He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version) | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version)He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version)

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 521 |  Reviews: 314
Reviews by vanillacokaine:
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a thin head that does stay pretty well,aroma is nicely balanced I pick up a dose nutty malt to go along with alot of citruisy/piney hop.Taste is on the hoppy/piney side but their is a nice firmness of malt going on I also pick up some medicinal qualities in the aftertaste.A solid beer but $9.99 a sixer, way to much!

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Photo of RoyalT
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This (he)brew poured a straight orange in color with a modest off-white head.

Smell – The grain here dominated the nose and was fairly unpleasant. It was musty and moldy and all but killed the light East Coast hopping.

Taste – Ah, this was much better at the taste. The grain was smoothed out by some really nice sugars. It still wasn’t “Grade A”, but much better than bad. Even the light leafy hopping comes out to play.

Mouthfeel – This is well short of medium-bodied but fuller than light. There’s some refreshing carbonation and, along with the almost chewy sugars and grain, made for a pleasant mouthfeel.

Drinkability – You wouldn’t want to sit around and smell this all day, but it’s not a bad drinker if a bit off-style.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

He'Brew's first creation, kosher as well. Contract-brewed, though without a doubt part of the craft-beer industry. At least in our eyes.

This beer boasts a deep amber color that is perfectly clear and stunningly bright when held to light. The head shows two fingers after a hard pour, with good retention. Malty and creamy aroma with a hint of hops. Sublime crispness adds to its drinkablity. Solid medium body.

Malt character makes it way around a few times with bready, caramel and biscuity flavors. The hop bitterness seems modest at first but then sneaks in with a prickly bitterness from middle to end with fine herbal, woody and citric flavors. Toasted biscuit flavors and a mild fruitiness share the same space in the drying finish.

Nothing over the top, which is something that gets overlooked--just an easy- drinking and delicious yet somewhat complex ale. Chalk this one up for brunch, and pair it with an everything bagel with cream cheese, lox, red onion, tomato and capers.

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Photo of Scott414
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Village Beer Merchant. As a Jew I felt it was my obligation to taste this beer finally. It was much better than I had anticipated however, not my favorite. A buck and a half for the individual bottle ain't bad so I went for it. No regrets. I would surly try their other brews in the future.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a beautiful deep amber color with good clarity. Its head builds up to a nice white 2 inch collar of foam. This head slowly fades but keeps a small covering to the end and on the way down the glass it leaves some spotty slick lace.

Smell: It has a light aroma with a mild bready and caramel sweetness. Hop notes are very faint and distant.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue I get a bready and caramel character with a touch of fruity sweetness and some raw grain towards the finish. A slight floral and earthy hop presence gives it a snappy balanced finish. With its medium body and balanced carbonation it is an easy drinker.

Notes: Overall its nice average Amber Ale with great drinkability.

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Photo of bnewall3
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Jason
4.14/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, sample from the brewery.

A hoppy brew to say the least, west coast style all the way. I could see pairing this with some knishes and a beef brisket sandwich on rye.

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Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled. No freshness indication given. Pours basic clear almond amber, NOt sure why they call it a "light brown ale" Almost white head and leaves some moderate lacing. Nose is typical maltyness. This is a middle of the road amber/pale ale. Moderate malt initially and an average hop dryout. Nothing special, nothing terrible. Good brew for a Jewish holiday meal, I suppose, cuz its Kosher.

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Photo of nem2006
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. With a nice head that leaves a little lacing on the glass.

The smell is more complex than I expected. It has some sweet malts. Reminds me of a sweet bready smell. Also a little hint of vanilla in there.

The first sip I took, I was really put off, bitter, not smooth at all. But then I let the beer warm a little and it really smoothed out. Starts a little sweet and finishes with a, not-too-overpowering bitterness from the hops.

After smelling the complexity of the beer, I was really expecting more depth to the flavor.

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Photo of locckdown
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber/orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and earthy hops. The flavor is a mix of earthy and piney hops, along with some toffee and caramel malt. The flavor also has a dirt quality to it, but not in a bad way - as weird as that may sound. Very well balanced and very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nothing too exciting, but a nice beer nonetheless.

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Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Mizfit019
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review, EVER. Glad it could be Schmaltz. I'm liking pretty much everything I've had from this brewery.

