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

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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #392
Ranked #47,850
2.55 | pDev: 26.27%
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Genesee Ice BeerGenesee Ice Beer
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Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 207
Photo of beerluvr
3.3/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a straight sided tumbler, quickly receding white head over a darker for the usual beers of this type, a nice deepish gold. Crystal clear when held to the light. Sweet malty/light adjunct aromas but nothing off-putting for sure. The taste is clean with little adjunct qualities, a bit of hop snap to it and finshes clean with no corn $1.09/24 oz can it's my go-to lawnmower or in this case broke as a joke brew. Far better than the Bud/Miller/Coors 24 oz'ers.

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Photo of BostonHops
2.73/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 more or less exactly as one would expect: fairly clean, corny-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. (reviewing with style in mind.)

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.

originally reviewed: 01-11-2011

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.41/5  rDev +33.7%
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 DannyDan
3.03/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellow with a foamy whitehead that leaves some retention, very little lacing and is very carbonated. The smell is of grains and corn, while the taste starts out with some sweet malts, corn and some weak hops followed by a skunky finish that leaves a bad aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a light to medium bodied smooth, crisp and clean finish. Not a bad beer for a mass produced Ice-beer, not something to go out of the way for but also not a drain pour when someone gives you one.

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Photo of cpolking
3.75/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tone77 for this beer.

The beer pours a dark honey golden in color. This is darker than I would have expected. There is a near half-inch of white and thickly foamy head. The head leaves sedimentary layers of lacing down the glass.

The aroma is malty and slightly sweet, a bit of herbal grassiness.

The taste is malty grain, very light caramel, less sweet than the aroma, with a bit of tart bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is lightly, yet adequately carbonated, with a creamy, smooth finish.

For a mass produced ice adjunct lager, this is pretty darn good. I would drink it again given the opportunity.

I know my review of this is way higher than the average, but I reviewed it with its style in mind, based on it being an American mass-produced adjunct ice lager. In that category it shines. I realize it is not a Pliny the Elder.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
1.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

A. A somewhat deeper (yet still clear) yellow color with another bubble-bath foamy sudsy head that sticks around for a minute or so, minimal spotty lacing.

S. The nose is pretty much just straight sweet corn with a mild accent of diluted grassy hopping.

T. Not good. Way too heavy on sulfurous tones for my palate. Sulfur almost completely covers up a cereal graininess that goes dry almost instantly, but I have a hard time detecting what happens next because it is obscured by sulfur and mineral chalkiness.

M. Medium-light body, gently carbonated, terrible lingering sulfurous aftertaste finish.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.81/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yeah, Genny Ice. I was a little surprised too, but here we are. I went for a run this afternoon and was really thirsty afterwards and stopped at a random gas station for a water. While there I realized they had a sweet $2.22 for 2 24 oz. Genny Cream Ales, which I like. I hedged when I saw the Ice. I know it'll almost definitely be awful but I couldn't turn away, like a car crash. And away we go..

Plain grain. Both in nose and flavor. The color is light honey with surprising head retention. Nose is ringed with untasty alcohol. The flavor is actually fairly inoffensive. I could drink this regularly but will probably stick with the Genny Cream. Still, this is smooth and surprisingly not crap.

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Photo of VaterRoss
2.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24oz can

Normal macro lager clear gold color with lots of carbonation going on. Smell is very macro with a certain light funkiness and the unmistakable "light" smell of corn. Taste is as you would expect would nothing really jumping out at you. Sweet corn, hint of fruit lager yeast. Mouthfeel is light with a good amount of carbonation.

Not good and not terrible, very typical for the style and absurdly cheap ($1 tallboy!). A bit more substantial feeling than the average macro and it gets points for that. If you're at the gas station and trying to get a tallboy and there's no yuengling, than grab one of these without reservation (and save almost a buck).

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Photo of emerge077
2.21/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can dated 3131, 3-4 months old according to the julian date.

Pours into a mug with a loose cap of white foam that settles quickly to a broken skim and a ring around the edges. There's rapidly rising carbonation, and it has an orange gold color, darker that many AAL's.

Smells like sweet candy apple, grape juice, and swilly grains. As it warms, something rank like BO or fusel alcohol starts to bleed in.

Flavors are similar, grape/apple from wine yeast presumably, some sticky adjunct grains, and a mild astringent feel. Body is a shade under medium, and it's fairly quaffable when cold, but it tastes bad. Bland and winey. Not something i'd revisit, there are better budget options out there.

