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

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63 Reviews
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 152
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 11.15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-1999

Relaunched in Oct 2011
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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 152
Photo of oberon
2.94/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (544 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.13/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (337 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (868 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (622 characters)

Photo of stakem
2.66/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (1,632 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (573 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one if the mixed heritage collection 12 pack. 12oz stubby bottle into my Ithaca glass. It poured clear and golden in color wit ha thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a lot of pale, grainy malts to it. I get a little bit of a tart, crisp, fruitiness to it as well. It's pretty crisp and clean for the style and not bad overall.

The taste shows a little more of the crisp, slightly tart fruitiness to it. It gives it a little bit of an apple juice or crisp pear like flavor. Some sweeter, toasty malts come out as well.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty easy drinking beer. It didn't have any real outstanding flavors, but it wasn't bad either. For the price it's pretty decent. (769 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.04/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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. (409 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.18/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a white two-fingered head that fades slowly and leaves a lot lace. Light, clear amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Lightly hopped mixed with some malt, seems watery, some sweetness a boring lawnmower ale. $1.25 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma. (287 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (250 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.23/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (394 characters)

Photo of Brad007
2.78/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of Gusler
1.81/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The beer is gold in color white mediocre white head that is frothy in texture, the lace is adequate to coat the glass, both white in color. Nose is clean and fresh, malt is all I sense. Start is sweet, the top skeletally thin with an acerbic finish, the hops are scarce, dry, and a “Totally Forgettable” beer in my book. (322 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.35/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear yellow light amber color with a big white head that quickly shrinks to a dusting and modest lacing. The nose gets cereal grain alcohol with an accent on corn. The flavor is much the same with a lager-esque wheat and earthy yeast, some caramel sweetness in a medium-light bodied ale that goes down pretty easily with easy but refreshing carbonation. Not bad. (365 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.05/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into pint glass

Appearance - a golden straw color which formed a large head upon pouring which faded quickly

Smell - Sweeter, with no detectable hop flavor

Taste - A bit of a corn flavor with not mush hop spice. Sweeter then the traditional "domestic" brew.

Mouthfeel - Mid range in thickness/viscosity, but with a good amount of carbonation for the style/

Overall - Nothing to outstanding, but decent for its price (picked in a variety 12 pack for $8). For the price probably better then the standard domestic of its class. (550 characters)

Photo of Suds
2.53/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.05/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear pale yellow, some carbonation, not much head

S-Corn, Corn, some malt, not much else.

T-Corn, slight lemon notes, sweet for a Macro Lager, not bitterness at all.

M-Light and thin, almost no carbonation, crisper than I thought.

O-While cold the beer is decent as it warms the macro lagerness starts to take over. A decent go at it by Genesee. (352 characters)

Photo of Brent
2.86/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an ale? If I hadn't read the bottle, I would swear this is a lager. Nice bronze/copper color. Head? Fugedaboudit. A whif of apple/grape in the aroma, with that as the initial flavor. A touch of hops bat cleanup. Is this good? No. Is it bad? No. Very much a macro flavor profile, reminds me of some of the Canadian lagers. Goes in the lawnmower beer category. (366 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stubbie bottle from the Heritage Collection.

A: Pours a dark golden color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of malt sweetness bit of citrus and grain.

T: Taste is a bit tart with a mild malt sweetness. this continues to a mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp and quite smooth.

O: Easy drinker. Not bad for what it is. (366 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
2.32/5  rDev -21.6%
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... (850 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz stubby bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear straw yellow with plenty of carbonation leading to a fizzy head. Retention is poor but leaves a thin cap on the beer.

Aromas of sweet corn and grain are present along with an apple juice smell.

The taste reveals a slight bready graininess along with the apple flavor. Very light bitterness along with a slight grassy hop flavor. A little tart on the finish.

Overall just an ok brew. I still prefer the original Genesee though. (489 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.27/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Heritage twelve pack. I drank a lot of Genny back in college but I never heard of this one until tonight. A little darker in color than I expected, and almosr no head at all. Nose is lemon and a touch of honey but nothing to write home about.

Nice hop profile from the outset. Not a ton of malt but the hops and touch of lemon zest provide enough character that this can be pretty distinctive. High carbonation creates a pretty tight mouthfeel but you get used to it pretty quick. The stiffness does constrict the flavor but overall I find this pretty drinkable. for what it is of course. (602 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
2.3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Horse Ale is a clear, sparkling, light golden ale with no head-- just a swirl of small bubbles. It has an aroma of sweet malt and corn. It's medium light bodied with a starchy finish. It tastes sweet and corny. There's a rubbery, sulfurous funk to it that identifies it as a Genny. There seems to be a slight nuttiness to it. It's funky and sweet, but I could have more than one in the ice-cold stubby format. (412 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.71/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby bottle purchased as part of a retro 12pack at Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours a light yellow crystal-clear body with nearly an inch of white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells fruity with caramel notes. Tastes bready and fruity with caramel and cocoa notes. A little lemon on the finish. Light bodied with ample carbonation. A pleasant easy drinker with more going on that one would think at first. Nice. (429 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.62/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (623 characters)

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Genesee 12 Horse Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.