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Genesee Beer - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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390 Ratings

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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 27.76%

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with six-row barley malt, corn grits and hops from the Yakima Valley.

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

New York

4.01/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

appearance light yellow straw

smell not too much there nothing bad corn lightly hopped

taste clean refreshing as good as any of the macro beers

mouthfeel good carbonation level not heavy or too sweet

at this price point $12.99 for a 30 pack near me
its hard to beat for a watching the game beer.

Serving type: can

03-25-2014 03:00:12 | More by Homebrewkingpin
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.11/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours beautifully. Straw colored golden with a fat white head that fell fast and left splotchy lacing. Brilliant clarity . You could read through it. Lots of bubbles streaming up to the top./ Nose is faint light grain and a touch of cooked corn. A bit of hop herbal and perfectly clean. No fruity esters whatsoever. Just lovely. Taste is crisp with some firm carbonation. Light sweet grain, cooked corn that is sweet and delicious. There is a touch of mineral or metallic on the palate but it's from the water. This finishes dry and with a nice little bitter to tease you into more and more. Light smooth mouthfeel and you could drink this beer all day. Nothing wrong with it at all but it is thin and develops a watery quality as it warms. It also gains a bit of sour taste from the combined grains as ti warms.

Serving type: can

02-14-2014 17:05:50 | More by utopiajane
Photo of nicholas2121


3.18/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Genesee beer is beer you drink when you are in a special mood. This Brew comes to us from New York State. This is a your everyday american style beer. No bad but not good. This beer has a little bit of a bite to it. This beer is low priced. The smell is that of your american style beer. A nice amber color. I drink this beer when there is nothing else to drink or I wan't to change it up.

Serving type: can

02-10-2014 03:39:46 | More by nicholas2121
Photo of Retroman40


2.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is THE beer that I grew up on being from upstate NY. My late father always had Genesee on hand and probably knew that his boy was perhaps sneaking a beer or two. I consider this to be my "baseline" adjunct lager.

A - A very pale straw color with a somewhat weak and fleeting head.

S - Very adjunct dominated with cooked grains.

T - Different than others of this type but cereal dominates with a surprisingly clean finish.

M - Since the carbonation lasts throughout the mouth feel is almost tangy.

O - This is a great hot day beer. Considering what it is it isn't too bad. I'll take a Cream Ale or 12 Horse over a Genesee Beer but I won't turn one down if it's all there is.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 10:14:12 | More by Retroman40
Photo of jlindros


3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK, so tall boy extra 24oz can, not expecting much at all, hopefully something drinkable.

Pours a huge over carbonated almost 3 finger head that fades at a med pace, lots of bubbles, and somehow still light spotty lacing, crystal clear watery yellow color.

Nose brings light malts, corn and adjunct additions, adjunct malt addition like syrupy mess, hint toasty straw malt, and hint grassy hop, but otherwise pretty much nothing going for it.

Taste brings more adjunct corn flavor, corn mash, creamed corn creamy taste, light bitter grassy hops, adjunct mess, little grassy malt if you push it, the hops aren't too bad actually, the malts are meh though. Light and drinkable for a macro like beer that isn't skunked and undrinkable. Finish is dry and light bitter grassy hops, fairly meh overall on the finish too, macro syrupy mess, light sulfury unappy lager.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb but lighter.

Overall meh, as expected for adjunct lager but not as bad as the off flavors are not overpowering.

Serving type: can

08-21-2013 23:24:14 | More by jlindros
Photo of ElCommodoro


3.89/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great little adjunct lager....for an adjunct lager. I'm going to go ahead and rate it within its style because why not. It's very very smooth, inoffensive, and has a supremely pleasant mouthfeel to it while delivering a desirable taste. It's got all the basics. The basics that you'd think are the bare minimum for a beer, but many of the most popular brands seem to almost TRY to sink below that. This, however, is a great go-to inoffensive lager. I can honestly say I enjoyed it. The extremely light colour worried me at first, but the lacing on my glass mug was decent and it had more taste than it looked like it would. I made a good choice by giving this a try.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 04:35:55 | More by ElCommodoro
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

2.93/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24oz can poured into a snifter. Canned on July 9th 2013 according to the julian dating.

