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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Reviews: 314 | Ratings: 521
Photo of BeerGodz
1.56/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Look: Amber color, small white head with little retention & ok lacing. This brown ale is NOT brown

Smell: I seriously cannot smell anything, not even in my Duvel Tulip - WTF? Ok, maybe a faint amount of malt now that it has warmed up, but that's it.

Taste: Up Front: Bland, malt. Finish: Same, and this one has a strange finish to it as well

Mouthfeel: Light body, low carbonation

Drinkability: I could not even finish this one

Overall Impression: I cannot think of a single good thing to say about it.

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Photo of Portertime
1.77/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

He'Brew, oy what a name! A hard pour yeilds a thick, rootbeer foam colored two finger head that holds firm then slowly fizzles to a bubbly, glass sticking crown. Smell is sweet with a hint of caramel and some mild spicyness. Taste sticks to the sweet taste buds but abruptly stops then slides in with a touch of oily hops in the back. It is smooth as velvet. It turns almost too thin in the end but maybe it is just that smooth. If you can handle the sweetness it is dangerously drinkable but I would prefer a little more hop balance.

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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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2.26/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My first kosher beer. I never knew such a thing existed.

POurs a light brown amber color. There was a bit of lacing with the white, nondescript head.
The flavor was pretty lackluster in my book. Kind of metallic, slightly skunked, with a little bit of an initial snappy bitter bite. Little else presents itself.
The mouthfeel of this beer was a bit strange. To me it seemed dry initially and then wet and watery in the finish.
Now that i've had this, it's time to move on. Glad I didn't buy a sixer...

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Photo of rangerred
2.35/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured a hazy copper with a solid 1 finger head and nice lacingl.

Smell is very sweet, almost sickly sweet. Reminds me of rotting fruit. Not very pleasant.

The taste border on being overly malty and cloying. There are flavors of orange, pine along with alcohol. There is a sharp bitterness on the finish that doesn't blend well with the maltiness.

I will give props for a solid, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall this beer just doesn't do it for me. It is not balanced and has a sickly sweet smell and taste.

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Photo of matty
2.45/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Orange colored ale with aroma dominated by citrus.Taste is citrusy with a slight hint of caramel or toffee maybe??.I do not like this beer way to citrusy and even though I didn't pour it down the drain I really had to force this one down.Not recommended and I will have to think long and hard before buying anything else from this brewery.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.52/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a hazy red-orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into this lacing. The aroma is very light. I actually reminds me of a macro lager. There is a faint pale malt sweetness, but nothing else. The taste is grassy hops, with no malt backbone. That is not to say that this is a hoppy beer, it simple does not have much of anything. the mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, this is a mediocre APA. I cannot see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: at Philly Craft Beer Fest '07

With a name like He'Brew, I was hoping this would be a better beer. But it really wasn't.

Poured into my 6oz. sampler glass, a clear amber with a thin white head. Typical malty aroma and not much else. Basic malts in the taste, hints of light fruits, and not too much else happening. Light mouthfeel, kind of watered down feeling, but fairly drinkable and non-threatening.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.56/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Smelled like Jujifruits. Period. My dream of finally enjoying a theater candy in liquid form has finally been achieved. I'll admit, I was intrigued to say the least. It was an average looking brown and had very little head that went away quickly.

It was thick, good hops made it bitter and ale was nice. That was the mouth end of it. It tasted like a winter warmer with a malty flavor and slight licorace flavor.

So, does liquid theater candy taste worthy enough to get it again? Nope. Just average as average can be, and no where close to the style this is listed in.

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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 battlekow
2.59/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber, big fluffy head, nice lacing. I really think APAs tend to look simplisticly beautiful. Smells musty and malty, and a little toasty and hoppily spicy. Taste is malty at first, then straight-up bitter and little else. At the least the mouthfeel is, typical of APAs, nice and creamy. Genesis Ale isn't nearly as good as Anchor Liberty or Tyranena Stone Tepee.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.59/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a three-finger head that goes slowly and leaves a good lace. Light-medium carbonation. Clear, light amber color doesn't really look like a brown. Nose is slightly hoppy. Starts and finishes hoppy. Slightly bitter aftertaste. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle. Brewed in Saratoga Springs, NY and label has changed.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.64/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A= Pours a deep amber color that never really quite pushes what I would describe as a brown ale... The head is a nice thick creamy looking two fingers high with solid retention and lacing on the glass.

S= The smell is light malts. Not much roast or sweetness to it more of just a grainy nose. No hops present. Maybe a little yeastyness to it.

T= The taste is much more brown ale than the nose was. There is a nice malty sweetness to it while still adding to the grainyness. There is also suprisingly a good amount of hop bitterness to it. Unusual for a brown.

