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 fmccormi
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 12oz can to standard pint; bottling date of 2:27 PM on June 1, 2011 printed in the kickup (1521 14:47)

Appearance (4.5): The straight pour really yields one hell of a head, filling up 75% of the glass before fading, relatively slowly actually, with a surprisingly thick, just-off-white head that sticks around two and a half fingers with a crater in the middle. Clear, pale golden body, which actually leaves some lacing. Have I been missing something by just drinking Genny right from the can all this time?

Smell (2.0): Not really, no. Lightly sweet, slightly musty / damp smelling grain scent that finishes with something that smells like a little sour, like corn silage. For a mass-produced cream ale though, not so bad.

Taste (2.5): Mildly sweet and biscuity, definitely some corn happening, like an AAL with juice from sweet corn mixed in. Something that might be the ghost of a grassy or floral hop is in the back there. Tastes like there’s an odd yeast byproduct, maybe it’s a cheap lager yeast blended in. The finish is gaseous, if that makes sense—like the space in your mouth that was occupied by the beer has become filled with some CO2 and a little ethanol. Not nearly as bad as that sounds, though. Aftertaste is more of that sweet, corny note.

Mouthfeel (3.0): Quenching. Light-bodied, mild carbonation that’s soft more than it is prickly, goes down like water.

Overall (3.5): Hey, it’s Genny Cream. What were you looking for? All things considered, not so bad.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.21/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright golden color with a full, thick, frothy, off white head. Good retention leaving a thin patchy lace.

S - Very grainy and sweet malt aroma along with a strong bready aroma. Subtle fruitiness, particularly apple and pear.

T - Taste like a regular macro type lager, only slightly more sweet (and more grain and bread flavors). Virtually no hop profile. In the back and on the finish there is a slight apple pear flavor with a very subtle tartness.

M - Light body with lots of carbonation. A light creamy smoothness.

D - Fairly easy to drink. The sweetness and fruitiness make it a bit fuller feeling than a typical macro lager but it has a slight lingering sweet stickiness that detracts from how drinkable it is.

Notes: Ok beer. Not quite as sweet, creamy, corny flavored as some cream ales. More like a sweet light lager. Fruitiness is interesting but I'm not sure exactly whether I like it or not. Not bad for a very cheap beer.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
3.7/5  rDev +22.1%
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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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.07/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bright yeller like my xterra and a running white head...Sweet corn and a little sour mash in the nose. Light malts and some hints of grains are all there is to it but truly better than other beers I've had with the same palate. I could pound like ten of these for smoothness of body, this could be a go to beer games beverage. Nothing huge here, just a smooth beer.

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Photo of cneville
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass (feels weird, I don't usually bother)

Pours a clear gold color, little head that fades relatively quickly.

Smell brings the malt at first, and definitely a little sweetness. Underwhelming.

Taste: Malts again, a little grassy, but nothing offensive. Better than I can describe it, but I'm not sure why.

Mouthfeel is good here. The cream in the cream ale shows through here, and it's very smooth.

Overall, this is definitely one of the best "bang for your buck" beers out there. Cheaper around here than a lot of AALs, and way better too.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-poured a clear golden yellow with about 1/2" head that faded quickly leaving no lacing

S-not a lot of smell but it is malt what little there is

T-not bad just not a lot there

M-not the creaminess of a stout but more than a regular ale

O-good but not great could be an easy everyday go to drink

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear straw/golden yellow color with about a 1/2" head that fades within minutes

S: Light malts pretty much make the nose... not much else

T: Again, light malts, with not much else going on. Some toasted grains and bread for the most part. You can definitely differentiate it from a lager, but aside from that it's pretty much a run of the mill beer

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. This is where I feel the 'cream' aspect of the ale comes in, as it goes down smoothly

O: This would be my go to beer if I wanted something on the cheap side that actually tasted like more than watered down BMC crap

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonick pint glass.

A straw gold crystal clear body, with some tiny rising carbonation is presented with a two finger extremely soapy looking head.

Very light smell of toasted grains, and a hint of sweetness, but pretty dead and closed on the nose. Kind of bland.

Taste is sort of lacking. A strange soda fizz texture that masks everything. Dry novocaine like palate after a few sips. Mild cream sweetness on the finish but hard to feel and detect.

Overall this doesn't even taste creamy, in fact it taste like regular "Genny" but weaker. Not much to say about this, but it could be worse I suppose.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Just about ¼-inches of head. Slight lacing on top and slight film on the sides. Color was clear gold.

Kind of a strong odor with malts leading the way. Grains in there, too. Reminded me of a Whistler Pilsner I had recently.

