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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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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 19.27%
Wants: 16
Gots: 44 | 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:
"Genny" Cream Ale.

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Photo of giblet


2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Jenny Scream!!! my buddies dad would buy this and we would sneak it when we could. this is another pretty decent light lager. worth a try. good when served cold on a hot day.

good thirst quencher that actually has some body to it. it is not easy to find in ohio though.

suckem up and movem out!


p.s. "Beer is proof that God loves man." Ben Franklin

Serving type: can

07-04-2007 13:49:27 | More by giblet
Photo of Mdog


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

Appearance: Clear gold with a quickly fading head.

Smell: Light breadiness.

Taste: Smooth grain/bread flavor, not too sweet but no big hop notes.

Drinkability: Light enough to have several if warranted.

Picked up a single to try this one out. This is a beer that would be a good choice for a multiple beer session/alternative to the macros. That's probably why I've seen it in 40oz bottles.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 00:18:28 | More by Mdog
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light sweet pretty creamy malt caramel sweet. Light spicy hops, a little fruity. Well balanced.

Medium straw. Clear. Good head, but poor retention.

Clean light, light malty attack. Grainy warmth toasty floral hop mid. Clean finish. It is a little creamy with light malt character and lighter hop flavor. Medium-low bitterness. There is a touch of grainy adjunct taste but it's not too bad.

Thin body with medium-high carbonation. Feels pretty nice.

Light and crisp. Extremely refreshing with a surprisingly inoffensive taste. Great sessionability.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 03:38:24 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of TuckerCarlson


3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can purchased in a refrigerated 12-pack purchased at Tops Friendly Markets into a pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow with a thin, fizzy head. Basically no lacing.

Not much on the nose initially, but as it warms up it develops some...brown rice? With cotton candy bubblegum? Nothing strong, nothing wonderful, but certainly not unpleasant.

Think of a watered-down Sam Adams (not an inappropriate comparison when you consider that they came from the same facility, though it makes you question how well they clean the tanks) and you're pretty close. The taste is definitely down a notch, and the mouthfeel is noticeably thinner. Some malty sweetness goes back and forth with some yeasty sourness, but with a fairly clean finish. Kind of fizzy, but it fits the lighter style.

I'm well aware that others have argued the same before me, but I consider this beer to be a bit underrated. Triple the price and improve the product positioning, and I think Genny Cream Ale would fare better than it does.

This is not to say, of course, that Genny Cream Ale is in any way comparable to the more robust brews reviewed here; it is, however, a clear cut above the macro lagers found at a similar price point.

Serving type: can

06-21-2007 08:40:50 | More by TuckerCarlson
Photo of musicjustintime


3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first time trying Genny Cream. Don't know why it took me so long, but I finally gave it a chance, especially for $15.99/30 pk.

It's a decent beer, really. Very "creamy" on the tongue....a bit of a hop bite at the end, but nothing to speak of. (I'm not a "hop-head" like many out there, anyway.) Very little flavor to speak of either, but just enough to know you're having an American Macro on a hot Pennsylvania summer day.

I'd say it's a balanced beer, with just enough "hop" bitterness at the end to satisfy some of you hop-lovers...but doesn't stay on your tongue for too long, which I like. Very smooth and drinkable. I'd recommend it, especially for the price and good for a hot summer day. Plus, the ABV is over 5%, which isn't a bad thing either! Cheers, my friends!

Serving type: can

06-20-2007 19:05:28 | More by musicjustintime
Photo of shadow1961


3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Genesee Cream Ale pours a fingers worth of foam over
a clear apple-juice colored brew. Carbonation is not that
active, but steady, though not enough to do more than keep
a ring of foam in the glass once the head subsides. The nose
is light malt and ale yeast. The flavor is slightly fruity malt up
front with a suggestion of herbal hop in the finish. The mouthfeel
is crisp yet a bit soft and round. There's nothing spectacular here,
it is what it is, a clean refreshing session brew- perfect for picnics,
hanging out on the porch, or even luring a macro drinker over
to something better.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 06:12:54 | More by shadow1961
Photo of session1979


3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Setting/Pairing: Got home today with a 6 pack under my arm and a delivery from Tampa at my door. I decided to pair this with a TS NO. 50 fresh from the bundle, my first time for both the cigar and beer. Got the camera and went out to the patio to find a pleasant 70 degree evening.

