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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of AlfaMale
1.76/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Things that make you go hum. I saw this beer on the shelf and asked why not? Well, the reason was obvious once I got it home and popped the cap. No life and no head. Can you say skanky? I thought you could. The Dundee Stout was not too bad, but this Kolsch Ale is simply tasteless and stale.

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Photo of Bushrod
2/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I may be wrong, as with this Dundee variety pack, I am eating Chesapeake bay oysters that are wonderful, but I taste corn in all of the beers and that gets a big boo from me! JZesus caint i just make a simple comment; why all the required fields; it's only rock and roll!

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a mix pack a while ago. Cold 12oz bottle poured into a chilled weizen glass and paired with pizza.

A: Clear light golden brew gives about 1/2" of white bubbly foam with a moderate pour. It settles to a pretty stable 1/8" layer.

S: Moderately sweet with honey, plus a little diacetyl makes it more like caramel. Some muddy lemon hops.

T/M: Thin and watery, diacetyl and a heavy sweetness without anything to back it up. Like buttery water. Some light citrus and a bit of banana.

D: Goes down easily, but not very appealing.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.69/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My room mate bought the variety pack and didn't like this one. So he gave it to me. Poured into a pint glass. Pours with a nice white head that is about a finger thick. Golden straw colored body that is clear.

Spicy cloves and floral hops. White grape juice is in the aroma making this one smell kind of sweet. Seems a bit sweet with artificial sugars; would love to see that toned down. Seems a bit on the sweet side. A bit of honey and grapes come to mind again. A little bit of spice and hops round this one out.

Body seems a bit on the heavy side. The carbonation is good but I love to have a lighter body here. Overall this one isn't anything special. Not the most offensive beer, but I don't think this is one to even bother with.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a very clear medium gold color with a large-bubbled white foam that fades pretty fast. A few small specks of lacing hang around, but not much. No freshness date on the bottle that I can find.

Nose is sweet, honey drizzled graham crackers without much of the signature kolsch yeast aromas...in fact, it smells strangely similar to many of the breweries lager brands. Lacks any sort of hop aroma, lets hope it tastes better than it smells.

A little bit, but not too much. Still is missing a nice kolsch yeast flavor that is so nice in classic versions of the style. Sweet, grainy malts are there and bolstered by some toasty and crackery notes. Lacking in the hop department, but there is a mild caress of bitterness at the end. Carbonation level is high, but kind of course...I'd be willing to bet this is force carbonated. It's a mildly refreshing beer that is fairly unoffensive, but it does not really represent the kolsch style very well.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clear, blonde body with a smallish, receding, white head.

Smell: Sweetish, honey-scented nose with altogether meager notes of vaguely bready malts and alcohol-spritzed fruit.

Taste: Sweet, honeyish maltiness with a hint of soft biscuit innards. Moderately fruity with a trace of candied lemon. Not a bite of spicy-minded hops as it is a halfhearted tickle. Very, very low bitterness felt. Finishes a bit sweet, with a hint of malted wheat, and a slight heftiness weighing on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation. Slight mouth-coating slickness present.

Drinkability: As a Kölsch, it's neither particularly authentic nor particularly good, but it is easily drinkable. So, it's essentially on-par with the rest of their offerings.As

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.81/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

3/27/15 (Bottle) - Golden pour, good carbonation, white medium foam head. Negligible aroma, and not much taste. Very smooth going down, minimal kick. Meh.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain and corn, with a little a bit of something off in it. Not a nice smelling beer. The flavor is also not too great. I get some corn and malt, as well as some sugary sweetness. There is a little bit of grape in the flavor, but it is overshadowed by the other grainy flavors. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a beer to seek out.

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Photo of skyman1972
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is a pretty average beer. Bought in a variety pack at Randolph AFB. Poured a medium dark gold with very little head into a pint glass. Nice flavor with no apparent hops. I little citrus leftover. Overall a drinkable beer once the real good stuff is gone.

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Photo of smcolw
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Foamy head that retains its shape for a long time. Leaves some thin blanketing lace. Dirty gold color.

