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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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BA SCORE
70
okay

1,129 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,129
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20%
Wants: 18
Gots: 74 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001)
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Photo of PreacherBrewer
2.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - crystal clear golden color. no head.

S - mettallic, sweetness, alcohol.

T&M - very carbonated. creamy. tastes of creamy bitterness. metallic after taste linger too long for my liking. nothing too off, but it feels like something is missing.

D - it's drinkable, but not for long. the taste gets to me after beer #2...the metallic aftertaste is a bit over the top. the carbonation is in the way. it's not horrible, but not better than average either. right there with the macros. i will not be purchasing this again. one is enough...

PreacherBrewer, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Rehtakul
4.2/5  rDev +40%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I truly do not think this brew deserves all of the lack-luster reviews it gets. I defy anyone to find a better ale for $11.99/30 pack. Yep, that's right....this one is currently selling at Sam The Beer Man in Binghamton @ $12 for 30 cans. Unfortunately in these times, the budget often dictates my choice at Sam's. But having said that, sometimes I grab these even when I can afford more. Far superior to all of the other choices at this price, and the flavor and drinkability are well above average. With the 5.10 abv, these can surely get the job done, but are also perfect for that saturday afternoon bbq. All in all, a very nice everyday brew that never disappoints. Just ice 'em down and let 'em flow!!

Rehtakul, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.28/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is absolutely the cheapest beer on the drinkable side of Natty we carry at the store. I only bought one bottle, but I believe a sixer is in the neughborhood of $4. So, I decided to give it a whirl.

The beer poured a golden yellow color. Not too bad, but not too different from most mass produced brews.

The smell is actually rather creamy. Not too creamy, but still rather creamy. Not bad at all.

The taste is as advertised. It has a very nice cream flavor with a smooth finish. The after taste, though, is strangely metallic.

It feels like any other beer, nice bubbles. It feels rather light, but still creamy.

I'd probably have this beer again, especially for the price. Quite a pleasant surprise.

RomaniIteDomum, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely but somewhat average amber colour with little white head

The smell is fresh of herbs and spice - VAnilla seems to stand out

Taste is much the same but I find the Vanilla taste a bit challenging nice aftertaste of bitter hops

Mouthfeel is creamy andsmooth with refreshing bubbles

Good drinkability

DerBayer, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of jabel9
1.85/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

First off, this beer was not as bad as I expected. I went into this brew with very low expectations and was surprised by how quickly it was able to rise to unimpressive status. Appearance is golden with almost no head. Little to no lacing is apparent as you force down this incredibley below average brew. The finish leaves you with a hollow feeling, almost guilty that you subjected your body to this experience. If money is no object, and this type of beer is your thing, you would do well to spend the extra $2.00 and grab some Labatts.

jabel9, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of yelterdow
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at fridge temperature in a pint glass, this is a classic that I couldn't pass up. Recently bottled with the code 1179 lasered on the neck.

Appearance- Pale gold with an inch thick snow white head, this beer boasts constant effervescence streaming up from the bottom of the glass. As the moments pass, a thin film is all that remains of a topper.

Smell- Sweet and malty, the aroma is appetizing enough to make me want to rush into the first sip. There's also a soft, balanced display of grains and hops to round out the nose.

Taste- The malty sweetness is evident on the palate as well, with lots of cereal notes dominating the middle and finish. The aftertaste brings forth a less-than-desirable character, ripe with adjuncts that fatigue the palate rapidly.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The sharp, cutting carbonation runs amok with miniscule bubbles, ripping the tongue before smoothing out and going down much better. Aside from the pleasant nose and initial flavor right at the outset, there wasn't much to enjoy going forward.

yelterdow, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of mmmd925
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent macro-cream ale.
Best served out of of the can very cold.
15.99 a 30 pk here in eastern CT.
Seems to be improved since college days, a welcome change from the standard decent macros' available here: PBR, Schlitz, Schaefer.

For the money a good picnic/barbeque or lawnmower beer

mmmd925, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. can. Pours a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma is very mild, slightly malty. Taste is of malts with some cream, a slight sweetness, not a bad flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall not a bad choice considering the low price tag.

tone77, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of jwhawkins81
2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma - Pretty standard adjunct lager corn veggie aromas

Appearance - Clear yellow with a bright white head and just a trickle of carbonation. The head did take a while to dissipate.

Taste - Smooth, I was waiting for the cheap adjunct bite but it never showed up. Mostly sweet and smooth. Yes, watery too but not offensive.

