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Genesee 12 Horse Ale - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Genesee 12 Horse AleGenesee 12 Horse Ale

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BA SCORE
69
poor

140 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Relaunched in Oct 2011

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-1999)
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Photo of Jason
3.4/5  rDev +16%

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.

Jason, May 16, 1999
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.95/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

oberon, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of MadScientist
3.36/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

MadScientist, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of generallee
3/5  rDev +2.4%

generallee, May 23, 2014
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +36.5%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
2.35/5  rDev -19.8%

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...

dogfishandi, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
2.98/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

CloudStrife, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of dacrza1
1.85/5  rDev -36.9%

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...

dacrza1, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of BamfBacon
3/5  rDev +2.4%

BamfBacon, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Retroman40
3.09/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

Retroman40, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.48/5  rDev +18.8%

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.

tdm168, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.13/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

NeroFiddled, Jul 17, 2002
Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.3/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

RocPorterFanatic, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.03/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

tempest, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Thunderchief
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Thunderchief, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of EBeckett3
3/5  rDev +2.4%

EBeckett3, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of ChrisL24481
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

ChrisL24481, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of nickthetick
2.9/5  rDev -1%

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.

nickthetick, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of poohbearzeccola
2.64/5  rDev -9.9%

poohbearzeccola, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of hotstuff
2.23/5  rDev -23.9%

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.

hotstuff, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

tone77, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

puboflyons, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Spikester
3.65/5  rDev +24.6%

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.

Spikester, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of aranheaney
3.23/5  rDev +10.2%

Purchased as part of the same Heritage Case that my Cream Ale review came from. Not to be redundant, but 8 Genny, 8 Cream Ale and 8 12 Horse all in stubby retro bottles for $8.99, Weber City Deli in Yorkshire if you're interested.

A-Decent, darkish yellow with little head

S-Macro Hops with a bit of lemon

T-Interesting, almost a summer (Kolsch maybe) like hint

M-Decent, nothing unpleasant on the back end

O-another decent Genny product

aranheaney, Mar 27, 2012
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Genesee 12 Horse Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
69 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.