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

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BA SCORE
70
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1,187 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Ratings: 1,187
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20%
Wants: 19
Gots: 104 | 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: 1,187 | Reviews: 517
Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of eggshell white head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Honey & a bit of perfumy hops

T: Honey & dryness up front. Some lemony hops & corny sweetness as this warms. Finishes dry with lemony hops & more honey sweetness

MF: Light bodied, soft, & fairly smooth with vigirous carbonation.

Drinks pretty easy, I could do about 2-3 of these before moving on. Brings aback a few memories

More User Reviews:
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 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 UrbanCaveman
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can, poured into a shaker pint at approximately 40 degrees F.

A: Pours a crystalline-clear pale yellow with a two-finger white head that quickly vanishes. Looks like watered-down apple cider in the glass. Bubbles stream from the bottom relentlessly.

S: No real aroma to speak of, just some vague grain malt and grassy-fruity hop odors.

T: See the "Smell" section above. A mouthful of of slightly-hopped grains, with vague hints of grass and apple.

M: Actually slightly creamy, with lively carbonation.

O: Not a bad go for a regional macro adjunct, especially for the price point of about $0.50 per 12 oz can. As has been mentioned by other reviewers, this is a fantastic beer to bring to a party, music festival, or similar event. If you're looking for an amazing beer experience, then by all means, pass on by. For what it is, however, this is decent.

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 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 John1985
3.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with dissipating head. Fresh malty flavor with a few hops in the back. Creamy texture and very smooth. A well made, straight forward, economical, lawn mower beer. Better than the macros in my opinion.

Photo of canoehornpoint
3.62/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a dense, white, but thin head. This dissapated quickly. This was highly carbonated and a rich gold color. Hop nose was good, in fact darn good for a macro. The taste was crisp and clean with good mouthfeel. This is a well balanced beer that doesn't taste like it's full of adjuncts. I was surprised as my father used to drink this.

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.

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 RoyalT
3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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.

Photo of CJKnowles
3.56/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
2.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of diesel59
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
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...

Photo of rugbycritic
3.88/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

Photo of TuckerCarlson
3.27/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Todd
3.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of generallee
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of beerkittycat
3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is crystal clear straw gold with a tight white head. Aroma has some faint corn-flake like malt but little hop aroma. Taste has the same corn-flake like malt with faint lemon-drop fruity esters. Medium low hop flavor and bitterness. Very clean and well-attenuated beer, but decent enough flavor and mouthfeel to remind you that this is an ale and not a lager. Great alternative to the big 3 lagers.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

i thought i would try this one, as it is kind of a staple beer in my home town. it pours a very clear straw yellow color. a nice white head that fades to absolutely nothing. the only thing i get in the nose is a kind of yeasty smell, almost a belgian yeast smell. the taste is actually quite refreshing, this would be a great beer for after mowing the lawn in summer or something. its not too watery as i thought or as the appearence would suggest. a lot of that yeast comes through in the taste as well. fairly light body. this is definately a very drinkable beer though, its not great, but its better than all the other macros. and for $3.50 a six pack you really cant go wrong. i will definately purchase this again next time im broke.

Photo of skivtjerry
3.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored and very clear. A bit more color than most macros, with a decent bead of foam. Starts out tasting like typical overcarbonated macro-corn-brau but then actual malt flavor makes an appearence. A little bit of grassy hop flavor too. When it's gone, the glass smalls like real beer instead of macrocrap. Not world class but certainly a few cuts above BMC. An excellent cheap refresher, if you don't expect too much. I could definitely slam a few after cutting and splitting firewood on a hot day. Not the best beer out there but maybe the most bang for the buck (12 bucks for a 30 pack, not including the 4.00 rebate).

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.37/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Straw yellow pour, white head, aroma was of corn, grits, mild flowers.

Can't really tell what makes this a cream ale from the taste, creamed corn maybe, tastes much like macro without the high levels of carbonation. Maybe that's what makes it a smooth cream ale or something, the lack of carbonation. Lacks hops.

Priced somewhere between macro and craft, that is somewhat admirable, but really, no quality of the beer other than its price is, and given that fact, (or opinion) it isn't really priced well all things considered (what am I, Nina Totenberg?)

Photo of ADR
2.93/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The last time I had a Genny Cream was around 1979. So its been awhile. Clear gold appearance, fluffy white bright head of about a minute's duration. Thin strings for lacing. A bit of a sharp aroma, slightly cheesy with cardboard and cheap characteristics. Light and airy mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation but works in its way. Tight flavor, mostly a corn sugary maltiness with little detectable hops and a pronounced fade. Clean brown sugar-tinged finish, odd "Lemon Pledge", without a grainy impression. Its hard to imagine a much more drinkable simple beer and that's the main category where this beer seems to stand out a bit.

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Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 1,187 ratings.