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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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1,027 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,027
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 19.27%
Wants: 16
Gots: 48 | 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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Photo of Pegasus


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

Appearance: Pours a nice medium golden color with an abundance of carbonation and a half-inch thick creamy white head, which retains very well; there is an abundance of broken lace.

Aroma: Pleasant honeysuckle aroma from the sweet malts; there are lemony hops as well, and hints of alcohol.

Taste: Opens with sweet malt, prominent and warming alcohol notes, midway through the taste, lingering bitter citrus hops appear; finishes clean and dry.

Mouth feel: Begins with soft carbonation, the mouth feel is smooth, creamy, and rather full, quite nice.

Drinkability/notes: Overall, this is a quite refreshing and very drinkable beer and would be quite pleasing in the summer season.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 18:39:48 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Morris729


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

Pours a medium golden color with a thin white head that quickly fades into a thin and bubbly lace. Nose is dominated by sweet malts with little else present. Light in body with a clean and crisp mouthfeel. Taste is also mostly sweet malts with only a trace amount of hop bitterness and a dry finish. A very one-dimensional brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2003 12:34:15 | More by Morris729
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Genesee Cream Ale seems like one of those beers where you either "like it or you don't." For me, it's not outstanding in any particular way but a decent cheap beer that rivals PBR. I would take it any day over one of the Big 3, but I can see how some are put off by this beer.

Genny Cream Ale pours a bright straw/light gold color with a thin white head of foam that disappears rather quickly. The beer does not present much in the smell department: some caramel malt smell and alcohol, but in limited quantities. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and is perhaps a bit less carbonated than your typical standard American lager. The initial taste of malt reminds me somewhat of vanilla. This beer is very much on the sweet side, as a sweet grainy taste is present throughout most of the beer. Hops are barely present and add some dryness to the finish, but not enough to balance the beer. The aftertaste is very clean, but some DMS and corn pops up, along with a slight breadiness. The beer concludes with almost no alcoholic warmth.

To me, Genny strikes me as a beer that can't make up its mind whether its an ale or lager. I find it to be a very drinkable beer with a decent flavor, but the sweetness can put off a lot of people. It seems to be a good accompaniment to burgers off the grill (preferably with cheese and bacon). Overall, I would put this towards the top of cheap beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2003 00:56:46 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of shirfan

New York

2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

With all the recent talk about Rochester, I decided to try the legend. Growing up in Buffalo, I drank plenty of Genny, but never touched the green ones on reputation alone.

That said, this isn't bad for a cheapest-of-the-cheap beer.

Pours plain and clear gold, ok head that drops down a thin layer of lace. Aroma is clean and mild, just a hint of spicy/floral hops.

Taste is watery, but that can be forgiven, because there's nothing especially offensive happening either. Starts slightly malty, not sickly sweet like many macros. Corn can be detected in the middle for just a moment before a sour lime flavor whisks it away and finishes with a carbonated, dry, just slightly spicy rumor of hops.

There are plenty of truly nasty beers, this isn't one of them. Truthfully, it's best suited for battering fish, but if this were in a cooler of free beer with other american macros, I'd take it.

Serving type: can

02-10-2003 14:39:21 | More by shirfan
Photo of bmills1608


2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden color, white head. Very typical in appearance and nose for a macro. Nose has a bit of wet grass mustiness.

Taste is generic, mild mannered, adjunct/additives heavy, with a touch of grain and bread dough, slightly sweet. I guess you can describe the flavor as being "creamy" but, that might be a preconception, hard to say. Carbonation in this beer is rather low, I think it helps the beer a lot. Enough already with fizzy soda like carbonation. One of the best super cheap beers.

Serving type: can

02-10-2003 08:51:13 | More by bmills1608
Photo of Delirium


2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Highly carbonated gold-amber pour settles down quickly, from an explove frothy head to a coating deflated lace. Smells lightly of spice and lime. Alcohol, alcohol, alcohol, I wonder it's leaded. The melodramatic wet dog flavor stays consistant with a musky, crisp taste and a sandy, smarmy finish. Quite a bang for your buck.

