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 AnPiobaire
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew was poured from a 12oz bottle at about 50 degrees.

It poured cloudy golden with a thick cream colored head that stuck around the entire beer.

The nose was not as powerful as I hoped and was a mild malt note with a hint of hops.

The brew had less flavor then I had hoped. t starts off almost blands and then blends into a mild bitter hoppy finish.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy almost chewy, and really coats the palate nicely.

Overall this is a very smooth and easy drinking beer that leaves alot to be desired in the taste department. What taste it has is nice but it needs much more of it. For those wishing an easy drinking ale, Enjoy!!!

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

Pours from the 12oz. bottle a bright copper color with a one-finger head that settles into a light collar with some lacing on the sides. Carbonation is quite active. This beer has a really nice full aroma of caramel malt with a little biscuity, spicy yeast thrown in for good measure. 1st sip brings the caramel and biscuit notes with a touch of honey, then the hops appear subtly on the back end. The mouthfeel is solid with a hint of carbonation sparkle on the tongue. The drinkability factor is very good...i'd have zero problem polishing these off one by one while watching a ballgame. Overall, a solid, tasty offering to sip & savor. I'll be getting more of this!

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Photo of generallee
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a beautiful deep amber color with good clarity. Its head builds up to a nice white 2 inch collar of foam. This head slowly fades but keeps a small covering to the end and on the way down the glass it leaves some spotty slick lace.

Smell: It has a light aroma with a mild bready and caramel sweetness. Hop notes are very faint and distant.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue I get a bready and caramel character with a touch of fruity sweetness and some raw grain towards the finish. A slight floral and earthy hop presence gives it a snappy balanced finish. With its medium body and balanced carbonation it is an easy drinker.

Notes: Overall its nice average Amber Ale with great drinkability.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber in color, with thick, tan head of micro-bubbles. Lace is high, but erratic.

Malty sweet nose, I get some biscuit and graininess. Not too remarkable.

Taste is nutty, a little roasty, and definitely on the sweet side of the fence.

Smooth in body, and easy to drink, this session ale is decent, but not outstanding in any way.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an extremely clear amber/copper color. Nice one finger white head that last a good while nice lacing.

S: Lots of caramelized malt, some grain, a little bit of flowery hops.

T: Has a nice fruity sweetness and some caramel malt on finish. Not a whole lot other than that, rather simple.

M: Medium bodied, nice carbonation with little bubbles released from the bottom. Crisp and smooth, slightly sticky finish.

O: Kinda boring, easy drinking, but for style I have had many that I like more. Overall, not memorable.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

It's a clear amber color with a couple fingers of white head. Good retention and great lacing.

It's quite hoppy for an amber ale but still a little malt warmth behind it.

The taste is hoppy as well and maybe even a little less malt.

It's a little thin, but very easy to drink.

Overall it seems pretty average to me. There's no one area where it excels but nothing that's bad either.

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

306th review on BA
bottle to pint
12 oz

App- Hazy, copper, orange/amber with a very thin one finger head. No retention or cling.

Smell- Faint all the way around. Malt, with a sweet light citrus?

Taste- Huge malts with a somewhat citrusy tangerine mixed with a caramel sweetness. Its a tad different but I enjoyed it.

Mouth- Medium bodied but barely with a almost high carb level. Sweet, malty and a bit chewy.

Drink- Very smooth but a tad malty and sweet. Was pretty good but I was very eh about it. Probably wont have it again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

He'brew Genesis Ale has a pretty thick, off-white head and a fairly clear, amber appearance, with lots of active carbonation and a decent amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is mostly bread, but some sweetness and an over-ripe, somewhat off aroma shows itself. Taste is mostly of flavor and piney hops, with a little sweetness as well. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and He'brew Genesis Ale finishes smooth, easy drinking, and wet. Overall, aside from that sort of turned aroma, this is a pretty good beer.


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Photo of Nerudamann
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - dark amber/light brown in color, a bit murky, with about 2 fingers worth of very light khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - maltiness in the smell. Syrupy in the smell too, probably honey as the label suggestions.

