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

Genesee Cream AleGenesee Cream Ale
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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 acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
2.56/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Summer Brews pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a thin film on the top of the beer. Nice distinct rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains and unbaked bread dough. Taste is of sweet grains and corn flakes. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very easy to drink. I am glad I got to try this one as I have never seen this anywhere else in California.

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Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.88/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

i bought a sixer of this last night for $4.99. good to know budget beer that isn't awful still exists. while far from a delicious craft cream ale, this is still a pretty palatable brew by my standards, and has a lot more flavor and texture than the standard bmc swill. it pours perfectly clear, light golden in color, with some rapidly moving bubbles and a frothy white head that starts pretty tall, but fades out rather quickly to just a thin film. the nose is a touch metallic, but it has some decent pale grains and a soft sweetness that meshes well. the first half of the flavor experience is right on, delicate cereal grains mix with a true to its name creaminess that really works, but the second half is riddled by metallic overtones and a non hop bitter finish that lasts way too long on my tongue. a decent enough session beer if you can stomach a bunch of these, its light with a nice expansive feel and good carbonation, without being like a yellow soda. three quarters of a step above the miller light coors light bud lights of the world.

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3/5  rDev -1%

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2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my grandfather's favorite beer. He's been drinking this since I don't know when. anyway the beer pours out as a clear pale yellow color with some head that fades instantly. The smell is a little sweet mostly malts on the nose. The taste has a decent creaminess to it but nothing too over the top here. The mouthfeel has a good amount of carbonation to keep this one alive. The beer for me is respectable because of my grandfather. He drinks it so I drink it with him too it's a bonding moment with Genny.

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Photo of nmann08
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ah, a classic. I like how they brag how many World Beer Medals they have.. well it's easy when you're in the Cream Ale category and have like 3 competitors haha.. anyway.

Bought a 30 of this for $10.99. Pours a light golden color, not much head to it but a decent amount of lacing and thousands of bubbles racing up to the top of the beer. Taste is very macro tasting.. but smoother. Finish is clean and crisp and has a pretty good body to it. Not the most glamorous style but it's worked for them for years and it's pretty damn drinkable. For about $0.33 a beer this is a great bargain and a great cheap beer. Wouldn't have all the time but for some beer pong or a big party.. this is my beer of choice.

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Photo of metter98
2.93/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are skunked aromas of adjunct malts on the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of adjunct malts.
M: It feels light-bodied and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer coats your mouth a little bit.
O: The mouthfeel and drinkability are the strongest points of this beer. The taste isn’t anything special but then again isn’t overly bad. I could drink this beer all day long.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed as part of a tasting. Perhaps the godfather of Cream Ales, the beer has some nice pleasantries about it, but also some similarities to macro-swill. Let's explore...

The beer begins with a moderatly firm pilsner malt aroma with some mild fruity esters and light hints of raw cereal grains, bready, yeasty notes; but no real hop character.

Flavors fare similarly with the nice blend of pilsner malts and grain flavor. Though I'd prefer more of a malty taste, the pleasant fruity (almost like Pebbles children's cereal) give a little something extra that makes the next sip a welcome one. Still, no hop character to the taste.

Textures carry on the creamy maltiness, but also an over-sparged grain-like texture that should be avoided. Thinning late, the beer tempers itself well for easy drinking and palatablility.

Ultimately, I'm not going out of the way for the beer, but if it is offered I'll not pass it up.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev +5.9%
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 emerge077
2.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had to try this "cult" east coast lawnmower beer after finding a cheap single from Friar Tuck for $1 and change.

Pale golden yellow pour, it reflects alot of light in the glass. Tiny streams of carbonation, some bubbles cling to the walls.

Dull vegetal smell, some sweet corn and a faint honeyish grain.

White corn, well water, and feeble, papery pale malt. At least it has some flavor to it, albeit subtle. A tad too sweet on the end, yet it does remind me of corn-on-the-cob. Also slightly gaseous, despite the vaguely creamy mouthfeel suggesting low carbonation. Similar to the sweetness in Czech Pilsners.

