Dundee Oktoberfest
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #527
Ranked #45,578
3.42 | pDev: 17.25%
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States
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Reviews by Jadjunk:
Photo of Jadjunk
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

#44. Another bizarre find in January, felt that it would be one of the last available Oktoberfest beers and picked up on a whim and a pretty decent sale price for a sixer.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a highly carbonated one and a half finger depth head. Retention is quite poor, and this fizzles down pretty quickly to a thin covering. Some very light lacing, nothing mind blowing. Color is a nice clear deep amber/orange shade. Carbonation is faint but lively with very petite bubbles. Beer looks good, but the presentation isn't all eye-opening. 2.5

(Smell) Some very faint malty base without much else defining here. Perhaps some very thin hops deep down but not enough to crawl out of the malty dominance. More robust and defined than a macro smell but not pungent. Pretty weak aroma in both strength and variety. 2.5

(Taste) Whew. Better taste! Malts are nicely calm but still take the center stage. A medium grainy taste followed by some faint hints of other flavors. Caramel, possibly. Complementary spice is also possible. Finish is very peppery spicy coupled with a subtle hoppy bitterness adding a tiny bit of a fruity floral bite to the beer. Flavors round out great, and nothing comes out quite so much to the forefront. Malty mostly, enjoyable. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) A tad bit of a bite from the carbonation may be a slight deterrent from the enjoyability of the beer. Crisp edge, medium body, passive and friendly finish with a mild hoppy twang. All space seems to be used well with no thin watery taste and alcohol is hard to pull out, even in big sips. Mouthfeel is pretty good. 3.5

(Drinkability) Quite drinkable. I've got a sixer! I'm going in for another right now. Medium body is good on providing decent amounts of flavor and the drink is largely pleasing to the mouth. I'd be certain to savor these as they're quite out of season and I won't be able to get more for some time. Worth every cent, however! 4

Verdict: A decent choice thus far for Oktoberfests. Flavor is pretty bold and peppery, not bad. It's worth a shot when Fall comes back around, so get it next year! C+ (3.15)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TMoney2591
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

As far as I can tell, this is the last O-Fest I've got. Not sure if I'm pleased with this fact or not... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear auburn-bronze topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises sourdough, toffee, and a kiss of greens. The taste holds notes of very sweet caramel, light candied orange peel, dry bran, and brown grass. It's a strange dichotomy on my tongue between the sweet and the dry/grainy that luckily moves in shifts, rather than just sitting poorly on the tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick feel. Overall, a decent O-Fest, but nothing to get anywhere near excited about.

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Photo of ElijahRivera
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Consumed in October during my own mini-Oktoberfest.

A- Some carbonation visible through the cloudy, dark copper body with a small tan tinted head that lasts.

S- Really great unique smell that has many layers of rich caramel, honey and candy sweet malts.

T- Deep, rich, rounded flavor starting with bready, caramel malts, and ending with a balanced subtle hop finish.

M- Full bodied. Creamy, smooth with low carbonation. Semi-sweet finish.

O- My own mini-Oktoberfest consisted of a blind side-by-side-by-side tasting of Oktoberfests by Sam Adams, Saranac, and Dundee. Surprisingly, Dundee fared the best of the three. I'm not very well versed in Oktoberfests, but Dundee was more complex and simply stood out as something special.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an irish pint glass.

The beer is a deep rich mahogany, dark copper color. A thick foamy cream colored head recedes to a thin film and light lacing clings to the glass.

The aroma is of faint malts, and a slight carmel sweetness with bread and toffee notes.

The taste is sweet up front. Caramel is there, but as is toffee and yeasty bread notes. Quite buttery too.

The mouthfeel is slippery and sweet.

Overall, not bad at all. Great session brew. I thought it was phenomenal a few years ago, but it seems like a lot of good Oktoberfests are getting mundane (I'm looking at you Sam Adams and Leinenkugel!). Oh well. Worth a sixer for sure.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up on a whim for a mix-a-six.

Pours a see-through amber/brown with an off-white head. Turns to a thin cap and ring. Slow rising carbonation bubbles.

Malty, bready scents, sweet notes of caramel and toffee. Usual for the style, pretty faint.

Very malt forward, good balance of caramel/buttery/biscuit malts. Nicely even between sweet and toasty. Notes of fruit at the finish.

