Genesee Ice Beer
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #240
Ranked #30,136
2.57 | pDev: 26.46%
Jul 06, 2022
Apr 04, 2002
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Rated: 2.55 by eluvah from New York

Jul 06, 2022
Rated: 2.93 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Danzifer from Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
I bought a 24oz can for 1.29$ because I was on a budget. It doesn't have much in the sense of appearance or smell. Hell, even the can art is bland. It's not bad taste-wise. I was kind of expecting it to be kind of appalling like many "Ice" beers but I have to admit, this is one of the better ones. Having said that, it's still way down there in comparison to the 1,000+ beers I've had.
Aug 25, 2021
Rated: 3.25 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island

Apr 04, 2021
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

2.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
average ice beer - refreshing on a hot summer day
Dec 21, 2020
Rated: 3.17 by Spluger from Massachusetts

Jul 22, 2020
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

2.96/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12 ounce can poured into a nonic tumbler.

L---Medium white head with minimal retention. Left decent lacing, though. The beer is a crystal clear medium gold color.

S---Sweet maltiness. Corn is the primary aroma.

T---Taste follows the nose...sweet maltiness and corn. No real hop bite/snap. More flavorful than the top selling AALs like Coors Light/Bud Light/Budweiser.

F---A little bit syrupy. Well carbonated.

O---This one is a bargain at $14.95 for a 30 pack in PA.
Feb 12, 2020
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

1.96/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75
Giant poor alcoholic's edition can, 24 oz, poured into a rather inappropriate Dogfish Head nonic glass.

Has a relatively clear straw blonde body with a surprisingly abiding head of 2 fingers. Nice lacing, too.

Aroma of lottery tickets and wet towels, urinal cakes, corn, general maltiness.

Flavor is full of flaws, I mean wow, I haven't had an unclean beer like this in awhile. Corn flakes doused in bleach, followed by oysters, saltines, and wet leaves.

Feel is crisp but not clean, rather starchy on the palate, with some actual alcohol heat for 5.5%.

Overall, "ice" beers are a joke, but I was really surprised that at 5.5% this beer made absolutely no effort to disguise its alcohol content. This is a truly horribly made beer, and I'm being completely objective. A warming furnace to your throat and stomach at a measly 5.5% ABV.
Feb 08, 2020
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Reviewed by xolectic from Ohio

1.8/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2
L: Pours typical golden amber color with a reasonably large head and some lacing.

S: Corn, malt, cracker and slight grassy hops.

T: Tastes way too alcoholic for the ABV. The only ice beer with noticable fusel alcohol, tastes worse than Steel Reserve with slightly less burn. Other than that, it does taste like corn and more malt than some beers. Doesn't taste anything like regular Genesee Beer, the cream ale, or even its high gravity cousin, Genesee Black.

F: Goes down smooth, a little syrupy but not too much body.

Overall: The worst ice beer. Even at 99 cents for a 24 ounce can, there are plenty of better options, including all of the other Genesee products which are pretty good.
Dec 30, 2019
Rated: 3.52 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Oct 22, 2019
Rated: 3.13 by ronniebruner from Arizona

Jul 05, 2019
Rated: 2 by bdlusa from Texas

Jun 02, 2019
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Reviewed by ChicagoJ from Illinois

