Dundee Kolsch Style Ale | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Dundee Kolsch Style AleDundee Kolsch Style Ale

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

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 106 | Ratings: 244
Photo of Natainos
4.87/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another Dundee Please!

A: Nice yellow, had a thick head that reduced to 2 inch. and slowly laced away. Another Cool Logo!

S: Corny and or wheat notes light bread smell.

T: Crisp, refreshing, pound-able with flavor, closes-thing to Macro styles but with way way more flavor, corny and or wheat notes light bread, great Pizza Beer ;)

M: light,crisp, nice carbonization not too much.

D: Oh YES! can have this on a cold day during football, hot summer, or just about anytime, why go Macro when you can get way more flavor with this Dundee Kolsch Style Ale from Genesee Brewing Co.

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Photo of servo12
4.6/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I found this beer to be almost perfect. As a drinker of lighter colored brews I have many options. I found this in a multipack at a Kroger store. Needless to say I had low expectations. I was amazed! I found this to be a fantastic bargain. It comes with all the drinkability of an adjunct beer, with all of the flavor that I would expect from a hand crafted brew. It was light yet filling. A flavor of spice and lemon. I give his a thumbs up.

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Photo of RyanTeeter
4.56/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Straw colored with a nice, yet thin head. Very pretty.

s: Great aroma for the style. Citrus with strong banana notes.

t: Incredible balance of crispness, banana, tropical fruit and clove. Sounds too fruity but the overall balance is beautiful.

m: Very light mouthfeel. Flavors are tight and dissipate quick enough to keep you coming back for more.

o: When I tasted this it immediately became one of my very favorite beers. This is the beer that you can easily cruise through a 6 / 12 pack on hot summer day.

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Photo of jt31914
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought the dundee sampler cause it was cheap (damned monetary constraints), and this ended up being my surprise favorite of the bunch. I typically am not a kolsch fan, but this brew was quite well done. Nice straw color; however, lacked any head really, which was disappointing to me. Smells of light citrus, wheat, and maybe a slight sweet honeyesque aroma. Very nice. Taste is similar, very bubbly with some sweetness and wheat flavors. Simple, yet balanced and very drinkable. Great example of the style to me. This beer was almost as pleasantly surprising for me as Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder.

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Photo of fx20736
4.26/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6 pack from Genesee Brew House on 5/27/13 for $ 6.50.

served cold in a tall glass tumbler.

appearance: Honey amber Gold with two fingers of white head. nice lacing.

aroma: fresh grain with a subtle noble hoppiness.

mouthfeel: soft, silky, elegant.

taste: hay like mustiness with subdued noble hoppiness and just a touch of dextrin sweetness. finishes with a thick malty bed and then a soft touch.

notes: exceptionally well done, true to style

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Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another bottle courtesy of my local trader, tone77, who wants me to keep my bottle numbers up and is willing to help in the process.

From the bottle: " In Germany, Kobes (brewery waiters) have been serving Kolsch since 1906. But they're notoriously tough to pin down, always rushing past with grilled potatoes, cabbage, sausages, and big, round trays of their namesake brew. And while you might need to speak German to order a Kolsch in Koln, you don't need any such skill to enjoy one here. Ours is light and refreshing with subtle "biscuity" notes and a clean, refreshing finish. It's also considerably less difficult to order. And that's something we can all drink to. Prost!" OK, but why the dog as the waiter? A German Shepherd? Hmmm.

My aggro pour resulted in two fingers' worth of thick, foamy bone-white head with good retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow that would have made King Midas proud, plus it exhibited NE-quality clarity. A very pretty beer. Nose was as advertised, with biscuity malt notes. Now I was beginning to slaver in anticipation. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant lightly sweet maltiness on the tongue. Finish was also as advertised - "clean and crisp". I could easily put a sixer of this away on a hot, humid summer day, plus I have not had a clinker yet from the Dundee line. This is a series worth exploring!

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Photo of mempath
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours lively, deep golden, settles fast, little lacing

wonderfully fresh, sweet malt smell that isn't bothersome like most 'sweet' noses i sample. dry 'finish' for a smell, but that's a bonus. something different and cereal-like. translates well into the taste, a drier finish than expected, crisp mouthfeel with some creaminess. great summer evening brew. waste your sweat on a lesser brew.

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Photo of beyah
4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear golden color, Has 2 fingers of head if poured slightly agressively.

Lacing does not hang in there very long.

