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

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200 Reviews

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Reviews: 200
Hads: 532
Avg: 2.7
pDev: 44.81%
Wants: 10
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-17-2001

Brewed with six-row barley malt, corn grits and hops from the Yakima Valley.
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Reviews: 200 | Hads: 532
Photo of philklek
4.86/5  rDev +80%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

this beer ive drank very many for when getting home liquor store. i very much will enjoy the label it is very simple and not flash colors. taste is excellent and friendship ;) dont be turned off by beer haha. very good reccomend to liquor stores (other than?) have no receiving!

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Photo of LWG1970
4.4/5  rDev +63%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found this at a Local Pizza Carry out joint.. Thought I'd try it..Pours Golden Yellow.. Nice Smell. Easy to drink.. GOOD BEER flavor, Not to strong. Not watery.. Nice Lacing of the foam as I drank it..

A good GREAT tasting simple Lager..

And a Six pack of 16oz Cans was $3.99

If you can get it, TRY it at least ONCE..

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Photo of RheinSchaefer85
4.35/5  rDev +61.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up the Heritage 12 Pack today of Genesse today at Portchester Beer Dist. (great Place to go to get Beer) Now the Heritage 12 Pack comes with the Cream Ale and the 12 Horse Ale as well. The Beer is good better than some of the other Adjunct American Lagers and Better than Pabst. It dosen't really have a taste to it but most American Adjunct lagers but its a little bit Sweeter in taste . Overall its worth Trying .

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Photo of buzzgreg
4.2/5  rDev +55.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer and a good price- harder to find now in Southern Teir NY. Genny Cream is very good too, but can't find it anymore ontap- too bad most people drink tastless beers like bud, and coors- miller- all forigne owned now... Wish more poeple would support American Brewers. Thanks Genny for being in there !

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Photo of Ptelea
4.18/5  rDev +54.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For this style of beer the appearance is slightly darker- still very typical. The smell has some adjucts(corn) but not offensive. The taste is smooth with more character than the average American Lager. Highly drinkable --great smooth taste (crisp/nice carbonation)!!! Can be used to wash down wings during the Super Bowl.

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Photo of Homebrewkingpin
3.99/5  rDev +47.8%
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.

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Photo of mave
3.92/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking this swill for years and love it hope it stays arround as long as i do, this beer has a clean crisp taste, holds a good head and most important after pounding genny all nite you wake up with no hangover,so get 30 and go for it your boss will think you had pepsi all nite.

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Photo of Beerwolf666
3.88/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hahahahaha~how all the "Beer Snobs" just LOVE Bashing American adjunct Lagers..lmao,this Beer is awesome,13 bucks for a 30 pack!!! hey I LOVE all types of Beer,Including crazy priced "Craft Beer" [20 bucks a 6er and up] But I am just a Blue collar Working guy,who bust his ass for 15 bucks an hour and for what "Genesee Beer" is,it is TOP NOTCH! smooth,refreshing,these babies slide right down and taste GR8! and are every bit as good as Bud,Miller,Coors, or pretty much ANY American Adjunct Lager...which I Myself enjoy a gr8 Deal,so all you "Lager" Haters can F>>k off and go pay your 10,15,20+ Bucks a 6er for some shit you think is "Amazing"!..however most of you "Snobs" would not know a Decent Beer if it bit your ass off and stole your BMW...why do so many of you Beer Snobs hate American Lagers so much anyway? ....I guess it really does not matter why,because those of us that actually WORK for a living will always,ALWAYS Enjoy an Ice Cold American Lager after a hard days work,and appreciate the price point of a VERY Good Beer,~Beerwolf666*

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Around here you either love it or hate it! It pours a nice golden color,with a good amount of head. Full flavor with no bad after taste. Refreshing, but not too light. I would take it over a Bud any day. No rice or other fillers either. 3.99 for a six pack of bottles. You can't go wrong!

