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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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1,134 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,134
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20%
Wants: 18
Gots: 75 | 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 scottum
2.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the can this brew pours a straw amber with a thin headskie. Good for a cheap beer. Sweet with good balance and mouthfeel. There is nothing at all special going on with this one, but it is easy to drink and easy on the pocketbooks so I won't knock it.

scottum, Dec 08, 2007
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

russpowell, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of Black7Blue
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's an Upstate New york classic. Most kids can recognize this beer in a more familar setting: in their dad's hands while doing some sort of manly work. And at $5 a twelve pack, it shows how thrifty he was too. Genesee Cream Ale is going througha revival right now in Rochester, and deservedly so. This beer has a strong smell, but still sweet in the nostrils. The taste can be rough at first, but your pallet will adjust accordingly. It's not the best beer to sit down and take notes on, but on a warm summer's day, grab a Genny Cream Ale and go out and mow you lawn...it's what your dad would have done.

Black7Blue, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of Macdoyal
2.85/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok lets see.
Appearance : Looks like beer. I did pure what was left in my can into a small glass and a huge impressive head came up and nice golden color came out.

Smell : Smells like ale, i'm not a huge ale guy normally but this must be ale cause the lagers I normally drink smell "sharper" for lack of a better term. Not much smell to speak of besides that.

Taste : I read a review that suggested letting this beer get a little warmer and I must say that as i drink it there does seem to be a happy area between too cold and too warm that this beer is very very tasty. It's pretty full flavored, I made the mistake of assuming that Genesee ment watered down. Maybe if I got the light beer.

Mouthfeel : Very nice and smooth.

Drinkability : After having one and getting use the aleyness of it I desided that I could drink some more of these. For some reason the first ones just rough for me.

Macdoyal, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of simmons
2.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Apperance:Very bright yellowish beer with a very thin white head that only lasts a few seconds leaving a thin white lace behind.

Aroma: All that is present is a stale malt aroma....that all

Flavor: The malt flavor is mildly sweet with a corn taste that lingers in your mouth for a long time. Lots of unneeded adjuncts in this beer. There is no hop flavor in this beer at all. It just tasts like a high class macro that is stale.

Mouthfeel:The water used in this beer is soft with mild carbonation. There is really nothing to balance the malt is awfull and theres no hops to enjoy at all.

Overall: This beer was $4 a 6 pack so dont expect all to much. Knowing that this beer is still not all that great. The malt flavor is corny and stale with no hops at all. This is something you buy when you are broke and have no homebrew around. If you need to by this then I would suggest buying some rum or something else. I use to by this beer to go fishing all the time and never thought anything of it so I guess it goes well with fish and worms.

simmons, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a nice frothy head that holds up well. Aroma reminds me of a lager even though it's a cream ale. Taste is smooth and malty upfront with a creamy texture. Very much the taste of a lager but the body of an ale. I'm not quite sure what to expect as I've never had this style. However, I am impressed with the taste of this and would rate it well.

Brad007, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a little surprised to see all the negative reviews for this beer on the site. Not that this is a Stone or Three Floyd's quality brew, but within the style (to say nothing of price or hipster cool) it's actually quite decent.

In fairness, I have a soft spot for this one as I drained it furiously in my college days in the hinterlands of upstate New York with tons of looney hillbillies who were raised on it. I prefer the old green cans with plain block lettering: "GENNY CREAM ALE" and no frills of any kind but the bottles are ok too.

Genny pours a pale straw with a mighty white head that disappears to nothing mighty fast. Nose is crystal malts and adjunct and a little skunk for good measure. Mellow, light flavor with slight whiff of hops at the finish and a clean departure. The mouthfeel is where the cream part comes in as it's smooth as a baby's bottom. These slide down like water; I could have gone 4.5 on mouthfeel if initial carbonation was a little more relaxed. Very easy to drink multiples as I've implied more than once. When slumming it, Genny and PBR are my two domestic faves.

daliandragon, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can from Joka's in Waterville. Pours pale yellow with virtually no lasting head. Smells sweet more than anything else with hints of graininess and floral hops. Tastes sweet too, with something tasting like lactose dominating, with hints of adjunct and malt flavor, as well slight amounts of floral hops and grain bitterness on the finish. Thin to medium in body. Very drinkable. One sip definitely invites another. By no means the best beer in the world, nor the most complex, but a simple tasty beer. One of the best macro beers around, and a great value - 6.25$ per 12-pack!

MrHurmateeowish, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of Maestro
2.78/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is unique. I thought maybe the bottle would be better, but it was worse than the can. As for the appearance, it looks like the average American macro lager. The nose is sweeter and the taste is sweet, as well. The mouthfeel is bitey. The drinkabliity was low for me. I just couldn't get past the "cream". Mission accomplished.

