Genesee Cream Ale | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Genesee Cream AleGenesee Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Genny" Cream Ale.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001

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Ratings: 1,418 |  Reviews: 572
Photo of Johncnh
3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stanale
3.22/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jbehlar
3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of blissfulNemo
2.87/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of PMakowski
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

If you're unfamiliar with cream beers, no there is no dairy. It is creamy in a way because of the mixture between lager and ale styles. Genny cream looks like most cheap beers, straw colored. Smell is fairly sweet with some bready malt. Taste is different than most macro's because of the style, it is initially malt but then bread, corn, and finishes smooth and kind of creamy pale. It is very drinkable. Great for the summer. Not going to really impress anybody but at 50 cents a can it isn't made super fancy. Refreshing and not extremely carbonated. Worth stocking up on once in a while. Overall a C+

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Photo of Navinjohnson
2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

True granddaddy beer. The only original American beer style... cream ale. Done right. Crushable and no notes of pretension. I have to import these from upstate. So light and watery... nothing there. But ice cold and beer magic happens. There’s some that say it’s crap
Can’t argue with them. Actual hipster beer

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Photo of Seth19113
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very drinkable beer. Slightly golden yellow with a nice head. Decent smell and pleasant taste. I used to drink a lot of this in college and it still is appealing. This is a good beer bargain.

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Photo of MrPsychic
3.61/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Is it anything spectacular? No. Is it good? It's decent. That being said, I pretty much always have a case of it at home since it's a cheap go to that's pretty good.

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Photo of BeardedWalrus
3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nothing much to say, its my go to cheap beer. Stronger and more flavorful than most macrobrews, 15 bucks for a 30 pack is a killer deal.

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Photo of Tantonys
3.92/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice and crisp! Very refreshing and unique in its own way. Not a floral hops, but just enough smooth bitter at the end makes this ale quite enjoyable.

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Photo of jeffthepony
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.93/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a Korea town strip tease, this thing is hitting the spot! Seriously, for 99 cents a tall boy it cannot be beat! Why venture to overpriced Spearmint Rhino when you can get satisfied for a bargain basement price? Light, grainy, hoppy like a rabbit on a few tabs of acid...


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Photo of Schlitz74
2.94/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a typical golden color with a soapy white head, There is a little lacing on the glass. This is an acquired style and one that is not one of my favorites. We get one similar called Spotted Cow that people rave about.

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Photo of pkalix
3.85/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

so darned refreshing; i wish american craft beers carbonated their stuff more like this!

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Photo of edthehead
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of buzzvader
3.99/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The whole Genesee beer empire has had it's ups and downs over the past 50 years. At times it tasted truly great and at other times it was skunky. It tasted really great in the late 70's and 80's and then went down hill until the last few years. Now it is worth a taste as it has good people running the brewery. You have to give it a try if you like regular refreshing beer that's a bar standard. Many options.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Hazy golden yellow color minimal white foamy head,, smells of malts , butter?, muted hops.Taste is surprisingly smooth and well balanced, Feels creamy, buttery,nice carbonation. Really not bad. I just hate thinking they get their water from the Genessee river. Hard to get really excited. On a hot summer day this would be great. Does not seem the same as it was in 80's.

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Photo of superspak
3.81/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 11/11/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread dough, and lightly toasted biscuit; with light notes of lemon, pear, apple, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with pale malt/corn and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread dough, and lightly toasted biscuit; with light notes of lemon, pear, apple, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness of malt/corn and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Very clean on lager flavors, not Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and light sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a delicious cream ale. All around nice robustness of malt/corn and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful and never thin/watery for the ABV. Very clean pale malt/corn flavors, restrained yeast, and mild earthy hop balance. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of xolectic
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice head. Yellow-amber color and decent lacing.

Smells sweet. A slight corn scent.

Taste is sweet. One of the least bitter beers I've had, with a creamy mouthfeel and a noticeable, but balanced, corn taste, not as heavy on the corn as most adjunct lagers.

Overall a very good beer, especially for people that don't like bitterness.

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Photo of egrandfield
3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of MaMaJeansNaturalMarket
3.66/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Idrink
3.86/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rated for what it is.. A cheap lawnmower beer. It is a very good example of that.

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Photo of joeyjoeyjoey
5/5  rDev +63.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I`m a regular Genny Cream drinker so I may be partial. I will go out of my way to get it.To try to talk about numbers or attributes, I simply like everything about it. I always call it an "Honest" beer. It doesn`t try to make an impression. It does what it`s supposed to do. Quench your thirst for a drink. You can have your I.P.A.s and Craft beers and Microbrews. When I want a beer, I want something that isn`t snotty. Something real. I`m not trying to impress anyone.

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Photo of Whatcuneed
2.2/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Nass
2.15/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Nice head lacing and carbonation. The taste is sort of sweet and corny like narragansett lager. I sort of like it. oh no I spoke too soon now that it has warmed up to room temperature I can taste that nasty cheap corny syrup sweetness going down my gullet. Yuck. I am wondering if this brewery is using any corn syrup or actual corn or corn grits in this beer. it has a cheap sweetness to which is leaning me towards to believing that they are using some cheap filler like corn syrup in this beer which is what makes it so cheap. I wanted to like this beer but I just really can't. It is hard to find a good brew for a good price these days. This is nasty and close to undrinkable folks. Oh well at $9 for a 12 pack I guess you get what you pay for. Is it possible for someone to get a cheap decent tasting beer that is not filled with corn syrup. If you are a novice craft beer drinker then you can't even drink this if your trying to get drunk off of beer because you cannot get a hold of any marijuana or xanax pills then you will probably end up choking and puking trying do so. I do not recommend that anybody go out and buy a 12 pack of Genessee Cream Ale lik my dumb ass did. Is it freaking possible for someone to make a mass produced regular cream ale that does not have any oranges, plums, or pears or any other fruits and is not filled with corn syrup or any other cheap filler garbage. Cheers! I think I will go with a D- (60-64) score range on this one

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Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
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