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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Reviews by Blueribbon666:
Photo of Blueribbon666
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed many times over the years, formally reviewed here for the first time. Pours a straw yellow color into Genesee Cream Ale pilsner glass with a good mix of carbonation that yields a decent head of about a half an inch to an inch. Smell of corn, a bit of yeast and general sweetness, taste is good and clean with a sweetness of corn and a very mild ale finish. Coats the mouth and tongue pretty well as it should for a cream style ale. Very good for the price and the style and lately has replaced PBR and even Lil Kings Cream Ale as my go to cheapy session beer to have on hand with the good stuff...better the the usual BMC suspects. I wish Genesee would revert back to the old school design from the late 70's/early 80's as this can/bottle design reminds me more of a soda pop can then a beer. Great price @ $13.99 for 30 cans.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Ryk67
4.27/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ok, so I am fairly new to beer at an older age. I was always a spiced rum drinker, and only recently started to develop that acquired taste for beer. To start my preference in beers is a non-filling, light bodied, clean, non-"hoppy" brew. My current favorites are Land Shark and Miller Lite.
I stopped by the distributor tonight and saw genny cream ale for 15.00 a 30 pack... I have never heard anyone say "yuk" regarding Genesee Cream Ale, & since my kids have a habit of taste testing my beer, I thought I would try something cheap.
The box looks generic, but the 12oz cans are kind of classic looking. I tried two from the can, and poured one into a 10 oz wine style glass.
Look: Lightly golden with carbonation bubbles lasting through the last sip and a quickly dissolving 1 1/2 inch loose foam head which remained as a thin foam layer throughout my drinking experience.
Smell: Apples, wheat, grass, and a bit of hops. Nothing to make me wonder why I bought it!
Taste: Heavier than a typical light beer and kind of close to a Coors Original. It has a nice sweetness, with a creamy feel in the mouth. Not bitter, it finishes with a crisp dry flavor. It doesn't go down fast, rather it remains on the palate and back of throat for a moment. As a new beer drinker, I don't understand "feel", but after 3 of these it feels pretty good!
In conclusion, I like this beer. It is perfect for a night at the fire or a party with friends camping. I felt that it offered a good flavor, and rank it higher than bud, keystone, pbr, red stripe, miller highlife, and several other cheap level beers. It has a flavor that seems to me to be unique, yet easy to drink. Worth keeping for those days when you work on the car or yard, or get home from a day of work. It may become my inexpensive go to beer!

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can, poured into a shaker pint at approximately 40 degrees F.

A: Pours a crystalline-clear pale yellow with a two-finger white head that quickly vanishes. Looks like watered-down apple cider in the glass. Bubbles stream from the bottom relentlessly.

S: No real aroma to speak of, just some vague grain malt and grassy-fruity hop odors.

T: See the "Smell" section above. A mouthful of of slightly-hopped grains, with vague hints of grass and apple.

M: Actually slightly creamy, with lively carbonation.

O: Not a bad go for a regional macro adjunct, especially for the price point of about $0.50 per 12 oz can. As has been mentioned by other reviewers, this is a fantastic beer to bring to a party, music festival, or similar event. If you're looking for an amazing beer experience, then by all means, pass on by. For what it is, however, this is decent.

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Photo of Clinthulhu
4.37/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A good everyday kind of beer that is more complex and tastes better than a lot of people give it credit for. Nothing mind blowing here just good simple beer you can enjoy at a excellent price.

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Photo of 31Sam13
4.3/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I think that, though not obviously the pinnacle of anything, this beer is somewhat iconic. It is underrated, cheap, and fills a niche that some people believe only this brand is a classic and I love my forest green simplicity...hey it Genny...

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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 upandadamko
4.06/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Judging this beer for the price of 4.99 a 12 pack.... There is no other beer in the same price range comparable to this beer other than maybe hamms. I truly bought six 12 packs yesterday because this beer is truly wonderful for the daily alcoholic who wants a great tasting cheap beer!! The cream is similar to a cream soda soda not cream as in dairy products. Overall highly recommend this beer. Great head and flavor for the price!!

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +64.5%
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 Jensen83
4.24/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smooth and creamy but still refreshing. Hood wheat smell. Very tasty and easy to drink. Can design is simple and cool.

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Photo of manoshandsoffate
3.44/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was my favorite beer when I was still too young to buy it legally. At about $1 per tall boy, the price was, and still is, the best buzz for the buck. Any event I attended would be accompanied by fair Genny.

The look of this beer is what I like to call "Cheers beer", because it looks like the beer Norm is always nursing on the classic 80's sitcom. Nothing special, but inviting in a subtle way. Decent lacing that lasts as the brew warms up.

