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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
okay

1,084 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,084
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20%
Wants: 17
Gots: 65 | 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:
"Genny" Cream Ale.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001)
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Reviews by Alextricity:
Photo of Alextricity
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With 2491 etched on the bottom, I assume that it means this beer was made in Autumn of 2011... so this beer is pretty much ancient. I'll try to keep that in mind while typing this up. I had this straight from the can, so I'll skip the whole appearance bit.

Smell: Like I'd expect a cream ale to smell ... a vanilla sort of sweetness, with corn.

Taste/feel: Considering this beer is so old, it's actually not terrible. I get a taste of alcohol on the start with some sweetness and malt, and then it's done. This is about as inoffensive as a beer can get. I don't get many (any?) hops in the taste at all, but it's actually a pretty decent adjunct. As for the feel... meh. I'll have to guess it's the age that's made this one pretty odd. Decent carbonation in the middle, but falls flat on the finish, and leaves a not-too pleasant aftertaste that has Sweet & Low sweetness.

All things considered (the fact that it's an adjunct and that the beer is well over a year old, if I'm reading the dating correctly), Genesee Cream Ale is a very reasonably priced, decent tasting beer. The after taste irks me a little bit, but it's still something I'd much rather drink over a Budweiser, or even Coors... even if it's 500+ days old like this can is.

Alextricity, Feb 17, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.28/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very light and clear yellow in color with a decent head.

Smell – This smells just like a typical American Pale Lager. The cheap grain is mixed with a hint of man-made sweetness that disappoints at best.

Taste – Ah, definitely a little different. This one flowed together quite nicely. The refined sugars are just off the beaten path enough that they aren’t so bad. The grain is very soft and, yes, creamy.

Mouthfeel – Here’s where this one scores points. The light and fluffy creamy nature of this ale is pleasing to the mouth.

Drinkability – A notch above the typical American macro swill in my book.

RoyalT, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of tectactoe
3.01/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

So I picked up a 12-pack of tall-boy (24 oz) cans for only 9$... If that's not a deal, then I don't know what is. Tossed one of these bad boys in a can and cracked it for the Fourth of July. 'Merica. It pours a golden-amber color with a moderate chill haze that clears up over time. The whisper-white head is pretty scarce and fizzles away into nothing within seconds; not much of a surprise

My expectations for this brew were at an all-time low before I even cracked the can, so it's hard to say that the aroma is a "let down". In fact, it's pretty mild and not nearly as offensive as I was expecting. Plenty of lager yeast with some malty bread and sweet corn. Pretty subdued and light overall, and by no means awful. Just somewhat uneventful.

The taste is more of the same, with loads of sweet corn and crisp lager yeast that plays on a blanket of soft, bready malt and a touch of earthy esters. Saying this beer was "lightly" hopped would be an understatement, but there is a touch of musty, dry hops in the finish, possibly hinting towards some type of Noble hop (common for a light-ish lager brew like this).

Genny Cream is carbonated out the ass, but after giving the CO2 a few minutes to disperse a bit, it hits an ideal level and gives the beer a nice, smooth, and almost creamy mouth feel. It finishes pretty damn clean with a touch of must and a light, grainy sweetness. It's going down pretty damn good after a night of blowing shit up, so I really can't complain.

For the price... well, it's far from the worst thing I've ever put in my mouth. It's actually pretty damn quaffable, all things considered. As expected, it's pretty light in flavor and aroma, but maybe that's the silver lining. The sweetness isn't so sickeningly cloying like many people are saying, but I didn't give it much time to warm up, so perhaps that's the key.

tectactoe, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of CJKnowles
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So there is that fine line between quality and quantity. I'm all for double IPAs and Imperial Stouts, but you and I both know that after a handful of them you wind up partially comatose. It is for this reason that God created Genesee Cream Ale.

Yes, this beer is cheap. And yes, there are slight hints of cheapness in every sip. You know that slightly astringent twinge you get in the finish? Cheapness. However, you or I would be hard-pressed to find a better beer for $10.99 a 30-pack or $3.00 a 6er, or a beer that is this easy to drink.

The beer pours golden with a fizzy head that really wants to linger around but can't quite make it. Smell is almost all malt, with faint citrusy tinges if you really want to notice them. The taste and smell are very similar, and are not particularly memorable on their own. However, The creamy character of the style, combined with more-than-adequate carbonation, provide slightly more depth than your traditional macro, and are primarily what I feel set this beer aside from its other convenience store counterparts. I once saw an old Genesee Cream Ale poster with the tag line "Not the Same Old Brewskie." I agree.

CJKnowles, May 13, 2006
Photo of GameOfBeers
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of SIRIUS2
2.85/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

I bought this out of reverence for my dear wife, originally from Rochester, NY where this brew is made. There, it's a classic. Hm.

Pouring with slight care, the brew pours crystal clear pale yellow with minimal white soapy head. To it's credit the head diminished quickly to a thin layer but it stayed. There was also some light lacing.

The aroma of this brew is, well, boring. Not much happening at all - a little malt, a little hop, just a hint of citrus. That's about it.

The taste was very light and thin but what malt flavor resides in this brew stays throughout the experience. It's rather well balanced and more on the dry side. The finish is quick and dry as well, with little to no linger; very clean.

