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

Genny Light
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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 2.47
pDev: 29.96%


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:
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DagenhamDavis

New York

2.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.)

Serving type: can

03-27-2014 02:08:56 | More by DagenhamDavis
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nicholas2121

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | 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.

Serving type: can

03-14-2014 05:04:59 | More by nicholas2121
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buschbeer

Ohio

2.65/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: can

02-23-2014 20:09:42 | More by buschbeer
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

2.09/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | 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!

Serving type: can

02-19-2014 16:24:23 | More by JuicesFlowing
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

Serving type: can

01-16-2014 18:25:06 | More by scotorum
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

2.28/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: can

11-03-2013 22:15:21 | More by StonedTrippin
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CloudStrife

New York

2.51/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: can

09-06-2013 01:22:22 | More by CloudStrife
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fx20736

New York

3.21/5  rDev +30%
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.

Serving type: can

04-26-2013 22:55:02 | More by fx20736
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

2.59/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 00:44:26 | More by NiceTaps
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

1.24/5  rDev -49.8%
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.

Serving type: can

01-19-2013 21:37:10 | More by SometimesIfart
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

2.95/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: can

11-15-2012 02:09:04 | More by Darkmagus82
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

2.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Serving type: can

10-09-2012 14:04:05 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Bierwolf

Missouri

1.6/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

Serving type: can

08-28-2012 16:46:39 | More by Bierwolf
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jsisko01

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +65.2%
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.

Serving type: can

08-19-2012 05:16:12 | More by jsisko01
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

2.08/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-19-2012 01:35:58 | More by BigCheese
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

2.95/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: can

04-12-2012 22:00:58 | More by WastingFreetime
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

1.53/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Out of a can this Light Lager was an urine yellow (really) color with one finger of white head. The head was short lived but it did show some retention as a collar that left scant lacing. The aroma was a faint blend of corn and rice. The flavors were bad. I tasted an unpleasant mix of corn, rice and cardboard. Slightly sour as well. It reminded me of Kix cereal, only stale/rancid. The mouthfeel was watery, the body light and the carbonation medium. Garbage.

Serving type: can

02-26-2012 22:00:35 | More by thekevlarkid
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HockeytownBrew

Michigan

2.1/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A : The usual ultra pale yellow, very clear. Pretty moderate sized head that leaves behind some nice lacing.

S : Ever so faint grains. Bit of the usual old adjuncts.

T : Same as the scent. Adjuct grains and an ever so slight sweetness round this one out.

M : Very thin. Nice amount of carbonation.

D : Extremely easy drinkability. Nice for slamming back.

Meh.

Serving type: can

12-15-2011 20:22:49 | More by HockeytownBrew
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Spikester

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 24 ounce can.
Pours clear pale gold with a considerable white head. Some minor lacing.
Grainy smell.
Tastes like a Canadian macro. Malty with a touch of hops in the finish.
Excellent mouthfeel for the style. Carbonation is just right and hangs in to the end.
My first Genny Light. New presence in my home area. I will buy more if it can be found in the 12 or 16 ounce size. I like the 3.6% abv. also. If you are going light it should be under 4% IMO.
I think I found my new lawnmower beer!

Serving type: can

07-08-2011 06:16:41 | More by Spikester
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains malts and a light corn syrup sweetness. The beer finishes with a clean/crisp grainy aftertaste.

Overall – You're not going to be blown away by the taste of this beer by any means.. but for the style it actually isn't half bad. I purchased 30 of these for a recent camping trip and they worked out well. They have a bit of a sweet malty taste that kind of sets it apart from the other beers in it's category. I'd buy it again.

Serving type: can

06-29-2011 17:52:01 | More by spinrsx
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on June 24, 2011. It pours pale yellow with a fizzy white head. The aroma is full of corn and grain with a dim hop backdrop. The body is actually pretty good for a light lager. It is better than watered down. The taste hjas a dash of malts with a fresh hop bite at the end. An acceptable macro.

Serving type: can

06-25-2011 02:07:54 | More by puboflyons
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keeganfrank

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden and sudsy with lots of carbonation. Has an initial aroma of dank skunkiness that goes away after the beer has breathed for a minute. Dry grain aroma with some sugary undertones. Tastes of dry vegetables and grain. Has pretty decent flavor and a lot of body for a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 15:30:35 | More by keeganfrank
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Very clear yellow color. Fluffy head that leaves some lacing.

S-Very faint smell. Has the generic macro scent. Kinda goofy, a little skunky. Grains are the only real detectable scent besides the metal from the can.

T-A bit more flavor than one may expect. Very light still, but not as watery as many of the same lineage. Really not that bad, has a pretty crisp and refreshing aftertaste. Light enough to pound several of them but still kinda tastes like beer.

M-Very light. Watery. Nice crispness. Goes down easy and leaves a awkwardly pleasant aftertaste.

D-Yeah, this is drinkable. The fact that it is about %.5 less alcohol than other light beers is a setback because if you are trying to get hammered, its a few extra beers to drink. But the taste is better than expected. Overall, for the cheapest 30 rack at my college's local liquor store. I cannot complain.

Serving type: can

04-08-2011 00:42:02 | More by VelvetExtract
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DerekP

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellow in appearance like carbonated water mixed with yellow food coloring for the purpose of staining eggs around Easter. Head doesn't stick around for long, but a slim rim does. Well carbonated.

Icy-grass aroma with mild pilsner-like qualities. Some hops surfing in the distance. Dry in the nose for the most part.

Pleasant taste. Clean and inoffensive. Enough bite to make it a beer, but still balanced with the modest tasting, pale malt character.

Hard to ask for more balance out of this little guy. It doesn't rush to conclusions as it delivers a subtle progression of bitterness, moisture, and finally, an agreeable, slow-dry cleansing. I'm interested in finding this on-tap just to see what it's made of in my favorite format.

Notes: While I find Genny Light to be a quality light beer, I'm still not a fan of the style. A once-in-the-while for me, at best. If anything, it's much better than the Big 3 (Bud Light, Miller Lite & Coors Light).

Serving type: can

03-09-2011 01:15:30 | More by DerekP
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HugePlume

Washington

2.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24 oz can poured into a pint, finished in the can. This stuff just showed up in Washington state at 7-11 stores so I figured I'd try what I figured was the Keystone of the East for my annual SuperBowl trash-beer consuming ritual.

A- Terrible light yellow color, most akin to urine.

S- Overwhelming aroma of ricey adjunct malting and apple-juice like sugary scents.

T- Adjunct beer taste, but it was not as dry as say a Budlight or Coors light product, had a decent finish. Still had that strange apple like essence in the background. Taste did not deteriorate as it warmed unlike many adjunct beers.

M- As expected of a light beer, highly carbonated and watery.

D- OK actually. I'd take this over any of the "bargain" lights like keystone or busch.

Serving type: can

03-03-2011 04:52:50 | More by HugePlume
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Genny Light from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
60 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.