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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 Fongerino
3/5  rDev -2%

Many years ago, on a hill far above a certain lake, this was my Saturday night special treat. I just drank a can for auld lang syne. Flat, smooth, "creamy", but it was much better fifty years ago, when I had more hair, less fat, fewer wrinkles and less money. Might be a good foil for a boilermaker.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev -2%

Genesee Cream Ale had a good flavour of wheat with a light taste of hops. Genesee Cream Ale lost its carbonation pretty fast. People who enjoy a flat beer with a great taste may enjoy Genesee Cream Ale. I am the person who posted the Genesee Cream Ale photo.

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Photo of Bone53
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured from a can into a pilsner glass at around 40 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance (3.25): Clear light golden color as expected with a finger or two white head

Smell (3.25): Grainy malts, grassy hops, slight fruit notes

Taste (3.25): One again some grainy malts, creamy corn, mild hops. Very clean for an adjunct

Mouthfeel (4): Light body yet very smooth; One of if not the smoothest adjuncts i've had infact. Slight bitterness

Overall (3.5): When i rate an adjunt i tend to compare them as a class of their own as just about every one would get less than a 2 other wise, and thats just not fair as there are some respectable macros out there. And i would include Genesse Cream Ale in that echelon. Nothing stands out about it per se, but what is there is exceptional for the price ($13.99/30 pack). Very clean aromas and flavors between grainy malts, creamy corn, and a slight hop presence. Yes, i said it, hops! As if that weren't surprising enough, this beer is also exceptionally smooth considering the style. Overall one of the few beers i purchase in this price range, the others being Yuengling and PBR.

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Photo of Dogstickfetch
3.55/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I always say "you have to take something for what it's worth". Odds are, most people don't immediately see this as a bring-to-a-party beer, but it's great for that. For the value, you can't beat it. Especially if you're someone who likes a decent finish on your cheap party beer.

It's malty, that's for sure. And it offers something to chew on. Easy to go through a few in a short amount of time. No, this isn't a radical wild yeast / farmhouse / craft beer, but it's a fine buddy to bring to a party.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.87/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours a straw yellow with a consistent white head.

smells like cheap pale lager/pilsner. some malt but nothing special.

taste is malty and sweet but not fruit sweet. it's a sweet beer but not because of fruit.

goes down too smooth, easy drinking beer that is meant for chugging. LOVE IT

best cheap beer in college. i have purchased far too many 30 racks of this over the years. $12 for 30? at 5.1% i could not ask for more. most drunk-efficient beer available.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.7/5  rDev +20.9%


Pours perfect yellow with a fat head of loose white bubbles that falls pretty fast. Perfect clarity no chill haze. Nose is light malt sweetness with a bit of depth and maybe a hint of corn. Taste is perfectly delicious. Forward malt with a crisp dry sweetness take the palate and something twangy. A bit of fruitiness from ale yeast and a light tartness comes in behind it. Some grassy hops finish it off with a little bitter. Slightly sticky, lager bite from carbonation and a medium creamy mouthfeel. Before you know it the corn has gone into the background and it’s a light honey you are tasting. This is a delicious and easy drinking beer.

It’s Iconic and so very cheap at $1.29 for the tall boy can.

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Photo of marshmarsh
2.45/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a - pours very transparent gold. White head dissipates after a couple of minutes

s - oats and grass

t - sweet caramel and wheat

m - light and highly carbonated

o - not the greatest, but definitely drinkable, and a good beer for the price, it's great to share.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz can was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: A small head was poured that reduced to a small layer quickly. It is a golden straw yellow with great vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Toasted malts, cereal grains, cornmeal, and grassy hops.

Taste: Same as above. Nothing extraordinary, but that is how the style is.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, a little dry, medium to high carbonation, a little chewy, light bodied, and a little bite at the end.

Overall: Not sure if I will be revisiting this one again.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.91/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

24 oz. can poured into lager glass.

A - Golden straw. Slight head with spotty lacing.

S - Light malt and apples.

T - Sweet corn, sweet malt, mild hops, and apple.

