Genesee Red Lager
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #137
Ranked #45,720
3.23 | pDev: 10.53%
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States
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Reviews by Delirium:
Photo of Delirium
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear amber red, with a foamy frothy head and a stick with it lace. Smells faintly of roasted hops, earthy malts and musky yeast. Genny Red has the signature of Beer all over it. If Genny's had little more of the already present flavor and character it could be sold in bottles for a few dollars more. Unfortunately, it has been my experience that mass produced beers cause headaches.

Drink Cold.

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Photo of Jason
3.16/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz can with a multi-coloured dark red theme … no freshness date.

Appearance: Clear reddish amber, obvious cold filtering has take place. The head is a surprise with its rocky density and sticky lace.

Smell: Filtered grain aroma, semi clean though this grainy twang gets in the way.

Taste: Clean palate, crisp and smooth at the same time to pull the drinkability up. Light to moderate body with a light malt character. Touch of toasted malt flavour with residual dextrins. Hops are nearly bland with a bitterness that tries to balance. Clean again in the finish, no harshness or astringencies.

Notes: A filtered amber lager. Clean, clean and clean. Drinkable yet clean. What else is there to stay but clean … a clean amber lager brewed in the American style.

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Photo of bmills1608
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very light amber/gold color with a very faint hint of red. Pours with a fluffy white head that, if you blink, will be gone before you open your eyes again.

Smell is sweet grains (corn?) and wet fabric. Very subdued. Taste is generally sweet, with very VERY light malt, a tiny bit of caramel and a somewhat tart underlying flavor.

Not bad for maco-beer. Has a bit of character.

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Photo of Suds
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a very clear, amber color with a bright white head that has a suprising stability and stickyness for a macro. Aroma is faint malt and even fainter hops. What's remarkable is that there is a malt/hop aroma at all for a beer of this veggie or corn aroma. Taste is slightly sweet at the very first sip, then a graininess takes over. Finish is crisp and enjoyable. Very drinkable and very afordable.

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Photo of packetknife
2.46/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Dark amber pour with a fluffy off-white head that faded like the Red Sox dreams and hopes. It was unremarkable on the nose with a very flat barley type of smell. It wasn't revolting but it was very very, well, unremarkable. Very thin, serve it cold enough and it could be diluted Gatorade. It made a decent enough drink for a birthday party.

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Photo of shirfan
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to risk buying the 30-pack while visiting back home in Buffalo, since I hadn't ever found the Red version before. Anyway, it was cheap enough to risk it.

Appearance isn't red, but a clear light orange. An average-sized head that stuck around for more than a few seconds.

Smell is just plain and clean lager with a little caramel in the mix.

Taste is surprisingly good for being an economy macro. Light caramel is present as the aroma hinted at, some grain notes, and a drying finish with just a hint of bittering. No detectable adjuncts or off flavors. Good drinkability.

Medium light body and an "oh, not bad at all" taste make this a new favorite in the really-cheap-canned-beer class, well ahead of Stroh's and Genny Cream.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear, very deep amber body reveals some orange and gold highlights beneath its full and creamy off-white head. The retention is good and it maintains a decent half-inch cap throughout the first part of the glass. Additionally, it leaves some nice lacing as well. The nose offers some delicately sweet and lightly caramelish malt above some background floral hops. It's smooth and lightly creamy in the mouth due to it's medium/light body and very fine, gentle carbonation. And in the flavor, unlike many colored lagers (ie. Yuengling Traditional Lager), it offers a caramelish maltiness that's lightly sweet but balanced by an underlying bitterness; and delicately infused with thin strands of floral hop flavor. It finishes dry with a mild touch of residual sweetish caramel-toned malt and a subtle note of alcohol. It's a refreshing change of pace from many mainstream beers, and it does offer a light note of crystal/caramel maltiness. If you're looking for a little more in the cans of beer that you take fishing or camping... this could be a contender!

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.31/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was quite impressed with Genesee Red. For the money, you get a very drinkable, quite decent tasting beer. It is by no means to be considered a complex brew, but for me it does what it was meant to accomplish: quench my thirst without leaving me with a sour face.

Genny Red pours a very nice reddish amber color. A thin foam head forms a disappears very quickly. The smell is somewhat subdued: some caramel malt and maybe a hint of hops. The mouthfeel is smooth, but bordering on typical macro-lager wateriness. The initial taste was heavy on caramel. Very sweet. Elsewhere on the palette, the caramel and roasted grain flavors are present, but this brew has some problems asserting itself (read: it was more watery than I expected). Hops lend a dryness to the finish, but not enough for a balance. The aftertaste is very clean and almost non-existent except for hints of grain. The beer also leaves only a little bit of alcoholic warmth.