Initial taste was malts, giving way to a flat, grainy, grassy taste.

Average carbonation, but seemed to go flat quick. Cream is the final taste on the tongue.

I’m from Upstate New York and went to college near Rochester, so Genny was always the running joke of what a cheap beer was. But this wasn’t as bad as I remember it. We’ll see with the other Genny beers.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.42/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my perennial favorites going back to the early 70's. Nothing like a couple of "Jennies" on a hot summer day! Light in color,a very pleasant aroma, great taste. A more than one beer, and not bad even straight from the can! Well known in the New York Metro area.

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Photo of MudDauber
3.54/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dauber here

some back ground info: I seen this site with cream ale and I like the site it look good. i used a could drink genny cream ale when my father bought it out gloversville ny way. in the 1970 it was the real cream ale and there was 12 horse to. 12 horse and creamers done come together later to make the cream ale we got now. lotta people dont know that. so this cream ale i'm reviewin int the real traditionle creamer but it good anyhow.

serving type: i done bought a 6er a bottles this week at canada lake store. no born on date i aint seen one. got me a bandana and a utica club mug for drinkin. drank'em caroga style.

appear of the creamers: they look good. the beer is gold like the old WWF belt they used a wear was. brite and nice. white head looks foamy and soft like an albino beaver pelt

smell of the cream ale; this beer smell so good to me. it smells sweet, like teva sandals with citranella and dirt.

taste: i like it some. its true that it got the taste of a ale but smooth like lager with bar soap notes

mouthfeel; it feels cold and good. after awhile it aint so cold and god and starts to feel like old medicine.

overall; this is a good beer for drinkin when you got time or work to do. i like the bottles and some the cans but the best is draft beer creamers. the Guv used a fill jugs of draft cream ale and bring'em to the fire station in caroga, they tasted good but next morning i was on the can for quiet a while.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear, liquid gold hue with a voluptuously thick, brite white head the leaves surprisingly nice lacing. not sure if there's somethin' in there for head retention, but it's workin.

aroma is mild, subdued, but inoffensive. starchy aroma, some straw, smells like "beer".

taste isn't much better, but no worse either. pale, malty, grassy. notes of straw, a bit of hops I think, and some general, neutral watery bitterness. not great for a cream ale, but not horrible.

mouth is about what I'd expect. light in body, smooth, ample fine carbonation yields a somewhat creamy body. a bit light, a bit watery.

all in all, pretty much what I expected. but not worse. the weirdest thing for me was that it was nearly as enjoyable as it warmed, even at room temp. which kicks the rating up just a notch in my book. plus at a buck for a 24oz can, it's Barker!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #38 Top cream ale on the beeradvocate best of styles list. Left in my fridge by my in laws. Why wouldn't I? Served in a DFH snifter. Beer is yellow and clear with a nice white head of small bubbles and moderate carbonation. No real lacing.

Aroma is lagery. Some yeast some sweetness some malt. Nothing too complicated.

Beer is medium in body and drinkable. Flavor is fine. Again leadiff sweetness a dry finish. I drank the whole thing but I doubt i would bother having any more than that. It reminded me too much of a cheap lager and not like a thoughtful beer.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the frying pan

A - Much darker than expected, deep copper, little to no head, no activity, no lacing

S - Metallic and corn grit, mainly malt

T - Semi-sweet corn, slight roasted malt, tight hop concentration to round out

M - Full bodied but very smooth, easily sessionable

O - Not a bad upgrade from AAL and BMC, but nothing special

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Photo of Slatetank
3.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Wegman's for 4.50 a sixer, hard to beat that price. Poured chilled from the twist off twelve oz. into a tulip.

The color is deep golden with a thick sudsy white cap which is rocky and measures about a finger tall. The bead is fine and lace sticks pretty well, retention is decent too. the smell is not bad with some sweet notes but in general the adjunct wins out and it has a husky sort of graininess in the aroma. The feel is similar with some smooth almost slick graininsess, soapy perhaps with slightly high carbonation and mild sweetness.

This tastes similar to what I remember having as a youth with cans floating in Penn's creek that fisherman anchored with rocks. The grain is there with an almost bready yeast and sweet adjunct flavor in the background, not too high like corn-pops, but noticeable and it seems light in the hops department which is standard considering this is the American immigrants version of a helles more or less. The taste finishes semi-dry and Overall I was satisfied with a pleasant amount of malt flavor and some adjunct backing it up vs. the other way around which most of the macro variety seem to be.

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

12oz Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, malts, corn, honey

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with malts and a bit of a honey and corn syrup sweetness. The beer finishes with a malty corn syrup sweet aftertaste.

