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

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Genesee Ice BeerGenesee Ice Beer

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002

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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of Thanby
1.92/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a decent pale golden/straw color with a bit of head that dies very quickly.

The nose is full of pale malt and what I think is Czech hops, smells basically like a pretty strong Euro lager.

The first taste is big on the pale malt and hops which is good, but after a second it warms up and transforms into a skunky mess.

Light body and fairly smooth, but the aftertaste is horrid. It wasn't bad until that part. Not much else going on, no malt complexity or hop character.

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Photo of Dodt
2.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

decide to go on a beer run , saw this in the cooler (and cheap 99¢) decide to give this ice beer a try
poured from the tallboy can into a beer mug
appearance golden hue with a head that goes away quickly
smell grainy slightly metalic odor
taste a tad snunky
mouthfeel a bit off.
over all its was not to impressive but i found in some what enjoyable beer

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Photo of keeganfrank
1.96/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up a six-pack of tallboys when I was looking for something cheap the other day. The beer is gold and creates a big, bubbly head that vanishes almost immediately when poured into a pint glass. Smells of dry grain and sweet vegetables. Tangy, metallic flavor with some sweetness mixed in. I doubt I'll be paying for any more Genny Ice, but I wouldn't turn down a free one.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
1.53/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I don't know what posessed me to buy a can of this.

24 oz into imperial pint glass.

A- bland, dull clear yellow, huge fizzy head that settles out to nothing in a minute or two. Par for the style, although it's not very pretty.

S- Stale. Stagnant. Beer-y. Skunky.

T- soggy veggies, stale bread. Wow, this sucks. Flavors aren't too powerful, but they are very bad. Sweet grain alcohol component- not hot, but the alcohol taste is there. Prob. cause there's nothing for it to hide behind.

M- The poor flavors are thankfully obliterated by the heavy carbonation. Thanks..?

O- Aye naye. That's tirrible. Can't find much of anything positive in this one.


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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.69/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Genesee Cream Ale is the first beer I ever had (~age 3?) so I have a soft spot for it.

A - It is yellow-gold, fizzy, and capped with a surprisingly long-lived white head.

S - The nose is just 'beery' grain and vague sweet corn.

T - It is hard to say this tastes anything other than 'beery'. Slightly sweet, with some mineral notes.

M - Fizzy beer, par for the course.

O - I like this, but cannot in good conscience say I am impressed by it.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.88/5  rDev +12.9%
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 gabedivision
3.19/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally Genny ICE. Poured from a 24 oz can to a pint glass.

A- A nice reddish gold, with fluffy white head.

S- Grainy, musty. Not appealing.

T- Sweet corn and grains. Typical Adjunct Lager taste but this seems to offer a little more sweetness and body to it.

M- Nice carbonation with a light body.

D- This is not bad, its by no means the best, but its a good change. Haven't had one of these since i was a kid, still tastes the same.

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Photo of rudzud
2.78/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Received as big ol tall boy can of this from a coworker after a conversation about Genesee. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Typical unflattering golden yellow pour with little action in the glass. There was a light head that semi faded leavin a little clould.

S - Typical adjunct lager aromas here, though albeit thin.

T - Again, typical adjunct lager tastes here. Nice corn flavours here. Definately a Genesee.

M - Feels awfully thin. Just, well, yeah. Thin.

D - Its not a bad adjunct lager. I'd still rather have this than Bud.

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Photo of Beejay
2.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Light golden amber/yellow in color. Nice white head on top, though it dissipates to a thin layer almost immediately. It is very clear with tons of bubbles coming up.

S: A little bit of skunk smell coming up. Slightly metallic, some sweet notes perhaps a touch of malt.

T: Well, pretty much what I expected. Perhaps a touch of popcorn, there is almost a bit of biscuity flavor in the finish.

M: Light to medium in body, carbonation is very present, almost too much so. There is almost a slick coating left in your mouth.

D: Pretty much what you would expect from the style, nothing really outstanding, nor bad. So average all around.

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Photo of gmfessen
2.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz aluminum can into a pint glass, Genesee Ice is a lighter golden-yellow color with a thick white head. The nose is not impressive, mostly sickeningly sweet aduncts and solventy alcohol. The taste is just about as remarkable but slightly better somehow. The beer is light in body and in carbonation and goes down surprisingly smooth and neutral. Overall, very cheap beer that actually doesn't taste too bad. It would definitely get the job done in a pinch.

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Photo of Kinsman
2.76/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Last week I saw 24oz cans of Genessee Ice at 99cents a piece and decided I had to try this as another possible option for cheap beer.

Appearance could best be described as light copper color with a fizzy white head showing a lively carbonation.

Aroma is grainy and a bit of a corn aroma too, both being a bit stronger than your typical adjunct beer.

Taste is heavy on the corny grain flavor with a healthy dose of metallic flavor mixed in too. For the style, I would say this is packing more flavor than your typical adjunct lager and it's not that appalling either. I find this beer to be reminiscent of PBR but better.

Mouthfeel is crisp but it's rather heavy feel makes it less refreshing than many adjunt lagers.

My overall impression is you get what you pay for with this beer. Cheap beer will always have a place in my fridge because I hate to waste good beer on a wrecked palate and at 99cents for a 24oz can I will gladly add this to my list of worthy cheap beers.

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Photo of perrymarcus
2.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

24oz can served in a standard pint glass.

pours a crystal clear dull yellow/gold tone with a short lived, foamy finger of off-white head; no real lacing to speak of.

aroma is defined by that crisp, grainy adjunct lager character... corn, a bit of sweet maltiness.

taste follows through exected as one would expect. fairly clean, grainy flavor. nothing to write home about, nor does it try to be; not replusive, just a middle of the road, light drinking, american adjunct lawnmower lager.

light bodied, medium to high carbonation. goes down easy enough if one was interested in drinking a bunch, just not sure why that would ever be the case.

