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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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light golden yellow with a nice head.
The aroma is very grainy, mostly corn.
It's really bland, but better than most aal. It's got that sweet graininess with a slightly dry finish. It's actually good for what it is.

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Photo of Kriztofuhr
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - Clear straw/yellow, two finger of bubbly white head that quickly fade.

Smell - Buttered corn, slight yeast aroma

Taste - Big grainy body, cracker like malt in the background, bubblegum sweetness

Feel - In between light and medium bodied. Lots of carbonation.

Overall - Worth every penny. Always have a few in the fridge.

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Photo of runbirddrinkbeer
3.83/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another stroll down memory lane:
12 ounce can after yardwork. Ice cold.
Hard to beat this for a yardwork beer. Pours a pale golden color but darker than the usual BMC offerings. Whiff of corn which is not offputting to me. Tastes some corn, diacetyl, clean and crisp finish. Hint of sour. Mouthfeel average. Overall not Pliny the Elder but not meant to be. Used to drink these in little bottles, "little Gennies".

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Photo of neenerzig
3.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Saw 24 oz. cans of this for $0.99 a pop at a store earlier today so I figured why the hell not, right? Poured into one of my mugs, this beer pours a clear light to medium golden color with a good number of little bubbles steadily and continuously rising to the beer's surface. Has a creamy, fluffy looking head that's about 3 inches thick or so when first poured. Settles fairly quickly to very tick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a good, thick coating of surface foam and lots of lacing here too. Aromas of come malts with some slight caramel sweetness and some other grains (likely rice) and I think a bit of corn. A decent aroma overall. The taste is pretty much the same, some malt and caramel sweetness that gives way to a grainy taste along with a bit of corn. Rounded out with slight hop bitterness. Simple, straight, and to the point flavor profile. Not great by any means, but certainly no metallic off-flavors here either. Spot on for the style I suppose? Has a fairly crisp, also smooth and somewhat creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish with a slightly dry after taste. Not bad, not great. I wouldn't mind drinking this again, but I likely won't go out of my way either.


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Photo of mrpoizun
2.28/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I think the reason the ratings for this beer are all over the place is that the quality is all over the place. The first 30 pack I got was good. All were drank right out of the can, and they did have a distinctive and pleasant creamy smooth taste. The second thirty pack might have been accidentally replaced with Genny Light (is there such a thing?) and was thin and tasteless. So overall I have to rate it as below average.

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Photo of mark5692
3.95/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure how to explain this beer, it just runs in my blood. It has a soft, clean taste to it that you don't find in many beers. Relaxing with a Genny Cream is top notch. It will impress you especially for the price. Pour it in a glass and enjoy it.

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Photo of 1470West
3.59/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

All things consider, if this is your pick for the moment, it's a good beer. I had a pint last night with my cheeseburger and it hit the spot. That is the taste i wanted and non other and thats what i got. Take it for what it is, it's cheap and easy to find. I grew up occasionally buying a six pack of Genee half quarts for the evening. The taste takes me back to good times. I don't know, maybe that makes me biased.


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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +63.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For a cheap beer, 30pk for $16 this beer is outstanding. If i want a good tasting beer at cheapest price possible this is the beer. It's exactly what it's labeled: a cream ale. Very smooth and crisp with good foam cream head. I give it a 5 because it's in the category of PBR, Red Dog, Milwaukee Best, and so on for it's cheap price and it's the best beer out there for the price. It's my #1 go-to for tailgating besides MGD. It's pretty much 50 cents a beer so really can't get better than this.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Coming out of the Northeast region of the U.S., Genny is a classic cream ale and an iconic response to the Canadian refinement of the style during U.S. prohibition. But that doesn't make it a good beer...

24 fl oz green aluminum can nabbed at a bodega in Brooklyn, NY for 92 cents (somehow).

Creamed corn, buttery barley, subtle diacetyl, corn adjunct, some ale yeast esters. No, it's not a complex brew, but it at this price it offers far more than many beers. Balance could be worse; it tends a bit too sweet as-is. Obviously, it's a shallow beer. Flavour duration is below average. Flavour intensity is low.

