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Genesee Cream Ale - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Genesee Cream AleGenesee Cream Ale

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515 Reviews

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Reviews: 515
Hads: 1,260
Avg: 3.05
pDev: 30.49%
Wants: 25
Gots: 151 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001

"Genny" Cream Ale.
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nonic pint from 24 oz brown bag can.

Look : Golden blonde with 10% opacity. Towering stark white 3 finger head, receding slowly and leaving hilly lace behind.

Smell : Banana, Nilla Wafers, some stale malt/corn, and the dusting of a hop plant.

Taste : Fairly unremarkable. It starts with some washed out cereal grain malt and a bit of bubblegum, ending with a polite hop bite. The aftertaste isn't really great, either.

Feel : Creamy and smooth, all the way to the finish. Moderately carbonated.

Overall : For all the hype this beer gets, this was really a disappointing try. I'd have it again in a pinch as it's not terrible, but it's not even close to decent or good.

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Photo of beergoot
3.46/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light, golden colored body; lots of slow rising carbonation; two-finger thick head. Grain husk and toasted bread crust aroma. The taste follows along the same lines as the aroma with the addition of a mild hop bitterness; seems a bit herbal. Generally light bodied; dry finish.

Not a bad little beer for what it is. It seems to have a bit more taste to it than from what I can recall from decades ago. There is just enough taste and balance to make for a respectable drinking experience.

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Photo of WellRested518
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Translucent yellow with a crown that clings to the glass for dear life.

S- Corn & cereal grains. The slightly fuesil alcohol tinge leads to an impression of Grapenuts & Molasses.

T- Grapenuts & a slight hop tinge... it's realy quite sweet in the middle.

F- Creamy initially with a slightly crisp finish. The aftertaste is a bit like stale cornflakes.

O- You can't diss a classic. This beer is as American as it gets... very much an iconic beer that's worth experiencing.

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Photo of Chaunce
4.83/5  rDev +58.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This ale seems to taste better, as you progress your way toward the finish. It's as though the brew and my buds are in a process of reaching a common ground. The flavor reminds me of baked bread. With every chug - that foamy head leaves a new ring around the inside of my glass mug. I love those horizontal stripes! It is smooth, yet has plenty of flavor.

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Photo of Ryk67
4.27/5  rDev +40%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ok, so I am fairly new to beer at an older age. I was always a spiced rum drinker, and only recently started to develop that acquired taste for beer. To start my preference in beers is a non-filling, light bodied, clean, non-"hoppy" brew. My current favorites are Land Shark and Miller Lite.
I stopped by the distributor tonight and saw genny cream ale for 15.00 a 30 pack... I have never heard anyone say "yuk" regarding Genesee Cream Ale, & since my kids have a habit of taste testing my beer, I thought I would try something cheap.
The box looks generic, but the 12oz cans are kind of classic looking. I tried two from the can, and poured one into a 10 oz wine style glass.
Look: Lightly golden with carbonation bubbles lasting through the last sip and a quickly dissolving 1 1/2 inch loose foam head which remained as a thin foam layer throughout my drinking experience.
Smell: Apples, wheat, grass, and a bit of hops. Nothing to make me wonder why I bought it!
Taste: Heavier than a typical light beer and kind of close to a Coors Original. It has a nice sweetness, with a creamy feel in the mouth. Not bitter, it finishes with a crisp dry flavor. It doesn't go down fast, rather it remains on the palate and back of throat for a moment. As a new beer drinker, I don't understand "feel", but after 3 of these it feels pretty good!
In conclusion, I like this beer. It is perfect for a night at the fire or a party with friends camping. I felt that it offered a good flavor, and rank it higher than bud, keystone, pbr, red stripe, miller highlife, and several other cheap level beers. It has a flavor that seems to me to be unique, yet easy to drink. Worth keeping for those days when you work on the car or yard, or get home from a day of work. It may become my inexpensive go to beer!

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Photo of DodgeStealth93
2.61/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

For how cheap this beer is at around $15 for a 30 pack you cant beat it! Its definitely a great bang for your buck! Pours a golden appearance with a slightly lingering head that dissipates as it warms up! The initial aroma is clean water and a small hop bitterness! Bubbly and highly carbonated! It is brewed in Rochester, New York brewed by North American Breweries! Tastes sweet and has a dry hop finishbut its crisp clean and refreshing! A light to medium mouthfeel!

