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

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Reviews: 512
Hads: 1,247
Avg: 3.05
pDev: 30.49%
Wants: 25
Gots: 141 | 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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Photo of Scrapss
3.44/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a freshly rinsed champagne flute.

A: extra clear straw light appearance. Tight bubbles and 3 mm disk with soapy lacing. retains head well if it is swirled half way through. Looks very much what the style dictates.

S: Here's where it starts going to turn some people off Some corn and vegetal notes. Gentle, skunky notes with euro hops. Whew, that's got some sharp nose. Very unlike some macroswill that may appear similar in the glass, the nose of this brew is not disgusting and even improves with warmth instead of getting nasty.

T: Smooth on the hit and uptake, very little hoppy notes, gentle noble-like hops. malt is an un-roasted milled blend of a variety of some very innocuous kinds of grains. Ale yeast is mild and provides a very slight yeasty toasty note.

M: Crisp. Some metallic notes once it gets very warm. Smooth. Malt does not bite, yeast is helping to add some playful notes. Malty gentle out breath. Friendly on the palate. Very slightly dry at finish.

O: I love this beer for something light when I feel like putting away some light stuff and not blow my palate away with big all malts, big stouts with roasted unobtainium nibs, or huge triple IPA/Devil Dancer stuff.

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Photo of MRHviolin16
3.81/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.56/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a thin pilsner glass, color is gold, head is bright white, thick at first, then dissipates to a ring; very good carbonation.

Smell is light, thin pilsner malts, light fruitiness.

Taste is very crisp, slightly biting, carbonation is strong, malt flavors are present, ale yeast is providing some fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, biting upfront, then dissipates to sweeter, slightly corny and malt flavor lingering.

Overall, this is a macro style cream ale, but its got a good bit of flavor from the sweeter malt and ale yeast.

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Photo of KentT
3.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased in Chattanooga, TN. $9.99 a 12 pack in cans. Appearance is a light yellow and clear and pours with a slight bit of head with a little lacing. Smell suggests a slight bit of alcohol note with some citrusy overtones. Taste is a malty bread like note with apple, and some clove notes to finish. Mouthfeel is very smooth with no bad aftertaste. This is overall, cheap, excellent and a great session American Cream Ale. Smooth, delicious, and easy to drink. Beats the BMC offerings and usually cheaper to boot. I would drink much more of this if I could get it easier without an hour's drive South.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Pours a translucent super pale yellow with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is sour with some grains. Hints of creamy sweetness. The taste is a blend of the sweet lactose, bread, and some cut grass. Slightly sour towards the finish. Surprising amount of booze flavor considering the low ABV. Light and creamy mouthfeel on a beer that is insanely drinkable. Overall, its not a bad beer by any stretch and considering the price it's a good one to have in the fridge regularly. I know I'll have it again.

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Photo of DagenhamDavis
3.09/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Have had many times, particularly out of 24 oz cans. Have especially fond memories of introducing this beer from my native New York to a friend in Missouri.
Got the 6 pack of 12 oz cans for $3.99 at the package store. For super discount brew this is a good value, and nothing to be ashamed of. Certainly a step up from some other Genny products or the more expensive Bud, Miller, et cetera.

Poured from a 12 Oz can into a pint glass.

A- Appears foamier (not fizzier) than some other beers of this scope. BIg 2 finger frothy head that seems to be sticking around. Color is darker than pale straw, kind of golden. Leaves a nice lacing.

S- Sweet and booze.

T- Sweet, and with a bit of corn funkiness and metallic note. This is not a beer to be savored I wouldn't guess. Nice finish without much of an aftertaste.

M- Kind of creamy. I think the cream in cream ale is for the texture.

O- One of my choices in super value price beer, but not one of my first choices overall. The appearance and mouthfeel are something special, and give this brew a step above some other AAL offerings.

