Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

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

Not Rated.
Genesee Ice BeerGenesee Ice Beer

Educational use only; do not reuse.

98 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 98
Hads: 162
Avg: 2.54
pDev: 33.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (45) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Genesee Ice Beer Alström Bros
Reviews: 98 | Hads: 162
Photo of rudzud
2.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Received as big ol tall boy can of this from a coworker after a conversation about Genesee. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Typical unflattering golden yellow pour with little action in the glass. There was a light head that semi faded leavin a little clould.

S - Typical adjunct lager aromas here, though albeit thin.

T - Again, typical adjunct lager tastes here. Nice corn flavours here. Definately a Genesee.

M - Feels awfully thin. Just, well, yeah. Thin.

D - Its not a bad adjunct lager. I'd still rather have this than Bud.

 534 characters

Photo of Beejay
2.95/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Light golden amber/yellow in color. Nice white head on top, though it dissipates to a thin layer almost immediately. It is very clear with tons of bubbles coming up.

S: A little bit of skunk smell coming up. Slightly metallic, some sweet notes perhaps a touch of malt.

T: Well, pretty much what I expected. Perhaps a touch of popcorn, there is almost a bit of biscuity flavor in the finish.

M: Light to medium in body, carbonation is very present, almost too much so. There is almost a slick coating left in your mouth.

D: Pretty much what you would expect from the style, nothing really outstanding, nor bad. So average all around.

 643 characters

Photo of gmfessen
2.79/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz aluminum can into a pint glass, Genesee Ice is a lighter golden-yellow color with a thick white head. The nose is not impressive, mostly sickeningly sweet aduncts and solventy alcohol. The taste is just about as remarkable but slightly better somehow. The beer is light in body and in carbonation and goes down surprisingly smooth and neutral. Overall, very cheap beer that actually doesn't taste too bad. It would definitely get the job done in a pinch.

 474 characters

Photo of Kinsman
2.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

 981 characters

Photo of perrymarcus
2.83/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

 645 characters

Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev +26%
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.

 593 characters

Photo of Reidrover
2.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

 462 characters

Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

 450 characters

Photo of Brad007
3.49/5  rDev +37.4%
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.

 583 characters

Photo of tzieser
2.3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

 869 characters

Photo of chilidog
2.86/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

 389 characters

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.

 269 characters

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.

 279 characters

Photo of soju6
2.98/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

 329 characters

Photo of kingcrowing
2.57/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

 261 characters

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.64/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

 907 characters

Photo of idResponse
3.14/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

 1,072 characters

Photo of BierFan
2.98/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

 415 characters

Photo of woodychandler
2.17/5  rDev -14.6%
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!

 1,068 characters

Photo of sliverX
2.32/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

 903 characters

Photo of biggred1
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

 458 characters

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.

 917 characters

Photo of thebeerdoctor
3.45/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

 735 characters

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.

 452 characters

Photo of tone77
2.53/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

 285 characters

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