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He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version) - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version)He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version)

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514 Ratings
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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 17
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2001)
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Photo of MortarPestle
1/5  rDev -71.8%

MortarPestle, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of nrey15
1.5/5  rDev -57.7%

nrey15, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of BeerGodz
1.58/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Look: Amber color, small white head with little retention & ok lacing. This brown ale is NOT brown

Smell: I seriously cannot smell anything, not even in my Duvel Tulip - WTF? Ok, maybe a faint amount of malt now that it has warmed up, but that's it.

Taste: Up Front: Bland, malt. Finish: Same, and this one has a strange finish to it as well

Mouthfeel: Light body, low carbonation

Drinkability: I could not even finish this one

Overall Impression: I cannot think of a single good thing to say about it.

BeerGodz, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of Portertime
1.73/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

He'Brew, oy what a name! A hard pour yeilds a thick, rootbeer foam colored two finger head that holds firm then slowly fizzles to a bubbly, glass sticking crown. Smell is sweet with a hint of caramel and some mild spicyness. Taste sticks to the sweet taste buds but abruptly stops then slides in with a touch of oily hops in the back. It is smooth as velvet. It turns almost too thin in the end but maybe it is just that smooth. If you can handle the sweetness it is dangerously drinkable but I would prefer a little more hop balance.

Portertime, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of Ishogai
2/5  rDev -43.7%

Ishogai, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.08/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear rust color with a thin head and no lacing. It's aroma is of raisins and toffee. The flavor is mainly ice-tea followed by malt sweetness with dark cherries in the background. There's a mild hop bitterness in the finish that lessens as it warms. The mouthfeel is thin and light. Shmaltz He'Brew Genesis Ale is a decent beer, like spiked Icy Tea. Recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Apr 22, 2012
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My first kosher beer. I never knew such a thing existed.

POurs a light brown amber color. There was a bit of lacing with the white, nondescript head.
The flavor was pretty lackluster in my book. Kind of metallic, slightly skunked, with a little bit of an initial snappy bitter bite. Little else presents itself.
The mouthfeel of this beer was a bit strange. To me it seemed dry initially and then wet and watery in the finish.
Now that i've had this, it's time to move on. Glad I didn't buy a sixer...

Photo of rangerred
2.33/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured a hazy copper with a solid 1 finger head and nice lacingl.

Smell is very sweet, almost sickly sweet. Reminds me of rotting fruit. Not very pleasant.

The taste border on being overly malty and cloying. There are flavors of orange, pine along with alcohol. There is a sharp bitterness on the finish that doesn't blend well with the maltiness.

I will give props for a solid, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall this beer just doesn't do it for me. It is not balanced and has a sickly sweet smell and taste.

rangerred, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of matty
2.4/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Orange colored ale with aroma dominated by citrus.Taste is citrusy with a slight hint of caramel or toffee maybe??.I do not like this beer way to citrusy and even though I didn't pour it down the drain I really had to force this one down.Not recommended and I will have to think long and hard before buying anything else from this brewery.

matty, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of bpop23
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

bpop23, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

sendbeer, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

barnzy78, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of vanillacokaine
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

vanillacokaine, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: at Philly Craft Beer Fest '07

With a name like He'Brew, I was hoping this would be a better beer. But it really wasn't.

Poured into my 6oz. sampler glass, a clear amber with a thin white head. Typical malty aroma and not much else. Basic malts in the taste, hints of light fruits, and not too much else happening. Light mouthfeel, kind of watered down feeling, but fairly drinkable and non-threatening.

Rifugium, May 11, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a hazy red-orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into this lacing. The aroma is very light. I actually reminds me of a macro lager. There is a faint pale malt sweetness, but nothing else. The taste is grassy hops, with no malt backbone. That is not to say that this is a hoppy beer, it simple does not have much of anything. the mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, this is a mediocre APA. I cannot see myself drinking this again.

KarlHungus, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a three-finger head that goes slowly and leaves a good lace. Light-medium carbonation. Clear, light amber color doesn't really look like a brown. Nose is slightly hoppy. Starts and finishes hoppy. Slightly bitter aftertaste. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle. Brewed in Saratoga Springs, NY and label has changed.

jdhilt, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of beertunes
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a coppery amber color with about a half-inch of off-white head that had good retention and light lacing.

