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

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 158
Avg: 2.54
pDev: 33.07%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002

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Reviews: 98 | Hads: 158
Photo of Saisons-of-the-Abyss
1/5  rDev -60.6%

Yuck. This is the worst beer I've had yet. Maybe I got a particularly bad can but this would have been my first drainpour if I wasn't broke at the time and hate to waste beer. But it was so metallic and astringent, not worth choking down at all.

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Photo of Graham_D_Dillon
1.12/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

Edit: I gave it another try and I'm making the rating go down. Smells and tastes like alcohol, beer, chemicals, and it burns my throat.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.31/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Can: Poured a bright golden color lager with a medium bubbly head with limited retention. Aroma of corn and sugar is pretty intense and somewhat gross. Taste has a sweet edge with some bad adjunct that just takes too much space. This one is real bad pale lager with way too much adjunct showing.

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Photo of jminch
1.45/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

.99 cent 24 oz. can. pretty rough. been a while since i've had this poor of quality of beer. first sip was hard, gets a little easier to handle the more you consume. ice beers were never my thing, but me thinks this one is not so good.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.46/5  rDev -42.5%
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.

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Photo of kbnooshay
1.51/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not as clean tasting as milwaukee's best ice or OM ice but this isn't horribly bad. Just bad. It just tastes more beery. Not as malty liqoury as the others. This pours a Light gold color with a good fluffy white head that dissapears quickly. The smell is less clean than the others also. Sort of a chemical corn. The taste is quite sweet. The moouthfeel is nice and crisp. Not very drinkable and there are much more drinkable ice beers out there. I don't go to an ice beer for flavor, i go to it to get smashed.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
1.53/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I don't know what posessed me to buy a can of this.

24 oz into imperial pint glass.

A- bland, dull clear yellow, huge fizzy head that settles out to nothing in a minute or two. Par for the style, although it's not very pretty.

S- Stale. Stagnant. Beer-y. Skunky.

T- soggy veggies, stale bread. Wow, this sucks. Flavors aren't too powerful, but they are very bad. Sweet grain alcohol component- not hot, but the alcohol taste is there. Prob. cause there's nothing for it to hide behind.

M- The poor flavors are thankfully obliterated by the heavy carbonation. Thanks..?

O- Aye naye. That's tirrible. Can't find much of anything positive in this one.


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Photo of Gehrig
1.68/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My most recent foray into the long-past Ice beer phenomenon originating in the 1990s was an unmitigated disaster. I'm blaming Genessee mostly, though I've admittedly soured on the style. A thick patch of soda-like off-white foam tops a clear light golden body. Not bad, but it suffers with an embarrassingly short head retention. For an Ice beer, it sure does stink like Genny--same light, sweet corn malt, same simplicity. Drinking this actually makes me chuckle. It's a little strong, with the alcohol more front-and-center than even most Ice beers, but just like a suped-up Genny--thin, sweet, and elementary. As I drink, I question aloud why this beer was made--like malt liquor for Genny lovers. Bad, just plain bad.

Why these beers get made baffles me--profit motive clearly, but how is this satisfying? Is this canned hemlock for depressed people? Is it a shoddy attempt to wring cash from Genny staple drinkers looking for a little something extra that its poor canned cousin can't provide? Either way, pass and run for the hills if you encounter this.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
1.73/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

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Photo of Maestro
1.82/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This guy is a tough sell. Price was unbeatable but the beer is leaving something to ask for. The appearance is not completely yellow, but instead has a bit of an amber hue. The rest is history. Smell is quite vegetable-like and not very appetizing. Taste is very metallic and filled with all sorts of uncomfortably bad hints of rusty nails and stale popcorn. Mouthfeel is nothing to mention. This one is hard to drink. Leave it on the shelf.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
1.85/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Typical see-through yellow with a massive frothy white head. Small lacing.

S - Corn, malt, rice, aluminum

T - Sprite, rice, slight grain

M - Heavy carbonation with a light to medium body.

O - Overall, It's just another adjunct lager. No frills.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
1.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

24 fl oz can, with no apparent freshness date present. First time I have ever seen this beer in my area, although it's probably been around. I thought it might be related to the Labatt Max Ice, but I guess not. Would have rather tried this in a bottle, but oh well. Been trying to tick off as many adjunct lagers and malt liquors as possible as of late. Low expectations for this one, considering. But perhaps I will be surprised.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours about a finger of quickly dissipating white carbonated head, audibly sizzling away on top of a clear gold colored body. Slightly darker than typical swill American adjunct lager fare like Miller Lite and Bud Light. Second pour yields about two fingers of fluffy sizzling eggshell white head that recedes quickly.

S - Corn adjuncts and corn husk. Some grain and some roasted malt. Doesn't really smell like anything, to be honest.

T - Light in body, fair level of carbonation considering what it is. Clean, crisp, and smooth. Somewhat malty with a bit of corn adjuncts thrown in. Definitely exceeds my expectations, and comes off as somewhat of a tame beer in comparison with the Steel Reserve 211 High Gravity that I just drank. Not a flavorful or complex beer by any means, but drinkable and inoffensive.

M - Smooth, crisp, wet, and clean feeling. Moderate carbonation, and moderate bodied feel. A little carbonated, but not over-bearing. Mostly just a corn kernel aftertaste.