Appearance: Poured a light yellow with a 2 finger head.

Smell: Mildy sweet aroma with some noticeable grain on the nose. Again, not overwhelming but expected for this type of beer.

Taste: This is not your typical domestic beer flavored water, this actually has some flavor. Starts with a dry malt flavor, then the carbonation adds some bite. The finish shows some slight hoppy presence.

Mouthfeel: Light texture but coated the mouth well, the finish was quite refreshing.

Drinkability: Goes down easy with little alcoholic presence. Go for it, at $12.99 a 30 pack price isn't going to stop you.

Final Comments: When I went to my shop to pick this up today I was met by my beer guy who saw the 6 pack in my cart and asked what I was doing with that as it was far different then what I usually buy. I told him I had some friends on the east coast who suggested it and asked him what he knew about it, I'm glad I asked. He said that it was the first beer he ever had which surprised me so he told me the story.. "When I was a kid in the early 70's my dad would get home from work and head to the front porch with a Genesee Cream in one hand and a cheap cigar in the other. One day when I was 9 or 10 I asked him what it tasted like and he said "you tell me" and gave me a sip. It's a memory I will never forget." That pretty much summed up this beer for me, thanks for the recommendation guys.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 13:16:09 | More by session1979
Photo of RedChrome


3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow body is as clear as water. Pure white three quarter inch head faded over a minute. Slightly above average amount of carbonation rising.

Just average in strength of the malt. There is a blend I have come to associate as a blend of rice and corn. A deeper nose full also shows a very weak hops note.

Taste is extremely sweet blend of adjunct flavors and minor malt presence. Hops make no appearance in the taste. Aftertaste is mainly flavors of corn. Balance is average.

Super smooth beer on the tongue. Carbonation withers quickly in the mouth.

A decent offering. This on works well with any picnic food. A great choice to carry with you on the golf course on a hot day. Better then most of it's American lager counterparts for canned beer, save a few exceptions.

Serving type: can

06-14-2007 05:35:59 | More by RedChrome
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3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden straw color with a nice white head that recedes into a splotchy film on the surface. Fairly big bubbles jostle their way to the top and eventually die out.

Aroma, according to style, seems appropriate. Lager smelling with adjuncts thrown in. Seems like corn followed by rice followed my malt. Minimal hop aroma.

Again, okay for style, but not impressed with the flavor here. Very sweet in the front, followed by some husky grains and corn, and followed with some lingering malt liquor flavors.

Mouthfeel is dry and watery. The palate feels clean immediately but the aftertaste remains for quite a bit, imparting a cheap whiskey type feel. I am not sure I would recommend this. I would probably pick a typical macro like Bud over this, all stereotypes aside. Stylewise I suppose it is close, but I dont really like it. It was worth a try but this will be the last sixer I buy.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 21:31:34 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of MTNboy


3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is usually one that people love or hate; being in upstate NY most people love it. I would have be in the middle on this one. It is alright for the price. It is a little better than getting what you pay for.

Appearance- Golden yellow. A nice head at first but no staying power.

Smell- Faint with some mass produced smell.

Taste- I would have to go with balanced between hops and malt.

Mouthfeel. Easy going. It could be a casual dinner beer or a party beer

Drinkability- Good I like this one with a restaurant burger.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 19:37:02 | More by MTNboy
Photo of Durge


2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big bubbly white head that disappears quickly. Pale yellow liquid with medium carbonation. The aroma is not pretty to me, have to say it was a bit like something related to a bathroom. The flavor was fortunately a solid improvement over the aroma. The immediate sense was that of the creamy, malty goodness that I recall from college days in the 70's. Genny Cream was really the definition of what I like about cream ales although I have come to learn that the style may typically bring heartier concoctions then that. This newer version does not deliver quite the same level of creaminess I admired during those dorm life years. There is a bit more alcohol presence and even a lemony taste at the finish. Though not much up to my nostalgic expectations, it was a drinkable selection with a little bit of creamy goodness. Generally weak in flavor and hard to get past the aroma. Different but not impressive.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 23:29:23 | More by Durge
Photo of smcreator


