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Genesee Ice Beer - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Genesee Ice BeerGenesee Ice Beer

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BA SCORE
61
poor

148 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 26.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002)
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Reviews by idResponse:
Photo of idResponse
3.23/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opening this least imaginative packaging I have ever seen with the most minimal design possible can of this closeout 4.49/6pk/16oz offering, I take a sniff and decide it smells kinda like weak corn husks. So I place this sucker to my lips and give this liquid such a kiss that one might think I am french kissing my mistakenly deceased wife I have reunited with after a decade of sorrow while tears stream down my face punishing myself with the carbonation burning my throat and mouth and remembering every negative thing as I drown it in the sorrows of my cheap slightly higher than usual alcohol content fermented corn syrup. This tastes like a slightly soured but the most mellow less biting 5.5% ice beer. It's feel in the mouth is quenching and refreshing when guzzled. If you are sipping on this, you are seriously drinking this beverage the wrong way. Beers like this are meant to be swilled quickly in great quantitties at a freezing temperature. At least this shit is cheap and doesn't make me want to puke after the first can! Titties and beer, Titties and beer!

idResponse, Aug 19, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.9/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well this is a new one, i've never seen Genny Ice in Florida. 5.5% alcohol comparitable to Natural Ice. Let see how this one turns out...

A- Pours an ultra clean golden fluid that pruduces a massive one and a quarter inch head that falls to a thin quarter inch froth that sticks around for the remainder of the brew. Lacing is patchy in consistancy, not bad for the style.

S- Musty malts and stinging esters of alcohol dominate the nose with little hints of corn and buttered grits.

T-M- The taste is relatively a sweet corn and maltly flavor that is only pushed even further by the alcohol fumes that linger in the backbone. On a positive note the smoothness of this beer are over expectations due to the mouthfeel. Slightly mild bodied with a light creamy note make this beer easy and light on the palate.

Overall this is a drinker for the rich bums on the street at only 1.49 per 24oz. they can enjoy a smooth and refreshing alcohol pick up with a low price and low amounts of damage to the palate... cheers!

wesbrownyeah, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of generallee
3.33/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 24oz can into a pint glass. Its abv is listed at 5.5%.

Appearance: The body has a clear golden hue with a tall white head. The head fades quickly to thin wispy layer that leaves a little light lacing at the top of the glass.

Smell: There is really not much here at all to note. It has just a very light and simple cereal grain nose.

Taste/palate: For an Ice Beer this one has a very modest overall flavor. I get some corn cereal and pale grain flavor notes with some light mineral and alcohol notes in the finish. The palate is lighter than most ice beers and overall it slides down quite easy.

Notes: Overall it’s fairly clean, light and dry.

generallee, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
2.9/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served/Poured from a can. The logo or can design looks different than what is depicted above. Same as regular logo, just blue instead of red. Says "ICE Beer" under the logo.

Anyhow, this beer pours an extremely clear golden with a decent, 1/2 inch white head that doesnt go away too quickly. The quality of the head and it's retention actually surprise me.
Smells of toasted grains, corn, very faint malt sweetness, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is of lots of corn flavors, light grain, husky, some alcohol traces in the finish as well as a little sour. When the beers warms up a bit, however, it gets really bad - bringing out the alcohol flavor blended with a very off/spoiled flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly light, very carbonated, and finishes dry.

I always heard about this stuff as being "bottom of the barrel" but I can actually say that I would drink this over BMC....as long as it stays cold. Exceeded my expectations - for what it is. I expected a can of skunky, alcoholic water. I was wrong.

Doomcifer, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of Jason
2.93/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz sliver and black can with no description of the beer. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Lightly weathered golden hue, good frothing of the white head that subsides to a thin lace and sticks a bit.

Smell: Sweet grainy aromas with a discord of cooked corn and veggies makes for only a semi-clean nose.

