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Genesee Beer | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-17-2001

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Photo of plaid75
2.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light straw hue with a two finger foamy head. The head was short lived but left a nice 1/4 inch ring around the surface of the beer. There was good sticky lacing.

The smell was up front adjunct grain. A mild flowery hop aroma was detected as well.

The taste was doughy, very doughy. Elements of corn and lesser barley were present as well. A mild hop flavor.

The mouthfeel was clean. There was good carbonation.

As far as macros go, this is maybe one of the best. Not a bad beer for a change of pace.

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Photo of telecaster54
3.65/5  rDev +34.2%
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 ski271
2.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a vibrant gold with a very large, white, pillowy, slowly-diminishing head that’s leaves plenty of thick lacing behind. The smell is lightly sweet with grainy malts, some cooked corn and no detectable hop aromas. The flavor is mild, but not terrible for an obvious adjunct-heavy lager. Though light, the malt flavor that is there is pleasant and is accompanied by some yeast and a very light touch of citrus on the short finish. It has a thin body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Not one I’ll be having again anytime soon, but you can do far worse. This wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be, though I guess it’s easy to be impressed when you have low expectations.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.58/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beats the hell outta most other macros, and anything BMC has ever kicked out. Pours out to a clear gold color with a head that dissipates over time. A thin layer of foam is left over the beer's surface. Some minute traces of lace. Smell is weak, with only hints of adjunct and leathery notes. Taste is acceptable; grain, corn, mild malt and some hops all have a moment with the palate. The mouthfeel is typical of a lager, mild and smooth. A decent level of drinkability. This is not a bad beer, but nothing special either. If I was gonna drink cheap beer at a hockey game or at the bar during quarter beer night, this would be a good choice. A definite step over most macros. Worth a try.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.18/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I live in rochester, how can I give this a bad review? Oh allright, i will be fair. Actually i do love high falls brewing but this is one of the weaker ones. But, for 3.99 a six pack bottles it still is a good deal. Not as good a deal as genesee red or genny cream ale though. This pours a pale straw yellow color with a huge airy head w/some lacing. The smell is unfortunately a little chemically but also sorta malty, hoppy, but most of all CORNY. The taste is grainy yet smooth and clean. malty also. The drinkability is average. I would rather drink this though over a bud anyday. This beer should be bigger than it is. Respect the rock.

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Photo of AltBock
2.83/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got this on draft for only 85 cents.

It was a straw pale yellow color with a nice size head of foam on it. It smelled a bit like apple juice with some grains it. The taste was that of some grains that were watered down. Not so much watered down like some other beers. The mouthfeel was light and grainy. This what you would expect for a macro. This would make an ok cheap session beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a pale yellow color with abundant white foamy head. Smell is slightly sweet and not much else. Taste is very light with only a bit of sweetness and little malt or hops to notice. Mouthfeel is refreshing on a hot day. Good beer to use as a spacer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.07/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold with very little visible carbonation and a truckload of fine yeast. It's strange to see such a cluttered macro lager (I like it). The cap is bone white and doesn't look too shabby thanks to a high-altitude pour. Incredibly, it looks good on the way down too, as opposed to the soft, featureless heads on most of BMC's offerings. A few arching streamers of lace contribute to the better than average look.

I'm not sure what's going on in the nose, but whatever it is, it isn't good. First of all, it's weak. Which might, now that I think about it, be its saving grace. On second thought... no. The beer smells like chemical-laced corn and rubbing alcohol. If the flavor follows suit, this will be a drain pour.

While it doesn't follow the nose directly, the flavor is going in the same general direction. Genesee Beer tastes odd. It's stale grainy and slightly sweet, but not as sweet as most beer that uses corn as an adjunct. The website says that corn grits were used in the brewing, as if they're proud of that fact. Hey High Falls, couldn't you have come up with something a little more poetic and appealing than 'corn grits'? Put the marketing department on that right away.

The website also says that Yakima Valley hops are in use. Hard to figure. Perhaps they waved a few hop cones over the brew kettle. The finish is short (thankfully) and the mouthfeel is thin and lackluster.

Genesee Beer is an adjunct-riddled macro lager. That just about says it all, don't you think? In spite of the semi-nasty nose, it's probably drinkable in a pinch and is marginally better than the national brands. Swill it ain't, but it's within sniffing distance.

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +42.6%
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 PBRstreetgang
2.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a straw yellow with a small head, little retention. A grain/ malt scent, with a similiar taste. Not much lacing or carbonation. Below average taste with below average drinkability combine to make a below average beer; but its cheap, so if you are just interested in getting drunk on a budget, genesee isnt's the worst choice, but close.

