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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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1,178 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,178
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20%
Wants: 19
Gots: 101 | 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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Ratings: 1,178 | Reviews: 512
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A macro-adjunct looking beer. Sharp golden, clear, light body with a foamy head. Little lacing. Looks like it's suppose to, although not my thing.
Faint aroma of light malt, some green corn husk and a touch of flowers. Nothing bad, nothing great.
Same goes for taste. What I like about this that the adjunct lagers don't have is a crisper flavor. That is, the malt isn't stale, the corn isn't strong. A light flavor all around with a touch of dryness in the end. Served colder this one would be ok in a pinch.

Photo of ericj551
3.72/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Genesee Cream Ale pours a clear light gold with a frothy head that doesn't linger too long. The aroma is grainy with some sweet corn like maltiness. The flavor is light sweet malt with some faint fruity esters that linger in the aftertaste. No real bitterness or hop character to speak of. Overall considering the price of the beer, it's not terrible, one of the better values out there.

Photo of OneDropSoup
2.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner: Started with a good ol' head, like 4 fingers of creamy suds, that fell to about half a finger & kept its creamy consistency. Pale gold body, transparent, with surprisingly little nucleation.

Sweet smell, with some metallic & corny elements. Cereal -- corn flakes?

Some grainy sweetness up in the taste, with a chemical kind of aspertame flavor, or like marshmellows. Some dry, slightly bready aspects, like Wonderbread. I expect it to lead into a crisp snap, but it kind of limps off & leaves an aftertaste a little like corn bread mix or something. Not terrible, but not quality either.

Just a tiny bit tingly. I keep expecting the crispness of a slightly higher quality American pils, but that doesn't come. Soft & creamy but also pretty thin.

This is a "whaddyawant?" kind of beer. Yes, it's weak, but it's got a little flavor & it is what it is. I've had better "traditional American" offerings. At the very least I can say it's a slight alternative to typical macro lagers, but only veeery slight. A decent barbecue beer, one to put away a few of if there's nothing else.

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

Pours pale straw yellow with virtually no lasting head , medium carbonation. Aroma smells sweet more than anything else with hints of graininess and floral hops. Flavor sweet too, with something tasting like honey 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 , drinkable but , meh

Photo of DJED69
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Genny Cream---this brew goes back a long way with me. My grandfather used to drink the pony cans/bottles when I was a kid. Remeber the taste well. Just had one last night for first time in maybe 20 years?!? You know, not bad at all. Still has a bit of an distinct, creamy flavor and feel. Def more medium bodied that a typical inexpensive brew. For $4.50 a six-pack, its worth a try. Plus, it brought back some fond memories and that's priceless.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, unknown date.

Pours clear light gold with a one finger white head, leaves a bit of lacing, maintains a small fizzy cap.

Aroma fairly sweet smelling, lightly floral, grass, hay, a little corn.

Flavor is overall rather sweet, light malts and a bit of floral hops, no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, medium carbonation.

Never had a Cream Ale before so it is difficult to rate to style. Does have a similar flavor profile of an adjunct lager, although this is certainly better than BMC. However, looking at a list of other Cream Ales makes me think there are going to be many others better than this in the category.

Photo of OtherShoe2
2.99/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear pale yellow with a good foamy white head to start. A slight ring of white foam lasts down the pint. Very slight lacing, tons of rising bubbles.

Light malt aroma with some corn and chemical alcohol. Maybe a hint of wood. Not particularly beery. Eh.

Well, not the horror show I expected. Light malt, light hop bitterness -- herbal, some alcohol- a light chemical flavor, and a gradually fading light bitter and, well, kinda creamy end. No sour edge or off flavors and it finishes at the very end smooth and clean. Not very complex, but this far from sucks, and is head and shoulders above Bud and some other macros. A bit lighter in the flavor dept. Needs a bit more intensity.

Lighter bodied, but not watery. Body fits the intensity of the flavor.

Well, a hot day would suit this fine, or if you were just using this to wash down food. I will take this any day of the week over Bud or Bud Light. Flawed, a bit too weak, and some elements that don't really work, but still no where near a drainpour. Paid $0.95 for a tall boy can. One of the better cheap beers you can get.

Photo of animalchin
3.32/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The typical macro appearance of dim yellow translucence with a lot of carbonation in action. No head at all as the high amount of carbonation forms a ring around the surface.

