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

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BEER STATS
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557
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2.72
pDev:
44.49%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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 woemad
2.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Patriotic-looking (not the one pictured here) 16oz can from a 6-pack purchased at a local Grocery Outlet for $5.79. No clear freshness date, though the bottom of the can is stamped “1704 12:03.” Maybe this means April 17th, but what year? Who knows…

Poured a clear straw color, with a big, sudsy and noisy white head that remained in place for a couple of minutes, then began a rapid decline, though a foamy collar remained throughout it’s time in my glass. Lots of tiny bubbles could be seen hurtling skyward. Spotty lace left on the sides of my Boston Lager glass.

Cereal grains made up the nose, which was mercifully skunk-free, but was otherwise not that interesting.

The taste was about what one would expect for the style: malty up front, almost no hop flavor, and a clean finish. Again, there’s no skunkiness or crude, grainy harshness that sometimes seems like a given for the style.

Light bodied, with a decent mouthfeel – it’s a little watery, but given the style, it’s not bad

I was afraid this would be like the Silver Stallion I once encountered at the same place, but this was a decent, no-frills macro-style lager. Unlike other beer “finds” in such stores, this didn’t appear to have been sitting on a shelf for a long time, and was pretty drinkable for what it was. By no means was this something I’d tell someone to seek out, as it’s pretty interchangeable for many other, similar, beers, but for the same price I’d buy it again.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.77/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours straw gold with a solid head. looks great in a pilsner glass.

smell is good for an adjunct lager, not bad at all. very plain.

taste is good, crisp and easy to drink.

for an adjunct lager i love it. very simple. this has been my go-to cheap beer since college

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Photo of nook879
3.48/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Went to the store in search of Red Stripe, Old Milwaukee or some other ...yeah ...cheap American beer. Saw Genesee sitting on the shelf for ...85 cents a 24oz can! Didn't take a calculator to figure out that's less than bottled water even with a 10 cent deposit. Not a bad brew but drink it cold....this is a great lawnmower hot summer day listen to the ballgame beer!
I give it a solid 4.00 because how can you beat an eight pack for under $4.00?
Light on the palate as well as the pocketbook....maybe a hint of metallic out of the can as it warms up but hey...that's your fault! No unpleasant aftertaste and a smooth drinking lager.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.11/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

24 oz. can for $1.09 poured into my coke glass.

A - Straw. Minimal head dissipates quickly. Slight lacing stops after a few drinks.

S - Corn.

T - Corn, grains, and hops. Goes down sweet with a tiny bit of staleness at the end.

M - Medium to light. Properly carbonated.

O - Good session beer. It's a bit like Budweiser, except this tastes like a real beer. This would be a great lawnmower beer if I had lawn.

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Photo of watermelon
3.56/5  rDev +30.9%
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 Beerwolf666
3.88/5  rDev +42.6%
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 Homebrewkingpin
3.99/5  rDev +46.7%
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 utopiajane
3.13/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Genesee Beer brewed by Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. The brew has an ABV of 4.50% This Genesee beer is beer you drink when you are in a special mood. This Brew comes to us from New York State. The brew pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. The smell is corn and malts with grains. This is a your everyday american style beer. No bad but not good. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. This beer has a little bit of a bite to it. The taste is nice and clean. This beer is low priced. The smell is that of your american style beer. A nice amber color. The mouthfeel is nice and clean, also this brew is smooth.I drink this beer when there is nothing else to drink or I wan't to change it up.
I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.84/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.82/5  rDev +40.4%
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 CloudStrife
2.91/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.44/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.18/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of JDAMSARELOUD
3.12/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of knowledge
2.82/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of papaglide
3.14/5  rDev +15.4%
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!

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Photo of Huffs
2.6/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.22/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of wethead
1.47/5  rDev -46%
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...

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.88/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of MrEVillain
2.42/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.38/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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Photo of cradke
2.53/5  rDev -7%
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.

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