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

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BA SCORE
69
poor

147 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 20.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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 loveingminor
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of mndlssphlsphr
2.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of Dodt
3.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked up the genny heritage case a while back thought i should at least give a proper review of my mothers old favorite . poured from the throwback stubby bottle into a beer mug.
after drinking this beer i can understand why at one time it was the staple beer at family functions in the late 70's / early 80s.

Photo of giblet
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got my first taste of this with the holiday pack. it had 4 each of Beer, Cream Ale and 12 horse.

poured a nice light gold. about half inch of head that settles a bit. good steady carbonation and light lace down the glass. smells fine but seems light in smell. taste is good. you can catch the hops and it is balanced. this is a rather good refreshing beer that when purchased in the bottle would be one of my favorite everyday beers. all three listed above are very good daily brews.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Photo of Suds
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of bmoney
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of rangerred
3.28/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of electtodefer
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of billab914
3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Thunderchief
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a stubby "glass can" into a pint glass. Thanks go to victory4me for the bottle.

There really isn't anything notable about this beer on any level. The beer is a clean and crisp blonde amber in color, but there isn't really any head, even with a down-the middle pour. The aroma and flavor are both packed with lightly toasted grains, and a hint of grassy hop flavor. A touch of sweetness in the finish, too. Creamy and enjoyable feel. Overall, I am surprised by the hop presence...or ANY hop presence for that matter.

Photo of projectflam86
2.53/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of DomainMaster
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of mcb4538
2/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Rumpole
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I absolutely had to try it once I spotted the Heritage 12-pack. The wonderfully stubby 12-oz twist-off bottles should be used for everything they brew, including the Dundee; it would be a real point of difference for them. The 12-Horse itself was quite quaffable but not markedly better, or even much different from, the Cream Ale, which was included in the pack. Both were a bit better than the Beer, but frankly all three go down just fine. The 12-Horse is a little darker and slightly maltier and either a little more hop was added or they managed the adjunct somehow to produce a little more twang, but that's it. Still, perfectly drinkable and certainly cheap enough (although nowhere near as cheap as the 30-pack cans, but this stuff isn't in cans - yet.) The retro bottle and the rich color are the selling points. I'd love to see a retro 24-pack which included Genesee Red and had six of each.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
2.35/5  rDev -19.8%
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...

Photo of Brad007
2.75/5  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.

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Ricochet
2.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this as part of a 3 Genny beer sampler. I sure wish this one was sold alone as it was the best of the batch. Of course, regular Genny and Genny Cream are really "third choice" or "It's only 1.29 for a 40" beers. 12 Horse is the same way with a notch better in the spew department.

It's yellow, it's only slightly foamy, it's got small bubbles fitting this type of lawnmower beer and even from the bottle, this smelled like a can beer. I was hoping this was like Ballantine or Lord Chesterfields but it has none of the "slight hops" of either. It has the corn of Cream Ale as well as a alcohol burn and a peppery sensation. A slight licorice and a sweet remainder kicks as well.

Okay, in a race between all the Genny beers, Bock is best and this is second. Lets hope they brink back Genny Red, which was the best of them all.

Photo of ALLISON01
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of nickthetick
2.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of thebfg
4/5  rDev +36.5%

Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Genesee 12 Horse Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
69 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.