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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Reviews: 314 | Ratings: 521
Photo of AgentMunky
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 15 November 2011.

A: Thin head. Clear copper. Good lace.

S: Nice-ish. Floral and hoppy.

T: Not particularly good. A nice, lingering dryness at the end with a fruity-sweet maintaste.

M: No real complaints. Solid.

O: I wouldn't recommend it, nor would I have another. It's not bad, it's just plain.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy copper, one thumb of off white head retained at a thin covering with some random lacing
S - malty aromas of sugar and fruity sweetness and a slight phenolic
T - caramel and biscuit malt, light fruits and brown sugar, light phenolic tartness and earthiness on the finish
M - creamy with mild carbonation, a light hop bitterness but generally a full feel
O - a pretty solid amber overall, nothing outstanding about it but nothing average either

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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 grittybrews
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy ruby-tangerine with a finger of off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel, honey, and pine.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Lots of bread and caramel up front with some grapefruit, citrus, and mild but long-lingering pine bitterness on the tail end.

Solid brew. I thought it was a little too malt-heavy at first but the bitterness on the finish helps to balance things nicely.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a dark amber, almost brown with hints of red. The beer produced a nice, foamy, off-white head, maybe a finger and a half, and had some decent retention but faded and left no cap to speak of. When the beer is held up to light, there are noticeable yeast particles floating in the beer.

The aroma of the beer is nice, malty with hint of biscuits and caramel.

The taste is a malt bomb...super malty with some hints of biscuit. It was so malty that I had a tough time distinguishing any of flavors. While I like and can appreciate malty beers (Reds and Marzens) but this was a little overpowering for my taste.

The beer had a medium body to it and good carbonation. Overall, the beer was good and defiantly worthy of another try, but I think that the beer could be better balanced.

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Photo of jsisko01
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a very dark amber color with an inch thick, tan looking head.

Smell - Very sweet, caramel, malty, and roasted nuts.

Taste - Has a toasty flavor, toffee, caramel, and kind of bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall - It's a good beer for what it is.. but I just don't like amber ales in general.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this American Amber Ale from a bottle into a pint glass. The ale pours a nice amber color, clear, produces a nice white head, has good retention and leaves ample amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma of the ale is full of toasted malt and spicy hopes. Very nice hop aroma for an American Amber. The flavor of the beer is full of toasted malted grain, caramel and fresh baked bread. The beer finishes with a bitter hop dry finish. A unique version of an American Amber....for a style that us usually fairly bland, this brew has staying power. Nice session beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber/ruby with a large head.
Nose shows lovely caramel and toffee notes with some soft spicy hops underneath.
Very similar flavours, quite a lot of caramel, but there's also some nutty malt in there too. Finishes with an assertive bitterness.
Body feels a bit watery.

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color with 1/2" an inch of dense, off white, foamy head. Great retention. Smells of caramel and biscuity malt with a hint of fruit. The taste is similar to the nose; caramel malt with just a hint of apple-like sweetness and some faint hops for balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall, this is not a bad beer, but it is a little sweet. The caramel comes across a little heavy. I think with just a little more balance and some additional hops this could be a winner.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished amber colour, fair bit paler than I expected. Head is off-white, sunk to a film of small bubbles in a cradle of yellow-tinged lace. Not a bad-looking beer, but I'd like more colour and more head.

Smell is very malty. Lots of toffee, caramel and bubblegum, with a "banilla" hybrid coming through on the back. A bit oversweet and cloying, really, and could use an anchor in the world of adult aromas.

Taste is also malty. Starts sweet with caramel grain, develops more complex sugars midway, with toffee and vanilla before ending on a fairly brown sugar-esque note with remnants of that bubblegum character from the nose but more earthy, with the malts giving notes of the grains from whence they might otherwise have sprouted. Hint of resinous hop on the aftertaste suggests that it is hops that have cleaned up this palate. Yeah, bit of pull from the resinous oils towards the back. Far more impressive with palate, it's got technique.

Not as full as I would have liked, bit drying all the way through. Not bad for the style.

A beer that screams at the top of its lungs "Hello!" and then shuts up forever.

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Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light orange copper hue which leaves a fast vanishing two finger head and little lacing here and there,the smell is citrus,honey caramel malts and piney hops,the mouthfeel is light bodied and has tastes of lemon zest,citrus,caramel candy,a touch of piney hops and finished with bittersweet hit of boiled candy and overall im glad to have tried it but was definately hoping for more cheers.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

Appearance: Amber, 1/4 finger head. Heavy lacing. Love the Jewish and sideshow humor the Schmaltz line is famous for. Very creative.

Smell: Fresh, malty. Topnotch smell. Kept sniffing that fine scent.

Taste: Malt start, hop finish. Bready at first, with black pepper undertones, then a lightly bitter, pine finish that surprised me. Never overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Light

Overall: A beer for everyone. Refreshing taste combining malt and hops, so nobody gets left out. L'chaim, y'all!

