Genesee Fyfe & Drum Beer | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Genesee Fyfe & Drum BeerGenesee Fyfe & Drum Beer

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

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by shirfan on 04-15-2012

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.45/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK, I'll admit that I was taken with the packaging of the Fall Heritage Collection with its stubby bottles and everything, but I mainly just wanted to try the Fyfe & Drum. I used to love the 12 Horse back in my college years, and the Red Lager isn't bad, but I've always been intrigued by antiquated brands.

So, is this the Fyfe & Drum that once was? I know that the cans used to read "EXTRA LYTE" on their lids, and this doesn't seem extra 'light' to me (or was that a different version of the beer - I've also seen cans that read "Extra lyte" at the bottom of the fron label). In any case, it's fairly golden in color, and it's got a solid maltiness to it. I'd call it full and sweet. But maybe a lot of beers were fuller back then (1960's), but I doubt it. Maybe they were referring to the bitterness? It is pretty light, and it borders upon becoming sweet. I don't know. The only other thing I notice about it that separates it at all from a general mainstream lager is that there's a kind of fruitiness to it. I'm not sure if that's from fermentation, or perhaps hops. If it was introduced in 1963 I'd imaging that they were using Cluster hops at the time but who knows what they're using now.

Overall, a charming beer that's very straightforward and basic. It's sweetish but with a nice malt character, clean, and super easy to drink.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Genesee Brew House in Rochester, NY. This is the all-malt version re-brewed for Genny’s 140th anniversary.

This one pours a light and clear straw yellow color, with a small fizzy head and lots of lacing.

This smells like sweet corn and sweet malt, pilsner malt and very light grassy hops.

The all malt version of this is probably a bit better than the original Fyfe and Drum, but it’s still a bit of an insipid ride. It’s got an odd sweetness to it, with very little hop bitterness.

It’s very crisp, though, and definitely easy to drink. There’s a decent level of carbonation.

I’m happy to be able to try this, but it’s not really something I’m gonna look for again.

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Photo of stakem
2.59/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Eric for gifting me with a bottle of this. 12oz grenade style bottle into a pint. The brew pours a clear pale golden with 2 fingers creamy off-white head. Decent retention that leaves patchy to webby lace as it fades.

The first thing that comes to mind when you smell this beer is: corny. It is sweet in tge nose with sulfur and minerals with hints of grass and buttery to toffee character that melds the corn into the minerals. The nose isnt off-putting or horrible but it isnt that good either.

The taste is sweet with a flavoring of corn or something similar just like the aroma led on. A faint hint of toffee and caramel grain give way to a buttery diacetyl inclusion. Some sulfur and minerals with a hint of herbs and carbonic quality round out the rest of the profile.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is somewhat crisp with no alcohol impact. However the buttery corn notes make this awkward but if you drank it freezing cold, id imagine it would be pretty neutral and get the job done. I would pass on this in the future.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

These stubby bottles came in a case for under 20 bucks a case, this label is as retro as it gets, was it a real beer in the past? Pours bright golden body with a thick white head forming thick cloudy with texture and froth...this is not your average fizzy yellow beer. Again I smell cereal grains and actual hop character, clean notes of malts blended with a nice bread like character. Flavor of the beer is excellent, clean filled with cereal grains, the type of beer I could literally drink without any effort and not have to think about. Cereal grains, malts, bready clean finsih, with herbal hops flowing excellent stuff here. Mouthfeel is straight forward with ample carbonation. Doesn't leave my palate wanting anything else, this is excellent drinkable beer. Overall, an impressive feat from Genesee showing what great brews the former High Falls in upstate NY is capable of. Solid drinking beer your grandpa will enjoy this with you.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.29/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from stubby bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice medium golden color with a two finger white head. The head has a good level of retention, taking about 4 min to fade with it in the process leaving a medium level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is very light and only consists of a little caramel mixed with a light bread smell.

Taste – The taste starts out with a light caramel sweetness mixed with some bready flavors. These flavors create a base for the beer which last throughout the taste, but yet change in intensity. The sweet grows stronger in the middle with caramel and some corn, but then dwindles a little bit in the end. The bready flavors remain constant throughout the taste, except at the end, where they get a little bit weaker. In the end with the sweet and bready flavors growing lighter, a crisp flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter side with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. Very nice for the style and it matches the crisp flavors that are left on the tongue at the end of the taste quite well.

Overall – While not really complex, it is very easy drinking and makes for a good party session brew.

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Photo of Brad007
2.8/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice pale gold color with a thin head into my glass. Looks awful promising so far. Lighter in color than some Genny offerings.

