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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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512 Ratings
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Ratings: 512
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 17
Gots: 10 | 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 treehugger02010
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend gave me 2 six packs of this beer. I poured the 12 ounce bottle into a flared pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a transparent brown yet pretty dark. The head was a white color with a brownish tint. The head poured about 3 fingers and it was thick. The lacing was thick in spots, but not too consistent on the way down.
Smell: The smell was a little weak, a bit of hop, a bit understated, a bit of a malt, also understated.
Taste: The taste was solid. more of a hop than the smell. There was a bit of a bite, a nice spice.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was just a normal ale, nothing to mention.
Drinkability: I would say this is a good beer to keep in the fridge for any occasion.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light reddish brown tones (the color is a dead ringer for SA lager). A cascade effect builds up a pillowy white two finger head. Lots of creamy lace is left on the glass and the head stays at a nice cap the entire time.

S - Lighty nutty with brief hints of caramel. Some roasty characteristics some out as the beer warms.

T - Balanced and a bit nutty. Really laid back and mild (IMO this is more akin to an English pale ale). Full malt backbone provides a nice nuttyness for the firm but not overly bitter hop flavors to play over. Some mineral and metallic flavors are noticable, and like I always say, those are very bad things for me. But that is the only flaw I find with this one. Again....the word that comes to mind is balance.

M - Creamy and mildly carbonated. Full bodied with a slightly dry finish and a pleasantly long aftertaste. Excellent.

D - A really nice mild and drinkable pale ale. The mouthfeel is wonderful, the flavors are mild but interesting, and it goes down easy. This one has session written all over it.

pmcadamis, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of PEBKAC
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A floppy head that dissappears much too soon. Cloudy, impenetrable, & brown.

Smells like you've just held a bunch of nickels in your sweaty palms. It was difficult to get past that. A bit murky, swampy, & dank. You just rubbed a fabric softener sheet under your pits, but now you just smell like sweaty flowers. Not offensive as it seems, but more earthy in general.

Strong, intense sweetness of dried apricots & golden plums. Maybe a little dash of amaretto(almonds) in there too. Everyday treats found at your local Jewish grocer. In a flash, it's all gone though. It removes itself from memory, & your back at the beginning again.

The body of a standard ale, but a intimidating taste that I wasn't at all expecting, after reading "Light Brown Ale" on the bottle. Not much carbonation, & I suspect, a good amount of alcohol. It would be very difficult for me to have another one of these immediately after the first. It is something that is worth revisiting though. Distinctive indeed. :)

"Believe it or not the Genesis Ale is only around 6%. All that flavor makes for one warm tummy!"

- Angela [email protected]

PEBKAC, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. The body was a nice, deep, dark amber with an off-white head that was about half an inch, receding to a nice lacing after few minutes or a couple sips. A pleasant, hoppy smell led me to believe that I was about to indulge in a pleasant American Pale Ale. To my surprise, after I tasted it, while it did have a strong hoppy taste, the aftertaste was malty and quite pleasant; very interesting overall. A nice, strong mouthfeel; thick and appealing. A pretty drinkable beer overall; I was pleasantly surprised. However, I wonder if this is some kind of an APA/EPA hybrid?

maddogruss, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of mentor
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Schmaltz Brewing for the opportunity.

Pours a one finger yellowish head over a cloudy dull rust liquid. Nice frothy head, but odd color. Smells biscuity. Dry roast, caramel and grassy hops. Butterscotch.

Taste wet malt with a noble hop finish that quite floral and aromatic. A touch tin-like, a touch grassy. Not as roasty as the aroma belied. Some nut in the flavor, though. Bit of astringency which i'm thinking may be a quality from the grassy of the hops mixed in with alcohol or edgy grains.

Md body. Fine, but sharp carbonation on the tastebuds. Quite enjooyable, a bit too coho for my preferences, but still quite a treat.

mentor, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from He'Brew/Shmaltz, poured a 12 oz. bottle to a standard pint. "The Chosen Beer" according to the label.

A: Rich copper/ruby and impressively clear, showcasing a few delicate streams of carbonation. Crowned with about one-finger of ivory-colored frothy head. Good clinging lace.

S: Mostly malty, lightly sweetened. Sugar & spice.

T: Where did those hops come from? Undetectable in the smell, this APA sports a spiced hop crispness, bitter and dry. The malts are dry also and have a crackery flavor. A questionable metallic tang in the finish.

M: Carbonated, medium mouthfeel. An odd chewiness though this beer isn't particularly thick feeling. Dry herbal/bitter hop finish with hints of oxidized paper & sticky envelope flap gum.

D: An OK beer, nothing more. A little one-dimensional in the flavors with a finish that's flat. Would I have one again? Sure, why not... Worth a try. L'Chaim!

msubulldog25, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightlty effervescent copper/brown with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Minimal lacing & no head retention

S: Slight sweet malt, where is the hops aroma? You can sure taste'em!