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Photo of Beermaster70
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A beer with the high school memories. Back then you always saw this beer in 12 oz bottles. Now I just see it in 12 oz cans. This is a nice beer to sit back after a hard day and have a couple cold ones. I think it is better than Budweiser, which is also more expensive. An enjoyable American adjunct lager (I know it is actually officially a cream ale) for us folks that enjoy them.

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Photo of JoLight
2.64/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Appearance - light golden with a stark white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma - Very sweet adjuncts.

Taste - A gritty bitterness rides from the beginning of the taste, all the way to the end. It's sweet, with lots of white breadiness from the beginning to the end. Maybe a little metallic flavor in there, somewhere.

Mouthfeel - watery, yet sort of fluffy.

Finish - Fairly dry.

Overall, I wouldn't put it on my no-fly list, but I won't buy it ever again, and I wouldn't suggest it to anyone.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of HarlequinBuckeye
3.27/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 24oz can of this at the gas station for $1.19. My expectations were extremely low, but I was pleasantly surprised by what turned out to be a decent and very drinkable brew. Just as you would expect, it's very frothy and creamy, with hints of banana, and is fairly nutty. An alright brew that beats the hell outta that 24oz can of Bud sitting right next to it, sporting a price tag that is a buck higher.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet and fruity nose here. Reminds me of apple and strawberry-banana juices, with some cheap beer aroma mixed in. The flavor is pretty much exactly like the nose suggests. It's a soft and creamy with banana and apple playing a big part. Despite the fruitiness, its not as sweet as some other cheap American lagers. Carbonation is low to moderate.

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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 Geomac1310
4.19/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love this beer. I remember having this when I was younger (underage) and hating it. For years I stayed away from even trying this. But a few weeks ago I bought a 6 pack of tallboys and I've been in love with it ever since. I can buy a 6 pack of tallboys for $3.99 and you just can't beat this for the price. It is a damn good beer after a long day at work or just pounding some with friends on the weekend. I've been converting some of my buddies at work to this beer and to a person they all agree it's better than they remember. If you want a good beer for a great price then this is a beer you should try. I've had it straight out of the can and have poured it into a pint glass either way you can't go wrong.

A- golden in color
S- smells like a lager without the wet veggy aroma
T- smooth with a touch of bitterness on the back end
M- clean a bit creamy with a refreshing feel
O- I love this beer. One of my favorites. Way better beer than the price you pay.

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Photo of Case33
3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can poured into a beer mug.

A- Very carbonated, two fingers of head. Darker toned gold then most cheaper beers.

S- Not a lot to the smell. Almost no existant.

T- To my surprise, this beer had a lot of ale flavor (for a cheaper beer). It was not overwhelming by any means, that being said it delivers a lot more bang for your buck then expected. A little aftertaste, but doesn't linger very long.

MF- Very carbonated, with good drinkability, and very little linger.

O- It's a cheaper beer, so that has to be kept in mind. It is very good for the price ($13/30rack), and is a nice little change form the typical cheap american beers.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

24oz can split and poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear light golden amber with a 1 finger white head. A fair amount of visible carbonation.

S: The standard corn affair you would expect from an American adjust, with a touch of lactose like creaminess. A bit of alcohol comes through.

T: Pale and light malts with a sweetness to them. A bit of a bready note at the end. An alright aftertaste that isnt offensive like most cheap beer.

M: Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. A tad sticky but remains mostly crisp.

Overall a very non offensive macro style brew. Easy drinking but dont let it get too warm.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.64/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can, unknown birth date, served in a 3Fs Teku glass, drank 4/9/13 over one hour.

A: 4 - straw yellow coloration, good clarity, small champagne-like bubbles, one finger white head quickly dissipates into glass lacing, minimal alcohol legs

S: 3.75 - lots of corn, some breadiness, minimal hop aroma --> adjuncty smelling

T: 3.5 - surprisingly, minimal corn flavor hit my palate but clean, light, refreshing, and easy to drink --> nothing off but nothing really on either

M: 3.5 - slight creaminess and smoothness (like cream soda), mild-to-moderate body, low alcohol flavors

O: 3.75 - a nice, refreshing, clean and easy to drink beer that would be a solid lawnmower beer but doesn't offer much else; however, it's a good budget beer that I would not turn down if put in front of me like many American adjunct lagers

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Photo of riemster
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. I think this is the only time I've poured it out of its can.

