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

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Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Genny" Cream Ale.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001

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Photo of Foyle
3.17/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance -- about a 2" white head that quickly disappears. Little lacing, lots of carbonation. Color is slightly darker than macro lagers.

Aroma -- pleasant grain/malt aroma with a bit of hop spice

Mouthfeel -- watery, carbonation feels a bit like champagne, slightly sticky, dry finish. Pleasantly sweet.

Flavor -- Pleasantly sweet with a nice hop balance near the end of the taste.

Overall -- a great beer for the price range.

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Photo of Joe_Ashbull
3.29/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A quality weekend beer used for general partying or getting a little weird. Its for everyone but definitely worth trying.

Comes in a 30 pack | drinkable | good-looking can | outstanding backyard beer | great paired with Cornhole and grilled salmon | the overall experience is greater than the sum of its constituent parts

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Photo of Graham_D_Dillon
3.32/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First review of a beer! What can I say? I don't know much about reviewing but I know I like this beer. Not very ale like; tastes more like a lager or like a red label with a hint of ale.

Goes down easy now; I used to not like it but its grown on me. Tastes creamy. That's all I got. Good beer.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
2.97/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At one time I loved this beer.
It was super cheap and I thought it had a little more going for it than your
typical American lager.

Well, it is still cheap. 99 cents for a 24 ounce can.
When I drink it now, I sometimes get a metallic taste and some funky off flavors.

Looks pretty good, A little darker than your average beer. Fizzy white head that lasts longer than one might expect.
It has a grainy smell and a beery taste.

It is a working class beer that will go well with some pretzels when watching the game.

Overall, it is an OK beer.
The cheap price offsets the off flavors to a degree.

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Photo of RustyTruck
3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm not one to look near the malt liquor but a friend had me try this and I was sold immediately.
This is an underrated beer. Don't overlook it just because you can buy it in a 24 pack!

It pours thick with a substantial head. Or sips perfectly out of the can.
The smell is mostly malt with a hint of rye. The carbonation is heavy and almost forces you to take it easy. It finished with light malt and almost no bitter. A very surprisingly good beer.

This is the perfect beer for hotdogs or a casual drink at picnics. It's excellent for having a good beer without looking like a snob. If anyone asks what it taste like you tell them beer!

And for the price it really can't be beat!

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Photo of illpass78
3.26/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of yardkl
1.55/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

It's rare that don't finish a beer. Even beers I don't like I can finishe but this was not one of them. Maybe I had a bad can. It tasted metallic and very amateurish. This not a complex beer at all. I would rather drink a bud than take another sip of this. Not recommended at all.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Genesee Cream Ale brewed by Genesee Brewing Co. This brew pours out a nice golden amber color. Genesee Cream Ale has a small white head. This brew smells like nothing that stands out too much. The taste is bold but not too bold. This brew goes down smooth not too heavy and not too light. This is better than regular Genesee, this brew has more to it. Overall I give this brew a 3 out of 5.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.09/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of topofthehops
2.82/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of vulgora
3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

have only seen this at one place , in bum f#c% egypt jefferson,oregon, that town has 3 stores a bar and nothing else but a gas station and parts house.

pours nice , tastes great - thin creamy , hits the spot
it's no adjuct beer, atleast it doesn't taste like it , no corn in rice that can tell
and that's really nice , if your thirsty and you want something to hit the spot buy this
or anything genesee great brewery and very hard to find , atleast in oregon

if you like the thin easy to drink clean taste of pbr you might want to give this a try .
the best part is its $1.50 for 24 oz

now i have had genesee original seen at one place, genesee ice 2 places ,and genesee cream ale 1 place...

there are others and this beer is what gets me excited , to know that its a beer that's hard to find and i will not be let down .

now to find

Genesee 12 Horse Ale
American Blonde Ale
Genesee Fyfe & Drum Beer
Genesee Bock

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Undated can at 44 degrees into weizen glass
Kind of a sweet smelling lagerish odor
Head large (8 cm), frothy, white, mostly diminishing
Lacing stringy
Body light yellow/straw, clear and sparkling, no chill haze
Flavor begins sweet with slight maltiness, no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl,
with a slightly odd flavor (maybe dimethylsulfide but not particularly corny).
Ends sweet.
Light on the palate, watery, soft carbonation

My son picked up a 30-pack for about $15. Yeah, I’d say it’s worth about $ 0.50. It
pretty well meets the BA style guidelines but it still tastes bad to me.

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Photo of FeelinitNow
3.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in an A&W Rootbeer mug.

A: Big thick sudsy head that dissapates over time but leaves trails down the glass. This brewery knows what they're doing. :)

S: Toffee, caramel, grain, spice, apples, grass

T: Not much different than smell except for a "tinny"taste that isn't offensive but isn't impressive in any way.

M: Smooth beer, not over-carbonated, just right.

O: For the price, this beer is 5/5 and is perfect for any occasion. It's usually not as tinny as this one was, so I'd usually rate it 3.75. This really is an underdog and I think a lot of others think the same. Cheers everyone! :)

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Photo of Carlton1964
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%
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!

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Photo of Retroman40
3/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.27/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can gifted by Adam. Thanks man.

The beer is crystal clear and pale golden with an inch of pure white head. Some sticky lacing left behind. The aroma is pretty mild, with some corn and grain notes. The tasters certainly a step up from the aroma. Smooth on the palate. Grain, cereal, md sweetness. For what it is, it's pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.73/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

DATE TASTED: November 24, 2013... GLASSWARE: Hobgoblin stick... OCCASION: sending off the Browns' playoff chances... APPEARANCE: crystal clear golden body with subtle, steady carbonation; two-finger white head is rocky and soapy; appropriate... AROMA: metallic/aluminum ping up front; thick bread dough follows; otherwise, nondescript... PALATE: easily drinkable; fizzy art the finish; not as creamy as one would wish--or I remembered--but pleasant enough to be consumed in mass quantities...TASTE: subtle beech wood backbone sets up a bready consistency--some floral notes on the exhale engages the tastebuds...OVERALL: revisiting an old favorite--one that fetched thirty-six (!) cans in college for $10, plus a five-dollar mail-in rebate! All things considered, not a bad beer to slam or pong with, play cards or case race with...as a stand-alone, not quite the character or quality necessary to catch attention...still, nostalgia is strong...

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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 rpilk
2.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured straight from a chilled 12 oz. aluminum can. Double puncture with Gansett turnkey for optimum air flow. Standard AA color palate with morning sun tint, surprisingly smooth taste without any bite or bitterness, mild sweet-feed nose, crunchy texture with effervescent heft and better than imagined. This beer is reputed to be not that good. However, it is a good beer.

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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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Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.