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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

136 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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VaporDome

New York

2.5/5  rDev -15%

01-23-2013 01:31:47 | More by VaporDome
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -15%

08-09-2012 01:04:59 | More by Gregwa
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loveingminor

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 01:56:28 | More by loveingminor
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livingtodie

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -15%

05-22-2013 20:20:48 | More by livingtodie
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bmoney

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -15%

01-19-2012 01:52:42 | More by bmoney
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DomainMaster

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -15%

12-21-2011 23:13:09 | More by DomainMaster
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swierczt

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -15%

09-06-2013 18:09:47 | More by swierczt
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projectflam86

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 01:06:34 | More by projectflam86
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Suds

Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 22:39:53 | More by Suds
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 00:08:06 | More by mvanaskie13
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stakem

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 22:37:17 | More by stakem
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curasowa

New York

2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 00:15:38 | More by curasowa
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mndlssphlsphr

Washington

2.68/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 06:13:05 | More by mndlssphlsphr
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Dantes

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2005 19:36:50 | More by Dantes
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 16:27:37 | More by jwhancher
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-15-2012 00:31:17 | More by ChrisL24481
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beep71

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-18-2012 02:59:16 | More by beep71
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Mart1


2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

09-06-2012 22:37:01 | More by Mart1
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Brad007

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 02:09:29 | More by Brad007
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pdrake24

New York

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

11-18-2013 01:47:19 | More by pdrake24
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DmanGTR

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

01-29-2013 03:55:36 | More by DmanGTR
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BillRoth

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

12-11-2013 03:18:40 | More by BillRoth
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DougAppleby

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

01-10-2014 23:07:30 | More by DougAppleby
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PJF12866

New York

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-06-2014 01:03:02 | More by PJF12866
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gabedivision

New York

2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Genesee Heritage Pack. Poured into a Genesee Cream Ale pint glass...

Pours a nice deep golden with a 1/2 finger head that completely disappears after a second. Sweet malts, earthy tones, grassy, low profile hops. The taste is a sweet corn water with a hint of grassy hops, and a big grain finish. Light on the feel, crisp, easy to drink, very grainy. Overall the nostalgia is fun, but this beer is average at best. If your wallets low or if you just wanna have one for old times sake, go for it, it wont bite ya.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 22:24:13 | More by gabedivision
Genesee 12 Horse Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
69 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.