Maybe a decent economical choice in the spring or summer, but not a repeat brew for me.

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3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of zeff80
2.82/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a pale orange/gold color with a small, short-lived head. No lace.

S - It smelled of grains.

T - It tasted of grain and malt. A very faint hop presence.

M - It was soft and creamy. A light-bodied beer.

D - This was pretty good. It was smooth like a lager but tasted more like an ale.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Genesee Cream Ale
Rich golden in color beneath a fizzy white head. The head retention and lacing are no better than any standard American lager. The aroma offers malt and fruit (apple) with a light touch of hops in the background. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy. The flavor offers a bit of fruitiness and it's well balanced by a malt and hop base that's just slightly sweet. A bit one dimensional, but it offers far more character than the basic "Genesee Beer". It finishes slightly sticky on the back of the tongue without any real dryness, but it's not cloying either. The fruitiness lingers nicely as the malty sweetness fades gently away. Lightly refreshing. Not challenging. More interesting than a lot of basic American lagers because of the yeasty fruit component.

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Photo of chinchill
2.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Genesee Cream

24 oz can served, perhaps appropriately, in a plastic cup on a hot summer day.

Pours a clear pale amber with a towering but short-lived white head.  

Aroma: nicely malty, with a definite if subdued herbal hop presence.

Taste: hmm, better than expected, with good balance of hops/malt and not bad for sweet/bitter, although a tad sweet mid-taste. Maybe a bit of corn in here too, however.

M: good, medium carbonation;  medium-light body is a little watery. 2.75

O: My go to beer many years ago as a student living in upstate NY, this was cheap and more interesting, if not actually better than, the dominant products from AB and Miller.  Many years later, this is not particularly interesting or complex, but a decent lager for a hot day. Above average for the price point, even here in the south. 3.25

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Photo of jlindros
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge ass Tall boy can. Light fizzy head fades fairly quickly at first then slows to a light head covering, just a bit of lacing, crystal clear piss straw color.

Nose hints of a faint cream ale, light wet hay, light pilsner malt and creamy, hint of adjunct malt. Fairly light overall otherwise not bad.

Taste starts with more straw and grainy malts, light creamy and fairly refreshing actually, light wet hay, hint of adjunct corn and sweet malt extract but barely. A touch of grassy hops. Finish is slightly drier but a bit sticky creamy, light grassy hop bitterness, hint of corn adjunct flavor with just a bit skunk like tinny flavor.

Mouth is lighter bodied,decent carb.

Overall not bad. Much less terrible than i expected. Just a touch of corn and dried malt extract flavor, a very light tinny skunk flavor as i think the can helps, and overall decent malt and hop flavors. Surprised as hell, and for $1 for a 24oz can you cant beat that.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours crystal clear yellow with a finger high fluffy white head which exhibits moderate amounts of retention. There is a light amount of visible carbonation in this beer. There was a pretty decent amount of lacing as well.

S: Aromas of slight skunkiness and something I could not identify but was definitely unpleasant. The aromas of this beer are the worst part of the beer.

T: The flavors in this beer are very light and creamy but with subtle hints of malts and sweetness.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation and a lovely creaminess that coats your mouth.

O: For a more macro-beer, this is better than most but still not something that I would consider better than average overall. Certainly not the best cream ale that I have experienced and certainly not the worst. If the aromas of the beer were better, it would be a huge improvement in the enjoyability. I have not had this beer since college in the early to mid 1990s but it tasted exactly as I remembered it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, adjuncts and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is pretty decently balanced for the style with flavors of adjuncts and grain. The hops presence is also stronger than most other Cream ales. The malt character is thin but about where it should be. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little bit tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, good representation of style, it might not be the greatest beer overall, but in being a poundable fizzy-yellow-beer it fits its role quite well.

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