The aroma was a bland blend of sweet malts and subdued hops. That also describes the flavors, just an overall bland "beer" taste. Except for one thing, there was an odd flavor, one that I've encountered in Shmaltz' brews before, just a weird kind of funk. Perhaps it's from their house yeast? It just tasted "off', and I don't think I got a bad bottle.

The body was typically decent for the style, smooth and even, although there was a bit of an unpleasant bite on the finish. Drinkability suffered greatly from that odd flavor. Overall, not a terrible beer, but not a notable one either. Try it for a tick, otherwise, save the calories and alcohol for something you enjoy more.

beertunes, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of battlekow
2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber, big fluffy head, nice lacing. I really think APAs tend to look simplisticly beautiful. Smells musty and malty, and a little toasty and hoppily spicy. Taste is malty at first, then straight-up bitter and little else. At the least the mouthfeel is, typical of APAs, nice and creamy. Genesis Ale isn't nearly as good as Anchor Liberty or Tyranena Stone Tepee.

battlekow, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of Ricochet
2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Smelled like Jujifruits. Period. My dream of finally enjoying a theater candy in liquid form has finally been achieved. I'll admit, I was intrigued to say the least. It was an average looking brown and had very little head that went away quickly.

It was thick, good hops made it bitter and ale was nice. That was the mouth end of it. It tasted like a winter warmer with a malty flavor and slight licorace flavor.

So, does liquid theater candy taste worthy enough to get it again? Nope. Just average as average can be, and no where close to the style this is listed in.

Ricochet, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The bottle says "Conceived in San Francisco , Brewed in New York". Appearance: Pours a copper brown with a huge fluffy mountainous cream hued head leaving great big ol patches of lacing. Aroma: Contains mild nut tones and fruity undercurrents flying in the air balanced with some hop aromatics. Taste: Not overly sweet a bit harsh with grain husks aftertase not too crazy about this one some subtle notes of ale deriven fruitiness, but nothing worht my while here not feeling this beer. Mouthfeel: Labeled a light brown ale, I would say that's a bit accurate even watery light brown ale would work. Drinkability just not feeling it, so many well made craft beers in the country this one just seems like a gimmick to me.

WVbeergeek, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of jjanega08
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A= Pours a deep amber color that never really quite pushes what I would describe as a brown ale... The head is a nice thick creamy looking two fingers high with solid retention and lacing on the glass.

S= The smell is light malts. Not much roast or sweetness to it more of just a grainy nose. No hops present. Maybe a little yeastyness to it.

T= The taste is much more brown ale than the nose was. There is a nice malty sweetness to it while still adding to the grainyness. There is also suprisingly a good amount of hop bitterness to it. Unusual for a brown.

M= A little high on carbonation and light on body.

D= This is unlike most browns I've had. It's just your average run of the mill beer sort of. Not much going on here. I got the sixer for free and prolly won't buy any in the future.

jjanega08, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of jmz62565
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This pours a clear amber color with a foamy tan head. The smell has a very "bisquity" aroma to it. It's like walking into a bakery,very nice. The taste has some malt sweetness,but ends with abit of hop bitterness. The aftertaste is very metalic and unpleasant. The sweet malt carmel flavors are OK, but the mix of malt and hops makes this m/f light and not well balanced. This is a beer that I will pass on.

jmz62565, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of mooseisloose
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle smell is very hoppy and sweet. Colour is a translucent cherry bronze. Poured into my chalice the head is macrobubble and quickly dissipates. Upon tasting the carbonation seems very high, overpowering any flavour at the start. Contrary to the hoppy smell, the malt actually dominates the hops in this ale. Almost like the hops were added too late. Getting past the carbonation the malty taste is quickly followed by a bitterness too shallow and blunt for an ale in my opinion. Not really what I expected. Wouldn't seek out more of this brew.

mooseisloose, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of bzach
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

bzach, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Golden2wenty1
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Woodman's West here in Madison. I would have called it a poor English Brown Ale before an APA.

Pours an uninspiring pale amber with a finger of rocky khaki head that fades quickly. Nose is a light mix of caramel malt and a bit of generic fruit. Taste starts off with a foul metallic bite, then bitter, tangy caramel malt and a hint of medicinal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is slick and crisp. They obviously spent more time on the kitch than they did on developing an interesting beer. Yawn.

Golden2wenty1, May 12, 2006
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He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.