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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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1,166 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,166
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20%
Wants: 19
Gots: 98 | 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 drabmuh
3.28/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #38 Top cream ale on the beeradvocate best of styles list. Left in my fridge by my in laws. Why wouldn't I? Served in a DFH snifter. Beer is yellow and clear with a nice white head of small bubbles and moderate carbonation. No real lacing.

Aroma is lagery. Some yeast some sweetness some malt. Nothing too complicated.

Beer is medium in body and drinkable. Flavor is fine. Again leadiff sweetness a dry finish. I drank the whole thing but I doubt i would bother having any more than that. It reminded me too much of a cheap lager and not like a thoughtful beer.

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the frying pan

A - Much darker than expected, deep copper, little to no head, no activity, no lacing

S - Metallic and corn grit, mainly malt

T - Semi-sweet corn, slight roasted malt, tight hop concentration to round out

M - Full bodied but very smooth, easily sessionable

O - Not a bad upgrade from AAL and BMC, but nothing special

Photo of Slatetank
3.36/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Wegman's for 4.50 a sixer, hard to beat that price. Poured chilled from the twist off twelve oz. into a tulip.

The color is deep golden with a thick sudsy white cap which is rocky and measures about a finger tall. The bead is fine and lace sticks pretty well, retention is decent too. the smell is not bad with some sweet notes but in general the adjunct wins out and it has a husky sort of graininess in the aroma. The feel is similar with some smooth almost slick graininsess, soapy perhaps with slightly high carbonation and mild sweetness.

This tastes similar to what I remember having as a youth with cans floating in Penn's creek that fisherman anchored with rocks. The grain is there with an almost bready yeast and sweet adjunct flavor in the background, not too high like corn-pops, but noticeable and it seems light in the hops department which is standard considering this is the American immigrants version of a helles more or less. The taste finishes semi-dry and Overall I was satisfied with a pleasant amount of malt flavor and some adjunct backing it up vs. the other way around which most of the macro variety seem to be.

Photo of spinrsx
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, malts, corn, honey

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with malts and a bit of a honey and corn syrup sweetness. The beer finishes with a malty corn syrup sweet aftertaste.

Overall – This is definitely a better than average beer that is hard to beat for the price. There is nothing here that is going to blow your mind, but it has a little bit of a different taste that keeps it interesting.

Photo of Duff27
3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Two finger-widths of white white. Beer is a medium pale with slow upward floating bubbles of CO2. Mediocre head retention and a little lacing.

S- Bready with a hint of spice.

T- More bread, biscuits, and grass. Somewhat sweet on the palate.

M- Great mouthfeel, creamy.

D/O- A BMCers wet dream. I think if this were more available around my parts and were given a few years, this would give Bud Light a run for it's money. This review doesn't give it justice on how easy this "normal beer" goes down. I wanna drink this outta the bottle at parties.

Reviewer's note: Just say no to twist-offs! :/

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Summer Brews pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a thin film on the top of the beer. Nice distinct rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains and unbaked bread dough. Taste is of sweet grains and corn flakes. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very easy to drink. I am glad I got to try this one as I have never seen this anywhere else in California.

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing live and adjusting scores and typing as I drink. Fun! 24 oz can poured into rather a large mug.

A: Vigorous pour results in a great big beautiful foamy head that slowly shrinks down, leaving lots of pretty spiderweb lacing down the sides of the glass. Color is pale straw yellow.

Visually, Genesee struck a chord with me. It's like the Platonic ideal of what a beer should look like. Hey there, handsome.

N: Nose starts metallic and finishes with a smattering of cereal grains. Wet cardboard scent becomes noticeable as it warms.

T: Biscuity cereal grains and corn on the front end. Light dry hops on the backside. Not amazing, but inoffensive and very drinkable. Minutely bitter finish.

Mmmm, that was a good belch.

Cardboard sneaks into the flavor as it warms too, but the aluminum goes away so I guess that's a wash.

M: Light and smooth with active carbonation. Crisp and dry.

O: It hits the spot. I'm sure I'll be more impressed by the 8-pack of fancy schmancy Brewery Ommegang ales I bought alongside this can, but it's good for what it is, and $1.20 for a 24 oz can is a steal.

Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. Thea roma is grain with a little bit of lemon mixed in. As the beer gets a little warmer I start to get some bubblegum notes, similar to what you get in some German wheat beers. The flavor doesn't have any of the bubblegum in it, but it goes have a lot of wheat, grain and a little bit of cream. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.96/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Genesee Cream Ale has a thick, white head, and a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, with some lacing left behind. The aroma is almost nonexistent, but the taste is bold, sweet, slightly hoppy, citrusy, and grainy. Mouthfeel is light to moderate, and Genesee Cream Ale finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry (like a lager). Overall, this is tastier and sweeter than a regular American-style lager beer, and I think it’s delicious.