Maestro, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of WillieMoe
3.55/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'The Screamer" as it's affectionately known locally, is not a bad beer. It pours light gold, with light head and a bit of lacing. It'ssmell is a bit light, but it goes down smooth. You don't reall get a malty or hoppy taste about it. It's slightly better tahn most macros out there.

WillieMoe, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
2.8/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12-oz bottle into a 12-oz mug, this beer pours a clear apple-juice color with a head that disappears in seconds. Aroma is just a faint scent of grain. Sweet grainy malt makes up about the whole of the flavor. No yeast character to speak of, and bitterness is so low as to be nearly non-detectable. Body is thin and light.

The blandest of the bland ales. It's hard to see why this warrants an entire style of its own.

allengarvin, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of Skotrat
4.13/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You know, I am pretty much a beer snob. I like the high end micros and complain about bud miller or coors whenever I get the chance. Yet there is just something splendid about Genesee Cream Ale.

Whether I am drinking one in the dead of winter or the heat of summer I always find it to be an easy drinking example of the style.

When I could not find it locally I even cloned a homebrew recipe for it so that I could make it whenever I wanted.

I love this beer

Skotrat, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.55/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Gold lagerish color, with white head, very good retention and some lacing, very nice.

S: Malty, bready smell, almost smells like a French baguette.

T: A little light, but a good solid maltiness, I'm having a hard time finding any trace of a hop.

M: Quite good, smooth, not too carbonated, goes down easy.

D: I was quite surprised, I wasn't expecting much, and I got a pretty decent beer. Probably not worth the $7.99 I paid for the sixer, but a good selection. A pretty nice beer, definitely a step above your average macro. To add after having a few, I'm still enjoying them, and they don't taste like shit when warm, I'm liking this.

Halcyondays, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
2.05/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well I gotta admit, the term Cream Ale has sort of thrown me for a while and left me kinda debating whether or not I really wanted to go there or not. I dont particularly know why it just did not seem that enticing to me. So I finally figured, I am a grown man and need to put my unfounded fears aside and give it the old college try. So I went and picked up a Genesee Cream Ale. I figured what the hell, and my dad said he swears by this beer so we shall see. The bottle was fairly plain, with an old fashioned type label, looked like something my dad may have drank 20 years ago. So lets see what we have here.

Poured the palest golden yellow I have ever seen. I mean, this made a Bud Light look like an amber boch! Big white fizzyhead quickly faded to absoloutly nothing, leaving behind no lace and only the subtlest of films across the top. Tons of carbonation streaming, almost non stop from the bottom of the glass. Almost looked like champagne or something, or a Mountain Dew in appearence would be the best way to describe it. Fairly unimpressed with the looks of this one so far, but I have learned that looks can be decieving, especially in the beer world, so I shall continue on...

The smell was well, not really there would be the best way to describe it. It was the faintest of grain smells, almost maybea corn quality to it. So very light though that it was barely noticeable. Perhaps it was a puffed rice smell, as it vaguely reminded me of rice crispies in what I could detect in the aroma. Unimpressed again here, and I am really not getting the best impression here.

So I dove in and went for a taste. First impression was well soda water. This is a fizzy mess. Tasted like you typical light lager, but with somewhat sour grape or a light corn or something else cant really place it in there. Not really very good. Very light in texture and feel. Hugely carbonated and almost non existent on the palate. This really reminded me of some kinda of soda, or what I would think a non alcoholic beer would taste like(haven't gone there yet). I am not really sure what else I can say as far as flavor, there is just not that much there.

Overall, blah. This was one of the more forgettable beers I have ever had, and I have had some that are just downright wrong. I would actually rather have a macro than this, there just was really nothing redeeming at all here for me. Maybe it is just this one ale, and not the style, but this was about as bland as bland can beer. I will easily pass on this if it ever crosses my path again.

mikesgroove, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of giblet
2.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Jenny Scream!!! my buddies dad would buy this and we would sneak it when we could. this is another pretty decent light lager. worth a try. good when served cold on a hot day.

good thirst quencher that actually has some body to it. it is not easy to find in ohio though.

suckem up and movem out!


p.s. "Beer is proof that God loves man." Ben Franklin

giblet, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of Mdog
2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear gold with a quickly fading head.

Smell: Light breadiness.

Taste: Smooth grain/bread flavor, not too sweet but no big hop notes.

Drinkability: Light enough to have several if warranted.

Picked up a single to try this one out. This is a beer that would be a good choice for a multiple beer session/alternative to the macros. That's probably why I've seen it in 40oz bottles.

