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

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Genny Light
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201 Ratings

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 2.43
pDev: 30.45%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-17-2001

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Photo of acehart1
5/5  rDev +105.8%

Photo of crb201
4.25/5  rDev +74.9%

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 Pskiv
4/5  rDev +64.6%

Photo of BruChef
3.91/5  rDev +60.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of obs20
3.85/5  rDev +58.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The can had a Julian date on it. I assume it was the day that it was canned. That made it about 2 months old.

Considering this is a light beer, it is satisfying. It has a pleasing sweetness to it with a mild floral hop aroma. Highly drinkable too. A great bargain at about $6.50 a 12 pack

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 Dapperticus
3.75/5  rDev +54.3%

Photo of trevelyansbeer
3.75/5  rDev +54.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A typical light golden macro yellow. A lot of bubbles abound.

Aroma - A musky, grainy, corny smell.

Taste - A nice cheap grain belt flavor. Must be cold if not very cold. Other wise it tastes similar to cod liver oil, but cold it is one of the best macro cheap yellow beer tastes on the market.

Mouthfeel - Bubbly, slightly bitter, mild.

Drinkability - Best consumed in amounts over 1 or 2. It just gets easier the more you pop. Tap is preferred over can. A definite upgrade in flavor if drank from a tap. The freshness of the keg is the only thing that should concern you.

Serving type: Tap

Photo of Indybeer
3.67/5  rDev +51%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can. I grew up on Genny, but this was my first try at the genny light. Pours the same straw yellow, with a moderate head that recedes rather quickly, leaving some fine lacing on the glass. The smell doesn't differ much from regular genny and I'd say that was a plus. It still has that genny taste that I'm familiar with, but just a little more watered down. This is another good session beer.

Photo of John
3.66/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the more flavorful light beers.

Photo of Tickner
3.5/5  rDev +44%

Photo of pjbfromkc
3.5/5  rDev +44%

Photo of david23
3.48/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just remember that this is a light beer. Not supposed to be in your face. If I have a choice between Genny Light and the other lights brewed by the macros I'll take a Genny Light hands down.Pours a clean pale golden color with a crisp white head that lingers quite nicely. Not a lot going on with the aroma a light maltiness as with the flavor. Carbonation is what you'd expect nothing to get in the way of finishing it and having another. Grab your fishing pole and a 12 pack on a nice summer's day and enjoy!

Photo of Stimack
3.4/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brew poured to a bight clear yellow color with a nice white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the upper section of the glass. The aroma is of toasted grains that also have a cereal/corn quality. Not a bad smelling brew based on the light qualities of the brew. The taste is not bad, probably the best light brew I have (especially with the cost factored in) with the exception of Sam Adam’s Light. The crisp taste, adequately carbonation and toasted flavors make it quite smooth. It is nothing overly exciting but for me it is a ok brew when you are trying to save a few bucks or drink with friends that more or less enjoy macro brews. Hell, they will think they are drinking the good stuff. Also growing up in NY it was a brew that has a lot of history and family memories.

Photo of OHJoel
3.4/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Kind of sad this would be my first beer review here, but I was rather surprised by its quality (for a budget brew) that I figured, why not? Got it for $10 a 30-pack at a campout. Good campout beer when you wanna spend your money on other things like ice, bratwursts and burgers.

The dominant taste is one of corn, but it's easier on the palate than say a Pabst Blue Ribbon. Basically, what you need to know about Genny Light is that if you want a cheap beer that tastes at least as good as a Bud Light/Miller Lite, this beer is for you.

So much more drinkable than other low budget beers like Milwaukee's Best, Busch Light and Natural Light that it's not even really funny.

Photo of bigelguapo
3.32/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a frat party. They hand these out free when you get in the door. And there's a reason they use it for Beirut. For fratwater, it's actually above the natty light/busch light. But at the same time, if you get your own, definitely reach to the back of the fridge and get a Sam Adams or even some Schlitz.

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 beerprovedwright
3.27/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a great showing on the head, but one finger atop a brew of light yellow, rating a 2 on the SRM beer color chart. Lace is null. Smell is faint, veggie, cereal grains, malt. Taste is also mild, but balanced and refreshing for a light beer. Flavors of cereal grains, and malt. Little alcohol, but again this is a light beer. Most mouthfeel I have had in a light beer in a long time, not great, but better than water, with a nice zip from the carbonation. Good inexpensive light beer, better than many priced higher. Another good yard work/cookout beer.

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 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 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 dgeebs07
3.25/5  rDev +33.7%

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.

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.25/5  rDev +33.7%

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