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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States
geneseebeer.com

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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#45,479
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
189
pDev:
25.4%
Bros Score:
2.91
 
 
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Ratings: 189 |  Reviews: 114
Reviews by Brad007:
Photo of Brad007
3.49/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, clear yellow color with a one-finger head into my glass. Certainly is dull but correct for the style.

Aroma is full of corn adjunct, which imparts a lot of sweetness in the nose. Not really much else present.

Taste is surprisingly crisp and restrained as far as sweetness goes. Has a corny/bready taste to it.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering bread/malt flavors. It could be worse I suppose.

It's not bad. Easy to drink, simple and cheap ($1.19 a 24oz can). If all three characteristics float your boat, then you have a winner. Otherwise, there's better examples.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ScaryEd
2.59/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smells of roasted grains and sweet corn. Some rice.

Taste is exactly like the nose. A little on the sweet side and faintly metallic. Not quite as flavorful as the Cream Ale.

The feel is surprisingly medium bodied. It has high carbonation and a pretty smooth finish. While this is normally a pretty good feel for a beer, it's not what I'm looking for in a beer like this. It's almost a chore to get down.

Overall, not a terrible representation of an AAL, but not a good one either. It's basically just a beer with a good price for a decent buzz.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.86/5  rDev +53.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark golden color with a small rocky white head and slow moving large carbonation bubbles moving slowly through it.

Yeasty white bread smell with some sweet notes.

Thick creamy malty sweet taste.

Feel is somewhat described in the taste above. A medium mouth feel that has a very pleasing creaminess to it. Finish was a pleasing wash of wet refreshment that drops off slowly and cleanly.

This one was a real surprise! I like several of the offerings from Genesee as they fit the bill for a tasty beer at an incredibly low price. This one I found in 24 oz. cans at our local grocery store. Since I had not seen this before I thought I would give it a try. And I am glad I did! This is a very nice creamy beer and if memory serves me it was only about $1.40 for a can. Pretty good beer for an inexpensive adjunct lager.

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Photo of Mardukk
2.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks much darker than your average adjunct ice beer. With a limited head and no lacing. The smell is of tasted malt and something astringent with a hint of alcohol.

The taste is toasted malt and not the usual corn overload you would find in this style. Not many or any off flavors.

Medium to heavy mouthfeel, with strong carbonation. This is extremely heavy for the style.

Overall, I find this to be a remarkably nice surprise for the category. It masks almost all the unpleasant characteristics you find in cheap ice beer. Oddly I find this beer to look and smell like a strong Guinness blonde. Highly recommended if you really want an adjunct ice beer.

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Photo of owenwood
2.15/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bought this 24 oz. can at the Front Street Binghamton, NY Weis Grocery Store, which used to be my one-stop shop for Horseheads Brewing Company bombers(not stocked anymore). $1.99 seemed reasonable. After consumption, a 200 mile drive back there for a refund was on the table. OK I'll admit that I downed this during an Adele special on NBC that there was no escape from in my house, and perhaps that made everything seemed worse than it actually was...but the corn soda flatness and salty sting of this beer's taste was beyond vindication; and I'm a Genesee fan when it comes to 12 Horse or Bock, or maybe even I'm a little bit partial to their Cream Ale. Sorry, 6 oz. of this met the drain head on. What aspect of beer like this is "ICE" describing, anyway??

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Photo of feuematt
3/5  rDev +19%
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 workingclassbrew
2.58/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Now_With_More_Beer_Flavor
4.2/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This isn't one of the new "Zima" crap beers. This is a beer flavored beer. It looks like beer. It tastes like beer. It's exceptional served ice cold on a hot, humid day.
Currently this beer (which tastes surprisingly like the beers my Father and his Father before him drank), runs 99 CENTS for a 24oz can.
Feel free to run this brew down and waste your cash on crap brewed beers that are cloying and undrinkable.
It's beer-flavored beer for me!

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well this is a new one, i've never seen Genny Ice in Florida. 5.5% alcohol comparitable to Natural Ice. Let see how this one turns out...

A- Pours an ultra clean golden fluid that pruduces a massive one and a quarter inch head that falls to a thin quarter inch froth that sticks around for the remainder of the brew. Lacing is patchy in consistancy, not bad for the style.

S- Musty malts and stinging esters of alcohol dominate the nose with little hints of corn and buttered grits.

T-M- The taste is relatively a sweet corn and maltly flavor that is only pushed even further by the alcohol fumes that linger in the backbone. On a positive note the smoothness of this beer are over expectations due to the mouthfeel. Slightly mild bodied with a light creamy note make this beer easy and light on the palate.