Biscuity malt, slight hoppy smell.

Light body but stll malty, hops are there but subtle.

Highly drinkable, great light summer beer.

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Photo of generallee
4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has no freshness date or abv% but there is a nice description of the beer on the back label.

Appearance: The body has a clean clear golden body with a few bubbles of carbonation streaming up to the head. The head on top is small, white in color and quickly fades down to just a thin layer of bubbles. There is not much in the way of lacing.

Smell: Its nose is light and clean with a light bready sweetness and even lighter fruity notes. The hops are also very mild and just a hint of vine like plant and floral notes.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a clean, biscuity and bready flavor with just a hint of white grape like fruitiness. The hop flavor and bitterness are very subtle and lead to a crisp, light and dry finish. On the tongue it has a smooth light texture and easy drinking light body.

Notes: For an easy drinking light summery beer this will work.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

Dundee is branching out with their mixed 12-packs. This beer is clear and heady with a golden color and tightly cropped lace. Dusty biscuits, faintly fruity yeast and a vague note of honey are all in the nose. The crispness goes deep. Its light-ish body does get a fluff from the carbonation. With ample malt to go around, the hops are well placed, and its bitterness keeps the beer on an even keel. Spicy hops and a bite of grain are in the drying finish. Clean and spot-on, this is a highly drinkable light ale, which is comparable to the originals.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last beer in the variety pack. Loved the label with the dog waiter. Don't know why their isn't a pic of it here...

A - Pours a yellow straw colored brew with little to no head
S - Mostly of grassy malts, hops, and slight grains.
T - A very nice ale. Pretty standard sweetness that finishes bitter from the grain malt but not overbearing. Nice.
M - Really light. Could drink it all day.
D - A pretty nice brew that I could see getting again. Pretty much standard brew that is both full of flavor and drinkable.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just an all around good beer. It has a bit of a fruity smell from the yeast that is reminiscent of grapes and some sweet biscuit pale malts. The taste starts with a bit of spicy hop and the biscuit malt wheat taste comes in and then ends with that a touch of spicy hop and dry almost chalky yeasty finish.

I also get that slight fruity grape flavor as well from the yeast which tastes fantastic and really makes the beer. The fruity grape taste mixes in perfectly with the slight spicy hop they decided to use in this beer. Its a very straight forward beer and that's whole point of this beer. It really drinks like a 5 percent beer rather than the almost 6 percent that it is.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/4/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a damn nice kolsch style. All around great robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of matjack85
3.99/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle in the single bottle bin at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.29. Surprised to see this lone bottle sold separately as the Dundee Kolsch is usually only found as part of their mix in the 12 pack of craft bottles. No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear pale gold color and produced a 1½-finger white head. very little lacing with this one.

Nice fruity smell to this. Has some sweet bubblegum aroma as well.

This is a nice tasting beer. Biscuity malt and light fruits provide the sweetness, but there's a nice combination of both bittering hops and spicy hops to keep the sweetness in check.

Light body with a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel, due in part to a high level of carbonation that works well here.

Wish I could get these in a 6 pack by themselves. It would make for a great session beer. As it is, I find them the best of all the beers I've tried from this brewery.

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Photo of waltertrush
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep gold color with a two finger width white head.
Smell: Light pale malt. A hint of hops.
Taste: Tad hops initially and finishes with a sweet aftertaste.
Mouth feel: Slight carbonation and smooth
A fairly descent beer. A first time with this style of beer.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear golden colored body, lots of little bubbles make up a bit cream colored head. Fair amount of lace. Light sweet malt scent. Sweet malt from, biscuit, nice light floral hop finish. Clean and creamy mouth. Kolsch is never a very complex brew. This is a good version of it. Nice beer.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Good looking beer. Crisp, light golden color. Maybe a finger's width of white head that has little retention, but keeps a partial film on the top. Steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, as well as sticking to the sides. Very light lacing.

S: Surprisingly malty for such a light beer. Malts and honey. Smells sweet and clean.

T: Again with the malts, a slight biscuity flavor, honey and enough hops to balance out all the sweet notes. A tasty beer.

M: Light bodied, large amounts of carbonation. Really light and crisp, leaves the mouth feeling refreshed. Maybe a little heavy on the carbonation for my taste, but it works with the style very well.

