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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: 1,027
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 19.27%
Wants: 16
Gots: 48 | 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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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
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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
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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
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2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Ultra clear hay color with a white fizzy head that dissapears quickly. The lacing is almst non-existant.

Cracker like malt smells with a little bit of mustyness.

Sharp and fuzzy husky malts are about all you can taste, with a crispness from the high carbonation. The finish is clean, with no lingering flavors.

This beer is somewhat refreshing, but I could pick other beers that can do that which taste better as well. Apparently this one has been around for a while, but I don't feel like keeping it around.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 00:23:30 | More by BeerSox
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3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This lager pours gold in color with a medium soapy head. The light aroma of hops and light malts is present. Creamy without the associated sweetness; very smooth, velvety mouthfeel is light and a bit watery for my personal taste. Very easy drinkability due to its light and non-complex mix. Overall, this brew is a nice one for a hot summer day, though not complex enough to hold my interest.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 05:45:57 | More by MrVisegrips
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3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Being originally from Rochester, NY, I will occasionally endulge in the Genny Screamer just to spite the critics.

This beer is actually pretty good for a mass produced product.

The one thing about Genny cream ale is the nice frothy head. that lasts and produces a nice lacing effect on the glass as you drink it. Too many people drink this right out of the can and unfortunately, you lose the nice creamy effect when this is done.

The color is a nice light amber and has a filtered clear appearance.

Smell is rich as compared with mass produces beers. I would prefer a bit more heartiness to this beer though.

The taste is refreshing and slightly creamy and mild.

This ale has a superior drinkability to the other Genesee offerings (beer, light, red). However, The affiliate High Falls Brewing Co. has many more superior brews to sample.

Serving type: can

10-09-2006 19:58:20 | More by TheBierBand
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3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good middle of the road beer. I picked this up for its very reasonable price, and as another High Falls offering yet to be tried. Over-all I like there products.

Thisone pours nice as its clear gold. Carbonation was fair with a nice frothy head that maintained well with fair lace.

The aroma was malty, alittle metallic and corn.

The taste was sweet malts, little to no hop but hints of rice and corn both.

The mouthfeel was dry towards the finish as if a feel of dry white cooked rice.

Overall an ok beer with a dryer mouthfeel that I counted on meaning I didn't find the creamy part of this beers name other than its a crisp, smooth beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 13:34:29 | More by chilidog
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New York

3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light lager gold in color, this cream ale pours with a generous and dense frothy head. Subdued but nevertheless present aroma of soft hops and under roasted light malts. Creamy without the associated sweetness; very smooth, velvety mouthfeel and a taste somewhat reminiscent of Schlitz. EZ drinking and rewarding, this is a refreshing and enjoyable brew designed for daily multi-partaking consumption.

Serving type: can

09-23-2006 00:32:12 | More by barknee
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West Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is keg party beer. When I was in college a 1/2 keg cost $30. At less than 25 cents a pint it was quite popular and considered the "best" of the ultra-cheap beers. It was also somewhat higher in alcohol content than most really cheap beers which was another strong selling point.

It is a mild tasting brew but has a detectable presence of malt often missing from cheap beer and the 12th plastic cup goes down even easier than the first. I believe the legend of excessive flatulence production owes more to the quantities of Genny appropriately consumed and not any special charactericcs of the beer. Drink a couple of gallons of pretty much anything....

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2006 13:32:59 | More by Deconstructionis
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2.38/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A notch or two above budweiser or miller, this is still cheap beer in every regard. Soapy head which disappears quickly, straw color, and pretty unattractive aroma. Served ice cold this is decent on a really hot day when you need something to quench your thirst and want to save money, but if you can afford anything better you owe it to yourself. Tasted pretty much like a macrobrewed lager....just slightly maltier and a bit more drinkable than most other inexpensive brews. For what it is, a very cheap beer, it's pretty good. In the grand scheme of things, though, its not the way to go.

If I were throwing a large party and needed to provide libations for a lot of people but couldn't (or didn't want to) buy a pricier brew, I'd almost definitely purchase this before bud.

