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

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196 Reviews
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Reviews: 196
Hads: 504
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 24.46%
Wants: 9
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance - A light straw color with a white head that faded faster then the pour.

Smell - Not much odor at all. A little bit of malt, but other then that very little

Taste - It actually had more flavor then expected. While not having a lot of hop flavor, could taste some decent maltiness and some giving way to a corn sorta sweetness in the end.

Mouthfeel - A good level of carbonation for the style, but a little bit thin on the viscosity.

Overall - Average for a standard american lager. At only ~$8 for a 12 pack it is worth the price. A good beer for tailgating and massive parties where you don't know and don't care to know most of the people there. (698 characters)

Photo of clh323
3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

What can I say, it was much better than I expected though the expectations were low. A lot better than the cheap beers and the price was very inexpensive. The price has risen recently so I think the original low cost was to attract a market share.

I can't say I won't have some of this around for nipping at when I'm workin' around the place. (343 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to trxxpaxxs for this can!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a clear golden straw topped by an active finger of white foam.The nose comes off as kinda adjunct lager-ly, what with light corn, lighter wheat, and dank-ish grass coming through. A small tinge of what seems like nutmeg hangs in the background all wallflowerly and whatnot.The taste runs pretty much the same as the smell, but without that spice tinge. There's a flowery crispness to the finish.The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, I can't say as I truly dislike it...I think I nothing it... (657 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pale clear yellow with a thin white head that doesnt stay long.

s: faint grains and grasses.

t: actually above average for the style, not horrible.

m: thin watery body, no hops bitterness.

o: not a bad beer. will keep some of this in stock for the ones in my life that dont like alot of flavor in their beer. (316 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.15/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden yellow with a loose, foamy, bubbly, white head that has little retention. The nose is grainy with very faint, grassy hop aromas. The taste is smooth and less grainy than expected. It's subtle straw and decent bittering hops. The mouthfeel is heavily carbonated, crisp, and light.

This is definitely a drinkable beer. You could put away a lot of these. Ultimately, however, if you're looking for flavor and intricacies go elsewhere. (452 characters)

Photo of Kromes
2.97/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A clear light straw color that had a soda-like head that died down to a bunch of bubbles popping on the surface.

S: Sweet grain and honey malt with a touch of grassy hop. Average for the adjunct lager.

T: Very sweet with a grainy and starchy flavor and a little bit of bitterness in the finish that doesn't do anything to the sweetness.

M: Light body and soda-like carbonation. OK for the style.

O: For an adjunct lager, it's not the worst I've had. As long as this beer is ice cold, it can stand up against its brothers. (528 characters)

Photo of nickthetick
1.59/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: pours a clear, pale, almost off-white yellow into a nonic pint with no head. I gave the appearance a 3 because its on par with most AAL but that's where anything close to good lies alone.

S: corn, I struggle to get some wheat and maybe some grass.

T: water like, again there is some corn, maybe a note of wheat.

MF: water like, no body, at least there is the refreshing quality.

O: I like some AAL, a lot, this is terrible. Point blank bad. No nose, no flavor and no body. (483 characters)

Photo of generallee
3.49/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: It was poured from a tall 24oz can into a tall mug.

Appearance: The body has a nice deep yellow to light golden color with great clarity. Up top a quickly fading bright white head settles down to just a thin ring of foam at the edge of the glass.

Smell: Not much to say here, just some light grassy and wet hay like hops with some corn flake like cereal notes.

Taste/Feel: On the palate it slides right down with an average easy drinking light feel. It has the classic American Adjunct Lager flavor, leaning more to the corn like cereal like sweetness. This quickly drys out in the finnish.

Notes: This is an average cheap blue collar/retro beer and one that I have had many of. (697 characters)

Photo of abriggs1
1.12/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is literally poison. Every time I've drank this foul stuff it's given me the shits so bad that I could barely function like a human being. Genesee literally turns you into an animal that has no control of of its bowel movements. They should include a diaper with every six pack.

The taste is that of poison and metal. I suspect that there is an inordinary amount of aluminum from the can that has leeched into the beer, which would explain the bowel cleansing results.

