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

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Dundee PilsnerDundee Pilsner

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.85%

Availability: Spring

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 198
Photo of divineaudio
2.86/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pokal glass.

a - pours a transparent, light golden shade and forms a two finger, pillowy, bright white head right away. after calming i get a thin cap, a few streaming bubbles, and some nice leggy lacing.

s - toasted grain with a faint grassiness.

t - grainy malt sweetness with a very faint herbal bitterness in the finish. hop character is seriously lacking here.

m - lighter side of medium with adequate carbonation. coarse co2 profile.

o - average at best. goes down easy enough, but doesn't have much to offer flavor wise. $11 for a sampler 12 pack, you get what you pay for i guess.

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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 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 JuicesFlowing
4.01/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a light golden straw color. A very airy head sits on top and dissipates to a film. Some sticky lacing sticks to the glass. The beer smells like lemongrass and faint malts. The taste is refreshing. A very light lemongrass hits the palate first. There's a touch of hops in the finish, very balanced. The mouthfeel is light.

Overall, pretty good summer beer, for sure. Light, low ABV, and tasty. Well done.

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Photo of meatloafoverdose
2.26/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Adjunct lager looking golden hue with a white foamy 2 finger head.

Smell: sweaty hay smell, very off putting. Smells very BMC lager like.

Taste: slightly floral witha faint citrus taste other than that it taste very cheap adjunct lager with a slight skunk.

Mouthfeel: tingly clean feeling on the tongue

Overall it was a horrible beer which I will not be buying again, either a 6/12 or in the sampler 12 pack. It was far to close to a BMC tasting beer with a bit of skunk. Maybe I had a bad batch but i highly doubt it because my dundee beers were far less impressive even for a "cheap beer"

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Photo of wages
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

appearance - 4/5 - Pours a faintly hazy straw color with a stark white 1 1/2 finger head.

smell - 3/5 - Smells faintly of grain.

taste - 3.5/5 - Primarily a mild grain flavor.

mouthfeel - 4/5 - Lots of carbonation focuses you on what little flavor it has to offer. Refreshing.

overall - 3/5 - A pilsener has to be exception for me to really enjoy it, and this offering is far from attractive to my taste buds. I could drink it in a pince.

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

A: Pale straw, bright and clear, multiple streams of bubbles rise to the small white head. Settles moderately fast, but leaves some pretty okay lace.

S: Grainy & touch doughy malts. Hint of sweetness more form fruity esters than from malts. Pear mostly. Faintly spicy noble hops. Sort of pilsner, but also sort of kolsch.

T: Fresh milled grainy pils malt. Hints of toasty & doughy. Very kolsch-like pear & white grape light fruity ester notes. Medium firm noble hops bitterness and character. Spicy & floral up front, grassy in the middle, and herbal on the backend.

M: Must under medium body. Carbonation is nicely matched & expansive in a softly creamy way. Crisp & refreshing with a balanced finish. Hop drying increases as consumed.

D: It looks the part, but lacks truly clean crispness in aroma and flavor. With fresh milled grain & fruit ester aspects, it is a bit like a kolsch in some ways. Actually, it is about as much a kolsch as their way fruity Kolsch offering in the same mix 12 pack. Regardless of style, it is a nice, pleasant, refreshing and easy drinking brew.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Looks like a Pils, all golden and clear. Smells like one too, with spicy herbal hops and some graininess. Smoothness is off the hook, though the flavor is more of an oily hoppiness that just doesn’t quite seem to fit, like a jigsaw piece that won’t work no matter how hard you try to cram it in. Maltiness is a little thin but gets by, while the oily hop keeps truckin’ along. Clean, dry finish without much besides the thin malt and oily hop. This beer begs for a bit more; it’s shallow in character, yet still an easy brew to knock back.

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Photo of Tschnab
2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- looks like your classic pils, golden color with good carbonation, foam, and lace.

S- toasty grain, malt, very light saaz hop spice aroma.

T- for a pils, this is a malt bomb. Hops are there but they are not at all prominent. It has an unpleasant carmel flavor and light citrus.

O- I tend to pan malty pilsners. I'm open to the idea, just not this one. poor execution here.

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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 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 JMad
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from a pint glass...

The beer pours a pale yellow color with a pillowy white head. The smell is hardly there but I did pick up some grain and fresh cut grass. The taste is mostly grain, lemon and green apple, it is kind of homebrew-y. The beer has a mdium body and it is way overcarbonated. This is not a very good example of a pilsner.

