Dundee Nut Brown Ale | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Dundee Nut Brown AleDundee Nut Brown Ale

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

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jadjunk on 09-14-2011

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Photo of blakelive784
2.36/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a translucent brown color with a rocky off-white head of 2.5 fingers. Retention is very good, and the head leaves a good bit of lacing, though it seems over-carbonated.

S - Toasted malt, caramel, cream and light bittering hops. Simple and mild. I hope the nuts come through on the tongue.

T - A watery open gives to light nutty tones (though I wouldn't pick it out as hazelnut). It's got a bland malty body that really doesn't do anything for the beer. I don't really find any hops notes. The beer's got a really strange metallic aftertaste that further hinders any subtle notes that may be present. Very poorly executed.

M - Highly carbonated, medium bodied, thick, and has a strange tongue coating finish to go along with the metallic note.

D - Really just not very good in any aspect. Maybe this sampler pack wasn't the best one to pick...

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Photo of bayougutter
2.51/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear brown with a red tint, nice inch+ off white head.

Not much on the nose, a little sweet caramel malt, nothing off or bad
just rather plain.

Taste: caramel malt, hint of nuts, a little bitterness at the end. Again not a lot going on.

Body is too light and watery for me.

I got 3 of these in a variety pack and will drink them however I will not seek out again. Nothing off about this one it's just very plain and boring. BTW I like the style.

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Photo of Jadjunk
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

#114. By a matter of sheer coincidence, Dundee happens to be that "go to" brew when I'm in a financial pinch. I was pleased to find this amongst a 12 pack variety craft blend that was on sale for $10.99. That's like... less than $1 a bottle, which probably makes this one of the cheapest "craft" beers, next to the Honey Brown, also brewed by Genessee. Here goes a beer they advertised as being "new" in this craft pack.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (twist off!) into a beer clean pint glass. Served at 47 degrees Fahrenheit. I'd go with at least 47 degrees before the pour, as it seemed to make a difference second time around (yes, I reviewed it again).

(Appearance) The head was not bad. I got a 2 finger depth frothy consistency after a rather vigorous pour. The lacing is light, but at there's certainly something there. Color is a pretty solid translucent brown, about two shades lighter than weak coffee, very clear. You can still see through it, but barely. There doesn't appear to be much carbonation. I don't Imagine that presentation is key when it comes to a ~$1 beer, but it certainly isn't the worst pour I've ever had. 3

(Smell) It's tough to tell, but you can get a tiny whiff of sweet caramel malts, and maybe some roasty chocolate, cream and toffee aromas. I can't really smell the Williamette hops or any "nutty" smells amongst much else. One of the weakest point of this brew is the fact that it is barely potent enough to get an accurate interpretation, even as it warms up. 2.5

(Taste) There is a good bit of roasted caramel flavor graced with a lightly tart bitter, perhaps nutty finish. There is a good deal of bitter and sweet here, swinging more to the bitter however based off of the finish. Evident alcohol tones peek in every few sips; it's not very well hidden and could improve here more. The ultimate downside here is that there not much substance to enjoy even if the brew tasted great; It's very watered down. As it warms the flavors improve a little in their intensity, but overall it still is far from a masterfully done brown ale. It's pretty much sweet caramel, bitter nut and alcohol in the end and not much in between. 3

(Mouthfeel) Quite smooth, a little bit creamy. There isn't much action on the tongue other than the slight alcohol sting that I get from time to time. Maybe there should be more carbonation to pep this up some. The body is too light from being slightly on the watery side and should be something more dense than that. The alcohol tastes are also easy to find and should be snuck away better. Weak here. 2

(Overall) I reviewed this beer TWICE (yes I had a second immediately following to make sure my largely negative first review was as accurate as possible). I just didn't find this beer to be super interesting. I've had much better brown ales and I failed to find much substance to this beer. I'm not at much loss, however, as this was only about $1 in the end. I feel pretty chipper about trying something new. I'd suggest trying it anyway as I have spent far more for beers that I turned out to be disappointed with. In the end you'll either like it or hate it. 2.5