Serving type: can

01-25-2003 14:03:41 | More by Delirium
Photo of Gusler


2.05/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another beer headed to the “Dead Beer File”, so one last review before its ultimate demise, at least for me. The pour a bright gold color, the head average and bright white, as it decays, leaves behind a thin sheet to cover the glass. Nose is malt, sweet, and fresh, sweet malt start, the top quite thin, the finish as weak as water, mild carbonation, the hops scarce, aftertaste dry. Personally a total loss, it does beat dying of thirst, but just barely.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2003 13:35:51 | More by Gusler
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

it's better out of the bottle. it is much smoother and creamier, and it has a lot more flavor. the can is lacking all the qualities that make it a pretty good beer to drink. it is still decent and you can throw em back, but it is not anything special.

Serving type: can

12-30-2002 17:39:31 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of Dantes

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am probably rating this beer a bit high, but it is because I think it deserves a little credit. This beer was one of the standard keg beers at my fraternity and it served us very well. I still enjoy visiting the house and re-living some good times. First, it is MUCH better on draught than in bottles or cans. Second, when you are constrained by a budget; you need 8-10 kegs a week for general consumption, and more for parties; you need to please 60+ guys; and your alternatives are Meisterbrau, Coors, Budweiser, Old Milwaukee, and the like; Genny Cream is a great alternative. Finally, I think this used to be a better beer before it became more widely distributed and the parent company underwent a re-organization.

Appearance: light straw, with a nice, soft, moussy head.

Smell: sweet, doughy, with a touch of cotton candy.

Taste: again sweet, with a reminder of bread dough. No real hops. Not very complex.

Mouthfeel: Not much body, but smooth, un-challenging. No real finish, but no sour notes or chemical remnants.

Drinkability: Very drinkable cold and fresh on draught. A reliable beer for drinking in quantity.

Bottom Line: Definitely a better alternative than the "standards," especially on draught. A reliable, inexpensive session beer that satisfies the requirements of its category, but won't make you say "wow."

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2002 14:34:37 | More by Dantes
Photo of Kwak

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Genesee Cream Ale
Head: Thin white foam dosn't hang on verry long.
Body: Clear yellowish tint .
Taste: Smothe light creemy flavor slight bit of malt.
Aftertaste was mello and refreshning.

Good for this style, watch out for the "Genee scremers".

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2002 18:00:31 | More by Kwak
Photo of BeerBob


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

Genesee Cream Ale pours a nice golden amber from a 12oz twist off cap bottle. Head went to a little over one finger then settled down to a thin cap of foam.

Nose of damp grain and faint sulfur with whiffs of alcohol. Palate is a creamy smooth grain with a balance of bitter hops, and some citrus just before the carbonation kicks in for a wake up call.

Genesee Cream Ale is indeed creamy and smooth and has no cloy sweetness that can be found in other cream ales.

Thanks bditty187 for the trade so I could review this beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2002 20:36:45 | More by BeerBob
Photo of bewareOFpenguin


2.05/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

When I think of "cream" it is usually stout, so I had to try this. There is no cream to the taste. It has a hoppy taste, but overall I rank it in the "Pabst" class of beers. I will not be drinking this again any time soon.

Serving type: can

10-17-2002 08:41:37 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Photo of bditty187


2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The only flaw this beer offered was the metallic, sulfur, hay-like smell but that did not affect the taste (only my desire to take a sip). The hops were present; there was a sweet flavor as well (from the malt and/or adjuncts). The creamy-grassy-floral accompaniment was fine. The head was white, reached a ½ inch; laced fairly well… the body was yellow.

By no means, would I say this beer is wonderful, I purchased a 6-pack ($5.50) and that seems like enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 12:49:42 | More by bditty187
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

To be fair, this can has sat in the vegetable crisper for well over a year, but it tastes as it did when the six-pack was purchased. It smells grainy with a little bit of fruit, but nothing special and pours golden with a hint of orange. Not too carbonated, and is slightly sweet with nondescript yet present hops. It has a thin body, but is not watery from residual sugars. Overall, not a bad beer. Better than most macros.

