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

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BA SCORE
62
poor

144 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 2.53
pDev: 25.69%
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.

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David_Summers


4.48/5  rDev +77.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For an ice beer, this has got to be my primary favorite overall in taste. Natural Ice is my favorite ice beer mostly for the abv and price though this is #1 for taste. The taste is an easy drink that gives you almost a nutty or woody taste that honeslty goes well with the beer so well, it makes the drink easy and delicious to drink, much better than the big guys such as budweiser or coors, it's delicious. I promise.

Serving type: can

07-30-2012 15:33:34 | More by David_Summers
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nicholas2121

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +55.3%
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.

Serving type: can

06-09-2014 01:49:19 | More by nicholas2121
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.8/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Genesee Ice has a medium-to-thick, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, deep golden appearance, and a lot of lacing left behind. The aroma is of faint, semi-sweet grain husks, and the flavor is of sweet malt and grain (corn, most likely), and biscuit, with a shade of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Genesee Ice finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mostly dry, and very drinkable. This beer had a lot of body, and is remarkably smooth. I think it’s very good.

RJT

Serving type: can

07-17-2012 15:10:55 | More by RonaldTheriot
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mjr955201

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Genesee Ice beer is 5.5% Alc/Vol. It's not 5.9% anymore at least. I know this b/c I buy a 30 pack everyweek for the past 3 months. It says this on the front of the new style can. The picture is outdated and should be replaced with the more attractive layout of the new can. I'm glad that Genesee decided to replace the old purple colored can.

30 pack of good ice beer for $17 is tough to beat. When I'm on a budget, most of the time, this is a great value. It comes to about 60 cents per can. Alot cheaper than the $4 beers I would be buying at a bar.

It's a good idea to have these ICE COLD. Usually I will throw them in the freezer for 10 min before drinking. It lowers the beer temp by a few degrees. And lastly, it's nice to purchase from an smaller American brewing company

Serving type: can

08-04-2009 22:09:08 | More by mjr955201
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cpolking

Iowa

3.78/5  rDev +49.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tone77 for this beer.

The beer pours a dark honey golden in color. This is darker than I would have expected. There is a near half-inch of white and thickly foamy head. The head leaves sedimentary layers of lacing down the glass.

The aroma is malty and slightly sweet, a bit of herbal grassiness.

The taste is malty grain, very light caramel, less sweet than the aroma, with a bit of tart bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is lightly, yet adequately carbonated, with a creamy, smooth finish.

For a mass produced ice adjunct lager, this is pretty darn good. I would drink it again given the opportunity.

I know my review of this is way higher than the average, but I reviewed it with its style in mind, based on it being an American mass-produced adjunct ice lager. In that category it shines. I realize it is not a Pliny the Elder.

Serving type: can

04-20-2012 01:12:03 | More by cpolking
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Spikester

Oregon

3.76/5  rDev +48.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clean gold with three fingers of white head. Retention is average for the style and good amount of clumpy lace.
Smell is lightly corny with a good amount of grains and a minor amount of grassy hops.
Taste is similar with no bad flavors just not much going on either. Bolder flavors than most macro lagers. Lightly sweet.
Mouthfeel is medium and lightly wet finish. Carbonation is just enough,
Overall one of the best from this brewery prefer it to their regular beer.

Serving type: can

03-16-2014 06:03:58 | More by Spikester
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Pdog-79


3.58/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is hands down better than any mass-produced American beer on the budget range. It could be I'm just happy to have found something other than natural ice or 14 dollar 12 packs of Budweiser here in Nashville, being its only gas stations that sell beer here and liquor stores are not allowed to. Anyways 6.50 for a 12 pack and being Nashville I had to buy 6 24 ounce cans, wasn't to bad, and having 5.5. ALC is strong enough that are neighbors in Canada wouldn't laugh at us.

Serving type: can

09-18-2012 19:57:36 | More by Pdog-79
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Wildcatz69

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Daggon this is one good cheap beer.
Drink it from the can always, sometime on special dinners or in certain company pour into a glass.
Smells like a regular American beer, a bit more hops.
Taste is exceptionally disproportional to the price, genesee is delicious, price is Cheap with a capital C, 30 pack is 14$ here in KY.
Mouthfeel makes me think of a lighter alcohol pct. but it is certainly not at 5.9%.
Overall I am appreciative to pass on the knowledge that this is a great beer to keep stocked out in your garage refrigerator for anyone who wants a better than light beer.

Serving type: can

02-01-2013 05:04:07 | More by Wildcatz69
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Brad007

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, clear yellow color with a one-finger head into my glass. Certainly is dull but correct for the style.

Aroma is full of corn adjunct, which imparts a lot of sweetness in the nose. Not really much else present.

Taste is surprisingly crisp and restrained as far as sweetness goes. Has a corny/bready taste to it.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering bread/malt flavors. It could be worse I suppose.

It's not bad. Easy to drink, simple and cheap ($1.19 a 24oz can). If all three characteristics float your boat, then you have a winner. Otherwise, there's better examples.

