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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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1,178 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,178
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20%
Wants: 19
Gots: 101 | 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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Ratings: 1,178 | Reviews: 512
Photo of JustinJTisdale
2.81/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a staple of the upstate NY region therefore living in syracuse im subjected to it constantly.

The appearance off the tap is great nice light blonde with a very light head but aside from that and the price there arent many redeeming factors about this beer.

The taste is nothing to rant about. The smell is a little skunky. But its 2$ a pint everywhere you go and 8$ a 12 pack so at that price in New York state you cant really afford not to drink it.

Affordability and availability make this beer drinkable but not very good.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.33/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Zach brought this back from Rochester, NY. Thanks bud!

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear, pale gold body shows moderate carbonation within. A short, sudsy, white cap sits on top for the entire session. Nice lacing.

Smell: Cane sugar and sweet cream greet the nostrils initially. Leafy hops, sharp lemon, and adjuncts peak through when I dig deeper. Not bad.

Taste: Doesn't taste as good as it smells. The light sweetness I was hoping for is not there. Instead, I get bitter, skunky adjuncts and lawn clippings. Boo!

Mouthfeel: Very light and fizzy. Flavor leaves the palate almost instantly, but the beer leaves an odd, fuzzy feeling in my mouth. Not good.

Drinkability: No.

Photo of feelmefoam
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For all intensive purposes, Genny Cream Ale is a better version of a macro lager. The beer has a typical adjunct smell and look, but a better head retention to it as well as a little more opaqueness. Still, though, it is a fairly light straw-color with a foamy white head with a grainy aroma.

The taste and mouthfeel are better than normal adjuncts, though. Although still grainy and a bit acrid, it has a sweeter aspect in the finish and a smoother, creamier mouthfeel compared to typical widely distributed adjunct lagers. Because of this, the drinkability, at least for me, goes op a few notches. I'd take this over most other cheap beers any day.

Photo of jaycount
2.13/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Looks like an American macro but with a better head. Yellow/gold and clear. Good looking bright white head.

S - Smells like an American macro (I'm seeing a pattern). Corn, cereal, adjuncts, something heavy about it though that's keeping my hopes high.

T - Reminds me instantly of Bud light mixed with Amaretto (I was coaxed into doing Flaming dr. peppers one night). Tastes of adjuncts. A bit of a liquory taste. Not really good in my opinion. My first cream ale though so I suppose I don't know what I'm looking for here.

M - A little thick, an alright mouthfeel I suppose. Nothing spectacular.

D - I don't like it. Not too sure I'll even drink this whole sixer.

Photo of Amalak
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had at the second chance saloon in Brooklyn.
A- Dull gold, no bubbles, completely see-through, limited head and lace...think american-macro.
S- Ever so slight caramel malt scent.
T- Has a sourish, malt taste. Smooth, yet has some carbonation. Too American marcro, but not horrible, either.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce can into an SA pint glass.

A: Poured a clean, pale golden straw color with a great fizzy head of pure carbonation bubbles which settled into a sudsy foam. Carbonation was rolling and lively.

S: Smells of sweet corn cereal, a whiff of citrusy grain and a hint of tin can.

T: Flavor is slightly sweet and grainy up front. Lots of adjunct corn and rice flavors bouncing off the mild sweetness of lightly toasted cereal. A knacky limon flavor creeps in for a second, but the finish, which is damn near water, washes all of it away anyway with a slight cleansing alcoholic tinge.

M: Mouthfeel is mildly creamy at first sip, but it's mostly light-bodied and watery.

D: I'm sure there are many who session the Genny on the regular, but they're also likely to be in their 60s and 70s at this point. Won;t do any harm for what it is; a cheap macro guzzler with a bit of street cred to it. Has an old school feel and a modern, largely inoffensive chugging lager flavor.

Photo of tjd112
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had it in a bottle, Wegmans in Dewitt, NY once sold 12 pack bottles, and this was my favourite budget beer. It looks like your average macro product, with its white head and golden body, and may smell like a macro, but its got a sweet sugar cookie taste. The mouthfeel is better than usual; overall, its a drinkable beer.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.79/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce can into glass. Even with a slow pour it yielded 4 fingers of foamy head. Lots of carbonated bubbles still coming to the top. Basic yellow/golden beer color. Smells of corn and cooked rice. Smooth flavor nothing really sticks out but basic malted brew flavor more corn/rice. Mouthfeel is nothing special, somewhat watery. Very drinkable in that it is very smooth and nothing offensively harsh.

Photo of BDJake
2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pale yellow with little head

S- like a typical BMC but slightly sweeter

T- very low, a little bit of creaminess on top of corn and grain

M- light bodied with heavy carbonation and mild frothiness

D- goes down quite easily, without any offensive notes

Not a beer I'd go far and wide to seek out but if it was this over any other macro (except for Rainier or Olympia) I'd still go with this one.

Photo of Avagadro
3.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow with a bone-white head with little retetion and heavy lacing.

S: Butter and cereal are the only aromas I can pick up.

T: One of the most interesting macro-lagers I've ever had. For the most part, it is just a typical adjunct lager, but finishes with a buttery sweetness that is actually quite pleasing.

M: Thicker than most typical macro-lagers. light-to-medium body with heavy carbonation.

D: Genny Cream Ale has quickly become one of my favorite budget-brews. It is far more interesting than any other beer I've had at its price point. Perfect for the poor college crowd.

Photo of m1ked
2.56/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

So I like drinking the yellow fizzy stuff on my football watching sundays...I like to put down a few, and I can't that with the craft beers I normally reach for.

A- Pours a crystal clear bright yellow with a 3-4 finger snow white foamy head with streamers throughout. Hard not to say it, looks like piss.

S- Sweet grassy grainy cardboard with a metallic twang.

T- Sweet corn, sugar cookie, slight blip of metallic bitter at he end.

M- Thin, watery with crisp prickly carbonation throughout.

D- If I am going to put down a bunch of light beers, I have no problem grabbing some Genny over some BMC. There probably is a little nostalgia too, as I spent some time in WNY & Rachacha.

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...

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Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 1,178 ratings.