Genesee 12 Horse Ale
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

Genesee 12 Horse AleGenesee 12 Horse Ale
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Style:
American Blonde Ale
Ranked #783
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
70
Ranked #47,275
Avg:
2.96 | pDev: 19.93%
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
165
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Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
70
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Genesee 12 Horse AleGenesee 12 Horse Ale
Notes: Relaunched in Oct 2011
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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 165
Photo of sokol_1993
3.13/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Got a small glass at the brewery. Looked quite flat and pale yellow. Taste of faint maltiness and hoppiness, yet they complement each other nicely. Bready aftertaste. Not a bad beer actually, can see myself drinking this in a hot summer day.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this is underrated for sure. not meant to be compared to every beer ever i dont think, but in its field, its very solid, a total lawnmower crusher of a beer, the kind i would feel safe drinking a whole mess of and still operating power tools. apparently a really old recipe, timeless in a way, simple beer, yellow and fizzy but with some good flavor to it, nothing adjunct or cheap at all to me, and while i dont get a lot of hops or yeast from it, the beer is fresh and has a nice pale malt character to it. its crisp and crackery, summery and floral even, just beer for drinking, better than many in its category. great clarity and foaminess, lots of bubbles, bright and lively feeling on the palate, not too watery but with a nice light body and finishing dryness. not a ton of depth or anything, but there really doesnt need to be. overall an enjoyable glass of beer for sure, one of the better ones i had on my visit to the brew house, which is a really pretty awesome place. i would buy this for a fridge beer if it were available to me in colorado...

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Photo of Raime
3.46/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought these a few weeks ago at an east end store in the hood. Was already intoxicated upon purchase and regretted it the next day. This will either be okay or a colossal mistake. Let's see.

Look - Clear yellow with the highest modicum of clarity. Large frothy and creamy looking white head sits atop with an assload of carbonation.

Smell - Some corn with some slight hop presence. Kinda like a cream ale really.

Taste - Light amounts of sweet corn with a touch of sugar. Mineral water. Clean with a light hop bite.

Feel - Moderate with moderate carbonation. Again fairly creamy and swallows easy as can be.

Overall - Not too shabby for a $4.99 six pack of bottles from a random store. Put these things in a dirty thirty at the right price and I'll have no problem adding these to a friday night drunken rotation. A lot like their cream ale but more flavorful and quite a bit cleaner in my opinion.

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.74/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Again, something different from Genny. Hard to find, but worth getting when it's available. Love the bottles. Every now and then, they are distributed in a 12-pack stubbies with Genny, Genny Cream Ale, and the twelve-horse. Haven't seen it lately, but I keep my eye out for it.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.2/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

An Ale that drinks like a lager. Light gold bordering on yellow. Thin bodied, bubbly, not sour like a lager. Very little flavor at all, in terms of malt and hops. Cool grenade style bottle though.

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Photo of DagenhamDavis
1.96/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As a fan of the style and Genesee beers at large, I've been wanting to try this for a while. It proved elusive, and even became something of a white whale for me, the humor of which is not lost upon me.
Such a disappointment, not much character, mostly just tastes cheap and dirty. Lacks the subtle hop bite of a good blonde ale, and the smoothness as well. I'll stick with their other stuff. Sorry to say, but don't seek this one out.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.8/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Genesee 12 Horse Ale brewed by Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. This brew has an ABV of 5.10% A 12 Horse Ale pours out a nice amber color with a nice white head. The smell is sweet with grains and malts. There is nothing overpowering in this brew so far. The taste is sweet with grains , and a few malts. At first this brew is bold but it has a clean finish at the end. For being a blonde ale it is a nice brew. Genesee 12 Horse Ale has a nice balance to it there is nothing overpowering in this brew. The mouthfeel is bold but it has a nice clean finish. This is a real refreshing brew. Genesee 12 Horse Ale can fall into many categories this is one of the better Genesee brews I have had. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again .

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Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Genesee 12 Horse Ale - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. Poured from the squatter bottle into a pint glass, this brew's got a 1/4 finger thick white head that dissipates quickly, no lacing, and a clear medium golden body.

I smell sweeter malts with a touch of earthiness. No hop bitterness is present in the aroma.

The taste here is sweeter malts, yes. No hop presence is showing up. This is a very well balanced brew despite that.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth. Nothing about this beer lingers.

