this is a very good offering from them.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cans purchased at the sketchy Rite-Aid down the street from my house.

Drank from the can, but I know this beer is a nice clear amber brown. Don't know much about head or lacing but I'm guessing it's not much to speak of.

Smells like sweet grain, with some nutty aromas as well.

Tastes simple, but good. Sweet grain, toasty bread and caramel. No flavor is outstandingly strong, but it doesn't really need to be.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, thirst quenching for sure. Medium carbonation.

This is a classic seasonal in Western NY. It's nothing super special, but still pretty tasty anyway.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear copper color with a thick foam head that fades to a ring. Some lacing left.

S- Toffee, bread, and caramel sweetness in the nose.

T- Light bitterness initially that is quickly chased away by malt sweetness and caramel. Toasted bread and diacetyl buttery flavors are apparent in the finish.

M- Light bodied with low carbonation. Thin and slightly undercarbonated.

O- Overall this is a decent enough brew and a great buy for the price (12pk $7.99).

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Photo of Natural510
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, no dating.

Pours a dark amber with nice chunk of white bubbly foam which takes its time to dissipate.

Scent is sweet with malt and forest notes. Overall on the subdued, faint side.

Flavor is malty sweet with a bit of a cola overtone and notes of tea leaf and cherry. Mild hop bite to balance things and a yeasty, astringent finish.

Body and mouthfeel is more on the average side; not too watery but obviously built for easy-drinking and not aspiring for a full-bodied brew.

Overall a quality seasonal macro offering; along with Shiner one of the original American bock beers. At $6.99/12-pack this is a great bargain and good go-to spring offering.

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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 Stigs
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can left in my fridge by one of my buddies who is always touting it...served in a standard pint glass

A - poured an inch of loose bubbly light tan colored foam...seems to be falling at a pretty quick pace. eventually settles to a thin film and slightly clingy lace ring. the beer is a light brown color, slight ruby tones.

S - light caramel malts, grains and stale biscuit. almost a complete lack of hops.

T - very sweet. dominating caramel and brown sugar with some cinnamon sprinkled in. finishes a bit crackery with just the smallest flash of hop bitterness before sweetness takes over. finishes slightly metallic.

M - a good bit of creaminess for the style...very stinging but not overdone carbonation. finishes sweet and sugary with some dryness.

D - well what can i say - not my cup of tea but this has a lot of character. awesome looking can, too.

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Photo of Macdoyal
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alright folks lets do dis,

Appearance: A nice dark color that i would say is on the reddish side of things. The beer pours a very impressive head that fades very quickly.

Smell: Smells like a roasted dark beer and doesn't have a volatile booze smell as I've experienced with beers from this price range.

Taste: Nice flavor. Roasted flavor but not too roasted. There is a definite bread note and yeast note with just the right amount of bitters to let the malt take center stage.

Mouthfeel: I read some say it's too carbonated but honestly I like that about this brew. There is a high amount of carbonation when compared to other beers of this style but i enjoy that. It's smooth and clean yet retaining a level of depth and flavor.

Drink ability: Very high due to the fact that it's not overly filling for a darker brew. This is a good beer to drink when you want a more bold flavor yet require refreshment.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper/amber in color, with a huge head of off-white creamy looking foam.
Aroma-Faint skunkiness and malt note.
Taste-Watery malt, faint toasted malt sweetness. More character and flavor than BMC brews. Very easy drinking and sessionable. Not unpleasant and a step up from your run-of-the-mill BMC.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #264
Served On: 4/03/2013
Glassware: SA Perfect Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

This was from a 12 pack of cans I found at Breweskee's of New Oxford, PA ($7.15 / 12 pack)

Look: Poured a super clear deep copper with a high level of steady carbonation bubbles and a 1-finger head of fluffy white foam. Lacing was thin but present.

Smell: The aroma had some 'Genny Cream Ale' funk made up of grain and cardboard. Then were some malty notes with a faint roasted character. Also some faint brown sugar notes were happening. Nothing too crazy but nothing real nasty either.

Taste: First up was an adjunct sweetness with a slight roasted note. Then the palate was cleansed with carbonation and some residual corn adjunct. The finish was a nice sweetness that moved quickly to some hop bitterness. The aftertaste was fairly clean with some sweetness returning towards the very end.

This was actually a solid offering from Genesee. I honestly would say it has a bit more character than Shiner Bock. You can't beat this beer for the price.

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