Genny Light - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
59
awful

211 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 2.43
pDev: 31.28%
Wants: 4
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-17-2001

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Ratings: 211 | Reviews: 86
Photo of Chillcloud9
5/5  rDev +105.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinkable. Easy on the abv. Delicious ice cold on a boat. Also my local cheep beer . This or pbr. I'm not fancy. Summer pills and cloud splitter

Photo of Mateer
3.7/5  rDev +52.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For the style (something many newbie's don't take into consideration; yes this in not an IPA), Genny Light is better than most.

The can design/artwork speaks to the masses and shows that the conglomerate that now owns the Genesee Brewing Company does not take itself too seriously on purpose. This is a working man's beer. Says on the side "Calories: 100". A beer that you throw back on a Friday night with none other than bad intentions or with no intention at all. There is no in between with this brew.

Thin head retention that dissipates within 30 seconds leaving little to no lacing behind as proof. Light carbonation, grain and corn taste. Grassy lemon notes subtly follow to cover up any hint of alcohol that could possibly be present. Three of these fine brews can be imbibed within two shakes of a lamb's tail. A fourth will get the job done.

For those of you who like to drink on the edge of uncertainty, pushing the boundaries through the exploration of light beers that have been largely thrown by the wayside in the wake of the craft microbrewery renaissance, this is a beer to try. Most importantly for this style Genny Light is really cheap, which puts it near the top of the list for me. Cheers.

Photo of cheesepuffs
1/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is absolutely one of the worst beers I have ever had. I paid $4.56 for a sixpack and it's not even worth it. Tastes lightly green apple flavored with a watery artificial sweetness and the overall vibe makes me think "rotting fruit".

For comparisons sake I'm a PBR fan and even Busch gets better after the first couple cabs. But Genny Light doesn't get better after having a couple. In fact it gets worse as you go. You just don't want to come back to this one and I recommend as somebody who doesn't mind a frosty mug of Coors Light or a Miller that you just avoid Genny altogether.

Photo of Doomcifer
1.56/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Not pleasant...obviously. Received as part of a mystery case.

Photo of mbratt93
2.29/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Well this genny from the block is certainly a whole lot lighter than J-Lo.

Photo of Greg-Kirkpatrick
3.03/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is what it is.

Photo of 3ricks
1.75/5  rDev -28%

My Dad's favorite beverage, you can't teach an old dog new tricks, I wish I could get him turned on to a session IPA. There seems to be a lot of water added to the batch. It tastes OK at the brewery. Dirt cheap but I would look elsewhere, not even worth a college keg party..

Photo of Franziskaner
2.32/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pale gold in color with excellent clarity. A quarter inch of white head rests on top and gradually diminishes entirely. I get loads of corn and an dialectal note that is off putting. The taste is corn and a metallic note. The body is thin and watery. That's $1.29 that I want refunded.

Photo of DagenhamDavis
2.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Live Review, 24 oz can from the corner gas. I'm not putting it in a glass because I more or less know what this would look like.

S- I'm sniffing it from the can, but not getting much of anything. It doesn't smell bad. In fact, it doesn't taste like anything.

T- It tastes about the same as it smells. Almost no flavor except a light (very light) "beer" flavor. Some odd sourness on the finish. Watery, and no corny adjunct flavor, which is what I expected. It's fizzy and cold and I'd love this in the summer on the lawnmower. Otherwise it's not really for me.

O- I'll try it again when on an extreme budget. It's between a dollar and 1.25 for a 24 oz, or 13.50 for a 30 rack, partially because it's the local poison for me. Definitely will take this over a regular Genny too, it has less of that flavor. (Usually not a good thing, but you see what I mean.)