Genessee Brewing Company's
Dundee Nut Brown Ale:
C- (2.7)

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.76/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mahogany color, decent head to it. Not much aroma to this one.. at all. Taste is medium bodied, not the best of mouthfeels. Taste has a bit of nuttiness and roastiness in it, with a tinge of hops, seem a bit out of balance. Finishes somewhat clean... pretty average, if not below average brown ale. One of my more liked styles, but this one doesn't really do it for me. Luckily it's part of a mixed pack and the other ones have been pretty good, I'd pass on this in the future.

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Photo of divineaudio
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


a - pours a crystal clear deep copper color and gave me a thin cap of off white head that dissipated almsot immediately. leaves behind a thin film and a few thin legs of lacing.

s - brown sugar, raisin, faint peppery hops and wet cardboard.

t - carmel malt with more of that peppery hop character. very dry finish. not much going on here.

m - medium, slightly chewy, plenty of carbonation. co2 profile is a bit on the coarse side.

o - mediocre in every way, but very drinkable. comes off as a malt bomb with nothing to set it apart style wise. not bad for the price, but not one i would drink often.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured this disappointing beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was coco-cola colored and poured a really weak thin head. The beer did have a nice big caramel malt smell but the taste was just not there. The head of the beer went away really fast and the beer was weak and flat tasting. A nut brown is bout my favorite beer in the world and this one just was not there even though I love Dundee Honey Brown.I will not buy again.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this English Brown ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a clear light brown color, produced a tan head, average head, average retention, and decent lacing. The aroma of this ale consists of roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. This ale is medium body, smooth, there is a nice roasted malt flavor, some hints of chocolate and caramel and nuttiness. Overall this is not a bad English Brown ale, its middle of the road. Decent session beer.

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Photo of mick303
3.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured a very clear beer, rich brown walnut/mahogany. With a decently large headeof creamy off-white head, sticky lacing, and pretty good retention.

S - hmm, bready metallic notes, hazelnuts yes, but a citrus zip also. Bready foremost, some nutty dried fruit notes like an xmas torte, but really bland and a bit on the metaliic artificial side.

T - a malty nutty profile, a bit of a sour metallic-ness. Wholegrain bread, marmalade, hazelnuts, but a harshness underlying. I think adding flavoring might have contributed to the artificial feeling metalic notes that really come to the fore here and work to undermine the beer. Finish is bready, citrus and hazelnut shavings, a little dry but also lingers for quite awhile.

M - moderate body, good amount of filling carbonation, quite an easy approachable body. Sessionable initially but a cloying metalic slickness really undermines it.

Nothing about this is really worth seeking, go have sam smiths instead. This has a much thinner malt profile, little retrained hops and an all round artificial and metallic character. I finished the beer, but not an experience I particularly enjoyed, you have to work to get this down. Doesn't get better as it warms either, avoid.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a large foamy white head with minimal lacing.

Smell is surprisingly hoppy for a nut brown, they seem to dominate. I can barely even pick out any sweet malt at all. Other than that, not much else going on.

Taste- the malts are much more noticeable in the palate. Initial hazelnut comes through, followed by a dry chocolate taste. finishes with a honey-like sweetness, almost too sweet. There are some good flavors coming through, but the balance seems just a tad bit off.

Mouthfeel is good, silky and creamy.

Overall pretty decent. Smell was disappointing and the balance of tastes seemed a bit off, but still ok for a nut brown.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium clear brown color with a billowing off white head with big carbonation bubbles entrapped within.. The head has good retention and eventually fades to leave a light level of lacing.

Smell – The smell is of brown bread, caramel and hazelnut; sweet roasted nut describes it best.

