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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

142 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 20.21%
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 dogfishandi
2.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 TonyY
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

TonyY, Oct 14, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

jpd026, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of VaporDome
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

VaporDome, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Gregwa
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Gregwa, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of loveingminor
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into my salvation army purchased monographed mug:

appearance: looks like what i would imagine stereotypical beer to look like. has a transparent amber color, with a thin head that dissipates quickly. not unpleasant, but also not noteworthy

smell: smells kind of straw-like, no hop scent. not unpleasant, but also not noteworthy

taste: malty flavor, with little if any hop flavor. a little sweetness in the back of the mouth. not unpleasant, but also not noteworthy

mouthfeel: not a heavy beer. has just the right amount of carbonation. not unpleasant, but also not noteworthy

overall: not unpleasant, but also not noteworthy. as you can tell by the copy and pasting of "not unpleasant, but also not noteworthy" this is the perfect mediocre beer. not expensive, and comes in neato bottles (that will be used for my own homebrewing). if you find a better spacer beer, send me a message.

loveingminor, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of livingtodie
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

livingtodie, May 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

bmoney, Jan 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

DomainMaster, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of swierczt
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

swierczt, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of projectflam86
2.53/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz stubby bottle.

A- Pours a crystal clear yellow color with a thin white foam head that fades away quickly.

S- Some malt sweetness and toffee in the nose...not much else.

T- Light ripe fruits and loads of sweetness in the finish. Little to no hops present. I'm shocked to taste how sweet this is.

M- Light bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O- Clean and incredibly sweet. I guess it's not a bad brew but I probably won't pick it up again anytime soon.

projectflam86, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Suds
2.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the stubby little bottle, served in a footed pilsner, this beer is crystal clear and golden. The head is small...a slim white film. The aroma is cereal grains and grass. No real malt smell, and little hop aroma. The taste is better than expected...not as dry as I thought it would be. Cereal and grainy, corn, but also a little barley malt flavor. Not much bitterness, but some hop in the very background. The mouthfeel is light, almost watery. Not a great beer.

Suds, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of mvanaskie13
2.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into rounded pint glass, color is gold with off white head that does not present much and dissipates, no lacing.

Smell neutral grains, crusty and some neutral hops - does not seem fresh.

Taste is pretty neutral, mild grain flavors, not much off flavor just not popping in freshness - hops are present for bitterness and maybe some grassy notes.

Mouthfeel is a bit crisp and over carbonated for me, but to style.

Overall, decent easy drinking brew from genesee - not the best in the barrel bottle variety pack.

mvanaskie13, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of stakem
2.6/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Eric for giving me one of these. 12oz stubby brown "grenade style" bottle poured into a pub glass. This brew appears a light, golden yellow color with a finger of white head sitting atop. An effervescent amount of carbonation constantly rises to the surface in support of the cap. As the glass is swirled and sips are taken, a bit of stringy lacework makes an appearance briefly on the glassware.

The smell of this brew includes some cereal-like grainy sweetness mixed with a bit of a fruity touch that is not too different from pink original bubblegum. As more smells are taken, a very light hint of herbal hops is noted but that is a bit of a stretch. There is a little bit of a metallic character (tin or copper sort of) about this brew's aroma.

The taste brings on the flavor of cereal grain sweetness mixed with a light amount of fruity alcohol. Just as the backend of the aroma led on, there is a metallic flavoring like dirty pennies rest inside the mouth. There is little to no hop inclusion of flavor except a faint amount of bitterness makes itself know briefly to counter some of the residual sweetness.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a very active level of carbonation. The 5% abv is felt with both a fruity alcohol flavor and a warming sensation down the back of the throat that gets increasingly noticeable after the 3rd or 4th sip. I can't say I really dug this brew, but I am appreciate for the chance to try it. Without that dirty penny and metal character this would have been an average american blonde offering, however with that character it was not up to par with others in the style.

stakem, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of curasowa
2.6/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, golden yellow with one finger of head that fades to a ring with a little chunky lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malt that is a little grassy and just a touch corny with some prickly, citrus-like hop aroma mixing in.

Taste: Pretty sweet up front, then a quick hit of some weak bitterness then it gets real metallic towards the end and into the finish.

The Rest: Sweet retro packaging with some fair at best brew inside.

curasowa, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of mndlssphlsphr
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Out of the stubby, from glass to glass. A transparent dehydrated-yellow, I did manage to see that color earlier today, but I forget where. Plenty of bubbles rising up into the white head above. The smell reminds me of cheap memories, as I can see through the haze. Hops and grains are in the taste and smell. There is a bit of staleness that makes me want to believe that I am living in the ‘80s. This would make a good drink for an evening after 12 hours at the industrial plant. Taste of America, I feel that it may be losing its luster. Stay strong Genesee, do not let society tell you what to do. Cheers.

mndlssphlsphr, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Dantes
2.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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: Doesn’t generate much of a bouquet. Faint wisps of toast and grain, with a soupçon of hops. At least there aren’t 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 don’t 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.

Dantes, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of jwhancher
2.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love drinking these straight from the twist off cap from the short, stout bottle. Poured this one into a taster glass for review.

A: Pours very clear straw yellow with okay head that settles down to a thin lacing. Nice carbonation evident. I give the appearance a little extra strictly for the packaging.

S: Smells grainy with a sweet pilsner malt backbone. Not good as it warms. A fuzzy carpet-like smell seems to take note. Husky notes.

T: Not a lot going on here. Bland and husk-like malts. A tad sweet. No hops evident. This is a beer not meant to drink warm. Serve cold & drink straight out of the bottle.

M: Light to medium tasting. A tad sweeter than the bitterness. You can tell they added some hops but they give no noticeable aroma and/or taste. Hops must be used strictly for bitterness.

O: Average beer. For $10.99 per case, I'm not disappointed with the purchase. I was in the mood for some macro-like lager to watch during football season. This one is a solid beer by far above some of the other crap that's out in the market. This one is obviously not craft, but I dig nonetheless.

jwhancher, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of ChrisL24481
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

ChrisL24481, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of beep71
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

beep71, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Mart1
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Mart1, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Brad007
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I must admit that I was tempted too much by the Genesee Heritage Collection so I picked up a 12 pack. I've never had 12 Horse Ale and felt it was worth a try.

Pours a nice gold color with a one-finger head into my glass. Appears to be crisp and clarity is decent.

Cooked corn/sweet grain aroma with not much else to offer beyond that. I have a hard time believing that it's a blonde ale.

I'm still not convinced taste-wise. However, it is inoffensive, crisp and there is a tiny bit of hops. Other than that, bland.

Thin mouthfeel doesn't help either. Granted, it still has more body than a macro lager but not by much.

It's not bad if you want a bit of nostalgia. Unfortunately, I wasn't old enough to drink this during its' heyday so there's no real nostalgia here. Still worth a try at the very least.

Brad007, Dec 05, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

pdrake24, Nov 18, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

BillRoth, Dec 11, 2013
Genesee 12 Horse Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
69 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.