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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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1,143 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,143
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20%
Wants: 18
Gots: 79 | 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 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?

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.

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!

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,

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.

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.

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.

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 ;)

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.

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.

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.

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?

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!

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.

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

mnn moonies. a regional pale beer that has some gas with the hipster retro market. straw color with a 2cm fluffy white head that dissapated at a reasonable rate. not much flavor, this is a beer pong beer, a baseball beer, a mow the lawn beer. slightly more flavor then bmc, but just barely. lots of corn and pilsner malt with some hop bitterness and aroma. not great but its a fun memory of home.

Photo of Frosty80
4.6/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color: pours and sits clear gold

Smell: very clean and crisp. very mild sweetness. little to no hops. some adjunct detected

Taste: crisp and clean like a lager but some obvious citrus notes. somewhat dry

Mouthfeel: light body. moderate carbonation

Notes: excellent beer to bridge the gap from lagers to ales. does just what the style is intended to do. really prepares you to experience the different flavors ale yeast offers.

Photo of jkdrummer
2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hard to believe but I found some Jenny Cream here near Seattle and in a bottle so I had to buy one. From my home town of Rochester comes one of the few American origin styles, cream ale. In Rochester there's one of the few major river's that flows north and to this day, Jenny Cream pretty much still smells much like that ol'river too. The head is there, then gone. The first sip is sweet and a bit creamy in mouthfeel. Is there hops in here? The rancid sugary aftertaste coats the mouth and leaves one wanting a glass of clean water. Drink too much, you'll be on the toilet for most the next day cursing the brewers.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Mild, sweetish, faintly grainy malts with some soft floral notes.

Taste: Meager maltiness with a middling sweetness. Nearly imperceptible hint of vague fruitiness. Thinly floral hops follow, but you get no more than the smallest hint of bitterness. This leaves the imbiber with a sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very slight creaminess befitting the name and style.

Drinkability: Better than most of its ilk, in that, while it lacked anything to stand up and cheer about, it also lacked any inherent ickiness or ghastly off-flavors.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.8/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 6/28/2008 (bottle):

Pours a golden yellow colored body, with a foamy white head. Has a lagery aroma, with some banana, and some dustiness. Has a somewhat nutty taste, with a nice malty aftertaste. Cleanish tasting. Has a pretty light taste.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ah, a classic. I like how they brag how many World Beer Medals they have.. well it's easy when you're in the Cream Ale category and have like 3 competitors haha.. anyway.

Bought a 30 of this for $10.99. Pours a light golden color, not much head to it but a decent amount of lacing and thousands of bubbles racing up to the top of the beer. Taste is very macro tasting.. but smoother. Finish is clean and crisp and has a pretty good body to it. Not the most glamorous style but it's worked for them for years and it's pretty damn drinkable. For about $0.33 a beer this is a great bargain and a great cheap beer. Wouldn't have all the time but for some beer pong or a big party.. this is my beer of choice.

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

Enjoyed as part of a tasting. Perhaps the godfather of Cream Ales, the beer has some nice pleasantries about it, but also some similarities to macro-swill. Let's explore...

The beer begins with a moderatly firm pilsner malt aroma with some mild fruity esters and light hints of raw cereal grains, bready, yeasty notes; but no real hop character.

Flavors fare similarly with the nice blend of pilsner malts and grain flavor. Though I'd prefer more of a malty taste, the pleasant fruity (almost like Pebbles children's cereal) give a little something extra that makes the next sip a welcome one. Still, no hop character to the taste.

Textures carry on the creamy maltiness, but also an over-sparged grain-like texture that should be avoided. Thinning late, the beer tempers itself well for easy drinking and palatablility.

Ultimately, I'm not going out of the way for the beer, but if it is offered I'll not pass it up.

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, adjuncts and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is pretty decently balanced for the style with flavors of adjuncts and grain. The hops presence is also stronger than most other Cream ales. The malt character is thin but about where it should be. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little bit tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, good representation of style, it might not be the greatest beer overall, but in being a poundable fizzy-yellow-beer it fits its role quite well.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

i thought i would try this one, as it is kind of a staple beer in my home town. it pours a very clear straw yellow color. a nice white head that fades to absolutely nothing. the only thing i get in the nose is a kind of yeasty smell, almost a belgian yeast smell. the taste is actually quite refreshing, this would be a great beer for after mowing the lawn in summer or something. its not too watery as i thought or as the appearence would suggest. a lot of that yeast comes through in the taste as well. fairly light body. this is definately a very drinkable beer though, its not great, but its better than all the other macros. and for $3.50 a six pack you really cant go wrong. i will definately purchase this again next time im broke.

Photo of nms1987
2.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gold. Nice fluffy white head, but it died off quick.

Doesn't really smell like much. Kind of an unpleasantly sweet smell if you try hard enough.

Slighty sweet taste in the mouth. Not a whole lot to say there. Not good, not bad.

Very light mouthfeel, it goes down easy.

I can see why this is a regional favorite. If it were my area's old school beer I'd probably defend its merits too.
Its light and drinkable, and a solid alternative to some macros.

Photo of beerkittycat
3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is crystal clear straw gold with a tight white head. Aroma has some faint corn-flake like malt but little hop aroma. Taste has the same corn-flake like malt with faint lemon-drop fruity esters. Medium low hop flavor and bitterness. Very clean and well-attenuated beer, but decent enough flavor and mouthfeel to remind you that this is an ale and not a lager. Great alternative to the big 3 lagers.

Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 1,143 ratings.