Serving type: can

08-25-2006 21:23:50 | More by nesta
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3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Genny cream ale. This is the first beer I remember trying as a 12 year old impressionable youth, although I didn't think much of it at the time. Still, though, it is a slightly different change of pace compared to other macros. Appearance is similar (read: golden, clear, fizzy white head) as is aroma (smell: grass, corn). The flavor is sweet with only a faint hop presence, and a curious grainy aftertaste. Mouthfeel isn't any creamier, but it too is grainy FWIW. Drinkability is above average compared to the zero other cream ales I have sampled.

Serving type: can

08-08-2006 00:57:08 | More by BoozySmurf
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2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Total guilty pleasure. When I'm slumming this is my go to beer.
12 oz bottle poured into a hefe glass. Clear straw yellow color. Active fizzy carbonation. White fizzy head with little retention. Smell has a lager-ish yeastiness and a malty sweetness. Not a whole lot of taste herE. What there is is sweet with a tiny little bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Strong carbonation, finishes dry. This is by no means a "good" beer, but it is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 05:11:12 | More by bort11
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New York

3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden. Thin white head, not much retention, but decent lacing. Smell is sweet,with maybe a hint of hops. Body is light,and carbonated. Taste is light, but smooth. Sweet, and creamy up front,with some hops in the finish. A good session beer. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 00:29:27 | More by riversider76
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3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Genesee Cream Ale pours yellow with a white head from a twelve ounce can. Smells okay, better than I would expect. It does in fact have a somewhat creamy mouthfeel, compared to a macro lager. Taste is decent, nothing to get too excited about, but better than I expected. A reasonable alternative to drinking a macro lager at a reasonable price. I'd stick with the cans, I've had some bad bottles before. Worth a try.

Serving type: can

07-26-2006 23:54:25 | More by Drew966
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3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my father's old favorites, so decided to give it a try, and poured one of his bottles into a mug...

A: I was expecting your standard pale, bland, golden macrolager , but admittedly it's got a bit more than that (which is I guess why they call it an ale). It poured in and formed a nice half-inch white head that left no lacing, but stuck around for a pretty long time, and showed a constant stream of beaded carbonation. The carbonation made for a more interesting beer and the head was a refreshing sight, but other than that it was pretty standard material.

S: Hmmph. Nothing exceptional here either. Corn and adjuncts, somewhat malty sweet but not especially so. Citrus if you're lucky... I'd say that if you came up to this clueless, you'd be hard-pressed to find a reason to call it an ale...and no more than a trace of hops, and I swear that I can smell the alcohol...

T: Pleasant enough. Pretty distinct flavor. Taste the sweetness right away, from the sweet corn, perhaps, or the fermenting sugars. Right after that you get the adjuncts and something along the lines of a skunky lager. I get a bit of the hops in the aftertaste, but that doesn't linger altogether that long. And I have to say that after about half the beer I just couldn't shake the impression of a citrusy taste (almost-like-a-weizen). If it is there, it's fighting for a presence, but doesn't have more than a shadow of one. All around, better than I expected.

M: Dry and enthusiastically carbonated. Light bodied and honestly I'm not sure where the "cream" comes from. Others mentioned a creamy mouthfeel, but coming from the Doppelbock I had earlier today, I wouldn't venture to say that Genesee had anything close it.

D: The price is a much touted factor is this Cream Ale's success and, truth be told, if I were hanging out with some college buddies and wanted a cheap 6, I wouldn't be surprised to go for this. $3-4 for a 6? It's not an instant classic "beer of the Gods" type brew, but it's got enough character and pleasant taste to be worth my time and money. I could easily go through a six of these myself, given how light it and inoffensive it is. It goes without saying that there's better, but this isn't BAD, it's just NOT good.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 04:16:07 | More by InDreams
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2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden color. Heavy lacings.

The aroma is of sweet malts, maybe pears even.

I made the mistake of preceding this one with a nice pale ale. Took me a couple of sips to adjust. Malty and loaded with cheap adjuncts, but not in an offensive way. It really doesnt taste all that bad.

The mouthfeel is soft, smooth, and creamy. Very finely cut carbonation adds a bit of balance to the beer.

