Genesee 12 Horse Ale - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Dantes:
2.73/5 rDev -7.1%
Package: On draught, presented in a 16 oz. shaker pint at ~45º.
Cost: Innumerable $1 pints and house pours.
Appearance: Generates a loose, fluffy, white head from the tap. The crystal-clear, yellowish body is a shade darker than a typical macro lager or ale, perhaps verging on the faintest bronze. Finely distributed carbonation.
Smell: Doesnt generate much of a bouquet. Faint wisps of toast and grain, with a soupçon of hops. At least there arent any sour, metallic notes.
Taste: Fairly clean and crisp on the palate, with enough malt to provide a bit of flavor, and enough hops to provide some crisp bitterness. Short, clean finish without any bad aftertastes.
Mouthfeel: Pretty thin, but nicely carbonated (I dont know how the bottled version is, but the draught is pretty smooth).
Drinkability: I always preferred the Genny Cream (more body and ABV), but this drinks fine.
Backwash: I drank an ungodly amount of Genny Cream in my time, but we always had barrel or two of 12 Horse around for a change of pace. I still remember the first time I had it. I never minded drinking this, and never remember having a bad sample. I believe this was reformulated at one point, before it was discontinued (replaced by the Dundee Pale Ale). While not a beer worth searching out, it stood above the Bud-Miller-Coors variations, as a better, fresher, regional alternative.
02-16-2005 19:36:50 | More by Dantes
More User Reviews:
2.95/5 rDev +0.3%
My brother inlaw got me this as a birthday gift so I feel I need to drink at least one.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear medium golden with a nice looking white fluffy head that settled very slowly leaving a few globs behind.Alot of sweet corn in the nose with a little metallic quality,adjucts abound.The flavors were not awful wich I have to admit I was expecting,somewhat sweet with some caramel notes,a decent crisper toasted bread finish.It's not as bad as I thought it it would be but it's not anything to write home about either.
10-09-2012 16:38:05 | More by oberon
3.36/5 rDev +14.3%
A: A a pale golden beer with a creamy, off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.
S: A little bit of an earthy hops aroma with a slight citrusy ester that seems to come from the yeast. There is a moderate malt sweetness
T: A malty softness and a light a earthy hops flavor and medium-light hops bitterness. There is a light bit if ale yeast character but not much. The balance is even and the finish is polity abrupt.
M: A Creamy, medium-lighted beer with a medium level of carbonation.
O: An easy to drink blonde style that is moderately malty beer with a good creaminess. If you buddy only drinks lawn more lagers and needs a gateway ale this isn't a bad choice as it's sort of a lightly flavored ale.
01-11-2014 00:33:45 | More by MadScientist
3.4/5 rDev +15.6%
Presentation: 12 oz brown twist with no freshness date to be found.
Appearance: Vivid and clear light golden hue donning a thin wispy tiny bubbled white lace.
Smell: Vague and ghost like fruitiness, perhaps from the mild esters in the nose. Both hops and malt are evident in the aroma.
Taste: Light bodied, crisp mouth feel and a pronounced carbonation. With in the crispness comes a tingling hop bitterness and alcohol bite mix. Ghost like lemon flavour hits as well as fermented grain. A balanced twang from the hops leaves ample bitterness for the thinnish malt palate, white cracker like maltiness seems to be the sole malt flavour in this brew. On the dry side with a clean finish.
Notes: A no frills American light ale, easy drinking and non-offensive … a no brainer of a beer, a beer to drink and not have to think about what you are drinking.
05-16-1999 00:00:01 | More by Jason
2.35/5 rDev -20.1%
12oz pony bottle at fridge temppoured into a pint glass. stold this from my friend's fridge, split it with my dad.
pours out a super clear lightish golden color. a nice fluffy head off the pour that faded to some thin retentive foam, then eventually nothing. no real lace. lots of carbonation bubbles. looks better than your average macro, but still that same water like clarity.
cooked corn, mineral water, nothing going on here.
the taste is slightly better than your average macro, but not by much. cooked corny grains, mineral water, finishes with almost a wine like fruitiness.
light bodied, but just a bit more body than your average BMC. sparkly feeling carbonation detracts from this beer. watery.
12 horse ale, what can i say, i had to try it, its genesee... on the same peg as genny cream ale if you ask me, maybe even the same beer...
12-10-2011 00:22:28 | More by dogfishandi
3.5/5 rDev +19%
Pours bright golden body with a fizzy white head dwindling rather quick with even fine speckled lacing around the sides of my pint. Aroma has a dirty earthy notes with grain husk, mild cereal grains. Flavor has a light fruit base, with bread like malts, a bit of dirty husk quality, herbal hops yet very cohesive flavors come together.
Mouthfeel is light bodied a bit of harshness, yet refined smoothness in each sip an edgy brash light golden American ale from the brewers at Genesee. I'm guessing this is a classic recipe, carbonation is solid, mild hop burps. Overall another exciting light easy drinking beer going on.
06-20-2012 04:24:59 | More by WVbeergeek
2.98/5 rDev +1.4%
12oz stubby poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a super fizzy clear light golden color with a 1 finger white head that is gone in seconds. A ridiculous amount of visible carbonation.
S: Can actually pull some hop notes from this brew. Fairly standard aroma like most generic beers.
T: Slightly sweet with a light hop backing. Better than most macrobrews out there.
M: Light on the tounge, good carbonation. A little sticky.
Overall one of the tastier ones from Genesee but I dont think that says too much. A good deal considering it was much less than the big boys.