Smell--Slightly sweet, lightly hopped, appears to be promising.

Disappointing flavor that has some elements of Belgian yeast. Berry fruit notes that are particularly strong in the swallow. The aftertaste is short lived and somewhat sour, like sour milk. Good body and carbonation. Worthwhile to try.

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Photo of stakem
2.92/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a SA sensory glass, this brew appears a perfectly clear light golden color. The etching on the bottom of the glass makes a tornado of carbonation swirl together and form at the surface supporting the finger of large bubbles that compose the white head. It's kinda neat looking at this with a silly level of enjoyment kind of like the first time you saw a lava lamp in action. Despite the rising bubbles, the head is nothing more than a thin film in a little time...or maybe just a lot more time has passed than I have given credit considering the awe and wonder of the rising bubbles. Sparse yet leggy character to the lacing that appears on the glass.

Fairly sweet aroma to this brew that doesn't really smell of any type of grain. It is however slight fruity suggesting a bit of pear and an artificial smell of candy like gummy bears are noted. I wasn't expecting that. The pear sure I like that, the smell of candy like gummy bears... eek.

The taste of this brew is mildly sweet with a grainy flavor mingled with the flavor of pear. A trace amount of hops are present to counter the sweetness but alas there is an abundant amount of sweetness to this brew that meshes with a slight alcohol character.

It finishes somewhat crisp but with a flavor of alcohol that is more noticeable than expected. Medium to light feel with a modest level of carbonation. This brew isnt really that enjoyable, the sweetness verse hops verse alcohol just doesn't do it for me. I haven't had a bunch of kolsch style offerings but I can tell you this one is average at best. If you want to maximize your enjoyment level with this beer, make sure you have a glass with etching on the bottom of it and fire away!

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Photo of nrbw23
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear gold color with a thin white head. Head becomes a thin layer of bubbles and leaves no lacing.

S- Smell is light honey sweetness, a bit of caramel malts and a touch of lemon. Everything is pretty faint here.

T- Pretty much follows the nose here with a bit of a watered down taste.

M- Light in body and a good amount of carbonation.

D- There's really nothing to this beer. It goes down pretty easy and is rather boring.

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Photo of alkemy
3.01/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and gold with a finger of white head. The head shrinks pretty quickly, but there is lots of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Lots of grainy sweetness in the nose with a hint of lemon. Taste is pretty unimpressive. Sweet just like the smell and again with the touch of lemon. Has a pretty clean finish. Probably the worst in the sampler pack.

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Photo of JimbobAlonymous
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very light beer. I can't even give it a normal review.

Tiny lace of head at the edges of the glass, goes down like watery light beer. not much smell or taste to speak of, just a generic light beer. I would say slightly better quality than bud/coors/keystone...so I have to agree with the reviewer that said they could market this as "dundee light" and totally destroy the other "light" labeled beers. Also, you could probably drink a million of them though so i gave it a good score there.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Working through a Dundee sampler pack thanks to my brother. Nice guy. This offering pours a clear sorta-pale straw topped by a short-lived half-finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises tangelo zest, musty biscuits, very light toffee, and old nutmeg. The taste runs very similarly, with some lemon zest joining the fun, along with some light black pepper and a few drips of honey. The spiciness twangs the tongue nigh into numbness. Luckily, things don't last too long, as every flavor flies off rather quickly. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I didn't enjoy this kolsch too much. I wish i could say more, but I really can't. Sorry...

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Photo of Plokhooy
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I say about this beer what I'll say about all of Dundee's beers: If you want to teach someone about beer, by some Dundee styles and train them on what are simple examples of the various styles. This one is a bit malty for a Kolsch though. Not bad, not great

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Photo of Dangus
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Light golden hue with a small stream of bubbles. What head was poured faded into almost nothingness.

Smell- Sweet malt smell. Mild bready aroma. Hardly any hop aroma.

Taste- Taste is biscuity with a light hoppiness. Light malts as well. The biscuit flavor lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with mild carbonation.

