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

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Genesee Ice BeerGenesee Ice Beer

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Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002

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Photo of BrewAskew
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.06/5  rDev +20.5%
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

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Photo of Dalkri
5/5  rDev +96.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of blissfulNemo
2.18/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Cholla
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.67/5  rDev +5.1%
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-

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Photo of grandfunker1974
2.25/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
1.88/5  rDev -26%
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

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Photo of Schlitz74
2.75/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of robebo44
2.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ThrewRedButter
2.82/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of choll
4.25/5  rDev +67.3%
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.

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
2.52/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
2.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of feuematt
3/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of APH
2.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of stakem
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BarryMFBurton
1.92/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Dave1999
2.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Grupatre
2.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of neenerzig
2.48/5  rDev -2.4%
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.


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Photo of meanmutt
2.64/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of workingclassbrew
2.58/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of HopHunter19
2.27/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A - nice golden amber clear color with no head
S - fusel alcohol, light green apple, corn, bread, carbonated water
T - corn, light green apple, alcohol, bread, carbonated water. Honestly not that terrible.
M - light mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is light beer
O - its comparible to Mickey's. Ice beer that's not all that strong at 5.5%. The plain black can with block letters makes me happy.

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Genesee Ice Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.54 out of 5 with 200 ratings