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 mark5692
3.95/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure how to explain this beer, it just runs in my blood. It has a soft, clean taste to it that you don't find in many beers. Relaxing with a Genny Cream is top notch. It will impress you especially for the price. Pour it in a glass and enjoy it.

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Photo of Grupatre
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 1mrbeer
2.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of irasmith17
3.71/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great nostalgia. Usually pretty cheap and easy to drink.

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Photo of 1470West
3.59/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

All things consider, if this is your pick for the moment, it's a good beer. I had a pint last night with my cheeseburger and it hit the spot. That is the taste i wanted and non other and thats what i got. Take it for what it is, it's cheap and easy to find. I grew up occasionally buying a six pack of Genee half quarts for the evening. The taste takes me back to good times. I don't know, maybe that makes me biased.


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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +63.4%
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.

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Photo of Yancey82
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of boszormeny
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 akopczyk
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wattie83
2.35/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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 StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 BillieH
3.46/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mdt88
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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 Zeuskiller
3.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For the price... Get it! Great beer for not much$$$

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Photo of StevenMilligan
2.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

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 jgiordano88
3.02/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brew_ski
3.24/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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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Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
3.06 out of 5 based on 1,362 ratings.
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