Photo of nicholas2121
2.96/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Genny Light brewed by Genesee Brewing Co in New York State. This brew pours out a nice amber color with a thick white head. This brew is darker than your average American Light Lager beer. This brew also has a smell of grains. Nothing bad about the smell. The taste of this brew is light, there is not much there. A hint of sweet and water, and that is about it. For this brew being darker than other light beers out there, there is not much there. But this brew has an abv of 3.6, and other American lagers are about 4.2 abv. I'm not impressed by this beer; it could be so much more. There is nothing bad about this beer, but really nothing to write home about either. If you like light beer then you may like this brew.

Photo of buschbeer
2.64/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

16 FL. OZ. can
Served in a pilsner glass

A - This gem pours straw yellow and clear. It is topped with two to three inches of white head.

S - I get some grain and boiled greens in the smell.

T - The taste has some metallic and grass flavors. I'm happy that it has taste. Most light beers lack this component.

M - Thin

O - This light beer has more flavor than most macro lagers. Probably one of the more flavorful light beers out there.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
1.69/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a clear light copper color with slowly rising bubbles. A fizzy white head recedes to a white ring with no film or lacing. The aroma is of faint adjuncts, some corn, and an almost wine-like fruity sweetness. The beer tastes very sterile and metallic with a touch of the grape-esque note found in the aroma. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and rough.

Overall, cheap and very low in ABV. I only bought it to review. Gotta try 'em all at some point!

Photo of scotorum
3.31/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bought a thirty can pack of this because it's from my hometown, was cheap, and at the time I wanted to diet. But asking myself to forego craft beer was too much, so 25 cans have been sitting since last spring.

Poured from the 12 oz. can into a Sanuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Clear gold with tons of bubbles ascending to the top from the bottom, an inch tall white head receded slowly to rocky surface foam and considerable lacing.

s: Apples or some such light fruit. Later, more malty.

t: That light fruit, more subdued than the aroma. Later even that fades.

m: Light, bordering on watery. Carbonation continues to add some zing.

o: A decent light beer, not so bad with lunch, extremely sessionable at 3.6% ABV, but definitely not a go-to for flavor.

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.28/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

as the lousy cans of cheap beer go, I don't hate this one. it still looks, smells, and tastes like a beer, like it might contain the essential elements, and like it still might be brewed rather than mixed or synthesized or whatever they do to make the corn water these days. sudsy head surprises me, and the nonmetallic flavor profile suggests a level of quality a step or two above the others. real thin and watery feel, but it is a light lager after all. yeast helps it finish clean, no off putting flavors sticking around. easy enough drinking, if you can handle all the bubbles. but if its cola by day and cheap cans by night, this is your horse.

Photo of CloudStrife
2.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

24oz can poured into a tulip. Canned July 24th 2013.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a dense clean white head. Average amount of visible carbonation. Leaves a decent lacing behind.

S: Light malting, has the american adjust lager sweetness to it but not very strong.

T: Hardly has any flavor. Hints of malts as well as water. If you can taste the water I'm not sure thats a good beer. Bit of sweetness to it.

M: Light body, with a lot of carbonation. Supposed to be an easy drinker and I think it comes through in that regard.

Overall tough to sit down and rate a style like this. With such a light body and alcohol content the flavors are subtle.

Photo of fx20736
3.2/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

purchased a 24 oz can for .99 at Wegmans on 4/25/13.

poured from a can into a mug, served at fridge temp.

lemon yellow with a 1 finger white head that leaves almost no lacing.

aroma: standard adjunct hops and yeast.

mouthfeel: surprisingly good.

taste: not a lot of flavor, but the little bit is decent.

notes: really not bad, easy to drink. Low abv makes this a lawnmower's session beer.

Photo of NiceTaps
2.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I drank a couple of these in a place where I shouldnt've been, served by a waitress who called me 'honey' and 'sweetheart'. I thought that I was going to get a Genny Cream Ale, but I went with it. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- So light in yellow-straw color that I thought it had a hint of greenish hue. It did pour a decent head and even left some spotty lacing.

S- Clean the litter box, please!

T- Better than the smell. Some corn sweetness, a touch of maltiness (I think).

M- Quite light with a unpleasantly sour finish.

