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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 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 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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Photo of RobertDBrase
3.67/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a lot of streaming bubbles of carbonation. Rocky white and quickly dissipating head.

Sweet corn and white bread on the smell.

Taste is sweet and creamy malts with a bit of a peppery play that comes not at the end but about mid tongue.

Mouthfeel was awesome with a slightly medium body and a wet finish making for a refreshing drink of beer.

Overall I found this to be a beer that I could easily purchase again. Especially since I only paid about $15 for 12 of the big 24 oz. cans.

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Photo of xPrestigious
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
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 rodbeermunch
2.28/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

One of those weak straw yellow pours with a white head, somewhat bready, grainy, corny, flowery aroma that wasn't something you want to smell when you are just waking up, that's for sure.

Taste was not really much like a cream ale. Too bitter for its lack of hopping. Massive carbonation also doesn't smooth it out. This is just as bad was BMC stuff, but without the lager yeast and a weird something going on. Has a prickly burn that I don't associate with cream ales.

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Photo of KACK1533
3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on a hot day. Smells of bread malts and some cereal. Head lasted on this one. This is a decent beer for the style, in fact it's my first cream ale. I'm sure as my palate evolves there will be better ones to be had.

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Photo of tonydrinksbeer
1.61/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

The only other cream ale I've had was Little Kings that I'd sneak from my dad's stash as a teenager. Genesee's Cream Ale was far less creamy than the LK that I remember. Not creamy at all, in fact. Very little aroma or flavor, the carbonation burn was what left the greatest impression. Certainly, this would be a refreshing beverage on a hot day and other reviewers seem to consider it a good deal (I paid a buck & a half for a single can just to try it). I'll try it again if I ever get near the brewery...there's always the chance that I got a can that was old and not in its prime. Mine had no head to speak of, even tho I poured it into a glass.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My dad has been drinking this since he started drinking, which was some time ago now, long before I was born, and insisted I try this. One of his favorites I think. And apparently my great grandparents lived near where this stuff is made, many decades ago. Of course, I'm JustLikeMyDad and had to try it.

Looks average, no special color, like any other "cheap" American beer. Foam head is moderate, depending how aggressive you are with the pour.
Smells almost fruity, maybe malty, not a strong smell to it, but slightly better than your average cheap of cheap beers.
Tastes fruity with a slight hop bitter taste and aftertaste. Not strong bitter, but it's there. First initial taste was okay, but like another reviewer mentions, it seems to get better as you drink it.
Moderate carbonation, drinks smooth. Not a creamy feel I was expecting despite the name.

Overall, for a little over a dollar for a 24fl oz can, it's not bad. Easy to drink anytime. I can see why my dad likes it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.54/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nonic pint from 24 oz brown bag can.

Look : Golden blonde with 10% opacity. Towering stark white 3 finger head, receding slowly and leaving hilly lace behind.

Smell : Banana, Nilla Wafers, some stale malt/corn, and the dusting of a hop plant.

Taste : Fairly unremarkable. It starts with some washed out cereal grain malt and a bit of bubblegum, ending with a polite hop bite. The aftertaste isn't really great, either.

Feel : Creamy and smooth, all the way to the finish. Moderately carbonated.

Overall : For all the hype this beer gets, this was really a disappointing try. I'd have it again in a pinch as it's not terrible, but it's not even close to decent or good.

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Photo of beergoot
3.46/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light, golden colored body; lots of slow rising carbonation; two-finger thick head. Grain husk and toasted bread crust aroma. The taste follows along the same lines as the aroma with the addition of a mild hop bitterness; seems a bit herbal. Generally light bodied; dry finish.

Not a bad little beer for what it is. It seems to have a bit more taste to it than from what I can recall from decades ago. There is just enough taste and balance to make for a respectable drinking experience.

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Photo of WellRested518
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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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