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

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Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Genny" Cream Ale.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001

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Reviews by session1979:
Photo of session1979
3.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Setting/Pairing: Got home today with a 6 pack under my arm and a delivery from Tampa at my door. I decided to pair this with a TS NO. 50 fresh from the bundle, my first time for both the cigar and beer. Got the camera and went out to the patio to find a pleasant 70 degree evening.

Appearance: Poured a light yellow with a 2 finger head.

Smell: Mildy sweet aroma with some noticeable grain on the nose. Again, not overwhelming but expected for this type of beer.

Taste: This is not your typical domestic beer flavored water, this actually has some flavor. Starts with a dry malt flavor, then the carbonation adds some bite. The finish shows some slight hoppy presence.

Mouthfeel: Light texture but coated the mouth well, the finish was quite refreshing.

Drinkability: Goes down easy with little alcoholic presence. Go for it, at $12.99 a 30 pack price isn't going to stop you.

Final Comments: When I went to my shop to pick this up today I was met by my beer guy who saw the 6 pack in my cart and asked what I was doing with that as it was far different then what I usually buy. I told him I had some friends on the east coast who suggested it and asked him what he knew about it, I'm glad I asked. He said that it was the first beer he ever had which surprised me so he told me the story.. "When I was a kid in the early 70's my dad would get home from work and head to the front porch with a Genesee Cream in one hand and a cheap cigar in the other. One day when I was 9 or 10 I asked him what it tasted like and he said "you tell me" and gave me a sip. It's a memory I will never forget." That pretty much summed up this beer for me, thanks for the recommendation guys.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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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 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 Jensen83
4.24/5  rDev +39%
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.

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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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Photo of hockeystiff8
3.85/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

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Photo of CJKnowles
3.56/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.96/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Genesee Cream Ale has a thick, white head, and a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, with some lacing left behind. The aroma is almost nonexistent, but the taste is bold, sweet, slightly hoppy, citrusy, and grainy. Mouthfeel is light to moderate, and Genesee Cream Ale finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry (like a lager). Overall, this is tastier and sweeter than a regular American-style lager beer, and I think it’s delicious.


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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 Dogstickfetch
3.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I always say "you have to take something for what it's worth". Odds are, most people don't immediately see this as a bring-to-a-party beer, but it's great for that. For the value, you can't beat it. Especially if you're someone who likes a decent finish on your cheap party beer.

It's malty, that's for sure. And it offers something to chew on. Easy to go through a few in a short amount of time. No, this isn't a radical wild yeast / farmhouse / craft beer, but it's a fine buddy to bring to a party.

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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 John1985
3.12/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
3.62/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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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 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 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 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 RoyalT
3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.01/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of woodchipper
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SIRIUS2
2.83/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of diesel59
3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
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...

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Photo of rugbycritic
3.88/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

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