3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Two finger head.
S: It was hard to discern any great or unique smell.
T: Not very complex. It has a fresher taste than many lagers.
M: Feels kind of rough on the tongue and makes it a little more difficult to drink.
D: Goes down like water on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 00:02:56 | More by smcreator
Photo of jwc215


3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours straw yellow with a white head that, at first, is quite sizeable, but soon fizzles away to a thin cover then disappears.

The smell is of sweet grain and adjuncts. Typical, average macro-lager like smell. Not really offensive though.

The taste is of sweet grain and adjuncts. Some watered-down hops.

Pretty watery, but not overly so. Some surprising creaminess to it.

Well, it's a cheap "lawn-mower" beer, and rated as such. Good enough to bring to a place that allows can only and to beat the heat with. And, better than most BMC's. Still, not something I would look forward to.

Serving type: can

05-26-2007 16:05:37 | More by jwc215
Photo of BMoney575


3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-7-07

Pours a medium golden color, very clear with lottle bubbles rising to the top. Decent head disappears quickly.

Smell is quite light, with some adjunct aromas. Smells very much like apple cider.

Taste is surprisingly good, much like an all-malt lager. Very light and unoffensive with a pleasant hop bitterness at the end. Aftertaste is also quite good, not as dry as a macro-lager.

Mouthfeel is decent, smooth with good carbonation.

Drinkability is surprising, I would take this over a macro any day. Kind of a confusing style, but a good blend of flavor and lightness.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 23:36:17 | More by BMoney575
Photo of BretSikkink


2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear brew, light side of golden. Head is very disappointing, poor retention and lacing.

Adjunct grain aroma, lightly herbal hop is a little faint. Alcohol is way too apparent.

There's a pronounced dextrin character here, some lightly sweet malt, a little estery fruit flavor but not much.

The mouthfeel is creamy, light-bodied, somehwat crisp. A little citric bittnerhess in the finish. Fizzy, obvious alcohol, slightly oily. Grain aftertaste, gets worse as it warms. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 01:28:49 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of kimcgolf


2.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Friends of mine from the upper NY area said this was one of their favorite beers...I need to stop asking them for beer advice.

This was slightly better than most of the BMC products, but not by much. Poured to a golden yellow with some carbonation, a little white head that lingered a shor time, and a touch of lacing. Little aroma to speak of, though I did catch some grain, and there was nothing in particular that was noticeable in the flavor. Finish was about what would be expected; short and flat.

Not sure where the "cream ale" reference came from, but it was just another lager to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 02:55:47 | More by kimcgolf
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2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a pale orange/gold color with a small, short-lived head. No lace.

S - It smelled of grains.

T - It tasted of grain and malt. A very faint hop presence.

M - It was soft and creamy. A light-bodied beer.

D - This was pretty good. It was smooth like a lager but tasted more like an ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 03:04:40 | More by zeff80
Photo of Dodt


2.1/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can to a pint glass. Straw yellow in color . Since i'm not that seasoned in smell of beer, to my untrained nose it smells like any other macro brew. But unlike other macro beers i have in the past(Miller, Coors, Old milwaukee, Keystone , and busch). taste wise it smooth , with a slight sweet after taste.

Serving type: can

03-14-2007 05:39:11 | More by Dodt


2.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Small head only half a finger thick formed when at top of the glass. The color was real light and clear. It was yellow with a slight brown tone. The smell was not impressive, almost sour. Upon further smells it had a little rotting apple, malt, and herb.

