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 rodbeermunch
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark beer, almost brown, some hints of a darker red with it, 1/5" head, off white. Aroma leaned nutty. I'm on the fence on whether this is a brown or an amber ale at this point.

Taste was malty. Barely any hops. Some bitterness. Lots of bread stuff going on. Meh.

Would not bang again.

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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 corby112
2.82/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with apricot edges and a one finger white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy floral hop aroma with hints of pine needle and fresh cut grass countered by caramel malt sweetness, toffee, and biscuit. Kind if bland without much else going on. One dimensional hop profile and the malt presence is stronger than I prefer.

Light bodied with delicate hop bitterness that lingers over the sweet malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. Light and easy to drink but not very complex or interesting. Dry, grassy bitterness countered by caramel malt, biscuit, toffee and a touch of dark fruit. Hop profile is one dimensional but has decent flavor. Malt presence is stronger than I prefer but provides some needed balance. Sessionable but kind of boring.

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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 obrike
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single as part of a mix six pack at World Market in Round Rock, Texas.

Poured a murky amber copper with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving little to no lacing...a nice little ring of head remains for the duration

Getting some sweet malts with caramel...maybe a bit of drak fruit and baked bread as well. Not too shabby.

Taste follows scent...lightly sweet upfront followed by hints of caramel, sweet bread, and a touch of hops at the end. Not bad, but a bit pulled back. Fairly easy drinling...medium bodied with a nice finish

Another good effort from Shmaltz. A pretty approachable American Amber.

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Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some fine particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with some hints of fruity yeast.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has a mixture of caramel malts and fruity yeast flavors as well as some bits of earthy hops. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied, slightly thin and a little smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink—especially given its lighter body—but nothing really stands out in the taste except for the fruity yeast.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy tan/dirty orange, finger off-white head, good lacing

S: sweet crystal malt, pine, grassy, mild ripe fruit

T: lemon peel, grassy, pine, big malt, sugar biscuit finish

M: med body, mild smooth/hint of dry mouth finish

O: Not usually huge fan of Amber ales, one of my
least favorite styles, but this is very flavorful
for being only 5.6%ABV! Well done,
give to your Fat Tire loving friends.


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Photo of Godslave
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a bit weird to see sediment (yeast) floating around in the standard pint glass. The taste is very good; however, be careful with this beer, as it's not quite labeled correctly. "Session" brews are usually low enough in alcohol that one can drink several in a bar and not stagger out the door. This one packs a better-than-average punch at 5.6 ABV. But it's on the hoppy side, which to this fan of IPAs and ESBs is a good thing. It reminds me of my very first homebrew, which I call "Sucker Punch IPA" because the alcohol is cloaked behind the Cascade hops and sneaks up on you like a blindside. Dry-hopping really adds to the flavor of this beer, with Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe hops used in the process (although the company does not divulge when each strain is introduced, but the tart citrus flavor that is signature of Cascade really shines).

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Photo of Murrhey
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Finger width off-white head. Bubbly and medium retention. Some lacing. Orange-brown color and nice carbonation.

S- Dark malts and darker fruits, some raisin smells and a slight hint of brown sugar.

T- Dark hops and some sugariness, crisp taste with a bitter linger.

M- Lighter body with a dry finish.

O- Strange little brew, but I liked it.

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Photo of socon67
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber pour with a soapy foam. Slight lacing.

S - Pleasant scent of light malt, bready yeast, and a dash of spice.

T - Easy drinking ale that is pretty straight forward. not exciting at all, but also just seems like a beer that works for any season or reason.

M - Great balance. Very smooth and feels light for a beer with some decent flavor. Good ale to sit back and watch sports with.

O - Just an overall solid ale. I actually like this over some of Shmaltz more extreme beers. Worth enjoying.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange brown with a thin off-white head and slight lacing. Light malt and dark fruit aroma. flavor is malt and brown sugar with a slight hop finish. Understated. An pleasant, but unremarkable brown ale.

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Photo of beertunes
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a coppery amber color with about a half-inch of off-white head that had good retention and light lacing.

The aroma was a bland blend of sweet malts and subdued hops. That also describes the flavors, just an overall bland "beer" taste. Except for one thing, there was an odd flavor, one that I've encountered in Shmaltz' brews before, just a weird kind of funk. Perhaps it's from their house yeast? It just tasted "off', and I don't think I got a bad bottle.

