Preface: I am presenting my tasting notes taken on Tuesday 2 August 2011. Also presented are my tasting notes of the same beer from 22 June 2010 (in italics) for your edification and my amusement.
This 12 oz. bottle of Dundee Kolsch-Style Ale was sent to me by the folks at Genesee Brewing Co. not only for inclusion in these tasting notes, but as part of a “virtual “beer tasting… more on that later. (22 June 2010 – There is a dating code on the neck of the bottle 0550 R 15:43 4W.) (There is a dating code on the neck of the bottle 1270 15:54 4E.)
The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.
I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of as creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?
The following are my tasting notes:
Appearance: A golden honey brew with tidy carbonation bubbles that form of white head of quickly descending bubbles that are not the best tatting bubbles in the beer world.
Appearance: A golden honey colored brew is carbonated with fine bubbles that form a respectable rather rocky light tan head of medium to large bubbles.
Aroma: The first impression is a light “bready” aroma. A second visit reveals an aromatic suggestion of bee’s honey. A third nosedive introduces aromas that recall a new mowed lawn.
Aroma: The first sensation is lightly roasted grains and an almost maple syrup aroma. The second nose dive revealed a slight butterscotch accent and the third aromatic adventure left the impression of a distant whiff of lemon.
Flavor: After that first refreshing rush of cool sensation the first impression is a sweet peach like flavor followed quickly by a crystal caramel flavor. A second taste revealed a palate cleansing flavor that is not guilty of being tart, tannic, or a tang of flavor. It is more of an umami sensation. A third swig was the most refreshing.
Flavor: After that first refreshing sensation, a sweet flavor ushers in a fairly aggressive hop tang. The second impression adds more to the malt flavors (sweet) but ends with the more dry sensation of the hop tang. The third swallow brought the sweet grain flavors back with that maple syrup accent as counterpoint.
Mouth feel: This is not a heavyweight beer, nor is it brutally thin.
Mouth feel: There is a lush feel to this brew.
Finish: This is a very refreshing beer. It is neither a heavy multi-beverage nor a hop garden.
Finish: The curtain call leaves the spotlight on the grain while the tang of the hops holds the bouquet.
Comments: As noted above, this is a very refreshing beer. This is not to say it is a lightweight. However, the lack of aggressive flavors and not overpowering alcohol content, are both ideal attributes for a session beer. Yes, once again I’m pontificating on the glories of relatively low alcohol beers. Should you care to join the conversation I would be perfectly willing to buy the first round and it would probably be this Dundee.
. Comments: I assumed that a “bock lager” would be a caramel colored highly hopped brew. This is more of a Dortmund style brew, and there is not a thing wrong with that as there is a ram on the label.The rich flavor and body to this one would be my suggestion as a beverage of choice to go with the six-count shrimp you are going to grill over the charcoal this week-end.