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

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BA SCORE
63
poor

83 Reviews
THE BROS
75
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Reviews: 83
Hads: 224
Avg: 2.53
pDev: 30.04%
Wants: 4
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

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 Spikester
3.78/5  rDev +49.4%
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!

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Photo of spinrsx
2.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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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Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev +28.5%
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.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.08/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden and sudsy with lots of carbonation. Has an initial aroma of dank skunkiness that goes away after the beer has breathed for a minute. Dry grain aroma with some sugary undertones. Tastes of dry vegetables and grain. Has pretty decent flavor and a lot of body for a light beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of DerekP
3.25/5  rDev +28.5%
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).

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Photo of HugePlume
2.64/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of richkrull
3.03/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.8/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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Photo of LWG1970
3.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

NOT a Bad Light Beer (A lot better than Natural or Bud Light)

Reminds me of Miller LITE Beer.. Kinda Watery taste, EASY to drink. Smells like Corn and Grain,,

It's your Basic Light beer, Not as good as Regular Genesee, But very drinkable when your thirsty..

At $3.49 a six pack of 16 oz cans not a bad deal..

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.27/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

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Photo of SickGnar
2.16/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of soju6
2.26/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of Lauthaha
2.89/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 ounce can into a beer glass.

Appearance: Slightly above average for a light lager. Color is pale straw, head is fairly thick and leaves moderate lacing as it recedes. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Not all that good. Slightly fishy, and I mean that literally. Very grainy with just a touch of hops. High quantity of rubbing alcohol smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Much better than the smell, but not enough to put it in the realm of "above average" taste. A touch grassy on the palate, not a whole lot of carbonation to work with here. Very mild flavor, almost undetectable. This is definitely a session beer if I've ever tasted one. Goes down smoothly and without leaving any taste whatsoever.

Drinkability: You could easily drink several of these 24 ounce cans, and as far as light beers go, it's certainly not the worst. If you're thirsty, this will do the trick.

Eh.

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Photo of trevelyansbeer
3.75/5  rDev +48.2%
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

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Photo of BruChef
3.91/5  rDev +54.5%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of WakeandBake
2.83/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A pale straw yellow color body with a quickly fading two finger head , lively carbonation . Aroma of corn beer , faint hops and something lightly sweet . Flavor is corny , straw and light hops , light body , watery mouthfeel , not too bad but nothing to remember .

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Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev +28.9%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.1/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of berserker256
2.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The Detroit area specialty beer store I go to always has beers common to other parts of the country but rare here. That why I had to buy a 30 pack of this. I've never had it before. So I pour... Very clear hay yellow color with a quickly-dissolving soap bubble head. Now it looks like diluted apple juice. Smells earthy and corn-like. Smells like just about every other macrobrewed light beer ever. But the taste is a little different. Surprising. Tastes like cereal? Cherrios, Corn Flakes... King Vitamin? This may smell like every other light beer but the taste is pleasantly surprising. Slightly sweet, grainy, and Grape Nuts good. I like it. It's still a watery beer that you'd drink mass quantities of around a campfire with your jerkoff friends but it's not bad. All beers need love. I'll cherish the time that I have with the other 29 Genny Lights.

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Photo of advill88
2.8/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer after it was offered to me by a friend. Pours golden with not much head to speak of. Smells metallic with some hints of malt and corn. Taste is a light malt with adjunct a slight metallic hint of citrus. Overall, it's just a macro, but it's a macro that's a lot less offensive than anything BMC has ever put out, not to mention the much higher priced Corona. Beer pong approved.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.05/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale, clear yellow-gold color. The head is tall, with a fairly thick, frothy texture. Retention is mediocre, but there is a spattering of lace left along the glass.

S: Lightly grainy malt, with some mild citric/lemon soap twang to it. A bit of sweetness that surely portends adjuncts, but it's clean, nondescript, and inoffensive.

T: A bland grainy malt profile up front. Flavor is light, obviously. Again, a very faint note of bright, almost artificial lemon flavor that does come across as faintly soapy. Cooked corn grits for sure here, although they're pretty well masked considering there's not much in the way of flavor that can mask it.

M: Standard light body. Carbonation is perky without lending too much of a seltzery quality to the beer overall. The finish is on the dry, grainy side.

D: Beats the pants off of Bud Light and Coors Light. Actually cleaner and less blatantly adjuncty than regular Genesee. Still, not really much reason to seek this out. We had some left over from a party, so that's why I'm drinking it right now.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.76/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
1.96/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Genny Light from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.