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Photo of mave
3.92/5  rDev +44.1%
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 cro250klr
1/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I've got to say, a good ad campaign works. Not that I went out and bought even one of these lately. But, I did turn my head when I saw the Genesee truck with the silloetted girl sitting on some cases of this swill. You know, the one that says, 'Genny's Here."
It's been a while since I've had one of these. It was last year some time in the summer at some parish picnic or firemen's bazzar. Anyway, if you do try this, you'd better hope that 'Genny', who is 'Here', is a nurse. You also better hope she's packing some Immodium. Every time I drink this I get the shits. Every time. At least the brewing process is consistent. If you're constipated, have one. Otherwise, stay away. Unless of course, there's no one in the line waiting to use the restroom and, you feel the need for a good bowel cleansing.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.19/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance-pale golden color when poured out, a lot more head than I thought I would get. It'll do.

Smell-barely anything, very clean, cooked DNS and some grains is all I got.

Taste-Clean, very Bud like but a little blander, I don't really taste that much other than a little grain and DNS.

Mouthfeel-it's fine, the beer is carbonated, virtually similar to Bud in almost every respect.

Drinkability-easy, it's cheap and it tasted like Bud. If your a Bud drinker or your friends are, this should pass.

Overall-virtually a clone of Bud only even cleaner and blander. If your cheap pick this up sometime instead of Bud and see what you think. If you don't like Bud then don't even bother with this product.

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Photo of steinlifter
1.61/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I poured this in a glass, and it poured a pale,clear golden,with a sudsy head that quickly dissipated,although the color was a bit better than a lot of other low budget beer.
smell: not very pleasant, sweet,corn, and grain aroma
taste:not much taste here, grainy, not much else to say, like the smell, not too pleasant.
mouthfeel: average mouthfeel of this genre, light bubbly and watery
drinkability: I'm only drinking this because my brother left some in my fridge, and I just wanted a beer, any beer, I would never actively seek this out, I imagine the hangover to be nasty, and the taste is awful, how people can put stuff like this above Budweiser, is beyond me, although Bud is certainly not GOOD beer, it's at least a notch above this.

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Photo of WesWes
3.27/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale malt scent with a dry, yet slightly fruity lager yeast aroma. It is clean and crisp. The taste is average. It is virtually devoid of any real flavor besides the weak pale malt taste. It is full of adjuncts and a dry lager yeast finish. The goes down easy, but is quite watery. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a slightly above average adjunct lager. It has little complexity, but it drinks well.

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Photo of rugbycritic
3.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is our hometown yellow beer. Now that's something to say, as there aren't too many hometowns left that can make their own yellow beer.

There's no sugar coating it. At BeerAdvocate, you come looking for information and insight on something other that this type. However, don't hate on the Genny.

If your looking to get a lot of suds for the softball team when they come over to burn some dead animal products, this is the shite for you. Beats spending twice as much on Bud. Besides, High Falls has spent some $23 million or more on sophisticated process control equipment. So this is some of the best made yella stuff arond.

If you're going to buy yellow beer, buy something that's not going to go to keep Bud controlling everything.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.1/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Flat Average for macros. I liked this a little better than having it from the can or glass, the flavors were a little less "concentrated" (ie:a little watery) but this wasn't a bad beer at all. Had a 22 oz during a Cleveland Indians game in a local "cheap beers and cheap drinks" corner bar where I usually consume my weight in Rolling Rock.

It appeared average and smelled like every other macro. It washed down chips and corned beef average and drinkablilty is also average. On tap, it was a little more drinkable, and the price the place sells it for (1.45 for a 22 all the time) adds to the score.

The taste was a little corn, a little alcohol bite, but mostly un-offensive, have it with hot-dogs at the ballpark, kinda taste.

Update 3/1/05: I am buying this more in the can because it's a decent cheap beverage. Although, I still prefer the Red or PBR, I gotta say, when ice cold, this hits the cheapspot.

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Photo of twi1609372
1/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I have had bad beers in my day but i had the misfortune of trying this. It was in my friends step-dads frige, i was so used to seeing budlight i noticed something different, he said his buddy brought it down from new york. eager to have a beer other than bud/zepherhills light, i asked if he would mind if i had one. to my misfortune he said sure, that it wasnt available here, only up north. seemed hermless enough, but the first taste was putred.Horrable disgusting taste, couldent even finish it. got half way and dumped it and went for the bud. if it's better than bud it's got to be bad. nearly imposable to drink.

