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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 bigelguapo


3.38/5  rDev +36.8%
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.

Serving type: can

12-05-2007 01:04:37 | More by bigelguapo
Photo of obs20


3.85/5  rDev +55.9%
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

Serving type: can

10-30-2007 17:24:15 | More by obs20
Photo of BEERchitect


2.35/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: can

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


2.4/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

There are a lot of High Falls products finding their way into my refrigerator these days, usually they are Genny Red and JWD Pale, Amber and thier great Pale Bock. So, I figured I'll try anything from them, and to fill out my reviews, that meant Genny Light. So, here goes:

Into the glass with decent head that went away but left a thin white foam, with typical carb bubbles and light yellow color. Average. Dare I say this is an above average beer scent wise? Hard to explain, it has a corn scent, and no alcohol to speak of but smells like the corn is well brewed, rather than a sweet corn smell.

It had a mild foaming action and left with a really astringent, corny aftertaste. This was not going well at this point. Well, it is a light beer afterall. This seems to be the exact opposite from my reaction with Iron City/ IC Light. I disliked the IC but liked IC Light. Well, I dislike Genny Light and kind of like Genny. There was little flavor to speak of other than the nasty corn husk and sweet malt liquor -like taste. There was the bite of the alcohol at the beginning but nothing followed.

Verdict: A very unpleasant light beer when there are much better, even cheapies to get. I couldn't buy one, so I'll have to finish the 12.

Serving type: can

04-08-2006 23:58:02 | More by Ricochet
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.43/5  rDev +38.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 02:29:48 | More by Stimack
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 barrettds

New York

2.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

While I'm a big local brew supporter, an average brew is an average brew. Rather than comparing this to "beer", I try to compare it to other "light" macrobrews.

The beer had a suprisingly nice golden yellow color in the glass, with about a half inch of head that disappeared very quickly. During the drink, it left very very little lacing. The smell is a killer, slightly reminds me of a urinal. The taste, while crappy when comparing to a non light beer, is still better than just about all other macro lights. There is a strong corn and vegetable taste, but nothing too overpowering. It starts out strong then leaves a subpar grainy aftertaste on the pallette. The mouthfeel is flat, but predictable as there are virtually no bubbles in the glass after the first minute or so. As far as drinkability goes, I'd save it for the hot summer days, the ballpark and the cheap 30 pack for the party.

Serving type: can

01-31-2006 05:57:04 | More by barrettds
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 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 Frozensoul327


2.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This one falls far short of the mark when it comes to Light Lagers. Pours out to nearly the color of clean water, with only a touch of yellow. Small head dissipated rather quickly. Minor notes of lacing. Aroma is not impressive by any means; some adjunct and sweetness is noted, over a watery character that remains constant. Flavor is mild and boring; weak malts and adjunct blend with water and low level hops to produce nothing short of bland and average taste. Mouthfeel was light and watery, typical of the style. Drinkability is fair at best. Go for Genesee Cream Ale instead.

Serving type: can

11-18-2005 22:58:16 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of Higravity


2.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

At a wedding it was the night of bad lagers. The had this on tap so with nothing with any flavor in sight I set the task of critically reviewing it while idiots did the chicken dance.

Appearance: Good golden color, with a clean white head that leaves little lacing.

Smell: Urine and grain

Taste: Not as bad as I was expecting, but still not very good. To style though it holds up ok. Has a grainy taste no hops in this beer (surprise) and a rather bland after taste.

Mouthfeel: Slight body not so watery as one would expect.

Drinkability: Beer pong beer only, the dirt from the floor will liven it up.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2005 14:13:40 | More by Higravity
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

2.93/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Allright here is the deal. Light Ales suck. We all know this. And at the moment i am eating some cheese and crackers. The light ale tastes good with cheese and crackers! This is one worth trying. Taste it on its own. Not that bad eh? yes light beer sucks, but I think this is the least of the suckiest. It doesn't taste like rotting chemical ass. The abv is only 3.6% but thats fine. I can do a 6 pack of the 16 ouncers and not feel much. Doesn't look the best. The label is heinous. But it isn't bad. and it is local.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 03:32:33 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

2.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

"Brewmaster's Choice" huh?

Appearance-Out of the can and into the pint glass...rich golden brown color and about two inches of head, the head cascades and sticks around for a few.

Smell-Bud like just like regular Genny, my nose picked up faint hops, a lot of grain (cereal like), fairly clean

Taste-crisp upfront but turns bland on the palette immediately, bitter grain flavor and not much else, fairly smooth.

Mouthfeel-like the crispness at the beginning but the blandness is fairly bad, luckily there isn't much aftertaste.

Drinkability-since it is a light lager you can pound these just as easily as any light offering from Bud, Miller, Coors, or any other large brewer, the blandness hurts it, but you can still pound em.

Overall-superior to regular Genny due to it's better character and easier drinking but the bland flavor at the end kept it from being rated much higher. The fact that it has flavor should make it notable since many light beers lack it, even if it is bland, who knows maybe someone else will like it. For three bucks a six it will do it a pinch.

Serving type: can

11-18-2004 01:56:22 | More by TheDeuce
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 Brent


2.53/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: can

06-01-2004 03:52:14 | More by Brent
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2004 01:12:21 | More by WesWes
Photo of david23

New York

3.5/5  rDev +41.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2004 08:43:42 | More by david23
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 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 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 Indybeer


3.65/5  rDev +47.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-10-2003 08:40:47 | More by Indybeer
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

For a light beer this is acceptable plus. Yes the colour and body are weak and the taste falls short, but is acceptable as a light.
It is very well balanced and there is a place for this brew in the beer world...not in my fridge just yet, but somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2003 19:53:28 | More by Shiloh
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
Genny Light from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
60 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.