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 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 -22.9%
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 depechemode1983
3.42/5  rDev -2%
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 +4.6%
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 -7.7%
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 -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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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 chaunur
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +1.7%
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 -18.9%
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 sixerofelixir
3.56/5  rDev +2%
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 -1.1%
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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Photo of GregBlatz
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice golden color with a thin white head. Very clear. Looks like a macro beer.

S - Smells of light fruits. pears and apples. Slight hint of toasted grain.

T - More of the apple and pear notes. Balanced by the toasted grains. Slight bitterness. Subtle hop flavor.

M - Thin and carbonated. Refreshing.

Overall - A very refreshing beer. Just what the style should be. The smell and taste remind me of a chardonnay. Go figure. Anyway, I like it and am glad that it rounds out the 12 pack mixer I bought.

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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 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 droomyster
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light gold with a one finger of bright white foam with good retention. Aromas are typical kolsh: light grassy hops and light graininess and honey. Taste is predominantly sweet and perfectly consistent with the nose. Very refreshing, simple, straightforward. Nothing fancy but nothing foul. Solid.

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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 industrialswill
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lovely yellow with a nice sweet, almost winelike aroma.
It's got a nice delicate flavor, but it's too delicate [as in weak]to pick out any key flavors. I suspect this is an out of date beer with [of course], no date on the bottle.
As usual, the score you see here is weighted too heavily on appearance and aroma, so one more average beer slips by with a B something rating.

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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 BatDaddy
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden straw color with a fluffy white head. Dissipates down to a small wisp of lacing. Carbonation seems light.

S - Strong honey and floral notes. Some biscuity malt and a touch of sweet light fruit and citrus hops.

T & M - Light and crisp. Hint of sweetness in the malt. Grainy, light touch of bitter hops. Dry. Wisps of honey and citrus.

D - Easily drinkable, especially if it were warmer out. This would make a pretty nice spring/summer time beer.

Another not great but darn good beer, at a bargain price.

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Photo of curasowa
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden yellow color with 1 finger of head that faded to a ring

Aroma: Grainy and slightly bready, with just a hint of oily hops

Taste: Grainy malt upfront, and sweeter than I was expecting, before the carbonation shows up in the middle, than a touch of mild hop bitterness before a grainy/corny lingering finish

The Rest: Body is medium and drinkability is good. A decent beer, hurt by the graininess that's always lingering around.

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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 tapman
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Head is dense and white, though not as big as some standard offerings. Body is a toasted honey brown, crystal clear and pretty good looking.

Clean minerals in the nose with a light bread-yeast aroma. Light, floral hops.

Ultra clean. A small, pale malt, grainy taste is free of any by products.

Light, crisp, chewy, refreshing.

A damn good beer...from the honey brown people! This definitely turns some BMCers onto craft beer. Cheers to Genesee forpulling a Dominoes Pizza Turnaround (i.e. admitting that your standard product is not that great and countering with good products.) Other large breweries, you've just been taken to school.

However the beer does lack certain grain, hop and sulphur aromas/flavors that are found in Kolsches like Reisdorf and others.

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