Moderately sweet malt with some dryness in the nose. Clean, almost crisp as well. Less typical than I expected.

Aroma carries over to the taste. Overwhelmed by sweetness and has a cider-like finish. I'm not sure. I had such high hopes.

Mouthfeel is just as bland and the cider-like body just doesn't work.

Beat me head silly like a drum. This isn't worthy.

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Photo of rangerred
3.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby bottle, part of the Genesee heritage 12 pack.

Pours a clear, deep gold with a small fizzy head that quickly disappears. No lacing at all.

Smell is sweet grain with a faint hint of caramel. Maybe a touch of grassy hops in there as well.

The taste mostly cereal grain and a little bit of corn. There is just a little bit of bready malt and a little bit of grassy hop flavor leading to a light, drying bitterness. A dry, chalky sensation is left on the back of the throat making you want to take another drink.

Overall, this tastes like an adjunct lager to me, albeit a better than average one. There is some malt and hops detectable but very little. More importantly, there are really no off flavors and this beer is very refreshing and drinkable. Really a great bargain.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.2/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into straight pint glass, color is straw, head is off white, slightly dense bits of lacing.

Smell is pretty clean, mostly malt no off adjuncts to be noted.

Taste is actually pretty good, clean tasting malt mixed with grains, pretty crisp - finish is slightly thin, but expected for a pale lager.

Mouthfeel is a bit over crisp, slightly biting on the tongue from the carbonation, but acceptable.

Overall, a clean tasting drinkable lager, maybe a touch too grainy and crisp for many.

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Photo of soju6
3.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubbie from the Heritage Collection.

A: Pours a dark golden color with a small head that fades quickly with no lacing.

S: Aroma of sweet grain and not much else. Not a bad thing.

T: Taste of mild malt sweetness with some grain. Mild bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

F: Light body and quite crisp. Nothing offensive.

O: Decent beer, good for a few. Nothing fancy here.

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Photo of mpalestino
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Gregwa
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ChrisL24481
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of VaporDome
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of yesyouam
2.34/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Fyfe & Drum Beer is a very clear, very lively, bright, golden beer. It has a turbulent surface with no head to speak of. It smells a little sweet and a little funky. There seems to be a hint of lemon. It's light bodied and lively in the mouth. The finish is a little chalky. There's not too much flavor, but it's recognizable as a Genny. The dominant flavor is that burnt-rubber yeast they use. There's a little bitterness that comes after the swallow. There are hints of lemon and mint. Like most Genny beer, it's not that great, but it still beats a macro at the same price. It's best if these beers stay in their stubbies and stay cold.

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Photo of billbeers
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of CloudStrife
2.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz stubby poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a tiny white head that remains a thin layer for a little bit. Pretty bubbly looking.

S: Fairly average beer smell. Some malts.

T: A light lager with a hint of hop and a wheat like malt.

M: Fuller body than I anticipated. Easy drinking. Great for summer.

Overall an average beer that fits in their lineup well. Nothing to write home about but not offensive.

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Photo of atr2605
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a clear golden color with a white head with pretty decent retention
S-sweet malt, no hop aroma
T-lots of sweet malt with a bit of bitterness and a clean finish
M-medium bodied, lots of carbonation
O-straight forward and clean. Not exceptional but highly drinkable

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Photo of jwhancher
2.6/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cool little bomber bottles. Drank this one from the bottle because it plain deserves it. With a twist of the cap, a nice little "pop" rings out. Smells of cooked corn & sweet pilsner malt. Probably some adjuncts in there. Hello corn? Hello rice?

Tastes like how any average type lager would. Fizzy yellow stuff, here I come. Seems to have a weird metallic tinge to it. Strange considering it's a bottled beer. Best drank cold.

Feels light. Would make for an excellent lawnmower beer on a hot summer day.

Overall, an average beer. Don't drink this one for taste but for the cool short & stout bomber bottles they're packaged in. Go ahead - I dare you tell me you've never drank a beer just for the packaging.

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Photo of KC9LDB
3/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ER527
2.87/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of shirfan
3.05/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the new Genny Heritage Pack, alongside Genesee Summer Brew and 12 Horse.

Medium gold color, no head/lacing remains after the initial pour.

Aroma of sweet grain and little else.

Taste is clean, and even a little moreish. Sweet grain is backed up by a kiss of nondescript hops. Body edges towards full (for an American lager).

Adjuncts present? Maybe, but I'm guessing that the malt/adjunct ratio is more favorable than many flagships.

Not a bad example of the style, in a style awash with bad examples.

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Genesee Fyfe & Drum Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.92 out of 5 with 34 ratings