Overall this is a drinker for the rich bums on the street at only 1.49 per 24oz. they can enjoy a smooth and refreshing alcohol pick up with a low price and low amounts of damage to the palate... cheers!

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Photo of generallee
3.3/5  rDev +31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 24oz can into a pint glass. Its abv is listed at 5.5%.

Appearance: The body has a clear golden hue with a tall white head. The head fades quickly to thin wispy layer that leaves a little light lacing at the top of the glass.

Smell: There is really not much here at all to note. It has just a very light and simple cereal grain nose.

Taste/palate: For an Ice Beer this one has a very modest overall flavor. I get some corn cereal and pale grain flavor notes with some light mineral and alcohol notes in the finish. The palate is lighter than most ice beers and overall it slides down quite easy.

Notes: Overall it’s fairly clean, light and dry.

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Photo of Doomcifer
2.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served/Poured from a can. The logo or can design looks different than what is depicted above. Same as regular logo, just blue instead of red. Says "ICE Beer" under the logo.

Anyhow, this beer pours an extremely clear golden with a decent, 1/2 inch white head that doesnt go away too quickly. The quality of the head and it's retention actually surprise me.
Smells of toasted grains, corn, very faint malt sweetness, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is of lots of corn flavors, light grain, husky, some alcohol traces in the finish as well as a little sour. When the beers warms up a bit, however, it gets really bad - bringing out the alcohol flavor blended with a very off/spoiled flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly light, very carbonated, and finishes dry.

I always heard about this stuff as being "bottom of the barrel" but I can actually say that I would drink this over BMC....as long as it stays cold. Exceeded my expectations - for what it is. I expected a can of skunky, alcoholic water. I was wrong.

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Photo of Jason
2.91/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz sliver and black can with no description of the beer. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Lightly weathered golden hue, good frothing of the white head that subsides to a thin lace and sticks a bit.

Smell: Sweet grainy aromas with a discord of cooked corn and veggies makes for only a semi-clean nose.

Taste: Oddly light viscous in the crisp mouth feel to feign a bigger body than what it actually is … moderate, carbonation is at a medium to high level. Sweetness is high with a growing but not overpowering cloyingness. Malt flavour is obviously thin from the start, cooked corn grits and mildly brash alcohol with a simple hop bitterness cut a little into the sweetness. Grain flavours a remnants of the cooked grits in the finish.

Notes: This fits into the “ice beer” mold, nothing to get excited about just a plain lager with a slightly pumped up alcohol in comparison to its counterpart. If it has a cheaper price tag than it probably is worth it but the you get what you pay for also.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured down my gullet.

Nose is well, macro lager bland meh nose. It's not good but after some good beer, it's not so bad.

Taste is light and like carbonated water it's got some light malt and rice. It's really thin and bleh. Skip it, its not so good.

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Photo of jminch
1.45/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

.99 cent 24 oz. can. pretty rough. been a while since i've had this poor of quality of beer. first sip was hard, gets a little easier to handle the more you consume. ice beers were never my thing, but me thinks this one is not so good.

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
2.52/5  rDev 0%
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 tuesunsommiel
2.42/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not going to bother doing a L/S/T/F/O description of this beer. Instead I will just tell you that I lost a bet with a friend of mine and as a result, I can only drink Genny Ice for an extended period of time. I'm not happy about losing. That being said, it's not THAT bad of a beer, but it's definitely not enjoyable. ABV @ 5.5% isn't even that outstanding for a poor beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.46/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appears a deep golden straw color much like a glass of apple juice with a fizzy bright white head forming and dwindlingly quickly. Minimal speckled lacing very thin trace amounts.

Aroma a touch of rought grain filled alcohol, cooked veggies, creamed corn. Genny Ice I had to to do it tall boy cans for a six were $3.20, talk about a cheap date.

Flavor is terrible residual sweetness from the freeze, taking water away from the standard Genesee wouldn't help the experience. Rough grain flavor, cooked veggies, a touch of green apple and evident alcohol especially for a beer only 5.5% abv.

Mouthfeel is cloying carbonation is unnatural, overall a very poor sensual experience after taste is much like stomach acid.

Drinkability not really an option for me to drink more than one of these, actually I'm not making it through a whole one. God awful terrible beer, standard Genesee is great compared to this mess.

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Photo of Brenden
2.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The roommate had a bunch of these in the fridge. Why not try it?

