Dundee Oktoberfest
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #521
Ranked #45,513
3.42 | pDev: 17.25%
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States
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Reviews: 148 | Ratings: 314
Photo of pphunkdelux
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
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 garcia2a
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a case of this for a festbier tasting. The beer pours a deep golden color with a frothy, 2-finger tan head. The beer is lightly carbonated that keeps a thin lacey head for the drinking session.

The nose has roasted malt, burnt grains and sweet caramel. This translated well to the taste as the malt and caramel come though with just a hint of spice. Quite warming for the style.

The body is slighly light for the style, but it only slightly cloys, making this a very drinkble beer. A decent out of the gate fest for the boys from New York.

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Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden-orange color with a fizzy and bubbly appearance. It had a tan, foamy, bubbly, two-finger head that did not leave any lace.

S - It smelled of malty sweetness with hints of caramel. Also, a very slight floral aroma.

T - It tasted of roasted malt with some spiciness. Some bitter hop kick. Hints of cinamon and nutmeg, too.

M - It was crisp and fairly smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good tasting and easy drinking Oktoberfest. Nice offering in the Dundee line of brews.

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Photo of whynot44
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice orange/amber color with hints of ruby and a decent creamy off-white head that disipates fairly quickly but does manage a bit of lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt, hints of toasted nuts and a trace of citric hops.

The taste is also primarily bready caramel malt, slightly nutty with just a bit of herbal/citric hops at the finish. Slightly sweet, not enough to be a problem, but a bit more hops for balance would help.

Medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable. Altogether a decent brew, maybe more of an amber lager than an Oktoberfest, but still well worth trying.

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Photo of mterrence5
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
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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Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with a ton of release that yields a big 2+ fingers of creamy eggshell colored head. That peters down pretty quickly, into a thin fizzy retention that leaves some decent spotty lacing behind. The aroma is deep, fruity, floral notes sticky malt sweetness. Not super assertive but it's there.

The taste is mostly overly sweet with caramel malts that possess a bit of a toasty feel. There's some floral tasting hop bitterness in there for a bit of balance. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a creamy feel and fairly easygoing nature.

Simple take on the style here that could have maybe have done with a little less sweetness and packed a touch more body. Decent stuff though that went down easily.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev +17%
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 Domingo
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like the new Dundee labels, and their lager offerings have always been pretty solid. Seemed like an easy purchase to make at a price that was about 40% less than the other Marzens.
Pours a pretty bright orange color with a good amount of head at first. However once it settles, it nearly disappears.
The main smell/flavor component to this brew is malt, molasses, lightly roasted nuts, and gingersnap cookies. In reality, that's somewhat spot-on but unlike many of the imports it could use a dash more hops in the finish. The finish is a little too clean and empty. It's not insanely sweet, but just missing the hop presence you'd want with the style. Still, the malt body on this one is VERY solid. It has some of the buttery flavor often associated with Czech pilsners.
The body is a little weak and could use something to thicken it slightly, but that also raises the drinkability. This could be a very easy session beer and that clean finish also makes this a great starter for an evening.
Not bad at all, plus the price is might lower than most others.
This would be a great conversion beer for those new to "real" beer.
Don't overlook Dundee. They're doing a lot of things right these days.

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Photo of erosier
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a yellow orange color with a tall and thick white head that fades fast but leaves lots of lacing.
S: Smells of sweet malts, a hint of hops and caramel at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet malts, a bit of hops and a hint of caramel at the end.
M: Crisp, refreshing, light tasting with a nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable beer with a nice clean finish.

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Photo of Natural510
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden-amber color; head fizzes away quickly and the soda-pop carbonation leaves no layer of lacing on the glass.
Smells lightly malty with a sour grapefruit-like note
Malty flavor, slightly sweet but more sour with a dry tartness to the finish. Notes of orange/grapefruit citrus and yeast make up the flavor. Residual hop twang which creeps in toward the end.
Not quite as carbonated as it should be; a bit flat overall.
This beer makes a decent supermarket choice; certainly not a bad deal at $6.99/sixer. Could've used a better balance between the malts & yeast, and definitely better carbonation, but otherwise an acceptable take on the Oktoberfest.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear tangerine hued brew with a creamy two finger head. Big sheets of foamy lace slide down the glass, leaving big washes of foamy arcs on the glass. This is a looker for sure.

S - This tragically underpowered nose is aromatically challenged. I really almost can't smell anything! Light wafts of caramel malts and mineral notes come to me after labored snorting at the rim of the glass. I honestly can't think of a more nasally handicapped beer.

T - MUCH better than the nose...at least I can taste this beer even if I can't smell it. Sweet caramel malt, carrot cake with that brown sugar icing.

M - Medium bodied,...but almost pushing the thick side of the envelope. This is dextriny, smooth, skillfully carbonated, and mildly hoppy at the relatively neutral finish.