I recommend Genny Red in the same way I recommend PBR: good cheap macro beer. Good with snacks while watching the tube.

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Photo of rabidawg
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruddy amber with average carbonation. Crystal clear with a foamy white head that stuck around just long enough for me to see it go. Speckled lace.

Smell: Heavy malt nose. Definitely out of the ordinary for such an inexpensive beer, even if it is pretty one-dimensional. Slight but present hop note, with a slight grainy, sweet-feed odor.

Taste: Initial sweet malt, with a slight sour, fermenting grain flavor. Slight hop finish, with a little adjunct coating on the back of the throat. Only at the finish did I truly notice any corn characteristics.

Best cheap beer ever? This one may have just passed PBR on my list. For $10.99 for a 30-pack, I'll take this over most any other macro lager any day of the week.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.46/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The only thing red about Genesee Red is the can. Its more like a really dark amber. That being said it still has a good red style taste. It had a big fluffy head which receded into some surprisingly fine looking lace. The smell had some nutty aromas, but it did have some of the mass produced qualities that no one wants to smeel. The taste was good. It was watery and thin, which is to be expected, but there was some more complex malt tastes that I have had in other macros. I would take this any day over Killians! Considering you can get a thirsty rack of this for about 14 bucks how could you go wrong? I would be happy if they served these at frat parties, but sadly the brothers have some perverse admiration for Genesse Ice.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.32/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's not red--it's amber, darker than some, lighter than others. No head to speak of, but it has a soft, hoppy smell. It's not complex. Nor are the hops at all evident in the initial taste, which I found rather bland. Not much to the aftertaste either. It is extremely light and watery in mouthfeel. That said, red lager is the best of the Genesee family that I've had, but mainly because it is not offensive. Really cheap, too!

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Photo of WesWes
3.72/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber/red color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malty scent which comes from pale and crystal malts. It smells a bit sweet. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, sweet, yet dry flavor that boasts of sweet crystal malts and lager yeast. It goes down easy and finishes a bit watery. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good brew from High Falls. It actually has real flavor and no skunky finish; a decent drinker.

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Photo of mentor
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can provided amid a bunch of stuff given to me for volunteering at 2005 GABF. Uhm, thanks guys, I really appreciate the opportunity. The stamp on the bottom reads 2085 0738. Pours a half finger light tan head that's quite fizzy, but has some stickiness. The liquid is clear, is bright, and is a pumpkin-orange brown. Smells malty sweet with strong hop floral. Cardboard and some caramel. It actually smells good. Tastes malty sweet with noticable hop flavor and only mild hop bitterness. This beer is quite enjoyable and I could easily see drinking a 6er of this over the course of an evening. Malt is noticable caramel and maybe some toasted grains. Plus, an iron taste and maybe a tinge of butter. Hop floral is well-balanced with the malt and comes across as light and playful. Too bad this isn't classified as an American macro, it would dominate the category. Light body, but it does hang on the tongue after the swallow. Carbonation is moderate, but stings the tongue in a way that distracts from the important beer flavors. The finish might not be so dry if the carbonation were lower.

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Photo of tastybeer
2.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So it really is red. Kind of a tarnished red color and very clear. Head was not bad at first but seems to have disappeared. Not a whole lot in the aroma but I do smell a slightly nutty maltiness in there. Taste is slightly creamy. Not real exciting but not bad really. Creamy mouthfeel is good. Being so simple this is very easy to drink.

Very afforable back up.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I tried this red when it first came out. It seemed more true to the red style back then, and was more bitter like a red. Eh. When I moved back to Cleveland and found Genny Red again, it was better than I remembered. At first I didn't think so, but in hindsight, I enjoy this beer more than any other cheap beer. It almost tastes like the JW Dundee Amber but you can tell the adjuncts in this beer detracts a bit. A nice Brown-Red appearence
with a sweet smell. Goes down easy with a sweet flavor, average hoppiness and leaves a very different taste in the mouth that tastes like a sweet malt. At 10.99 a 30 pack, this Genny is a steal. I buy this all the time.