Serving type: can

09-17-2002 11:20:16 | More by yen157
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.29/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Genesee Cream Ale
Rich golden in color beneath a fizzy white head. The head retention and lacing are no better than any standard American lager. The aroma offers malt and fruit (apple) with a light touch of hops in the background. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy. The flavor offers a bit of fruitiness and it's well balanced by a malt and hop base that's just slightly sweet. A bit one dimensional, but it offers far more character than the basic "Genesee Beer". It finishes slightly sticky on the back of the tongue without any real dryness, but it's not cloying either. The fruitiness lingers nicely as the malty sweetness fades gently away. Lightly refreshing. Not challenging. More interesting than a lot of basic American lagers because of the yeasty fruit component.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2002 06:06:57 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of DarthMalt


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

Well, I would say, "great-quaffing lawnmower beer," but, in all honesty, it's a little harsh for quenching the thist (perhaps it tastes just right on Rochester lawns).

The can looks to belong in the beeraphernalia hall of fame--almost a Cooperstown sort of feel. I acquired a 30-pack, totally on a lark, from my local import/micro shop. I had to buy it, since I asked in the first place.

Back to the profile. Harsh: hot, sour ferment; thin, thin body; a mysterious reckoning in the a.b.v. department. What's going on here? "Say, Buddy! Have you ever tried this micro-brew, fresh from the hills of Rochester?"

To be fair, there is a chance that the case I bought sat in the store fridge for a year or more. I'll have to hunt it out, next time I am upstate.

Shotgun, anyone?

Serving type: can

07-04-2002 12:02:38 | More by DarthMalt
Photo of John1985


3.13/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2002 17:35:35 | More by John1985
Photo of canoehornpoint


3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: can

06-10-2002 19:09:38 | More by canoehornpoint
Photo of psugrad98


2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is generally average in everyway, except for the cream ale style. Body of an ale, with the flavor and appearance of a lager. As the name implies, it does have somewhat a chewey, creamy texture. Flavor falls short of expectations.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2002 12:51:31 | More by psugrad98
Photo of mickeymac


2.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had a friend from New Jersey who was always raving about Genny Cream. We finally found a bar that served it and sat down to enjoy some. To say I was disappointed after all the hype would be an understatement. This beer doesn't have anything going for it. Hops are barely there. It has an unpleasant sweet taste and an even more unpleasant aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2002 12:42:59 | More by mickeymac
Photo of marc77


1.93/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very clear light golden hue, w/ a thin head that manages to coat the glass. Sweet corn adjunct and cooked cabbage DMS aroma. Husky 6 - row notes as well. Definitely not appetizing aromawise. Light in body and sharply carbonated. The very low hop bitterness leaves the beer quite sweet. The residual corn sweetness is offputting. The finish is one dimensionally sweet and a bit astringent. Has this beer always been this poor? WAY too much flaked corn used as an adjunct.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2002 19:25:53 | More by marc77
Photo of packetknife


2.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A pool hall in Florida I used to frequent sells this. Sweet, a bit hoppy, seems to have lots of artificials as it'll discolor anything. No odor to speak of. Oddly, it's better straight out of the can. I guess the extra metal helps. A bit thin and leaves residue behind.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2002 04:25:59 | More by packetknife
Photo of Suds


2.13/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Although not a great beer, this brew has an undeserved reputation. A somewhat perceptible hop flavor and a surprising sweetness separate this beer from many others in its class. One of the few "non-craft" beers that I still stomach.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2002 12:16:51 | More by Suds
Photo of proc


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

Genny Cream isn't readily found in my neck of the woods, but I'll pick it up when I see it from time to time. This is a decent drink, I don't care what anyone says. Its not complex, but it is refreshing. Great to drink while BBQ-ing steaks.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2002 15:58:35 | More by proc
Photo of ZAP


3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This a one of the classics of my dad who doesn't drink much..he had one while out east about 20 years ago and it has since been his favorite ever since mainly because we can't get it in Minnesota(kind of like the old Coors mystique)..I am not as high on it as him, but it is not a bad drinking cream ale. It does not have a cheap taste to it at all. It is slick on the back of the tounge....sweetish, but not like a bad malt-liqour sweetish..a slight hint of a corn adjunct taste...not bad at all, but not one of the all-time greats as my dad thinks..I'd say slightly above average when compared to all the macro lagers out there. It does have a bit of an unexpected aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2002 18:37:37 | More by ZAP
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