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

Genesee Cream AleGenesee Cream Ale

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949 Ratings

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Ratings: 949
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.

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Photo of spokes100

New York

1.85/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Presentation: can, no freshness date.

Appearance: clear, gold in color with very little head

Smell: Grain and light hop aroma.

Taste: A creamy feel on the tongue. Lighter bodied than I remember. Malt sweet but not overly. Crisp, bitter, a fizzy carbonation. Aftertaste is grainy.

Notes: Born and raised in Rochester area, this beer was a rite of passage in the early 60's. Had to try it again, didn't think it was as strong as it used to be After a night of this beer you were very aromatic and hung over! Not bad for what it is. Would still pound a couple on a hot day down at Hamlin Beach State Park. Not to be kept in your reefer.

Serving type: can

08-01-2012 20:02:19 | More by spokes100
Photo of omokoro

New York

3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this can from my local bodega, I choose this particular beer based on not knowing anything about it. Pours an idyllic macro appearance; pale yellow, soapy head and lots of visible carbonation. The smell isn't bad, corn, malt sweetness and a faint hop presence. The taste is sweet, but not cloyingly sweet, beyond that there isn't a lot. There is a lot of carbonation, otherwise this beer would be a little thin. Overall, if I had $1.50 for a beer budget, this would not be a bad choice at all. Not in any way offensive.

Serving type: can

07-05-2012 02:36:43 | More by omokoro
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3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden with a medium white head. Aroma of corn. Taste is nice malt sweetness, followed by a neutral, light bitterness. Pretty straightforward. Average mouthfeel. The carbonation is a little high, but not too bad. Overall a decent beer, better than your average macro.

Serving type: can

07-03-2012 21:15:37 | More by tronester
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Genesee Cream

24 oz can served, perhaps appropriately, in a plastic cup on a hot summer day.

Pours a clear pale amber with a towering but short-lived white head.  

Aroma: nicely malty, with a definite if subdued herbal hop presence.

Taste: hmm, better than expected, with good balance of hops/malt and not bad for sweet/bitter, although a tad sweet mid-taste. Maybe a bit of corn in here too, however.

M: good, medium carbonation;  medium-light body is a little watery. 2.75

O: My go to beer many years ago as a student living in upstate NY, this was cheap and more interesting, if not actually better than, the dominant products from AB and Miller.  Many years later, this is not particularly interesting or complex, but a decent lager for a hot day. Above average for the price point, even here in the south. 3.25

Serving type: can

07-01-2012 03:42:42 | More by chinchill
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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
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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
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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
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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 24oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden-yellow hue with a crystal-clear body and a strong effervescence. Head pours nearly two fingers of pillowy white foam. Nice.

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a moderate graininess and a light adjunct-y character (corn, maybe?). Not too bad.

Taste: light malt with a hint of corny sweetness. Quite appropriate for the style. Hops are mild but there is a light noble quality there and a light bitterness. It's actually a decent little beer.

Mouthfeel: light body with a hearty effervescence. Not bad.

Overall: this is actually a decent cream ale. I call it refreshing and decently tasty. Using "overall" for my drinkability score, this rates pretty good.

Serving type: can

05-13-2012 02:26:03 | More by flagmantho
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3.7/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to try a "cream ale" and this was all I could find in the state of Maine at the moment. Here goes:

Into a pint glass:

A: clear straw yellow colored body with one finger white head that stayed a good half minute. There isn't much lacing at all, and barely any carbonation was seen rising.

S: mixture of corn, wheat, barley and some malts. All were basically balanced.

T: balanced between the corn, wheat, barley and malts coming through sweet.

M: light with a smooth carbonation, very sessionable.

O: since this is actually my first cream ale, I don't want to necessarily go out on a limb and say this is the best for its style, but I will say that this is very good if evaluated mainly on its taste. I would have this again.

Serving type: can

05-11-2012 22:43:22 | More by BeerKangaroo
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New York

3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24 oz can poured into a pilsener glass

Appearance - clear straw color with white head

smell - corn, wheat, barley

taste - sweet corn, grain, barley

mouthfeel - sweet upfront, light bodied, low end carbonation, slightly bitter, but goes down smooth

overall - for a cheap beer, this is inoffensive, worth a shot at nostalgia

price point - $.99 for a 24oz can

Serving type: can

05-04-2012 23:47:03 | More by keithmurray
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North Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out golden with minimal head that fades to white blotching with no lacing. Smells of faint corn cob, grain husk, and cooked vegetables. Taste consists of malt sweetness, grains and a little booze, tad bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp, light, and refreshing with moderate carbonation. Nice change from some of the bigger beers out there. Overall, it's cheap and refreshing, not much else going on here.

