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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-17-2001)
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -17.7%

12-17-2011 19:56:24 | More by djrn2
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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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2.35/5  rDev -3.3%

It's the beer that your dad gave you when you were 10 years old. You'd think that it would scare you away from beer drinking forever. In the ensuing 22 years, I have given a lot of other beers a shot; but now I'm back to this. Although it is not as gross as I remembered, it's a far cry from the ales of Dogfish or the Lagers of Germany. It is, however, and adjunct laden, watery mess that is par for the course for it's style. Sweet aromas of cereal grains, raw barley, and metalic hops. The malt profile is timid to the taste, along side of the hop flavors and bitterness. Leaves some sulfer compounds (burned match, cooked corn) and a tart, green apple flavor on the mouth. Quite dry and bitey to the feel and lingers into the terse finish. I guess it's fine if you are fishing with your dad in 1984, but you won't find it in my cellar.

10-19-2007 21:00:43 | More by BEERchitect
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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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Rhode Island

1.63/5  rDev -32.9%

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.

02-12-2006 07:02:47 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.1/5  rDev +27.6%

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head exhibits poor retention and leaves little lace.

S - Slightly fruity with a hint of malt but otherwise very clean and neutral.

T - Light malt flavor with a surprising note of musty hops. Very light and clean, not much else to say.

M - Light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Keeping in mind that I am trying (as always) to judge this beer for what it is, it really isn't that bad. I was expecting something uncommonly nasty, but it is bland and inoffensive. This alone puts it above other off-flavored light beers such as Bud Light. I drank this can at well above the Rocky Mountain level of cold that it is intended to be served at and it still wasn't a chore to imbibe (just try that with most light beer). This is by no means a good beer, but it isn't actively bad, just very light, and its extremely neutral flavor is actually a pretty impressive achievement.

03-15-2010 07:05:50 | More by nickfl
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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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3.3/5  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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2.28/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

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

3.13/5  rDev +28.8%

The beer pours an almost clear color with a pale gold hue. It has a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average for these macro light beers. It has a very light malt scent with the appearance of adjuncts. It is a bit dry and musty smelling. The taste is not that bad. It has a grainy pale malt flavor that is watered down and surrounded by rice and corn. The mouthfeel is decent. It is an extremely low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent drinking light beer. There is nothing special about it, but it goes down easy and refreshes. Oh yeah, for those who care, it's low on carbs.

05-05-2004 01:12:21 | More by WesWes
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2.8/5  rDev +15.2%

How interesting! The original version is called "Genesee Beer" and yet its lighter counterpart is "Genny Light", using the diminutive as we always did in the case of Genny Cream. CAN you dig it?

A finger of bone-white head with really low retention. It fell like Wile E. Coyote off of a cliff. Nose had the same sharpness that I noted in the Leaded version, this being Unleaded. Color was a straw yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was really thin and watery with a better, cleaner taste than Leaded. Maybe producing a Light version of a beer CAN be a good thing... Finish was likewise less sharp and more pleasant that Leaded. I would drink this over Leaded, but I would still like to grab a Genny Cream and see how it stands up.

08-13-2009 21:57:17 | More by woodychandler
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev +13.2%

05-26-2014 21:09:04 | More by Latarnik
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2.5/5  rDev +2.9%

06-27-2014 21:42:58 | More by wrightst
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2.5/5  rDev +2.9%

05-11-2013 04:49:09 | More by harpus
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3.25/5  rDev +33.7%

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.

04-26-2010 13:55:26 | More by tone77
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Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

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

3.28/5  rDev +35%

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.

06-25-2011 02:07:54 | More by puboflyons
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2.53/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

06-01-2004 03:52:14 | More by Brent
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2.88/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

04-08-2011 00:42:02 | More by VelvetExtract
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2/5  rDev -17.7%

08-04-2013 02:08:02 | More by outoffocus
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2.95/5  rDev +21.4%

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.

11-15-2012 02:09:04 | More by Darkmagus82
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2.55/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance - pale straw, soda like fizzy white cap that hangs around for a minute. A strand of lace, maybe two. Yeah, two.

Aroma - minor grainy aroma, almost nothing to see or sniff here.

Taste - lightly sweet grain, typical faded grain flavor. Pretty much as expected, I iced this one down pretty good, the flavors are straightforward and expected.

Mouthfeel - crisp, thin, as a ight beer should be.

Drinkability - easy to knock back. Nothing memorable except the price. $2.99 a sixer of pint cans for a standard budget lawnmower beer works for me.

06-29-2010 03:23:58 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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1.5/5  rDev -38.3%

02-04-2013 17:32:36 | More by Whiskeydeez
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1.25/5  rDev -48.6%

11-22-2011 02:20:44 | More by jmdrpi
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3.25/5  rDev +33.7%

05-04-2014 16:36:06 | More by thatoneguymike
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Genny Light from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
59 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.