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

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Dundee OktoberfestDundee Oktoberfest

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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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Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 313
Photo of Jesse13713
1.42/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Still have a few of these left over from fall. Decided to pull one out tonight and review it. This will be my fifth time drinking this beer.

Appearance - A surpisingly vibrant and frothy head presents itself. A vaguely transparent orange and amber color. No lacing capabilities whatsoever. A very 'Oktoberfest' looking beer.

Smell - Slight pumpkin and bitters. They are watered down and vague, however. No real signs of spices or "full-bodied" taste in the nose, as the bottle suggests. Actually quite a pleasant fall leaves smell to it.

Taste - I really tried to like this; after I remembered absolutely hating the first 4 I drank in the fall. I thought maybe my tastes had changed and I would enjoy this more. I was wrong. This tastes like I ate some leaves and then threw up. The taste and mouthfeel are just absolutely terrible. It's about as bad as I remember it from a few months ago. It isn't skunked or soured from age. A slight hint of deep malts that then turns into a leafy pumpkin pulp taste.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - I can barely get this down without gagging. The mouthfeel is just unbearably unpleasant. I think that after drinking five of these, I'm finally going to give up on this brew and chuck the last one into the trashcan. Perhaps I will try a different Dundee brew in the future. But this is just ridiculously gross.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.86/5  rDev -46.1%
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 jbierling
1.99/5  rDev -42.3%
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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.39/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

On tap at The Genesee Brewhouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light brown, clear, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like not much, really, there's maybe some caramel and weirdly sweet malt, but the aroma is not exactly leaping out of the glass here.

The taste is honestly gross. The malt character is sweet, in a shitty candy sort of way, with a very low hop presence, and a kinda dark fruit mixed with green apple or pear sort of thing. The flavor here is just too weird for an Oktoberfest.

This is light bodied, not very drinkable at all, with a moderate level of carbonation.

A pretty unsatisfactory beer in just about every way. Woo!

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Photo of mikeg67
2.46/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with practically no head, not much lacing. Aroma is fruit and caramel malt. Flavors are caramel malt and some fruit. Medium, crisp body. So, so Octoberfest, if not for high carbonation it would be cloying.
This brew is not on par with better examples of the style.

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Photo of DMcPhee33
2.51/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- nice ruby/brown color, impressive head that stays on the beer long after the pour
Smell- slightly malty, a bit of toffee
Taste- light malt, smooth with a metallic, almost sour kick at the end...is it the yeast or the whatever low amount of hops used for the style?
Mouthfeel- the metallic/sour aftertaste kills it for me, otherwise it would be very drinkable, though not impressive
Drinkability- pretty much the same as above

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Photo of crossovert
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle.

It pours a deep reddish/orange amber. The head is fluffy and white.

The smell is sweet, with some caramel, there is also some mineral water.

This beer is sweet, but bitter, not bitter in a good way. Very basic. Not very good. The mouthfeel is exceptionally watery for the style.

A crappy O-fest.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of off white head. It is a deep ruddy amber. It is darker than other beers I've had in this stle. It smells malty sweet. It is sweet tasting as well. It also has a bit of a burnt finish. It's ok, but there are a lot of others that I prefer in this style.


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Photo of mothman
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Rare Vos Glass

Pours ½ finger of creamy white head. Fades to a ring around the edge of the glass. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a copper hued orange.

Aroma: I don't really get anything here but a smell that seems to be malts covered in dust and some spices.

Taste: A huge malty beer. A lower level of an octo-fest for me. Some spices notes with some grain. Not a big fan of this.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, over carbonated and light to medium bodied. Ends with a rancid mothball flavored aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is not my type of octoberfest. Dundee doesn't seem to be able to make a beer to the style. It is malty, but nothing seems to match up here.

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Photo of wiseguy142
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light toasted amber with a thin head. Some faint corn-like aromas. Tastes exactly like Coors Light with a little vienna malt in it in my opinion. Light and drinkable, definitely does not live up to the slogan "Be full bodied" though. Disappointing because I had enjoyed all of Dundee's new line of beers a lot.

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Photo of OSUCowboy26
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured with a thick 2 finger head (good retention). Finish was clean with a copper/amber color. The nose is of malt and caramel. The taste confirmed to be a sweet malt-like flavor, with a slight finish of hop. Carbonation is moderate, but the beer feels a bit heavy. Definitely couldn't drink more than 1 or 2 of these. Not my favorite Oktoberfest. Seems a bit too sweet. There are so many better, Oktoberfest beers out there that it is hard for me to recommend this one. It is cheap though.

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Photo of JRed
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark reddish amber with large white head. Aroma of cinnamon, bread crust, slight medicinal notes and hazelnut. Tastes of hazelnut, bread, some spice, malty sweetness, and clean hop presence. Light bodied with light carbonation. A beer worth skipping over.

