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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: 1,134
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20%
Wants: 18
Gots: 75 | 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 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.

skizziks, May 20, 2009
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.

Haybeerman, May 14, 2009
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?

smerkinb, May 11, 2009
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!

bigdeuce, May 03, 2009
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.

scottoale, Apr 21, 2009
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.

heapofaoatmeal, Apr 06, 2009
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.

Frosty80, Apr 06, 2009
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.

jkdrummer, Mar 24, 2009
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 20, 2009
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.

jujubeast6000, Mar 15, 2009
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.

oriolesfan4, Mar 06, 2009
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.

BEERchitect, Feb 17, 2009
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.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 14, 2009
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.

dogfishandi, Feb 08, 2009
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.

nms1987, Feb 08, 2009
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.

beerkittycat, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: An apple juice yellow color with a fairly large, frothy white head with below average retention and so-so lacing.

S: Some vague grain and herbal hops. Some sweetness and a bit of metal and alcohol.

T: Sweet grainy malts and some lightly grassy hops. Perhaps some faint, soapy lemon rind flavor. Creamed corn and fusel alcohol, with some yeast. I'll give them credit for their ale yeast, even if nothing else about the beer stands out as ale-like - you can taste it a bit.

M: Medium bodied and smooth, with normal carbonation. On the crisp and dry side into the finish. A creamy, filmy feel at times.

D: This is better than a lot of other macros in its price range, although having gone through most of a case, I still can't say why exactly. I consider this to be like 125% of your standard macro - both good and bad. It's stronger and more flavorful, for what it's worth. I'll probably pick this up in the future when I want something dirt cheap but somewhat substantial.

Clydesdale, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of brandoneast
2.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

not much here really

transparent straw color with a fading head that smells of sweet grain and not much else. Taste is a tad more impressive as it give a kiss of hops in the back but the biscuit, crystal malt lingers on the mouth too long - and yet leds a creaminess that is memorable but not enough to recall the entire experience. lackluster and move on

brandoneast, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of DmanGTR
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A - poured golden transparent with 1/2" white head that left a ring soon afterwards.

S - cream soda, light maltiness, banana nut

T - light malts, very mild hoppiness, cream soda taste dies down and features a very clean aftertaste with a lingering sweetness.

M - light bodied, medium carbonation

D - quite drinkable, very smooth

Overall - A very drinkable beer. For $3.50/6 pack you can't go wrong. Taste is a bit light but the carbonation holds it together well. The best brew by Genesee.

DmanGTR, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Clear, pale yellow. About an inch of head rises with short retention, falling to nothing and leaving no lace.

S - Strange soapy aroma going on with typical cereal grain and a touch of sweetness.

T - An uninteresting but unoffensive grain character is first, followed by a semi-sweet fruity flavor reminiscent of green apples. A quick sour/bitter combo hits late palate, and the brew finishes fairly clean.

M - Thin, borderline watery, with a muted carbonation. Crispness would be this beers saving grace, but there's not enough of it.

D - Not too bad of a brew but nothing to get excited over. An easy session beer but there are better choices out there.

PatrickJR, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Blakaeris
3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale straw yellow with a modest head that quickly dissipates leaving slight lacing.

Aroma is sweet with hints of vanilla. Very mild overall.

Taste is light and sweet as you would expect from a cream ale. Light hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy.

This brew fits the cream ale profile well. Flavor is unified, mild and sweet.

Blakaeris, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of bashiba
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep yellow with some nice orange highlights and a thick creamy head. The head disappeared quick and left no lacing.

The smell was light and sweet with a bit of corn.

The flavor had a bit of sweet corn and malt with a light bit of orange citrus in the finish.

The mouthfeel was light with heavy carbonation.

A decent cream ale, nothing to get excited about but better than I would have guessed.

bashiba, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oh Yeah, throw on some Steppenwolf, sit back, crack open a fresh can of Genesee cream ale and drift away to ReTrO LaNd (que twilight zone theme)

This one pours out a pale shade of gold, although a deep shade than most macro's frpm the can. Carbonation looks right on, enough to create a thin, snow-white head that dissipates in mderate fashion and actually leaves some decent white stuff kicking around for a while.

The nose is pretty big for a retro-macro in a can! roastie corn cornell's, sour and herbal malt ,slightly sweet with gentle vanilla current way in back. Hearty wheat, grainy and sour yeast effect, overall pretty clean.

The most important thing concering flavor of a brew in a macro-can is the classic "metallic" bitterness that rides in right at the finish and sticks around like a germ. This brew does not have any of that "off" flavor bullshit. It's totally clean and crispy, which already makes it way more drinkable than budweiser and some other dissapointments in a can. The malt is herbal and semi-sweet with a decent current of vanilla/cream, the same ellement that makes that really nice feeling smoothness in the body that sets this one apart from all the rest. The feel is very unique, crispy with a really smooth finish. The malt has freshly husked corn, wheat, clean grains and a sublte, sour yeastie finish. simple but very effective.

I gotta tell ya, I can drink this stuff!

GratefulBeerGuy, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of doctchad
4.03/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coming from rochester ny, and the genesee brewing of rochester is something that i grew up with. Now i am not a fan of most of genesee brews. But the cream ale is a creation for the gods.

Its a great mixture between an ale and a stout feel. Its this great hybrid. Its light yet thick, Its bitter yet sweet. The mixture of flavors in this beer makes it a great combination, and a great beer

doctchad, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Genny Cream Ale is a sparkling, light golden ale with great clarity. It has a small, fragile white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma carries a muted fruitiness. On the tongue, it's medium-light and slightly gritty. It has more substance than a typical macro. The flavor is very slight. There is the hint of something metallic or paper. (Heck, it's from a can.) The flavor is balanced and seems to have a good blend of fruity hops and fruity esters. A step up from your typical macro. Very pilsner-like. Good bang for the buck. This beer is my benchmark for "average". The I-beam on my cellar ceiling is lined with these cans.
(rated May 30, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 12, 2008
Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 1,134 ratings.