Taste: Oddly light viscous in the crisp mouth feel to feign a bigger body than what it actually is … moderate, carbonation is at a medium to high level. Sweetness is high with a growing but not overpowering cloyingness. Malt flavour is obviously thin from the start, cooked corn grits and mildly brash alcohol with a simple hop bitterness cut a little into the sweetness. Grain flavours a remnants of the cooked grits in the finish.

Notes: This fits into the “ice beer” mold, nothing to get excited about just a plain lager with a slightly pumped up alcohol in comparison to its counterpart. If it has a cheaper price tag than it probably is worth it but the you get what you pay for also.

Jason, Apr 04, 2002
Photo of kingcrowing
2.58/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured down my gullet.

Nose is well, macro lager bland meh nose. It's not good but after some good beer, it's not so bad.

Taste is light and like carbonated water it's got some light malt and rice. It's really thin and bleh. Skip it, its not so good.

kingcrowing, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.4/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appears a deep golden straw color much like a glass of apple juice with a fizzy bright white head forming and dwindlingly quickly. Minimal speckled lacing very thin trace amounts.

Aroma a touch of rought grain filled alcohol, cooked veggies, creamed corn. Genny Ice I had to to do it tall boy cans for a six were $3.20, talk about a cheap date.

Flavor is terrible residual sweetness from the freeze, taking water away from the standard Genesee wouldn't help the experience. Rough grain flavor, cooked veggies, a touch of green apple and evident alcohol especially for a beer only 5.5% abv.

Mouthfeel is cloying carbonation is unnatural, overall a very poor sensual experience after taste is much like stomach acid.

Drinkability not really an option for me to drink more than one of these, actually I'm not making it through a whole one. God awful terrible beer, standard Genesee is great compared to this mess.

WVbeergeek, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of Brenden
2.98/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The roommate had a bunch of these in the fridge. Why not try it?

I feel strange pouring this beer into my SA pint, but i can't tell what it looks like otherwise. It's a light yellow-gold in color with a small white cap of head that actually has pretty good retention and even leaves a bit of lacing. It doesn't look bad.
Here's where it gets a little dicey. This is mostly grains with an unpleasant sweetness and it's pretty much all corn husk underneath with that tell-tale note of steamed cabbage or overcooked greens. There's a fusel alcohol note all the way.
The taste follows suit, with the main difference being that while the sweetness is close to cloying, it's not quite. Grains. Corn. The vegetable element is pretty well cut out, so that's a plus. It's not entirely terrible, not really even bad, as even adjuncts can almost facsimilate a decent beer.
The body almost feel medium at times, which is interesting. Carbonation is a bit high but not crazy. It is crisp and, while there could be more smoothness, it's there as well.

Brenden, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of CloudStrife
2.38/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

24oz can poured into a snifter. Canned on June 20th.

A: Pours a light amber gold with a decent white head that is somewhat quick to dissipate. Leaves some lacing on the sides.

S: Sort of a harsh macro lager aroma. Corn sweetness dominates.

T: More malt forward than the regular Genny. As anticipated from the aroma this is a fairly sweet beer for having such little flavor.

M: Light to medium body. A bit sticky but not too bad. Fairly easy drinking as long as its cold.

Overall it fits in with your typical Ice beer. A more malty and boozy version of their base. Think I might rather drink a normal Genny.

CloudStrife, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.4/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

40 oz!!! Obliged a friend and helped him out with half of the bottle. Still 20 oz....

AP: I noticed that the head was actually decent, very active and displayed good retention. Pale gold in color.

Nose: Sweet-ish malt (like malt-liquor almost) slightly hoppy.

Taste: A sweet-like malt flavor with some wheatyness. Very much like most macro-lagers, only this seems to be a lot like a "malt liquor" then a macro lager. Leaves a bit of a sickly sweet malted after taste.

MF: Pretty lively and active so it has a decent bite at first, but since it's not really easy to drink quickly it will get flat and thin feeling very fast.

DA: Not horrible at first but it just gets weak really fast...I just gotta learn to say no to these 40 oz offerings from my "buddies".

GratefulBeerGuy, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of Retroman40
2.26/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

When you pay .99 for a 24 ounce can you really can't expect too much. This stuff isn't even worthy of a full A-S-T-M-O review but here we go...

