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

He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version)He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version)
521 Ratings
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 canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass , this beer has a nice dark gold colour coupled with a malty nose that opens up with warmth. An easy drinking brown ale with enough hops to show its US roots. Nothing amazing but well put together and very drinkable. Food friendly and complex enough for a leisurely pint I will buy this again

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
The beer poured a nice chestnut brown with a decent tan head that faded down kinda fast. Not much lacing seen.
The aroma of the beer sported a sweet and nutty malt presence balanced by a keen floral hoppiness. Nothing outstanding, but that's not a bad thing.
Taste was sweet malts to the front, a nutty middle, and a bitter then tea-like finish.
Mouthfeel was average, medium to light bodied.
Not a bad beer, but nothing spectacular. There are better browns out there, but I'd have this again every now and then.

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Photo of FlannelAvenger
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce brown bottle, part of a six pack, no date on the bottle. Poured into American straight pint glass.

Appearance - Poured a sparkling copper amber color, some teeny tiny bits of sediment visible in the beer. Very thin off-white head which dissipated immediately leaving no lacing.

Smell - Basic malt, yeasty, bready tones, with a crispy floral note, a tad of citrus.

Taste - Basic malt, with a little bit of citrus and hop bitterness at the back. Balanced, but nothing is standing out in particular.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is lively, adding some sparkle and brightness to the finish, but not overpowering. I would expect more head based on the way the bubbles feel, but it isn't happening.

Drinkability - Overall, a well balanced, smooth, moderately carbonated beer. I think I may have found the new one to keep on hand in large quantities for summer grilling season.

Oh, and I'm adding in extra points for raw Chutzpah. L'Chaim!

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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 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 BeerGodz
1.56/5  rDev -55.9%
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 jonziefle
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a cloudy brown color, without much visible carbonation. Half finger head the disappears immediately. No lacing and a bit lifeless.

Smell: An interesting combination of roasted malts and apple/grape hop flavors. Mild sweetness.

Taste: A similar taste to the nose. Sweet toasty and caramel malts, with spicy dark fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and with a nice bite. Not very “lively” though.

Drinkability: Good flavor and body for an American brown ale, but nothing that special.

Buy Again? No.

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

Poured into a regular glass.

A - Poured amber copper color with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Sweet malts with caramel, apple and nuts.

T - Slightly sweet upfront followed by hints of caramel, nuts and bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Good but slightly too bitter to enjoy a lot of this. Would like to have it in the future.

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Photo of y2j2280
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle

A - Rich, slighty cloudy with an amber hue.

S - Not much going on here. Delicate malt aroma.

T - Sweet up front - followed by a pleasant nuttiness. Nice hoppy finish.

M - Nice coating/chewing feel

D - Nice session beer. Can have multiple in a sitting.

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

A - One finger of off-white head on top of a slightly hazy, golden-brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - An aroma of toffee malt with some toasted notes and moderate hop character. Notes of pine and grapefruit with a hint of caramel.

T - Dry malt character up front with some toffee and toasted grain. Grainy malt in the middle followed by moderate bitterness leading into the finish. Citrus hop flavor and moderate bitterness in the finish with dry toasted malt flavors.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, this beer is light and drinkable with a pleasant aroma. The flavor leaves a little to be desired, mostly due to excessive dryness that flattens the malt flavors and leaves the hops seeming unbalanced even though they are fairly mild. The dryness issue doesn't create an unpleasant, burnt toast flavor the way it does in some other excessively dry beers, but it still holds this brew back. With a little residual sweetness I think the malt character could shine in the flavor the way that it does in the aroma. Worth a try, but I don't think I'll be drinking it again.

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Photo of sitarist
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light shade of brownish orange, safe to call it a copper color. The head is off white and fades to a ring rather quickly. Small amounts of lacing. There is all kinds of floaters. It looks like a battle between rising bubbles and falling sediment.

S- Almost smells like apple pie filling with walnuts.

T- Burnt caramel, nutty (pecans and walnuts), and cheap apple pie filling.

M- Medium body, nice amount of carbonation, dry finish.

D- Not something Id want to drink a lot off.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, a touch of nuts. Taste is a good combination of malts and hops, some nuts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single. Amber coloured ale with a small off white creamy looking head. Aroma is subdued but mostly biscuity/bready malts. taste smooth bready,sweet with minimal hops in the end I liked it Mouthfeel is pretty nice and silky. Overall a simple beer but enjoyable. hard to believe this is 6% alc..tastes like a English style ordinary bitter.

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Photo of WWWade
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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 Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger and a ½ of tight beige head forms atop this amber beer with mostly burgundy highlights.

Sweet malty aroma.

Caramel malty flavor. Some decent depth to the malt tones here. Having said that, there isn't a great deal of complexity here. Some sweetness here... perhaps a bit much.

Medium bodied a little sticky.

Almost drank more like an amber/red vs. a brown. Decent, not great.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy brown color with a medium thick foam white head, that disappears into a thin film over the brew. Can't tell how carbonated this is due to the cloudiness. The Lacing is thick and sticky, clinging to the side of my glass.

S- Sweet malts, balanced out by a favorable hop bitterness. Within the sweetness, I pick up notes of toffee and a nutty undertone. Smells like it's a very interesting beer.

T- The flavor of this beer is very similar to how it smells. The sweet malts are first noticed, along with some deeper sweet flavors of toffee/caramel and the aforementioned nuttyness. It reminds me slightly of a honey brown. There is some good hop bitterness on the finish, but the lasting flavor is more malt.

