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

BA SCORE
80
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244 Ratings
Dundee Kolsch Style AleDundee Kolsch Style Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jadpsu on 03-23-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
244
Reviews:
106
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
13.75%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
32
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 244 |  Reviews: 106
Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear looking yellow color. The head was slim but not too bad. The smell was sweet and a little grassy. The taste was sweet and fairly light. There is a bit of malt in the afters taste, no hop flavor at all. The mouthfeel is light but fits the style. Overall it's not a bad Kolsch but not as good as some others out there.

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are very light aromas of biscuit and grainy malts along with some hints of fruity yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that the fruity yeast flavors are a bit stronger. There are also some hints of sweetness and a slight amount of carbonation.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. I would have no problem drinking a few of these in succession, especially on a hot summer day.

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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 zeff80
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the "Dundee Craft Pack" with their IPA, Stout and Pale Bock.

A - Poured out a clear, pale orange color with gold highlights. It had a two-finger, cream colored head of bubbly foam that left some lacing.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel and grains. Nice aroma, like most Kolsch-style ales.

T - Sweet flavor with a good dose of caramel and grains. There is a floral hop taste and an odd "unrecognizable" flavor. It just isn't clean.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a somewhat dry finish. A very light bodied ale.

D - This is an okay kolsch. The taste just is a little odd.

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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 nickfl
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a light copper colored body with excellent clarity. The head disappears quickly and leaves no lace on the glass.

S - Sweet, honey malt with a touch of grain husk in the background and some herbal hop aromas to balance things out.

T - Sweet, soft malt notes up front with a hint of biscuit character. Some light, floral hop flavors come out in the middle and transition to dry herbal character in the finish. Light bitterness and bready malt notes balance any residual sugar.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Light, dry, and drinkable. There isn't anything particularly complex going on here, but what does one really expect from a Kolsch? The malt is pleasant and bready, but finishes appropriately dry with light, herbal hops. My only real complaint is the utter lack of head and lace, it looks almost like white wine in the glass. Pretty decent, especially for the price.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, some hops and some sweetness.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and a thin malt character that is about where it should be for the style. Then some mild sweetness comes in from the malt along with mild flavors of honey and caramel. The hops presence is also mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little flavorful, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, even though it's just a mediocre beer overall, this is a decent poundable beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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 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 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 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 thatoneguymike
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright deep golden body, crystal clear hue with bright white head forms uneven lacing around the edge of the glass with each sip. Aroma semi sweet biscuit malts, nice bready layers form with a hint of herbal hops. Pretty tame with a hint of a copper penny or metallic note. Flavor, slightly fruit notes a bready malt character with lingering biscuit dough finish, slight metallic edge that doesn't come off offensive... I think it's something from the Rochester NY water, I tend toget a lot of this flavor from most of their beer. Mild herbal hops not much bitterness added to the mix. Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy carbonation definitely forced, overall nothing offensive or spectacular. A nice sessionable pseudo craft brew from a stand up regional brewer that I happen to care for.

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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 GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is somewhat sweet, some malts. Taste is good, malts, biscuty, slightly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, pale malt scent along with a dry finish. The hop aroma is light and there is limited yeast character. The taste is decent. It has a smooth pale and Munich malt flavor that's a tad sweet. It goes down easy with low hops and a subtle yeast fruitiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. I've had better kolsch's, but this is a quality offering.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -14%

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 AngusOg
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold color with minimal head or lace. Biscuity malty profile and a bit herbal. The taste follows the nose with a biscuity, bready taste and herbal hop bitterness. Medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth and even. Overall, this is an enjoyable kolsch that drinks easy.

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Dundee Kolsch Style Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
3.49 out of 5 based on 244 ratings.
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