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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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515 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 19
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 515 | Reviews: 312
Photo of beergeek279
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is copper, with a nice layered white head. The smell is slightly hoppy. The taste is a decent grassy hoppiness over a very pronounced malt base. Mouthfeel is. Drinkabilty-wise, could definitely have a few.

Oy Vey!!!! A decently drinkable pale ale from the people at Schmaltz. More than a novelty, this is a pale ale for those who like their pale ales on the more malty end, and certainly one I'd have again. L'Chaim!!

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A unique and interesting brown beer. Recommend it as a session beer. unique bottle and nice dark glass to keep contents from volatility. Taste malt and toastiness and above carbination but I found it a touch astringent, rather than merely bitter. The recipes of this contract brewer improved dramatically in future years.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: bright amber hue, close to a ruby red, at some angles, with a fine, fuzzy, creamish-colored head.
Aroma: soft, gentle, and simple right off, with light, floral hops,
As for taste, we begin with a very welcome hoppiness that delivers a small payload, providing a spicy hop kick, then departs, while the rest of the palate is pleased by a delightful fruitiness (cherreis, berries, a smack of citrus) and a handy helping of malt. Medium bodied, with a warm, lingering finish. Bitterness opens up at the end, as hops have the last say. Quite a tasty little treat, a nice refresher.
And thanks to Gusler for helping provide the sample!

Photo of Crosling
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This ale poured a nice light golden brown with a monstrous fluffy white head. The head retention and lacing were absolutely fantastic with this beer! Nice!

The nose was hit with citrus flavors and sweet malts, then vanilla then the aroma seemed to die down a bit.

Lots of citrus flavors in this beer but grapefruit was definately the most dominant. Not as hoppy as I was hoping for.

Much better than their other offering. Won't be trying this again though.

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Such a hazy dark amber liquid topped with a frothy white head I've never seen. The head lasts almost as long as a Pesach seder and leaves lacing that reminds me of Herschel's peyes.

Smell: Oy with the hoppiness! A nice mild blend of bitter pine and lemony citric hops with just a titch of honey.

Taste: Sweet pale malt with a mildly citric finish. Not an agressive West Coast Pale Ale, and I know from aggressive let me tell you.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with a medium body. The carbonation might make you gassy, just to warn you.

Drinkability: What, you want that I should have another? Twist my arm, why don't you? A great beverage to have when you're schvitzing like a khazer after schlepping stuff all day. So much better than a Cel-ray.

Photo of marburg
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Note: my bottle is different than the one in the photo, and after reading some of the other reviews, I have to wonder if there was a recipe switch in the past year or so?)

Amber-ish. Copper-ish. Gold-ish.

And bland-ish.

Not a real winner here. Looks like a solid pale ale. Decent head retention, et cetera. Aroma is very muddled, full of grain and bready, sweet malts. The epitome of plain.

Starts far too sweet, though not in a sugary sense. Malt presence overpowers the tongue with a haze of obfuscated, bland, confused malts. Hoppy citric bitterness sweeps it up and redeems it a little, but I'm finding this wanting in most every way. Ends a bit on the astringent side.

This will be a pleasant upgrade to Miller fans, but I didn't particularly find anything too enjoyable inside my bottle of Genesis Ale.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle with a very colorful label. Has the words “HE’BREW The Chosen Beer”, with a lot of other Jewish and Biblical references. No Freshness Date or Strength, but it is stamped as “KSA” Kosher Certified, Rabbi Approved.
Described as a ‘Smooth & Distinctive Light Brown Ale’.

Appearance: A lovely deep amber copper color with a beige head that lasts and lasts. Good levels of carbonation. Nice lacing on the glass walls.

Nose: Sweetish malts and some hop character mixed with a bready odor with a trace of yeast in the back end.

Taste: Sweet malts are again prevalent in the beginning, and they are also dominant in the middle. There is a bitterness that starts in the middle and works its way through to the ending. Has a light fruity feel mixed with an acidic twist in the latter third. It finishes with an astringent swish that makes you want another mouthful and adds to the Drinkability.

