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

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BEER INFO

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

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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535
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3.05
pDev:
30.49%
 
 
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2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +43.3%
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%
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 can...it is a classic and I love my forest green simplicity...hey it Genny...

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Photo of Jensen83
4.24/5  rDev +39%
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 SoulFroosh
4.38/5  rDev +43.6%
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.
Cheers.

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Photo of Ryk67
4.27/5  rDev +40%
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 Pylon_Johnson
4.05/5  rDev +32.8%
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 +26.2%
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 CJKnowles
3.56/5  rDev +16.7%
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 Chaunce
4.83/5  rDev +58.4%
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 +29.8%
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.

RJT

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Photo of WellRested518
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
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 DrDemento456
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
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 Dogstickfetch
3.55/5  rDev +16.4%
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 John1985
3.12/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with dissipating head. Fresh malty flavor with a few hops in the back. Creamy texture and very smooth. A well made, straight forward, economical, lawn mower beer. Better than the macros in my opinion.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
3.62/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a dense, white, but thin head. This dissapated quickly. This was highly carbonated and a rich gold color. Hop nose was good, in fact darn good for a macro. The taste was crisp and clean with good mouthfeel. This is a well balanced beer that doesn't taste like it's full of adjuncts. I was surprised as my father used to drink this.

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Photo of OhCarol
5/5  rDev +63.9%
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 MVG7113
2.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. Can poured aggressively into standard 16 oz 'Ball' Mason Jar. The packaging is very generic--but still somehow unique.

A: See-through crystalline appearance. Very clear--Golden wheat. Room for an aggressive pour produced a 2 finger white fluff of a head that dissipated quickly to a thin ring that lingers throughout. Can't knock the beer in appearance alone.

S: Some alcohol induced hoppy musk--maybe a hint of wheat. Kind of smells like a lawnmower beer. Might be the reason some smell grass on this one. Based on smell, this beer isn't doing much to impress.

T: Clean and refreshing. Simple, not too much going on. Some grainy alcohol but if investigated actually produced a nice taste. Almost buttery. Almost some fruit notes. This beer does just enough on taste to distinguish itself from the 'Coors' and 'Miller' of the world.

F: A crispy creamy feel gives this beer a distinct finish--suggestive of a quality crafted brew. Definitely the highlight of Genesee Cream Ale.

O: At the end of the day, this is a cheap beer that can be bought in large quantities. It's definitely better than some of the other 'lawnmower' beers that people seem to love so much. Seemingly would be perfect for college frat parties. Or just when you want a cheap refreshing beer that does just enough to be decent.

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Photo of Uzsienietis
4/5  rDev +31.1%
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 JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How have I never had this before? This beer's a classic and when I saw it at the relatively-new Total Wine up in River Edge the other night, I finally decided to give it a go. It was only $3.99 for a sixer of these so I figured I had nothing to lose and all I asked for was that this ended up on the level of Miller High Life and Pabst Blue Ribbon. Sure enough, it did and there's no doubt that this will be one of my cheap "go to" beers in the future when I just want to kick back and enjoy something without being hit over the head any way, shape, or form.

Nice golden pour to this with a moderately creamy (no pun intended) white head and a ring of lacing around the top of the glass. Light aroma to this of bread, cream, and light fruit with the same in the taste. No indication of any corn or rice fuller as this beer tasted as fresh as could be for the style and finished clean as well. Smooth, creamy, and light, there wasn't any presence of hops in the nose or taste and this went down as easily as could be. Somewhat dry, this easily beat out any of the macro lagers that would inevitably be compared to this while having just the right amount of carbonation.

There was enough alcohol in here but at the same time, I'd consider this to be a great example of a session beer. There's no way that this would offend anyone and for a cheap alternative to the heavier, darker, and hoppier beers that I tend to prefer, this would be one of the first examples that I'd reach for. A smooth brew that's as unoffensive as anything that I've ever reviewed for this site.

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Photo of pjlizard
4.78/5  rDev +56.7%
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 BeerWithMike
3.84/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Been a very along time since I had one of these and are hard to find actually. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F and poured in to a flute glass.

Pours a pale yellow with a very small fizzy white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is of a light grassy hops. The taste is the same with a slight sweet finish. Actually very smooth with a good taste.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very light and clear yellow in color with a decent head.

Smell – This smells just like a typical American Pale Lager. The cheap grain is mixed with a hint of man-made sweetness that disappoints at best.

Taste – Ah, definitely a little different. This one flowed together quite nicely. The refined sugars are just off the beaten path enough that they aren’t so bad. The grain is very soft and, yes, creamy.

Mouthfeel – Here’s where this one scores points. The light and fluffy creamy nature of this ale is pleasing to the mouth.

Drinkability – A notch above the typical American macro swill in my book.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.01/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

So I picked up a 12-pack of tall-boy (24 oz) cans for only 9$... If that's not a deal, then I don't know what is. Tossed one of these bad boys in a can and cracked it for the Fourth of July. 'Merica. It pours a golden-amber color with a moderate chill haze that clears up over time. The whisper-white head is pretty scarce and fizzles away into nothing within seconds; not much of a surprise

My expectations for this brew were at an all-time low before I even cracked the can, so it's hard to say that the aroma is a "let down". In fact, it's pretty mild and not nearly as offensive as I was expecting. Plenty of lager yeast with some malty bread and sweet corn. Pretty subdued and light overall, and by no means awful. Just somewhat uneventful.

The taste is more of the same, with loads of sweet corn and crisp lager yeast that plays on a blanket of soft, bready malt and a touch of earthy esters. Saying this beer was "lightly" hopped would be an understatement, but there is a touch of musty, dry hops in the finish, possibly hinting towards some type of Noble hop (common for a light-ish lager brew like this).

Genny Cream is carbonated out the ass, but after giving the CO2 a few minutes to disperse a bit, it hits an ideal level and gives the beer a nice, smooth, and almost creamy mouth feel. It finishes pretty damn clean with a touch of must and a light, grainy sweetness. It's going down pretty damn good after a night of blowing shit up, so I really can't complain.

For the price... well, it's far from the worst thing I've ever put in my mouth. It's actually pretty damn quaffable, all things considered. As expected, it's pretty light in flavor and aroma, but maybe that's the silver lining. The sweetness isn't so sickeningly cloying like many people are saying, but I didn't give it much time to warm up, so perhaps that's the key.

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