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Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a crisp, clean lager malt scent along with little to no hop character and a dry lager yeast finish. The taste is average. It has a light, adjunct laden, pilsner malt flavor. It's smooth and easy drinking with a dry lager yeast finish. It's nothing to write home about, but it's as good an ice beer on the market. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average ice lager. Again it's nothing exceptional, but it drinks well.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.35/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

24 oz can from Grocery Outlet( were else!!)..Salem says 5.5% alc. Im not even going to attempt to pour this i will drink it as nature intended! Colour..the cans nice! Aroma..sour corny, get the picture. Taste is nt that bad really..better then the aroma..but basically a corn based hops . Palte again not bad for the style..pleasantly carbonated at least. Overall a cheap beer that you can gulp down if ice cold. 99cents a 24 oz can

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Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden colored beer with a small white head that doesn't last.

Smells fairly grainy with some corn and some noble hops. Lots of grass and yeast aroma and that is about it.

Starts off a little sweet with a bakers yeast aftertaste. There is some caramel and grass in the flavor and some creamed corn.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. What else can you say about this one? This is OK for cheap beer but I like the regular version better.

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Photo of Brad007
3.49/5  rDev +36.9%
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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Photo of tzieser
2.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Drank straight from the 40oz...why, oh why did I do this again?

A: fizzy yellow piss color. has a piss like foam head to it as well. let's just call it piss.

S: corny, cereal like aroma with maybe a bit of barley. not much else.

T: I'm actually surprised. Maybe its because its my first cold beer after a full days work that I'm somewhat enjoying this. its probably because its so cold I can't taste the awfulness. I can't tell. Regardless, its pretty sweet in a corny way and it doesn't leave you with an malt liquor like aftertaste. I'm actually kinda bummed I didn't hate this.

M&D: unpleasant mouthfeel; bad drinkability.

I really wanted to hate this beer. Really, I did. Something about it was somewhat satisfying though. I can't explain it. I guess it makes you enjoy craft beer that much more. Kinda like enjoying a good steak after giving up beef for lent.

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Photo of chilidog
2.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As with its counterpart, the ice at a cheep price of six for three bucks. If im just "gettn by" i want the 5.5%abv for my money. Thats it.

Pours straw yellow, slightly darker. Good white laceable head. Alittle less carbonation.

Aroma and taste of husky corn, grains with dirt and abit metallic.

The mouth is left alittle can like and bittered dry.

Overall i can drink this if need-bee.

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Photo of nicksta
2.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is deep gold and retains a thin head. Strong adjunct malts. Fairly clean. Common mass-produced stuff. Harsh corn malts assault my tongue and it finishes with big alcohol bite. Mouthfeel and drinkability are passable, but expect heartburn. 99 cents, baby.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.06/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Color and aroma are like any cheap macro lager. Corny and a bit harsh. Flavor is much the same. Nothing noteworthy except the fizzy white head retained fairly well, which is somewhat uncommon. Flavor has a slightly harsh alcohol bite.

Unpleasant, but not completely undrinkable.

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Photo of soju6
2.98/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz Can

A: Pours a clear golden color with a big frothy head that fades quickly to some lacing.

S: Grainy aroma with some sweetness.

T: Mild crispness with a bit of sweetness. Has a grainy flavor thoughout.

F: Light body, quite smooth.

D:Goes down easy. best when ice cold. Can't beat the price if your on a tight budget.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.57/5  rDev +0.8%
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 brewdlyhooked13
2.64/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - decent golden color, a snowy head of two to three fingers that hangs around for a bit due to some ramped up carbonation. Not much lacing but a decent start nonetheless.

Aroma - plain grain, no hops, not much going on.

Taste - standard graininess, with an expected little kick of raw alcohol. Not integrated, rather it's almost as if it's left bare, in the open, so you can tell it's there. Kind of the ice beer way I suppose. An occasional hint of balancing hops but it gets lost in the abv shuffle before long. Finishes a litle dry, a little warm.

Mouthfeel - crisp, fluffy, but oterwise meh.

Drinkability - the sixer was dispatched in due course (over time) but this is a value purchase. That said, I'd buy it again at the same price ($3 for a sixer of pint cans). A summer session fire-pit beer that's easy to share with the non-craft crowd, but not a better beer for advocating as such.

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Photo of idResponse
3.14/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opening this least imaginative packaging I have ever seen with the most minimal design possible can of this closeout 4.49/6pk/16oz offering, I take a sniff and decide it smells kinda like weak corn husks. So I place this sucker to my lips and give this liquid such a kiss that one might think I am french kissing my mistakenly deceased wife I have reunited with after a decade of sorrow while tears stream down my face punishing myself with the carbonation burning my throat and mouth and remembering every negative thing as I drown it in the sorrows of my cheap slightly higher than usual alcohol content fermented corn syrup. This tastes like a slightly soured but the most mellow less biting 5.5% ice beer. It's feel in the mouth is quenching and refreshing when guzzled. If you are sipping on this, you are seriously drinking this beverage the wrong way. Beers like this are meant to be swilled quickly in great quantitties at a freezing temperature. At least this shit is cheap and doesn't make me want to puke after the first can! Titties and beer, Titties and beer!

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Photo of BierFan
2.98/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a mug.

2 fingers of off-white head recedes too quickly leaving behind no lacing. Body is a little lighter in color than a German marzen. Looks about right for the style. Smells and tastes like one would expect an American ice beer to taste. Borderline malt liquor. Not a bad choice if you're on a serious budget but certainly not something I would suggest to a real beer enthusiast.

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Genesee Ice Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
2.55 out of 5 based on 180 ratings.
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