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 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 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 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 cdkrenz
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium yellow body nearing a copper tinge. Head is pure white and starts at an inch but recedes at a moderate rate to an eighth or less.

S - Light grains with a hint of smokey blueberry.

T - Bready flavor throughout. It has a nice accent of fruit that's difficult to barrow down.

M - Thick and smooth with an edge of coarseness.

~ This is a beer that's worth a sample. Especially if you're a fan of ales of the German decent. This is a nice beer.

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

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - A pale golden-straw color with a finger of soapy white head that dissipates rapidly.

S - Malty and a bit sweet. Very clean smelling.

T - Sweet malt and a touch of fruityness. Grainy. Very little hop.

M - Light body and good carbonation.

D - Goes down fairly easy, but isn't especially fun to drink. A decent brew for the price, and a worthy beer for most fridges, but nothing special.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Head of two finger proportions, white in color and medium foam. Lace broken, yet lots of cling, layer on layer. Color, a 6 on the SRM Beer Color Chart. Clear with few carbonation bubbles. Smell of wet straw, wheat, malt, and lemons. Tastes of roasted wheat, corn, barley malt, lemon, and a whips' of pine. Medium body across my tongue and teeth. Not bad, but not great, not one I would turn down if offered and would buy above most of the big three.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Light amber body. Fluffy white head leaves some good lacing.

S: Mostly apple-like fruitiness. Hardly any crispness.

T: Much sweeter than I would expect from the style. Kind of like apple cider, but not as sour. Some breadiness from the malt. Not nearly as dry and vinous as I would like.

M: Light and effervescent.

D: Setting aside issues of faithfulness to style, I would classify this as boring but refreshing. Would be pretty decent on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured in flared glass.

A: good head; crisp, clear golden color; good carbonation; lacing decent
S: bright sweet aroma typical of Kölsches
T: light, bright flavor; slightly less sweet than I expected; not bitter; not complex

This is a safe, unadventurous beer, which is a good or bad thing depending upon the occasion and the drinker

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

Poured into a stange glass.

After about 30 seconds all that is left of the finger of white head that this beer initially pours with is a thin layer. But that layer sticks around fairly well and even produces some lacing. Body is straw colored and clear.

The nose of this beer is similar to a lager or cream ale except that the characteristic kolsch "fruity maltyness" is a bit stronger and the hops are slightly less prominent.

There is less going on in the beginning of the flavor than is desired from this style, but what is lacking (and a bit thin) in the beginning really turns around as this beer leaves the mouth and the aftertaste gets going. Mind you, it takes a bit for the malty almost fruity toasty goodness to show up, but when it does you will be surprised that such flavor can come from such a generic starting beer. I really enjoy the malt profile and commend this pseudo-craft brewery on the tastiness of this brew.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, and the carbonation doesn't sparkle or feel as smooth in the mouth as the best, but maybe I am being nit-picky. Drinkability is quite nice and would be outstanding if the flavors were slightly more settled or the mouthfeel was slightly more satisfying.

Conclusion: Well this is a pretty good beer, and if I brewed it I would be happy. It isn't the best around for this style however, and is better enjoyed as an attempt at the style and not something to reference when talk about Kolsch ales.

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

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that fades quickly but still leaves lace behind

S - Is mostly of sweet pale malt

T - Follows the nose it has a very sweet malt flavor

M - this beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not my favorite style by a long shot but I found this beer to be pretty decent tasting and easy to drink I could drink a few of these in a sitting its worth a try sometime

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Photo of wmtxbb
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear yellow with a small layer of lacing around the top.

Smell: Honey and citrus.

Taste: sweet malt, honey, citrus, and a bit of hops. A nice zing from the alcohol at the end. I haven't had too many Kolsch style beers. This one isn't bad, it's not the best Kolsch I've had but it isn't bad. This beer needs more malt.

Drinkability: Nice session beer. This would be a great beer to have with diner.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of IPAescotch
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A; a really light color, almost wateryl

S:light malt.

T: some hoppy aroma, some light maltiness. Reasonably carbonated, thankfully not too much. Very tasty for the style (maybe) but not my thing

M: and light, but with some flavorful after taste

Out of the sampler, this is by far the most drinkable

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a narrow 'pint' glass, showing a clear and pale straw in color and with a light cap of white foam. A steady percolation from the bottom keeps a light film for a while.

Nose of light pale malts and a hint of lemon hops. Adds some complexity with a bit of warming with some yeast notes and a variety of spices. Flavor is dry and offers a light spice character and just enough of a grainy texture to keep a full feel.

Decent drink though the spice notes become a bit overwhelming and seem a bit out of character. Think a 'spiced summer cooler' instead of 'winter warmer' and you've got it.

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