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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
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002)
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -11.1%

10-28-2012 15:50:42 | More by djrn2
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.3/5  rDev -48.6%
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.

Serving type: can

12-07-2006 17:57:01 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.55/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not terribly impressed with this one. Begins with a sharp grain aroma followed by pungent, grassy hops and disctinct corn scents. A note of alcohol can be detected as well. The flavors pick up on the corn, pilsner malt, and cereal grain mixture; as well as a light apple and mint flavor. Textures are a bit rough with a grain-like astringency, thin body, and pronounced alcohol dryness. Leaves with a sweet corn flavor and a mild hop grassy note. Not a horrible beer, but the corn flavors causes the majority of the distractions.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 16:49:32 | More by BEERchitect
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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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emerge077

Illinois

2.2/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 01:48:16 | More by emerge077
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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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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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Jason

Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: can

04-04-2002 20:17:55 | More by Jason
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

1.4/5  rDev -44.7%
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.

Serving type: can

01-04-2010 21:07:52 | More by WVbeergeek
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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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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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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.23/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

24 oz. can:

Pours golden yellow with a creamy white head that thins and stays. Minimal lacing sticks.

Husk, cooked veggies, slight alcohol.

The taste is rather sweet and very fizzy. A touch of husk and alocohol are noticeable. It's more slick than smooth.

It's pretty sweet with a bland finish. It's has characteristics of tonic water. I suppose it's for those who want about a 1/2 percent more alcohol than typical macro-lager.

Serving type: can

06-13-2011 01:34:47 | More by jwc215
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.15/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I just looked at sliverX's review and while it is a nice gesture to sample a CANQuest beer before sending one to me, it is not necessary. I CANnot take responsibility for the damage that you may do to your body in trying to keep up with my madness. Caveat emptor!

Wow, did my pour ever produce a JacktheRipper head of bone-white foam! It took a while to settle down, but it was initially a few fingers' worth of rocky head that finally settled down for the night. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity (more BUPGOO). Nose was the seldom-missed adjunct mix of corn, cereal, whatever was handy. This is the drawback to the CANQuest - adjunct lagers are among the most commonly CANned beers. Oof. Mouthfeel was medium with an odd sweetness that is borne of odd ingredients. A decent lager has a pleasant sweetness that is degraded in an adjunct lager. I CANnot quantify it, but I would bet you that I could identify it in a blind taste test. Finish lingered with that same cereal sweetness that I CAN really do without. Cooler space? - not on your life!

Serving type: can

06-18-2010 05:25:19 | More by woodychandler
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Zorro

California

3.03/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden colored beer with a small white head that doesn't last.

Smells fairly grainy with some corn and some noble hops. Lots of grass and yeast aroma and that is about it.

Starts off a little sweet with a bakers yeast aftertaste. There is some caramel and grass in the flavor and some creamed corn.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. What else can you say about this one? This is OK for cheap beer but I like the regular version better.

Serving type: can

11-27-2010 03:45:40 | More by Zorro
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plaid75

New York

2.55/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a three finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light sweet adjunct with some green apple and a touch of metal.

The taste consisted of raw malts, adjunct sweetness and a bitter hop at the finish.

The mouthfeel was thin and finished dry.

Overall a run of the mill adjunct lager.

Serving type: can

06-12-2011 01:22:50 | More by plaid75
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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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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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harpus

Alabama

2.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-20-2013 03:35:14 | More by harpus
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

1.5/5  rDev -40.7%

07-06-2013 19:38:19 | More by Rhettroactive
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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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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: can

10-15-2009 23:47:11 | More by tone77
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DmanGTR

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -1.2%

01-29-2013 03:56:29 | More by DmanGTR
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.48/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: can

05-30-2009 00:00:29 | More by puboflyons
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wrightst

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -1.2%

06-27-2014 21:45:10 | More by wrightst
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Brenden

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Serving type: can

09-22-2011 00:25:57 | More by Brenden
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Genesee Ice Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
62 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.