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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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BA SCORE
70
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1,194 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,194
Reviews: 521
rAvg: 3
pDev: 19.67%
Wants: 20
Gots: 111 | 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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Ratings: 1,194 | Reviews: 521
Photo of CHickman
3.12/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Subspook
4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite summer beers especially on a hot summer day baling hay. This ale went down smooth and had a great flavor to it.

Photo of Bluedog1211
3.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of MrMeerbill
2.65/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Good cheap beer if your broke this is the way to go

Photo of BlacksMcNutt
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
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.
Salute!

Photo of whothehellisstanpapi
2.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank a lot of these in the 80's when I lived in New York. They were advertised everywhere. Even liked better than Rolling Rock

Photo of SLewis
2.3/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of 303beer
3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of MVG7113
2.79/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of Urk1127
3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Photo of PatrickCT
3.11/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.84/5  rDev +28%
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.

Photo of hockeystiff8
3.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lots of poor publicity in Rochester area. Blind tasting confirms its a great beer. Smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of Jensen83
4.24/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smooth and creamy but still refreshing. Hood wheat smell. Very tasty and easy to drink. Can design is simple and cool.

Photo of 31Sam13
4.3/5  rDev +43.3%
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...

Photo of Clinthulhu
4.37/5  rDev +45.7%
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.

Photo of ordybill
2.94/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Tank880
2.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Do not let the Almighty pluck you off the planet before getting yourself a cream ale. It's a delightful pint. Nice taste and enjoyable end.

Photo of PSU79
3.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had not had in along time good smoothe brew

Photo of mrlafay
2.55/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not bad, great for a buck...

Photo of browner1971
1.86/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is an old beer that hasn't changed in a long time

Photo of Act25
2.85/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

flattish, was beer of last resort when kids, and is now.

Photo of Kupinskij
4.03/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I was weaned on this beer. I can't help but love it!

Photo of Pylon_Johnson
4.05/5  rDev +35%
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.
70 out of 100 based on 1,194 ratings.