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 Squire123
3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color with disappearing white cap and lacing.

Aroma of mild grain and just a whif of hops in the background.

Tastes primarily of grain with very little hop presence. Remarkable for it's lack of hop presence actually. The grain flavor is single dimensional but is pleasing enough serve at a cookout. In facts trumps most AALs in my view.

Texture is medium and somewhat creamy which, I expect, is by design.

Overall it's a step up without an increase in price which is appreciated.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.07/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Super dry lager. Smell reminded me of Rolling Rock, but finishes a little less dry and a bit more sweet. Easy to drink. Cheers!

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Photo of Beginner2
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KGilmour
3.59/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
3.42/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBen5
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Pens1967
3.23/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 TheDuvvv
3.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 rfgetz
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jerid
2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of Frank_TX
2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mtn
2.79/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mcthfg
2.23/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of RHbeer
4.78/5  rDev +56.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Can't get a beer better at its price. Not that creamy, but it goes down extremely smooth. Somewhat fruity smell

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Photo of Miles_in_beer_city
3.47/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is my ONLY goto beer outside of the craft beer world. Light, refreshing work in the yard beer.

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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 BeerBobber
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 Hopheadhiker
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Jeroberts2012
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Genesee Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
3.06 out of 5 based on 1,354 ratings.
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