Mouthfeel is relatively light and rather lively with the abundant carbonation. The bubbles aren't quite as bad as soda-pop but they are rather persistent. The swallow is relatively smooth and, combined with the quick finish, is very easy to drink. Sorry, Honey, but this one is pretty average to me.

SIRIUS2, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of diesel59
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

genesee cream... wow! i remember my old man and his best friend drinking this in the late 70s early 80s @ the hunting cabin in "PRATTSVILLE NY"... and probably the "PRATTSVILLE TAVERN" as well... i myself hadn't had this in quite some time and picked up a 12 pack today... in my opinion this is one of the smoothest most drinkable brews i have had... no nasty aromas or after tastes to be had.. and maintains a thin cream like head throughout.. its thin but its there... far exceeds any offerings from BMC... good jod Genesee... keep it up! P.S. our thoughts are with the people of "PRATTSVILLE NY" hope to see you all soon at the tavern...

diesel59, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of rugbycritic
3.9/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For those of you keeping score at home, the American Cream Ale style is one of two indiginous beers styles to North America (the other is California Common). Genny's got this one nailed. Just ask 'em. They've either won the category or silvered everytime.

It's kind of sweet for yellow beer. Distinctive corny smells and tastes. It's really not all that different from all the rest.

It's got a rep for providing the imbiber with the unfortunate ability to project ungodly emanations from their butts. The brewery feels this is undeserved, as most consumers consume quite large quantities of fermented liquids, then pile on unmentionable types of food, i.e. burritos, nachos, buffalo chicken wings, hash brownies. You get the idea.

It'll fit right in with the co-ed softball team. Besides, this was the stuff that my 'friends' spiked with a bit of vodka when I was 16 at an end of season party (soccer if you must know). I couldn't even ride my bike home, damn road was moving around too much. Loved it then, still love it today.

But it's better without the vodka.

rugbycritic, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of TuckerCarlson
3.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can purchased in a refrigerated 12-pack purchased at Tops Friendly Markets into a pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow with a thin, fizzy head. Basically no lacing.

Not much on the nose initially, but as it warms up it develops some...brown rice? With cotton candy bubblegum? Nothing strong, nothing wonderful, but certainly not unpleasant.

Think of a watered-down Sam Adams (not an inappropriate comparison when you consider that they came from the same facility, though it makes you question how well they clean the tanks) and you're pretty close. The taste is definitely down a notch, and the mouthfeel is noticeably thinner. Some malty sweetness goes back and forth with some yeasty sourness, but with a fairly clean finish. Kind of fizzy, but it fits the lighter style.

I'm well aware that others have argued the same before me, but I consider this beer to be a bit underrated. Triple the price and improve the product positioning, and I think Genny Cream Ale would fare better than it does.

This is not to say, of course, that Genny Cream Ale is in any way comparable to the more robust brews reviewed here; it is, however, a clear cut above the macro lagers found at a similar price point.

TuckerCarlson, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of markallmon
4.5/5  rDev +50%

markallmon, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

kuishinbo_tantei, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Todd
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle, twist-off cap, no freshness date.

Appearance: Crystal clear, light gold in colour with very little head -- just a very thin white foam lace.

Smell: Grain, fusel alcohols, light herbal hop aroma.

Taste: A smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Light-bodied. Malt sweetness is dextriny, a touch fruity and estery, but not overly sweet. Beer goes slightly crisp, a bit dry, then breaks into a light limey citrus rind bitterness, with bite and herbal-like qualities. Bitterness rides in on a fizzy carbonation. Fusel alcohols can be detected. Picking up some possible corn and/or rice adjuncts too. Aftertaste is oily, grainy with tannins.

Notes: Ah ... the memories. I remember my step-dad drinking this stuff out of the can back in the late 70's / early 80's. Given this, I can't hate this beer. It's not all that bad, for what it is. But would I keep it in my fridge all of the time? Hell no.

Todd, Oct 17, 2001
Photo of generallee
3.4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: It had a light golden yellow color with visible carbonation and an average size white fluffy head. The head faded as I drank and left some spotty lace that slides down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full of sweet grain and corn adjuncts. There are some light hints of grassy hops as well.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor is mostly sweet grain with a heavy corn flake cereal character. The hops are mild in flavor but offer more in the way of bitterness to the mix. On the tongue there is a slick creamy texture with some fizzy carbonation inside its light to medium body.

Notes: If retro beer is your thing, Genesee Cream Ale could be the next Pabst Blue Ribbon. Also noteworthy is that Genesee Cream Ale has won ten major medals at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup.

generallee, Aug 26, 2008
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1/5  rDev -66.7%

ValpoExpo, Jun 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev 0%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of iemailjack
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

Jason, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of mctizzz
2.25/5  rDev -25%

mctizzz, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. Thea roma is grain with a little bit of lemon mixed in. As the beer gets a little warmer I start to get some bubblegum notes, similar to what you get in some German wheat beers. The flavor doesn't have any of the bubblegum in it, but it goes have a lot of wheat, grain and a little bit of cream. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 28, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

SudsSurfer, Nov 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +33.3%

westcott, Jul 28, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -41.7%

dankjohn, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +33.3%

sgn4779, Jun 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +33.3%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
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Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 1,084 ratings.