Notes - Pretty drinkable.

jwhawkins81, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a forty ounce bottle this beer was a golden color with a billowing, three-finger, off-white head. The retention was pretty good and the lacing impressive in curtains and then bands. The aroma was of macro grains, stale malt, alcohol and a little sourness. Standard malt liquor smell. The flavors were actually pretty good for the style, corn, grain mash, pale malt, a touch of sweet malts (the 'cream') and a crisp finish with a very low hop profile. The alcohol was present, but better hidden than in most malt liquors. Dry, acidic and simple. The mouthfeel was not bad, the body medium and the carbonation medium/high. A total get-F-ed-up beer. But not a bad one.

thekevlarkid, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of dude
3.95/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Okay I need a change of pace here. Been drinking pbr and high life for a while, but the act is tired. Lord chesterfield is a cheap pale ale, but the flavor gets more unsatisfying after a few. Stroh's is gross. Schaeffer, bud, coors extra gold et. al. are too similar and when I spied the genny section my gloomy outlook changed. Okay so in the end its similar to the rest, but the can is mostly green !GREEN! and it has won an assload of beer medals and its a cream ale for crying out loud! Appearance-wise it has the familiar macro-ish straw yellow pour with a fizzy white head, clear with some bubbles but not a whole lot going on. In the glass the creamy nature (mental or no) is lost so the rest of my review is canned. It smells like aluminum, with weaker scents of corn and grass. This tastes corny, but has malty sweetness as well. No DMS sweetness like high life, slightly bitter at the end and dare I say, balanced? Mouthfeel is medium, good carbonation level and creamy. I can drink six or nine of these without boredom so my issue is solved, if only temporarily.

dude, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Light gold butterscotch color with a moderate amount of carbonation and head. No lacing and retention is a ring around the edge of the glass. Crystal clear transparency improves appearance.

S- It smells like beer. Average extra-pale beer with a minimal grain and hop bill. Very clean smelling, alike a light beer.

T- Flavor is light but what I can get tastes a bit like honey, and a bit like garbage(wet, cold vegetables). I guess I still like it because a six pack goes pretty quick. Mostly sweet with a hint of herbal qualities alike flowers.

M- Although the body is not really light(has some sort of sticky quality alike taffy?), it is watery and the carbonation is rough.

D- Why not?

EnojysAnyBeer, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So when times are rough, I turn to Genesse Cream Ale. Good ol' easy drinkin brew here. Perfect for barbecues,campfires, ballgames, etc. At 4.99 a six pack, I cannot pass this one up.

A- Typical light goldeny brown tinted yellow color. Decent amount of white head. Bubbly, carbonation.

S- Not much sent here. Bready, malty, lgiht earthy fruit.

T- MMMM. Quite satisfying. Grains, hops, floral, some sweet malty flavors. Overall well balanced.

M- Smooth and dare I say it "creamy." Light yet refreshing.

D- Drink away. This stuff is an awesome beer for the budget.

DavidSeanNJ, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of JoeBloe
4.18/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this beer is meant to drink from the can - my quintessential camping, fishing beer - so much better than other macro products- i've had it on tap, but i gotta say, i like it better straight out of the can, and pretty cold at that - by those standards, this is my favorite all-day beer in the spring and summer months - a great
value in a sweet beer!

JoeBloe, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Boohausen
4.47/5  rDev +49%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer i have had in a can, bottle and draft, all have been great, this beer is not loved by many, but its hard to find and when i do i buy alot, love the stuff, awsome lawnmower beer!!!!, it must be cold our it imparts a somewhat sour taste, but overall good taste,

Boohausen, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
3.93/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Genesee Cream Ale
High Falls Brewing Co.
Style: Cream Ale, ABV: 5.10 %, 5/1/09 @ ABC JB

A 3.5 - Good 1.5 finger head, okay retention, noticeable carbonation, ligth golden yellow straw in color.
S 3.5 - Creamy malty aroma.
T 4.0 - Light and creamy taste. I was very surprised how enjoyable it is for $4 a six pack!
MF 3.5 - Light body, high carbonation.
D 4.5 - This was a big surprise to me that I have never had this, and that it was so enjoyable for $4 a six pack. It even has 5.1 ABV, surprised indeed. This is a great budget beer.

unclejimbay, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard shaker pint.

Pours a pale straw with a smallish head that settles to a thin cap. Laces decently and sticks. Clarity is perfect.

Aroma is of pale malt and sweet husky grain. Hop aroma is barely present. Smell of yeasty, sweet almost Belgian type aromas.

Flavor is husky grain. Sweet malt and corney flavors. Hops are barely detectable.

Smooth mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation.

Better than most BMC macros, but not terribly memorable.

wheatyweiss, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of mynie
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well... this just kind of snuck its way into northeastern iowa, didn't it? It's at nearly every bar now. Swear it wasn't there a month ago.

Anyhow, pours like a decent macro. Decent for a macro is still not very good. Pale, straw yellow with a small but retentive head.

Smells... decent-ish. Totally average. No off nodes, no nasty adjunct hints, no metal or corn or nothing like that. What's there is awful faint, but it ain't awful, and as it warms up you can actually make out some faint floral hops, which is more than I can say for Bud.

Tastes like the epitome of a decent macro. Sweet grain, hints of corn, balanced by light flower hops. The creaminess is creamy, not slimey, and it goes down smooth.

mynie, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of Natainos
4.22/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying I am an amateur, with that out of the way:
This economical beer has creaminess to it, and is very drinkable; very balanced between bitter hops & sweetness. An Ale with a Lager feel to it.