07-01-2012 20:12:35 | More by CloudStrife
1.85/5 rDev -37.1%
Glassware: Kisatsky Tavern pint... Occasion: Spring break Thursday... Appearance: thin, sallow golden body that bubbled and crackled as it poured; the head is thick, chunky white and promises lacing...Aroma: all malt and hay...Palate: light to medium-bodied, with late carbonation and smoothness to the tongue...Taste: as exxpected, a stepping stone between the 40-ounces we pounded in college and the more mainstream fair that is served at backyard barbeques...light enough to pair with probably anything as a washdown, but too late to influence the palate while eating... Overall: no hatred or disappointment here, just what the retro bottle promised--and the dude who told me at the beer store that he couldn't see why the new package wasn't selling nearly paid for the purchase itself--as another old-school German brewery (a la Yuengling and Lord Chesterfield) does a nearly hopless ale. Pleasing in its blank canvas...
04-13-2012 00:52:16 | More by dacrza1
3.09/5 rDev +5.1%
A - Poured a pale yellow with a one inch white head. The head was quite fleeting and quickly dispersed into a thin line on the glass. Very good carbonation level. I did notice some faint lacing.
S - Very "light" aroma for an ale with some hop note as well as some grain. Overall a very neutral smell.
T - Primarily taste is grain with a hint of hop bitterness. No sensation of alcohol. Flavor actually improved as beer warmed.
M - A rather "thin" mouth feel. A bit on the watery side.
O - Considering the price paid, this represents a fairly decent value.
12-08-2013 19:32:10 | More by Retroman40
3.48/5 rDev +18.4%
I have to thank my father-in-law for this one. He bought the Genny heritage pack and was willing to share.
Pours a pale golden yellow with a 1/4" of loose bubbly head that quickly dissipates. The smell is grainy and grassy. The taste is faint pilsner malt, faint grains, and mild, grassy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is well-carbonated, clean, and smooth.
This is a nice, easy drinking beer. I like it better than Genny or Genny light. It's good in a similar fashion that Genny cream ale is. It's a very slight change of pace, but it's enough to make it worth while.
11-14-2011 00:34:06 | More by tdm168
3.13/5 rDev +6.5%
Good appearance with a solid head and a light amber color. The aroma is nice with some sweet malt and (gasp) some hops! The flavor follow the aroma almost exactly, although the hops seem to be a little bit lost. Creamy, with a nice body. Not overly sweet. Somewhat more exciting than your standard American-style lager but not much more.
07-17-2002 19:25:52 | More by NeroFiddled
3.3/5 rDev +12.2%
This is part of the Genesee Heritage Pack. 12 Horse brought back after a couple years of retirement.
A - Pours nice straw gold with 2 fingers of creamy head.
S - Aromas of crisp lightly kilned malt and light fruits, like apples or yellow plums
T - Malty body with noble hop crispness. Very pleasant
M - Love the creamy head on this and the vigorous carbonation
O - So glad they brought this back. I grew up with this beer, well, all of the beers in the Heritage pack. Since moving to Ohio, I don't get much Genesee and this makes me want to get it more often.
12-04-2011 02:12:10 | More by RocPorterFanatic
3.03/5 rDev +3.1%
Had a 20oz. pint at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse for $5. I was hoping this might resemble the decent English pale ale that the old 12 Horse Celebrated Ale had been described as. Really, it was just clean, macro blonde ale with a vague doughy barley character and no hops. I'd call it a step, maybe just a half-step, up from Genesee Cream Ale. But hey, if you're thirsty and feeling thrifty, it's a decent option.
02-17-2013 23:44:37 | More by tempest
2.9/5 rDev -1.4%
A: pours a crystal clear gold into a new belgium globe with almost a finger of white head. Leaves a little lacing.
S: fruity and malty, lighter fruits, apricots, apples, peaches.
T: a lot more malt in the mouth than the nose. Sweet carmel and apples. Some light citrus notes, maybe lemony.
MF: fairly light body, great effervescence, refreshing and crisp.
O: not to bad, solid representation of style and a solid beer for its price. The nose let down with a weak malt profile.
11-29-2011 06:17:53 | More by nickthetick
2.23/5 rDev -24.1%
There is nothing special about this beer as it was blase and lacks character. It had a medium sized white head that was smooth and creamy. It contained fine-small sized bubbles that mostly dissipated. The body was clear with carbonation observed and the hue was gold. The nose was malty and there was not much flavor with this beer. The mouthfeel was smooth, thin-watery texture and light bodied. There was a fair amount of lacing.
10-29-2003 00:24:27 | More by hotstuff
3.45/5 rDev +17.3%
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very malty, some sweetness. Taste is also considerably sweet, malts, just a touch of hops are present. Feels light in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking beer.
10-29-2011 14:41:01 | More by tone77
3.25/5 rDev +10.5%
Sampled on November 26, 2011. This is from the retro stubby bottle with the original 1970's label and twist off cap. I remember when it looked like that regularly. It pours golden yellow with a fizzy head. The aroma is lightly malted, bready, and vaguely hopped. The body is thin and carbonated. The taste is very typical for its style with grain, corn, some malts, and wisp of hops at the end.
11-29-2011 01:56:01 | More by puboflyons
3.65/5 rDev +24.1%
From a heritage variety pack. I finally located a 12 pack in a small Oregon town that shall remain nameless as I hope to buy a second 12 pack today on my way home from work.
Pours slightly richer gold than your average macro with a half inch of bright white head. Very good amount of lacing and a ring of head still intact at the bottom. Aroma is malty and bready. Taste is very nice malt profile with a minor amount of hops. Mouthfeel is fine for the style with plenty of carbonation. Nice rich and balanced flavor for a Blonde Ale with a light dry finish. This is one of the better Blondes I have had. Well done Genesee.
02-27-2012 15:08:11 | More by Spikester
Genesee 12 Horse Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
69 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.