Dundee Summer Wheat Beer | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Dundee Summer Wheat BeerDundee Summer Wheat Beer

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerFMAndy on 06-04-2011

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light golden color, maybe a little murky, with about two fingers worth of frothy white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – a little soapy in smell and bitter, but otherwise with a slightly lemon-like smell with hints of hops.

aste – a pretty subtle taste for a wheat beer. The rye taste is there, but it’s mellowed out a bit, but by what I can’t tell. The citrus is there, but it’s not overbearing. Slightly bitter in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced!

Overall – not a spectacular brew in terms of it’s interestingness, but not at all bad tasting either.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.41/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Buy Rite in Jersey City recently since I had never tried anything from Genesee/Dundee before. It hasn't been so warm here lately but I figured I'd give this a go and even though I know that beers of this sort tend to be light and easygoing, this was almost too light and lacking in fulfillment for me. When the pour is the best aspect of a beer, it's obvious that something isn't quite up to par with it!

This had a golden hue that was pretty cloudy with a nicely foamy head and lacing to match. Lots of light flavors here including elderflower, honey, and lemon, with all of them working nicely together. There was a bit of sediment that had to be swirled out of my bottle but the soapy appearance of the lacing and in the mouthfeel stood out a lot more. The wheat stood out enough here that it cut the beer enough, so like most wheat beers, this was easygoing with virtually no distinctive aroma or aftertaste.

Of course, this would be a great session beer. A German Hefeweizen would be a better choice than this but for a nice afternoon by the grill or mowing the lawn, this would be a decent choice. It's just a bit thin, but the flavors are there and would pair decently with most food choices.

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Photo of olimpia84
3.46/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass. The bottle reads "limited release".

A: nice appearance with a cloudy golden yellow color. Usually other wheat beers have more orange color in their bodies but this one didn't. Two finger head adorned the glass beautifully, good retention. Small bubbles rose up throughout the body to the head. Small lacing was present.

S: hints of citrus, lemon was predominant. Wheat was present as well. A bit bland but good enough to invite you to sip the beer.

T: just like the nose, citrus flavors are strongly present along with wheat. Hints of floral and herbal are there too. Nothing too offensive.

M: light to medium body, medium carbonation. Goes down very easily and has a clean finish. Good mouthfeel for a summer bear since it ends up asking for more due to its smoothness.

O: a good summer beer, goes down easy and can be enjoyed with just about any food pairing. It leaves you wanting for something more and it definitely has room for improvement, but nevertheless, a decent choice.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About ¾ inches to an inch of head. Color was a hazy golden. Some lacing on the top and an uneven film on the side of the glass. Each stayed throughout.

Wheat led the smell, but also some grains, and slight hints of lemon and hops.

Three different tastes combined, including wheat, grains and lemon. That being said, all were light and fairly bland.

Pretty high on the carbonation. Somewhat refreshing, crisp and clean.

Not too bad of a beer, especially compared to some of the others in the 10-pack I got from BevMo. Some of these ratings could have changed either way. Nothing special, nothing too bad.

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Photo of Sipchue
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just like the bottle says, pours cloudy and tastes crisp. I was looking for a good summer session beer, and Dundee's Summer Wheat did not disappoint. Nice white head that fades, but never completely goes away. Aroma is clean and crisp. Very refreshing with just the right balance of malt, wheat and subdued hops, with a carbonation level that made me smile. Pour into a glass, or drink straight from the bottle, and choose this offering over anything with corn or rice, as the flavor continues to satisfy as the beer is enjoyed.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger head, straw colored and murky.

S: wheaty and bready. hint of lemon

T: Nice standard wheat taste with lemon notes. Yeasty.

M: Light bodied and refreshing. Very enjoyable.

Overall: Solid wheat beer. Nice balance of citrus and wheat taste.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Summer Brews pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a murky light yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat and some floral notes. Taste is of wheat, grains, and a very slight floral/citrus taste on the finish. There is a slightly fruity aftertaste with this one. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good wheat beer from Dundee with a refreshing quality to it. A good choice for the Summer Brews box.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.35/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz to a pint glass.

This summer wheat beer pours a clear but cloudy yellowish gold, with a pretty 2 finger head that turns to a thin white consistent lace. Right off the top of the glass nice lemon resins met a nice wheat back bone, smells very fresh and earthy. Delicious, nice wheat and citrus zest, with a touch of honey on the finish. Light on the mouthfeel, crisp, fresh, extremely drinkable. This beer is awesome and has more than just the ususal over-lemony taste of the more well known summer beers. Packed with flavor and the price is right. Are you sure this was made at the Dundee/Genesee plant??

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool another can review!

A - Pours a cloudy yellow hue with a half inch of head that turns to a light ring. Slight lacing.

S - Smells mostly of light yeasts and a bit of wheat.

T - Kind of weak really I get the wheat taste for sure but the hop profile and yeast is very thin. In fact without any orange, banana, or spicy clove the Hefeweizen beer is really just average BMC.

M - Best part of this beer. Very light and smooth.

Overall not something I would seek out again but I could see the market for this. Low ABV, light to no flavors, and very drinkable. Keystone anyone?

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Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a tapered weizen-shaped mug this beer pours a hazy yellow orange. Soapy head on top, three fingers of foam that slide down to a quarter inch with soap suds lacing inside the glass. The foam has a pitted surface and matte sheen on top. With the yeast poured, it becomes slightly hazed and pastel hued.

Mellow wheaty aroma, light perfumy florals. As it warms up there's a hint of lemon, apple, and biscuit notes. Pleasant if not a little nondescript.