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How have I never had this before? This beer's a classic and when I saw it at the relatively-new Total Wine up in River Edge the other night, I finally decided to give it a go. It was only $3.99 for a sixer of these so I figured I had nothing to lose and all I asked for was that this ended up on the level of Miller High Life and Pabst Blue Ribbon. Sure enough, it did and there's no doubt that this will be one of my cheap "go to" beers in the future when I just want to kick back and enjoy something without being hit over the head any way, shape, or form.

Nice golden pour to this with a moderately creamy (no pun intended) white head and a ring of lacing around the top of the glass. Light aroma to this of bread, cream, and light fruit with the same in the taste. No indication of any corn or rice fuller as this beer tasted as fresh as could be for the style and finished clean as well. Smooth, creamy, and light, there wasn't any presence of hops in the nose or taste and this went down as easily as could be. Somewhat dry, this easily beat out any of the macro lagers that would inevitably be compared to this while having just the right amount of carbonation.

There was enough alcohol in here but at the same time, I'd consider this to be a great example of a session beer. There's no way that this would offend anyone and for a cheap alternative to the heavier, darker, and hoppier beers that I tend to prefer, this would be one of the first examples that I'd reach for. A smooth brew that's as unoffensive as anything that I've ever reviewed for this site.

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Photo of gnumber9
2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

smell has a hint of hops, tastes of sweet rice and earthy yeast. drink in a glass, so the nose will help. this beer is way better than major labels and it's dirt cheap. it drinks smooth, but for me a bit too sweet, maybe not for others. for the price it's incredible, so it has great value. brand has nostalgia for many.

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Photo of SoulFroosh
4.38/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I just picked up a 24 oz can for around a buck at a local gas station.

I always saw the can mixed in with all the horrible low-end Keystone shit and assumed it was a terrible beer. Boy, how wrong I was.

This is an amazing beer for the price.
It's like a great domestic refreshing lager, but with extra creaminess and substance.

I still can't believe I missed this. My new go-to on the cheap.

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Photo of jontom
3.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the best "lawn Mower beers" out there, inexpensive paid 13.99 and got a $4 rebate. not bad for $10 bucks a 30 pack .Smooth, tastes best when served

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Photo of Kubishark
2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Golden, sweet, watery (in a refreshing way), and incredibly cheap. As previously mentioned, great for summertime. Unfortunately the cases of this were gathering dust at the store I purchased mine from; apparently not many people around here know what they're missing.

Edit: Perhaps this is too drinkable... All I can say is pace yourself.

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Photo of CHickman
3.12/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold color with a creamy 2 finger off white head that faded rather slowly and left good lacing costing the sides.

Smells like grains, sweet malt, light floral hops and cardboard or husk that comes from most American lagers. It reminds me of beer you'd drink at a keg party in college...oh wait, I used to drink this at college and it pretty much smells the same over 20 years later.

Tastes pretty much the way it smells: grains, malt, light floral hops, a hint of lemon zest, light caramel, a bready sweetness and then of course the signature US cardboard or husk that comes from lesser blends of hops. The sweetness actually gets stronger as you drink it which makes it go down easier.

Mouthfeel is watery thin with a very fast, slick flow since there is little to no carbonation; medium body with some malty aspects that provide an attempt at balance with the light hopping.

It's as basic as I remember it and the nostalgia factor made me happy to drink this. Would I have it again, definitely, but it would be purely for the memories or if I were back at school at an alumni weekend.

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Photo of Bluedog1211
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a good beer. Very similar to yuengling larger but not as heavy this might be better.

Sweet and bready - easy to drink silky mouthfeel reminds me of a champagne mouthfeel wise- can't believe I paid .75c at total wine for it. You can find it in PA where I grew up but not here in New Mexico where I live now oddly enough I found it in Arizona. I might take some home no I will take some home.

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Photo of BlacksMcNutt
3.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The best beer of the larger producers... though this one is harder to find than other "small" producers like Yuengling and Sam's. This is a great beer and great choice for what it is. I wouldn't have this beer with dinner or bring it to a party or give as a gift....BUT I would definitely buy this for a BBQ, day at the beach, and to keep in the fridge in the garage for use during any and all yard work. Heads and shoulders above Bud, Coors, Miller, etc. And at $6.99 for a 12 pack great flavor and just right for activities as mentions above. PLEASE do yourself a favor and try it if you can find it. You love beer, but I know you don't want to be drinking a 11.99/six pack-micro-brew cutting the grass, or putting in a cooler for your family BBQ and have that brother-in-law think that beer is too strong or bitter and wasting the $$. This beer tastes just right for an afternoon of drinking beer and having fun. You will enjoy it. Cans are cool, simple design too.