S - Milky/buttery notes with some slight grain and strong amount of malt action.

T - The lager portion is more apparent, but some malts tend to shine through as well. Don't know how, but sensing some alcohol as well.

M - Pretty smooth actually. Easy going.

D - Not terrible for the price you pay (I've seen it go for as low as $14.99 for a 30-rack) Drinkability is certainly there that doesn't sacrifice a somewhat prevalent flavor and body.

Photo of MrDanno96
2.55/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours piss yellow with about a finger of fluffy white head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing.

S: Bland grain, biscuits, and a little malty sweetness. Not much going on here - kind of your run of the mill macro "aroma".

T: Very little in the way of flavor. A little malty sweetness mixes with some sweet buttered corn. Just a touch of bitterness in the finish provides some balance.

M: Medium bodied, but somehow still thin and fizzy and kind of watery. Lots of carbonation.

D: Ya' know, it's not as horrendous as I remember it - perhaps even a bit above average as far as run of the mill macro beers go. I won't be buying 30 racks of Genny Cream Ale anytime soon, but I may look for a can the next time I'm at a college party.

Photo of IBU99
3.01/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color. Little to no head, decent lacing as the beer was consumed.

Not much to the aroma. Maybe some malt smell, but not much.

Not much going on with the tase. Well balanced, but nothing really stands out. Slightly sweet, maybe some malt and something else, can't quite place it. Not bad though, just middle of the road flavor.

Mouth feel isn't bad. Kind of creamy and smooth.
Finish is smooth. It leaves something behind I'm not to fond of, but not bad.

This is a very drinkable beer even though it is not the best I have had. I could see drinking a few of these, and as we all know - the more you drink, the better they get. I like this beer, just not a favorite.

Photo of aval89
2.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a very light color.. if i didnt know any better i'd say it was a light lager...minimal head that didnt last..

smelled kind of skunky at first.. grainy, corn, rice smells...very sweet..

taste, wow wasn't expecting that. at first its almost identical to a light lager... took another dive.. i did get that creamy taste though.. got grain, adjuncts, not much going on for me?? semi dry finish.. apple juice taste??

its pretty drinkable but will probably not pick this up again

Photo of travduke
3.77/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden body, small white head, no real lacing.

Aroma: Musty with a faint grain aroma. Not a real lot going on here.

Taste: Creamy grains and a faint hop taste. Not too shabby for $.79 a can.

Feel/Drink: Cream mouthfeel, high carbonation. Great drinkability. For less than $13 a 30pk this may be my go-to cheap beer.

Photo of david131
3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- An absolutely clear yellow liquid with numerous streams of rising carbonation. A thin, splotchy white head sits on top.

S- Light fruits such as apples and white grapes. Slightly bready and a faint, odd peanut aroma.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma. Not nearly as adjuncty as I was expecting.

M- Not as creamy as advertised, but it does have a nice body and some decent carbonation.

D- Not the best cream ale out there, but it's not bad. I don't know if it would be sessionable or not though.

Photo of Rayek
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

A: Brilliant straw with lots of carbonation. A small, but well meaning white cap is dense and has very nice staying power. Leaves a light sheet of lace. Pretty much the beer's highlight.

S: Very light. Smells mostly of creamed corn and raw barley. Slightly musty.

T: Tastes soft, if that makes any sense. Creamed corn is pretty much the theme here, but there are some straw like malt notes coming through. Bitterness is light and tasteless. Finishes very clean and somewhat watery.

M: The medium-light body has very soft and fine carbonation.

D: One of the classic old school beers. Not very exciting, but not off putting either. Very much a neither here nor there beer in my book.

Photo of beertunes
3.4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I found a sixer of this at Whibey Beer works recently and had to buy it. I grew up on Genesee beers and have never seen them west of the Mississippi River. i have no idea how this beer git here or how it was handled. I'm mostly entering this just to add it to my list. I'm just giving an average score until I try a fresh one on my next trip home. Drinkability gets a 5 only because I used to drink so much of this stuff, I've got to give props to my homie.

Photo of halo21
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This light, crystal clear beer poured into a pint glass, and left a decent, one finger head on top.

Smell: Very light malts, and mild hints of apple juice.

Taste: Smooth and light, with small amounts of grain, and watered down apple juice.

