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

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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: 3 | 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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Photo of mjr955201
3.8/5  rDev +51.4%
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 The picture is outdated and should be replaced with the more attractive layout of the new can.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

mjr955201, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.23/5  rDev +28.7%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
2.03/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

yesyouam, May 31, 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 thekevlarkid
2.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

In the face of overwhelming financial disaster I did the tried-and-true thing of buying a forty and getting wasted. Out of the bottle this malt beverage was a perfectly clear golden color with some rising carbonation in it. The retention of the two-finger, off-white head was pretty good at first as a cap then a thin skim that left surprisingly good lacing. The aroma was musty, stale and sour, a blend of grainy mash and some corn sweetness. The flavors were actually pretty good for the style, starting with the sweetness of corn mash and pale malt it then became more grainy with some notes of husk. The boozy alcohol was clearly being masked by sugars. The finish was musty and malty. The mouthfeel was rough, the carbonation high and the body medium. Only the sugary additions made it drinkable and a couple would surely be a bad idea for that very reason.

thekevlarkid, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of steeler
3/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well I've been wanting to try this one for a while, as for some reason I'm on this ice beer/malt liquor craze. Anyway, pours out a deep deep golden yellow color, with a gigantic head at least 2 inches. I was really impressed by this one, looks great. Definatly in the top 3 best looking macros! But then we go downhill from there, with the smell. Oh good god, this smells putrid, corny, metallic, and just bad, and boozy! I was surprised at that, considering its 5.5%. Brutal. Then it gets a tad better with the taste, this is your average ICE beer taste, except not as dry. But there is more flavor there. Moderate sweetness, balanced with hops. It is pretty good, i just wish the alcohol wasnt as pronounced as it is in this beer. Mouthfeel is like every other macro, carbonated and smooth. I could throw down quite a few of these with ease. But as far as if I would get it again? I dont know. Its not bad, nor amazing, but it is really cheap. So im on the fence. Worth a try tho.

steeler, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of riversider76
2.95/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden with a fluffy white head. Decent retention and a nice laceing. Aroma is metalic, with notes of grassy hops. Body is thin and carbonated. Taste is creamy up front with some hops in the finish.This is not bad for what it is and it's cheap too!

riversider76, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
1.65/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

Gehrig, Jul 10, 2008
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 BEERchitect
2.55/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.3/5  rDev -48.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 07, 2006
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 Manosbeeroffate
1.9/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Manosbeeroffate, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of Maestro
1.78/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Maestro, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of kbnooshay
1.48/5  rDev -41%
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.

kbnooshay, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of Ricochet
2.17/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was a choker deal for 1.29 for a 40, so I decided to give it a whirl. It has a darker color but not much scent to speak of other than faint corn. Mouth average, ice beer, nothing more, perhaps a little creamy.

The stong alchohol flavor dominates, corn, barely detectable hops note, poured this into a glass and when it got to luke warm, it started to be barely drinkable. Another high ICE beer than demands cold and suffers as it warms.

Not bad from Genny, but I'd prefer regular Genny if I had the choice between the two. Still prefer Genny Red, but have only seen it in thirtys here in Cleveland.

Ricochet, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of FranklinPCombs
2.2/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is always a good fallback on a Saturday night at college for 2 reasons. In Rochester, this stuff is dirt cheap ($11 for a 30-rack), and of course, the higher octane of ice beers in general. Now thats about as good a reason as I can find to drink this beer. Its the typical light, perfeclty clear urine color that you'd expect from a "macro" with plenty of not so delicious looking froth that soon dies to a struggling layer of top. The bubbles never really stop escaping the bottom of the glass. The smell is slightly reminiscent of a brewery (ie. unfinished beer), which isnt necessarily good in my mind. The taste is bearable, hints of malt and yeast masked with a slightly over-alcoholic metal taste. Mouthfeel when on the warmer side is slightly wretched (like theres something caught at the back of your throat). In the Genny line, this would be one end of the spectrum (less taste, more alcohol), whereas the Genny Cream would be my preferred medium (more taste, only slightly less alcohol). But as a denizen of the fine city of Rochester, I dont have anything but praise for Genny and their fine beers.

FranklinPCombs, May 03, 2005
Photo of steinlifter
2.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

poured a mid golden, sudsy head with little retention, smell was sweet and grainy, taste wasn't too bad, typical adjunct lager, bit of sweetness, a bit more flavor than I expected, mouthfeel was watery high carbonated, and a bit creamy. drinkability is average at best, nothing I would seek out, but not as bad as I thought it might be.

steinlifter, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of Shiloh
2.88/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing great here but acceptable in a pinch. The colour is a deep golden hue with very limited head and minimum carbonation. The body is thin and the aroma is highly of yeast.
Taste is evenly balanced with a very slight edge to the malts and marginal grainy start.
It finishes reasonably well with no lingering after taste.
Not recomended, but if you must...

Shiloh, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of psugrad98
2.42/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light straw with moderate carbonation and head. Sweet smelling with dextrin-like quality. Plump carbonation. Nothing like cooked veggies in my beer. Strong sweet alcohol finish and aftertaste. Slightly better here in bottle than in can.

psugrad98, Nov 01, 2002
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 John
3/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Putting aside perceptions of "cheap beer" or any other preconcieved notions...this really is not bad beer. Light gold, white, bubbly head. Carbonation is prickly, steady. A bit of sweetness is present suggesting perhaps some corn. Hops and grains are balanced relatively well. Sure cut the dust well and quenched my thirst on my bro's moving day.

John, Sep 10, 2002
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
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Genesee Ice Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
61 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.