M= A little high on carbonation and light on body.

D= This is unlike most browns I've had. It's just your average run of the mill beer sort of. Not much going on here. I got the sixer for free and prolly won't buy any in the future.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.66/5  rDev -24.4%
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 Dewey0603
2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This pours a clear amber color with a foamy tan head. The smell has a very "bisquity" aroma to it. It's like walking into a bakery,very nice. The taste has some malt sweetness,but ends with abit of hop bitterness. The aftertaste is very metalic and unpleasant. The sweet malt carmel flavors are OK, but the mix of malt and hops makes this m/f light and not well balanced. This is a beer that I will pass on.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Woodman's West here in Madison. I would have called it a poor English Brown Ale before an APA.

Pours an uninspiring pale amber with a finger of rocky khaki head that fades quickly. Nose is a light mix of caramel malt and a bit of generic fruit. Taste starts off with a foul metallic bite, then bitter, tangy caramel malt and a hint of medicinal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is slick and crisp. They obviously spent more time on the kitch than they did on developing an interesting beer. Yawn.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle smell is very hoppy and sweet. Colour is a translucent cherry bronze. Poured into my chalice the head is macrobubble and quickly dissipates. Upon tasting the carbonation seems very high, overpowering any flavour at the start. Contrary to the hoppy smell, the malt actually dominates the hops in this ale. Almost like the hops were added too late. Getting past the carbonation the malty taste is quickly followed by a bitterness too shallow and blunt for an ale in my opinion. Not really what I expected. Wouldn't seek out more of this brew.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.82/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium brown color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A lighter bodied American Pale Ale. Malts are slightly nutty and way too sweet. Hops are mild and slightly spicy and grapefruity. 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. Aftertaste is sweet,

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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 donniecuffs
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Hazy copper/orange, with decent white head and lacing.

S: Subtle citrus, with no individually dominant fruits. More powerful caramel malt aroma.

T: Slightly better than the nose, with an initially rich caramel malt flavor dissipating into a thin subtle spiciness and then an abrupt bland if not slightly sour finish.

M: Decent amount of carbonation for an ale, with rich upfront maltiness.

D: Lack of a balanced flavor makes me one-&-done with this guy.

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Photo of genog
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky orange color with a foamy white head with plenty of lacing that sticks around. Smell is grainy, with malty sweetness. Taste is way to sweet with grain, corn, and not the best aftertaste. Watery mouthfeeling with little carbonation. This one kind of tastes like a Macro ...not good.

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Photo of mrgrandefromage
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the reddest ale I've ever seen... like rich stained antique cherry. Nice head, persistent foam. This beer has almost no aroma at all. Strange, as it is very rich and malty. Hop finish comes up like a bottle rocket to the palate, jarring and not well balanced. Overall a decent beer, but too bitter to be a session ale. At least now we have a bris-suitable beer.

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Photo of wcudwight
2.89/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish brown with golden hues. Color is on par for the style. Little head or lacing with a slow pour. Fruity, sweet, and nutty in the nose. Taste is plums, grapes, backed by a harsh bitterness. Not a good hopdevil bitterness, but a harsh one. Leaves a metallic aftertaste. Feels thin and watery in the mouth. Could be a very drinkable beer except the bitterness and metallic aftertaste hurts it.
This is certainly something different, and was suprising. But, due to the harsh bitterness and the metallic aftertaste I think I will pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of marburg
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Note: my bottle is different than the one in the photo, and after reading some of the other reviews, I have to wonder if there was a recipe switch in the past year or so?)

Amber-ish. Copper-ish. Gold-ish.

And bland-ish.

Not a real winner here. Looks like a solid pale ale. Decent head retention, et cetera. Aroma is very muddled, full of grain and bready, sweet malts. The epitome of plain.

Starts far too sweet, though not in a sugary sense. Malt presence overpowers the tongue with a haze of obfuscated, bland, confused malts. Hoppy citric bitterness sweeps it up and redeems it a little, but I'm finding this wanting in most every way. Ends a bit on the astringent side.

This will be a pleasant upgrade to Miller fans, but I didn't particularly find anything too enjoyable inside my bottle of Genesis Ale.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: No date or abv on this standard brown 12oz. bottle

Aroma: Mostly malty with a light noble hop. A clean smell.

Appearance: Very light and very clear brown glass with a very thin cover of larger bubbles (that’s a lot of very).

Flavor: Hops really pop in the taste, kind of piney, and they bury the malt leading to a good Pale Ale flavor with some mild metallic notes.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, heavy finish with the carbonation being a bit too high.

Overall Impression: Bitter hops, thin body, and some off flavors.
Sampled in Memphis, TN

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