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Dundee Oktoberfest | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Dundee OktoberfestDundee Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-28-2008

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Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 313
Photo of tasteless
5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is simply the best Octoberfest beer I've ever had ! I sampled every Octoberfest I could get my hands on and this one stands out from the rest. I just wish it was more widely distributed. I have to drive to PA from Cleveland OH. since my local distributor doesn't carry it anymore. I'm enjoying more Victory and Sam since I can't get the Dundee. C'mon Genny, get that beer to me !
I don't rate beer on look, smell or feel. Taste is all that matters !

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Photo of wac9
4.76/5  rDev +38%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i love this beer cant wait for this comes out , everything about this beer means fall , one taste and i fell like im in the woods walking on leaves crunching them with every step , the beer is cool and crisp and makes me feel good all a perfect beer in a glasss so enjoy a beer this beer i know i do

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.51/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tapped into my personal Trois Pistoles snifter at The Lemon Grove in Youngstown, OH.

Appearance - Dark brown body. Small white lace with great stick.

Smell - Coffee. Light matls.

Taste - Clean body with astringent finish. Honey in the finish masks and compliments the astringency well. slightly metallic but not an off flavor for some reason. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied. Lots of effervescence.

Overall Drinkability - Best I've had in the style.

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Photo of Amalak
4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Very deep red-brown color. It's opaque. There a good tan foamy head that leaves a good amount of lace.

S. Alcohol scent. Very thick maltiness.

T. High octane brew. The alcohol is present. Taste kind of like a pumpkin-saison.

M. Definition of full-bodied.

O. I'd have to have a taste test, but right there as the best Oktoberfest I've ever had.

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Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-copper color with a thin head. Not much to see visually but it's good.

Aroma is mildly sweet/smoky with a bit of bready feel to it. Seems par the course for a marzen.

Taste is smooth, lightly sweet and smoky with just a tiny bit of hop bitterness at the back of the throat. Nothing offensive here.

Mouthfeel feel falls just a wee bit flat. A bit thin here but still enough to be flavorful.

Not bad. I think it's a good example of a marzen and likely cheaper than my current favorite marzen, Sam Adams Octoberfest. I think you should try a bottle of Dundee Octoberfest and decide for yourself.

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Photo of jt31914
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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 ShaneBertou
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured a beautiful brown with a decent head. Nice clarity.

Smell - Light malts with a hint of spice, nutmeg(?)

Taste - Clean and crisp. Some spice present, possibly some subtle caramel as well. No hops noticed.

Mouthfeel - Slightly filmy.

Drinkability - Very smooth. Another please!

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Photo of williamherbert
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer....

It's dark orange. Clear and glassy. Two thick fingers of head. Lots of big carbonation.

Initial musty burst in the aroma. After re-agitating, earthy but sweet molasses malts. Very heavy and sweet butterscotch in the nose.

The taste is sweet and sugary malts. Caramel and molasses. The yeast brings some very heavy butterscotch notes. The malts get somewhat bitter and sit on the tongue. Very good.

Feels dry but also milky. Full-bodied, like the label says. It's a big, milky autumnal beer. Terrific.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
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 WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful malty scent that boasts of pale, Munich, and crystal malts. It's quite good actually. The taste is good also. It has a very smooth, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes with some breadlike character. It has a nice crystal malt sweetness as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good Oktoberfest. Most of the ones I've tried lately have been lighter in color and not as complex. This is a very good Marzen.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I cannot believe what I am about to state..this is the best Oktoberfest beer I have had this fall, without a doubt. Now, I will not buy Ayinger any longer, because it is waaaay overpriced, so that being said. Pours a more reddish colour than amber, nice looking beer..No tracing down the glass, but a head that is not soapy. Great, spicey scents on the nose. Twinge of hops as well. Goes down crisply and smoothly, nothing offensive. Good nutty, caramel flavors shine through and no lingering aftertaste. Beer can be drank constantly and the price is great, too. Now, Genessee, you tweak any of this recipe and you will lose a customer. I am going to purchase ANOTHER case this fall!

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Photo of Tundruth
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out into a pint glass. Dark mahogany in color, with a thick head about two fingers tall. Leaves behind some good lacing.

The smell of this beer is of nuts and toffee mostly. Definitely can pick up on the malts in the nose as well.