2.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
4/24/19 (Chicago): $1.16 24 oz can including tax purchased at Shop and Save on 4/19/19, no canning date noted, multiple pours into a pint glass. Light straw clear colour pour, light white head quickly disappates leaving thin white lacing. Sweet corn grain aroma. Light corn and malt taste, too sweet, very thin mouthfeel, slight fizzy carbonation, light drinking. Overall ok offering.
Apr 25, 2019
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.02/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
24oz can stamped A249 poured into a bow tie glass at fridge temp 5.5% ABV. The beer pours bright pale straw yellow with abundant bone white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is faint with some corny sweetness and maybe sulfur. The taste is barely sweet with a little tang. Minimal grain presence and no bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin bodied, adequately carbonated and semi dry in the finish. There is a little slick feel after the swallow but no aftertaste. Overall, ok. This is an extremely cheap and non-offensive way to deliver alcohol to folks who happen to hate bitterness or grain presence in a beer. I would advise to drink this one ice cold. It does get better as it warms.
Apr 17, 2019
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Reviewed by Heronesque from Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
A very pleasant surprise! I rate Genesee Ice highly not so much for being an exceptional beer in itself, but for its price-value ratio. At 5.5% ABV and as low as $8 for a 15 pack here in RI, its body, flavour and strength beat out all other popular cheap beers, many of which cost significantly more. Its little brother Genesee Light falls (and tastes) flat however. And unlike the other low-end beer brands, Genesee Ice doesn't wreak the same havoc in your stomach if you're drinking a lot, which you probably will be with it. Due to an ongoing sale, it's been my cheap beer of choice for months, but even if similarly priced with Bud, Rolling Rock or Narragansett, (my prior go-to's,) I would argue it's better in about every way.
Feb 28, 2019
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
24 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 12/21/2017. Pours crystal clear golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Good appearance. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness of pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying flavors after the finish. A bit of fruity corn aromas/flavors, but not overwhelming. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Nicely clean on lager flavors, not too fruity/yeasty. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 5.5%. Overall this is good iced pale adjunct lager. All around good robustness of pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/clean/refreshing to drink. Nicely clean and rich pils malt/grains, and mild earthy hop presence/balance. Not too overdone on adjuncts, and not overly sweet. A nicely enjoyable offering, and well made style example.
Dec 20, 2018
Rated: 3 by Skywave from Oklahoma

Nov 07, 2018
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.06/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
(24 oz can, F258... purchased cold with several other malt liquor in a frenzy... split between a shaker pint and tulip glass)

L: crystal-clear, medium amber colored; good bit of white foam builds on pour, but immediately breaks down... actually some thin streaks of Belgian lace

S: generic adjunct lager aromas; on the malty (liquor) side... slightly toasty, dry straw grain aroma; hints of spiced apple, maybe white grape; slight whiff of alcohol... bland sort of manila folder note as well... altogether uninspiring, dull

T: rather dry, ever-so-slightly caramel-kissed, cereal-like malt base; strange notes of corn kernel and wet oxidized interior of lemon rind in finish/aftertaste... light, leafy bitterness begging to be intensified... the malt opens up a little, but its overall essence is of toasted corn syrup - a spicy ester away from being a mediocre maibock at best?

F: slight touch of sizzle on the edges of what's essentially a marginally watered-down wort... light-medium bodied, delicate oily plushness

O: industrial brewing being industrial... not sure why one would bother with a weaker version of a malt liquor - maybe it's a bit more daring of a drink than a light beer?... a beer seemingly caught between the better of two directions... buries Natty Ice, but I couldn't see getting this again
Jul 27, 2018
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Jul 22, 2018
Rated: 2.18 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Jul 21, 2018
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Reviewed by Cholla from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +94.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Average ice beer. Not bad. It’s cheap. Got the 24oz can for 99cents. So the price is hard to beat. It’s not my favorite ice beer but I do pick it up every now and then. Drink it from the freezer ice cold. Cheers.
Jul 14, 2018
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

2.67/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Type: 24-oz can
Glass: Westvleteren 12 Trappist (for shits and giggles)
From: Grocery Outlet in Allied Gardens (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.19
Purchased: May 9, 2018
Consumed: May 10, 2018
Reviewed as: American Adjunct Lager
Misc.: No canned on date; #CraftAdjace

Picked a can up of this and regular Genesee Ice at Grocery Outlet after an eye appointment and realizing that I hadn’t reviewed Genesee Beer, Genny Light or this one (had never heard of a Genny Ice). Crazy. Genny Light was probably the beer I consumed the most in college unfortunately. Never even liked it then when it was High Falls Brewing and actually craft beer (I think), so really not expecting much. Being an ice beer, would be shocked if it reached a 2.25 for me. Description from their website read, “When you're looking for a rich, full-flavored beer, Genesee Ice is the perfect beer for you. Our brewmasters begin with only the purest natural ingredients. Then, ice crystals form in the beer during its aging process before it's filtered for the rich flavor Genesee Ice is known for.”

