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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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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

GennyCreamAle, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

ambruns1979, Aug 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

sixerofelixir, Feb 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

BamfBacon, Feb 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

MarkJBurch, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
3.36/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: A a pale golden beer with a creamy, off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: A little bit of an earthy hops aroma with a slight citrusy ester that seems to come from the yeast. There is a moderate malt sweetness

T: A malty softness and a light a earthy hops flavor and medium-light hops bitterness. There is a light bit if ale yeast character but not much. The balance is even and the finish is polity abrupt.

M: A Creamy, medium-lighted beer with a medium level of carbonation.

O: An easy to drink blonde style that is moderately malty beer with a good creaminess. If you buddy only drinks lawn more lagers and needs a gateway ale this isn't a bad choice as it's sort of a lightly flavored ale.

MadScientist, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of hotstuff
2.23/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

hotstuff, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of dacrza1
1.85/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Glassware: Kisatsky Tavern pint... Occasion: Spring break Thursday... Appearance: thin, sallow golden body that bubbled and crackled as it poured; the head is thick, chunky white and promises lacing...Aroma: all malt and hay...Palate: light to medium-bodied, with late carbonation and smoothness to the tongue...Taste: as exxpected, a stepping stone between the 40-ounces we pounded in college and the more mainstream fair that is served at backyard barbeques...light enough to pair with probably anything as a washdown, but too late to influence the palate while eating... Overall: no hatred or disappointment here, just what the retro bottle promised--and the dude who told me at the beer store that he couldn't see why the new package wasn't selling nearly paid for the purchase itself--as another old-school German brewery (a la Yuengling and Lord Chesterfield) does a nearly hopless ale. Pleasing in its blank canvas...

dacrza1, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of abcramer
3/5  rDev +2.7%

abcramer, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of swierczt
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

swierczt, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

NittanyBeerFan, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +37%

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

mrchrisray, Dec 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

elec, Apr 11, 2012
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
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3.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Dapperticus, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Ricochet
2.9/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Ricochet, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of giblet
3.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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

giblet, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Hoagie1973
2.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

All the characteristics of an American adjunct with a bit of buttery fruitiness mixed in. Tastes almost as if a run of the mill English EPA and a cheap American Macro lager had a love child.
It's not undrinkable, but it's nothing I would ever seek out. Even among cheap beers there would be a half-dozen I would buy before this one.
Props to the local brewery for bringing it back, I'm just not a big fan.

Hoagie1973, Apr 03, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

jpd026, Jun 28, 2014
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2.12/5  rDev -27.4%

misternebbie, Sep 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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

TonyY, Oct 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

ALLISON01, Nov 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

raythealeman, Apr 05, 2012
Genesee 12 Horse Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
69 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.