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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: 1,020
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 19.27%
Wants: 16
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of BeerSox


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
Photo of MrVisegrips


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
Photo of chilidog


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
Photo of nesta


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
Photo of ADR


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
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3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Gold macro color, nice cream white head, copious carbonation.

Smell: A mix of ligjt grain and adjunct, very light, though.

Taste: Like a creamy macro, kind of odd, yet more enjoyable than your typical American lager. The cream flavor is light yet welcome in this situation.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, adequately carbonated, good.

Drinkability: For the price there are much better beers, but if it was cheap, and I was broke, why not?

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 03:25:04 | More by TastyTaste
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1.15/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a crystal clear yellow color, highly filtered, highly carbonated, fizz head dies out quickly leaving behind occasional lacing.

Smells like a typical macro lager, grain, corn, some sweetness in the minimal malt profile. Kind of dry on the palate, carbonation is sizzling, stinging.

Notes: blah blah blah....these adjunct tasting brews get really old. Why do I continue to buy them? as the blues brothers would say..."I'm on a mission from god"...all beers will be tasted...Amen.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 17:59:50 | More by DogFood11
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New York

2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This may be New York pride talking, but I don't think Genny Cream Ale is all that bad.

It is a light ale with a full taste. Slightly over-carbonated. Sure the color is really pale and the head is sudsy and short lived, but the flavor is suprisingly . . . decent.

It doesn't hurt that it is less than $3.00 per six pack either.

Serving type: can

04-15-2006 01:24:07 | More by plaid75
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2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Clark's Ale House

Straw yellow beer with white head and a little lacing. Smells of sweet adjuncts, I'd guess corn on this one. Taste isn't so bad for such a cheap beer. Sweet malts and maybe a touch of caramel. Not very complex, but nice in a cheap way. Smooth mouthfeel, a nice drinking beer if you're feeling poor and dont mind the lack of flavor.

A very nice cheap beer. Inoffensive with some pleasant aspects. Around here you can find it for $1.50/pint at Clark's or $5.50 a 12-pack at the grocery store.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2006 22:31:55 | More by tempest
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3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:When poured from my 40 it's a rather nice medium golden color with a hell of a lot of carbonation and nearly an inch and a half of pure white thick head, which might I add stays till the verry end.

Aroma: A whirlwind of sweet malts, lemon scented hops and other assorted wiffs I seem to not be at liberty to discuss, due to not being a fan of the "skunk'.

Taste: Quite maltty at first with a verry distinct bitter citrus taste that soon disapears in favor of the smooth and crisp renown Genny flava.

Mouth feel: C-R-E-A-M-Y and full

Drinkability:Quite High. I love to squash theese any time of day or season. even tho the ratings here on beeradvocate do not favor well for the Old Genny...I myself love to drink them for the price and think it was time I wrote a favorable review in "her" defence!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2006 04:59:23 | More by Tallboy
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3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold color with a fluffy ivory head that doesn't stick around long, disappears completely in just seconds.

The aroma is mild grassy, grainy, a whiff of corn.

The taste is also mild, light malt, very faint caramel and corn. Slightly dry, mild grassy hops finish. Nothing really remarkable but definitely not offensive either.

Smooth and easy to drink. A step up from typical mass market brews but only a small step.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 04:15:09 | More by whynot44
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North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm suprised to see that this has a not so bad color to it and a huge (3 finger) fluffy white head. Gold amber but ultra clear. There's actually decent retention and pretty nice lacing. Very mild in smell and taste. I sense some hops hidden in the smell which is mostly cheap malt. Taste is similar. Not dry at all and nice smooth creamy mouthfeel. Drinkablity is decent. The only thing that might take away from drinkability is there's not much to the taste.

This is my favorite 'I'm poor and can't afford better' beer. Laps other cheap beers by miles. The cream ale style is key here.

Serving type: can

12-30-2005 03:57:39 | More by tastybeer
Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.