Poured a pale clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white fizzy head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average watery lacing. Very bad retention. (Sight - 3.00)

Smelled apple, pear, purple grape, grain, corn, hints of cinnamon (really?), cereal and slight skunkiness. Pretty much the same from the can with maybe more booze, skunkiness and hints of vomit. (Smell - 2.75)

Taste was pretty bland overall. Thought it would be boozier. Got wet grain, corn, cereal, apple, slight herbal and cooked vegetables. Much better than I thought it would taste. (Taste - 2.75)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. Got worse as it went down. (Feel - 2.25)

Better than I thought, but not quite as good as the regular Genesee beer. (Overall - 2.50)

2.67 | 63 | C-
Jun 14, 2018
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Reviewed by grandfunker1974 from Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Looks a dark, rich gold or maybe an overachieving copper? Almost offensive in it’s lack of any appealing smell. Passable taste I guess. I love this beer for two reasons. One, it’s cheap. Two, the alcohol content. It’s at least as good as Budweiser, without paying extra for cutesy ads. Furthermore for you foamheads, if you know how to pour a beer, you would be minimizing foam, not hyping it.
Jun 08, 2018
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Reviewed by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

1.88/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
Straw color with a decent head. Not much on smell at all, or taste. Super light body, barley felt like a beer, weak on flavors with corn being the most noticable. Not good
May 13, 2018
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Reviewed by Schlitz74 from Illinois

2.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Poured a typical pale straw color, white fluffy head that fades pretty fast and there is little lacing left on the glass. This is a drinkable ice beer that is just under the too sweet flavor that turns me off. This is a hard to find beer in the Chicago and Milwaukee area. I found it in Madison. Worth a try if you like ice beers.
Apr 10, 2018
Rated: 2.84 by robebo44 from Virginia

Apr 09, 2018
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Reviewed by ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

2.82/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75
L - Gold color with transparent body. Plenty of soapy head that left no lacing

S - Typical macro aroma. Wet hay and grain.

T - Mild caramel sweetness with more grains and corn. Small metallic finish.

F - Thin body. No aftertaste. Actually goes down easy.

O - Not offensive to the palate. Some mild sweetness makes it a better macro choice than others.
Mar 24, 2018
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Rated by choll from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +65.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Good ice beer. Would buy again. I have bought it again and again.
Feb 01, 2018
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Reviewed by OldSchoolMike from North Carolina

2.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Not the worst ice beer I've ever tasted, but the least favorite of the Genny beers I've tried so far. It's one of those beers that makes one question if they may be crossing the line into a diagnosible drinking problem. Beware.
Dec 13, 2017
Rated: 2.9 by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

Oct 19, 2017
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Reviewed by feuematt from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Golden colored beer with a rapidly fading head. Taste is the usual graininess you get with macros. I like this beer and if you go by the style it fits perfectly.
Oct 10, 2017
Rated: 2.94 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Aug 13, 2017
Rated: 2.65 by APH from Ohio

Aug 12, 2017
Rated: 3 by stakem from Pennsylvania

Aug 05, 2017
Rated: 1.92 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana

Jul 26, 2017
Rated: 2.85 by Dave1999 from North Carolina

Jul 23, 2017
Rated: 2.65 by Grupatre from Michigan

May 28, 2017
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Reviewed by neenerzig from Ohio

2.48/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Got a single 24 oz can of this recently. Poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, medium to dark golden color with lots of streams of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. Has a white head that's over an inch thick when first poured that settles eventually to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice, thick, creamy looking layer of surface with good lacing. Aromas of some lightly breaded malts, a bit of apple, and a bit of alcohol. The taste is pretty the same, with some lightly breaded caramel malts with a bit of sweetness that gives way to some graininess and a bit of grassy corn. Unfortunately this also has a bit of a metallic adjunct flavor. Not really an discernible hop flavor here. Has a fairly crisp, yet smooth, light to medium bodied mouth feel. Has a clean finish with a slightly dry and somewhat metallic aftertaste. I've had better beers of this style and I've certainly had worse.

Mar 30, 2017
Rated: 2.64 by meanmutt from Ohio

Mar 10, 2017
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Reviewed by workingclassbrew from Wisconsin

2.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
I dont know if we have the cheapeast prices in Mad Town or what. This 24oz can was 99 cents truly a working class price. They have had Genesse in Wisconsin for a while now. I really enjoyed the Genesse cream ale out in Buffalo a few years back, lets check this out.

I think I want this in the can, but i'll poor a bit out in this Old Style glass just to get a look...noticeably darker gold than most lagers, slow disapating head. Heavy sweet corn with slight metallic aroma. That color again, different.

First nip, kind of bland. From the can, bland, metallic. Grainy, corn, slighty sweet. Not all that good. Might be alright sittin out back with one of my Parodi cigars. I like the look of the old school can, the color of the beer is the best thing going for it. For 99 cent you cant go wrong.
Feb 12, 2017
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