For the cheap price, this beer is a bargain. When its around I'll never have to settle for an overly popular macro, but I wouldnt go out of my way to find this one. Its just nice to have decent beer available at an affordable price.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 05:06:55 | More by jasonpeckins32
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3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can, yoinked from someone else's 30 pack (the old saying goes, "stolen beer tastes the best").

Clear amber lager look. Head started off strong and left decent residue. Okay.

Smells first of amber malts and then adjuncts. Slight whiff of hops on the tail.

Tastes like someone took a macro lager and used more malt than adjuncts, and sweetened it up. Malty, a little breadlike, crisp touch of hops is there for the taste as well. No offtastes and the adjuncts play only a small part in the taste of this beer. The mouthfeel is definitely creamier than normal Genny, very gentle carbonation helps a lot.

Except for the lack of anything very interesting or exciting, this is the definition of a drinkable beer. Super cheap in 30-racks, creamy but not heavy mouthfeel, and a somewhat bland but not-at-all-gross taste. A top beer for parties where cheap swill is needed. Great job, High Falls, the micro-est of the macros.

Serving type: can

05-24-2006 00:48:45 | More by semihobo
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2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This beer pours a yellowish golden straw color with a bright white head, that didn't stand up to much,nor last. Many columns of beading can be found with no trace of laceing.

Smell: Smells like the typical pilsner beer. Corn husk, light maltiness(if any really),low amount of hops is detected, with justa touch of alcohol.

Taste: The flavors are simular to the aromas, adjuct corn flavoring, slight skunkiness, but not too bad, a little sweeter than the typical pilsner(maybe sweet corn?). This is my first cream ale to try, and I must admit I thought this would taste a little better than it does,but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Thin to leaner side of medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Smooth easy to drink. With the style being a cream ale, I would like to imagine the mouthfeel being creamy,frothy head, and a sweet thick maltiness, but it was non of the above.

Drinkability: A total let down. As said above, this beer was nothing that I had anticipated, but on a better note, this is about a half notch above the average pilsner. ;)


Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 20:48:02 | More by cheers2beers
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New York

3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So there is that fine line between quality and quantity. I'm all for double IPAs and Imperial Stouts, but you and I both know that after a handful of them you wind up partially comatose. It is for this reason that God created Genesee Cream Ale.

Yes, this beer is cheap. And yes, there are slight hints of cheapness in every sip. You know that slightly astringent twinge you get in the finish? Cheapness. However, you or I would be hard-pressed to find a better beer for $10.99 a 30-pack or $3.00 a 6er, or a beer that is this easy to drink.

The beer pours golden with a fizzy head that really wants to linger around but can't quite make it. Smell is almost all malt, with faint citrusy tinges if you really want to notice them. The taste and smell are very similar, and are not particularly memorable on their own. However, The creamy character of the style, combined with more-than-adequate carbonation, provide slightly more depth than your traditional macro, and are primarily what I feel set this beer aside from its other convenience store counterparts. I once saw an old Genesee Cream Ale poster with the tag line "Not the Same Old Brewskie." I agree.

Serving type: can

05-13-2006 00:49:37 | More by CJKnowles
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2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The last time I had a Genny Cream was around 1979. So its been awhile. Clear gold appearance, fluffy white bright head of about a minute's duration. Thin strings for lacing. A bit of a sharp aroma, slightly cheesy with cardboard and cheap characteristics. Light and airy mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation but works in its way. Tight flavor, mostly a corn sugary maltiness with little detectable hops and a pronounced fade. Clean brown sugar-tinged finish, odd "Lemon Pledge", without a grainy impression. Its hard to imagine a much more drinkable simple beer and that's the main category where this beer seems to stand out a bit.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 00:20:17 | More by ADR
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2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a golden yellow color, some carbonation, tiny head which did not last long, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of sweet malts, yeast, and hops.

T - The taste is pretty sweet, nice clean finish.

M - Light-Medium body. Well rounded brew.

D - Drinkable. Not a bad beer, but would not buy again though. When I first poured it, I thought it was a pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 00:46:08 | More by Wasatch
Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 1,027 ratings.