Overall – This is definitely a better than average beer that is hard to beat for the price. There is nothing here that is going to blow your mind, but it has a little bit of a different taste that keeps it interesting.

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Photo of Duff27
3.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Two finger-widths of white white. Beer is a medium pale with slow upward floating bubbles of CO2. Mediocre head retention and a little lacing.

S- Bready with a hint of spice.

T- More bread, biscuits, and grass. Somewhat sweet on the palate.

M- Great mouthfeel, creamy.

D/O- A BMCers wet dream. I think if this were more available around my parts and were given a few years, this would give Bud Light a run for it's money. This review doesn't give it justice on how easy this "normal beer" goes down. I wanna drink this outta the bottle at parties.

Reviewer's note: Just say no to twist-offs! :/

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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 DirtyPenny
3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing live and adjusting scores and typing as I drink. Fun! 24 oz can poured into rather a large mug.

A: Vigorous pour results in a great big beautiful foamy head that slowly shrinks down, leaving lots of pretty spiderweb lacing down the sides of the glass. Color is pale straw yellow.

Visually, Genesee struck a chord with me. It's like the Platonic ideal of what a beer should look like. Hey there, handsome.

N: Nose starts metallic and finishes with a smattering of cereal grains. Wet cardboard scent becomes noticeable as it warms.

T: Biscuity cereal grains and corn on the front end. Light dry hops on the backside. Not amazing, but inoffensive and very drinkable. Minutely bitter finish.

Mmmm, that was a good belch.

Cardboard sneaks into the flavor as it warms too, but the aluminum goes away so I guess that's a wash.

M: Light and smooth with active carbonation. Crisp and dry.

O: It hits the spot. I'm sure I'll be more impressed by the 8-pack of fancy schmancy Brewery Ommegang ales I bought alongside this can, but it's good for what it is, and $1.20 for a 24 oz can is a steal.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. Thea roma is grain with a little bit of lemon mixed in. As the beer gets a little warmer I start to get some bubblegum notes, similar to what you get in some German wheat beers. The flavor doesn't have any of the bubblegum in it, but it goes have a lot of wheat, grain and a little bit of cream. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.96/5  rDev +30.7%
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 tdm168
3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with 1/4" head that fades quickly. Carbonation bubbles can be seen working their way to the top of the pint. Smells of corn and grains. Taste is grainy with a mold hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is a too carbonated; the carbonation turns to foam in your mouth.

Overall, if this beer had a bolder flavor and milder carbonation, it would be a decent beer. This however is a little weak, but being from Western PA originally, it's a beer I seem to pick up at least once a year.

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Photo of fx20736
3.35/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 24 oz can into Pilsener Glass.

Beer is a butterscoth gold with a thin white head and a modest stream of bubbles trailing upwards. Scant wisps of lacing are left behind.

Aroma: bready malt, sour grassiness with a slightly spicy herbal hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Very full with active carbonation. A pleasing seltzer like quality.

Taste: suprisingly good. A slight crackery malt with little hops presence. Beer finishes very clean and dry, like champagne. First sip had a slight sour, metallic taste but this disappeared on subsequent sips.

Notes: My 2nd Genesee Beer today. This is substantially better than Genesee Beer as the aroma, mouthfeel and taste are all better. Very refreshing, a real Summer Session beer. At the price this would be the beer to buy on a budget.

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Photo of MadCat
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow color with a good white head, leaving good lacing

Smell: Light malts, not much to it.

Taste: More light malts, and a little bit of a sweet, creamy taste

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation, creamy smooth

Overall: Not bad for a cheap, light brew. Not a ton of flavor, but sometimes you want something like that.

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Photo of sommersb
3.21/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 07-16-2011
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: 12-pack from Kroger, White House, TN

I've never had a Genesee beer before and was looking for a canned beer to make beer-can chicken. This one fit the bill as it was in a can, cheap, and a beer I was curious to try. I like the old-school graphics on the can too.

Big white head of 5 fingers and lots of bubbles are seen in this bright and clear golden beer. Good lacing and head retention.

The aromas are a bit weak but are clean and crisp - pilsener type malts and some grassy notes from a light hop presence. The taste is nothing very remarkable, with a slight sweetness and pretty much no bitterness to speak of. There's really nothing offensive in the taste, but there's not a lot to say about it either.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and clean, with a light body and moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is on the sweet side, but not overly so.

Overall this is a simple but pleasant beer. It made some very good beer-can chicken and I enjoyed drinking it while cooking. A good summertime lawnmower beer for sure!

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Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 10.5% out of 100 with 1,377 ratings
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