Mouthfeel: Pretty solid, the malts are smooth and the bitterness in the end is tasteful.

Drinkability: Wow, my bottle disappeared in a matter of gulps, this is a *very* quaffable beer and easily downed. An excellent beer that is seriously easy to imbibe in quantity.

Overall: The top of the label says “Conceived in San Francisco • Brewed in New York” – whatever it refers to, or means, it works. I found this to be a highly enjoyable & drinkable “light brown ale”. It reminded me of some of the more quaffable Pale Ales I drank on cask in the UK. Very good and well worth a try if you see it, but get a couple of these!

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent copper color, the head mountainous and a winsome light tan in color as it transmogrifies, the lace formed is a thin sheet. The sweet malt aroma is first to hit the senses, followed by a clean and crisp freshness that makes ales quite appealing to me. Start is sweet and malt rich, the top is medium in its feel to the palate with the finish agreeably acidic and affably hopped, dry lingering aftertaste, another fine drinking beer that’s just plain old easy going down, nuttin’ wrong with that.

Photo of beerguy101
2.82/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium brown color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A lighter bodied American Pale Ale. Malts are slightly nutty and way too sweet. Hops are mild and slightly spicy and grapefruity. The beer is a touch watery and thin and way too sweet. Other than that it’s a fairly standard and very average Pale Ale. There is a slight hint of a vegetable and cardboard in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is sweet,

Photo of winomark
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep golden color with creamy off-white head and good bubbles.

Aroma: Nice malt and hop balance. Well done.

Taste: Good hop bitterness up front, with malt balancing out the palate. Hoppy all the way through.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy carbonation coats the mouth, but it masks the malt and allows the hops to dominate.

Drinkability: Nothing I would try again, but worth trying in honor of Yom Kippur.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.66/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of purplehops
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The "chosen beer" pours a hazy orange/yellow with a white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is malty with some floral and citrus hop notes. Taste is citrus and spice hop bitterness with pale and caramel malt flavors trying to bring some sweet malt balance to the bitterness. As time goes on the malt does reach a par with the hops and makes for a nice West Coast style ale. The finish is a bit dry with some fruitiness of pears and citrus starting to come through the hop bitterness and add to the malt sweetness. Aftertaste is a lingering hoppiness with some floral notes. Mouthfeel is refreshingly bold and crisp with a dry finish and a medium body that would go very well with comfort food.
Overall a nice ale with plenty of hop bitterness balanced with malt sweetness to keep the hops in check. I bought this beer for the label but will buy more in the future for the beer inside. IMHO this would make a good dinner ale. A real meat (just not pork) and potato beer. Oh yeah; and it is Kosher Certified!

Photo of mzwolinski
4.32/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Worth buying for the bottle alone -- "Chosen Beer" indeed! The beer pours hazy orange with a very thin head. Aroma is nicely malty, slightly nutty. Flavor is malt-dominated but a significant herbal hop flavor permeates the entire sip, resulting in a rather crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. As the beer sits, however, and the carbonation dies down and the tongue becomes accustomed to the hops, the malt flavors begin to come to the foreground, and a sweet, nutty flavor stands out. Very nice beer!

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"The Chosen Beer" Exile Never Tasted So Good". This ale is as good as the label is funny. Reminiscent of a Stock Ale. Pours cloudy deep amber with an overly foamy white head and clingy lasting lace. The floral hop aroma is tinged with a tad of malt. A medium herbal and light sweet malt body is no match for the highly grapefruity, citrus hops. An odd raspy and lightly astringent mouthfeel is Ok, but I prefer a little more smoothness to balance things out. Light fruity and somewhat flowery with noticeable alcohol bite. L'Claim!

Photo of Jason
4.14/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hoppy brew to say the least, west coast style all the way. I could see pairing this with some knishes and a beef brisket sandwich on rye.

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He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.