Overall, definitely not breaking any new ground with this. Another one of the same, simple, boring, generic alcohol delivery vehicles. Corn adjuncts and carbonation. Minus the subtle differences between these types of sub-par swill beverages, it seems that if you've had one, you've had 'em all. Some are however, more foul and putrid than the others. Genesee Ice Beer could probably be classified as one of the more inoffensive American adjunct lagers, but there are way better beers out there. I guess you can't expect much more from a 99 cents tall boy can, and I have definitely had worse beers for more money.

Genesee Ice Beer ---2/5.

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Photo of -Hoptimus_Prime-
1.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Honestly, this is a beer for the dollar-deficient working-class man who simply needs to forget the day of back-breaking work he just endured. This beer doesn't have many pleasant characteristics, other than the fact that it's cheap. A 30-rack is about $20, depending on where you are, and if you're willing to overlook what it lacks in quality, you will be satisfied with how drunk you get. Then, when you wake up in the morning, the satisfaction will quickly dissipate and in its place: agony.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
1.89/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Below average 40oz. for $1.59. Piss yellow pour, head lasts forever. Smells like adjuncts, tastes like adjuncts, but not overpowering, have had worse. Mouthfeel is watery and fuzzy as one would normally expect. Overall, it's best quality is it's cheap price and I'm on a tight budget until this weekend.

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Photo of Thanby
1.92/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a decent pale golden/straw color with a bit of head that dies very quickly.

The nose is full of pale malt and what I think is Czech hops, smells basically like a pretty strong Euro lager.

The first taste is big on the pale malt and hops which is good, but after a second it warms up and transforms into a skunky mess.

Light body and fairly smooth, but the aftertaste is horrid. It wasn't bad until that part. Not much else going on, no malt complexity or hop character.

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Photo of keeganfrank
1.96/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up a six-pack of tallboys when I was looking for something cheap the other day. The beer is gold and creates a big, bubbly head that vanishes almost immediately when poured into a pint glass. Smells of dry grain and sweet vegetables. Tangy, metallic flavor with some sweetness mixed in. I doubt I'll be paying for any more Genny Ice, but I wouldn't turn down a free one.

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Photo of fx20736
1.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

purchased a 24 oz can for .99 at Wegmans on 4/25/13.

poured from a can into a mug, served at fridge temp.

medium amber with a 2 finger white head that leaves almost no lacing.

aroma: faint hoppiness, not much else.

mouthfeel: thin

taste: virtually no flavor, as bland as any beer I have had.

notes: I have grown to become a homer for Genny and genuinely like regular Genny, Light and Cream Ale but this is as forgettable and boring as there is. Won't buy this one again.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
1.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

A. A somewhat deeper (yet still clear) yellow color with another bubble-bath foamy sudsy head that sticks around for a minute or so, minimal spotty lacing.

S. The nose is pretty much just straight sweet corn with a mild accent of diluted grassy hopping.

T. Not good. Way too heavy on sulfurous tones for my palate. Sulfur almost completely covers up a cereal graininess that goes dry almost instantly, but I have a hard time detecting what happens next because it is obscured by sulfur and mineral chalkiness.

M. Medium-light body, gently carbonated, terrible lingering sulfurous aftertaste finish.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
1.99/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Twenty four ounce can:
Poured into Pilsener glass, brownish-yellow almost urine colored, large white head dissapears quickly. Fair lacing glass. Scent is strangely funky but not skunked. Rotting hay perhaps? Taste is thin and sour. i am going to pur out the rest; after consuming about two ounces!

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Photo of mrmanning
2/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Can from a six pack at my LCBO location, store 200, London Ontario- Tagged as Genesee Premium Ice, not Genny Ice. Pale gold pour, with a medium sized white froth, leaving little lace. Nose of vegetables, mostly corn, sugars, some paper, a bit of grain. Tastes of sweet grains, sweet corn, a bit of hops towards the finish, but it isn't something I'd recommend for a good example of the style. Finishes low on the scale in terms of flavour or body. Bah.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.01/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Genesee Ice is a clear light golden beer with a thin white head that has good lacing. The aroma is of funk, lemon and corn. It's light bodied and quite smooth with a clean finish. It's lightly flavored and not too funky. The flavor is mostly lemon and corn. It's not too bad for an ice beer, but for $4.50 a twelve-pack-- you can get Genny Bock for the same price right now. Come on.

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Photo of nicksta
2.04/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is deep gold and retains a thin head. Strong adjunct malts. Fairly clean. Common mass-produced stuff. Harsh corn malts assault my tongue and it finishes with big alcohol bite. Mouthfeel and drinkability are passable, but expect heartburn. 99 cents, baby.

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Photo of HockeytownBrew
2.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw yellow. A decent sized head that immediately begins to fade, leaving behind some patchy lace.

S: Slight metallic with faint grains and hops, along with some cooked corn. Slightly skunky.

T: Same as the scent. Fairly grainy with notes of cooked vegetables and corn.

M: Light mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation.

D: Very nice drinkability. One of the positive factors of this one.

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Photo of netrioter
2.06/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

.79 cents for a tallboy in Cedar Lake Indiana...

I dont know if they have quality control issues where this is manufactured at but the can version of this is atrocious and skunky when compared to the 40oz version...and ive tried it 3 different times back to back over a year....same every time.

can = disgusting
40oz = not bad...would rank 3+...an above average ice beer

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.06/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Color and aroma are like any cheap macro lager. Corny and a bit harsh. Flavor is much the same. Nothing noteworthy except the fizzy white head retained fairly well, which is somewhat uncommon. Flavor has a slightly harsh alcohol bite.

Unpleasant, but not completely undrinkable.

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Genesee Ice Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.