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Photo of beyah
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured clear, golden beer with one-finger, white foam. Lacing lasts a long time.

Smell grain and grassy hops.

Taseted slightly malty with a clean grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is clean sharp and dry, the carbonation tickles the tounge.

Overall tasted clean a somewhat hoppy, nice summer drink.

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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 Gmann
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pils glass, pours a clear pale straw color with a short soapy pure white head that left some real nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is grainy more than anything else. It doesn't have that dry cracker edge like most pils and more resembles an adjunct lager.

The taste is a bit odd. It does have a cracker like malt base with some grassy/peppery hops, like a traditional pils. There is also a more malty/doughy presence like a munich malt. Some light general fruitiness. Not too bad, decent flavor.

The feel is light but not watery with spritzy carbonation. Fairly dry, finishes clean.

Not a bad pils. Starts off a little odd but is true to the style. Seems like they uses some munich malt.

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Photo of tito42
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to imperial pint. Brewed/packaged May 20, 2011 stamped on bottle neck. Purchased from new Dundee 'craft pack.'

A: Crystal clear straw with white head that dissipates quickly and leaves decent lacing.

S: Grassy saaz hops, bready malt, and a very faint hint of grapefruit.

T: Well-balanced between bready malt and grassy hops. Moderate hops bitterness. Not much citrus.

M: Smooth with a crisp, slightly dry finish.

O: Very drinkable, very representative without going out on a limb in the flavor category. A very serviceable German Pilsner. The best out of Dundee's new "craft pack," and I wasn't expecting it to be so.

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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 almychristopher
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this beer pours a clear light golden color with a tall white head that fades to a layer of lace. the aroma has a bit of light malt to it, without the promised hop backing. the flavor again provides a subtle malt, but little else. it's a clean crisp beer, but not my favorite style, an easy drink but not something i'd go out of my way for

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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 portia99
2.51/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle (no date noticed) poured into a Foonf Zane pilsner glass.

A - Pours a very pale, almost Bud Lite straw yellow color, crystal clear (despite the bottle quoting "Hazy and Hoppy" - hazy no - not complaining, we'll see about hoppy), with a finger of bright white foam with pretty good staying power. Endless streams of carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

S - Grainy, cereal like, sweet and sugary up front with a flowery and perfume-like hoppiness backing it up. Not as crisp or bitter as I'd expect from the style...very soft, sweet and bready.

T - As with the aroma, very soft and delicate...sugary sweetness, grainy malt and floral hops all the way. Bitterness is lacking, fading into the background behind the malt. Rather adjuncty and macro tasting...fairly bland.

M - A bit thin and watery, carbonation is noticeable, but too low for my tastes. Adjunct grain off flavors dominate and point out how under hopped this pilsner is. Drinks like water...

O - Had decent hopes for this one which have proved to be founded in naive belief that this might be a traditional German style Pils. Turns out to be not much more than a macro style light beer in a freshly labeled container (which is 0 for 2 in its claims). Oh well, live and learn, try, try again...and so on.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a very clear gold with a thick foamy head. Lots of visible carbonation as bubbles race to the surface.

Smells simple but pleasant: subtle hops and light german malts.

Surprisingly bitter on the tongue with a rich malty finish. This was most unexpected. Despite the color, this is a richer beer than I would have anticipated. With lots of carbonation, hints of fresh lemon and light hops come through in the mouth. I wouldn't describe it as "hoppy" (as the label declares), but I would say it has more character than your average pilsner.

Very pleasant, though not my favorite pilsner. Though I applaude them from departing from the traditional formula, there are several other pils I'd rather reach for.

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

A - Very light straw color with a very white head. The head seems wispy and laces a little bit as it settles.

S - Very light grains. Almost adjunct grains. Smells a little sweet. Slight lager like saltiness, no real hint of hops.

T - Very smooth, clean taste. Hops atribute bitterness as well as a little hop flavor. Subtle hops, but they are there and appreciated. Light sweet grains are present as well.

M - Thin and high carbonation.

Overall - Nice simple lager. More German than Czech I think. Very clean and should be easy to knock back on a hot day.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Pours an ultra-clear lite-yellow. Many large carb trailers. A white ring washes the glass. Smell is well grainy, with hints of pepper and lemon zest. Taste is soft and biscuity. A fair amount of mineral in the middle, morphing into a nice bitterness to finish. Clean and enjoyable, light-bodied. A decent pilsner here, and well worth the price if they made a 6-pack.

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