Mouthfeel was that of a heavily filtered feel. Real wet and light and dried the tongue after. Just a touch of carbonation to tingle the tongue. Taste was not what I expected from a label saying "cream ale". The beer was strong when it hit the tongue and fades slowly and tastes of apple juice, and slightly bitter onion. It tastes like a Corona with an apple instead of a lime. Weird little creation.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 01:37:11 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
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3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored and very clear. A bit more color than most macros, with a decent bead of foam. Starts out tasting like typical overcarbonated macro-corn-brau but then actual malt flavor makes an appearence. A little bit of grassy hop flavor too. When it's gone, the glass smalls like real beer instead of macrocrap. Not world class but certainly a few cuts above BMC. An excellent cheap refresher, if you don't expect too much. I could definitely slam a few after cutting and splitting firewood on a hot day. Not the best beer out there but maybe the most bang for the buck (12 bucks for a 30 pack, not including the 4.00 rebate).

Serving type: can

02-17-2007 00:58:35 | More by skivtjerry
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2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can with no freshness date. It pours a clear gold with medium carbonation and an inch of white head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is lightly citric with hints of grass or hay and the flavor adds to this some sweetness, adjuncts and some light creaminess, but is overall pretty mild. It has a light body with almost tingly carbonation, and leaves a short finish. A fairly drinkable beer - a step up from BMC, but nothing special.

Serving type: can

02-12-2007 23:29:39 | More by mmmbeer
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3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a brass color with a thinnish head that stays put. Leaves some lacing. Really grainy macro aromas but with a "kiss of the hops" that reminds me of Schlitz. Flavor is rather malty and doesn't have that much of a grain presence which surprises me since it was all in the nose. Some crackery like flavors and a little bit of hops in the finish. Ends kind of dry. Mouthfeel is kind of thin and prickly, but that's what to expect. Solid drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 00:14:56 | More by goochpunch
Photo of cjgator3


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

Pours a pale straw yellow color with a small white head that laces the side of the glass. The aroma is a faint grainy malt smell and a just a hint of hops. The taste is a very clean tasting malty brew that is very easy to drink. Mouthfeel is light and crisp from the carbonation. Overall, this is lacking in the flavor department but is highly drinkable especially considering that it goes for under $4 a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 03:23:16 | More by cjgator3
Photo of EagleTalon


2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a huge white foam head that recedes to a thin ring and a bit or two of lace. High carbonation. Pale gold color and brilliant clarity. Aroma is very sweet and corny, no hops detected, with a slight white grape juice and pear scent thrown in. Flavor is best enjoyed ice-cold. Sweet grainy, "cereal" character asserts itself upfront, then fades to a lager-like blandness with a hint of metal. Still no sign of hoppage. Finishes with a sweet, corny aftertaste.

This is not a bad cream ale, it is very well made and has won several prestigious awards, including gold at the World Beer Cup. But in the grand scheme of beerdom, this is a beverage that is cheap to make and sells to the crowd that is low on cash but wants a bit more flavor than Coors or miller can provide. I find that I could drink this stuff ice-cold straight from the can and enjoy it in a pinch, but it does not impress me much.

HOWEVER, as a homebrewer I would not mind being able to make a homebrew version of this beer, it would be a bit of a challenge and would impress American macro drinkers. And most of all, I could correct some of the mistakes that the Genesee brewers made! I believe I once saw a homebrew shop on the internet sell an ingredient kit for this beer. I might check it out.

Serving type: can

12-25-2006 18:46:13 | More by EagleTalon
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New York

3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Support your local brewery! Not too hard when it rocks Genny Cream Ale. I like this stuff a lot.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a nice translucent gold. Not the urine yellow of a macro. Nice sudsy head forms with a somewhat aggressive pour. Bubbles rise to the top throughout the drink. Very pretty looking beer for a macro.

Smell is okay. Bread, sweet malts, I can't really pick out any hops.

Taste is great for a macro. Corn and malts, also some noteworthy grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel is what the selling point of this very inexpensive brew. Smooth, creamy and mildly carbonated. Goes down very easy.

Drinkability is good. 5.1% isn't intimidating at all, but this might be a little too creamy for a hot summer day, and not heavy enough for the winter. A good pick me up when the cash is low and you want to please a few guests.

For the price, this is just about the best you can get. This beats out any other macro at any price. Excellent brew for the category.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 06:15:26 | More by barrettds
Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.