Worthy Award Winning NOTE: Genesee Cream Ale has won WORLD BEER CUP Gold medals in 1990 & 1991, Silver medals in 1987, 1988, 1993, 1994 & 2005, and Bronze in 1995, 2002, & 2004 at the Great American Beer Festival.

Got this at a drug store, and to my surprise they had a price error, the whole 30 pack cost just $3.99+ thank you for your error it tasted better knowing I just got a Super deal ;)

Natainos, May 31, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a warm yellow with decent head retention.

The aroma is sour and fruity. Almost vinous with hints of green apples.

On the palate it's creamy and bubbly. Slightly zinging and bitter. A bit of apple and grape skin is still present here, and somewhere in the middle there's a hint of something that reminds me of cheese or sour milk--but it's not at all ruinous to the overall flavor.

I remember this being more drinkable than I find it to be now. This time, I found a lot of fruity qualities that turned me off, and while that added some complexity, it wasn't what I was looking for when.

IMincedTheKing, May 26, 2009
Photo of skizziks
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quibbles about lager vs. ale yeast aside, Genesee Cream Ale is the benchmark for this recently revived style. I've had some great homebrewed examples in the past year (and too many tiny bottles of Little Kings in a very hazy and distant past), but this is my first opportunity at the gold standard.

The beer is a very clear light gold/bright yellow with a respectable 1 inch bright white fizzy head that does manage to stick around for a while.

Aroma is grainy steely malt with a noticeable corn accent. Something slightly musty but not too distracting lurks around the faint herbal hops.

An immediate syrupy sweetness is quickly countered by a tart smack, almost like soured grain. Seems wrapped up in the obvious corn flavors, evenly matched by husky malt. Some hop bitterness comes in late but manages to keep the sweetness from getting out of control. Finishes relatively clean and dry.

Genny Cream may be the benchmark, but I wouldn't call it the best. Still, it is a fairly pleasant and innocuous quencher with more flavor than your average industrial American lager. OK.

skizziks, May 20, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright, light gold color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated to random clumps. Inconsitent, thick patches of lace. Decanted continually.

S: Hay and grass intitially. Light sweet malt aroma.

T: Sweet, bready malts that linger through the finish. Surprising balance though as adjuncts and grains are followed by bittering hops. Crisp past the lingering malts.

M: Lighty body. Ample carbonation. Finishes clean - eventually - as malt character lingers a bit.

D: Very easy to drink. Not the greatest flavor, not complex but fairly balanced.

Haybeerman, May 14, 2009
Photo of smerkinb
2.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From notes on 4/11/09.

Had to try this beer on principle.
Bottle displays World Beer Cup award.

A vigorous pour produces a 1/2 inch white fizzy head that quickly dissipates into a thin collar. Very clear light gold color. Each sip ends with little spots of fall down lacing.

Malty sweet smell with a hint of something spicy trying to come through. Some bread and underneath an almost buttery smell.

I'm starting with this pretty cold--It has a malty sweetness to begin. It's not really balanced and every few sips a little something floral peeks out before ducking for cover before I can catch it. There's also a slight sour, just sorta offish flavor. I i get deeper into the glass the taste shows some moldy bread characteristics--and not in a good way.

The mouth is slick and bubbly. Not really great but a bit more character than say...lemonade and less than a Coke.

As this warmed up it got more and more difficult to have another swig. It went down ok cold, but I wouldn't want to actually taste all of it's characteristics as the don't gel. I didn't get a "cream" sense from this at all. Maybe it would be more chuggable than other such offerings, but why bother?

smerkinb, May 11, 2009
Photo of bigdeuce
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If you drink this out of the can and don't have to look at it or smell it, it is not bad. As good as any other macro. Pretty smooth, creamy mouthfeel, a bit of crispy dryness after the sips. Very little head on the pour, and clear looking with not much texture. But you can drink a bunch of these while gardening!

bigdeuce, May 03, 2009
Photo of scottoale
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Haven't seen this brew for years, it used to be available locally here in San Diego, in the 1980's. Hasn't really changed in all those years. Pours a yellow-gold into my DFH glass, with three fingers of white foamy head. Mild carbonation and a head that dwindles moderately fast...all that's left is a small ring and a patch.

The smell is mostly sweet and corn syrupy, with very little depth. No noticable hops or alcohol in the aroma. Very lager like in the nose.

Sweet and corn adjunct like in the flavor, slight toasty grain and a minimal bitterness in the finish. Very macro lager like in the taste as well. Not a bad flavor, just a bit sweet and boring. It was a rather hot day today (95degrees) and I didn't really find this very thirst quenching. Can't really blame this on the brew however.

Light to medium body with a definite creaminess to it and no alcohol detected anywhere make this brew easy enough to drink, but overall a beer that's average at best.

scottoale, Apr 21, 2009
Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 1,129 ratings.