Photo of tdm168
3.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with 1/4" head that fades quickly. Carbonation bubbles can be seen working their way to the top of the pint. Smells of corn and grains. Taste is grainy with a mold hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is a too carbonated; the carbonation turns to foam in your mouth.

Overall, if this beer had a bolder flavor and milder carbonation, it would be a decent beer. This however is a little weak, but being from Western PA originally, it's a beer I seem to pick up at least once a year.

Photo of fx20736
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 24 oz can into Pilsener Glass.

Beer is a butterscoth gold with a thin white head and a modest stream of bubbles trailing upwards. Scant wisps of lacing are left behind.

Aroma: bready malt, sour grassiness with a slightly spicy herbal hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Very full with active carbonation. A pleasing seltzer like quality.

Taste: suprisingly good. A slight crackery malt with little hops presence. Beer finishes very clean and dry, like champagne. First sip had a slight sour, metallic taste but this disappeared on subsequent sips.

Notes: My 2nd Genesee Beer today. This is substantially better than Genesee Beer as the aroma, mouthfeel and taste are all better. Very refreshing, a real Summer Session beer. At the price this would be the beer to buy on a budget.

Photo of MadCat
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow color with a good white head, leaving good lacing

Smell: Light malts, not much to it.

Taste: More light malts, and a little bit of a sweet, creamy taste

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation, creamy smooth

Overall: Not bad for a cheap, light brew. Not a ton of flavor, but sometimes you want something like that.

Photo of sommersb
3.21/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 07-16-2011
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: 12-pack from Kroger, White House, TN

I've never had a Genesee beer before and was looking for a canned beer to make beer-can chicken. This one fit the bill as it was in a can, cheap, and a beer I was curious to try. I like the old-school graphics on the can too.

Big white head of 5 fingers and lots of bubbles are seen in this bright and clear golden beer. Good lacing and head retention.

The aromas are a bit weak but are clean and crisp - pilsener type malts and some grassy notes from a light hop presence. The taste is nothing very remarkable, with a slight sweetness and pretty much no bitterness to speak of. There's really nothing offensive in the taste, but there's not a lot to say about it either.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and clean, with a light body and moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is on the sweet side, but not overly so.

Overall this is a simple but pleasant beer. It made some very good beer-can chicken and I enjoyed drinking it while cooking. A good summertime lawnmower beer for sure!

Photo of rootbeerman
2.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours light straw, head surprised me by lasting longer than thirty seconds yet wasn't any larger than a finger.
S: not much but grainy malt and a touch of yeast.
T: grain malt, a bit sweet, low hop bitterness.
M: thin, a small step above watery, a bit prickly carbonation.
O: glad I tryed it, its not nasty but not great either.

Photo of lwillitz
2.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

24-oz can into 20-oz mug

A - huge frothy white head over crystal clear golden yellow; plenty of rising bubbles

S - smells like an adjunct lager; mostly grain; strong alcohol presence

T - lightly sweetened malt; alcohol; light hop appearance in the finish; smooth and refreshing

M - light-bodied with high carbonation; creamy

O - nothing special here

Photo of Reidrover
2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24 oz "tall boy" can from Grocery Oulet,Salem. 99cents Poured into a shaker glass. Pale golden beer with a very nice sized white frothy head.Also leaves good lace down the glass. Aroma? paper,corn and veggie. Taste..semi sweet, doughy, a little hay..plain and simple. Not bad on the palate..lowish carbonation makes this palatable. Overall plain cheap beer. Not as good as i remembered from the 1990s..but still a respectable effort for a 99 cent tallboy.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 30 pack of Genesee Cream Ale last week at Meijers for $13.99. I was looking for something in a can for beer can chicken, I have never seen this beer around before, I think it may be new to the area. No visible canning date. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks good, I like the font they used. It poured a pale straw yellow color with three and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind.

S- The aroma is that of a typical macro adjunct lager. The aroma is pretty much dominated by the adjuncts, mainly sweet corn, but there is also a pretty prominent grainy aroma. I also picked up a slight bitt of grassy hops that you normally don't find in macro adjuncts.

T- The tastes starts out with a cereal like graininess followed by that typical adjunct sweet corn that I picked up in the aroma. The adjuncts have a nice moderate sweetness to them and the pale malts help balance that out. There is a very slight metallic taste along with an equally slight grassy hop flavor that made for a very slight but pleasant bitterness on the finish.

M- Crisp, creamy, and light bodied just like it should be. The carbonation was also very nice.