Tastes malty and sweet. spot on in flavor for an Oktoberfest in my opinion.

Its a little on the light side in terms of body. It seems a little flat, although it still has enough carbonation to bring the beer to life.

Overall not a half bad beer, I enjoyed it quite well.

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Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug

Appearance: Sienna brown that reminds me of root beer barrel candies. A 1 finger khaki head that dissipates rather soon and leaves no lacing to speak of.

smell: toasted sweet caramel, mild but detectable hops

Taste: Toasted caramel malt adds appropriate sweetness. Spicy hops balance it

overall: a by the numbers Marzen that adds up and is a decent drinkable beer.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 1 finger head with good retention and a nice amber color.

Smell is of caramel and biscuity malts. This smells like a lightly hopped amber ale.

Sweet caramel and biscuity malts come through. This is not an oktoberfest, this is an amber ale. Not a bad amber ale either. I like my ambers hopy, but this one is good.

The mouthfeel is full, yet crisp. I like biscuity malts to cling well to the palate, and this one doesn't disappoint.

This is a solid example of the unexciting side of the american amber style. I wouldn't mind having a few of these.

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is caramel with the hops in the background - almost but not too sweet. $1.20 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of gordavidson
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A clear, deep roasted orange liquid with a thin and splotchy white head. Looks nice for the style.

S- Apples and other light fruits swirl together with a warm caramel. There is a slightly floral aspect.

T- Caramel, honey, apples, and a touch of flowers. Sweet, but the toasted aspect keeps it in check. Rather flavorful for the style.

M- Well carbonated with a clean finish.

D- The flavors of this beer are very enjoyable. It really hits the spot and makes an excellent first oktoberfest of the season.

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Photo of nukem5
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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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Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was always a fan of Dundee's Honey Brown beer, and this is from their inexpensive "craft" line.

Attractive and clean pumpkin-amber in color, with solid lacing.

Sweet scent.

Tastes caramel-biscuity, with an undercurrent of spice.

Very well-done and enjoyable, and definitely a good bargain for a craft-style beer!

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Photo of pphunkdelux
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this out of an 8-pack of different Oktoberfests.

The apperance is ok, a little light in color for an Oktoberfest. A great two finger head with great retention.

The smell was ok, a malty caramel smell that wasn't very present.

The taste was the best part. Nice and mellow and sweet. Very good malty aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was ok, a little too carbonated for my tastes and a little thin.

Because of the carbonation i would probably only be able to drink a couple of these in a sitting.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
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 russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours caramel with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Caramel, slight pear notes

T: Fruity, nice caramel notes up front, dryness & faint leafy hops, along with some grainyness. Beady malt & fruittyness dominate as this warms along some leafy hops & more dryness. Finishes with a delight breadyness. pears & dryness

MF: Medium bodied, slightly sharp carbonation, smooths out fairly quickly. Good balance

Drank easy enough, I would pick a sixer of this up before I would most of the O'fests I've had this fall to include Sam Adams & Left Hand. Not a bad effort at all!

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Photo of carolinahophead
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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 droomyster
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautiful red with a generous tan head with a creamy look and feel. Aromas of sweet malts and citrusy hops. The taste is very toasty and earthy, not nearly as sweet as the nose but that is not a criticism. A very tasty marzen and [at least where I live] an excellent value for a six pack.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Continuing the celebration of the 2009 Munich Oktoberfest, Genesee's Dundee Oktoberfest fills my Seidel.

Pours a deep copper-brown, with perfect clarity and a cap of thick, creamy light tan foam that falls away gracefully and shows nice stickage on the walls of the glass.

Rich malt appears in the nose, with some fresh toast and just a hint of spicy hops. Quite clean.

Medium-bodied and with just the right amount of carbonation. Sweet toffeeish malt flavors thrust themselves forward, with a bit of caramel and biscuit moving toward the middle, where a mildly grasslike hoppiness shows itself along with some slight bitterness, finally finishing a touch dry with a mild lingering sweet maltiness.

Fairly drinkable, though the maltiness is perhaps a bit too forward for continuous quaffing. After two bottles, it begins to become a bit cloying. Still, a rather well-crafted example of the style that, for the price, can almost not be beat.

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Photo of pah
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Dundee Oktoberfest from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
3.45 out of 5 based on 313 ratings.
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