Overall a 4 for Genesee 12 Horse Ale - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. I vwould choose this over regular Genny any given day. I had my good friend nicholas2121 flow me a few bottles upon returning his visit in Rochester this past week. So thank you for the fine brew, mate.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.34/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: A a pale golden beer with a creamy, off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: A little bit of an earthy hops aroma with a slight citrusy ester that seems to come from the yeast. There is a moderate malt sweetness

T: A malty softness and a light a earthy hops flavor and medium-light hops bitterness. There is a light bit if ale yeast character but not much. The balance is even and the finish is polity abrupt.

M: A Creamy, medium-lighted beer with a medium level of carbonation.

O: An easy to drink blonde style that is moderately malty beer with a good creaminess. If you buddy only drinks lawn more lagers and needs a gateway ale this isn't a bad choice as it's sort of a lightly flavored ale.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Poured a pale yellow with a one inch white head. The head was quite fleeting and quickly dispersed into a thin line on the glass. Very good carbonation level. I did notice some faint lacing.

S - Very "light" aroma for an ale with some hop note as well as some grain. Overall a very neutral smell.

T - Primarily taste is grain with a hint of hop bitterness. No sensation of alcohol. Flavor actually improved as beer warmed.

M - A rather "thin" mouth feel. A bit on the watery side.

O - Considering the price paid, this represents a fairly decent value.

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Photo of Edward19
3.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased from Wegmans on Taft Road in Liverpool NY. Honestly not a bad beer for the price. I notice that it is very carbonated which is not a bad thing for the beer. Has mostly a sweet bready taste. It is not to heavy so you can drink a few without getting overwhelmed. I will purchase this in the future it is very cheap an brewed in my home state.

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Photo of fx20736
3.51/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of a 12 pack from Beers of the World on 8/2/13.

poured into a nonic, served at fridge temp.

appearance: rich gold, a thick souffle of white head. Nice lacing.

aroma: malt with barely a wisp of earthy hops

mouthfeel: full, well made.

taste: broad malt is followed by a slightly sweet and nutty taste. The sweetness is not a corn syrup sweetness but is more fruity. Just a touch of earthy English style hops kiss the aftertaste.

notes: ok, so this isn't going to pave any new ground but this is a super easy to drink and for the price is a nice little treat.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.27/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours blonde and fizzy, with a small head and no lacing.

Very slight grassy hops and sweet grainy malt. It's super drinkable but not really anything to write home about. A bit more hop character and this would be really nice.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Horse Ale is a clear, sparkling, light golden ale with no head-- just a swirl of small bubbles. It has an aroma of sweet malt and corn. It's medium light bodied with a starchy finish. It tastes sweet and corny. There's a rubbery, sulfurous funk to it that identifies it as a Genny. There seems to be a slight nuttiness to it. It's funky and sweet, but I could have more than one in the ice-cold stubby format.

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Photo of tempest
3.04/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had a 20oz. pint at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse for $5. I was hoping this might resemble the decent English pale ale that the old 12 Horse Celebrated Ale had been described as. Really, it was just clean, macro blonde ale with a vague doughy barley character and no hops. I'd call it a step, maybe just a half-step, up from Genesee Cream Ale. But hey, if you're thirsty and feeling thrifty, it's a decent option.

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Photo of hughesman
3.45/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had 12 horse today for the first time in many years. It was more of a full flavor then i had remembered. Kind of carmel in color and better tasting then many cheap beers and at 8.99 for a case in bottles i thought it was a great value. At 5.1 percent stronger then most cheap beers. it didnt leave a bad after taste at all and have to say the 3 i had this afternoon i really enjoyed. seemed to have quite a bit of carbonation and a fruit type smell.

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Photo of atr2605
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a clear golden color with a white head with better than expected retention
S-sweet malt
T-more sweet malt with a bit of creaminess to it, low hop bitterness
M-light bodied with high carbonation
O-I wouldnt say its the best representation of the style but its very drinkable and decent for the price. Admittedly I have a weakness for genny. If I'm going to drink cheap, it will be some form of genny

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Photo of NedShakeshaft
1.76/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This came in a 12-pack alond with the Red and the Fyfe and Drum. It was easily the worst of the three.

Poured a pretty golden color. The fluffy, white head died within seconds and could not be brought back to life.

Smelled of corn and alcohol grain. Sweet cream corn hung on my tongue while I forced down the carbonation. Not pleasant. Taste hung around for a bit, then came a grassy bitterness that wore out its welcome.