A: Pours a clear light golden with a fluffy dense white head. Bubbles start popping in the middle of the 2 finger head making it dissipate fairly quick. Average visible carbonation. Actually leaves some nice lacing.

S: Aroma you would expect from this style beer. Reminiscent of the mainstream adjuncts. A light malting with very mild hops.

T: Light flavor, pale malts and a touch of hopping. A sweetness to it that permeates throughout but does not overpower.

M: Light body with a good amount of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing finish that makes it an easy drinking beer. Just a touch of stickiness from the sweet malts but it helps prevent any harshness at the end.

Overall with the brewery right up the road this is one cheap brew thats fresh and cold. Beats most of the other adjuncts out there in flavor.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 00:55:04 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.41/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Yellow pour, decent clarity, nice white head that had decent retention and lacing. Above average for an AAL. Aroma was non descript cereal grains and corn. Slightly sweet. Nothing in terms of hop aroma.

Taste, bitter, but no hops? Very metallic. No malt flavor or consistency. Corn is the most developed flavor, and its not necessarily a good one.

Mouthfeel is just carbonated water. You gotta be a local or accept advertising money to think this is good.

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 17:00:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured on-tap and served in a nonic, the beer is a pale goldenrod coloring with a ton of carbonation bubbling and a tall, frothy, light, white head that settles into a filmy coating. Clingy all over the glass. Aromas of toasted grains and not much else...a bit musty and stale. Flavors of roast, with a buttery backbone and corn overtones. Bleh. Roasty and stale aftertaste with a quick, uneventful finish. Not good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2013 18:16:28 | More by GarthDanielson


3.14/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ya know, for the money it really is a pretty good beer. Being from the South we do not get to experience many of the North's local beers. Local meaning (those beers that never get past the Mason Dixon Line). At first, I had my reservations about this beer. The packaging is bland, the beer was in a 12 pack for 6 bucks. I inquired about the beer out of curiosity and the lady behind the counter replied in this typical New York accent-"If you don't like the beer honey, you can always give it to your neighbors..." Being a retired military man, I reflected on my past and never remembered ever giving away bad beer. I thought to myself was there such a thing as a bad beer? No beer could ever be so bad that I would pass it along in distain. Out of shear intrigue I had to try some. I found that it reminded me of the draft beer you would get at the NCO Club in the pitcher on a Saturday night. The taste was like a memory which shot me back to one of my first bar brawls in the 80's. Although, Long Island Ice Tea was involved, I do remember the taste of this particular brew.
- Thanks for the memory Genesse. No Marines where harmed in the making of this memory, just a couple dozen of the finest Sailors you would ever meet... Bless their immortal souls.

Serving type: can

04-04-2013 04:51:08 | More by JDAMSARELOUD
Photo of knowledge

New York

2.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I used to buy this beer, one at a time, then on a whim I bought four (one pint) cans, then it struck me how mediocre this brew really is.

The pour is interesting, as their is a nice frothy head to the yellow-palish color of the brew, lots of carbonation. The smell is somewhat distorted, just like when you cook corn on the cob, that kind of aroma, and the taste is somewhat awkward with bitterness, which cannot be pinned down as to the source. At least that is according to me.

You will find that trying to session this beer will be difficult. The pints are cheap, so its worth a try at a minimum. Thanks.

Serving type: can

01-22-2013 21:00:41 | More by knowledge
Photo of papaglide

New York

3.19/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a nice dark straw color with frothy 1 finger head. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

S- aroma of cooked corn and slight malty sweetness. I can't detect a hop nose but something citrusy is present representing hops?

T- very clean, corny, malty, slightly sweet with an extremely tight finish...nothing lingers. A teeny hop bitterness can be detected.

M- a slightly carbonated, bubbly feeling tingles the mouth.The carbonation level is pleasantly low. The finish is quite clean with a teeny, tiny hop bite?

