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

Not Rated.
Genesee 12 Horse AleGenesee 12 Horse Ale

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63 Reviews

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 154
Avg: 2.96
pDev: 31.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | 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: 154
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.

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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.

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Photo of curasowa
2.66/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of gabedivision
2.8/5  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.

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Photo of Dantes
2.73/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.25/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of psugrad98
3.63/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medim amber in color. Nice lace and head, though quickly dissappates. Smooth in flavor with slight sweet malt flavor. Rich hoppy aftertaste compliments and rounds out this brew. A good beginner macro ale. Better than most imposters out there.

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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.

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Photo of LarryV
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This tastes more like a lager than an ale to me. A very clean, crisp, not particularly interesting tasting beer. The packaging leads me to believe that one of the big 3 is behind this brew, but I couldn't find any clues that this is the case. Very light aroma and flavor. Not an offensive brew, but rather boring.

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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.

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