Overcarbonated, surprisingly medium-bodied (many budget beers are more light-bodied for maximal drinkability), smooth, wet. Buttery. Somewhat coating.

It's a drinkable inoffensive brew with no egregious faults or off-flavours (apart from the diacetyl, which kind of works in the build). In its own way, Genesee is a classic in the cream ale style, and there's a lot of history to the brand. I'd absolutely reach for this over most (American) beers offered at the same price, but it leaves a lot to be desired. In the 24 fl oz format, it quickly gets tiresome (particularly as it comes to temperature). I'd advise drinking this one cold to mute the sweetness and diacetyl.

In fairness, I'd revisit this one - hopefully paired with food.

High C+ (3.21) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of car2052
3.18/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from can to tumbler.

A: Medium gold, 1 inch head that leaves some lacing.
S: White bread and sugar, cereal, light lager yeast, not as much as in a Bud.
T: Cereal grains, slight sweetness, no hop presence. Slight sourness on the back end which may be part of the "Cream" name.
M: Light-medium.
O: Not a bad lager. Probably prefer over other domestics.

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Photo of HopHunter19
2.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - nice golden clear color with a white head that leaves no lacing, but should at such a low abv
S - corn, cream, light malts
T - corn; cream, light malts. Bread, wheat. Minimal American neutral hops.
M - light, alcohol is covered, aftertaste is cream corn
O - American light ale, pretty sad flavor, but expected

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Photo of Bikerbeard69
4.29/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the old school greats . Every time me and the boys are hammering a case or 2 I have fond memories of my father and all his foul mouthed dirty ass jokes . The price is great and the the taste of pure nostalgia . One of the few great thing to come out of NY

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Photo of jmd1978
2.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Light golden color with little disapating head. Nose sweet malts, fruity notes. Taste is pretty much the same as nose plus a little bit of creamy finish. Goes down clean. Nothing fancy about this meat and potatoes beer. Easy to drink on hot day or eat some bbq.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
2.56/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ok. Pittsburgh has Iron City. Cincinnati has Huedepohl. And Rochester has Genny. In this case, Genny Cream Ale. It tastes like you would think. Awful, but nostalgic. My second cousin, who worked for the brewer, referred to these as "green boys." Enjoy a green boy and the memories.

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Photo of Scrolls-1
4.86/5  rDev +58.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

For a nice creamy end of the day beer, it can't get better than the taste, price, and the amount compared to other American adjunct's and some low-end ales (see: 'Icees"). Those would include POabst [I do like as well, but I'm also a snob and a budget man.] I feel that for the price of a tallboy here in NJ: $1.07 for 5.1% ABV, and the Ice version at 5.5% ABV, both are viable choices if you're looking for a grill in the afternoon day, a tailgate, a relaxing beer after the day has passed. It's almost perfect for the price. I know a few who would prefer Bud lite, and even Natty Ice,, but I find the cream finish on the palate makes for a refreshing swig and enjoyable beer in comparison. Overall I really Genesee, and I might be biased, which no family member or friend has forced on me. I think it's a perfect daytime, afternoon, and Evening beer; though in the evening, you might want something heavier.

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Photo of pjlizard
4.78/5  rDev +56.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Haven't had a Genny since we left Pennsylvania 20+ years ago. Just had some, in a bottle, over the weekend. To me, on a hot day when you're just having fun, no American beer can beat an ice cold Gennie. It is a vert refreshing beer.

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Photo of Uzsienietis
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Go-to cheap beer for this former Lehigh student. Much better than Natty, more alcoholic, and can be purchased for less than $15 for a 30 rack. Optimal beer to bring to parties. Won't pretend it tastes, smells, or feels great, etc., but this is your beer on a budget.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Paid 2 bucks for the monster 24oz of this since I never had it. Guy at the register talked me into another one since it was 2 for 3 bucks. He pretty much told me its not bad but you have to drink it fast. Head is actually stand out it makes for a bit of lacing which I didn't expect and its a bit darker than your typical BMC. Smell is a bit of a let down some sweetness buried under lager like sunkiness. Taste is actually pretty good sweet cream malts and a touch of corn makes it surprisingly easy to pound.

