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

Not Rated.
Genny LightGenny Light

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82 Reviews

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 219
Avg: 2.54
pDev: 48.82%
Wants: 3
Gots: 31 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-17-2001

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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 219
Photo of Beastdog75
2.13/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of EagleTalon
2.15/5  rDev -15.4%
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!

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Photo of Indybeer
3.67/5  rDev +44.5%
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.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.53/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
1.95/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.26/5  rDev +28.3%
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!!!

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Photo of psugrad98
2.87/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Light yellow golden in color with quickly dissappearing head. Light bodied with seltzer like quality. Mildly bitter with a hint of cooked corn/rice sweetness. Very unassuming. Better than most macro light beers.

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Genny Light from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.