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

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Genesee Cream AleGenesee Cream Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,355
Reviews:
550
Avg:
3.06
pDev:
19.28%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
197
For Trade:
0
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Photo of BeerDreadz
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of IBUBrew
3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of DaveCash
2.31/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of bshefftz
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 SaisonRichBiere
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmeraldMist
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 nater919
2.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Metalsnota
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Eric

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Photo of durwood64
3.14/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 Sulty
3.97/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dallynusa
2.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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

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 Grupatre
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 1mrbeer
2.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of irasmith17
3.71/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great nostalgia. Usually pretty cheap and easy to drink.

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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.

Cheers!

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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 Yancey82
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of boszormeny
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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