A - Pours out a big head that is gone instantly. It looks "dead" in the glass but I doubt much of this is drank from a glass.

S/T - The smell and taste are adjunct city - heavy corn/grainy flavor and smell with even a hint of wine-like flavors.

M- Very thin mouth feel.

O - Overall this is not a particularly good entry in the "Ice" category and there are far better choices in this 5.5 - 5.9 class. I am a big fan of the Genesee Brewing Company, but this stuff just doesn't make the cut with me.

Retroman40, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark gold with a thin lacing of soft, white head that fades to thin lacing. The nose is grainy and simple. The flavor is similar; grainy, sweet, but has a decent, grassy hop character. The mouthfeel is light, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

This isn't a great beer. Honestly, it's on the scale of the best macro brew.

tdm168, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of dertyd
3.01/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24oz can to a pilsner glass

A:poures a verry nice golden orange.nice for a adjunct lager

S:sweet bread,grains not to much smell going on

T:sweet almoast apple cider flavor with some malt and grains at the end not a bad beer but might b to sweet for me

M:crisp and wet verry mouth watering

O:overall a decent adjunct lager dnt know if I will drink it again but glad I tried it I want to try everything lol

Live life drink beer!!!:-)

dertyd, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.43/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Genesee Ice is surprisingly dark with a deep golden body that leans towards amber. It appears to be almost 7 SRM! Could it be old beer? When held to the light it's crystal clear... and the flavor shows no signs of oxidation... so I checked the production date: April 10th, just over a month old. Interesting. The rocky head is also slightly dark, being more of an off-white than the bright white that I'd expected. The head holds well, and leaves some nice lacing behind. That's fairly unusual.

The aroma, however, is exactly as expected. There are no real hops present, nor is there any particularly distinct malt. Instead, it's the common "generic" beer aroma found in so many mass-produced beers - some might call it "cereal-like". A bit of yeasty sulphur rounds that out.

The flavor turns things around again. There's a nice bit of grainy malt to it, and some spicy and floral hops come through as well. Yes, it's clear that there's a fair amount of adjunct involved as it has a touch of "corn" to it, but the little bit of character that it does have is a welcome change. It tends towards the sweet side, of course, but it remains balanced and finishes mostly dry with a touch of mineral and a smear of light alcohol.

For an inexpensive beer (I paid $11.95 for 30 / 12 oz cans @ Bell's Beverage in Philadelphia, PA) it's not bad. All of the young kids in my area are quite loyal to their Yuengling Lager, but I imagine they'd be hard pressed to discern that from this. If I was heading out on an all-day fishing charter, or maybe a canoe trip where you could flip and lose all your beer I'd definitely consider this.

NeroFiddled, May 12, 2012
Photo of steelreserve69
1.5/5  rDev -40.2%

steelreserve69, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of beerluvr
3.33/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a straight sided tumbler, quickly receding white head over a darker for the usual beers of this type, a nice deepish gold. Crystal clear when held to the light. Sweet malty/light adjunct aromas but nothing off-putting for sure. The taste is clean with little adjunct qualities, a bit of hop snap to it and finshes clean with no corn aftertaste...at $1.09/24 oz can it's my go-to lawnmower or in this case broke as a joke brew. Far better than the Bud/Miller/Coors 24 oz'ers.

beerluvr, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
1.73/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Your usual "ice" beer. Needs to be served extremely cold to keep from gagging on the bad taste. I say, chuck this and just buy vodka. If you are that desperate to get drunk, there are better and cheaper ways.

bewareOFpenguin, Oct 17, 2002
Photo of nicholas2121
3.93/5  rDev +56.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Genesee Ice Beer brewed by Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. This brew has an ABV of 5.5. The brew pours out a dark amber color with a small white head. Genesee Ice is darker than most Ice brews on the market. The smell is strong with grains and corn. Genesee Ice is a lot smoother than the original Genesee Beer. There is just something more to it to make it smoother. This brew goes real smooth with no harsh aftertaste. For an ice Beer this real good no hard alcohol taste or after taste for that matter. You can taste the grains and corn but nothing bad. Mouthfeel is nice clean . Overall I'm giving Genesee Ice a 4.75 out of 5 This is one Ice Beer that I can enjoy. For the price this is a good go to brew. Genesee Ice is a brew that I would buy again.

nicholas2121, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Kinsman
2.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Last week I saw 24oz cans of Genessee Ice at 99cents a piece and decided I had to try this as another possible option for cheap beer.