Small head with no lacing, very nice light copper color. Lots of bready goodness in the nose. Biscuity bread like taste very easy going down. Very light on the tongue. To date, this could be my most sessionable beer at only 5.6% abv. Cheers to Schmaltz, not only for their beer, but for their artwork also.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes. L: Pours rich amber with a slight haze under a 1” white foam collar that grips the side of the glass. S: Hop and malt aromas. T: Lightly sweet, traces of nuts, light toast, hint of chocolate – very faint. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: A decent, flavorful brown ale.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into He'Brew pint glass.

Appearance: Rich and deep amber red with a decent white head that slowly fades into a white layer. Decent retention.

Smell: Sweet caramel and bready malts with citrus hops lingering in the background. Also a hint of honey.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts and bread up front followed by a citrus taste. A kick of hop bitterness in the finish. Taste has a bit of a rye like quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high level of carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

Overall: A very tasty ale.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear light brown with a solid eggshell colored head. Nice sheet of lace.

Smells a little hoppy and has a faint detergent odor in the background.. Not unpleasant, just different.

Has a bit of a weak caramel profile to it. Then turns harshly bitter in an IPA gone bad kind of a way. This is a really unbalanced ale IMHO. However, it isn't that far out of whack for the style. Hop lovers may dig it more.

Mouthfeel is middle of the road bodering on the weak side.

Drinkable to those that really dig pale ales. It's not bad, just not great.

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Photo of Razor
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know what you're saying, 4.0's across the board but I really enjoyed this beer. The appearance is great with a light golden brown/orange color and a decent head when poured. The smell is enjoyable with a welcoming scent of malts and hops. The taste is very good with a little extra hops. The mouthfeel is great, it has a nice feel that sticks around for awhile and doesn't go away to quick. As for the drinkability, grab me a six pack and I'll be all set for the night.

**Pocket A's in one hand, Genesis Ale He'Brew in the other**

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A darker beer, not exactly brown. Small amount of head. Nutty aroma, kinda bit of floral hops.

Taste of a light malt bomb, barely a hop presence compared with the aroma. Heavy bread. Not a lot of flavor going on, a dull doughy woodish beer. But there's some substance to it.

The beer is just there. Expensive for something so middle of the road.

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Photo of MOShepp
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper brown color, not much of a head with some lacing, tiny carbonation strans.

Aromas of toffee, a nuttiness and some spicey hops.

Malty up front, caramel, then lots of hops, bitters on the light to medium side but the hop flavor is intense with lots of peppery spice that lingers nicely.

Nice surprise, lots of quality hop flavor with mild bitterness and a nice aftertaste.

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Photo of ADR
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium amber appearance, pale head of light-textured bubbles that struggles to 1/4 of an inch but has decent duration. Simple lacing patterns on the glass. Slight bit of aroma hop to the nose. Body is light, too light to properly feature the maltiness, the hops seem to skew it toward a drink somewhat like lemon-infused designer water. Malt is somewhat grainy and sucrose-like and gone by the end without a backbone character. Actually, after a while rolling this one around, its decently drinkable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.66/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The bottle says "Conceived in San Francisco , Brewed in New York". Appearance: Pours a copper brown with a huge fluffy mountainous cream hued head leaving great big ol patches of lacing. Aroma: Contains mild nut tones and fruity undercurrents flying in the air balanced with some hop aromatics. Taste: Not overly sweet a bit harsh with grain husks aftertase not too crazy about this one some subtle notes of ale deriven fruitiness, but nothing worht my while here not feeling this beer. Mouthfeel: Labeled a light brown ale, I would say that's a bit accurate even watery light brown ale would work. Drinkability just not feeling it, so many well made craft beers in the country this one just seems like a gimmick to me.

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Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle with a thin layer of sediment on the bottom.

Pours a lightly hazy reddish-amber with a moderate tan head. The head is near creamy and has decent retention.

Aroma: No off-odors, but nothing particularly appealing either.

Taste: a good mix of toasted malts and spicy-piney hops, but with a fruity note.

M: medium-light body; medium carbonation.

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Photo of guntherhophead
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep brown w/light head that dissapates rather quickly.

S-Sweet malt w/light toffee.

T-On the sweet side w/strong malt, light toffee/molasses, light canteloupe, and faint hops in the finish.

M-Lighter-bodied w/light carbonation...balance in favor of malt and on the sweeter side. Don't think this should be under the APA category.

D-A decent beer but not He'Brew's best offering.

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He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 521 ratings