Dundee Oktoberfest
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #519
Ranked #45,475
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 jsisko01
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a VERY dark amber color, almost brown looking.. with an inch thick, creamy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Has pretty nice lacing.

Smell - Caramel, brown sugar, nuts, and toffee.

Taste - Similar to smell.. Toffee, caramel, very malty, and toasty. Maybe some clove..? There's some spices that I can't point out.

Mouthfeel - Thick body with mild carbonation.

Overall - This is a lot different than most of the other Oktoberfests I've had.. almost like a different style. It's not bad, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: When poured into a pilsner glass the beer is brown in color with a nice off white head approaching 2 inches in height. Head has good staying power, eventually fading to a cover on the liquid with lacing down the glass.

Smell: Light in the aromas. There is some caramel malt, with a slight nuttinessto it, nothing much else stands out.

Taste: Some decent maltiness no cloying sweetness (lightly sweet caramel and malts). A slight bitterness as I swallow the beer down. Kinda like an Oktoberfest Light beer.

Mouthfeel: A little lighter in body than I would like. Well carbonated, lively on the tongue.

Overall: October is well in the rearview mirror ,but I had been saving a few O-fest beers waiting for the right time to review them. This is a good, easy drinking beer. A very approachable Oktoberfest beer, one to introduce a person to the style. I will likely look for this again next year.

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Photo of jb413
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown/amber, darker than most Octs, with a 1.5 finger tannish head. Some lacing. Nice.

S - Some mixed maltiness. Smells a bit "cleaner" than others.

T - A sweet, slightly nutty maltiness with some hints at other flavors. Maltiness seems like maybe some heavier toasted malts. Nothing there on the back end to speak of.

MF - Slick in the mouth, light-medium body, easy to drink, perhaps a tad watery in the finish.

O - Looks good, tastes alright, but overall subpar. A fairly one-dimensional profile. Lacks a little in complexity and balance. Not bad for the price, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a frothy off-white head. Good retention and lace. A little fizzy.

S: Sweet toffee malt with a hint of iron metal and fruit.

T: Good malt flavour with a slightly sweet finish which I enjoyed. Grainy at times, fairly one-dimensional, but an enjoyable effort.

M: Light to medium-bodied, frothy and creamy, biting carbonation on the finish which is one the thin side, a bit gassy.

O: Not a bad Oktoberfest beer, I liked this and at $5.99/6er the price is great.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy dark brown with red highlights. 1 finger of light tan head

S - Rich toffee/caramel malt, very sweet and sugary.

T - Follows the nose with dense toffee/caramel malt. Grainy and tangy grass/straw flavors on the finish.

M - Full body, slighlty chewy feel.

Pretty one dimensional with the sweet malt dominating pretty much everything. But the sweetness works and I find myself wanting another one.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, toffee colored body with a tan head that looks a bit creamy as it dissolves to leave only hints of lacing behind.

The aroma is of caramel malts and faint brown sugar, perhaps a bit on the sweet side. As it warms there may even be a hint of spice.

The flavor also offers sweet caramel malt, a touch bread-like, and also a bit nutty.

On the lighter side of medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. Perhaps not the traditional German Marzen, but certainly worth a try.

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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 Tundruth
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
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 gabedivision
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Hofbräu mug.

Pours a nice ruby chestnut color with a 1 finger head that creates alot of sticky slime. Smells of nutty malts, spice and caramel, with a faint grainy lager type smell. Strong robust malty backbone with an almost fruity center, followed up with a sour grain finish. Light on the mouthfeel, very easy to drink. Overall this beer is worth buying IMO esp for the price. It is a nice easy to drink and enjoy lager.

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Photo of fo5s
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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 drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
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 BierFan
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 3 twist-off bottles into a large mug.

Very red body and a thin light tan head. Malts are darker than I would like from an oktoberfest. It really seems like much more of a bock due to the darker malts. The hops are what you would expect from a German lager.

I wouldn't suggest this unless you're tight on money. Not a bad beer, but not a good marzen.

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Photo of yankeej13
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a tasting and this was the second beer that I wanted to try.

A- Poured out a nice light brown almost caramel color. Nice syrup texture with a nice head of a light brown foam head. Mild amount of carbonation.

S- Had a nice rich bold smell of a variety of malts. Traces of caramel as well as toffee. Somewhat sweet of a smell.

T- Very rich malts right out of the gate. Nice mild mocha and or toffee taste. Hints of caramel was well as floral hops. Nice sweet finish.

M- Good drinkability, pretty smooth but very bold in flavor which made it real nice.

Overall- I was alot more impressed than I thought. Really good beer will buy again. Cheers!

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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 JRed
2.94/5  rDev -14%
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 fx20736
4/5  rDev +17%
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 ZenAgnostic
4.51/5  rDev +31.9%
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 BedetheVenerable
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown screw-top bottle, nice label, no date that I can see

Appearance: Bright rich copper brew with lively carbonation and a big light tan/beige cap with good retention.

Smell: Thankfully no adjunct-y sweetness here, as there are in some 'pseudo-craft' beers. Lightly toasty, bready aromas, with hints of sweet caramel as well. Not real deep or intense, but stylistically correct and fairly appealing.

Taste: The flavors mirror the aromas, with a bit of mostly clean, lightly fruity balancing hop bitterness as well. The flavors aren't bad, but they're somewhat less intense than the aromas, which mean that there's not quite enough here. Flavors include lightly toasted bread with jam and steely caramel.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, but a bit overcarbonated

Overall: To be honest, the only reason I picked this up was because I was craving an Oktoberfest and it was $5.99 a six-pack. I was expecting mediocrity at best. I was actually a bit surprised; this is light on intensity, both in terms of aroma and flavor, but the flavors/aromas that are there are enjoyable and style-appropriate. I would not buy this regularly, but at 6 or 7 bucks, I'd pick this up from time to time for sure.

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Photo of PrivateEquity
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
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 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 Jesse13713
1.42/5  rDev -58.5%
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 CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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 secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
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 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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Photo of aranheaney
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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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Dundee Oktoberfest from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 314 ratings