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

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65
poor
185 Ratings
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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:
185
Reviews:
112
Avg:
2.56
pDev:
25.39%
 
 
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Photo of Spikester
3.77/5  rDev +47.3%
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 -11.3%
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 -41.4%

Photo of Celtics76
3/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of troobie
3.22/5  rDev +25.8%
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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Photo of Dave7500kl
3/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of PapiMagnum
2.25/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of anon
1.49/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

Grainy, pale golden beer. Rotten and musty. May be a decent choice for when you're running on pocket change; otherwise this is a no-go.

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Photo of chiva
2.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of CloudStrife
2.39/5  rDev -6.6%
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 rderedin
1.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of kguyty
2.5/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of martinproulx15
2.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Rhettroactive
1.5/5  rDev -41.4%

Photo of pirmannt1
2.25/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Mattyb79
2.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of bobbyr5
1.5/5  rDev -41.4%

Photo of fx20736
1.98/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

purchased a 24 oz can for .99 at Wegmans on 4/25/13.

poured from a can into a mug, served at fridge temp.

medium amber with a 2 finger white head that leaves almost no lacing.

aroma: faint hoppiness, not much else.

mouthfeel: thin

taste: virtually no flavor, as bland as any beer I have had.

notes: I have grown to become a homer for Genny and genuinely like regular Genny, Light and Cream Ale but this is as forgettable and boring as there is. Won't buy this one again.

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Photo of dertyd
3.02/5  rDev +18%
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 mfnmbvp
1.88/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

24 fl oz can, with no apparent freshness date present. First time I have ever seen this beer in my area, although it's probably been around. I thought it might be related to the Labatt Max Ice, but I guess not. Would have rather tried this in a bottle, but oh well. Been trying to tick off as many adjunct lagers and malt liquors as possible as of late. Low expectations for this one, considering. But perhaps I will be surprised.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours about a finger of quickly dissipating white carbonated head, audibly sizzling away on top of a clear gold colored body. Slightly darker than typical swill American adjunct lager fare like Miller Lite and Bud Light. Second pour yields about two fingers of fluffy sizzling eggshell white head that recedes quickly.

S - Corn adjuncts and corn husk. Some grain and some roasted malt. Doesn't really smell like anything, to be honest.

T - Light in body, fair level of carbonation considering what it is. Clean, crisp, and smooth. Somewhat malty with a bit of corn adjuncts thrown in. Definitely exceeds my expectations, and comes off as somewhat of a tame beer in comparison with the Steel Reserve 211 High Gravity that I just drank. Not a flavorful or complex beer by any means, but drinkable and inoffensive.

M - Smooth, crisp, wet, and clean feeling. Moderate carbonation, and moderate bodied feel. A little carbonated, but not over-bearing. Mostly just a corn kernel aftertaste.

Overall, definitely not breaking any new ground with this. Another one of the same, simple, boring, generic alcohol delivery vehicles. Corn adjuncts and carbonation. Minus the subtle differences between these types of sub-par swill beverages, it seems that if you've had one, you've had 'em all. Some are however, more foul and putrid than the others. Genesee Ice Beer could probably be classified as one of the more inoffensive American adjunct lagers, but there are way better beers out there. I guess you can't expect much more from a 99 cents tall boy can, and I have definitely had worse beers for more money.

Genesee Ice Beer ---2/5.

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Photo of ellswrth
2/5  rDev -21.9%

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2/5  rDev -21.9%

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Photo of Wildcatz69
3.51/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Daggon this is one good cheap beer.
Drink it from the can always, sometime on special dinners or in certain company pour into a glass.
Smells like a regular American beer, a bit more hops.
Taste is exceptionally disproportional to the price, genesee is delicious, price is Cheap with a capital C, 30 pack is 14$ here in KY.
Mouthfeel makes me think of a lighter alcohol pct. but it is certainly not at 5.9%.
Overall I am appreciative to pass on the knowledge that this is a great beer to keep stocked out in your garage refrigerator for anyone who wants a better than light beer.

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.5/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of vicsju1991
2.25/5  rDev -12.1%

Genesee Ice Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
2.56 out of 5 based on 185 ratings.
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