I will never let this beer touch my lips again. The last time I drank Gensee was at the Phish festival in Watkins Glen this past summer. Let's just say that they probably had to hose down the porti-poti after I was through with it. I will never forgive this brewery for the state I was in that day. (780 characters)

Photo of suspect
2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz grenade bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Fizzy golden yellow beer. Aggressive pour leads to a fizzy white 1 finger head that ran away as fast as possible. Zero lacing.

S: No smell to this one, really with the exception of some malt. Pretty typical nose of an AAL.

T: Not bitter, not offensive. Corn, grain and fraternity house garage are the flavors.

M: A little sticky, not terrible so. Fizzy carbonation. Very average AAL feel.

O: It's a Genny, man. What did you expect? (502 characters)

Photo of drcarver
2.56/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured, with some regret, from a grenade.

Light straw color with a 1 finger head that contains decent lacing.

Aroma is a mix of sour and skunk.

Taste is slighly sour with a light malt finish. Taste stays in the nose throughout. Has a slightly oily finish that hangs on the tongue.

Not bad, but I've had better drinking beers. (329 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
2.71/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Crisp golden color with a large, bubbly, foamy, light, whispy, white head. Pretty good retention leaving a faint whisper of a ring of lace.

S - Pretty weak, almost non-existent. Lots of adjunct and sweet malt. No real discernable hop aroma.

T - Much of the same. Lots of adjunct malt flavors. A touch of sweetness from the corn flavor, but it isn't really all that sweet compared to other corn adjuncts. A touch of astringent flavors at the end but thankfully it doesn't linger.

M - Light body with average carbonation. Light, crisp, thin, and no lingering flavors.

D - Typical adjunct. Doesn't taste great or smell great, but it's crisp and doesn't linger. I could drink one or pass one up, it really just depends on my mood.

Notes: Pretty typical adjunct lager. Not overly sweet but the flavors aren't great. Nose is weak. It's cheap and not horrible so I will get it for nights when I need something like that. Overall just what you would expect from a cheap 30 pack of cans. (987 characters)

Photo of wafers
2.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Can buy this in my area for pretty cheap,

A: Straw yellow pour with lots of gassy foam
S: Smells of typical macro lager, similar to Bud, Coors etc. some malts, not much hops
T: Some watery, metallic corn with a background of some malts.
M: Bubbles, metallic, pretty thin but overall easy drinking
O: Not bad for a cheap lager, pretty comparable to others in the category. With Genesee, definitely go for the cream ale or bock over this one. (441 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can at Idle Hands, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has no visible signs of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down but left a patch of bubbles floating on the surface in the center of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of grainy malts and corn in the nose.
T: The taste is very malty and similar to the smell with flavors of grainy malts and corn adjuncts.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied (not watery) and somewhat smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink but I wouldn’t consider it to be very flavorful or refreshing. (663 characters)

Photo of billybob
3.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby bottle with twist cap

drank plenty of genny back in the day have since moved on but had to give it a review still taste good to me and i would buy it again.

pours bright golden color not much head not much lace. smells of fresh corn cooked veggies. malty and smooth taste crisp carbonation dry with a slight tang at the finish.

basic beer good any time you need a change of pace. (395 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.04/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From Twety four ounce can, poured into a pilsener glass.

Clear pale straw yellow color, with white foamy but, short lasting head. Very bubbly. Very spotty lacing of glass. Taste is a bit watery, crisp,somewhat bland, neither hoppy nor sweet. Corn flavor is apparent. Really disappointing, considering that their Cream Ale is to die for! (337 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.22/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Can

Appearance – Clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste bread mixed with light floral hops and some corn. As well I can taste a bit of a an apple juice sweetness. It ends with a grainy slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – I though this was actually pretty good for the style. It had a nice scent and the taste was pretty well balanced. Also it is priced very reasonably. (671 characters)

Photo of Blueribbon666
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Reviewed here for the first time after many tastings over the years. Poured from 16oz tall boy into dimpled glass mug for the purposes of this review as I normally just enjoy it from the can. Pours a straw colored yellow with strong carbonation and a good amount of head topping about an inch in height. Obvious smell of corn and sweet sourdough and tastes about the same although not as sweet as PBR and does have a little bitter hop in the the finish just enough to leave an after taste though nothing to offend as this beer is made for sessions and hot afternoons. Better then the BMC stuff IMO and dirt cheap at $3.99 for a sixer of tall boys in these parts or $13.99 for a 30 pack. (707 characters)

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.21/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dingy looking gold, not sure what to think of it. A lot of carbonation bubbles giving way to a faint white head.

