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

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Genny LightGenny Light

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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: 3
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
Reviews by puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev +33.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
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 Jason
3.26/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!!!

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 WVbeergeek
2.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of richkrull
3.03/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 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 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 HugePlume
2.64/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.29/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
1.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of DerekP
3.25/5  rDev +33.7%
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).

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 EagleTalon
2.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

At 96 calories, Genny Light is right up there with Miller light in terms of lightness. What Genny has that the Bud/Miller /Coors lights don't is "character". That's like saying someone "really has personality". That leaves it pretty wide open to interpretation. Hence the mixed reviews on this forum. Here's my take: Upon opening the twist-off cap, the loud "Pfffst!!!" foreshadowed the sudsy, gassy pour. I was immediately met with the faint smells of "Canadian beer skunk" (I know, Rochester is in New York, but they're neighbors) as well as faint grain and alcohol aromas. Skunky, rubbery flavor with a lot of water. There's a huge hole in the flavor of this beer. The fizzy mouthfeel is too thin and off-putting--much like Michelob Ultra (yuck). Finishes with grainy sweetness and residual skunk funk. But amazingly...it is still better than most cheap American lagers, though!

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 tone77
3.26/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a small head. Smell is of corn and malts. Taste is also of corn and malts, more flavor than most light beers. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall at $3.19 a six pack, I must say this beer exceeded my expectations.

Photo of SickGnar
2.16/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Very pale pastel yellow and brilliantly clear. Decent size rocky white head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Faint, faint whiff of a beer-ish sort of hint of a smell that mostly makes me think of adjunct grain.

T: Not all that much of anything. Husky grain and cooked veggies with just sort of barely there bitterness that is washed over by a not all that strong adjunct sweetness.

M: Thin, weak, water body. Firm CO2, but not over carbonated.

D: The label looks like a water bottle - a nice blue splashing wave. How fitting. Truth in advertising. NE USA hillbilly H2O.

Photo of Spikester
3.78/5  rDev +55.6%
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!

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 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 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 Brent
2.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

As light beers go, this was unoffensive, which is often about all one can hope for. Pale, pale straw. A bit of corn in the aroma. Thin, perhaps just a touch dry, with light, sweet corn adjunct flavors. Very smooth, with no metallic notes. Borders on flavorless, but what flavor one can find is acceptable.

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 spinrsx
2.85/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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