Drinkability- Definitely has good drinkability. This beer goes down very easy and delivers satisfying belches.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a light golden colour and has a good 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is grainy with maybe some bready malt. Very light overall but decent.

The taste is on the sweet side from the malt with some notes of bread and quite grainy with a bit of corn noticeable. I can "sense" some very light lemon notes but they're tough to pull out. It tastes, well, pretty bland in the long run.

Fairly light bodied, crisp carbonation, and fairly drinkable. For a stab at the style, I think Dundee could have done better.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light blonde color Kolsch with an average foamy head with OK retention and not much lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet malt with clean cereal notes. Taste is not the most complex with some satisfying notes of cereal and lightly sweet background. Body is about average with good carbonation. Refreshing and drinkable though not as complex as it good be.

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Photo of Brad007
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a thin-head into my glass. Certainly looks "Kolsch-style" to me.

Aroma is full of sweet, grainy malt with a smell reminiscent of honey (?) and not much else underneath.

Taste is pretty much the same. It's a bit uninspiring though. Sweet, malty but there's no slight hop bite. Somewhat bland in the middle as well.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweetness and corn and honey come to mind for some reason.

Why call something Kolsch-style when it doesn't even come close to the style? I'd rather have a real kolsch over this.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland stange. No date or info.

A - Highly carbonated pale yellow straw with superb clarity. A tall, loose cloud-white head has low retention and doesn't leave much lace behind.

S - Dry and grainy straw have more of an impact on the initial whiff than the pale malt. Cold and a note of metal comes through. Hops are almost absent completely. Kolsch-like but very average at best.

T - Again, this comes across very grainy with a straw/corn husk component before it shows signs of malt. Pils malts seem to be included as is a slight hint of floral hops. Better than the nose.

M - Highly carbonated and light-bodied, it's got a tinny, dry hint to the finish that isn't appealing. Average.

D - Decent drinkability for an average brew, this kolsch needs some work but it's not awful.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours clear, vibrant yellow with a half finger of foam that flitters away quickly. Aroma is fruity, toffee, butterscotch almost... the yeast is throwing something up there.

First thing that strikes me is that this beer is sweeter than most Kolsch beers I've tried. There isn't that crisp finish and kiss of noble hops. This finishes sweet - the final gravity should be a few points lower.

Flavor isn't bad, just not a great example of a Kolsch. Hops are barely present and the color is a few shades too dark.

Not my favorite in this mixed pack - stick to the Pale Bock or the Stout.

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Photo of beerinmorning
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Kolsch poured really nice with a great head into an iced glass.

The smell and taste is almost overwhelmed by a honey sweetness. The drinkability and mouthfeel are pretty standard. As for flavor, this is a beer you could hand to a Coor's drinker and they wouldn't freak out like they would with most craft beers.

While this is not really a bad beer by any means, it lacks the crispness that comes with most sweeter beers that positions themselves on drinkability over a really full bodies texture or flavor.

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Photo of Gmann
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with a short wispy white head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is malty sweet. Cereal grains dominate the aroma with a hint of honey/toffee. Hop aroma is minimal.

The taste is light with a bready/malty sweetness, perhaps some honey notes. Again, not much hops detected. There is a suble mineral character that adds some balance.

The body is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Its sweet on the palate but it is balanced. Drinks very easy and finishes quite clean.

Its a refreshing and easy drinking beer with no real flawed flavors. It seems less hoppy than most that I have tried for the style

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Photo of shand
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very clear golden color with a tiny white head. The aroma is bright and grainy, with some malts and citrus. The taste is pretty alright, not the best Kolsch, but servicable. The smooth malts and citrus that are a hallmark of the style are surely present, but backed up by some graininess and the malting seems a little heavy-handed. Perhaps this is due to the fairly high ABV for the style.

The mouthfeel is easily this beer's strong suit. It's well-carbonated and has that nice drying sensation on the end of the mouth. The drinkability is pretty good. Overall, this is just an alright Kolsch. It's not bad, but I've had much better.

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