Taste and Mouthfeel - slightly malty at the beginning and then hoppy and bitter at the finish. Fairly unique-tasting. Texture is fairly well-balanced, but leans a little more on the watery side.

Drinkability - Drinkable brew. Not terribly complex, but not bland or boring either. A good mix.

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Photo of cyrock1
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium amber with an off white head.

Smell: Lightly roasted and caramel aromas with a hint of coffee.

Taste: Semi sweet maltiness with a little fruitiness on the front of the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium Carbonation with a mild hop and malt finish.

Drinkability: Calling this a light Brown was spot on. A true sessionabl brown.

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

From notes: A: Clear amber color. Not much head, poor retention, and some lacing. 3.5 S: A mild fruitiness. Some citrus. Sweet malty. Herbal hop aroma. 4.0 T: Good hoppy backbone. Good balance with hop and malt characters. Malts give off some caramel, but the main focus is hop bitterness and flavor (earthy). 3.5 M: Medium body. Good carbonation and smooth. 4.0 D: Pretty good. Enough flavor to keep from being bored. For as big as the hop character is in this beer, the appearance and head were disappointing.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown and caramel color, translucent, with a thick and creamy beige head that has good retention and lacing.
Smell is roasted malts, light caramel and floral hops. Also some fruity yeast notes towards the end.
Taste starts with a nutty and grainy malt charachter and finishes with floral / fruity hops, also with a nice hop bitterness that persists in the aftertaste.
Body is medium to light with high carbonation and pretty high drinkability. Nice balance of malt and hops in this beer.
Great session brown ale, not overly complex but highly enjoyable.

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Photo of shand
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

This brew looks very good! It pours a lighter brown with three fingers of head and very sticky lacing. The retention isn't so hot, but otherwise, it's great. The smell is sweet, toasted malts, caramel, and just a hint of earthy hops. Pretty good. Taste-wise, first comes in some sweeter malts, then a bit of toastiness comes in. The finish is some earthy, bitter hops. Pretty good, but nothing mind-blowing. Just a solid brown ale.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but I think it all works with the flavor profile. The drinkability is quite good, there's no hint of alcohol and the ligher mouthfeel makes it go down well. A solid beer from Shmaltz, worth picking up.

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Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy almost 2 finger head that fades at a medium pace with a sticky lacing, over toasty auburn orange-red color.

Nose brings some toasty reddish malts, light crystal malts, light brown sugar, light syrupy aromas, and a mild earthy hop.

Taste has some brown malts, some toasty reddish malts, hints of brown sugar and a slight corn syrup flavor, some interesting toasty quality I can't put my finger on, a slight dried fruit, a bit of bitterness with some earthy and slightly herbal hops. FInish brings more of the hops as it dries with a slight sticky feel, and some more toasted nutty malt flavors.

Mouth is medium to a little bit lighter bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is pretty good, drinks smoothly, some herbal earthy hop bitterness hits a bit, no real booze, but a slight sticky finish. Almost sessionable, but not quite.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber/orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and earthy hops. The flavor is a mix of earthy and piney hops, along with some toffee and caramel malt. The flavor also has a dirt quality to it, but not in a bad way - as weird as that may sound. Very well balanced and very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nothing too exciting, but a nice beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Keffa
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours amber with a small off white head. Nice small lacing, and head settles into a tiny cap. Lacing retention is minimal. Not bad.

S: Caramel, bread, and a slight floral note. Not a lot there.

T: Caramel malt, bread, toast, and a little bit of a background orange. No bitterness, per se. Alcohol is hidden.

M: Slightly thin, yet creamy. Decent carbonation. Not bad.

D: Easy drinking, clean finish. Nothing here is really offensive.

Simple, well made beer. A little bit more hop flavor would make this a staple for me, because the malt flavor in this is nice. I may try to clone this in the future and add some more hop to it.

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

Review from notes.

A - Pours a clear orange-tinted brown with a fizzy off-white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S - Smells of toasted malt and faint herbal hops.

T - More hop presence than the nose would suggest. Some toasted malt and a touch of sweetness before the bittering citrusy hops come in on the finish. Hops maintain control as the beer warms. I get a larger impression of an American Pale Ale than a Brown.