O- I've had worse, so I may even cross paths with this again. What the heck.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.11/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

This is cheaper and cheap, but luckily it's just as bad/good as stuff like Bud Light/Coors Light/Busch Light, so you can save your money, and get some Genny instead.

It pours a clear, watery yellow. No head, a little bit of lacing.

Smells like corn and metal. Tastes like corn and metal, but mostly water.

It's watery, and highly carbonated.

Goes down really easily, but doesn't taste good in the process.

Yay local!

Photo of SometimesIfart
1.23/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

A - Poured very clear yellow with a massive frothy white head. Left no lacing.

S - Light corn, Seltzer, water, paper

T - Virtually the same as the nose. Some light corn in the beginning, With a very watery finish.

M - Watery body with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, Just another light adjunct. Oh well, This stuff is $1 for a 24oz can virtually anywhere you go so you get what you pay for.

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light straw color with a huge white head. The head fades very rapidly to leave only a tiny amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is of a malt and a light corn and bready nature with some papery smells mixed within.

Taste – The taste starts out with some caramel and corn sweetness. There is a light bready taste up front as well. These flavors create a base and remain rather constant throughout the taste. Only toward the end dose a lighter bittering hop come to the tongue and with a slight fading of the sweetness, it leaves a rather drier and crisp feeling on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer’s body is quite light and watery and the carbonation level is rather high. Both are good for the style as they make for a very refreshing and easy drinking brew.

Overall – While certainly not the most flavorful, it is rather refreshing and at only $1.29 for a 24 oz can it makes for a great session brew.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.71/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Genny Light has a thick, stark-white head and a clear, bubbly, golden-straw appearance, with splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of musty, sour grains, grain husks, and faint grape juice. Taste is of sweet and sour grain, faint grape, and corn meal. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Genny Light finishes decently crisp and refreshing. This is a budget beer, and it presents itself as such.

RJT

Photo of Bierwolf
1.66/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

24 ounce can poured into a pilsener. l No "born on" or "best by" date that I could tell.

Appearance: Clear, light yellow. About a half a finger of foam that disappeared quickly. Some bubbles rising up.

Smell: Slight malt aroma that was overpowered by a wet grainy smell.

Taste: Dry with virtually no flavor. More like carbonated water.

Mouth Feel: Thin and watery with a very slight carbonic bite.

Overall: Saw this at the store and decided to give it a try. It goes down easy but is not a good beer in my opinion.

Photo of jsisko01
4.03/5  rDev +65.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with an inch thick, soapy white head that dissipates in under a minute. It leaves a pretty nice lacing.

Smell - Pale malts, corn, and grains.

Taste - Sweet with bready malts, grains, and light on the corn.

Mouthfeel - Medium/creamy body with high carbonation.

Overall - This is pretty much your average light lager. Maybe a little better. It's good.

Photo of BigCheese
2.05/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

For the price its solid, although super low in abv. It tastes kinda like corn, and cheap grain. Its on the sweeter side, extremly drinkable, very minimal flavor. but its better than Natty, Milwaukees level. I prefer highlife for budget beer. But its better than wasting money on Bud or Coors.

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Transparent pale pilsner yellow color and a bubble-bath sudsy foam head of two fingers with mild retention levels and lacing alike.

S. Light metal and light grainy, cracker malt. Faint cooked vegetables but nowhere near as offensively vegetal as some other "beers" I've had.

T. Some stale light watered-down malts, again mostly of the saltine cracker variety. Its like bargain basement crystal and pale malts were super diluted in here. The light metallic tones in the nose are actually not present in the flavor, which I am pleasantly surprised by.

M. Watery and thin but that is true to the style, I suppose.

Honestly, for the price point I was expecting something much worse than what I received, I could have (and yes, I have) done much worse than this particular brew. It's... tolerable. It could even work as a lawnmower beer if you cared very little about flavor yet didn't want to drink straight water.

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Genny Light from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
59 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.