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Photo of necrat
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured a clear copper brown color, with little to no head at all.

It smelled of malts and grains, but not a whole lot else. A very faint smell at best.

It tasted like a mix between a standard Lager and a Oktoberfest beer. I was not very impressed with it at all. A little hops, a little grains, a little alchohol but not much. I've had better oktoberfests (such as Otter Creek).

It was very carbonated, a little too much if you ask me, and watery. It felt like beer mixed with water.

Overall I was very underimpressed with this beer.

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Photo of aranheaney
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A-orange, fair head, little lace

S-pretty decent, this was a little late for an Octoberfest, especially if it was brewed last August, but there weren't many other options at the bowling alley

T-ok, not anything like this year's Sam, nor the Great Lakes I reviewed, but this is serviceable as a marzen

M-ok, it does leave a bit lingering

D-I wouldn't search it out again, but in a pinch, it'll do

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red-copper in color with a medium off-white head that is partially diminishing. Aroma is primarily toffee with some raw wood sawdust and something I can only liken to American cheese singles. Lightly sour, moderately sweet flavor - rather high in hay/straw graininess. Sour grain and sourdough bread finish that is quite long lasting. I've had better Oktoberfests.

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Photo of fo5s
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a sam adams oktoberfest mug. No dating on the bottle.

A- pours a light brown...like a watered down brown ale and a far cry from what I was expecting. 1 finger head.

S- malty, sweet. Maybe it's the appearance, but I swear I catch a tough of nuttiness.

T- malty, a slight touch of butter and caramel, mild hops peak through.

M- both the body and carbonation are on the thin side.

O- Not a great beer nor a good representation of the style, but not unpleasant either.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

A: The beer is a bright copper color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, fruit, malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of grain and a hearty malt character. Then there are sweet flavors of caramel, fruit and some spices. There's a mild hops presence and there doesn't seem to be much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are many others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of PrivateEquity
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear amber body.

S - Nose is the best part, but just about average. Not much to it.

T - Pretty boring taste, just not much there. Tastes a little unnatural.

M - Lack of malt. Pretty light for an Oktoberfest.

O - Not worth the purchase. If it wasn't for the lightness, probably wouldn't have finished.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, basic brown colored with a short light tan headed that quickly faded leaving little to no lacing, crystal clear, vibrant bubbling
S: sweet cereals and bread, caramel, light spice
T: on the sweeter side but not much going on, some malt flavors, a little toffee
M: thinner with too much carbonation, odd slight mineral water aftertaste
O: not great for the style, but not undrinkable, lacks depth of flavors though

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Photo of sraimondi
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours with about a 1/2" off-white head. Some decent sheet lacing with spot throughout. Color is light to medium copper; within style.

Some bread/malt in the nose, not quite on style, but close. No real hops, which is the way it should be.

Taste is on the malt side, with a very little hops bite in the finish.

Feel is ok, should be fuller for the style.

I can drink a bunch of these, not great, but overall a pleasant offering from High Falls, NY. Not a bad session for the version.

I have not had this one before from High Falls. A good beer. At $5.99 a sixer, a very good value; although it can't really compete with the more traditional O'Fests.


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Photo of Goliath
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber/orange color with a thin bright white head sitting on top. Decent retention and some lacing.

The aroma is ok, but nothing spectacular. Pale sweet malt, and a bit of citrus.

The taste is ok. A bit of sweet citrus up front and a big pale malt on the finish. Kind of bready and slightly nutty.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Not the best Oktoberfest I've had, which limits it a bit. Poor quality isn't the most fun to drink, but it is sessionable and inoffensive.

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Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

'Sallright. Poured with a nice sized, foamy, frothy, cream colored head that settled down to a few islands quickly and no lace. Color is a lovely, clear cherry, copper amber. Aroma is malt, toffee, caramel, a bit of fruit and roast. Flavor is less interesting than nose, the same stuff, just less intense or interesting. Body is ok and carbonation is a touch fizzy. Finish is like flavor and on the short side.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
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 HamdenHector
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: light malts, but not a lot of aroma;

T: not a lot of flavor either; what's there is nicely malty, but it seems watered down;

M: light to medium bodied; light, creamy carbonation;

O: it's got potential, but needs more of what's there;

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Photo of mterrence5
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served 43 degrees. Dark amber color with a smell of sweet malts. A good sweet carmel malty taste with a bit of hops. Light tasting and very drinkable for $6.99 a sixer. Drank most of the 6 from the bottle (what heresy!). Not bad overall. I expect to see more of these weak "Octoberfest" since seasonal's are so popular.

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Dundee Oktoberfest from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
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