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

Dundee Kolsch Style AleDundee Kolsch Style Ale
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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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Added by jadpsu on 03-23-2010

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Ratings: 244 |  Reviews: 106
Photo of Tschnab
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a straw body with a fluffy white cap and good lacing on the cup.

S- mild malt, biscuit, grassy, grainy, green apple

T- very crisp, very clean, not much going on, would like a sour twang here, but it is grainy light and drinkable.

O- can't complain, a sessionable beer for warm days, nothing mind blowing, nothing dissapointing either.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nothing exceptional about this beer, but nothing really objectionable either. Goes pretty well with a burger. No pun to the burghers intended. What this is missing is some yeast funk and a more pronounced (but not necessarily more aggressive or upfront) yeast funk. Not a bad beer, it's drinkable, just not on the level of the great examples of this style.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear yellow/gold color. Poured a 2 finger fizzy white head that dissipated to a thick skim. Decanted continually. Laced in broken wavy rings.

S: Biscuity malt. White grapes and cut grass.

T: Much like the nose. Biscuity malt transitions quickly to a lightly hopped finish with lingering wet grain.

M: Light-to-medium body. Ample carbonation; active in the glass and on the palate. Mild bitter.

O: Very drinkable to style. Very mild in character all the way around.

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Photo of BeerBuggy
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer formed a 1 and a half inch head which it lost somewhat rapidly. It was straw colored and transparent. I could read the beer label through the mug. There was a decent amount of lacing. It had a bready smell. It was not big on carbonation but carbonation was evident in the mouth feel. It was thicker then water but not much. It made my mouth pucker somewhat and had a lasting bitter aftertaste though not overwhelmingly so.

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Photo of matjack85
3.99/5  rDev +15%
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 Bushrod
2/5  rDev -42.4%
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 TMoney2591
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
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 beyah
4.06/5  rDev +17%
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 Gmann
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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 thebrood1987
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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 tito42
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to imperial pint. Brewed/packaged on May 21, 2011 stamped on bottle neck. Purchased in new 'craft pack.'

A: Fizzy white head dissipates quickly and leaves thin head and minimal lacing. Crystal clear, light gold.

S: Biscuits, grape juice, and a faint hint of corn syrup.

T: Very biscuity throughout with a notes of catawba. Lightly hopped finish with a grainy/husky aftertaste.

M: Light-medium bodied, clean and crisp with a very dry finish from hops and grain. Somewhat dextousy in the middle.

O: Easy-drinking kolsch that is refreshing but doesn't knock me off my feet in any category.

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Photo of JMad
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this from a tumbler...

The beer is a pale golden yellow with a foamy white head that quickly dissipated.The smell is mostly grain and lemon and there is a surprising hint of alcohol. The taste is a little different, I could point out some grassy hop flavors with lemon and biscuit, there is still a hint of alcohol. The beer is light with lots of carbonation. This was a different beer, not like any other Kolsch I have ever had, it's ok but tastes kind of 'homebrew-y'.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Georgiabeer
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ended up with a selection of Dundee beers from a houseguest, and decided to pop the Kolsch. Really not too bad. I wouldn't give this any awards, and I miss the cool slightly spicy tanginess of a really good Kolsch, but this hit the spot on a hot night. Pours golden with good clarity and a decent pure white head that has some medium retention. Somewhat grainy in the nose with a slight tanginess. The taste has the same graininess, a touch of mellow fruit, and some mild tanginess. A little too soft in the mouth for my taste, particularly on the finish, but there is a decent body and a touch of spice lurking as well. Not bad.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.69/5  rDev -22.5%
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 depechemode1983
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out clear gold in color. It has a insignificant white head that vanishes like soda pop fizz. Little lacing dots can be seen.

S - Some floral hops in the nose along with hay and some white grape. It smells a bit winy in the middle. Finish is pretty clean with no lingering smells.

T - Taste is a better. Lots of malt and earth flavors. Grass, corn, grains. The white grape flavor is more refined and a little less winy giving a balanced fruity character. Finish is clean and somewhat crisp.

M - Medium bodied and pretty damn smooth. Carbonation is gentle and easy.

O - An ok beer I guess. I haven't had too many examples of this style but all have been mediocre. A worthy beer for sure.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice golden brown clear color with 2 finger head that disappears quickly.

Smell - Pleasant floral and slight citrus scents.

Taste - almost identical to their Helles Lager style beer I tried earlier. I really can't tell much difference.

Mouthfeel - more full bodied and less fizzy than their lager.

Overall - this is a decent beer, somewhat unique but nothing to write home about. Try it once and move on.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.22/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-very yellow golden with a nice white head that fades. lots of bubbles

S-a good strong scent of honey with some sugars. smells clean and strong

T-comes in with sweet sugary honey flavors that remind me of an octoberfest. these sugars dominate a subtle after-taste. as the bottle says, this is very clean and crisp.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-boring but no negative qualities. great for a hot day. not sure this is great for a kolsch though. I've only had one other kolsch and it was much better tasting.

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Photo of shand
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Photo of servo12
4.6/5  rDev +32.6%
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 chaunur
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow and crystal clear with a frothy white head. Minimal lacing. Not much aroma, some malt, slight presence of citrus.

Clean crisp flavor, again mostly a grain essence, just enough bitterness to balance. Nothing overpowering. Nice semi-dry finish, easy on tongue.

I think I'll have another

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Photo of Looneybiz
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and it has a nice golden hue with a one finger head that doesn't leave much lacing and doesn't stick around very long.

Very malty smell.

Taste is also a malt bomb but a refreshing one. The bottle describes it as clean and crisp and that is a good description. The hops are very very subtle so if your thing is hops you wont like it.

Overall a very nice beer and I'd definetely drink it again.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
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 sixerofelixir
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Purchased as part of a 12-pack sampler. What I believe is a Julian-style date code is on the bottle neck.

Poured into a strange glass. Looks beautiful. A Tall white head zigzags around the entire glass. The body is supremely clear, gold as real gold, with tons of slow carb trails. Smell is crackery, with a bit of pepper on the nose. Feel is sort of viscous. Taste is a conglomeration of clean malts, mild hops, and sorta annoying minerals. Finishes with some pleasant spiciness. To be honest, I wish this brew tasted more like it looked, but it was pretty darn good anyways.

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Photo of avaccani
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light yellow. Brilliantly clear. Had a 1 finger tight white head that lasted.

S - Malty. I got no hop nose on this at all. Smelled pretty good.

T - Was a tad bland. Kept getting a sweetness I just couldn't put my finger on.

M - Carb. was spot on.

O - I'd drink this one again. It was a good thirst quencher that the Macro lovers would get into.

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Dundee Kolsch Style Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 32.4% out of 100 with 244 ratings
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