Taste – The taste is rather surprising. While I was expecting something of sweeter malt up front it was rather dry. A dry roasty biscuit flavor meets the tongue. While caramel is big in the nose it is not heavily present in the taste at all. The initial roasty biscuit flavors are meet with a roasted nut flavor more toward the middle of the taste. This mix of flavors lasts to the end of the taste where a little bitterness sits and lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body and carbonation are both very average. A thicker body would have suited the flavors better, but the lighter body makes it go down very easily. Overall average.

Overall – Not bad, but it lacks some of the caramel sweetness and thicker body that would likely have accentuated the taste of the beer. All in all it has a good roasty nuttiness, but is a little too bitter.

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Photo of raznug
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: It pours a light brown color and is topped with ¾” of white colored head that tends to cling to the glass as I sip the beer.
Smell: It smells of a good malt base with a decent amount of nut aroma hanging in the glass.
Taste: The flavor is not quite as tasty as I was hoping it has a good nutty flavor but the malt backbone seems to be lacking.
Mouthfeel: This is a rather thin and watery nut brown that is lacking is some of the main areas of the style.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes out of the bottle a clear, bubbly chestnut with a fairly thick and fluffy pale wheat head. Malty aroma is not strong but has nice caramel and nutty hints. Satisfying, if not outstanding, flavor has a malty core and hints of hazelnut (no surprise) and caramel. Texture is about average in the fizz and fullness departments. If no great shakes, still tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.19/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish-copper with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some slightly nutty aromas. Taste is much the same with malty and subdued nutty flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but nothing too exciting.

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Photo of obrike
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My last sampling from the fall mixed Dundee 12 pack...and probably my least favorite. Not to say it was bad...just dull.

Chestnut brown appearance...head faded quickly, little to no lace at all.

Upon a deep sniff...catching a whiff of what might be brown sugar and roasted nuts...super faint.

Flavor was extremely muted. I wanted to like this one more, but could not get much out of it other than light malt and maybe a kiss of toasted nuttiness. Certainly not offensive, but entirely too bland. A bit of bitterness on the backend did not help either

Certainly drinkable, quite smooth actually. All in all, an ok beer. Not my favorite of the mixed pack, but I'd still take it over a Shiner Bock any day.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew was served from the tap at The Genesee Brew House in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a house hefe glass glowing a golden amber brown. It held a one finger head of crisp, tannish bubbles. This showed nice retention, leaving spidery lacing down the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared average. The nose was light and sour, with sweetness of floral hops, and bitterness from medicinal phenols. The grain was cheap and adjuncty, with metallics. With warmth the sweetness of caramel malts and booze made it sniff much like a Scotch ale, but only milder. Our first impression was that the flavoring was on the light side, and interestingly sweet. As we sipped, soured grain of caramel and pale malts hit first. These paved the way for lemon rind, grit, and mineral, with light caramel sugars to balance. The peak showed faint banana esters, and more sweet roast to the caramel in the malts. A smoothness of walnut and coolness of mild honey pulled us to the finish, where the sourness of lemon and orange rind hit, with drying musk and light woody tannins. The aftertaste breathed more of the same, with sweetness of caramel, light roast, lemony tea, and musk. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip was wet and creamy, with decent froth, slurp, smack, and glug. Otherwise the mouth was cooled, with little coating other than a faint tannin pucker. The abv was appropriate, and the beer sipped fine.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. With warmth it did truly smell like a baby Scotch ale. There was good sweetness and heat off the top, with a hearty depth to the malts. The problem was that it was a bit mild and washed through. The flavoring, however, was overly soured and inclusive of thick bitters of citric rind and a hollow sweetness to caramel malts. This left the palate unbalanced, and at times confused as to what the ultimate goal of the brewers was with this one.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This poured out as a clear looking brown color with an off white head on top. The retention was pretty good on this beer but the lacing wasn't. The smell of the beer is earthy with toasted aromas and subtle chocolate. The taste is pretty basic with just a typical toasted flavor and subtle bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel had a decent carbonation to it and it was lighter bodied. Overall it's an average beer, nothing too exciting but it was drinkable.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass (also for some odd reason also had in a borrowed chalice, nothing changed):

A: dark brown colored body with a somewhat off-white frothy head with slight lacing that slides down the glass

S: sweet nutty malt with some caramel

T: slight coffee bitterness followed by some light nutty maltiness

M: light and has some harshness on the tongue, sessionable, no aftertaste and finish

O: a decent beer that I would have again, but would rather have it on tap if offered.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head glass.