Not much of a smell. Light bread and butter. Smell becomes stronger and more alcoholic as it warms.

My favorite part of this beer is undoubtedly the taste. I challenge anyone to find a more palatable brew in the price range. There is the bread/butter that is also present in the nose, but on the tongue it is stronger and rounded out by a solid malty backbone. Hop lovers may want to look elsewhere... This is definitely more sweet and mellow than any IPA.

In my experience, the least consistent feature of Genny Cream is its texture. Perhaps certain retailers just don't sell enough of it to keep fresh stock, but whatever the case may be, once in a blue moon I'll get a can that just doesn't fizz the way it should. However, when you get a good can, the texture is near-perfect.

One thing I really miss is the old can art. The medals and script writing were much classier than their current can design, which looks like something a milkman might have on his truck. That said, I still love this beer! So many good memories of summer afternoons, outdoor concerts, baseball, yard work, and Genny Cream.

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Photo of SkipZ
3.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was shocked by how good this beer is! For $16 .-- a 30-pack, this is definitely a new option as an everyday beer. Its clean and crisp with a foamy and pillowy, pure white head. The body is a little more robust than all the cheap macros and also unlike them, this has a lot of REAL flavor!!! It's a lot less sweet and doesn't have that sort of, artificial and gelatinous mouth feel like the big name macros have either. Quite refreshing! GOOD JOB GENESEE!!!!

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Photo of SoulFroosh
4.38/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I just picked up a 24 oz can for around a buck at a local gas station.

I always saw the can mixed in with all the horrible low-end Keystone shit and assumed it was a terrible beer. Boy, how wrong I was.

This is an amazing beer for the price.
It's like a great domestic refreshing lager, but with extra creaminess and substance.

I still can't believe I missed this. My new go-to on the cheap.

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Photo of matcris
3.81/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

For the style. Crystal clear, light golden, with a finger of white foam that sticks around; nice lacing down the glass. The aroma is grainy, sunflower seeds, and slightly corny. The flavor is lightly toasted bread, sun seeds, grain, and the corn is more subdued, here. The feel is below average carbonation, light body, but, not watery, and slightly slick. Pick up a six pack on game night kind of brew. Nothing really off about it, and I'd like to try it on tap, sometime.

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Photo of Pylon_Johnson
4.05/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In Western NY state, they just about give this stuff away, which has gained it a bad reputation. However, at only $3.99 a sixer, it is one of the best bargains out there. I'll take a Genny screamer over any of the big name macros any day.

The beer is a full-bodied, somewhat heavy, bold tasting ale. It has a medium-dark golden colored body, a thick, rich head, and a smooth feel with a touch of bite. Taste has the typical bite and slight bitterness of an ale, with the smooth texture of a cream stout. Yes, it is cheap, mass produced beer, and even if you didn't see the price tag, there are hints of this fact in the somewhat unpleasant aftertaste you get if you drink more than a couple of these. That said, it is however great for a cheap beer, and even very good compared to mid range mass market beers.

Not a beer to guzzle, or to get a buzz on...too heavy...but great to enjoy one or two with a nice stogie, or by itself if you enjoy a that smooth yet bitter texture. Basically, it's the poor man's Boddingtons...a creamy, bitey ale at a bargain price.

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Photo of hockeystiff8
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lots of poor publicity in Rochester area. Blind tasting confirms its a great beer. Smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.57/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The appearance closely matches the style guideline. Pale straw (SRM3) and crystal clear with occasional bubbles. The creamy white head is short lived at one half inch and leaves no lacing.

The aroma contains faint malt and sweet fresh picked corn. White bread leaves no room for any discernible hops. A faint skunkiness lasts throughout.

Flavor follows aroma, that is to say rather faint. There is caramel and grain and it is rather sweet. A vegetal finish is mild and lingering, seemingly without end.

The body is thin to light with an oily satin texture and fizzy carbonation. This lacks the crispness I remember from the past. There is no alcohol present but there is a slight metallic note.

Generally speaking, I think this beer fits the style guideline. To me it is the quintessential lawn mower beer and a throwback to mid-twentieth century brewing. The beer is a bit nostalgic and one can easily consume several in an afternoon while eating pretzels.

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Photo of CJKnowles
3.56/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So there is that fine line between quality and quantity. I'm all for double IPAs and Imperial Stouts, but you and I both know that after a handful of them you wind up partially comatose. It is for this reason that God created Genesee Cream Ale.

Yes, this beer is cheap. And yes, there are slight hints of cheapness in every sip. You know that slightly astringent twinge you get in the finish? Cheapness. However, you or I would be hard-pressed to find a better beer for $10.99 a 30-pack or $3.00 a 6er, or a beer that is this easy to drink.

