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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now I was actually very excited to try this one. I have been a fan of everything I have tried that has come out of this brewery and was hoping they could continue to roll along for me with a light brown ale. This one poured a very nice hazelnut brown with about two inches or so of off white head. This gradually faded and left behind nothing more then a token bit of lace on top and some nice and delicate side glass lace. You could see some carbonation trickling up from the bottom letting you know it was alive. The smell was quite light, sharp, and surprisingly hoppy. Nice grainy and earthy base gave way to a bit of sugar and caramel and a touch of some light floral hops. The taste followed suit very nicely. Start out with a touch of caramel and then quickly rolled into a very nice sharp grapefruit like hops. Great dry finish really kept the whole package going. Great feel on this one, nice smooth, medium to light body was kept up by ample carbonation throughout. This was a good one that you could have a few of over the course of the night, as there was definitely nothing boring going on here. Overall I was very impressed with this one again. It was a nice light, sweet brown ale that had just enough of a hop kick to satisfy someone like myself. I would definitely recommend giving this one a try, it deserves it and I will be seeking out some more.

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Photo of rickyk76
4.37/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pouring from the bottle to the glass, the head poured smoothly but quickly disippated into almost nothing. Slight lacing in the glass as I drank.

The heavy malt-forward aroma was sweet on the nose and pleasant to experience as opposed to getting ram-rodded with hops. The mouthfeel was creamy but not heavy; this beer would fit in nicely with a nitro tap.

The malt taste was bready with some slight hints of mild fruit (probably esters). A sweetness pervaded every sip.

Easily sessionable, this beer was way more than expected. It's complex in its simplicity and it's brave to stand against the current hop trends. Truly a fantastic session that pays homage to Schmalz' "could give a shtick" style and to us fewer recognized malt-forward beer lovers.

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Photo of rodney45
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: Found in bottle at peculier pub in Manhattan. Apparently the beer is now retired.

A: Hazy golden amber, with a big creamy head.

S: Malt up front, with a slightly hoppy and spicy aroma

T: Big malt flavor. Caramel and bitter dark chocolate flavors poke through as the first notes. Balance of hops that have a very noticable but very faint peach and plum flavor. Dry yet sweet aftertaste

M: Medium to Heavy body, with low carbonation.

O: I really liked this beer. The balance in this ale is something that should be noted by every brewery everywhere. A good flagship beer and is an accessible place to start for anyone trying craft beer. This is what im bringing to the next party someone throws.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Worth buying for the bottle alone -- "Chosen Beer" indeed! The beer pours hazy orange with a very thin head. Aroma is nicely malty, slightly nutty. Flavor is malt-dominated but a significant herbal hop flavor permeates the entire sip, resulting in a rather crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. As the beer sits, however, and the carbonation dies down and the tongue becomes accustomed to the hops, the malt flavors begin to come to the foreground, and a sweet, nutty flavor stands out. Very nice beer!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
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 Giggy
4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber, clear, slightly red when held up to the light. 2 finger head

S: Malty, bready, orange peel

T: Sweet roasted malts, caramel, grape, some hop flavor

M: crisp & smoth

O: Full flavor, medium body, balanced carbonation, easy drinker

Sad to see that they are retiring this beer.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber with an impressive foamy tan head that leaves solid side laceing and has superior retention. Frankly,it is hard to find an ale that looks better when poured.

Aroma is bready, toasty malts along with faint hebal hops.
Taste is of same toasted malts, and a touch of caramel. Good solid hop bitterness, crisp and clean and quite dry at the finish.
There is a reaction of NICE, if not a WOW here, just a good to a supurb brown ale (personal style favorite).
Very drinkable, a great session beer.

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Photo of kratos69
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this is a decent beer. I bought it at a local shop that lets you mix your own 6-pack and tried it the next day. The Genesis Ale pours dark brown, leaving a slight tan head which disappears shortly. It has an enticing nose, with some slight hints of citrus. Its taste is very centered on the malt, but distinctively lacking in hops. The mouthfeel is excellently smooth, and the drinkability of the beer is high. I would definitely buy another, but would not feel as though a 6-pack would be worth my dime.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.16/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper amber color

Smells very sweet - smells slightly like there is some rye in it although the ingredients on their website say that there is 40L , dark crystal 2 row and wheat - surprised at the sweetness factor for a brown ale. Very nice. Good mouthfeel, possibly a bit too carbonated but very good overall. I am giving it high marks on the basis that it is different from other brown ales that I have tried and a little sweeter.

Would get it again. Only purchased a single and looking forward to the bold

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Photo of Jason
4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
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 jwc215
4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed light brown with a thin off-white head that lasts for a short while before completely disappearing.

The smell is of citrus with some pine. Roasted caramel weaves in and out of the aroma.

The taste is of citrus and pine. Some resiny notes mingle with caramel, brown sugar and grainy sweetness. It has an aggressive hop profile, but with plenty of support from a firm malt backbone. Balanced bittersweet finish.

Medium-to-full bodied, it is almost syrupy.

This is a lively pale ale in the West Coast style, "conceived in San Francisco, brewed in New York". A nice hop profile with a nice balance. I recommend to those who like a hoppier APA.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at a liquor store in savannah, ga. Enjoyed at my hotel room on a trip out here.

Dark hazy tan/light brown beer. Malty aroma.

Interesting hop heavy brown ale. Some toastyness, lots of breafy malt, a background of bitter hops. The hops are not expected in a brown ale but i like it. Adds a nice fresh herbal quality.

Thin but smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: cloudy amber-orange hue with a thick finger of frothy ivory roam. I like it.