D: A very drinkable beer. Well balanced flavor and crisp mouthfeel make this a good session beer that has a good amount of flavor backing it up. Worth a look for sure, especially at the relatively cheap price.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold in color with a one finger white head that reduces to a thin cap and lingers. Stringy lacing.

Smells like sweet malt with some spicy notes and a touch of grassiness, butterscotch and a hint of alcohol.

Crisp and sweet with a mild butterscotch undertone. Light and refreshing. Not much in the way of a hop presence, but it dosn't necessarily need one. Sweet, but there is a balance there (not too sweet is what I'm trying to say I guess).

Mouthfeel is average with some prominent carbonation. Light to medium body.

Not real familiar with the style so I'm not sure if it's a great Kolsch, but it's very pleasant and drinkable. I could do a six of these without a problem.

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Photo of G2Brew
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Karl Marx famously said that his movement couldn't take hold in Koln because the workers and their bosses drank this beer together. Kolsch (style) is an everyman's beer, if there ever was one, and this is a solid example.
Poured from a bottle at about 45 degrees into a pilsner glass.

A - Deep yellow, very clear, small white head that didn't stick around long, and left little to no lacing.

S - Very pronounced malty grains, not too sweet, some biscuit. Hops are subdued, but provide a little light fruit and citrus.

T - A very clean, Kolsh flavor. Grainy, malty, light on the hops, very crisp.

M - This has a light mouthfeel, very, very clean, plenty of carbonation that gives it a nice tingle all the way through.

D - This is one of the most thoroughly drinkable beers I know. I wouldn't place it above Pilsner Urquell, but yeah, I could drink a lot of this, it's a terrific hot afternoon beer.

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Photo of Franz4
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What struck me about this beer was the crisp, fresh feel it had to it, very clean throughout. Appearance and smell were pretty average with typical color and no unique or very distinguishable scents. This would be a great summer beer to go with a picnic or to watch a baseball game.

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Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in a sample 12pack.I'm enjoying this one as well as I did the others. Its got a sweet taste but is a lite brew. The kind of brew you want to binge drink and party all night. Slighty fruity and wheaty.It did have some nice carbonation.I agree with the other reviews that this would beat out other lite beers.It goes down the hatch real easy.Pick some up. Also its cheap. Oyeah and goes well with pretzels.

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Photo of Wamesit
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright, clear gold. Thick white head that disperses quickly and gives way to moderate lacing.

S - Honey and sweet malts in the nose. The is a dry bisquity quality somewhere in the aroma that becomes more pronounced with further inhalations.

T - The sweet malts are less caramel and more dextrin. Honey and fruity yeast are very apparent. Crisp and refreshing. The carbonation is lively but not overt and it plays well with the very slight touch of hops in the finish, which itself it flavorful and dry.

M - Light but due to precise carbonation it is never flat.

D - Highly drinkable, esp on warmer days.

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Photo of feedsasquatch
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is only the second Kolsch I've tried, but I like it!

A - Clear golden yellow color. Has some head, but it didn't retain it very long.

S - A slight crisp malty sweetness. Not much aroma.

T - Slight malty sweetness, with a lingering biscuit flavor. The hops are somewhat lemony.

M - Crisp and dry. A very good warm weather beer. I like drinking this style when grilling.

D - Very drinkable. There's not a ton of flavor though, so it doesn't go with too many foods.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In introducing this beer I am unable to find much information on it. Even the Dundee Web site does not show it as one of their brands.
I have labled this a blonde ale but that is a guess. Would have thought that since Kolsch is a style that that would have been listed, and since it isn't lets call it a blonde ale.
It pours with a very pale amber hue to an otherwise pale straw color. Has a decent head that provides average to better than retention.
Smell includes a lot of biscuity and lemon notes and both come through in the taste. Also detect a little piney hops.
Has a kind of a buttery smoothness. Sweet no bitterness.
Kind of a summer type ale.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

the girlfriend actually jumped a variety 12 at Walmart so I said why not?!?

A- crisp straw yellow with a surprisingly weak head (for thinking macro). Not expecting anything super

S- well there is some life to this brew.... a lemon and yeast scent sharply arise from the glass. I would actually describe this to a sam summer seasonal. Really puts a positive spin on it

T- a dry musty prune, grape, and lemon taste. Not really flavorful, but still reasonable

M- light and crisp with flavor too

D- Dundee makes a brew that can be pounded. Kolsch style is a brew that you can drink over and over. Compliments for the surprising flavor and the slam dunk drinkability!

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Dundee Kolsch Style Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
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