M - Crisp and clean. Nice.

D - Good drinkablity. Nice clean flavor and mouthfeel.

Nothing particularly exceptional, but not a bad beer either. I might pick this up again somewhere along the way.

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Photo of dcsoke
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good head retention, very clear, and light aroma. First sip and you can taste the light maltiness of this brown ale. Definitely a smooth drinkable beer with a nice toasty flavor that lingers.

Bought this as a single bottle but would love to find this on tap and get it fresh. If this is an indication of the Shmaltz quality I can't wait to try the others.

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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 damndirtyape
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle (no date I could find on bottle) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance. Translucently cloudy orange-brown beer that poured a 1/4" off-white foam that died down to a foam just across the top with some density at the ring of the glass. Not so thin to be a film, but not really thick enough to be a significant foam. Plenty of bubbles coming up through the glass. Some strands of lacing noted here and there.

Smell: Very faint toasted malt, and only that on a really deep inhale. That's about it.

Taste: Roasted/char flavors right up front, some quick malt sweetness in the middle and then it moves quickly into a bitter hop (piney and citrus) finish. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation on the tongue, just right in slickness and coating of the mouth going down. Good thickness but it leaves a tiny bit on the teeth.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable....and in a bit of shame went well with a pork BBQ meal. I just thought a brown ale would go well with dinner and didn't even think about it until after I poured it. A kosher beer with pork. Ummm...sorry. Anyway, it went pretty well and by itself that bitterness and roasted malt flavor really is growing on me. Other than the lack of strong smell, this is an all around good beer.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with a thick tan head and a fair amount of lacing. Smells of citrusy hops and not a ton else. Tastes of well blended hops some malts, subtle roasted goodness and some citrus. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation was lively but nice. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of MuddyMcGinny
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard pour from a 12oz. into a English nonic.

Very nice two finger, light and frothy head with good lacing throughout. Amber and orange color, cloudy and almost nectar-like when it settles. Almost like a vanilla and toffee lightness on the nose, nothing crazy. A very good hybrid of a brown and light pale ale. Medium body and a light hoppiness make it very drinkable to your average suds consumer. Gave a sixer to a buddy of mine for Chanuka and his family thought it was the greatest thing ever!

He'BREW Genesis is awesome paired with a 2lb. pastrami sandweeeech on hearty seeded rye w/ kosher deli style mustard and sour pickles n' slaw from Harold's Raritan, NJ!! Good brew!

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Photo of thagr81us
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Pours a slightly hazy red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsides to one finger slowly. Maintains nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is comprised of slightly roasted malt, earthy, and nutty notes. The flavor is of slightly roasted malt, nutmeg, and a subtle earthy note that lingers after the sip. It has a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this is a decent brew. However, I wouldn't really think it was a Brown Ale if I didn't already know. Just seems to taste a little off for the style to me. This is still a decent brew, just not at all what I expected. Worth trying at least once, but that is about it.

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

Aroma is much like any American brown ale would be...lightly roasted malts predominate. Pretty light in intensity.

Taste isn't too surprising in the body...light, roasted malts for the most part are pretty pleasing. However, there's a fairly significant hoppiness that sets this apart from many brown ales. I may not know all the hop varietals, but it reminds me of the hops one may find in European brews...not citrusy, floral or pine at all. They last a little into the finish with an aspirin astringency.

Not a bad brown ale at all. It's not the most exciting style there is, but this one packs a good amount of flavor.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.19/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Genesis pours a cloudy amber with a finger of off-white foam; decent duration and lacing. Weak nose, really difficult to discern particular aromas. After much prodding, I get faint whiffs of caramel malt; very disappointing.

The taste, however, is pretty decent; plenty of roasted caramel malt, a nut brown flavor, and a little dark chocolate. It isn't exactly bold but, compared to the passive smell, it is a huge step forward. Very good mouthfeel--smooth with good effervescence; very accessible, with the hops emerging in the finish quite nicely.

Overall, a decent brown ale, which admittedly isn't my favorite style. Genesis could use a heavy infusion of malt for more flavor but, especially, some aroma. Worth a try and, from Shmaltz, worth some improvement.

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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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