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

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Genny Light
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190 Ratings

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 2.43
pDev: 31.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-17-2001)
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Reviews by BruChef:
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +62.6%

For the style, this beer in my opinion cant be beat. It taste better than any macro brewed light lager on the market and its a fraction of the cost. Not too mention i am supporting the local economy whenever i purchase Genny light or any other Genny products for that matter and for that i am proud.
Describing this beer is pretty simple in regards to its style. Pours a pale straw color with lots of carbonation and a decent head which dissipates with relative ease. Smells of light malts and cereal grains. Tastes more like a regular, but well balanced, pale lager therefore doing it's job to taste close to it's non light version. The mouth feel is thin, which is expected, making it extremely drinkable. In fact i would say its chuggable and perfect for beer pong.

This beer gets a terrible rap for being brewed with water from the Genesee river but most of the water we drink in that area comes from it and its some of the best tasting water in the state. Genny also brews Sam Adams, mike's hard lemonade, and blue light lime so if the water really had an effect on the flavor, would these companies allow their product to be produced at the Genny brewing facilities? I think not, so to Rochester and all people with access to Genny beer, choose Genny over those overpriced, foreign or stateside macro brews and support the local economy. Enjoy a Genny or Dundee brew!

07-16-2010 04:55:56 | More by BruChef
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Rhode Island

2/5  rDev -17.7%

04-09-2014 16:19:33 | More by MikeC144
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3.3/5  rDev +35.8%

12 oz twist bottle with no freshness date, lots of words like “Premium”, “Brewmaster’s Choice” and “Cold Aged” on the label then on the back it says “Let the Party Begin”. An ok white lace stays on top long enough, perfect clarity and very pale in colour.

Very faint alcohol and carbonation prickle on the nose, very clean aroma of grain and cooked cereal grain.

Crisp and grainy with a cooked corn grit flavour, cheap 6-row malt flavour perhaps also … too light to really tell. Semi-crisp and very light bodied. Bland and watered down but that is what it is supposed to taste like. As I said with the can review, don’t waste your money on expensive light beers, this one is just fine to keep you slim … YEAH RIGHT!!!

07-29-2002 13:56:38 | More by Jason
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2/5  rDev -17.7%

09-20-2013 02:58:02 | More by dankjohn
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2.34/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

07-27-2014 02:46:34 | More by Franziskaner
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2.5/5  rDev +2.9%

08-15-2012 22:25:47 | More by acknight
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1.5/5  rDev -38.3%

01-01-2014 21:18:48 | More by dmk91
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West Virginia

2.23/5  rDev -8.2%

Appearance is a light pale golden hue with a large bubbled white head leaves behind thin lacing with quickly diminishing foam. Aroma contains sweet corn and rice character with a slight metallic tone and no real hop profile. Taste has cereal grains, corn, and rice; it forms flavor with a touch of creamy sweetness and low hop bitterness making this light beer from upstate NY very unoffensive. Mouthfeel has evident carbonation with light body not as watery as some light beers out there. Drinkability is definitely a beer that can be drank in number however I don't think I would reach for this one on a regular basis.

04-22-2006 23:22:21 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.05/5  rDev +25.5%

Picked this up at Regent Liquor in Madison, WI for $12 for a 30-pack. Admittedly I had pretty low expectations for this beer.

Drank it from the can and it's not half bad. Very light bodied beer. Not a ton of taste or flavor but what was there wasn't too bad. Went down smooth, easy to drink. Not a great beer, but for the price, it will get the job done if you're going for quantity.

02-24-2011 18:58:30 | More by richkrull
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev +2.9%

10-20-2013 19:34:58 | More by acurtis
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New York

2.51/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

09-06-2013 01:22:22 | More by CloudStrife
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -7.4%

08-07-2012 20:58:09 | More by ABokononist
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2.7/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

03-03-2011 04:52:50 | More by HugePlume
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2.5/5  rDev +2.9%

02-18-2013 23:07:30 | More by BamfBacon
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2.28/5  rDev -6.2%

Genny Light actually bears the words "Brewmaster's Choice" on the label. Where that came from I'm not sure. Maybe it's because it's their cheapest beer to make and the brewmaster will get a bonus at the end of the year based on its cost-effectiveness. I'm not sure, but it can't be because of the flavor.
It pours a pale straw gold body beneath a full head of bright white foam that drops shortly to a wide collar and thin surface covering that leaves some nice lacing initially. Not too many bubbles can be seen rising to the surface; and the mouthfeel backs that up. It's carbonation is fairly restrained for the style, and it's more soft and smooth in the mouth than crisp. Some corn-like, sweetish malt (DMS, perhaps?) greets you in the nose and carries over into the flavor. Bitterness is kept to a minimum, and only a hint of hop flavor is found in the finish. A dull residual maltiness and touch of bitterness linger in the mouth and throat along with a touch of soapiness. It's not particularily off-putting, but I'd like to see it a little crisper. Overall, a fairly dull flavored light beer that seems to be lacking a little bit in the "refreshing" department.

07-11-2004 15:38:23 | More by NeroFiddled
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1.24/5  rDev -49%

08-23-2014 00:32:59 | More by Mpenders
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1.75/5  rDev -28%

06-05-2012 03:00:31 | More by steelreserve69
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2/5  rDev -17.7%

12-14-2011 11:27:36 | More by lumpy1126
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1.95/5  rDev -19.8%

Cheap, Genny Light be your name. Light color, whispy head, and that all too familiar lack of taste. This beer is slightly better than most lights, especially if your drinking on the cheap.

10-17-2002 08:46:26 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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3.28/5  rDev +35%

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).

03-09-2011 01:15:30 | More by DerekP
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3/5  rDev +23.5%

08-20-2014 20:49:52 | More by Jaytown1
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New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev +2.9%

10-15-2012 00:31:59 | More by ChrisL24481
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2.95/5  rDev +21.4%

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.

03-14-2014 05:04:59 | More by nicholas2121
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3/5  rDev +23.5%

08-29-2014 12:53:33 | More by atlbravsrno1
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2.25/5  rDev -7.4%

09-28-2013 00:54:28 | More by BlazedNug
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Genny Light from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
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