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Photo of whothehellisstanpapi
2.92/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

looks like beer. However, if we were judging the container, the can would be a 5. not much smell. tastes creamy and crisp. a bit sugary and ricey. not too bad. you could do much worse. especially for the price

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Photo of SLewis
2.3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this offered for free, so I figured why not.
Drank straight from the can.
Smell is funky and cant quite put my nose on it. Tastes of stale grain and alcohol. Not great.

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Photo of 303beer
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My grandfather used to drink this so I'm cracking a sixer now. Thick bright white head. Yellow in color. That's decent. Yeah alright I'm happy with that. Like it better than most main stream beers.

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Photo of MVG7113
2.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. Can poured aggressively into standard 16 oz 'Ball' Mason Jar. The packaging is very generic--but still somehow unique.

A: See-through crystalline appearance. Very clear--Golden wheat. Room for an aggressive pour produced a 2 finger white fluff of a head that dissipated quickly to a thin ring that lingers throughout. Can't knock the beer in appearance alone.

S: Some alcohol induced hoppy musk--maybe a hint of wheat. Kind of smells like a lawnmower beer. Might be the reason some smell grass on this one. Based on smell, this beer isn't doing much to impress.

T: Clean and refreshing. Simple, not too much going on. Some grainy alcohol but if investigated actually produced a nice taste. Almost buttery. Almost some fruit notes. This beer does just enough on taste to distinguish itself from the 'Coors' and 'Miller' of the world.

F: A crispy creamy feel gives this beer a distinct finish--suggestive of a quality crafted brew. Definitely the highlight of Genesee Cream Ale.

O: At the end of the day, this is a cheap beer that can be bought in large quantities. It's definitely better than some of the other 'lawnmower' beers that people seem to love so much. Seemingly would be perfect for college frat parties. Or just when you want a cheap refreshing beer that does just enough to be decent.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Picked up just because of the stubby bottles and cheap price. Clear straw super pale. Good carbonation. Taste is kind of boozy for some reason but was a good beer

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is a local beer I had growing up. I drank this one ice cold out of the little bottle.
Perhaps nostalgia made it taste for me. Slight maltiness followed by fruit. Then its over. The stubby bottle and the label would get a 5 from me if aesthetics in packaging were a category.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.84/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Been a very along time since I had one of these and are hard to find actually. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F and poured in to a flute glass.

Pours a pale yellow with a very small fizzy white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is of a light grassy hops. The taste is the same with a slight sweet finish. Actually very smooth with a good taste.

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Photo of 31Sam13
4.3/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I think that, though not obviously the pinnacle of anything, this beer is somewhat iconic. It is underrated, cheap, and fills a niche that some people believe only this brand can...it is a classic and I love my forest green simplicity...hey it Genny...

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Photo of Clinthulhu
4.37/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A good everyday kind of beer that is more complex and tastes better than a lot of people give it credit for. Nothing mind blowing here just good simple beer you can enjoy at a excellent price.

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Photo of ordybill
2.94/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass in Savannah, GA (I know, odd).
Aroma- Maybe grass and some malt, not much here.
Appearance-A pale yellow (like Coors Light), little head.
Taste- Definitely a regional macro here. I assume this would be real good around a bonfire.
Palate- A light bodied beer with moderate carbonation, it does have a creamy feel to it.
Overall- I ordered this off of the beer list under "your Daddy's beers" it also had Dixie, Lonestar and Iron City listed. It was a nice throw back to my teen age years.

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Photo of Pylon_Johnson
4.05/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In Western NY state, they just about give this stuff away, which has gained it a bad reputation. However, at only $3.99 a sixer, it is one of the best bargains out there. I'll take a Genny screamer over any of the big name macros any day.

The beer is a full-bodied, somewhat heavy, bold tasting ale. It has a medium-dark golden colored body, a thick, rich head, and a smooth feel with a touch of bite. Taste has the typical bite and slight bitterness of an ale, with the smooth texture of a cream stout. Yes, it is cheap, mass produced beer, and even if you didn't see the price tag, there are hints of this fact in the somewhat unpleasant aftertaste you get if you drink more than a couple of these. That said, it is however great for a cheap beer, and even very good compared to mid range mass market beers.

Not a beer to guzzle, or to get a buzz on...too heavy...but great to enjoy one or two with a nice stogie, or by itself if you enjoy a that smooth yet bitter texture. Basically, it's the poor man's Boddingtons...a creamy, bitey ale at a bargain price.

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Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.