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

Genesee Cream AleGenesee Cream Ale

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948 Ratings

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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 19.27%

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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Photo of illpass78


3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weird stubby 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Looks very much like a pale lager. Two inch pillowy head, heavy carbonation and pretty heavy lacing. It's a clear golden straw color.

Aroma: The smell of this beer is very faint. Honestly kind of smells like water. Some very light barley malt is noticeable, but little else. Inoffensive is a good word for it.

Taste: It's a clean, crisp, refreshing, lager-like beer. It's malt-forward, with minimal hop bitterness. Adjuncts, if they are present, are not noticeable. Tasty; paired well with my stir fry tonight.

Mouthfeel: Light of body, but not light-beer-light. Mouthfeel is as it should be; you wouldn't want this to be heavy.

Overall: I'm surprised this is so poorly rated. It's not crafty or complex, but it's not trying to be and certainly doesn't need to be. It's a good no-frills cheap beer, and you can find the 24 oz. cans for something like $1.50, which is a pretty decent deal for a beer of this caliber.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 23:50:38 | More by illpass78
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Crystal clear deep golden color. A light tan fizzy head recedes quickly leaving neither film nor lacing.

Aroma: A sweet nose full of malts and corn.

Taste: A palate of sweet corn, sweet corn, and a touch of sourness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth and creamy.

Overall: Nice easy drinker for the price point.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 23:31:43 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of topofthehops

New York

2.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Drank MANY $2.00 pitchers of this while living in Albany, NY in the '70s. We actually thought of this as a "premium" offering compared to competitors such as Utica Club, Matt's, Pabst (well before it become PBR), Schlitz, etc. So I'm another reviewer for whom "nostalgia" is the operative word.

Anyway, bottom line is that nostalgia can only take you so far. My palate is completely different now. The best thing I can say about this is that it's not particularly offensive. But I have zero interest in revisiting this brew ever again. Life's too short to drink this, no matter how cheap it may be.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 00:26:53 | More by topofthehops
Photo of Carlton1964

New York

2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Drank this swill in the 70's on rare occasions...very rare. There was the Miller and there was the Genny clans....I was in the Miller group. So my 26 year old daughter asked what this stuff was while in a store...@ $4.95 a six pack I figured I'd punish her with it first hand. She drank and actually said it was a basic beer and not bad at all.
So..I had to try it again after a 30 year hiatus. Actually...not bad. Nothing special, but I get it...for someone seeking a smooth creamy beer with not a lot of flavor. Just hoping Genny Screamers don't follow!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 04:58:12 | More by Carlton1964
Photo of Retroman40


3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a tough one for me since Genesee Cream Ale was my first love when I was young. I still enjoy it today for what it is. One thing for certain is that I know just about no one who gives this a "neutral" rating - people love it or hate it. That said:

A - Pours out a nice golden color with a fleeting rich head.

S - The smell is mostly cereal with a very slight hop note.

T - The taste is better than the smell. Again, some grains with hops. The beer is neither sweet or sour.

M - Not thin, but not full bodied either.

O - For what it is, I still love it after 30+ years. The beer "pairs" very well with foods like hot wings.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 12:04:01 | More by Retroman40
Photo of MRHviolin16


3.85/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First cream ale I have had but I like the balance between the Pilsner and Ale that makes this style of beer unique.Bought at local convenience store for 1.99 for a 40oz. Initial reaction to smell was light beer smell that is pleasing to the nose but not over powering. Overall taste is enjoyable with a sweetness followed by a mild hopiness that balances out nicely. Very enjoyable on a budget and has a level of complexity that you can appreciate in a large production beer that is rarely scene these days for companies that have been sold to large beverage conglomerates. Its starts sweet and then the hops kick in and then finishes smooth, which is a nice play on the palate that made the overall drinking experience very enjoyable. It retains its character throughout the whole 40oz and unlike Budweiser seems that its integrity has been left in-tacked since the company buy out. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who can appreciate a cream ale and who wants a quality product at a reasonable price without sacrificing taste and refreshment.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 04:28:32 | More by MRHviolin16
Photo of StonedTrippin