Serving type: can

04-25-2012 02:12:41 | More by jsdunlop
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 ThirdSeason

3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid .99 with no tax or deposit for 24 oz can on military post in New England. It was a sweet deal for me since this can would set you back two bucks in the South. Poured from can down the side of pint glass. Purposely left no remarkable head but a thin lacing remained throughout drinking period. Darker than your average lager but lighter than your average ale. Smell is not repelling but not the best. Taste is bready, sweet at first then slightly sour, definite caramel with slight alcohol aftertaste. Tons of bubbles and they stick around. This is my favorite beer to pair with pizza and cheesy foods, and Genny definitely got the price right. Rock on Genny!

Serving type: can

03-10-2012 00:25:08 | More by ThirdSeason
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
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3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In the glass right out of the can Genesee has a slightly darker appearance than most American Lagers, a very nice amber coor and hue.

Aroma is that of a normal full flavor beer, somewhat equivalent of a standard Budweiser, with a dash more hop aroma.

For flavor it is not bad at all, a very drinkable beer for the price. Genesee seems to have a bit more pride for the price so to say over Country Club and Natural Ice for the buck. Overall it is one of my favorite beers of the cheap variety.

If you are in the market for a drinkable beer for a price that will virtually not affect the wallet at all...Genesee is your beer hands down.

Serving type: can

03-08-2012 08:51:10 | More by MrMegaton09
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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 diesel59

New York

3.25/5  rDev +8%
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...

Serving type: can

02-18-2012 23:28:07 | More by diesel59
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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
Photo of CFHMagnet


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

A moderate pour delivered two and a half fingers of foamy, creamy off-white head. Body is a light straw color and there is quite a strong strike force of bubbles rushing to meet the line up at the top.

I smelled cheap beer and bread as soon as I cracked the can open. Sweet corn came at once after I poured and sniffed. Light smell of abused hops.

The flavor delivered more than I expected. Malty bread up front was strong and pleasant. This passed onto a sweet bread flavor that was ever so slightly different than the first flavor, then onto a light sweet corn/toasted cereal flavor that ended with the weakest hop attempt I've ever tasted. Not really what I look for in a beer, but certainly pleasant.

Body is light, bordering on medium. It attempts a creamy finish that it just can't seem to pull off. With that said, it is certainly thirst quenching and not unpleasant in the mouth at all.

Serving type: can

02-04-2012 00:07:55 | More by CFHMagnet
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3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw this in a 24oz for a buck, never had it before, so why not?

Mug fills clear fizzy gold, gigantic (1/3rd of the mug actually) white foamy head. Smell reminds me of apples - and biscuits somehow. Subtle, yet more prominent than a beer this cheap usually brings. So, does it overachieve? Only one way to find out...

Taste is as the smell advertized, plus some rice (hey, it was a buck), though the latter is not cloying. Dry with a very slight estery aftertaste, goes down thin but with persistent fizz -- which helps in this case actually.

For a beer you can get for a buck at the Kwik-E-Mart, you don't expect much, but this does bring more than most in that price point.

Not bad. Not great, but not bad.

Serving type: can

02-03-2012 03:02:34 | More by longbongsilver
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North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours crystal clear yellow with a finger high fluffy white head which exhibits moderate amounts of retention. There is a light amount of visible carbonation in this beer. There was a pretty decent amount of lacing as well.

S: Aromas of slight skunkiness and something I could not identify but was definitely unpleasant. The aromas of this beer are the worst part of the beer.

T: The flavors in this beer are very light and creamy but with subtle hints of malts and sweetness.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation and a lovely creaminess that coats your mouth.

O: For a more macro-beer, this is better than most but still not something that I would consider better than average overall. Certainly not the best cream ale that I have experienced and certainly not the worst. If the aromas of the beer were better, it would be a huge improvement in the enjoyability. I have not had this beer since college in the early to mid 1990s but it tasted exactly as I remembered it.

Serving type: can

01-30-2012 15:11:59 | More by dbrauneis
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New York

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

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are skunked aromas of adjunct malts on the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of adjunct malts.
M: It feels light-bodied and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer coats your mouth a little bit.
O: The mouthfeel and drinkability are the strongest points of this beer. The taste isn’t anything special but then again isn’t overly bad. I could drink this beer all day long.

Serving type: can

01-29-2012 22:22:18 | More by metter98
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3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

picked up a thirty pack for $15 for my brothers birthday because he is a cream ale fan. poured into a pilsner glass very slow still resulted in a four finger head. luckily the head recedes very quickly to a bright white foam cap about a quarter inch thick. the cap stuck around for the remainder of th drink and left behind lacing from top to bottom of the glass. the body of the beer was a crystal clear light golden color with a million bubbles rising to the top, unfortunatly this is the best part of the beer. the smell and taste were like someone poured cream soda over corn flakes. very sweet with a lot of corn flavor. mouthfeel is a medium to thin body with good carbonation. creamy feel with a slight hops presence. overall this is a pretty average cream ale, worth trying.

Serving type: can

01-28-2012 14:07:00 | More by match1112
Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 949 ratings.