Drank the second one right out of the stubby. It's palatable if drank cold enough from the bottle but then, what isn't? The third and fourth will have to be tackled on a night when I'm even less discriminating.

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Photo of jifigz
3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a sweet old school PBR mug that I found.

A: The appearance is a darker golden color than most of the mainstream macro beers you will find out there. The carbonation level seems ridiculously high and no lacing was left on the glass during the process of drinking, but the color is quite nice and unusual. Oh...and the head disappeared very fast.

S: The aroma is extremely sweet. It is grainy and husky and....sweet.

T: The flavor is like the nose...it is very sweet. There is just a touch of bitterness that rides the tail end of some grainy flavor and the candy like sweetness.

MF: Light with heavier carbonation as expected.

O: Well, this is a pretty average macro offering. I tend to approve of Genesee for the price, but at $18 a case I should have either bought something much more expensive and drank good beer or bought something cheaper and drank beer that is this beer's equivalent. I do like the short and stout "hand grenade" style bottles though.

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Photo of oberon
2.94/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My brother inlaw got me this as a birthday gift so I feel I need to drink at least one.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear medium golden with a nice looking white fluffy head that settled very slowly leaving a few globs behind.Alot of sweet corn in the nose with a little metallic quality,adjucts abound.The flavors were not awful wich I have to admit I was expecting,somewhat sweet with some caramel notes,a decent crisper toasted bread finish.It's not as bad as I thought it it would be but it's not anything to write home about either.

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Photo of Petershib85
1.89/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The first thing that through me off about this beer was the smell. Very yeasty. There are no notes of hops whatsoever. For the price, I was not expecting much more. I would only drink this if it were the only thing other than a lite beer to drink. It gets a 2 among cheaper beers.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
2.58/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into rounded pint glass, color is gold with off white head that does not present much and dissipates, no lacing.

Smell neutral grains, crusty and some neutral hops - does not seem fresh.

Taste is pretty neutral, mild grain flavors, not much off flavor just not popping in freshness - hops are present for bitterness and maybe some grassy notes.

Mouthfeel is a bit crisp and over carbonated for me, but to style.

Overall, decent easy drinking brew from genesee - not the best in the barrel bottle variety pack.

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Photo of jwhancher
2.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love drinking these straight from the twist off cap from the short, stout bottle. Poured this one into a taster glass for review.

A: Pours very clear straw yellow with okay head that settles down to a thin lacing. Nice carbonation evident. I give the appearance a little extra strictly for the packaging.

S: Smells grainy with a sweet pilsner malt backbone. Not good as it warms. A fuzzy carpet-like smell seems to take note. Husky notes.

T: Not a lot going on here. Bland and husk-like malts. A tad sweet. No hops evident. This is a beer not meant to drink warm. Serve cold & drink straight out of the bottle.

M: Light to medium tasting. A tad sweeter than the bitterness. You can tell they added some hops but they give no noticeable aroma and/or taste. Hops must be used strictly for bitterness.

O: Average beer. For $10.99 per case, I'm not disappointed with the purchase. I was in the mood for some macro-like lager to watch during football season. This one is a solid beer by far above some of the other crap that's out in the market. This one is obviously not craft, but I dig nonetheless.

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Photo of CloudStrife
2.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz stubby poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a super fizzy clear light golden color with a 1 finger white head that is gone in seconds. A ridiculous amount of visible carbonation.

S: Can actually pull some hop notes from this brew. Fairly standard aroma like most generic beers.

T: Slightly sweet with a light hop backing. Better than most macrobrews out there.

M: Light on the tounge, good carbonation. A little sticky.

Overall one of the tastier ones from Genesee but I dont think that says too much. A good deal considering it was much less than the big boys.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright golden body with a fizzy white head dwindling rather quick with even fine speckled lacing around the sides of my pint. Aroma has a dirty earthy notes with grain husk, mild cereal grains. Flavor has a light fruit base, with bread like malts, a bit of dirty husk quality, herbal hops yet very cohesive flavors come together.
Mouthfeel is light bodied a bit of harshness, yet refined smoothness in each sip an edgy brash light golden American ale from the brewers at Genesee. I'm guessing this is a classic recipe, carbonation is solid, mild hop burps. Overall another exciting light easy drinking beer going on.

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Genesee 12 Horse Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 70 out of 100 with 165 ratings