O- Genny is an easy to drink, tasty session beer. IMO it has a nicer flavor profile than BMC. It is a lot more full bodied than BMC and is a great alternative to the large nat'l brewery offerings. I forgot to mention that it is really cheap....please don't let that turn you off from buying it! You won 't be disappointed. Just remember what style of beer it is!

Serving type: can

01-20-2013 04:47:05 | More by papaglide
Photo of Huffs

New York

2.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From my rating book back in 1984. poured to a golden color, was clear in appearance and did not develop much of a head. Aroma was fruity and somewhat stale. Taste was sweet and on the bland side. Aftertaste was mild. Reminded me of a weaker, lighter version of Genesee Cream Ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 04:18:41 | More by Huffs
Photo of Fatehunter


3.28/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One and half fingers of head, clear yellow tinged colored body.
Smell of candy corn.
Not too bad of a taste. The mildest bitterness, corn and mild honey.
Smooth texture, low carbonation for the style and light body.
For the style it's not a bad beer. I'd entertain drinking this if I had something productive to do on a summer afternoon. Descent flavor and low ABV.

Serving type: can

12-26-2012 23:52:41 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of wethead

New York

1.45/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Its a basic beer, I mean sure, its nothing your going to write home to mama about,...but with these hard economic times, you could collect cans all day, as me and my friends have done...then with the deposit money and the recycling that you have accomplished... you could have a few 24 oz brew-skis at the end of the day Vs having nothing.

Taste: Like rotten corn, drink fast, get it over it over with

Smell: Like corn fields after and heavy hot rain.

Head: Forget it, just drink

Overall this beer is cheep and does the trick if you are out of cash, or have been hunting for change all day in the couch.

Did you find 4 bucks in change? Great! You're going have enough money to get loaded from ( 3 ) 24 oz cans. ;-)

Oh - Get your favorite aspirin or headache medicine ready, The Hangover from this beer is nasty...

Serving type: can

10-23-2012 07:19:14 | More by wethead
Photo of Bitterbill


2.9/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$6 for the six pack of stubby bottles.

A light gold colour, 2 finger head of shrinking foam, it leaves some lacing behind.

The smell has a lot of corn in it, some other graininess, a non descript bitterness. It smells average for the style.

It tastes of corn, grain, about even with sweet and bitter..both lightly done. Easy drinking, for sure while it's cold, not so much as it warms up. A decent brew to have on a hot day but so are MANY others and there's the odd one that excels. I like their Cream Ale more.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 22:44:47 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of MrEVillain


2.43/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

OK, this is my first review. And I'm not going to lie to you. This is a beer that will, for the most part, be overlooked.

This is an American lager through and through. About as middle of the road as you would come to expect. The nose and flavor are not unlike that which exists in other American beers, but it still remains a standout.

When you first come across it in your local liquor store/gas station it will be easy to move on. However, if you are looking for a flavorful, yet affordable, beverage, I urge you to at least try this.

I won't say this is a beer to enjoy with a fine meal. This is your standard, yet refreshing, beverage that you would find readily at parties or Bar-B-Ques.

The flavor is rich, tho mostly undecipherable . There is little to note here, and yet it still stands out. This is a cheap beer that i cannot overlook. It is full bodied. You know you're drinking a beer. Something you can pound back with friends, or enjoy a few of after a long day.

I would choose this any day over your standard bud/bud lite, coors lite swill. If your in the mood for beer but are on a budget, it would not be a bad choice to grab a few of these.

Serving type: can

06-18-2012 00:30:22 | More by MrEVillain
Photo of schoolboy


3.4/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Genny has always been one of my best liked junk beers. Today I could not resist a great cheap beer deal, even though I have loads of good beer already on hand. The gennys ended up being under seventeen cents a can. I bought ninety.

Its too sweet and has too little hops. Its your typical not very good American lager. If you drink it with a good beer aftertaste already in your mouth this will ruin it. Tastes better if a little of any other beer is left in the glass before pouring in the genny. Me and jenny were like peas and carrots.