M - Medium, some creaminess.

O - This is one of the best macros I've ever had. Never tasted fruit in a macro before this. It's not strong, but that hint of apples was highly enjoyable. Very nice brew. Thanks, Genny!

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Photo of Foyle
3.17/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance -- about a 2" white head that quickly disappears. Little lacing, lots of carbonation. Color is slightly darker than macro lagers.

Aroma -- pleasant grain/malt aroma with a bit of hop spice

Mouthfeel -- watery, carbonation feels a bit like champagne, slightly sticky, dry finish. Pleasantly sweet.

Flavor -- Pleasantly sweet with a nice hop balance near the end of the taste.

Overall -- a great beer for the price range.

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Photo of Joe_Ashbull
3.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A quality weekend beer used for general partying or getting a little weird. Its for everyone but definitely worth trying.

Comes in a 30 pack | drinkable | good-looking can | outstanding backyard beer | great paired with Cornhole and grilled salmon | the overall experience is greater than the sum of its constituent parts

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Photo of Graham_D_Dillon
3.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First review of a beer! What can I say? I don't know much about reviewing but I know I like this beer. Not very ale like; tastes more like a lager or like a red label with a hint of ale.

Goes down easy now; I used to not like it but its grown on me. Tastes creamy. That's all I got. Good beer.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
2.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At one time I loved this beer.
It was super cheap and I thought it had a little more going for it than your
typical American lager.

Well, it is still cheap. 99 cents for a 24 ounce can.
When I drink it now, I sometimes get a metallic taste and some funky off flavors.

Looks pretty good, A little darker than your average beer. Fizzy white head that lasts longer than one might expect.
It has a grainy smell and a beery taste.

It is a working class beer that will go well with some pretzels when watching the game.

Overall, it is an OK beer.
The cheap price offsets the off flavors to a degree.

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Photo of RustyTruck
3.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm not one to look near the malt liquor but a friend had me try this and I was sold immediately.
This is an underrated beer. Don't overlook it just because you can buy it in a 24 pack!

It pours thick with a substantial head. Or sips perfectly out of the can.
The smell is mostly malt with a hint of rye. The carbonation is heavy and almost forces you to take it easy. It finished with light malt and almost no bitter. A very surprisingly good beer.

This is the perfect beer for hotdogs or a casual drink at picnics. It's excellent for having a good beer without looking like a snob. If anyone asks what it taste like you tell them beer!

And for the price it really can't be beat!

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Photo of illpass78
3.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weird stubby 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Looks very much like a pale lager. Two inch pillowy head, heavy carbonation and pretty heavy lacing. It's a clear golden straw color.

Aroma: The smell of this beer is very faint. Honestly kind of smells like water. Some very light barley malt is noticeable, but little else. Inoffensive is a good word for it.

Taste: It's a clean, crisp, refreshing, lager-like beer. It's malt-forward, with minimal hop bitterness. Adjuncts, if they are present, are not noticeable. Tasty; paired well with my stir fry tonight.

Mouthfeel: Light of body, but not light-beer-light. Mouthfeel is as it should be; you wouldn't want this to be heavy.

Overall: I'm surprised this is so poorly rated. It's not crafty or complex, but it's not trying to be and certainly doesn't need to be. It's a good no-frills cheap beer, and you can find the 24 oz. cans for something like $1.50, which is a pretty decent deal for a beer of this caliber.

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Photo of yardkl
1.55/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

It's rare that don't finish a beer. Even beers I don't like I can finishe but this was not one of them. Maybe I had a bad can. It tasted metallic and very amateurish. This not a complex beer at all. I would rather drink a bud than take another sip of this. Not recommended at all.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Genesee Cream Ale brewed by Genesee Brewing Co. This brew pours out a nice golden amber color. Genesee Cream Ale has a small white head. This brew smells like nothing that stands out too much. The taste is bold but not too bold. This brew goes down smooth not too heavy and not too light. This is better than regular Genesee, this brew has more to it. Overall I give this brew a 3 out of 5.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Crystal clear deep golden color. A light tan fizzy head recedes quickly leaving neither film nor lacing.