Mdog, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light sweet pretty creamy malt caramel sweet. Light spicy hops, a little fruity. Well balanced.

Medium straw. Clear. Good head, but poor retention.

Clean light, light malty attack. Grainy warmth toasty floral hop mid. Clean finish. It is a little creamy with light malt character and lighter hop flavor. Medium-low bitterness. There is a touch of grainy adjunct taste but it's not too bad.

Thin body with medium-high carbonation. Feels pretty nice.

Light and crisp. Extremely refreshing with a surprisingly inoffensive taste. Great sessionability.

MrHungryMonkey, Jun 24, 2007
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 musicjustintime
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first time trying Genny Cream. Don't know why it took me so long, but I finally gave it a chance, especially for $15.99/30 pk.

It's a decent beer, really. Very "creamy" on the tongue....a bit of a hop bite at the end, but nothing to speak of. (I'm not a "hop-head" like many out there, anyway.) Very little flavor to speak of either, but just enough to know you're having an American Macro on a hot Pennsylvania summer day.

I'd say it's a balanced beer, with just enough "hop" bitterness at the end to satisfy some of you hop-lovers...but doesn't stay on your tongue for too long, which I like. Very smooth and drinkable. I'd recommend it, especially for the price and good for a hot summer day. Plus, the ABV is over 5%, which isn't a bad thing either! Cheers, my friends!

musicjustintime, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Genesee Cream Ale pours a fingers worth of foam over
a clear apple-juice colored brew. Carbonation is not that
active, but steady, though not enough to do more than keep
a ring of foam in the glass once the head subsides. The nose
is light malt and ale yeast. The flavor is slightly fruity malt up
front with a suggestion of herbal hop in the finish. The mouthfeel
is crisp yet a bit soft and round. There's nothing spectacular here,
it is what it is, a clean refreshing session brew- perfect for picnics,
hanging out on the porch, or even luring a macro drinker over
to something better.

shadow1961, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of session1979
3.03/5  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.

session1979, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of RedChrome
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow body is as clear as water. Pure white three quarter inch head faded over a minute. Slightly above average amount of carbonation rising.

Just average in strength of the malt. There is a blend I have come to associate as a blend of rice and corn. A deeper nose full also shows a very weak hops note.

Taste is extremely sweet blend of adjunct flavors and minor malt presence. Hops make no appearance in the taste. Aftertaste is mainly flavors of corn. Balance is average.

Super smooth beer on the tongue. Carbonation withers quickly in the mouth.

A decent offering. This on works well with any picnic food. A great choice to carry with you on the golf course on a hot day. Better then most of it's American lager counterparts for canned beer, save a few exceptions.

RedChrome, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden straw color with a nice white head that recedes into a splotchy film on the surface. Fairly big bubbles jostle their way to the top and eventually die out.

Aroma, according to style, seems appropriate. Lager smelling with adjuncts thrown in. Seems like corn followed by rice followed my malt. Minimal hop aroma.

Again, okay for style, but not impressed with the flavor here. Very sweet in the front, followed by some husky grains and corn, and followed with some lingering malt liquor flavors.

Mouthfeel is dry and watery. The palate feels clean immediately but the aftertaste remains for quite a bit, imparting a cheap whiskey type feel. I am not sure I would recommend this. I would probably pick a typical macro like Bud over this, all stereotypes aside. Stylewise I suppose it is close, but I dont really like it. It was worth a try but this will be the last sixer I buy.

SaCkErZ9, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is usually one that people love or hate; being in upstate NY most people love it. I would have be in the middle on this one. It is alright for the price. It is a little better than getting what you pay for.

Appearance- Golden yellow. A nice head at first but no staying power.

Smell- Faint with some mass produced smell.

Taste- I would have to go with balanced between hops and malt.

Mouthfeel. Easy going. It could be a casual dinner beer or a party beer

Drinkability- Good I like this one with a restaurant burger.

MTNboy, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of Durge
2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big bubbly white head that disappears quickly. Pale yellow liquid with medium carbonation. The aroma is not pretty to me, have to say it was a bit like something related to a bathroom. The flavor was fortunately a solid improvement over the aroma. The immediate sense was that of the creamy, malty goodness that I recall from college days in the 70's. Genny Cream was really the definition of what I like about cream ales although I have come to learn that the style may typically bring heartier concoctions then that. This newer version does not deliver quite the same level of creaminess I admired during those dorm life years. There is a bit more alcohol presence and even a lemony taste at the finish. Though not much up to my nostalgic expectations, it was a drinkable selection with a little bit of creamy goodness. Generally weak in flavor and hard to get past the aroma. Different but not impressive.

Durge, Jun 11, 2007
Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 1,134 ratings.