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Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of outdoorbrewer
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can, hey what's this?
Looked great into the glass revealing an clear orange/amber oh! I mean faded red beer with a lively carbonation producing a beautiful light colored clumpy head diminishing to a covering layer of foam while retaining a spotty lacing
Looking at the whole foam forming process you can see the large bubbles rising to create the head without the backup of gradual reducing bubbles down to fine indicating a light body beer
First aromas say the toasted grain dough has a spicy flower accent showing all the signs that "this has promise"
Initial dryness holds off the sweet grainy toasted malty flavor I imagine coming from specialty malts used here until you realize the spread says we have adjuncts
Used my flashlight to seek out hoppiness and bitterness
Sorry guess I need a new battery
Add up the flavor with no hop balance and think cloy
Still remains good enough to keep a 30 Pack on a shelf in the garage for when the "tradition" means having a few after all the snow shoveling is done

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Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is mostly malty, and caramel. The taste is also malty with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad beer, but would not buy it if it was readily available, glad to have had a chance to try it though.

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Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with a thick foamy head that settles to a thin cover.

The smell is of sweet grains and a glimpse of earthy hops.

The taste is of sweet malt that has a slightly roasted character. Faint earthy hops give it balance. Crisp finish.

Thin, but not overly watery. Crisp and clean. Refreshing.

Not bad at all for $11 a thirty-pack. A decent choice for an affordable easy drink.

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Photo of Tallboy
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Red amber with an almost 2 inch thick foamy white head and had moderate carbonation.

Scent: Caramel malt and grainy hops .

Taste: sweet caramel and malt, with a slight grainy flavor and hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and wett with barely any aftertaste.

Drinkability: Wow I tried this for the first time and it reminded me of Killian's in a can well...sort of but anyway, I have been a fan of High Falls for a bit now and I must say at 10 bucks for a 30 pack ....I found me another keeper!

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Photo of barrettds
3.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Support your local brewery!

Poured into an pint glass from a can, the color is a reddish amber with at least an inch of chunky head, darker than you'd expect. Not much of a smell, typical beery scent but with a nice nutty/malt. The flavor of this beer is what keeps you coming back for 10.99/pack of 30. The nutty flavor is hard to find, it is more of a sweet malty flavor that hangs in your mouth for a bit after the swallow, but without any negative aftertaste. The mouthfeel is also pleasant; it feels thicker than you'd expect. I drink this by itself, or with food; you can't go wrong. I often find myself admiring the lacing and color of the brew wondering how I bought 30 of them for 11 bucks...

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer playing a game. It poured a deep redish color with a good bit of head. The lacing was fair and the head was fluffy. The retention was rather poor. The smell was pretty sweet, but not exactly matly. The taste was pretty neutral, but that was after a turbodog, an Abita Fallfest and half of an Eye of the Hawk. The mouthfeel was pretty good, but the host of the party kept it pretty cold, so it was kind of ridged. A pretty solid beer.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This bubbly, effervescent brew pours a golden orange hue with a soapy off-white head. The foam retains its height for an average amount of time and leaves some spotty wisps of lace behind on the glass. Some small rising bubbles are visible as well.

Husky grain and a some what medical note along with mild, pale malt and dry, somewhat astringent, hops. A hint of caramel-like sweetness arises after holding my nose in the glass for a moment. I suppose that slightly sweet, mild nutty, fruit/caramel note is characteristic of the style.

Actually more appetizing than the nose implies with lots mellow sweetness and pale/caramel maltiness. Nutty with a faint hop character. Again a hint of medicine-like taste and some mineral character. More husky grain and a slight syrupy quality. A sweeter, honey-like finish.

Not nearly as bright and effervescent as expected. More mellow, matted, and even somewhat velvety on the tongue. Lower carbonation for the style and a slightly dry finish. Smooth and clean but somewhat lacking. I actually would have liked more bubbly carbonation. That may have helped to take the edge off a slightly unpleasant character that is floating around in the middle. Also a slight, yeasty film is left on the tongue. Better than expected, but still average at best.

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Photo of Brad007
2.62/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a light copper color with a frothy head into my glass. I haven't seen this variation around here before. Came in the "Fall Heritage Pack" with Fyfe & Drum and 12 Horse Ale.

Full of sweet, grainy malt in the nose. Not much else. Definitely has an "industrial" smell to it.

Sweet to the point where it borders on syrupy. Grainy. Not much else for flavor. Tastes much like anything else they've made.

Mouthfeel is thin but tolerable. Still nothing spectacular.

I'm not sure what really sets this apart from Genesee Ale, 12 Horse or even their Cream Ale other than it's a miserable shade of red.

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Photo of goldold
3.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this quite regularly but this was discontinued by High Falls about 3 months ago. I'm now alternating between Yuengling's, Killian's, Michelob AmberBock, and Ice House. Ice House is priced similarly but the others are much more expensive than the Genny Red.

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Genesee Red Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 48 ratings