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

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1,167 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,167
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 dlp1010
3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a beer best drunk from the can. This was a favorite of my dad and grandfather during many a football game.

It's deceptively light at first but ends up having more character that you'd expect from a macro. Despite being full of adjuncts flavor and almost devoid of hops this is a good standby for when you need a simple beer to gulp down.

Photo of knofac
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale yellow with maybe a hint of orange. Head was quite frothy and abundant (although not thick). The flavor was simple and maybe a little sweet, but not offensive in the least. It has a slightly warming, yet refreshing aftertaste. There's no pungent aroma or metallic sourness, despite the can. Even the relatively high ABV, it drinks quite easily.

This is an absolute steal at about $7 per 12-pack. It's a staple party beer, but it's also satisfying when you want to just kick back. It's a sleeper.

Photo of Wilkster
4.47/5  rDev +49%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As in a previous review I agree that it appeals to many every day beer drinkers. It has a very nice head with an exceptional color of amber. Goes down very smooth. I picked up a 30 pack @ Consumers Beer Depot in Milwaukee. Wish I would have purchased 3 or 4 @11.99.

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

I remember my Uncles drinking Genny Cream Ale when I was a kid. Now that I'm "of age", I've sampled it myself. Good, thick head. Dark yellow color. Smell is a little sweet but not too strong. Taste is OK, not exceptional, not bad. It's a drinkable ale geared toward pleasing a lot of people, not necessarily the discerning beer palate.

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

Frothy pure white head, loosely gathered foam that reaches two fingers on the pour and settles into a thin, steady layer across the surface, no lacing. Light yellow to orange color, while not deep has a lot of brightness. Rye and country brown bread, honey, sweet corn and malt make for a generously full nose, soft on the whole with a firming metallic streak. Medium-bodied, holds its weight throughout and possessed of a steady, masculine carbonation. Honey notes, yeast and malt give it that sweet creaminess, no lack of corn and grain too. The hoppiness is there, more to sculpt and lightly dry than lend true bite. Apricot, strawberry, pear fruit. The metallic element less of a presence here. Even as it warms some, doesn't piss you off. The kind of beer childhoods are made of.

Photo of mjr955201
4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer for the price. 30 packs run anywhere from $13-17. It rivals Budweiser and many will say it beat AW's lineup.

Also, the low grades that I've read under Genny Cream might consider that this is a not a botique high-end beer. This is a blue-collar, good-old American cream ale that satisfies the masses without breaking the wallet.

Were not talking about $2 per bottle / can beers here retail.

Overall, a great 30-pack selection, one of the best for the pricepoint and quality. 5.10% abv is a nice medium also.

Photo of CommerceComet
3.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An underappreciated beer. I challenge anyone to find a better tasting beer for the price. It tastes good and goes well with the standard beer snacks or with a meal from the grill. Refreshing taste that is not overwhelming yet not watered down. My friend enjoyed it too.

Photo of Natural510
3.56/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very transparent dark straw/light gold color with ample head. Head dissipates into a lacing which coasts the glass respectably.
Scent is faint; inoffensive. A grassiness coupled with creamed corn makes up the bulk of the nose.
A very grassy, corn-rich flavor as well. Sweet pale malt with a slight hop bite.
Smooth and crisp on the palate. Very refreshing.
My first cream ale and I have to admit it exceeded my expectations. A bit more flavorful than an adjunct lager yet just as refreshing. A good option for the price.

Photo of CBlack85
2.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A-Golden colored, with two fingers of head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing

S-Smells like typical American adjunct lager. Lots of corn and I get a little malt extract-esque aromas.

T-I get some light malt sweetness, but seems more like a slightly higher quality Budweiser. Bland and watery, unimpressive

M-Thin bodied and watery, highly carbonated

D-easy to drink, easier to forget

If you are into an easy drinking light tasting beer this is a good alternative to Budweiser, Coors, and Miller

Photo of hmk22
3.7/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Those of a certain age who've spent time in upstate NY may remember billboards for "Genny Cream" with the slogan "Often imitated -- never duplicated." I don't know about the first part but there really is nothing like Genny Cream. Other reviewers have commented on the bargain pricing ($12.99 for a 30-pack in my neck of the woods) and how they would choose it over Bud -- I agree on both counts.

Taste and mouthfeel deliver on the "cream" aspect, and GCA manages to have a fair amount of body while still being easy to drink. It doesn't taste like a 5.1% ABV beer -- the cream aspect makes it seem lighter somehow (must be that Adirondacks water).

A great beer to have on hand -- not boring, better (and less expensive) than Bud, easy to drink, a conversation starter. It won't blow your skirt up but it's good to know about.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.32/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a large-bubbled white head that fades rapidly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell is more akin to a lager...low fruitiness, clean sweet malts and a flash of grassy hops. The aroma is neither offensive nor inviting.

The taste is a bit better with a sweet malty flavor with perhaps a bit of corn adjuncts in there. A few notes of sulfur and a bit of floral hop flavor and bitterness. It does have a fairly 'creamy' feeling on the palate, which is nice, but then there is also a macro-like metallic taste that is not good. Not a bad beer, and at the decent price tag, I would choose this over a Bud anytime.

Photo of tj4288
1.22/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

poured from bottle into clear glass goblet

appearnce is standard yello macro. lifeless. almost no head, no lacing at all. smell is also typicial of an american macro, plus an addition of something rotting on the tail end. taste starts off like an american adjuct macro, rice/corn.... but finished slightly skunky and stale tasting. is this a bad bottle? mouthfeel is hard to describe but terrible. watery and a strange low carbonation. drinkability.... not a drain pour but i was suffering threw all 12 ozs

Photo of Brenden
3.17/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There's not much to the appearance; the color of light yellow-gold, the lackluster head with a consistent foam, and the minimal lacing are all typical to the macro.
There is a grains backing and a fairly decent hops profile, along with alcohol and a slight metallic tinge. This isn't as weak as a macro light, but certainly as light as a regular.
There is a little bit of a malt presence, certainly more detectable than is in the smell. Unfortunately, the metallic note is slightly more detectable as well. Otherwise a little bit of fruits and a rather pleasant and tolerable sweetness make up the flavor. The hops bitterness suits the sweet malt and the citrus well. Of course, especially in the finish, some corn and rice adjuncts are detectable.
The body is light, but this one's got a pretty decent mouthfeel; it's creamy and smooth. Carbonation is moderate.
Take it for what it is, I guess.

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...

Photo of Rehtakul
4.19/5  rDev +39.7%
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!!

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.

Photo of DerBayer
3.67/5  rDev +22.3%
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

Photo of jabel9
1.83/5  rDev -39%
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.

Photo of yelterdow
3.24/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of mmmd925
3.59/5  rDev +19.7%
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

Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

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.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of dude
3.92/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

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?

Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 1,167 ratings.