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

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Cream Ale
Ranked #304
Ranked #50,514
3.09 | pDev: 20.06%
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Genesee Cream AleGenesee Cream Ale
Notes: "Genny" Cream Ale.

Smooth like a lager. Crisp like an ale. Cream ale was one of the first beer styles created in america and ours has been the style standard since 1960. Our cream ale has won numerous awards throughout the years and remains just as smooth and flavorful as it's always been. Cream ale, a true American original.
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.25 | 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+

Jul 12, 2018
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Ryk67 from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +38.2%
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!

Sep 22, 2015
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UrbanCaveman from Ohio

3/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Nov 04, 2014
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4.37/5  rDev +41.4%
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.

Feb 25, 2015
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31Sam13 from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +39.2%
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...

Feb 25, 2015
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Jensen83 from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +37.2%
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.

Mar 01, 2015
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Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

5/5  rDev +61.8%
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.

Dec 10, 2016
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upandadamko from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +31.4%
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!!

Oct 22, 2017
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manoshandsoffate from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sept. 4 2017: 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.

Update Jan. 2020: This beer has increased in price by about $1 per 30 pack. The can art has gone back to the classier script writing I preferred along with a new "G" stamp. It looks MUCH better, and is totally worth the price increase.

Sep 04, 2017
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Jun 12, 2016
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer and for those who haven't tried it, I recommend doing so. It's simply a crisp refreshing beer that is great as your first brew of the day or when sucking back several in the yard or watching sports. Oh, and it's super cheap as well. Can't beat that!

Oct 04, 2018
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hockeystiff8 from New York

3.85/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

Mar 06, 2015
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SkipZ from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev +12.9%
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!!!!

Nov 21, 2017
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.57/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Jul 25, 2017
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matcris from Arizona

3.81/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

Aug 29, 2017
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Chaunce from New York

4.83/5  rDev +56.3%
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.

Sep 24, 2015
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OhCarol from New York

5/5  rDev +61.8%
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!!!

Mar 24, 2016
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pjlizard from Georgia

4.78/5  rDev +54.7%
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.

Jul 05, 2016
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Uzsienietis from Lithuania

4/5  rDev +29.4%
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.

Jul 01, 2016
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Navinjohnson from New York

2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Jul 11, 2018
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joeyjoeyjoey from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +61.8%
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.

Feb 21, 2018
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SoulFroosh from Maine

4.38/5  rDev +41.7%
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.

Jul 25, 2015
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AGust82 from Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you don't recognize this as a fantastic cream ale then you're not reviewing objectively. Perhaps you're hating on it for being "macro," or you're being prematurely influenced by it's low rating. Either way, you guys are wrong. Genesee is delicious.

Jan 01, 2019
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Pylon_Johnson from New York

4.05/5  rDev +31.1%
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.

Jan 15, 2015
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

3.84/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Mar 12, 2015
Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 1505 ratings