Aroma: A sweet nose full of malts and corn.

Taste: A palate of sweet corn, sweet corn, and a touch of sourness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth and creamy.

Overall: Nice easy drinker for the price point.

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Photo of topofthehops
2.82/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Drank MANY $2.00 pitchers of this while living in Albany, NY in the '70s. We actually thought of this as a "premium" offering compared to competitors such as Utica Club, Matt's, Pabst (well before it become PBR), Schlitz, etc. So I'm another reviewer for whom "nostalgia" is the operative word.

Anyway, bottom line is that nostalgia can only take you so far. My palate is completely different now. The best thing I can say about this is that it's not particularly offensive. But I have zero interest in revisiting this brew ever again. Life's too short to drink this, no matter how cheap it may be.

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Photo of vulgora
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

have only seen this at one place , in bum f#c% egypt jefferson,oregon, that town has 3 stores a bar and nothing else but a gas station and parts house.

pours nice , tastes great - thin creamy , hits the spot
it's no adjuct beer, atleast it doesn't taste like it , no corn in rice that can tell
and that's really nice , if your thirsty and you want something to hit the spot buy this
or anything genesee great brewery and very hard to find , atleast in oregon

if you like the thin easy to drink clean taste of pbr you might want to give this a try .
the best part is its $1.50 for 24 oz

now i have had genesee original seen at one place, genesee ice 2 places ,and genesee cream ale 1 place...

there are others and this beer is what gets me excited , to know that its a beer that's hard to find and i will not be let down .

now to find

Genesee 12 Horse Ale
American Blonde Ale
Genesee Fyfe & Drum Beer
Genesee Bock

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Undated can at 44 degrees into weizen glass
Kind of a sweet smelling lagerish odor
Head large (8 cm), frothy, white, mostly diminishing
Lacing stringy
Body light yellow/straw, clear and sparkling, no chill haze
Flavor begins sweet with slight maltiness, no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl,
with a slightly odd flavor (maybe dimethylsulfide but not particularly corny).
Ends sweet.
Light on the palate, watery, soft carbonation

My son picked up a 30-pack for about $15. Yeah, I’d say it’s worth about $ 0.50. It
pretty well meets the BA style guidelines but it still tastes bad to me.

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Photo of FeelinitNow
3.55/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in an A&W Rootbeer mug.

A: Big thick sudsy head that dissapates over time but leaves trails down the glass. This brewery knows what they're doing. :)

S: Toffee, caramel, grain, spice, apples, grass

T: Not much different than smell except for a "tinny"taste that isn't offensive but isn't impressive in any way.

M: Smooth beer, not over-carbonated, just right.

O: For the price, this beer is 5/5 and is perfect for any occasion. It's usually not as tinny as this one was, so I'd usually rate it 3.75. This really is an underdog and I think a lot of others think the same. Cheers everyone! :)

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Photo of Carlton1964
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Drank this swill in the 70's on rare occasions...very rare. There was the Miller and there was the Genny clans....I was in the Miller group. So my 26 year old daughter asked what this stuff was while in a store...@ $4.95 a six pack I figured I'd punish her with it first hand. She drank and actually said it was a basic beer and not bad at all.
So..I had to try it again after a 30 year hiatus. Actually...not bad. Nothing special, but I get it...for someone seeking a smooth creamy beer with not a lot of flavor. Just hoping Genny Screamers don't follow!

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Photo of Retroman40
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a tough one for me since Genesee Cream Ale was my first love when I was young. I still enjoy it today for what it is. One thing for certain is that I know just about no one who gives this a "neutral" rating - people love it or hate it. That said:

A - Pours out a nice golden color with a fleeting rich head.

S - The smell is mostly cereal with a very slight hop note.

T - The taste is better than the smell. Again, some grains with hops. The beer is neither sweet or sour.

M - Not thin, but not full bodied either.

O - For what it is, I still love it after 30+ years. The beer "pairs" very well with foods like hot wings.

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Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
3.06 out of 5 based on 1,331 ratings.
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