D - Good stuff. I just wish it had some sort of scent. I'm a big fan of sniffing...I often nose a beer for five minutes before I even drink the damn thing, and this one ruins that part of the beer-xperience for me. All around, this is a good beer despite it's one major flaw. This is one I wouldn't mind sessioning on a cold late autumn day...I'm thinking huddled around a bonfire with friends sort of sessioning here.

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Photo of generallee
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a dark amber color and good clarity. The head is off white in color and foamy but fades out quickly leaving just a ring of foam on top.

Smell: The aroma has a heavy malty character with caramel and light roasted/toasted notes. Hop aroma is very mild.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a big malty flavor that is sweet and bready with a nutty character. Hop flavor is modest and brings leafy/herbal notes and mild bitterness for some balance. Also a little metallic taste creeps into the mix. The finish is fairly quick and balanced but still a bit on the sweet side. Its carbonation is soft and the texture is smooth with a medium body.

Notes: Overall it's a good offering for good price.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear copper color with a small bone white head that recedes to a ring around the edges.

s. Nothing unexpected. Biscuity malts.

t. Crisp malt body that is balanced well. Caramel malted barley. At times the malt is cracker like. Eventually it finishes malty with a residual sweetness. Certainly a solid example of the style.

m. On the lighter side of medium bodied. A bit light on overall flavor on the palate, but nothing offensive or out of place.

d. This is a good offering from Dundee. I will say any self respecting brewer that can't make a good O-fest is pretty unexcusable. This is a good O-fest. Solid and affordable. Cheers.

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Photo of MDekker
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into a point glass, it's a translucent copper color. Some head forms, but fades. A little creamy yet around the edges.

S: Malty, of course. Like bread. A little molasses, maybe.

T: Subdued. More grainy notes, lightly sweet, decent balance in the finish. Faint fruity flavors coupled with slightly roasted ones. OK.

M: Suitable carbonation. Not too thick. Crisp, like I expect from a lager.

D: Pretty much a typical Oktoberfest, in my opinion. I have yet to encounter a great one.

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Photo of rowew
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, orange label. No date or abv.

Appearance: Amber in color, thin head fades quickly.

Smell: Lots of caramel malt, a bit of noble hops.

Taste: Just like the aroma, there is a lot of caramel malt flavor, with quite a bit of malt sweetness.

Overall impression: This is a relatively simple Oktoberfest, but for the price it is a pretty good offering.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, straight copper underneath a three finger head after avery hard pour. The head recedes to nothing and no bubbling.... I don't get it. Good color and thats it. The aroma is just straight forward sweet malt anda soft grassy hop. The taste is nice toasted mlats ixed with a shetrock dry grass and adjunct. The taste leaves pretty quick, but it is has undeniable octoberfest beer flavors, just cheapened a bit. Still pretty drinkable though.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle poured into my pint glass. This beer pours a clear copper color/amber color with an orange hue. White head is about an inch thick when poured. Lots of little bubbles coming up to the surface here. Settles to a somewhat thin surface coating, thicker in some spots than others. Not too much lace here. Sweet, malty aroma here and that is about it. The taste is pretty much the same, has a sweet, sort of biscuity caramel maltyness along with a bit citrus and nut on the back end and that is about it. Not bad. No discernible hops here. Has a crisp, smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. A somewhat good beer here. Worth a try but nothing that blew me away.


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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice copper color with a medium head. Looks like most others of the style.
Smells sweet and malty. That's about it. Not a ton of complexity in the nose.
Same can be said of the taste, though it's not bad beer by any means, just nothing stellar. Very malty and sweet with no detectable hop presence. Further into the session it takes on a bit of a root beer like flavor that's somewhat unique.
The first thing I noticed about this beer when I tasted it was the smooth and creamy mouthfeel; very pleasant. Medium body with good carbonation levels.
Overall a decent choice for the price. Nothing offensive or off-putting, just don't expect to be wowed.

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Photo of Goliath
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
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 DMcPhee33
2.51/5  rDev -26.6%
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 wiseguy142
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
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 kbnooshay
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear rusty gold color with a two fingers deep beige head with decent retention.

S: Most High Falls/Genny brews share the similar chemical or harsh grain aroma. This brew is different in that aspect. It is pleasant; mostly sweet and malty but there isn't much going on. The nose is fairly light.

T/MF: Sweet and malty with the lightest twang of hops. and a light caramel flavor. Overall this tastes like an Oktoberfest light! Its very pleasant(especially for the cheaper price), but it lacks the more full oktoberfest offerings out there. The feel is light to moderate with light tingling from the carbonation.

I could pound a sixer of this easily. The sweetness and lack of complexity would eventually get to me though.

As with ALL the high falls brews (in exception to the very very tasty porter), if they used more higher quality ingredients to create their beers they would be much more impressive. High falls continues to release OKAY but mostly lackluster beers. I know they are capable of so much more! I also understand they are in a weird position of a kinda macro brewer that has been trying to look like a microbrewer.

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Photo of sraimondi
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
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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Dundee Oktoberfest from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 314 ratings