Appearance could best be described as light copper color with a fizzy white head showing a lively carbonation.

Aroma is grainy and a bit of a corn aroma too, both being a bit stronger than your typical adjunct beer.

Taste is heavy on the corny grain flavor with a healthy dose of metallic flavor mixed in too. For the style, I would say this is packing more flavor than your typical adjunct lager and it's not that appalling either. I find this beer to be reminiscent of PBR but better.

Mouthfeel is crisp but it's rather heavy feel makes it less refreshing than many adjunt lagers.

My overall impression is you get what you pay for with this beer. Cheap beer will always have a place in my fridge because I hate to waste good beer on a wrecked palate and at 99cents for a 24oz can I will gladly add this to my list of worthy cheap beers.

Kinsman, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of tone77
2.48/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts and grains. Taste is not so good. Metallic and maybe a tad sour, some notes of grains. Feels light in the mouth and drinkabiity is below average. Overall I was not very impressed with this beer.

tone77, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
2.48/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the 12 fl. oz. can no. 0779 R 14:42. Sampled on May 29, 2009.

A - mainly pale yellow to a little golden with a continual puffy white head and cconsiderable carbonation. Lacing is light.

S - The alcohol aroma is n ot as evident as most ice beers but it is there faintly mixe with grass, grains, and something breadlike.

T/M - Watery mouthfeel and not very impressive. The taste has a typical combination of corn and grains with a touch of hops.

It is worth every penny of the $3.49 I paid for the 6-pack.

puboflyons, May 30, 2009
Photo of emerge077
2.2/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can dated 3131, 3-4 months old according to the julian date.

Pours into a mug with a loose cap of white foam that settles quickly to a broken skim and a ring around the edges. There's rapidly rising carbonation, and it has an orange gold color, darker that many AAL's.

Smells like sweet candy apple, grape juice, and swilly grains. As it warms, something rank like BO or fusel alcohol starts to bleed in.

Flavors are similar, grape/apple from wine yeast presumably, some sticky adjunct grains, and a mild astringent feel. Body is a shade under medium, and it's fairly quaffable when cold, but it tastes bad. Bland and winey. Not something i'd revisit, there are better budget options out there.

emerge077, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.05/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark gold color with about a half inch off-white head. There's a small amount of lacing. Not much to the aroma, it just smells like sweet/grainy malt. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's all sweet/grainy malt. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and easy enough to drink with moderate carbonation. There's even a slight slickness to the mouthfeel. This isn't too bad at all, there aren't any offensive flavors or aromas. Actually, I was expecting a lot worse so this brew was a nice surprise. For $1.09 a can you could certainly do a lot worse. For the style of beer it is, I'd buy this again if I was in the mood for it.

bluejacket74, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Graham_D_Dillon
2.03/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I really like Genesee Brewing Co. but this beer really doesn't cut it for me. I was hoping to find another great beer from Genesee but I wont be buying this again because of the taste. It's a mild flavor but what is there isn't very appealing. It's not horrible but it's not good.

Graham_D_Dillon, May 01, 2014
Photo of BierFan
3.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a mug.

2 fingers of off-white head recedes too quickly leaving behind no lacing. Body is a little lighter in color than a German marzen. Looks about right for the style. Smells and tastes like one would expect an American ice beer to taste. Borderline malt liquor. Not a bad choice if you're on a serious budget but certainly not something I would suggest to a real beer enthusiast.

BierFan, Aug 08, 2010
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Genesee Ice Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
61 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.