M- The carbonation is on the low end, providing a smooth drinking beer. The body is more medium and leaves a coating over the palate, which is rich but dry at the same time.

D- While I like this beer, I am good with having one, maybe two, as it is a fairly rich tasting beer. I think this would be better suited to drink with some food rather than on it's own. It's not what I'd call refreshing but does taste good. Give it try I say, it's good beer!

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a standard pint glass for consumption.

A: Amber gold with one finger of creamy head.

S: Light grapefruit character with a creamy vanilla undertone and lots of hops. Sour milk notes too.

T: Tobacco, mild hops, vanilla and a Capn' Crunch finish (oats, corn and honey).

D: Pretty good. I could definitely get a sixer of this and not feel bad about it.

Value: At $8.99 a six pack, it's a good buy.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.22/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle.

Biscuity notes in the aroma. Also a little floral.

Appearance is normal for the style: a medium amber. A small head with plenty of lacing.

The first taste is a sharp, lightly sweet citrus taste collapsing into an unripe apricot. Bitter and clean on the aftertaste, medium hoppiness.

Sharp on the palate with some immediate effervescence. Finish disappears quickly. Just a hint of tinniness.

Overall a average brew for the style. Solid but not exceptional.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. "Kosher certified, Rabbi approved." No date or info.

A - He'Brew pours a clear and lightly effervescent dirty apricot bronze color. Despite the tall pour the head is low. Off-white with mild retention and little bits of lace left.

S - Lightly toasted malts are prominent with a biscuity nose to them. A small amount of hops comes out with a light floral hint. A slight mineral hint to the overall crisp aroma.

T - The floral hops overtake the malts in the flavor and give off a slight citrus taste to the finish. The malts are lightly toasted and a touch biscuity.

M - A little bit sparkling to the feel, this light-bodied ale has a dry finish.

D - Not bad, just plain overall. Straightforward and decent to drink but average at best. Interesting it's classified as an APA when the bottle reads, "light brown ale."

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Photo of cavedave
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A gentle pour produces a dark amber, clear fill for my glass. A beige, one-finger head quickly gives way to a thin skim. Thin lacicles cling for a bit, then slide.

It has a light aroma of slightly tart yeast, a caramel/bready/neutral grainy aroma, edged by grass and citrus, a touch of earth and pine.

Not a lot going on with this one. The light caramel of the nose is the first taste, yeast joins in, bready notes accompany the sip to a finish that is juicy, slightly bitter, slightly citrus. Lightly, but tastefully, hopped would be a good description. Compared to others of this style it is less full of taste, less complex, less bright, but the light flavors balance into a mix that is ... well, tasty. It's a simple beer and, to put it on its own terms, it drinks pretty good.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dextrinous, perhaps a touch thin, carbonation is high, and pleasant, cling is a bit lacking, but it clears well, nothing sticky or cloying on the palate.

Drinkability is good, it's refreshing, clean-flavored, and tasty. In my book PA's should be refreshing first and foremost.

Impression: Looking for a simple, tasty, refreshing beer, with a nice taste, no complexity, and a clean feel? Here it is.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was decent. Pours to a brownish color with a head that dissipates at a medium rate. Very hoppy aroma, with a bit of maltyness. The flavor is not like the aroma, the hops are not as overwhelming, but it does have the hoppy taste in the background. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a brilliant reddish brown color with a off white/light tan head that is pillowy and fluffy. Great head retention and moderate lacing.

Smell: Smells sweet, biscuity, malty and has a nice hoppyness to it. Dark caramel and pineyness, some dark fruits and woodiness.

Taste: Pretty decent brew. Its got a good dose of hops but the beer itself is more of a brown ale. it has that bland maltiness, faint caramel and biscuity taste that is overpowered by the hops. Nice hop profile, but it doesnt entirely match the amount of malt. Overall tasty, but unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation. Aftertaste is a bit metallic, but solid creamy initial attack on the palate.

Drinkability: Basically if you are looking for a hoppy brown ale, this is your best bet. Great with chilli, stews, and roasts. Would drink this again, but not going to go nuts to find it.

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Photo of Jayli
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 12/11

A: This beer pours a murky deep brown with reddish tinges to it. A two finger of nice white frothy head rests on top. Spotty lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is sweet - sugar, caramel malts, I picked up perhaps some cherry notes?

T: Taste starts with a vaguely tart sour fruit flavoring, that quickly is balanced out by an extremely sweet flavoring. Brown sugar, caramel malts and toasted malts fill this out. Finish is surprisingly hoppy - grassy, earthy and citrus hops finish this beer out.

M: Light side of medium body, lighter carbonation, somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

D: Decently blended, somewhat tasty but the sweetness in the aftertaste deter this as being a sessionable beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange-brown color. The head is thin and frothy and dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell: Grassy hop aromas with a hint of breadiness too.

Taste: Mildly hoppy with a nice bitterness to it. The hops leave a faintly fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a bit of a carbonation bite to it.

Drinkability: A middle-of-the-road pale ale. Not something I would go looking for, but not bad nonetheless.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Happy Hanukkah 5770!

Poured from 12oz bottle into Macado's "Halloween 2009" branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a tan-caramel color with a one-finger off-white head that leaves heavy lacing behind.

Smell: Sweet bready malts with butter. Slight toastiness, light earthy hop aromas, and hints of grapefruit.

Taste: Begins sweet and buttery, finishing with apple sweetness and a slight hop spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, balanced carbonation, with a slightly watery finish.

Drinkability: There's nothing to set this beer ahead of the pack, but it's solid all-round and would be a good session brew.

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