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

BA SCORE
65
poor
180 Ratings
THE BROS
68
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Genesee Ice BeerGenesee Ice Beer
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
180
Reviews:
112
Avg:
2.55
pDev:
25.49%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of joe12pk
3.48/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is somewhat sweet and it finishes dry. Nothing special, but it is refreshing served ice cold.

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Photo of -Hoptimus_Prime-
1.88/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Honestly, this is a beer for the dollar-deficient working-class man who simply needs to forget the day of back-breaking work he just endured. This beer doesn't have many pleasant characteristics, other than the fact that it's cheap. A 30-rack is about $20, depending on where you are, and if you're willing to overlook what it lacks in quality, you will be satisfied with how drunk you get. Then, when you wake up in the morning, the satisfaction will quickly dissipate and in its place: agony.

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Photo of jminch
1.45/5  rDev -43.1%
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 chubenzino
2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Mister_Faucher
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of BeenTired
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Iamjeff6
2/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of zeff80
2.19/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured out a clear yellow color with a quickly dissipating head. No lace. It smelled of corn and grain. A little metallic smell, too. This really tasted like most American Macro Lagers - corn, grain adjuncts and bitterness.

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Photo of Saisons-of-the-Abyss
1/5  rDev -60.8%

Yuck. This is the worst beer I've had yet. Maybe I got a particularly bad can but this would have been my first drainpour if I wasn't broke at the time and hate to waste beer. But it was so metallic and astringent, not worth choking down at all.

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Photo of 57md
2.82/5  rDev +10.6%

Invited to dinner with friends and all they had in the fridge was Genny Ice. I’m game…

Dark straw color. Sure the residual corn sugars are present but this is not a terrible beer. To start, it is much more substantial in body than most AALs. The flavor profile is not bad.

Finally, the abv has been kicked up a notch but there is not real harsh or nasty alcohol burn like some AALs have when they reach higher abv levels.

Bonus: It's union made.

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Photo of misternebbie
1.75/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of Pintwacky
2.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Darwinbms
2/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of wrightst
2.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of nicholas2121
3.95/5  rDev +54.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Genesee Ice Beer brewed by Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. This brew has an ABV of 5.5% The brew pours out a dark amber color with a small white head. Genesee Ice is darker than most Ice brews on the market. Now I'm not saying that is a bad thing. The smell is strong with grains and corn. This brew has the look and smell of most Ice brews on the market. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up on grins and malts. There is a hit if in the taste of this brew. Genesee Ice is a lot smoother than the original Genesee Beer. There is just something more to it to make it smoother. This brew goes real smooth with no harsh aftertaste. For an ice Beer this real good no hard alcohol taste or after taste for that matter. You can taste the grains and corn but nothing bad. Mouthfeel is nice clean . General Ice has a decent balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. Overall I'm giving Genesee Ice a 4.75 out of 5 This is one Ice Beer that I can enjoy. For the price this is a good go to brew. Genesee Ice is a brew that I would buy again.

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Photo of Graham_D_Dillon
1.12/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I really like Genesee Brewing Co. but this beer really doesn't cut it for me. I was hoping to find another great beer from Genesee but I wont be buying this again because of the taste. It's a mild flavor but what is there isn't very appealing. It's not horrible but it's not good.

Edit: I gave it another try and I'm making the rating go down. Smells and tastes like alcohol, beer, chemicals, and it burns my throat.

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Photo of brewlover517
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of spazx
1/5  rDev -60.8%

Photo of Loco_Joe
2.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of VTBrewHound
1.5/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of Spikester
3.77/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clean gold with three fingers of white head. Retention is average for the style and good amount of clumpy lace.
Smell is lightly corny with a good amount of grains and a minor amount of grassy hops.
Taste is similar with no bad flavors just not much going on either. Bolder flavors than most macro lagers. Lightly sweet.
Mouthfeel is medium and lightly wet finish. Carbonation is just enough,
Overall one of the best from this brewery prefer it to their regular beer.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.27/5  rDev -11%
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 brutesdad
1.5/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of Celtics76
3/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of troobie
3.22/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Genesee Ice, proudly Costa Rican! Yep, in 2012 Florida Ice and Farm Company S.A.'s subsidiary Cerveceria Costa Rica S.A. purchased Genesee. Sad, but at least the brewery is still alive.

Genesee Ice was introduced in 1993 during the first wave of ice beers in the United States. Not surprising when you consider Genesee Brewing's location in upstate NY.

Rated within the style of macro ice beer, a style I'd like to see have its own category on Beeradvocate.

Can states 5.5% ABV.

A: I can't help but immediately notice the color when pouring this into a pint glass from a 24 ounce can. The can does not list ingredients, and I can't find them online, but I'm willing to guess some caramel coloring was added to achieve this impressive toasted-gold color. A somewhat-tan one-finger head from a moderate pour. The head reduces within a few minutes to a solid ring with an island of foam in the middle. There are a few floaties present when I hold the glass up to a light but the beer is otherwise clear. Patchy lacing that mostly sticks. The can's graphics are worth noting with their bad-ass white on black scheme with silver horizontal pinstripes. This can gets your attention in the cooler!

S: Sweet and metallic. Boozy for the stated ABV. Almost as bad as a sub-sub-premium beer (think Game Day, Big Flats 1901, TailGate) but not quite. Apple juice. I'm getting both fresh mint and cinnamon!? At least it's interesting although not inviting.

T: First sip is off-putting and we are solidly in the sub-sub-premium territory. Subsequent sips are more tolerable and it quickly becomes, once again, interesting. Sweetness quickly switches to dark fruits (blackberry, plum, grapes) that are very noticeable. Hop spiciness. Bready and grainy. Sweeter than most ice beers but not as sweet as Keystone Ice. Impressively balanced. Some caramel before the strong booziness (there it is again) hits. A blind taste test would find me thinking that I was drinking an amber ale. This beer is extremely complex for what it is. There is an off-putting metallic bitterness after swallowing that I dislike and that does not invite me to take another drink.

F: I don't know how but Genesee has managed to make a 5.5% ABV macro ice beer that actually has a noticeable amount of alcohol warming. That's a first for me with a 5.5-5.9% ABV ice beer. Very high and stinging carbonation. Dense for the style and in general. The end result is a creamy mouthfeel.

O: Either I'm overthinking this or Genesee Ice is very complex for a macro ice beer. Interesting in a good way. Boozy in an underated-from-the-factory way. Not sessionable as an ice beer in the drink-til-you-puke way. This is an outsider in the category. I wish this was a beer that was available locally. I look forward to buying it again when I find it.

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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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