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Photo of tdm168
3.03/5  rDev +18.8%
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 Slatetank
3.13/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I purchased this at Mt Rose Quick six -poured from the 24oz can into a tumbler -shared with tenderbranson69.

A deeper than golden hue of amber with good clarity and thick snowy off white cap with fine bead. The lace stickage is good with visible carbonation. The aroma is sweet with a slight sweetened cereal odor, there is a hint of corn pops with general light toasted aroma. The feel is pretty basic with some moderate sweetness up front and a gentle creamy tinge with moderately low carbonation and mild bitterness with a semi-dry finish with gentle alcohol presence.

The flavor of this Ice is smooth for the most part with a mild grainy flavor which gives the impression of sweetened corn cereal with a nice light overall sweetness on the palate. The flavor is somewhat dry from mid taste into the finish and has a relatively clean yeast flavor. There is a slight DMS presence which is not enough to come off as offensive and the semi-dry finish is pleasant. This beer is fine for what it is but not something I would purchase again. I would not recommend it unless you are looking for something cheap to get drunk on.

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Photo of generallee
3.3/5  rDev +29.4%
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 CaptJackHarkness
1.99/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Twenty four ounce can:
Poured into Pilsener glass, brownish-yellow almost urine colored, large white head dissapears quickly. Fair lacing glass. Scent is strangely funky but not skunked. Rotting hay perhaps? Taste is thin and sour. i am going to pur out the rest; after consuming about two ounces!

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

Bought a Couple 24 oz. Cans for $.99 each at my local ghetto ass grocery store.

Look, chances are good that if you are considering the purchase of a good old two-four of this stuff, you probably don't give a damn about the appearance or head retention. I'll save you the trouble. Don't pour it into a glass. In fact, make sure each can is in a brown paper bag when you drink it. It honestly tastes a LOT better that way.

I'll answer the two burning questions on any potential consumer's mind. First, will it get me buzzed quick? Yes. 5.5% ABV and easy to swill will have you feeling like a college student in no time. Second, will I wince every time I take a long swig? Surprisingly, no. For a higher alcohol AAL this stuff is amazingly smooth. None of the bitter, dirty dishwater smell or flavor usually associated with the style.

Did I mention it's only $.99 per big can?

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Photo of Brenden
2.96/5  rDev +16.1%
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 lwillitz
2.78/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

24-oz can poured into large mug

A - transparent golden yellow under huge frothy white head

S - corn and alcohol with a buttery quality

T - not bad for an adjunct; light malt, simple hops, and alcohol; buttery; dry finish

M - light with above-average carbonation; true to the style

O - It's by no means a great beer, but if you're looking for a cheap adjunct this will satisfy.

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Photo of HockeytownBrew
2.05/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw yellow. A decent sized head that immediately begins to fade, leaving behind some patchy lace.

S: Slight metallic with faint grains and hops, along with some cooked corn. Slightly skunky.

T: Same as the scent. Fairly grainy with notes of cooked vegetables and corn.

M: Light mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation.

D: Very nice drinkability. One of the positive factors of this one.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
2.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour from the bottle to my glass resulted in a two finger head of semi course foam of white. Lace is moderately clingy. Color is a very micro bubble active 5 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is mild, with aromas of barley, corn, green beans, rice, and a slight whips of pine. The taste is a little on the harsh side, with flavors of malt, corn, rice, green tomatoes, and a slight bitterness of grapefruit or lime. Mouthfeel is not bad, but nothing extraordinary, a good mark for the carbonation. Not a bad showing for a beer that cost less than a dollar per. Good beer for numbing the senses when having to accomplish yard work.

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Photo of jwc215
2.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

24 oz. can:

Pours golden yellow with a creamy white head that thins and stays. Minimal lacing sticks.

Husk, cooked veggies, slight alcohol.

The taste is rather sweet and very fizzy. A touch of husk and alocohol are noticeable. It's more slick than smooth.

It's pretty sweet with a bland finish. It's has characteristics of tonic water. I suppose it's for those who want about a 1/2 percent more alcohol than typical macro-lager.

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Photo of plaid75
2.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a three finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light sweet adjunct with some green apple and a touch of metal.

The taste consisted of raw malts, adjunct sweetness and a bitter hop at the finish.

The mouthfeel was thin and finished dry.

Overall a run of the mill adjunct lager.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours out as a clear yellow color with a white fizzy head the fades within a minute or so. The smell of the beer is slightly sweet and has a light malt aroma in there. The taste has a sweetness to it which makes this a little more enjoyable. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated. Average to say the least.

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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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Genesee Ice Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 62 out of 100 with 207 ratings