This brew pour a light clear brown, the shade of a copper penny. It starts off with a thick creamy head that diminishes to a thin collar. There is no lacing to speak of. The aroma features subtle roasted notes intertwined with sweeter caramel notes. Notes of cashew come through. The taste starts with some toasted grains and gives way to a sweet molasses and toffee character. The flavor is there, but tastes a tad watered down. The body is thin and the carbonation is low. This is the best brew from the Dundee mix pack that I have sampled.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear chestnut brown with a light white head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lace.
Nothing remarkable about the nose; light malt and some sweetness.
Flavor is toasted malt and some light nuttiness. Caramel and sugars come through without much in the way of balance. Doesn't taste bad in any way, but very simple and sweet. Could use a bit of earthy hops.
Average body & feel.
Drinkable in small quantities. Too sweet for a long session.

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Photo of WesWes
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet caramel malt scent along with a touch of dry, nuttiness. The taste is average. It has a bone dry, caramel malt flavor along with a light hazelnut flavor. It seems artificial, and therefore loses it's appeal. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This an above average beer, but it's a weak example of a nut brown ale.

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Photo of zeff80
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden brown color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled nutty with some caramel and chocolate notes.

T - It tasted somewhat nutty with sweet caramel and chocolate flavors. A slightly bitter hop bite.

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

O - This was an okay nut brown ale. It works in a pinch but not something to rush out and stock up on.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - dark amber or medium brown in color, somewhat clear, with about two and a half fingers' worth of light tan colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - it smells much like it should, like that of a lager with a nutty favor to the aroma.

Taste - it tastes much like it smells, but there seems to be a more acrid, bitter taste which probably comes from a higher hop input. It finishes with a bit of a sweeter tinge to it.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced overall, not leaning more toward the watery side or the creamy side.

Overall - not a bad brew, but not terribly interesting to think about either.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from the 12 fl. oz. bottle on November 19, 2011. The pour is darker amber about the color of chestnut with fine clarity and a long lasting, but smallish head. The aroma is fairly typical for the style with that small dash of hazelnut mixed in with the malts and sugar. The body is thin to medium.The hazelnut is not as noticeable in the taste which tends to be bitter and a little astringent at the end. As far as Nut Browns go this is adequate and a litle less costly than some. But it is not extraordinary.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep clear colored ruby chestnut brown, with a fine khaki head. Fine speckled lacing left behind after the head settles. Aroma has a subtle nuttiness to it but doesn't scream artificial flavor or syrup sweetness. Mild roasted malt character in the nose with an edge of herbal hops. Flavor is superbly balanced compared to what I was expecting some latent sweety syrup notes arise as a dry nuttines with herbal leafy hops coming in amongst the dark roasted malt character pretty interesting array of flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is pretty sturdy feels pretty industrial with a craft kick to it all comparable to the Saranac lineup in that regard. These continue to sell because their around 12 bucks a sampler 12 pack, can't beat it for the new beer enthusiast who wants to make a low risk investment into the realm of flavorful beer.

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Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= appropriate-to-style medium brown, modest off-white head.

S= mild fresh-laundry bleach malts nose, some nuttiness, floral hops.

T= pretty much according to style, not bad, a solid entry, not overly noteable. Nutty (light hazelnut is identifiable), some slightly dry nice malts, modest green grassy notes, adequate hops florals and bitters.

M= lightly dry with light nut.

O= a decent offering in its style.

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