Overall I thought this was a good Cream Ale and the best one I have had to date. It was a pretty light and subtle flavored brew that had awesome drinkability, I could drink more then a couple of these during the day, especially during a couple rounds of disc golf, its goes down smooth and is quite refreshing which makes for a good session beer. Even though this is a cream ale and not an adjunct lager I still feel they are both in the same league and are very similar and when comparing this with the macro lagers the cream ale comes out on top, all the flavors that are there are nice and unoffensive just like it should be, I would take one of these over any of the major macros any day of the week. I would buy this again it makes for a good session beer and it was an excellent choice for beer can chicken. If you are looking for a light refreshing and sessionable cream ale then grab a genny cream. After buying this on a whim for beer can chicken I have become a fan of this beer and it is now my go to light session ale, everything is simple but done well.

Photo of beerprovedwright
2.78/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour revealed a one finger head of pure white foam with moderate clinging lace. Color is a 4 on the SRM beer color chart. Lots of little bubbles in this brew. Smell is a bit sweet, with aromas of malt, corn, and very light scent of hops. Taste is also a little sweet malt, boiled corn, rice, with a slight tinge of grapefruit and pine. Mouthfeel is a little watery, but the carbonation has a good effect. While this beer is not a sample of something I would give to special beer drinking guests. I would keep some on hand in the hot Georgia summer days when I had to venture out and work in the yard. And for the price, this beer is not bad at all.

Photo of bs870621345
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Was really slumming it last night, makes you appreciate the good stuff a lot more

Pours a clear yellow with a short head and no lacing.

Smells of cereal grains and adjuncts. Not a bad smell

Taste is cereal malts, slight metallic twang and yeast. Leaves a metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is fine, not too thick or thin, but a horrid aftertaste.

Overall, its fine. Glad I got one can from the bar and don't have 5 more to get rid of.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.37/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Straw yellow pour, white head, aroma was of corn, grits, mild flowers.

Can't really tell what makes this a cream ale from the taste, creamed corn maybe, tastes much like macro without the high levels of carbonation. Maybe that's what makes it a smooth cream ale or something, the lack of carbonation. Lacks hops.

Priced somewhere between macro and craft, that is somewhat admirable, but really, no quality of the beer other than its price is, and given that fact, (or opinion) it isn't really priced well all things considered (what am I, Nina Totenberg?)

Photo of keeganfrank
3.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden beer with a wispy head that quickly dissolves. Smells of sweet, roasted vegetables. Flavors of sweet corn and fruit nectar. Decent, creamy body. Way cheaper than a macro lager and more enjoyable to drink. Not something I'll be having very often, but I'll certainly opt for it over an adjunct.

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my grandfather's favorite beer. He's been drinking this since I don't know when. anyway the beer pours out as a clear pale yellow color with some head that fades instantly. The smell is a little sweet mostly malts on the nose. The taste has a decent creaminess to it but nothing too over the top here. The mouthfeel has a good amount of carbonation to keep this one alive. The beer for me is respectable because of my grandfather. He drinks it so I drink it with him too it's a bonding moment with Genny.

Photo of patreely12
3.02/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a pale straw color, pretty clear. about an inch or so of foamy white head. good bit of carbonation. very typical of the style.

S - sweet corn and grain malts. better than an average adjunct in my opinion.

T/M - the flavor is mainly based upon the creamy pale malts, sweet corn and grain. no real hop presence except a slight bitterness towards the back end which makes the beer crisp and refreshing. a little fuller than the average macro. moderately carbonated.

Overall not a bad macro, certainly better than any BMC product. pretty good quality for a cheap price.

Photo of jifigz
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A can poured into a pint glass.

A: Pretty typical Macro lager coloring here, even though this is an ale (with the smoothness of a lager.) An actual head develops upon the pour and, by god, it even lingers for a little while. No apparent lacing from the head. A tiny bit of lacing occurs during drinking.

S: Smells like a typical macro lager as well. The nose is pretty much all adjunct and noticeably corny in aroma.

T: Now here is where the cream ale shines. The flavor is vastly superior to just about all other major beer companies offerings. This actually taste like something. It is sweet and mildly like corn chips. It is a tiny bit bitter upon finish and also thirst quenching. The dominating taste is corn though.

M: It is more "creamy" than other major brews and less offensive with over abundant carbonation.

O: For a cheap mainstream beer this is pretty much what I always pick up. $14 a 30 rack is pretty cheap for a beer that absolutely trumps all Bud, Miller, and Coors. This beer holds a special place in my heart and is usually the one I go after when I am looking for cheap beer, although PBR gets me sometimes too. Good stuff for what it is.

Photo of wcintula
2.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm gonna say it. It's an 'old timer ale,' but there's nothing wrong with that! Pours a pale golden color with a big quickly receding head, lacing slides down to meet the beer. Big corn smell, also smells very lager-y. The taste meets it there and if I weren't looking at that can I'd guess it's a lager. Now that I look at the can it claims at me: "Flavor of a fine ale and the smoothness of a premium lager. I can't pinpoint the ale-ness, but I'd agree it drinks like a lager. Crisp carbonation, light body. What you would call 'an outdoor beer.' I gotta say, I'm not big on it knowing what else is out there in the category.

Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 1,166 ratings.