Thursday, February 27, 2014

Genesee Bock Beer (2014 re-review)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1060) - 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! 

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