Overall a notch over typical BMC with good sweetness rounding out your basic corn flavor.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.54/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

The flagship of the genny lineup, in my opinion, it's basically one of those run of the mill American mass produced beers with some sort of cream added and ale yeast. And it beats my rating for just about every one of them. Definitely worth a try, and if you bring a thirty rack to tailgate at the Ralph you'll be very popular.

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Photo of Squire123
3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color with disappearing white cap and lacing.

Aroma of mild grain and just a whif of hops in the background.

Tastes primarily of grain with very little hop presence. Remarkable for it's lack of hop presence actually. The grain flavor is single dimensional but is pleasing enough serve at a cookout. In facts trumps most AALs in my view.

Texture is medium and somewhat creamy which, I expect, is by design.

Overall it's a step up without an increase in price which is appreciated.

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Photo of FantasticOKC
3.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look - pretty good. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Small, but well defined good looking head. Bubbling seems to slow dramatically after initial pour.

Smell - Standard smell nothing offensive, nothing special.

Taste - Very good. Initial taste is pretty standard, which I like. It's like a summer movie that you don't have to think too much about, just sit back and enjoy. It has a slight metallic finish which should detract greatly from the experience... but here's the weird thing about it... that metallic finish (somehow) actually complements the flavor. I find this incredibly strange, but somehow it works extremely well.

Feel - very basic. Lacks the amount of carbonation that I would like, but still seems fairly pleasant.

Overall - pretty good. This is what I call a lawnmower beer, and I judged it as such. Imagine mowing your lawn after work on a warm spring day at the start of baseball season. This is a beer you'd like to sip on the porch, admiring your work before the night's game.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.01/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz can into snifter glass. 5.1% abv

Appearance- Pours a light gold with large course bubbled head slow to dissipate. As clear as a beer gets, like crystal.

Smell- Corn malt, cooked veggies, straw.

Taste- A grainy and cooked malt. Malt clams the palate. Slightly grassy. Just a touch of cream soda but not easy to discern. Finished crisp with a bitter yet boiled off hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Thin in body with active carbonation.

Overall- Not too bad if you have to go macro. Not big on quality but drinkable. Very cheap beer, hence very cheap taste. I'd select a different macro lager if I had to buy one. Much more lagery than ale like for sure.

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Photo of OhCarol
5/5  rDev +63.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Other than a few German beers and of course living so close to Canada with the Labatts beer, I have very little experience with any foreign beers, but have tasted many American beers and find that "Genny" Cream ale is the best beer to drink at any time of the year.
It has a a wonderful look with a creamy head and a clean, fresh taste without being too strong or a watered down "lite". It has a smooth taste from start to finish and a clean smell and doesn't leave you smelling like a beer barrrel.
From the start to the finish the lightly cream feel, smooth taste a new feel stays with it.
I am not a fan at all of the regular "Genny" - Genesee beer, which seems to be popular with so many and seems to get all or most of the advertising dollar from the brewing company.
Like many others who have commented, I am amazed that Genesee Cream Ale does not get more advertising and thus more people trying it. It may be one of the most reasonably priced American beers, but balancing a wonderful taste with a great price, it will never disappoint... Unless you are a person who believes that the more you pay, the better it is ~ which is not true.
For my money, it is the best American beer there is!!!

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Photo of McGee666
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is the best bad beer around...if that makes any sense.
I'm not even going to try and break it down since I'm usually drinking these out of the can at a bluegrass festival or something else of that nature. No off flavors to speak of and has an excellent creamy mouth feel. Goes down easy and is great when paired with a good cocktail.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought 1st night in Las Vegas as it was the a cold beer I could buy and have with our pizza (which was good).
Quite malt forward. Hops seem to be for balance only. No discernible hop flavor, bitterness or aroma. Carbonation was quite excessive, even upon pouring. Classic appearance.
This went fine with the meal. Nothing to search for, but at $1.29 for a 24oz can it worked just fine.

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