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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-17-2001)
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Photo of SometimesIfart


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
Photo of orcasteve

North Carolina

1.25/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

grain and water, a bad blast of sour corn that thank god fades fast to a finish of blah, 30 cans for 12$, i think i will leave this one for the kids (beer pong, and funnels) and all the things that make collage fun, but if you respect your taste buds you will run as far away from this one as you can, and i dident think you could get any worse than budwiser. i think this goes down as the worst beer that i have ever had

Serving type: can

06-29-2008 17:54:46 | More by orcasteve
Photo of thekevlarkid


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
Photo of Bierwolf


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
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

1.63/5  rDev -34%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz. can poured into a pint glass. I decided to review this beer simply as a point-of-reference.

A: A very pale yellow with a thin head that disappears quickly, with no lacing at all.

S: The only thing I can smell is a heavy dose of corn and a bit of alcohol (which is surprising given the low ABV%). I’ll give it the credit that most beers of this nature don’t even have much of a smell; at least in this case I can smell something.

T: Just like in the smell, all I can taste is the corn-malt an even that isn’t very strong. Also there’s almost no kick to it at all, even for the style.

M: It’s crisp because there isn’t much substance to it, but I suppose that’s what is supposed to make a Light Lager light.

D: It goes down easy, but mostly because you don’t taste much of anything and the ABV is pretty low.

I described this beer to my friend as the beer that you would want to pick if you were ever challenged to a beer-drinking contest and you were allowed to pick your own beer. The price is what would attract people to this beer (that’s what attracted me). However, there are other “cheap” beers that are much better.

Serving type: can

02-12-2006 07:02:47 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Maestro


1.65/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Standard Macro Lager

Smell: Standard Macro Lager

Taste: Standard Macro Lager with almost no noticeable alcohol or hops and a huge veggie taste.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, weak, no real feel at all

Drinkability: This beer is not worth purchasing, as there is so little alcohol that all you can taste are the vegetable flavors.

Serving type: can

01-29-2006 18:23:57 | More by Maestro
Photo of yesyouam

New York

1.68/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Genny Light is a very clear and sparkling, light straw-colored beer with a quickly fading white head. It has an aroma of lemon, corn, black pepper and perhaps some fusel oil. It has a thin body; it's watery and fizzy. It is barely flavored, but there are notes of lemon peel, corn and hay. It ain't that great. I drank about half of it and dumped the rest in the sink when no one was looking. Stick to the Cream Ale.
(rated Nov 30, 2008)

Serving type: can

12-12-2008 14:00:53 | More by yesyouam
Photo of Portertime


1.75/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

People always rave about this beer when they come to my liquor store in Florida. "You have Genny from New York? I drank this all the time!" So I said why not, I have only been disgusted with every other light beer, why shouldn't this be an exception? Pours a cloudy canary yellow color. Tastes of watery hops and some cereal grains like ground up Cheerios afte they've been sitting in milk for four hours. Cheap as dirt though so I didn't mind spending the 75 cents for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 16:14:04 | More by Portertime
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

1.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Sampled at Sexual Chocolate 2011.
Pours a thin looking straw yellow color with a HUGE billowing white head and no lacing at all. Smells of corn and sweet malts. Tastes of tons of grain and corn character, and some malts. Mouthfeel is very thin and fizzy and drinkability is very low.

Serving type: can

01-31-2011 12:13:58 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

1.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one is definitely better out of the can than on tap, but either way it's just a watered down version of Genesee Beer. Corny adjunct flavor. Grainy and sweet. No hop presence. What else can be said?
Avoid on tap at all costs. Just lick the condensation off of the side of a metal keg for a similar experience.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2009 01:10:23 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of bewareOFpenguin


1.95/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2002 08:46:26 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

2.05/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is OK. Getting past the first few sips may be a struggle, but after that you can get into it. A pretty bitter beer with a malty taste. A pale amber color with a distinct, hoppy smell. Tastes pretty good once you get past the first few sips. Kind of watery, but still a fair representative of a decent beer. Fairly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2006 04:21:51 | More by maddogruss
Photo of Drew966


2.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours the standard macro lager yellow with decent head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is mild as is the flavor, very drinkable if unexciting substitute for bud/miller/coors type beers. I wouldn't turn one down, but I wouldn't go looking for one either.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 23:37:18 | More by Drew966
Photo of BigCheese


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
Photo of JuicesFlowing


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
Photo of HockeytownBrew


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.


Serving type: can

12-15-2011 20:22:49 | More by HockeytownBrew
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Of course I am no fan of light beers, but one of the first things I thought when drinking Genny Light was how they actually tried to make it resemble the original Genesee Beer. If you read my review for that particular beer, you'll see how I wasn't that impressed with it. Genny Light seems to be more of the same, except less of it.

Genny Light pours a light gold color with a rather large foamy white head that disappears in under 20 seconds, leaving some soapy remnants behind. The smell is very similar to the regular Genesee Beer: somewhat fruity, but cleaner smelling than the original. The mouthfeel is thin and watery. At first, the taste is nearly identical to the original. Fruity flavor, like overripe pear. Lot more watery than the original (surprised?). The grain flavors less pronounced, as are the soapy/adjuncty flavors. There is almost no bitterness whatsoever. Mild paper and plain seltzer water taste in there as well. The aftertaste has some remnants of the fruit taste, with some grainy/cardboardy taste. This all finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

I applaude the brewers for attempting to retain some of the original beer's character, and for a light beer I guess this isn't too bad. I place it on the same level as their original Genny, which is below the Cream Ale and the Red Lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2003 05:45:34 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

2.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very light yellow color that leads to a foamy head. The smell was very skunky. I have faith in the pub that I had this at, so it had to be the beer, not the lines. The taste was very watery. A small taste of hops, but not anything to brag about. Genny keeps up with the light beer tradition of being just a bad beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2003 21:23:06 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of EagleTalon


2.15/5  rDev -13%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2003 02:08:43 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of SickGnar


2.15/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: can

12-10-2010 22:24:07 | More by SickGnar
Photo of WVbeergeek


2.23/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: can

04-22-2006 23:22:21 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of zach8270

New York

2.23/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(draft @ Greater Rochester International Airport - Rochester, NY) Pours a very pale yellow with a small thin head and very few bubbles. Has a very weak hoppy aroma. The initial taste is one of hops, but that's about it. Very thin-bodied, mostly water. Easy to drink because of that fact, and also because it doesn't have much in the way of a taste. Not too good, but not a horrible light beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2008 15:29:11 | More by zach8270
Photo of soju6


2.25/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22oz Can.

A: Pours a pale golden color with a big foamy head that fades to nice lacing.

S: has a very mild grain aroma, sort of musty.

T: Prety bland taste, very light sweet grain flavor.

F: Light body, crisp and somewhat refreshing.

D: Goes down smooth & easy. Typical low budget lawnmower beer.

Serving type: can

10-16-2010 18:53:41 | More by soju6
Photo of NeroFiddled


2.28/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2004 15:38:23 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of StonedTrippin


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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Genny Light from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
60 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.