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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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145 Ratings

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Ratings: 145
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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Photo of Kinsman


2.8/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

02-04-2011 02:36:52 | More by Kinsman
Photo of perrymarcus


2.85/5  rDev +12.6%

24oz can served in a standard pint glass.

pours a crystal clear dull yellow/gold tone with a short lived, foamy finger of off-white head; no real lacing to speak of.

aroma is defined by that crisp, grainy adjunct lager character... corn, a bit of sweet maltiness.

taste follows through exected as one would expect. fairly clean, grainy flavor. nothing to write home about, nor does it try to be; not replusive, just a middle of the road, light drinking, american adjunct lawnmower lager.

light bodied, medium to high carbonation. goes down easy enough if one was interested in drinking a bunch, just not sure why that would ever be the case.

01-11-2011 02:07:10 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.18/5  rDev +25.7%

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.

12-24-2010 00:48:04 | More by WesWes
Photo of Reidrover


2.38/5  rDev -5.9%

24 oz can from Grocery Outlet( were else!!)..Salem says 5.5% alc. Im not even going to attempt to pour this i will drink it as nature intended! Colour..the cans nice! Aroma..sour corny, cardboard..you get the picture. Taste is nt that bad really..better then the aroma..but basically a corn based cheaplager..no hops . Palte again not bad for the style..pleasantly carbonated at least. Overall a cheap beer that you can gulp down if ice cold. 99cents a 24 oz can

12-09-2010 00:15:29 | More by Reidrover
Photo of Zorro


3.03/5  rDev +19.8%

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.

11-27-2010 03:45:40 | More by Zorro
Photo of Brad007


3.5/5  rDev +38.3%

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.

11-22-2010 02:26:01 | More by Brad007
Photo of tzieser


2.35/5  rDev -7.1%

Drank straight from the 40oz...why, oh why did I do this again?

A: fizzy yellow piss color. has a piss like foam head to it as well. let's just call it piss.

S: corny, cereal like aroma with maybe a bit of barley. not much else.

T: I'm actually surprised. Maybe its because its my first cold beer after a full days work that I'm somewhat enjoying this. its probably because its so cold I can't taste the awfulness. I can't tell. Regardless, its pretty sweet in a corny way and it doesn't leave you with an malt liquor like aftertaste. I'm actually kinda bummed I didn't hate this.

M&D: unpleasant mouthfeel; bad drinkability.

I really wanted to hate this beer. Really, I did. Something about it was somewhat satisfying though. I can't explain it. I guess it makes you enjoy craft beer that much more. Kinda like enjoying a good steak after giving up beef for lent.

11-15-2010 23:43:07 | More by tzieser
Photo of chilidog


2.88/5  rDev +13.8%

As with its counterpart, the ice at a cheep price of six for three bucks. If im just "gettn by" i want the 5.5%abv for my money. Thats it.

Pours straw yellow, slightly darker. Good white laceable head. Alittle less carbonation.

Aroma and taste of husky corn, grains with dirt and abit metallic.

The mouth is left alittle can like and bittered dry.

Overall i can drink this if need-bee.

11-14-2010 11:34:36 | More by chilidog
Photo of nicksta


2/5  rDev -20.9%

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.

10-29-2010 03:55:19 | More by nicksta
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

2.05/5  rDev -19%

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.

10-16-2010 16:04:29 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of soju6


3/5  rDev +18.6%

22 oz Can

A: Pours a clear golden color with a big frothy head that fades quickly to some lacing.

S: Grainy aroma with some sweetness.

T: Mild crispness with a bit of sweetness. Has a grainy flavor thoughout.

F: Light body, quite smooth.

D:Goes down easy. best when ice cold. Can't beat the price if your on a tight budget.

10-09-2010 23:38:57 | More by soju6
Photo of kingcrowing


2.58/5  rDev +2%

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.

09-11-2010 03:05:57 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


2.68/5  rDev +5.9%

Appearance - decent golden color, a snowy head of two to three fingers that hangs around for a bit due to some ramped up carbonation. Not much lacing but a decent start nonetheless.

Aroma - plain grain, no hops, not much going on.

Taste - standard graininess, with an expected little kick of raw alcohol. Not integrated, rather it's almost as if it's left bare, in the open, so you can tell it's there. Kind of the ice beer way I suppose. An occasional hint of balancing hops but it gets lost in the abv shuffle before long. Finishes a litle dry, a little warm.

Mouthfeel - crisp, fluffy, but oterwise meh.

Drinkability - the sixer was dispatched in due course (over time) but this is a value purchase. That said, I'd buy it again at the same price ($3 for a sixer of pint cans). A summer session fire-pit beer that's easy to share with the non-craft crowd, but not a better beer for advocating as such.

08-22-2010 00:43:58 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of idResponse

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev +27.7%

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!

08-19-2010 08:21:57 | More by idResponse
Photo of BierFan


3.03/5  rDev +19.8%

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.

08-08-2010 22:43:58 | More by BierFan
Photo of woodychandler


2.15/5  rDev -15%

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!

06-18-2010 05:25:19 | More by woodychandler
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

2.33/5  rDev -7.9%

Picked this up shopping for Woody, can't send it out without a proper test.
Poured from the can to a tulip(everything looks better in one), a perfectly clear amber with a decent foam for a head. As the head shrunk down it did leave some nice lacing, after it finally settled out the head wasn't much more than a decent film concentrated at the edges.
Deep breathes were taken but all I could pull from this was alcohol, which was very astringent. A later inhale pulled cooked broccoli.
Taste, well that was different than the nose for sure, a very thin sweetness, cooked corn, and the alcohol again.
Mouthfeel as to be expected is about the same as water, highly carbonated prickles the tongue on every sip.
Drinkability this is just a notch above awful I'm sure if they were ICE cold and I had spent 8 hours at the beach I'd be happy for one but this is just a $3.50 6 pack to get loaded on. I'll pass.

05-20-2010 22:11:25 | More by sliverX
Photo of biggred1


3/5  rDev +18.6%

Clear, dark yellow with a massive fizzy head of pure white that shrinks and leaves scraps of lace on the glass. The nose is untoasted grain, green apple skin and corny grits. The flavor is sweet adjunct and raw grain with a touch of industrial hop extract to cut the sweetness. Light bodied with a strange sort of mildly slippery mouthfeel. Probably a good choice for an ice cold beer on a scorching hot day. Pretty straightforward cheap and drinkable lager.

04-20-2010 23:22:12 | More by biggred1
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

1.4/5  rDev -44.7%

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.

01-04-2010 21:07:52 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of thebeerdoctor


3.48/5  rDev +37.5%

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.

12-14-2009 17:15:45 | More by thebeerdoctor
Photo of mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -20.9%

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.

11-05-2009 17:39:22 | More by mrmanning
Photo of tone77


2.48/5  rDev -2%

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.

10-15-2009 23:47:11 | More by tone77
Photo of mjr955201

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev +50.2%

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

08-04-2009 22:09:08 | More by mjr955201
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.23/5  rDev +27.7%

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.

06-11-2009 02:21:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of yesyouam

New York

2.03/5  rDev -19.8%

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.

05-31-2009 17:31:47 | More by yesyouam
Genesee Ice Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
62 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.