2.86/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

i bought a sixer of this last night for $4.99. good to know budget beer that isn't awful still exists. while far from a delicious craft cream ale, this is still a pretty palatable brew by my standards, and has a lot more flavor and texture than the standard bmc swill. it pours perfectly clear, light golden in color, with some rapidly moving bubbles and a frothy white head that starts pretty tall, but fades out rather quickly to just a thin film. the nose is a touch metallic, but it has some decent pale grains and a soft sweetness that meshes well. the first half of the flavor experience is right on, delicate cereal grains mix with a true to its name creaminess that really works, but the second half is riddled by metallic overtones and a non hop bitter finish that lasts way too long on my tongue. a decent enough session beer if you can stomach a bunch of these, its light with a nice expansive feel and good carbonation, without being like a yellow soda. three quarters of a step above the miller light coors light bud lights of the world.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 12:57:52 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of DZiegler


2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle, but poured some into a glass to gauge the appearance

A: Gold colored with a small white head forming at the top

S: Go figure it smelled like a lot of cream ales, hints of vanilla and some grains

T: Sweet tasting with notes of vanilla on the back end.

M: Very easy to drink, light carbonation with not overpowering elements

O: Overall a pretty good beer and it was found at a great price, so you can't beat that. Definitely worth the money, but I can't see myself buying it at a higher price.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 17:14:55 | More by DZiegler
Photo of Alextricity


3/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 19:48:40 | More by Alextricity
Photo of blacktieman


2.94/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a sample into a short glass out of curiosity; this is clearly meant to be drunk from the bottle. Clear pale yellow, fizzy white head. Dead ringer for an adjunct lager.

Smell: Faint, sweet, hinting at corn adjunct.

Taste: Corn seems to be competing with malt, and neither one is trying too hard. No discernible hops. Nonetheless, no off-flavors, and the effect is overall pleasant.

Mouthfeel is the strong suit. As smooth as the name suggests, creamy yet light.

Genesee can be a great bargain, and is especially advisable after the palate has taken a beating from more complex brews. Competitive with revived Schlitz as the finest of the cheap American adjunct beers. Genesee shoots for merely "not bad," and runs headlong into "OK."

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 08:46:11 | More by blacktieman
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz stubby bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear and yellow with a white head that thins out leaving some thin lacing.

S - grainy aroma.

T - sweet and grainy tasting but that's exactly what I was expecting and looking for.

F - light/medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - a classic if you're from anywhere around New York.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 22:40:01 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of SomeCallMeTim

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Trying to recapture The Olde College Days, I recently picked up a 6-pack of Genny Cream. It's been over a quarter of a century since those days of walking across campus and seeing a Genesee Brewery truck roll up, offering Genny Cream at $0.25/cup (never glass - always plastic cup).

To heck with nostalgia - the grim reality of why it's been a quarter of a century between purchases struck hard. It is a great 25cent beer for somebody on a very tight budget (PBR seems to fill that bill with those darn whippersnappers today), but this stuff just can't stand on its own.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 20:05:34 | More by SomeCallMeTim
Photo of M_C_Hampton


3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a nonic pint glass, golden straw colored with a tiny white head that instantly disappeared leaving almost no lacing, crystal clear

S: cream soda, vanilla, corn, sweet malt, no real hop smell

T: quite sweet up front, light flavors, butterscotch, vanilla, pale malt, slight hop bitterness on finish

M: nice velvety smooth feel in the mouth, high carbonation

O: interesting beer, it looks line an AAL, not much smell, light but pleasant flavors

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 01:49:21 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of hardy008


2.25/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Golden color with a 1 1/2 finger head with decent retention and lacing. Smells like sweet grain with floral hops. Both the grains and the hops have a very light aroma.

The taste has sweet grain and floral hops. Both are on the light side. Has some balance which is nice, but not much flavor which is too bad. Unfortunately, this is bland.

Light to medium bodied with average carbonation, Finishes dry, with no real aftertaste. This is not a beer I care to try again. Bland.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 01:51:58 | More by hardy008
Photo of Tone


3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, cream, hint of hops, hint of sweet malt, and hint of rice. Fits the style of a Cream Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hops, hint of cream, and a hint of rice/corn. Overall, the cream aroma and body are weak, and the corn/rice flavor is prevalent in both body and feel.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 20:01:45 | More by Tone
Photo of Bitterbill


3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz stubby bottle, bottled June 11, 2012.

It pours a bright gold with a 2 finger head of foam .

It smells of corn, grain, light non descript bitterness.

It taste of corn, grain, slight bitterness, slight sweetness. Pretty good overall; it goes down easy and is refreshing on a hot summer day.