The beer pours golden with a fizzy head that really wants to linger around but can't quite make it. Smell is almost all malt, with faint citrusy tinges if you really want to notice them. The taste and smell are very similar, and are not particularly memorable on their own. However, The creamy character of the style, combined with more-than-adequate carbonation, provide slightly more depth than your traditional macro, and are primarily what I feel set this beer aside from its other convenience store counterparts. I once saw an old Genesee Cream Ale poster with the tag line "Not the Same Old Brewskie." I agree.

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Photo of Todd
3.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle, twist-off cap, no freshness date.

Appearance: Crystal clear, light gold in colour with very little head -- just a very thin white foam lace.

Smell: Grain, fusel alcohols, light herbal hop aroma.

Taste: A smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Light-bodied. Malt sweetness is dextriny, a touch fruity and estery, but not overly sweet. Beer goes slightly crisp, a bit dry, then breaks into a light limey citrus rind bitterness, with bite and herbal-like qualities. Bitterness rides in on a fizzy carbonation. Fusel alcohols can be detected. Picking up some possible corn and/or rice adjuncts too. Aftertaste is oily, grainy with tannins.

Notes: Ah ... the memories. I remember my step-dad drinking this stuff out of the can back in the late 70's / early 80's. Given this, I can't hate this beer. It's not all that bad, for what it is. But would I keep it in my fridge all of the time? Hell no.

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.72/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great for what it is: a cheap brew. Very cheap in some markets. Having roots in upstate NY, seeing my friend's dads pop these open in the 70's, Genny has some deep nostalgia for me. I was thrilled to see it come to NC, very cheap and widely available at first, but both the availability and the gradual increase in price make it less attractive to me than it had been about five years ago. Still, I like that I can get something other than an AAL at a cheap price. Love this beer. Not the best, but I'm never disappointed.

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Photo of Chaunce
4.83/5  rDev +58.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This ale seems to taste better, as you progress your way toward the finish. It's as though the brew and my buds are in a process of reaching a common ground. The flavor reminds me of baked bread. With every chug - that foamy head leaves a new ring around the inside of my glass mug. I love those horizontal stripes! It is smooth, yet has plenty of flavor.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.96/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Genesee Cream Ale has a thick, white head, and a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, with some lacing left behind. The aroma is almost nonexistent, but the taste is bold, sweet, slightly hoppy, citrusy, and grainy. Mouthfeel is light to moderate, and Genesee Cream Ale finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry (like a lager). Overall, this is tastier and sweeter than a regular American-style lager beer, and I think it’s delicious.


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Photo of WellRested518
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Translucent yellow with a crown that clings to the glass for dear life.

S- Corn & cereal grains. The slightly fuesil alcohol tinge leads to an impression of Grapenuts & Molasses.

T- Grapenuts & a slight hop tinge... it's realy quite sweet in the middle.

F- Creamy initially with a slightly crisp finish. The aftertaste is a bit like stale cornflakes.

O- You can't diss a classic. This beer is as American as it gets... very much an iconic beer that's worth experiencing.

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Photo of xPrestigious
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Pale yellow straw & grainy, nice, rich 2 finger head into 16 oz pint tumbler.

S: Corn husk, and basic barley nothing offsensive here. Just another one of your daddy's beers he used to drink.

T: Lots of corn at the base, plenty of malt, which in my opinion is refreshing & subtle.

F: Keyword here is the cream, towards the end that creamy texture really stands out from the first sip.

Overall: Picked this up for $8.99/12pk and I'm still scratching my head as to why this gem of a brew isn't given more cred!? It's really just your basic, "chill" beer when you don't feel like hop bombing yourself to sleep with juggernaut DIPA's . Never sell out Genesee, keep the tradition alive.

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Photo of Dogstickfetch
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I always say "you have to take something for what it's worth". Odds are, most people don't immediately see this as a bring-to-a-party beer, but it's great for that. For the value, you can't beat it. Especially if you're someone who likes a decent finish on your cheap party beer.

It's malty, that's for sure. And it offers something to chew on. Easy to go through a few in a short amount of time. No, this isn't a radical wild yeast / farmhouse / craft beer, but it's a fine buddy to bring to a party.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber-yellow with a finger of white foam. Head retention is fair, with a few strands of lacing left behind. Aroma is pale, earthy malts and citrus, herbal hops. Pale and biscuit malts are the bulk of the flavor profile, with notes of herbal, citrus, and resin hops stirred in. Mouth feel is crisp, albeit thin feel. Overall, a straight shooter beer. The malt bill is pretty high, and yet it's easy to throw back. A good dose of flavor for a cheap, slam-worthy beer.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.04 out of 5 with 1,396 ratings