Mouthfeel: This beer is creamy and smooth, which is its highest selling point. It being a cream ale, it should have a good mouthfeel, which is what this comes through on most.

Drinkability: High, even at 5.2% ABV, these go down very easily. This is a sessionable beer to the extreme for me.

Notes: This is a regional beer from upstate NY. This was my first time trying this beer, and although it wasn't great, this is a lawnmower beer that is not made by InBev; and at $14.99 a 30 pack, it wont break any bank.

Photo of greengorilla
3.95/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 16 ounce can into a pint glass. It was nice clear golden color with a thick white head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing.

It smells decent. Nothing special here.

The taste however is surprisingly good. Nothing really stands out, but I would call it well balanced with malt and hops.

The mouthfeel is good and it is very drinkable. I really like this beer. I bought it in a six pack of 16 ounce cans for $2.99. This is a great value. I will definitely by a few more of these sixers this summer.

Photo of beergod1
3.21/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ahh..the 1st beer I got drunk on...in the EARLY 80's, makes me wonder why I stopped drinking it, A good stand by when I can't get some Micro or import ( which happens a lot in Conneaut Ohio) smooth easy drinking, and cheap here in Ohio. better than the rest of the BMC corn piss that is out there. Good to see Genesee got it's name back.

Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance is a golden yellow and has a foamy head when first poured into a glass. It had a slightly sweet smell but the taste did not convey that. The feel was sort of refreshing and did not leave an after taste as with a lot of generic/local beers. I rate this better than any of the lite beers and can not argue with the price.

I cut my teeth on this brew growing up in Western NY and it was still enjoyable to drink after all these years.

"Always ask for Jenny"

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear, light orangish gold, decent head fizzles to creamy film, then eventually to just a slight film, better than a typical adjunct lager, but not great

S: Somewhat unexpected, light malt and grains, but I also smell some citrus hops

T: Just kind of like a pretty good adjunct lager, definitely malt sweetness, but never gets to a sickly adjunct level, a kiss of crispness from the hops, bit of hop bitterness after the citrus too

M: Fuller than a bad lager, medium feel, slightly dry, probably the best aspect of this beer

D: Decent, good feel makes it better

Notes: This is along the lines of a premium adjunct lager in my opinion. The flavors aren't great, but there is actually some hop presence. The mouthfeel also helps to improve it overall.

Photo of alkemy
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a finger of fluffy white head. Color is clear golden yellow...dissimilar from most macros in that it is more golden than the typical straw yellow. Smell is very sweet. Oddly enough, the taste didn't represent the sweet smell. I can't believe I'm saying this, but you can actually tell hops lies within this beer. It's very faint but still there. Great feel in the mouth and going down. This is a good macro.

Photo of smithza9
2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is good cheap beer. I use it as a substitute for Bud or Bud Light when I want a little better after tase. You can't be very agressive with pouring this beer. It has a very foamy head and a light color. It smells like most "generic" beer but tastes much better.


Photo of buschbeer
3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to a fleeting white head. It is straw colored. It is sweet smelling. The taste is also sweet, but with more flavor than an adjunct lager. I kind of get a little alcohol taste as well. It is an alright brew. It got the job done while watching the Super Bowl!


Photo of d1dane
3.56/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I would say the reviews about this beer are fairly on point. My local beer distributor has it on sale for around $13.50 for a 30 pack, so you really cant beat that. Me being 21 years old, the man working there always says im too young for genesse cream ale and that gives me a laugh. I enjoy everything about it except for the metallic taste it leaves in your mouth. But for the price i would put up with a lot worse.

Photo of pharmer
3.18/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz can into a SA pint glass. Pours a clear golden color with a bright foamy head head that quickly dissipates to a miniscule lace ring..in spite of this some lacing does occur on the glass throughout the drink.

Smell: Nothing to write home about...corn, alcoholic type smell

Taste: Mildly sweet, fusel alcohols, corn adjunct, somewhat bitter finish...and that bitterness hangs on a bit.

Mouthfeel: Fine carbonation, light syrupy feel to this.

Drinkability: This is a beer I remember my neighbor drinking while growing up....found it relatively cheap, I figured I'd give it a shot. This is certainly not worth the beer medals it claims to have won, but honestly I wouldn't turn this down.

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Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 1,178 ratings.