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Photo of Suds
2.77/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I just moved to Northeast PA, and went to the beer store from some lawnmower beer (moving makes you crave cold cheap beer). I hoped for Ballantine or Genny Cream Ale, and found little more than Coors and Bud. They did have Genessee Beer, which I’m certain that I’ve never had. Since I’m fond of the Cream Ale, I figured it was worth a try.
It pours a very light yellow color. In a pilsner glass, it looks disappointingly thin. The beer presents a wispy, white head that forms just a little lace. The taste is adjunct heavy…more corn taste than malt. Still, it was satisfying. It’s clean, crisp, and has a pleasant, lightly musty-hop finish. Body is definitely light, almost watery. I can say that I was disappointed, but not extremely so. Still, I’ll avoid this one in the future.

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Photo of Onceeven
2.67/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I suppose its every Rochestarians duty to review this one. It was purchased as the beverage of choice for the "Dude Game", (pop in the Big Lebowski, and drink everytime they say "dude"). We sure as hell weren't going to be playing with Storm King.. anyway..

Appearance: Quite possibly the clearest, palest beer I've ever seen. Wait, maybe I forgot to pour it in my glass.. nope. It's there, barely. Poured with a paper-thin head, which stuck around for a whole three seconds. No lacing to speak of. What do you expect?

Smell: Brings me back to beer pong night in college. Big malty sweetness, way to sweet in my opinion. A touch of citric hops, but you really have to look for it.

Mouthfeel: Very light, watery, par for the course.

Taste: You can't ignore the corniness of the beer, but compared to Labatt & Molson, I'll take this beer any day of the week. Smooth and refined with light malt flavor poking through. Not bad, not good either.

If faced with the other light macro's I would probably go for this. Doesn't seem to have the metallic taste that Labatt and Molson are troubled by.

I'm sure the Dude would abide.

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Photo of CBFanWish
3.65/5  rDev +34.2%
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 Maestro
2.91/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I must put this beer into context before I review it. When staying at my in-laws I always enjoy the ability to walk to a bar. There is a working-class bar that I always hit up. It is ten blocks away and they have Genny on tap. The beer decent to look at. The head is one finger and stays for most of the beer. The color is yellow, but not overly clear. It seems to have some body. The smell is of corn and some light hops. The taste is okay for a pale lager. There is definitely corn but the beer is quite smooth tasting. Drinkability, of course, is up to the drinker. Sometimes it is quite drinkable in that little working-class bar in Western Pennsylvania.

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Photo of oberon
1.63/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Wow I had this for the first time while in Western NY at my wifes hometown local bar,one of the worse beers I had had in some time.Poures a fizzy yellow color with almost no head,not much smell what there is is very unpleasant almost skunky.Taste is awful something sour hits ya right as it enters the mouth than fades to this watery fizzy tasting mass.Incredably bad will never even think about getting this again.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.13/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

In the Northeastern U.S. of A., Genesee is one of the "champions" of cheap beer that is actually drinkable. I will readily admit to advocating the Genny Red as a good cheap amber lager, and enjoying the Cream Ale on a few occasions. Genesee's regular lager is quite disappointing compared to the previous two beers. Sure, it's still cheap, but this one tastes that way as well.

Genesee Beer pours a light gold color with a decent two finger foam head that lasts for around 30 seconds. The smell is somewhat fruity, much like canned fruit. There is a definite musty/soapiness underneath that. The mouthfeel is thin and watery. The initial taste is of some unpleasing fruitiness, much like overrripe pear. There are cheap adjuncty flavors abound in this brew, in addition to the light soapy flavors that can be found as well. Moderate bitterness all around. The aftertaste has more of that cheap grain taste plus a tiny bit of corn This all finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

In the world of Genny products, I'll stick with the Cream Ale or Red over this one. Or, if still in the mood for a cheap beer, get one of the old standbys (Pabst, Stroh's, or Schlitz). They always seem to do the trick when money's tight.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.15/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears filtered clear "golden" with a white fizzy head including nice scattered webs of lacing across my faceted mug. Aroma is light sweetness definitely some adjuncts present with a slight touch of hops, clean overall. Taste contains a crisp rolling gingery sweet not bad but decent bland but solid flavor. Balanced and cheap and better than most macros in my opinion. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied but not thin there' some decent fluffy texture here from the carbonation. Drinkability well, much better beer exists but I would still settle for this over most macros like I said, a cheap high quantity type brew.

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Genesee Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
65 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.