A- clear yellow, 2 finger white head

S- earthly, grassy, little malty sweetness

T- good sweet and bitterness balance, watery, sweet grass

M- creamy, light, high carbonation, reminds you of something with more bite to it for the same price of lighter bodied cheap beers

O- The mouthfeel and taste are great for a bargain beer. I find this refreshing and provides enough taste for me to realize I'm getting a good deal. I always buy this over bud, miller, etc.

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Photo of DZiegler
2.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.44/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can't really count how many times I've had this one, but I'm gonna review the uber-fresh draft of this at the Genesee Brew House in Rochester, NY.

Pours a pale golden clear yellow. 2 inch fizzball of a head fades quickly, no lacing at all. Not a looker- but do you order a Genny Cream to look at it?

Smells like, well nothing. Maybe a small amount of sweet grain.

Tastes like sweet grain, again, with some mild corn, and no hop flavor at all. The sweetness is the defining feature, and it's nice, not offensive. A little bland, but definitely not offensive.

Very light body. Crisp mouthfeel, well carbonated. Refreshing.

A good beer to get really drunk off of, or to sip slowly like a boss, pinky out, at the Brew House. Your choice.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of blacktieman
2.92/5  rDev -4.3%
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."

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Photo of RalphSMouse
4.06/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass, the head settles to about an inch of off-white froth. The body is golden, with a few bubbles rising to the top, but not many.

Smell: Sour at first, a bit like sour cream. It is slightly metallic, with a faint trace of hops. Not great, but not bad.

Taste: Like toasty malts, with very slight hop bitterness. There's not a lot going on here, but nothing at all objectionable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy to drink. Mine seems a little flat, but it was a cold ride home and this beer may have frozen just a little bit.

Overall: This is a very simple beer--it is also an incredible bargain. I have had beers over triple the cost of "Genny Cream" that were nowhere near as good. I have yet to find a better bang for the buck--this brew makes BMC's comperable offerings look like highway robbery by comparison, as it is both of a superior quality and a much lower price.

A real winner here. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of SomeCallMeTim
2.28/5  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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.81/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew was served from the tap at The Genesee Brew House in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a house pint glass embroidered with the same name. The beer glowed a pale toasted straw coloring, holding a one finger head of bright white bubbles. This showed low retention, with only flecks of lacing left around the glass as the tasting progressed. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared lighter. The aroma showed big adjuncty grain, especially with warmth, white flour, baker’s yeast, white corn, white sugar sweetness, and a final sweet and citric bite of clean hops. Our first impression was that this tasted like a sweeter version of a standard sparkling water. The flavoring opened with mild sugary sweetness as the primary flavoring. This sat high against very mild and very pale adjuncty malts. Citric rind bitterness and browned apple sweetness came towards the peak, with more souring to the pale grain. Orange pulp bitterness pulled us to the finish, where lactics and a light creamy sweetness washed the palate. Sugars of pear helped, but never completely erased the bittering, souring paleness of grain. The aftertaste breathed of adjuncts, mineral, basic yeasty sourness, pale malts, and white flour. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium to high. There was big froth and bubble on the swirl around the mouth, with nice slurp and smack on each sip. The finish gave crisp pop, with a clean coating left around the mouth. No real dryness was noted. The abv was appropriate, and the beer glugged decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the taste and the feel. The nose started things off on an overly adjuncty, cheap foot. There was not sweetness or creaminess to be noted, with little else of anything at all for that matter. The flavoring made up for this a bit, but it was overly simplified in its bittering, graininess. Regardless of what you say about this, or how you rate it, this is a Rochester staple, and anyone from the area should be proud to toast of glass of it from time to time.

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Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.