Lemony taste, some grainy wheat in the aftertaste. Crisp apple and biscuit again. Feels a little astringent with club soda carbonation. Overall it's pretty quenching on a hot day, and the fairly low abv lends itself to sessioning.

Thanks for the beer Andrew!

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Photo of Brenden
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is very clouded, as per the style, and a pale golden color. The white head is small, but the foam has some staying power and never fades. Some pretty good lacing is left.
The nose offers wheat, yeast , some grass and lemon with more sour/bitter citrus akin to orange rind (zest).
This beer claims to be a hefeweizen, makes me long for a hefeweizen, then leaves me disappointed that it's not what it claims to be. The issue here is that it's not a good hefeweizen, but it's not a bad APWA; I don't mean there's a superiority of style, but the adherence to it. That said, the taste is on par with the nose. What, grass, yeast and lemon are big with a good pale malts backing and maybe a touch of herbal and citrus hops, and the lemon really takes center stage pretty much off the bat. Unfortunately, this also makes it a little sour as it goes, as if there's just to much tartness that isn't countered, and no soft hefeweizen sweetness to complement. The finish rounds out with a lightly sour, "wheaty" flavor.
This is a light-bodied beer and certainly crisp, but to a fault; there's a little too much crispness and it's very sharp and biting. In fact, it practically stings. It's "appropriate to style" gone overboard. It needs to be softened up a bit.
This might be an okay APWA, but there are much better examples of that style and certainly of hefeweizens.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: can from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured into a nondescript pint glass, a clear golden straw-yellow color, aggressively poured for about 2 fingers of head that receded pretty quickly, but surprisingly left some nice lacing. Not a whole lot going on in the aroma, but still nice and crisp, citrus zest, and a slightly funky undertone. Wheat and light grains in the taste, lemon and a bit of peach, and not harsh or dry at all. Light mouthfeel, and very easily drinkable. Went good with dinner on the back porch in late June.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A perfect beer to drink on the first day of summer! It pours a somewhat hazy solar yellow with a fairly thick, if not persistent, white head. Wheaty, yeasty aroma has a bit of a lemony undertone. Flavor is wheaty and yeasty with just a hint of lemon, not strong but still refreshing - perfect after a HOT day. Texture is fairly smooth with a subtle tingle. This is more of a party beer, or a beer to sip whilst taking in a baseball game, than one for sipping by itself - but it's still a decent summer beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.17/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A slow late-spring afternoon has me furthering The CANQuest (TM) with a series of light, summery beers. I am glad to be back on the CAN trail after an extended hiatus.

From the CAN: "Dundee Summer Wheat Beer Back in 1487, a summer beer, also known as 'Hefeweizen,' would run you two pfennigs. (Pfennigs were kinda like quarters in Bavaria.) That was twice the price of winter beers. Why? Well, summer, or "wheat" beers were so popular, Duke Albrecht had to double the price so bakers would have enough wheat for baking. (Fear not, we have no such plans.) Ours is aromatic with hints of floral and citrus from the special hops we use. Hey, we love muffins as much as the net guy, but the bakers [CAN] get their own wheat."; "Limited Release"; "Crisp and Cloudy".

More agitation prior to the Crack & Glug as I am still unsure of the style. It evidenced a slight haze, but I do not think that it it is either a Hefe or a Wit. The Glug netted me just better than a finger of rocky, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a very hazy, but not quite cloudy, golden-yellow. Nose was grassy, bready and orangish, an interesting combination. Mouthfeel was medium with a light grainy flavor on the tongue, definitely a wheat beer. It was mild in its taste, which is what I do not like about this style. They always seem to lack any Ooomph and this was no exception. Finish was semi-dry, certainly refreshing and appropriate for a hot day, but just not my bag.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - straw-colored with some hints of orange. Not all that cloudy actually. This is just a bit opaque with a nice inch of pure white foam on top.
Aroma - hints of orange, lemon and tangerine along with some tangy, sweet and sour smells that might be the malt or the yeast. Not entirely sure. Mostly I'm getting citrus, which is quite nice in a summer brew.

Taste - first sip actually brings about the flavor of pears and lemons. Not all that sweet, more tangy and light on the tongue. Some mellow malt sweetness comes out but even that is pretty subtle. Nothing overpowering whatsoever in this beer, it's low ABV and lighter malt bill make this very palate friendly. The finish is very crisp and with that comes the sense of refreshment.

Overall - I really enjoyed the subtleness of this summer beer. The pear and citrus flavors were quite nice and the finish of this beer really makes it enjoyable on a warm summer day. This is a style that does well in a can as its great for just relaxing while the sun is out and it's not going to put you to sleep.

Would I buy more of it? - if I was in the market for a 12-pack to bring to a barbecue or day of playing yard games I think this would do quite nicely. I'm also guessing the price point on this is very reasonable.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz twist-top bottle poured into a weizen glass.
0811 on the neck, "Limited Release", no info.

A - Poured with the swirled-in-bottle sediment, the beer is a cloudy golden straw color that's topped by a fluffy white head. Good retention but no lace left behind.

S - A hint of skunkiness underlines the pale malt and wheat aroma. Average potency but refreshing-smelling regardless.

T - Soft, tasty wheat with grainy pale malt and very lightly hopped citrus, hint of spice finish.

M - Smooth, soft, and medium-light-bodied, the crisp, refreshing finish is certainly welcome on this hot morning.

O - While the nose is pretty lacking, the taste makes up for it. A nice, easy-drinking summer brew with good wheat and citrus notes throughout.

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Dundee Summer Wheat Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 66 ratings