I reckon this is slightly above average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 22:48:50 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of imasloth


3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden color with notable white head. Fine lacing.

S- All malt. But in a nice grainy way. Not too shabby.

T- Nothing special, but not too bad. Tastes like it smells. Maybe a little alcohol in the back end.

M- Medium-bodied, some dryness in finish. Not much there.

O- Not as bad as I expected ...

"Easier to drink than a malt liquor" says my brother.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 20:01:09 | More by imasloth
Photo of jimmah120


3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz short bottle with no date

Look is like an adjunct lager, pale yellow/gold with a small white film. Smell is mild, sweet grain, faint hops, and alcohol. Taste is non-existent at first, followed by sweet corn, grain, and the presence of hops(no real hop flavor). Slightly fruity and bitter in the finish, lemon rind and overripe apple. Feel is the highlight of this beer: creamy, full, but light-bodied.

Decent enough cream ale, worth buying if you find it cheap enough.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 01:16:06 | More by jimmah120
Photo of t420o


2.4/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Genesee cream ale

A-The beer is a straw- golden color. The pour produces a 1 finger fizzy head that recedes quick and leaves no lacing. 3

S- sweet malt and some bitter hops. A Toffee smell also 3.5

T- pretty bland and kind of sweet. None of the hops come through. It's kin of just like a sweeter a bmc. I'd rather have a bud 2

M- over carbonated feeling. Weight is
Good though  2.5

O- not really my thing. 2 

D/ D+

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 06:45:36 | More by t420o
Photo of bubseymour


3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A = yellow and clear with a nice head

S = some malt and not much else

Taste - minimal flavor. Some grainy taste.

Mouthfeel - watery and light

Overall - easy drinker and light. Definitely a light summer beer to substitute for bud or something else.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 00:15:43 | More by bubseymour
Photo of aranheaney

New York

3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of the "Heritage Case"-8 Stubby Bottles of Regular Genny, 8 Cream Ales and 8 12 Horse (Review Coming Soon) for $8.99 at the Weber City Deli in Yorkshire, NY

Poured into nothing because it was at HLMC March event, we don't need no stinking beer glasses!

A-non-existant, other than the awesome retro stubby bottle

S-decent, but still macro

T-ok, some macro stuff, but way better than any BMC product

M-Crisp, clean and no caffeine

O-decent (and cheap enough) to maybe make this a go-to for this summer, much liike Yuengling was for me last summer

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 10:28:02 | More by aranheaney
Photo of DerekP


3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden-hay appearance with a bright white head provided its given the right pour (slims down of course, but retained). Not at all bashfully carbonated.

A grassy, spicy hops smell that I expected shows itself. Grapes/wine aroma. Light malts.

Dry, earthy graininess up front. Splash of hops. The palate becomes acclimated and this brew flaunts a favorable creaminess. A touch of bread. Light in flavor.

A sweet roundness to this brew. Further along and that creaminess I stood by becomes a bit cloying. Lingers at times.

Overall, a decent brew. I had this out the bottle and into a Czech pilsner glass. Cost me $0.80 at my favorite bottle-shop, Guntown Beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 22:50:12 | More by DerekP
Photo of jsisko01


3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear caramel color with a half inch, creamy white head. The lacing is ok..

Smell - Has a subtle sweetness, along with a little bit of vanilla. Nothing else really stands out.

Taste - Pretty sweet, bready, lightly toasted malts, generic creaminess, and minimal bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - This is only the second cream ale I've ever tried. It's definitely not a bad beer, I could drink on it all night.. But it's definitely not as good as the Little Kings cream ale I tried. That stuff was great.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 05:52:47 | More by jsisko01
Photo of Misfit138


2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Straw in color with bright white head

S- Smell is mostly sweet corn with hints of wheat and malts

T- Mostly like the smell, sweet corn, wheat and mild malts with just hints of hops

M- Light in body with fair carbonation

O- Better than expected, but pretty much a common lager. For some reason today it was just what I wanted.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 03:07:04 | More by Misfit138
Photo of ElCommodoro


3.85/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent straw colour with a little white head with large bubbles. The smell is sweet, like a malt liquor or an old man beer. Def some adjuncts in there.
Taste is blander than the smell. Typical old man beer. Taste's like your uncle's breath smells. It's sweet and grainy. As old man beers go, this is probably the best I've had, though. Good job, Genesee.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 10:04:11 | More by ElCommodoro
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Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.