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Genesee Bock Beer Special Edition, from Genesee!
Our take on the 16th century German legend has turned out to be a legend in its own right. For every spring since 1951, our brewery has carefully crafted and lagered Genesee Bock Beer. The result is an exceptionally hearty, full-flavored beer with a slight malty finish—and a perfect way to celebrate the snow melt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (6724) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle gifted by the barman at the Brew House. Big thanks. Reddish brown with a tall head. Caramel and raisin nose. Creamy caramel flavor, vanilla, raisins. A bit too light in body, and slightly candy-ish, but still pretty decent. Enjoyable, light, and easy drinking but still with flavor. Best beer they make for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nicksbeers (16) - - AUG 14, 2014
Ruby Red appearance, 2 finger head. clear, caramel, roasty, licorice, medium sweetness, salty, light body, oily feel, soft carbonation,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - MAY 22, 2014
This brew poured wonderful reddish amber, with an off white head. The head is frothy and leaves good lacing on the glass. The aroma is of light malts and straw, adjusted with corn or rice. Also there is just a hint of caramel. The taste is sweet and malty, bready and pretzel like over light straw and cereal notes. Hops are almost a nonfactor adding just a touch of dryness light mineral like notes. The palate is medium bodied creamy and smooth. Finish is short and sweet. Overall not outstanding but a good beer at a great price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
edgallow (2358) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 30, 2014
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of malts, biscuits and grain. Taste is malts, grass and biscuits. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2014
stubby bottle. brown with one finger head. terrible metallic aroma, but flavor is mainly toasty malt. eh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rangerred (956) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 10, 2014
12oz can into a pint glass. Very cool can design btw. Pours a crystal clear darkish brown with a half finger off-white head. Poor head retention and lacing but I really wasn’t expecting a whole to out of this beer. Aroma has burnt caramel, toffee, and some molasses. Perhaps a touch of corn as well. More caramel on the taste along with molasses and a quick whiff of alcohol. Light corn with a little grassy hop character. Slightly sticky with very little bitterness and a bit of a thin mouthfeel. Overall, while this is far from a great beer or a good example of the style, it is very refreshing and quite tasty considering the price. A beer I like to pick up every spring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UDBeernut (1853) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2014
bottle pours clear dark ambers, quick off white head. nose of wet cereal and toasted grains. taste follows in details, light sweetness. ample carbonation keeps it light on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1248) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2014
I poured a 12oz can into a mug. It was canned on 12/16/13 and came as part of a 12-pack for $8.99 ($0.75 per can or $0.06 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful copper/amber hue. Crystal clear with carbonation visible. Pours to a large, off white, foamy head which laces and retains very well for the style.

Smell: Sweet than usual lager aroma. Similar to that of an Oktoberfest with confectionery notes. Nothing cheap or off-putting.

Taste: Genesee is a macro brewery known for making mostly adjunct lagers, but I suppose that’s stating the obvious. Needless to say, they are not held in high regard by the craft beer community. However, a lot of craft beer geeks around here hold Genesee Bock Beer (or simply "Genny Bock") in high regard and consider it a guilty pleasure. I know I certainly do. This is a surprisingly flavorful, somewhat complex and easy drinking lager that’s quite fun to drink.

The palette tastes genuine and authentic with true dark malt flavor. Slightly sweet flavors of caramel, toffee and even a bit of brown sugar are all present here, especially on the finish. There’s no abrasive adjunct taste of corn, probably because this is an all-malt brew (I’m assuming?). The cleanliness is a pleasant change of pace, especially for this brewery. I’m saying it’s as robust or complex as an authentic German doppelbock, but coming from an American macro brewery it’s impressive. I recommend drinking it rather warm to let all the flavors really come out. I dare say this is the best macro lager on the market (it’s my favorite of that genre, anyway).

Drinkability: What’s nice about Genny Bock is not only does it taste good, but it’s remarkably drinkable. The body is perfectly medium all around with the right amount of flavor at the right times. It does have the classic lager mouthfeel, though - crisp and carbonated. Though it goes down pretty smoothly and finishes mostly clean. At only 5.2% ABV, this is a dangerously drinkable brew and an ideal session beer in warmer weather. If only this were available year-round!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sudomorph (713) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014
355ml can. Pours a crystal clear dark amber with a half finger, off white head. Aroma is a pleasant malfunction caramel with hints of bread, biscuit, and slight fruit. Taste is balanced. Solid notes of caramel and bread with a slightly fruity finish. Medium body and carbonation. Super smooth texture with a gentle carbonation makes this extremely drinkable. Overall this is a very nice beer. Very tasty and super easy to drink. This could be an everyday beer for sure. Would get again for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Thanks to thebroth for this extra, cheers Scott! A: Pours a blood ruby ale with superb clarity. Two finger head which is persistent. Broken sheet lacing. S: Malt, grain, wheat, straw, slight caramel. Decent nose for the style. T: Presents mostly a one-dimensional flavor profile. Very much grain and specialty grain. Nothing special. Very average. M: Medium with moderate if not high carbonation. Should be much lighter body or lower carb. D: session beer. ’Nuff said. Serving type: can 03-17-2011

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