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

Pale amber/red colour, one finger of white head, nice clarity, some lacing. Smell is malty with some nice floral hops, some citrus, biscuit, lightly buttery, mudded pine notes deep down. Taste is thick malt up front followed by a moderate hoppy bitterness, pine and citrus, light mango that leads to a biscuity finish. Light carb, medium body, medium weight. Quite a nice brew, not mind-blowing but fairly complex for what it is, fairly drinkable stuff.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very large uniform head off the loud which is off white, an easy three fingers big. A great wonderful copper glowing body of amber and fairly opaque. Some minor clumps of lacing on the glass.

Nose is sweet malts. Pretty basic but very pleasant. Nothing wrong going on here. Perhaps a little burnt almost blackened roast.

Taste is, kind of lacking. Wet bodied with mild hop lime astringency, malt punch does not come through but also has noticeable yet mild carbonation that seems the most obvious over everything else.

Overall it is an average amber.

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Photo of PrivateEquity
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Head is very attractive. Lacing is absolutely solid. Light brown is accurate description.

S - Nose is weaker then expected. Not much going on here.

T - Definitely has the chutzpah to the taste. Nice malted taste.

M - Average mouthfeel, no more no less

D - very drinkable beer. Good session beer.

O - Definitely a different and interesting light brown ale. I am usually not a huge fan of light brown ales, but this is a good one.

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Photo of 20ozmonkey
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange with a head of a tiny bubbles that sticks around on top of the beer in a light film.

The first and more foremost thing I get form the smell is a pretty good blast of honey. When I think about it I can get a smell of hops, but the honey overpowers the smell entirely. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, though.

The taste on the other hand, is not so great. I can understand how the honey from the smell comes into play, but it winds up being way too bitter on the back of the tongue to let it be good. Pretty average mouthfeel.

Overall, I don't like this beer much and my mini flight (two beers) of He'Brew beers has not gone as well I'd hoped.

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Photo of ebby82
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, the bottle categorizes this as a light brown ale, while the sight calls it an American Amber. I will have to review a brown, because that it what it seems to be.

Pours a very light brown into a pint glass.

Aromas of light malts, sweet, with just a slight hint of hops.

The taste is of light, caramel like malts, with again a slight hop presence. It's quite tasty.

It is medium bodies, and quite quaffable.

Overall, a very tasty light brown ale, a little more flavor than some brown ales, without being heavy.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice ruby amber brown with a half inch of white foamy head.

S - Smells pretty decent with touches of toffee, caramel and walnuts.

T - Pretty full bodied but it really didn't wow me. Maybe I should have had this before the Messiah. It did taste rather good with some nut taste and some toffee.

M - Light to medium, pretty easy drinking.

Overall not something I would get again but it was a pretty good red ale...?

Says brown ale on my label ...

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: slightly reddish brown; very nice, foamy head; good carb action; nice lacing
S: sweet, malty smell with caramel in the first fifteen seconds
T: the flavor of an imperial rye-IPA combo, but without the alcohol; toasted malts prominent; the darker hops give it splendid depth

Overall, a very solid offering

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Photo of Tschnab
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- copper brown with a small head that dissipates and doesnt lace much.

S- toffee, malts, some grain cereal, and caramel.

T- toast, toffee, good malty backbone. Nicely balanced with the hops, a solid brew, nothing special here though.

O- A beer that doesn't live up to it's name, although it is a solid session beer.

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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 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 shaunb81
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, copper body with a dismal 1/4" head. The head dissipates quite quickly and leaves minimal lacing around the glass. Ehh...

Smell - Sweet malts and fruity hops come through on the nose. Slight caramel on the end.

Taste - Sweet and fruity, just like the smell. Not a lot of surprise with the taste here. A little bitterness lingers on the end.

Mouthfeel - Mild carbonation and very smooth. Quite nice, actually.

Overall - A nice drink with not much surprise. Unfortunately, it just doesn't bring much to the table. I will, however drink this again in the future. A beer that I would get some novice beer drinkers to try.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a "Craft Your Own Six-Pack" at Wegmans in Warrington, PA

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Pours a deep, reddish-golden color. Rather hazy and nearly opaque. Pours to a one finger head that didn't last for more than a minute or two. Slight whitish haze on top of beer.

S - Slightly citrusy aroma.

T - A rather malty, bready tasting beer with a nice amount of hops. A grassy/citrusy taste. Tangy aftertaste. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

M - Nice carbonation. Not a very heavy beer. Leans more to a light to medium heaviness.

O - I liked this beer. My first beer from Shmaltz Brewery. A very sessionable beer, in my opinion. Easy drinking. Enjoyable.


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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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He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.52 out of 5 based on 521 ratings.
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