Dundee Kölsch-Style Ale

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Beer Profile

  • Brewery: Genesee Brewing Company
  • Website: dundeebeers.com
  • Country: United States
  • State: New York
  • Style: Kölsch
  • Malts: Wheat
  • Hops: Galena, Mt. Hood, Hallertau
  • ABV: 5.1%
  • IBUs: 10.5
  • Tasting Notes: Herbal, wheat
  • Preferred Glass: Stange
  • Food Pairing: Brats, hot dogs, burgers
  • PHM Grade: C+

Dundee Kölsch-Style Ale

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A good Kölsch is grassy, crisp, smooth, and has a light wheat texture.  This beer has all those descriptions, but lacks a little quality.  You see, not every brewery can make a great Kölsch.  They may try, but only a few succeed (i.e., the breweries in the town of Köln, Germany).  Dundee has a pleasant sipping beer to enjoy in the backyard during a BBQ on a hot day in this rendition.  However, the mouthfeel is a bit heavy and once this beer warms a little you will be left with something close to a macro beer minus the skunk.

All the ingredients are here.  A good hop selection that does add a grassy, herbal, minor spice to the beer, a light malt profile which gives a gentle wheat finish, and moderately bready yeast character.  However, the classic crispness and smoothness I longed for were not to be found.  While it is true that this beer is thirst quenching when cold, I did not receive much of a “lagered” beer as most Kölsch beers have.  The yeast seems to be too ale-like leading me to believe that this beer could have benefited from a longer cool conditioning period.

Don’t get me wrong, this beer had its good moments and I would return to it if I had to.  It just seems ironic to me that Genesee Brewing Co brews this beer when it produces a cream ale.  All for the sake of having a “craft” line of beers I guess.

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