Mouthfeel is good except for stinging carbonation which goes away after a few seconds of sipping, but it is noticeable with every sip.

Surprisingly solid. No complaints except for the out of whack carbonation. I'd buy a 6-pack of this, especially at the price (about $7 I think.)

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Spaten Oktoberfest.

A: Clear dark amber with three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a while. Phenomenal lacing.

S: Very sweet caramel malt notes. Really good.

T: Moderate sweetness and hop bitterness. Malty and caramel-like. Pretty good, but lacking in depth.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Really smooth, crisp, and refreshing. High drinkability.

O: This beer looks amazing and smells so good. The feel is really great too. Too bad the taste is a bit lacking. Other than that, pretty solid Oktoberfest. I preferred this over the Spaten.

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Photo of carolinahophead
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has been a while since I have tried a brew from Dundee....
A: Poured a Marzen copper / brown color with light head
S: Rich roasted sweet malt ... its an Oktoberfest for sure . The hops are hard to find but that is a good thing.
Taste : It's an easy drinker for all you malt heads. Do like the sweetness in this one.
M : Medium mouthfeel and good finish. Represents the American style well.
O: This one is on the same level as the Sam Adams version for sure . Will be fun to drink throughout the season. Can you say grilled brats .

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Photo of pah
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
One finger of head with a bit of lacing down the side.
Good red/brown color

I would describe the smell as a bit metallic, but not in a bad way. Maybe there is a proper term for that that I do not know

The taste is good, a bit of caramel with an after tone of spices

Mouthfeel is good, not too much carbonation, yet enough for someone like myself who enjoys a bit in their beer.

Definitely drinkable with a meal or by itself.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jt31914
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer has a very nice amber color, and was only docked points because of the near complete lack of head/retention. That being said the beer tasted very malty and wasn't lacking in carbonation; it has an almost sour taste along with the crystal malt flavor. It is very typical for the style, but is well done, and as such for the price is as good of a marzen as you could find. Very drinkable, and nice mouthfeel, certainly is smooth enough. Solid example of the octoberfest style.

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Photo of jbierling
1.99/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I sampled this beer along with two other similar choices (Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat and Sierra Nevada Tumbler) and it seemed thin and devoid of taste or flavor. I really expected to like it more but was left disappointed. The color and appearance was good, the taste was not.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +46.2%

Photo of huxcrunner
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- there is about of two fingers of off white head that sticks well to the glass, its is a very dark amber orange in color with very active carbonation

s-very active aromas, sweet undertones and good aromas of malt to this beer

t-taste is a little sweet up front as it works its way around your mouth it becomes more bitter, it seems a little grainy to but its nothing super sever that would hinder the taste to much overall the taste is good for the fall season

m-good medium-heavy body that is a little rough but not so much that it would hinder the beer

d- overall this is a pretty good season beer i would recommend it to anyone who has the chance to try this beer

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Photo of Knapp85
1.86/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is probably the worst Oktoberfest I've ever had. It's a damn shame too. I look very forward to the fall season because I find the beers to be among some of the best at that time of the year. This was just a major upset here. There was an ok looking color to it but very thin on taste and mouthfeel. Where did all the seasonings go?

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Photo of nukem5
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a wonderfully rich and robust copper hue that just says "Fall".Capped with a light head of tan.

S: Spices of the season cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe a touch of pumpkin.

T: Tastefully blended warming spices. The same as above some cinnamon,nutmeg, and traces of pumkin, along with some carmel malts.

M: Light to medium body with hardly any lacing. Sweet and sticky on the tongue .

D: Very desent beer that I do look forward to having a few every year, maybe not the best of this variety but definitly a keeper

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4/5  rDev +17%

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3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Translucent red/brown with an off-white head

S- Sweet caramel malts

T- Malts present the whole time and some spicey notes in there as well

M- Light/medium bodied with some bite from the carbonation also in there

D- Definitely a fall beer! Enjoyable but not something I'd go out of my way to get

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Spica66
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, medium amber color with decent head formation and retention. Has some floaties in the bottom- hops maybe?

S: Slightly sour malt and a decent level of hops.

T: Sweet/sour Munich malt with only the slightest hint of bitterness.

M: Medium body and a very crisp finish.

D: A good Marzen.

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Dundee Oktoberfest from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 314 ratings