I feel strange pouring this beer into my SA pint, but i can't tell what it looks like otherwise. It's a light yellow-gold in color with a small white cap of head that actually has pretty good retention and even leaves a bit of lacing. It doesn't look bad.
Here's where it gets a little dicey. This is mostly grains with an unpleasant sweetness and it's pretty much all corn husk underneath with that tell-tale note of steamed cabbage or overcooked greens. There's a fusel alcohol note all the way.
The taste follows suit, with the main difference being that while the sweetness is close to cloying, it's not quite. Grains. Corn. The vegetable element is pretty well cut out, so that's a plus. It's not entirely terrible, not really even bad, as even adjuncts can almost facsimilate a decent beer.
The body almost feel medium at times, which is interesting. Carbonation is a bit high but not crazy. It is crisp and, while there could be more smoothness, it's there as well.

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Photo of CloudStrife
2.39/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

24oz can poured into a snifter. Canned on June 20th.

A: Pours a light amber gold with a decent white head that is somewhat quick to dissipate. Leaves some lacing on the sides.

S: Sort of a harsh macro lager aroma. Corn sweetness dominates.

T: More malt forward than the regular Genny. As anticipated from the aroma this is a fairly sweet beer for having such little flavor.

M: Light to medium body. A bit sticky but not too bad. Fairly easy drinking as long as its cold.

Overall it fits in with your typical Ice beer. A more malty and boozy version of their base. Think I might rather drink a normal Genny.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

40 oz!!! Obliged a friend and helped him out with half of the bottle. Still 20 oz....

AP: I noticed that the head was actually decent, very active and displayed good retention. Pale gold in color.

Nose: Sweet-ish malt (like malt-liquor almost) slightly hoppy.

Taste: A sweet-like malt flavor with some wheatyness. Very much like most macro-lagers, only this seems to be a lot like a "malt liquor" then a macro lager. Leaves a bit of a sickly sweet malted after taste.

MF: Pretty lively and active so it has a decent bite at first, but since it's not really easy to drink quickly it will get flat and thin feeling very fast.

DA: Not horrible at first but it just gets weak really fast...I just gotta learn to say no to these 40 oz offerings from my "buddies".

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Photo of Retroman40
2.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

When you pay .99 for a 24 ounce can you really can't expect too much. This stuff isn't even worthy of a full A-S-T-M-O review but here we go...

A - Pours out a big head that is gone instantly. It looks "dead" in the glass but I doubt much of this is drank from a glass.

S/T - The smell and taste are adjunct city - heavy corn/grainy flavor and smell with even a hint of wine-like flavors.

M- Very thin mouth feel.

O - Overall this is not a particularly good entry in the "Ice" category and there are far better choices in this 5.5 - 5.9 class. I am a big fan of the Genesee Brewing Company, but this stuff just doesn't make the cut with me.

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Photo of tdm168
3.03/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark gold with a thin lacing of soft, white head that fades to thin lacing. The nose is grainy and simple. The flavor is similar; grainy, sweet, but has a decent, grassy hop character. The mouthfeel is light, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

This isn't a great beer. Honestly, it's on the scale of the best macro brew.

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Photo of dertyd
3.02/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24oz can to a pilsner glass

A:poures a verry nice golden orange.nice for a adjunct lager

S:sweet bread,grains not to much smell going on

T:sweet almoast apple cider flavor with some malt and grains at the end not a bad beer but might b to sweet for me

M:crisp and wet verry mouth watering

O:overall a decent adjunct lager dnt know if I will drink it again but glad I tried it I want to try everything lol

Live life drink beer!!!:-)

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.41/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Genesee Ice is surprisingly dark with a deep golden body that leans towards amber. It appears to be almost 7 SRM! Could it be old beer? When held to the light it's crystal clear... and the flavor shows no signs of oxidation... so I checked the production date: April 10th, just over a month old. Interesting. The rocky head is also slightly dark, being more of an off-white than the bright white that I'd expected. The head holds well, and leaves some nice lacing behind. That's fairly unusual.

The aroma, however, is exactly as expected. There are no real hops present, nor is there any particularly distinct malt. Instead, it's the common "generic" beer aroma found in so many mass-produced beers - some might call it "cereal-like". A bit of yeasty sulphur rounds that out.

The flavor turns things around again. There's a nice bit of grainy malt to it, and some spicy and floral hops come through as well. Yes, it's clear that there's a fair amount of adjunct involved as it has a touch of "corn" to it, but the little bit of character that it does have is a welcome change. It tends towards the sweet side, of course, but it remains balanced and finishes mostly dry with a touch of mineral and a smear of light alcohol.

For an inexpensive beer (I paid $11.95 for 30 / 12 oz cans @ Bell's Beverage in Philadelphia, PA) it's not bad. All of the young kids in my area are quite loyal to their Yuengling Lager, but I imagine they'd be hard pressed to discern that from this. If I was heading out on an all-day fishing charter, or maybe a canoe trip where you could flip and lose all your beer I'd definitely consider this.

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Photo of Roguer
2.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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Genesee Ice Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.52 out of 5 with 189 ratings