Serving type: can

05-27-2012 00:54:23 | More by schoolboy
Photo of cradke


2.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this as a gag extra, i'm gagging but kind of enjoyed the experience. It was a bit funky with some more sweetness than a BMC. I don't really know how to describe this other than a funky BMC. The mouthfeel is quite carbonated and left quite a weird sour aftertaste. I'm just kind of confused.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 04:42:12 | More by cradke
Photo of Durge


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

An anemic yellow colored brew with a decent white head that quickly shrivels to a scant breath of head and lacing seems generally absent. The aroma indicates classic cereal grains with an accent on wheat and an inference of some light lemon. Not all that bad if you’re thinking in terms of light and refreshing. The flavor brings out somewhat watery citrus wheat. More cereal grain and It’s not offensive in my estimation, but it’s clearly a drinker for the driveway and burgers, a light refresher with a peppery idea that is aided by a lively, fine carbonation. But it is light bodied and other than the carbonation it’s pretty much watery stuff. It’s a standard cereal brew and it’s fine to pound these with the boys but clearly it leaves a lot to be desired if you want to truly enjoy a tasty beer. Then again, I think it would be un-American to be without some of these traditional lagers that can go down like....well....water.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 03:25:03 | More by Durge
Photo of atr2605

New York

2/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-pours crystal clear pale yellow color with a foamy white head that quickly fades
S-corn and a touch of grass. Pretty faint overall
T-pretty flavorless, corn comes through in the finish, hops provide no flavor, just enough bitterness so you know you're drinking beer.
M-very light bodied
O-What you would expect from a adjunct, but honestly genny is my go to cheap beer. Much rather have any genny beer before miller or coors.

Serving type: can

05-07-2012 21:34:22 | More by atr2605
Photo of yamar68


1.48/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured extremely vigorously into a snifter, achieving a finger of white head, zero beading. Smells like a grain belt- corn, lots of corn, a bit of sugar, nothing exciting at all. Tastes like some beer that someone forgot about back in July. I wouldn't offer this beer to my worst enemy... seriously. This sucks. All beer biases aside this one tastes like I shouldn't have tasted it.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 05:49:39 | More by yamar68
Photo of jmarklan


2.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Looks like clear, slightly yellow water. One of the lightest colored beers i've ever seen. Fizzy white head quickly dies down.

S: Faint adjuncts, maybe a touch of grass.

T: Even for an AAL, this is pretty flavorless. Not exactly a bad thing given the style though. Corn comes through and adds sweetness, a touch of grassyness.

M: Super thin and watery.

Overall: Like most adjunct lagers that i've had, it's isn't particularly bad tasting or offensive, it's just not what beer should be and definitely not something i would pick up.

Serving type: can

03-31-2012 23:11:33 | More by jmarklan
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

2.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sometimes you see something and you know you're going to purchase it, even though it's likely to be fairly crappy. For me, that happened tonight with the Genesee Heritage twelve pack. I drank tons of this swill back in my college years in upstate New York so its something of a homecoming.

Genesee pours straw yellow with a decent creamy head into my mason jar. Nose starts a bit abrasive but a few minutes later is just grainy and leaking adjuncts but not awful. The taste is sweet malty corn with a side of sawdust. The feel is a bit thin and grainy, which I could do without.

I know this isn't any good, but I kind of dig it anyway. Maybe all those kegs of this hillbilly juice in my youth inoculated me against its fairly noxious taste. I'm not proud of it, but I can drink this all day long.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 02:24:16 | More by daliandragon
Photo of BeerPhan86

New York

2.03/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"One Great Brewery. One Great Taste." We'll see about that.

A - Pours a clear, light piss gold with two fingers of really foamy white head. Head is fairly soapy but persists.

S - Rotten rice and musty mothball for the most part. Worse than your typical macro.

T - Tastes like a poorly made pilsener. The booze is VERY present throughout the whole taste. Maybe some light hops are present but the gross, ricey booze taste is too much to bear.

M - Very watery with minimal carbonation.

O - Not very good, but what do you expect? Rochester represent. If you want great beer from Rochester try Three Heads.

Serving type: can

03-11-2012 02:12:44 | More by BeerPhan86
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Genesee Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
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