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Photo of TrouserSneeze
3.86/5  rDev +43%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I bought a 12 pack of Genny cans today, haven't had any in maybe 30 years. Was pleasantly surprised and wondered why I took so long to come back to our local brewer. Big head, left a little lacing. A slightly sweet taste and smell, and a toasty aftertaste which I had completely forgotten about over the years. Not a lot of carbonation after the pour. Goes good with food, especially with a local delicacy - a Zweigle's white hot. Try it, you might like it.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.84/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can purchased at Shaw's in Derry. Pours a crystal-clear light hay-yellow body with a good inch of rim-hugging off-white head that slowly dissipates. Cereal grain dominates the aroma - malt and corn most notably, with just a hint of citrussy grassy hops. Tastes sweet, with cereal grains and cooked corn initially, and a bit more hops than I'm used to getting from the style, expressing themselves mostly as a grassy citrussy presence toward the finish. Finishes clean, as it should for the style. Nothing to complex or profound, but a simple easy drinking macro-style lager that's better than most, and a good quaffable brew for hot summer days like today.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.82/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have only sampled this beer twice (in 1997 on a road trip in Pennsylvania and in 2010, when I bought a 6-pack of 12oz. cans in Maryland). Well, Genesee is an ordinary beer, but it's good. Yes, it has the stereotypical thick, white head, clear, straw color, watery mouth-feel, and crisp finish. I found it to be a tad bit more hopped than others of its ilk, however. All in all, I like this style, and I like this brand. I'd recommend a try. If you like common, American style lagers, you'll probably enjoy this. Genesee Cream Ale (I tried it in Florida in 2009) is also very good.


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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.82/5  rDev +41.5%
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.

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Photo of Living816
3.75/5  rDev +38.9%

Not a bad beer at all. These big dogs are $1.50 at the local gas station. It's not a fancy brew, but as low end lagers goes, I am quite fond. It's crisp, with a slight frutiness and subtle crackery sweetness. Nil bitterness. No hops. It's the kind of beer you drink when you just want a plain ol beer. Style wise, when compared to it's peers, it's certainly the best among them. I'll take this any day if my options are Bud, Miller or Coors.

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Photo of startreker
3.7/5  rDev +37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given the fact of what expenses are today, I`ve been looking for a "Go To Beer" Well, I`ve found it!! For the longest time I`ve shyed away from Genesee beer. Thats because the price is so ridiculosy inexpensive, I figured it must be awful! Man was I wrong!! Theres no way Im going to compare this to a craft beer, as that would not be the fair thing to do. Compared to BMC, I think this beer has got it all over those boys easily!

Drank it straight from the can, no metalic taste whatsoever. There is no aroma to this beer, But hell that sure beats being welcomed by the "Skunk"!

Tastes like an AAL, but much better. Its not at all overly sweet, And has a bit of hops notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, But drink it ice cold. As it warms up you will get the adjuncts gracing your palate.

Overall Im very pleased, and find this a very easy beer to drink! No bad aftertaste even after having several of them. If your`e on a tight budget, and cant always afford a craft beer, definitely give Genesee beer a go!! You just cant go wrong for 13.99 for a 30 pack!!

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Photo of musicjustintime
3.7/5  rDev +37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had this in years...prob. like 6 or so, and it's MUCH better than I remember.

Why pour this? I didn't. Drank from the can in the backyard, after mowin'...and truly enjoyed it. Remarkably smooth..no bite whatsoever, unlike the Cream Ale. (Which I DO like, but not as well) Went down like water...yet had enough flavor, although light, to know you're drinking an American Lager.

I'd support this beer, especially for the cheap price tag, but also because they are not one of the "Big Three"...and don't use all their money for advertising. Genny is a classic that I would highly recommend if you like this style...and I do. It wasn't even ice cold when I drank a couple today, (I couldn't wait any longer!) and it STILL was very smooth and yummy. Finish was oh-so CLEAN...and left NO aftertaste at all. Very clean and fresh beer. Props to High Falls for this American classic! I hope it's around forever, and I'm really glad I re-discovered it!! I think it's gonna be my new "everyday" brew! If you're a Bud or Miller regular...give this a try and tell me honestly that this isn't just as good...or BETTER! (Better, in my opinion.) Cheers, my friends.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.68/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form a 12 oz. twist off bottle into a pint glass. Genesee Beer pours a clear straw with a half inch of short lived foam. Offers light lacing initially and keeps it for a while actually, somewhate impressive for the style.