T: Sweet malt up front gives way to piney hops. A little nuttyness comes through as this warms as well as some caramel & biscuitty notes. Finishes with grapefruitty hops and some malt/caramel sweetness

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, nice balance

High drinkablity take this as a good APA or a west coast brown, either way, a nice session ale

russpowell, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good clear copper color, creamy off-whit head. Looks good for the style.

Smell: Musty with a little bit of caramel, not a whole lot of hops, just a little.

Taste: A mild, well balanced APA, a little sweet, a little bitter, a sessionable beer, to be sure. No hop bomb, but I guess not everything should be.

Drinkability: Pretty good, balanced and a little bitter. An above average APA.

TastyTaste, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of RedChrome
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body had a clear dark amber color. A half inch white head dissipated to a small slick on top quickly. Very tiny carbonation bubbles are slowly rising to the top. Thin wide lacing clumps.

Surprising malt quality for the style. A very week bitterness. Aroma of toasted bread. A subtle hint of both roasted caramel and honey butter. Hops are hiding in the back, but strong once noticed.

A malted taste. Roasted toffee taste dominated the first sip. A very faint hint of pine is hidden in the aftertaste. Sweetness of the initial flavors slowly becomes more bitter as the taste develops.

Thick body in the mouth. A minor burst of carbonation only moves the flavors moderatly.

A decent beer overall. A nice beer to go with an asian duck meal. If you see one on a local shelf, try it for yourself. Decent offering which has me looking forward to more from this brewery.

RedChrome, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle served in a standard pint glass.
No best before date.

Clear, light copper in color. Semi-creamy, off-white head that lingers for a minute before settling to a thin sheet. Faint lacing that has trouble sticking.

Semi-sweet, toasted maltiness; airy biscuit aroma with a dallop of diacetyl. Floral hops with a faint mustiness.

Gritty, floral hops that swarm the tastebuds; all over a sweet and creamy, toasted malt character. Sweet caramel, dried nuts: almond, and a diacetyl-touched breadiness. A rough bitterness followed by a dark, floral hop, and light caramel aftertaste.

Medium in body; earthen and rough on the palate. Despite a balance in flavor, the gritty hop character surely wins out in mouthfeel.

This offering tastes more like an English Pale or an ESB than an American Pale, given how much the creamy, toasted malt character comes through. Not bad, but not an ale that blew my hair back.

NEhophead, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of snilsen13
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep gold color, I think... holds some head.
Smell is nothing special, not memorable.
Taste is pretty darn good. Hops and malts are very well balanced, there is a fresh flavor in both. Malts are rich, solid, definately complex. The real kicker is a touch of something special, like the smell of leaves in the fall. Perhaps there's a touch of rye in here. It's not overwhelming at all. Finish is clean.
Mouthfeel is alright, not thin, feels good.
Drinkability is very good. No shortcomings here. Something intriguing in the flavor and not. Solid beer.

snilsen13, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a brilliant medium copper color with moderate tannish head. Nice lacing.
Smell is lightly malty with a strong hop presence.
Initial taste is a caramel-toffee malt sweetness, but almost immediately the hops take over and cause a strong dryness.
Finish is mainly dry.
Nice and drinkable, but a think a bit more malt would have made a more balanced beer.

tgbljb, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like honey in a glass. Nice white head. Decent retention, and good lacing. Smell is of sweet honey. Body is light to medium with just a bit of carbionation. Taste is smooth,and sweet. Honey from start to finish. This is a enjoyable beer. Try it!!

riversider76, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle. Poured a light brown/dark gold color, clear. Medium size off-white head which faded fast. Aroma was hops first, with an orange scent, followed by a more subdued bread-like malt. Taste was similar, with hops prevailing over the malt. Hops were present at start and lingered into the aftertaste, but not in a good way. Aftertaste was a husky bitterness that I didn't care for. Other notes in the taste were a buttery flavor in the middle and some spice/pepper towards the finish. Mouthfeel was light + in body, with a slick texture. Carbonation was medium and it was actually quite refreshing. Overall, an OK beer but I've had better.

, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of maundythirsty
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woah, big fella. Light tan head shoots up on the pour. It is persistant, clinging thick to both the surface of the beer and my glass. Beer is a clear orange-amber color well populated by rising bubbles. Faint caramel malt smell with some muted floral hops, almost have to get my nose foamy to find either aroma.

Taste is similarly faint. There just isn't much volume to it. But, again, it's mostly heavier, smokey malt (can it be weak and heavy?) with a flash of citrus hops and then a comfortable bitterness.

It feels substantial, not at all light in the mouth. Carbonation looks wild, but it's not intrusive.

I would not have guessed this was an APA. I would have figured it for a catch-all like red ale. It's just maltier than it is hoppy. That has me perplexed. I guess I like it.

maundythirsty, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of davidshamoon
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm sorry to report that I had to drink this beer right out of the bottle, but I gave it a swirl and the makings of a nice head started to bubble. Those same bubbles gave the Genesis Ale a pleasant, vigorous carbonation, which enhanced its mouthfeel and drinkablity both.