The body was typically decent for the style, smooth and even, although there was a bit of an unpleasant bite on the finish. Drinkability suffered greatly from that odd flavor. Overall, not a terrible beer, but not a notable one either. Try it for a tick, otherwise, save the calories and alcohol for something you enjoy more.

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Photo of Offa
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale brown-reddish copper, small off-white creamy head slowly shrinks to foamy ring. No lace.

Aroma is toasted barley, bread, pepper, wood, metal, faintly soapy. It’s good, but not great, and seems a tad thin and rough.

Taste is dry toasted barley, woody pepper grassy bitterness. Feel is light but not watery, not engaging, but solid. It is solid and enjoyable, somewhat well-rounded, but simple and a bit basic.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.03/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear rust color with a thin head and no lacing. It's aroma is of raisins and toffee. The flavor is mainly ice-tea followed by malt sweetness with dark cherries in the background. There's a mild hop bitterness in the finish that lessens as it warms. The mouthfeel is thin and light. Shmaltz He'Brew Genesis Ale is a decent beer, like spiked Icy Tea. Recommended.

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Photo of biggred1
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honeyed amber with a creamy tan cap that fades to a filmy skim of foam and leaves fine lace on the glass. Toasted grain and sweet malty notes with an herbal hop note in the aroma. Sweet and malty with a touch of butterscotch and a touch of rye bread. Mild hop bitterness permeates the flavors adding a little twist of flavors that lift this brew above the average Amber (they call it a "Light Brown" actually). Light bodied and smooth the creamy carbonation. A good beer under 6% but not really worth the high price locally IMO.

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Photo of Adam5150
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy dark amber colour with a almost creamy head. The aroma included corn syrup, sugar and malt with a hit of metallic.The beer is a touch watery and thin and way too sweet. Other than that it’s a fairly standard and very average Pale Ale. There is a slight hint of a vegetable and cardboard in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean.

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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 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 Dodo2step
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Barleys and Hops in Pittsburgh

A- a light hazy orange with red highlites with minimal head and poor lacing on the pint.

S- a sweet malty aroma with hints of fig or fig like qualities.

F- bready and malty characteristics. Also sour grape taste.

M- creamy and medium bodied. Simplistic, however, the maltiness overirdes down the throat and in the mouth.

D- not bad but i like some of the other brews better. This is too sweet and then sour for me.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a deep amber color with a nice looking light tan head on top. The lacing was pretty good on the glass on this one. The beer looked to me as more of a brown ale but maybe it was the lighting I was in. The smell of the beer was lightly floral with some decent hop aromas in there and some malt sweetness as well. The taste of the beer was pretty good, it tasted a little like a Belgian Ale to me than a APA. The mouthfeel was drinkable with a good carbonation. Overall Not a bad brew, I'm surprised to see that it's been retired.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Penultimate beer from the holiday pack. In case Mrs. Malaprop is reading, I mean next to the last.
Appearance: Hazy red brown. No head to speak of.
Smell: Hmmm...like the Messiah, not much of a nose here.
Taste: A little more taste than the nose projects. Pleasant drinking light brown (or American amber).
Overall: a tasty enough if nothing special brew.

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Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
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 wordemupg
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 20/12/11

A clear amber with loads of big bubbles feeding a very long lasting two finger head that never really falls as there's still foam at the bottom of the glass and leaves partial rings of lace all the way down the glass

S very grainy like dry cereal with some leafy hops, toffee and purple grape candy

T much like the smell but the grape flavors faded but still lots of grainy cereal, a little too much cereal takes away from it, lacking complexity

M a little thin and not nearly as many bubbles as I could see in the glass

O an OK beer but I'd get board if I had a 6 pack

I'm hoping this is the worst beer in my stupid expensive mixed pack because although there's nothing offensive its pretty average

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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 EricCioe
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This gushed and then pours a plain golden amber with a fluffy two-finger head that dies out leaving some lace. On the nose there is a caramel malt base with fruity esters atop, with not a lot of hop presence on the nose. It smells like the Sam Adams house note, really, which works for certain beers and not for others. In the mouth, a bit of hop bitterness comes out behind the malt and fruit, mostly on the back of the tongue in the long finish. It's well carbonated, as evidenced by the gushing, which I also experienced with the Bittersweet Lenny's I had last night.

Overall, this is beer that doesn't do a whole lot for me. I can't really fault it on quality, but the fruity note I guess from the yeast seems out of place to me.

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