S: Light malt and corn syrup. A bit of mulch.

T: Sweet, malty adjunct flavor. Tastes kind of like cereal with sugar. Bread and an odd mineral water quality.

M: Light body, loads of carbonation. Has a certain creaminess.

O/D: Easy to drink, the flavor is better than BMC products. Might get sick of them, but the price is right. (456 characters)

Photo of Sdesenberg
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look, this beer is what it is. It's .99 for a 24 oz can and it beats the crap out of Bud, Bud Light, MGD, Coors Light, Miller Light or the ilk. It reminds me of the great old Midwestern AAL's like Schlitz or Blatz before they went to hell. It's not as good as Coor's Banquet, but it's half the price. Bottom line, it's cheap, but not shitty. Go Genesee Beer! (358 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
2.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap from my kegerator, not the best but it is a great one to have on tap fro BMC fans.

A-Clear pale yellow, two finger that stays around longer than you would think.

S-Smells like adjuncts and possibly wheat.

T-Not much in the taste, nothing offensive compared to other AAL, however no bright spots. It lacks the urine the taste found in other beers.

M-Light but no carbonation.

O-The best commercially produced adjunct filled beer out there. But still not that tasty when compared to some real beers. (513 characters)

Photo of startreker
3.7/5  rDev +33.1%
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!! (1,084 characters)

Photo of Groucho75
2.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Is this a giant can of beer for $0.99 I see before me? Yea.

While I tried a Genesee/Dundee offshoot private label the other week (Port Republic Lager, review to follow if I can locate my notes) this is my first straight-up taste of Genesee. Saw it in an old package store I hadn't visited in a while, and what the hey it's always fun trying new stuff.

Poured into a pint glass; fairly standard gold water with heavy carbination and loads of suds. The head evaporated a bit, but some lingered longer than I expected. Looks like an AAL.

Smell was sweet, adjunct-y. Some grass notes as well. Smells like an AAL.

Here was the surprise; this didn't taste as bad as I was expecting. Sure, the usual suspects of corn, malt, dextrose and so on, but not overly sweet, not overly grainy from addatives either. Probably much closer to what American lager beer tasted like before BMC overtook the landscape.

The mouthfeel was very good. Very easy drinking and no aftertaste at all. No finish either, but to be fair you're not savoring something like this. A campfire/yardwork/payday isn't until next week kind of beer. Sessionable for sure. $2 and change will set you up for a while.

Overall, it looks like an AAL, smells like an AAL, but tastes a little better than one. I personally like a nice change up for IPAs and Belgian ales now and then, so I'd go for this again. (1,368 characters)

Photo of fx20736
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Let's see what 99 whopping cents can get you here.

The beer has a ridiculously clear body of a very pale straw urine yellow color. Head off the pour is actually quite good and quite large with a shocking white cap and very uniform. Not much in rising carbonation coming from the bottom or even stuck to the glass.

Smell is very muted, almost non existent BUT there are no faults on this I can find with a typical Adjunct Lager. No DMS, No vegetables, and more importantly no solvent and chemicals. I still call Good based on this.

Taste, woah totally unexpected. Incredibly sweet tasting probably from corn base, gets almost into powdered orange juice but a real honey sweetness and thickness. Good bodied for this and the beer feels quite large but it's that sweetness overtaking. There is even a little bready finish at first but completely gets lost after repeated sips by the dominant sugars. A little bit of roof top dry mouth but not much to make a big deal over.

Overall I was kind of surprised by this one, but boy it is WAY too sweet, but I can't complain much you could do considerably worse. (1,152 characters)

Genesee Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
66 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.