Serving type: can

11-22-2010 02:26:01 | More by Brad007
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shinerod

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +38.3%

10-29-2012 14:40:43 | More by shinerod
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thebeerdoctor

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

North American ice beer (as opposed to European Eisbock) was a welcome addition to the macro-brewed universe, when first introduced during the last decade. Genesee Ice, when compared with Icehouse, Labatt's Ice(the original), Molson Ice, fares well. And despite its modest price, is by no means cheap in quality. This is well made American adjunct lager.
If a person tastes multi-grains in this recipe they should not be surprised. That's what kind of beer this is.
Served cold and poured into a Libby beer mug, this brew has plenty of semi-sweet doughy notes with ample hop support.
As far as price is concerned, in Ohio, two 16oz cans of Genesee Ice sells for a dollar, while a 24oz of Icheouse, Molson Ice, or Labatt's, costs $1.09.

Serving type: can

12-14-2009 17:15:45 | More by thebeerdoctor
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +35.6%
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.

Serving type: can

05-12-2012 14:01:38 | More by NeroFiddled
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generallee

New York

3.33/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

Serving type: can

11-16-2011 00:35:10 | More by generallee
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

Serving type: can

06-15-2012 23:07:15 | More by beerluvr
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a nice golden color with a big white head. The head has decent retention lasting for about 5 min. It eventually fades to leave a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a corn and caramel smell. Overall it is on the sweeter side.

Taste – The taste begins with some corn sweetness and a bready taste. As it moves on the sweetness fades a bit toward the middle. While the sweet fades, it is only temporary and in the end the corn sweetness returns to leave a sweet bready and corn flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average. Good for the style, as it makes it very easy to drink as it flows through the mouth.

Overall – While it is mostly of sweeter corn and some notes of bread and not super flavorful, it is by no way offensive and is very easy to drink. For 24 oz at only $1.29 it’s not too shabby and makes for a good tailgating brew.

Serving type: can

09-29-2012 00:57:45 | More by Darkmagus82
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gabedivision

New York

3.25/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally Genny ICE. Poured from a 24 oz can to a pint glass.

A- A nice reddish gold, with fluffy white head.

S- Grainy, musty. Not appealing.

T- Sweet corn and grains. Typical Adjunct Lager taste but this seems to offer a little more sweetness and body to it.

M- Nice carbonation with a light body.

D- This is not bad, its by no means the best, but its a good change. Haven't had one of these since i was a kid, still tastes the same.

Serving type: can

03-02-2011 02:03:20 | More by gabedivision
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.23/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | 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 large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains adjuncts, light malts, grain and a small touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet and bready with flavors of adjuncts, light malts and grain. The typical adjunct sweetness is more prevalent than in most beers of the style, but it's not really a bad thing in this case. The hops presence is mild but brings a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, good representation of style, this beer might not win any overall quality awards, but it's one of the better inexpensive and poundable alternatives out there.

Serving type: can

06-11-2009 02:21:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
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idResponse

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev +27.7%
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!

Serving type: can

08-19-2010 08:21:57 | More by idResponse
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WesWes

New York

3.18/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a crisp, clean lager malt scent along with little to no hop character and a dry lager yeast finish. The taste is average. It has a light, adjunct laden, pilsner malt flavor. It's smooth and easy drinking with a dry lager yeast finish. It's nothing to write home about, but it's as good an ice beer on the market. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average ice lager. Again it's nothing exceptional, but it drinks well.

Serving type: can

12-24-2010 00:48:04 | More by WesWes
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours out as a clear yellow color with a white fizzy head the fades within a minute or so. The smell of the beer is slightly sweet and has a light malt aroma in there. The taste has a sweetness to it which makes this a little more enjoyable. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated. Average to say the least.

Serving type: can

05-30-2011 20:25:05 | More by Knapp85
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I purchased this at Mt Rose Quick six -poured from the 24oz can into a tumbler -shared with tenderbranson69.

A deeper than golden hue of amber with good clarity and thick snowy off white cap with fine bead. The lace stickage is good with visible carbonation. The aroma is sweet with a slight sweetened cereal odor, there is a hint of corn pops with general light toasted aroma. The feel is pretty basic with some moderate sweetness up front and a gentle creamy tinge with moderately low carbonation and mild bitterness with a semi-dry finish with gentle alcohol presence.

The flavor of this Ice is smooth for the most part with a mild grainy flavor which gives the impression of sweetened corn cereal with a nice light overall sweetness on the palate. The flavor is somewhat dry from mid taste into the finish and has a relatively clean yeast flavor. There is a slight DMS presence which is not enough to come off as offensive and the semi-dry finish is pleasant. This beer is fine for what it is but not something I would purchase again. I would not recommend it unless you are looking for something cheap to get drunk on.

Serving type: can

12-18-2011 19:02:35 | More by Slatetank
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DannyDan

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellow with a foamy whitehead that leaves some retention, very little lacing and is very carbonated. The smell is of grains and corn, while the taste starts out with some sweet malts, corn and some weak hops followed by a skunky finish that leaves a bad aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a light to medium bodied smooth, crisp and clean finish. Not a bad beer for a mass produced Ice-beer, not something to go out of the way for but also not a drain pour when someone gives you one.

Serving type: can

04-20-2012 23:06:52 | More by DannyDan
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 00:46:04 | More by bluejacket74
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: can

01-29-2012 05:25:20 | More by tdm168
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BierFan

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-08-2010 22:43:58 | More by BierFan
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Genesee Ice Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
62 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.