Flavorwise, I found the Genesis Ale to be well-conceived, but imbalanced. The bottle calls it smooth, but I wouldn't. Though it is a light brown ale, I could have mistaken one or two sips for a watery stout. I really had to swish it against my tongue to get a hint of the sweet, dried date aroma that lurks beneath its formidable hoppiness.

In the end, I wish this brew's bitterness hadn't masked its more interesting flavors. I also wish I'd been able to enjoy it with some food -- I suspect that would have improved its taste and drinkability.

[Drunk on Labor Day, 2006, under a canopy of sycamore trees outside of Riverside Church. Churchbells; moist earth; cawing of crows. It's getting colder!]

davidshamoon, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- Fairly clear golden-amber body. Short-lived white cap. Minimal lacing.
- Lightly caramelish malt and delicately citrusy hops in the nose.
- A combination of citrusy, floral and grassy hops combine with a clean base of lightly caramelish malt and some yeasty fruitiness (apricot, apple, sweet red berry). Bold bitterness. More hops. Some yeasty fruitiness. Finishes dry with a passing moment of caramelish malt that fades to reveal citrusy hops, which then fade to reveal a long-lingering bitterness. Nice!
- Medium-bodied and zesty with a very fine-bubbled standard carbonation.
- A very nicely done APA. As this has become an extremely common style it's important that it's clean and has an excellent balance between sweet malt and bitterness; and malt flavor, hop flavor, and bitterness - and this one delivers.

NeroFiddled, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy copper blonde color with a super slim, unlasting head. Keeps a thin collar and very little lacing sticks, just a few spots here and there.

Aroma is dulled and muffed in a malty sweetness thats slightly melon orangey.

Taste is more of the same, a paled, dulled malty sweetness thats doughy with a slight under carriage of orange, melon, and caramel. A brief play at the hops make an effort towards the finish with a very light, tender bitter pull of floral oils. Nothing to outstanding here, a bit bland in the flavor department. Seems well crafted though, but it just isn't pulling enough hops into the mix.

Feel is shy of medium with a low, malt soaked carbonation with a slightly textured feel in a few areas.

An OK Pale at best. A little slow and uncomplicated, yes, but carries its well crafted nature with every sip.

tavernjef, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber copper color, clear, good head and very nice lacing. a fine looking beer.

Smell: sweet malt dominant, but with a firm backbone of hops

Taste: Interesting cross between an american amber and an american pale ale. sweet malts in the forefront, but with enough citrusy hops to stand on their own. If I had to choose between one and the other, I'd probably put it more in the American amber category than the APA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but light enough to session. fine finish and aftertaste, although the taste is on the sweeter side, it doesn't become wearing.

Drinkability: High! the brewer calls this a "craft session beer" and I think the description fits.

hunteraw, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of maddamish
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small review here:

Smell: Slight hop presence I tried to coax an something else from this beer but was not successful .

Taste: Medium hop notes accompanied with wheat.

Ap: A wood brown ale with a medium head and thick lacing.

Notes: I had the pleasure of getting this on tap. Maybe it is better in the bottle?

maddamish, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of aquatonex
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had to try one from the tribe, but was expecting a little more. I'd really like to get my hands on a 10:10 though. Why don't they distribute to LI, there are so many Jews here :).

Pours an attractive orange translucent color. Moderate carbonation, a slight amount of lacing. Smell is heavy citrus, medium hops, pretty decent. Taste is nothing special, a light citrusy slightly hoppy and bitter beer. Easy drinker, I'd like to try something more unique from He'Brew.

aquatonex, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a single to review and poured it into a pint glass, no freshness markings that I could find on the bottle

A—pours slightly hazy, orange amber with a fizzy thin white sheet for a head, gone instantly and produces spotty lacing as I drink

S—holy sweetness (no pun intended), the malts are strong in here, candy, chocolate lollipop sweetness screams out here

T—now the bitterness shows up, and it balances the sweetness out very well. I like it

M—a little dry, medium bodied, medium carbonation

D—it’s pretty good and I could have another. Too many, though, and the sweetness might get to me.

hanco005, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of jj21
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle
Poured a light brown color with a decent head. Slight caramel on the nose along with some fruit. Very sweet with a mild hop aftertaste. Not quite enough for my taste, but very good. Smooth mouthfeel and easy to drink.Very nice session beer.

jj21, May 14, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a good head, but with no retention, golden amber body below. A sweet pale ale, with a low-key hoppy bite. Light malt, hop and caramel flavors blend and remind me me of Schell's Pale Ale in MN. This is definately a beer for dinner and food. Nice flavor with a little something to wipe off the palate.

tempest, May 14, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium Amber color with a small head that melts quickly to light lacing
Aroma lightly of sweet malt and very faint citrus
Taste is a moderate sweet malt that is followed by light citrus hops.
Mouthfeel is comfortably full...aftertaste is mostly drying hops.
Overall a nice APA...although with faint hops...balanced, but faint. I was expecting a 'light brown ale' as the label says. It's not...it's definately an APA.
Balanced and mild enough to be sessioned.

IntriqKen, May 13, 2006
He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.