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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 154
Photo of secondtooth
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, clean caramel-amber. Solid head of carbonation, exquisite lacing. Superb!

Aroma is thick and malty, as expected of the style. Seems faithful enough.

Taste is syrupy sweet, with tones of nuts, leaves, some caramel or toffee, even some chocolate in there...actually not bad at all.

As with the other Dundee brews (had this as part of a mix pack), not an outstanding beer, but certainly drinkable. Easily recommendable to craft beer novices (and those on a budget), as this 12-bottle, 4 style mix only set me back $10.49.

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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 tone77
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit on the malty side. Taste is malts, some nuttiness, just a touch of hops, mild but refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No date.

Appearance - Medium dark brown body. Offwhite frothy head with good stick and decent retention. Swirling instantly creates more frothy head.

Smell - Sweet nutty malt. Slight banana.

Taste - Slight coffee bitterness followed by a thin underripe banana maltiness. No complexity. A little light on the body, but still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Light and frothy due to what seems like an unlimited amount of body carbonation that easily converts to head when agitated in the glass or mouth. Mild astringency, which actually helps this beer out a bit.

Overall Drinkability - A bit plain, but has no off characters. Would make a decent session.

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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 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 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 chinchill
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in a pint glass.

Pours a very clear brown. There is a decent tan head, but this retreats rapidly, leaving little more than a ring but good lacing on the glass.

Mouthfeel: well-chosen carbonation. Medium-thin body. Beyond crisp, this one is a bit harsh and acidic feeling. Nice, unusually dry (for style and ABV) finish.

Aroma: mild: toasted malt; nutty and lightly spicy.

Taste: a tad light for style; no serious flaws; nice dry nutty finish, perhaps in part to the "natural hazelnut flavors". Approaches 4.

O - Not a typical brown ale, but overall an average quality brown ale. Very good value as part of Dundee 'craftpack'.

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