Smell: extremely rich, malty aroma with a big sweet character. It's got the aroma of a much bigger beer; reminds me of the big malt of a tripel without the yeast characteristics. Quite good.

Taste: big malt flavor with a strong and balanced bitterness. The hops aren't smooth, but somewhat bracing; the overall effect is quite tasty. Bitterness lingers on and on.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a very good level of creaminess. I like it.

Overall: I'm not typically a fan of ambers, but I really like this beer. Great malt character and a strong bitterness make this among the most out-there American ambers I've had, and the lack of a crystal-malt biscuitiness is awesome. For the style, this beer is great.

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Photo of glamphetamine
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - The head was small and faded away quickly. Leaves some lacing on the glass, much of which runs back into the beer after a moment. The beer pours a reddish amber and is nearly opaque.

S - You can really smell the hops on this one. Not an overpowering smell, but fragrant enough to give you an idea of the taste. Hints of citrus and pine needles.

T - The hops are strong, only slightly overshadowing the malt. Has a slight wheaty/bready back to it, but just a hint.

M - Finishes clean, leaves behind a warm and pleasant hoppy aftertaste.

D - I think the flavor would wear me down after more than one beer, but it wouldn't hurt to have a bottle of this on hand. If you're in the mood for a good and hoppy ale that's not overpowering, this is definitely up your alley.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"The Chosen Beer" Exile Never Tasted So Good". This ale is as good as the label is funny. Reminiscent of a Stock Ale. Pours cloudy deep amber with an overly foamy white head and clingy lasting lace. The floral hop aroma is tinged with a tad of malt. A medium herbal and light sweet malt body is no match for the highly grapefruity, citrus hops. An odd raspy and lightly astringent mouthfeel is Ok, but I prefer a little more smoothness to balance things out. Light fruity and somewhat flowery with noticeable alcohol bite. L'Claim!

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Photo of williamherbert
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous dark orange. Incredibly cloudy, like cider. Lots of carbonation. Big, thick, foamy head. Perfect. Seriously cloudy lace all the way down.

Outstanding ale smell with aromatic bitter hops. Biscuity malt with nutty flavor. Great hop/nut balance.

Great balance between the nutty, bitter brown and the top layer of hops. They work in perfect harmony. Vanilla finish, very nutty.

Milky and creamy. Thick. Slight bitter malt bite at the end. A very VERY good ale. Nutty but so well balanced. Very nice.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Cost Plus Market for $1.49, on to the beer:

Dark amber to light red in color, this brew is topped by a puffy head that retains well and sticks all over the glass. Aroma is moderately hoppy, but not enough to keep out caramel and diacetyl. This beer has a pleasant bitter taste to it, with flavors of caramel, grapefruit, mixed fruits, butterscotch, pine, and dextrin running around the palate. Solid, smooth mouthfeel is kind of chewy.

This was a pleasant surprise to have. I drank this with pork tenderloin and BBQ beans, more of a contrast than a compliment.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium brown with a small head and bubbly lace that retains well.
The aroma of malts,grains,fruits and hops.
The taste is sweet,hoppy,fruit hints and malt background with some caramel tones.
The feel is clean,smooth and only mildly bitter with very good balance.

Notes: Exceeded my expectations and provided a good session brew. I plan to purchase more.Very well done.

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Photo of tbrown4
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz -> pint glass

Picked this single bottle up in a mixed ix pack at Towson Wine & Spirits in Towson, MD. $10 flat rate mixed packs, great price.

This is my first from He'Brew.

A - Hazy dark copper, white medium bubbled head, moderate carb streams, thin lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Very happy with this as it's extremely aromatic. Smells of toffee, toasted dark sweet breakfast bread, sweet malt notes

T - Slightly bitter up front but settles in nice and sweet. The middle is creamy and rich with some toffee, caramel and chewy toasted malt notes. Finishes clean with only a slight bit of bitterness.

M - Thin to medium

O - For what it is, this is a good beer. Enjoyable and easy to drinking. Good representation of the style and session-able. It's more refreshing than what I would expect from an amber as it's not at all heavy on the palate. I'd get a six pack of this to keep in the fridge.

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Photo of WWWade
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good beer, not very complex, but a nice compliment to my lamb steak meal.

A - deep amber brown, but no real head to speak of

s - light and nutty

T - simple. A little nutty and smooth

M - light and low carbonation

D - I am adding this one to my regular rotation

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Photo of snilsen13
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep gold color, I think... holds some head.
Smell is nothing special, not memorable.
Taste is pretty darn good. Hops and malts are very well balanced, there is a fresh flavor in both. Malts are rich, solid, definately complex. The real kicker is a touch of something special, like the smell of leaves in the fall. Perhaps there's a touch of rye in here. It's not overwhelming at all. Finish is clean.
Mouthfeel is alright, not thin, feels good.
Drinkability is very good. No shortcomings here. Something intriguing in the flavor and not. Solid beer.

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Photo of jj21
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle
Poured a light brown color with a decent head. Slight caramel on the nose along with some fruit. Very sweet with a mild hop aftertaste. Not quite enough for my taste, but very good. Smooth mouthfeel and easy to drink.Very nice session beer.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Razor
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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 StevieW
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Dark copper to a golden brown color. Creamy, foamy beige head. Laced the glass nicely, and stayed a long while. Lots of bready rich biscuit smells.Some hints of medicinal smells up front, but those faded quickly. Nice full bready malt taste, lots of malt, flavors ride the fence between a brown ale with it's sweetness and a pale ale with it bready malt and hoppy snap. Hops comeback to finish up in a faint reminder of SNPA. Medium bodied, not watery. A surprisingly good beer. Better than I expected for sure. Multiple samples at Roy's tasting session Friday night.

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