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

Not Rated.
Genesee Ice BeerGenesee Ice Beer

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BA SCORE
62
poor

148 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 26.69%
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 Mart1
2.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Mart1, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.05/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

bluejacket74, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of robertgurley
1.5/5  rDev -40.2%

robertgurley, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of jik18
1/5  rDev -60.2%

jik18, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of David_Summers
4.48/5  rDev +78.5%
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.

David_Summers, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of netrioter
2.05/5  rDev -18.3%
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

netrioter, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.8/5  rDev +51.4%
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

RonaldTheriot, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1383rd Review on BA
Can to LA Stem
24oz

2012
Purchased for $1.79 at Lees Discount Liquor, LV

App- Orange as orange can be. A bit like oil in the glass with a certain thickness and weight behind it. A nice two finger long lasting head.

Smell- Corn, malt, wheat, malt-o-meal. Not much here. Wasnt bad, but wasnt good.

Taste- It's one of the better AAL. Wasnt as corny or malty. Little bit of sweetness with a fuller citrus zest note.

Mouth- A nice thicker body with a nice mellow medium body.

Drink- It's an AAL. Ill leave it at that. One of the better ones though.

FosterJM, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Falcone
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Falcone, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of beerluvr
3.33/5  rDev +32.7%
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.

beerluvr, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Dapperticus
3/5  rDev +19.5%

Dapperticus, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of steelreserve69
1.5/5  rDev -40.2%

steelreserve69, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of abcramer
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%

abcramer, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of smi
2/5  rDev -20.3%

smi, May 29, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
2.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 more or less exactly as one would expect: fairly clean, corny-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. (reviewing with style in mind.)

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.

originally reviewed: 01-11-2011

BostonHops, May 24, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.43/5  rDev +36.7%
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.

NeroFiddled, May 12, 2012
Photo of DannyDan
3.08/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

DannyDan, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of cpolking
3.78/5  rDev +50.6%
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.

cpolking, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
1.93/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

WastingFreetime, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of daliandragon
2.85/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yeah, Genny Ice. I was a little surprised too, but here we are. I went for a run this afternoon and was really thirsty afterwards and stopped at a random gas station for a water. While there I realized they had a sweet $2.22 for 2 24 oz. Genny Cream Ales, which I like. I hedged when I saw the Ice. I know it'll almost definitely be awful but I couldn't turn away, like a car crash. And away we go..

Plain grain. Both in nose and flavor. The color is light honey with surprising head retention. Nose is ringed with untasty alcohol. The flavor is actually fairly inoffensive. I could drink this regularly but will probably stick with the Genny Cream. Still, this is smooth and surprisingly not crap.

daliandragon, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of VaterRoss
2.88/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24oz can

Normal macro lager clear gold color with lots of carbonation going on. Smell is very macro with a certain light funkiness and the unmistakable "light" smell of corn. Taste is as you would expect would nothing really jumping out at you. Sweet corn, hint of fruit lager yeast. Mouthfeel is light with a good amount of carbonation.

Not good and not terrible, very typical for the style and absurdly cheap ($1 tallboy!). A bit more substantial feeling than the average macro and it gets points for that. If you're at the gas station and trying to get a tallboy and there's no yuengling, than grab one of these without reservation (and save almost a buck).

VaterRoss, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of durkle
3/5  rDev +19.5%

durkle, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Powerstroker90
3/5  rDev +19.5%

Powerstroker90, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
1.5/5  rDev -40.2%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of emerge077
2.2/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

emerge077, Feb 08, 2012
Genesee Ice Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
62 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.