Nose is of corned malts exclusively. Bit of creaminess on the nose but no hop notes to speak of. Bright nonetheless to a degree.

Flavor is smooth yet subtle, offering a pleasant feel and an easy drink. If this beer met Bud in an alley it would kick it's Ass all over town and come up smiling..

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Photo of Indybeer
3.68/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. I grew up on this stuff, and have to admit I still enjoy a few whenever I make it home. Pours a straw yellow, with a moderate head that recedes quickly. Aroma of the malt and maybe the adjunts. Good carbonation, and for me that familiar genny taste. I admit its a little lacking in any real body or depth but, still a good all night session beer

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Photo of rangerred
3.68/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 stubby bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is crystal clear light yellow. Plenty of carbonation leads to a fairly thick white head that lingers . Pretty good lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells somewhat sweet with bready malt and corn.

Flavor is corny up front along with cereal grain and a hint of breadiness. A sweetness pervades throughout with a light bitterness coming in at the finish along with a tiny bit of hop flavor. Finishes clean and dry.

Overall I am quite surprised by this beer. It is pretty tasty with no off flavors and has some hoppyness. Would be excellent on a hot day. One of the better AAL's.

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Photo of CBFanWish
3.65/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Genesee seems to get a bad rap around here. People consider it the worst thing money can buy. I disagree. I find Genny to be quite good, actually.
It pours a thin yellow straw colour with little head.
The smell is of grains, and a sweet malt. It's actually quite comforting and familiar. It gives way to a decent taste of grains and malts. A slight hoppy taste lingers on the toungue as it finishes.
Not a bad beer at all. Genesee never boasts of superior hops or malts. It has never aimed for greatness. It's just an all around good beer in its rawest form.

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Photo of telecaster54
3.65/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This is actually very good. It’s one of those products that doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it actually is - a decent macro. Yes, it's kind of sweet, but not in a bad, or sickening way. It really does a lot to wet things on a hot summer day. It is a full flavored beer, and it seems to go well with just about any food. Afterwards, I've never had any negative things happening as far as headaches or digestive system problems. In my opinion, it has the standard brews from the big three beaten by a mile, and it costs less as well.

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Photo of twelvinlucifer
3.62/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer isn't setting any records or braking any molds but it has been around for a long time and it pretty much sums up the catagory it belongs in. It is a golden American Lager, crisp, clean, refreshing, it has more flavor than most of the others in the style (in that style), and goes very well with lunch or if your in the mood for something easy drinking.

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Photo of watermelon
3.56/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz can poured into a shaker pint

A: Clear straw yellow with a big white head, Fair amount of lacing ad retention.

S: Corn and booze

T: Adjunct grains

M: Crisp and light pretty standard

O:Pretty typical AAL a good choice because its cheaper then most

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Photo of industrialswill
3.56/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a 24 oz can for 89 cents at the local discount store.
Bright pale yellow with about 2 cents worth of foam after a gentle pour.
Not much going on in the smell department. It smells like a typical American Adjunct Lager.
The taste is enjoyable. At less than 50 cents per 12 ozs, this is a much better buy than some other AALs and every bit as enjoyable.
Any true beer lovers who wish to take a break from those hop/malt bombs shouldn't have any problems with this one.

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Photo of fx20736
3.5/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 24 oz can into a Pilsener glass.

Beer is pale gold but not so pale as to be virtually clear. Towering head formed which receded to leaving plenty of lacing.

Aroma: Grassy, bready. There are some sour, musty notes.

Mouthfeel: ok.

Taste: Thick bready malt with a slight kiss of hops. A nice bitterness is counterbalanced by just a touch of sweetness.

Notes: 14 years in Rochester and this is my 1st Genny! This easily beats any BMC product.

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Genesee Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
65 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.