Dundee Pilsner | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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78
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Dundee PilsnerDundee Pilsner
BEER INFO

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.85%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbnooshay on 04-06-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
199
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
15.62%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
39
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 199 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the mixed 12 pack I picked up for $11.99 the other day. Nothing too crazy here, kind of the run-of-the-mill pils most breweries toss in a mixed pack. Has the nice bubbly carbonation and crisp, biting hops, but a bit too light bodied and not flavorful enough for my liking. A decent beer, drinkable for sure.. but nothing you'd seek out.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An oddly intriguing Pilsner with uncharacteristic flavors of lemon and tea. Obviously not part of normal pilsner profiles but interesting in a pale ale sort of way.

The beer pours a basically clear light golden color with a terse head, light retention, and low-lying lacing. Pretty standard look for American made Pilsners.

Aromas of grain, light caramel, crisp malt, esters of lemon, apple, and appricot, along with an herbal and grassy tea-like scent all shape the nose in a very odd aromatic make up.

Flavors of caramel, grain, and malt allow for moderate sweetness before the grain flavors transend towards more the more hoppy taste of grasses, herbs, and light tobacco and eventually the bitey bitterness of vegetal hops. The balance of assertive hop flavor and restrained pilsner maltiness makes the beer taste more bitter and hop-forward than Pilsners should.

Medium body at first, but after the quick pang of carbonic bite, the beer is left light and somewhat thinned, partly because of the bite and bitter dryness of hops in finish.

A nice beer, but not what I reach for in a Pilsner. Very lemony and tea-like with a hint of caramel and tobacco leaving final impressions.

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Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a one-finger, white, bubbly head of soft foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grains and grasses with a sweet caramel nose.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel, grains and spicy, grassy hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice sessionable pils from Dundee. Easy drinking and great in warm summer months.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 12/8/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Nicely clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good German pilsner style. All around good balance and robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle from a Dundee "Seasonal Variety Pack" served in a pint glass.
A: Light golden-amber with plenty of visible carbonation.
M: Crisp and lively feel with a medium body.
Good malt/hops balance for style. Hops are earthy and spicy, as expected.
O: a solid, if uninspired pilsner.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

When I am not drinking beer from a CAN and I am at home, I do not mind bottles. I am somewhat curious to try the entire Dundee oeuvre and I recently found singles of most of the ones that I have not previously reviewed.

From the bottle: "Legend has it in 1840 a monk smuggled precious lager yeast into Bohemia, setting the stage for the first Pilsner. Today, the smuggling may be over, but the Pilsner tradition continues. Dundee Pilsner is brewed with the noblest of saaz hops and premium German Pilsner malt - for a rich, crisp taste and a finish so smooth that it deserves an encore."; "Hazy and Hoppy".

My pour netted me just better than a finger of foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a beautiful sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had that Saaz hops bite and my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery and the taste did not live up to the nose. It was as though it had been set to "Mute". Finish was more malty than hoppy, which is par for the style, but it added up to something underwhelming. Not bad for the price point, but there are better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Another freebie courtesy of my brother. Whatta guy. It pours a very clear pale straw topped by a finger of short-lived white foam. The nose comprises wheat and flour. 'Tis all. Not even a hint of florals or (other) grasses or anything of the kind. Not even any malty sweetness...just wheat chaff and flour. Okay. The taste holds notes of wheat, thin corn syrup, rice, light flowers, and a touch of lemongrass. The body is pretty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a fairly mediocre pils. Hell, it doesn't even have a crisp finish...it's just a watery little beer. At least, though, it's not really offensive in any way...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty funny that with the success of the Sam Adams noble Pils Dundee releases a pilsner that happens to have a bright lime green label similar to the color used on the Sam Adams product. This one pours a pale bubbly straw golden hue with a bright white thicket of head forming chunky sporadic lacing. Aroma has a light cereal malt bill with hints of cooked veggies and a slight mineral water note. Also citrus/herbal hops are mild but evident. Price point is great 12.99 a 12 pack with a pale, kolsch, bock, and pilsner. I believe this beer replaces the porter at least during the warmer summer months. Again decent mix of flavor light refreshing nice for what it is, not the best end all of pilsnes but a solid offering from Dundee. Mouthfeel is light bodied with even but sturdy carbonation nothing cloying finishes mildly sweet with herbal/citric hops giving it a drying effect on the palate.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, pilsner malt scent that's clean and refreshing. The hop character is tame with little bitterness. The taste is decent as well. It has a delicious pilsner malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with a lager yeast character. The hop character is well pronounced. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's crisp and clean; a fine session beer.

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear medium straw hue with a four finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a grassy and spicy noble hop and moderate grain.

The taste consisted of a pretty decent noble hop experience with a solid graininess and soft sweetness.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a pretty tasty pils.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bottle no. 09510-8:55 4W. Sampled on July 23, 2011. It pours straw yellow with a thin head that diminishes quickly to a ring. Lots of grain on the nose followed by a milder sensation of malts and an ever subtler sensation of European hops. The body isn't too bad and it is smooth and creamy. Bitterness is a bit off-medium on the taste with just a hint of hops at the end. On a hot day it might leave too much of an aftertaste and less refreshment. The label reads hazy and hoppy but it doesn't quite live up to either.

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Photo of wrightst
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of sweemzander
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hohnbaum
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of beertunes
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a very thin yellow color (the color of most macro beers) with less than 1/4 inch of white head that had good retention and light lacing. There were also a lot of tiny bubbles clinging to the side of the glass throughout the beer.

The aroma and flavors mostly basic "beery" grains, no real hop presence, a little sweet and basically just on the bland side of average. The body was decent, crisp and clean, with just a slightly sweet finish. Drinkability was good, you could drink these all day as your "chore beer". Overall, not a bad example, but not a notable one either. An OK choice if you're looking for a "value" brew.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into that special Sam Adams glass specially made for Boston Lager.

Clear bright hay and brass color with loads of bubbly carbonation. Thick head of three fingers after the pour and a thick foam that lasts to the finish of my twelve ounce bottle.

The aroma has sweet malted barley with a light toast, hint of cream, and grass from good Saaz hopping.

The atste starts malty upfront. Lightly toasted with a little creamed barley grains. The middle has a more ....pungent cream flavor. Not bad necessarily bad, just a little off-putting. The finish light and earthy with grass and chopped vegetation in the finish.

The body of this beer is light to medium and crisp from start to finish. A pretty good example of a German pilsner. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Also widely available in my area.

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Photo of jzlyo
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gtermi
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lukass
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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Dundee Pilsner from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
3.33 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
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