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

Genesee 12 Horse AleGenesee 12 Horse Ale
BA SCORE
2.93/5
159 Ratings
Genesee 12 Horse AleGenesee 12 Horse Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Relaunched in Oct 2011

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-16-1999

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,703
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
159
pDev:
20.14%
Bros Score:
3.38
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
19
Trade:
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Photo of mcb4538
2/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Rumpole
3.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I absolutely had to try it once I spotted the Heritage 12-pack. The wonderfully stubby 12-oz twist-off bottles should be used for everything they brew, including the Dundee; it would be a real point of difference for them. The 12-Horse itself was quite quaffable but not markedly better, or even much different from, the Cream Ale, which was included in the pack. Both were a bit better than the Beer, but frankly all three go down just fine. The 12-Horse is a little darker and slightly maltier and either a little more hop was added or they managed the adjunct somehow to produce a little more twang, but that's it. Still, perfectly drinkable and certainly cheap enough (although nowhere near as cheap as the 30-pack cans, but this stuff isn't in cans - yet.) The retro bottle and the rich color are the selling points. I'd love to see a retro 24-pack which included Genesee Red and had six of each.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into pint glass

Appearance - a golden straw color which formed a large head upon pouring which faded quickly

Smell - Sweeter, with no detectable hop flavor

Taste - A bit of a corn flavor with not mush hop spice. Sweeter then the traditional "domestic" brew.

Mouthfeel - Mid range in thickness/viscosity, but with a good amount of carbonation for the style/

Overall - Nothing to outstanding, but decent for its price (picked in a variety 12 pack for $8). For the price probably better then the standard domestic of its class.

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Photo of dogfishandi
2.32/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz pony bottle at fridge temppoured into a pint glass. stold this from my friend's fridge, split it with my dad.

pours out a super clear lightish golden color. a nice fluffy head off the pour that faded to some thin retentive foam, then eventually nothing. no real lace. lots of carbonation bubbles. looks better than your average macro, but still that same water like clarity.

cooked corn, mineral water, nothing going on here.

the taste is slightly better than your average macro, but not by much. cooked corny grains, mineral water, finishes with almost a wine like fruitiness.

light bodied, but just a bit more body than your average BMC. sparkly feeling carbonation detracts from this beer. watery.

12 horse ale, what can i say, i had to try it, its genesee... on the same peg as genny cream ale if you ask me, maybe even the same beer...

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Photo of Brad007
2.78/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I must admit that I was tempted too much by the Genesee Heritage Collection so I picked up a 12 pack. I've never had 12 Horse Ale and felt it was worth a try.

Pours a nice gold color with a one-finger head into my glass. Appears to be crisp and clarity is decent.

Cooked corn/sweet grain aroma with not much else to offer beyond that. I have a hard time believing that it's a blonde ale.

I'm still not convinced taste-wise. However, it is inoffensive, crisp and there is a tiny bit of hops. Other than that, bland.

Thin mouthfeel doesn't help either. Granted, it still has more body than a macro lager but not by much.

It's not bad if you want a bit of nostalgia. Unfortunately, I wasn't old enough to drink this during its' heyday so there's no real nostalgia here. Still worth a try at the very least.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.28/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is part of the Genesee Heritage Pack. 12 Horse brought back after a couple years of retirement.

A - Pours nice straw gold with 2 fingers of creamy head.

S - Aromas of crisp lightly kilned malt and light fruits, like apples or yellow plums

T - Malty body with noble hop crispness. Very pleasant

M - Love the creamy head on this and the vigorous carbonation

O - So glad they brought this back. I grew up with this beer, well, all of the beers in the Heritage pack. Since moving to Ohio, I don't get much Genesee and this makes me want to get it more often.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.86/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this as part of a 3 Genny beer sampler. I sure wish this one was sold alone as it was the best of the batch. Of course, regular Genny and Genny Cream are really "third choice" or "It's only 1.29 for a 40" beers. 12 Horse is the same way with a notch better in the spew department.

It's yellow, it's only slightly foamy, it's got small bubbles fitting this type of lawnmower beer and even from the bottle, this smelled like a can beer. I was hoping this was like Ballantine or Lord Chesterfields but it has none of the "slight hops" of either. It has the corn of Cream Ale as well as a alcohol burn and a peppery sensation. A slight licorice and a sweet remainder kicks as well.

Okay, in a race between all the Genny beers, Bock is best and this is second. Lets hope they brink back Genny Red, which was the best of them all.

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Photo of ALLISON01
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of nickthetick
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a crystal clear gold into a new belgium globe with almost a finger of white head. Leaves a little lacing.

S: fruity and malty, lighter fruits, apricots, apples, peaches.

T: a lot more malt in the mouth than the nose. Sweet carmel and apples. Some light citrus notes, maybe lemony.

MF: fairly light body, great effervescence, refreshing and crisp.

O: not to bad, solid representation of style and a solid beer for its price. The nose let down with a weak malt profile.

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Photo of thebfg
4/5  rDev +36.5%

Photo of puboflyons
3.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on November 26, 2011. This is from the retro stubby bottle with the original 1970's label and twist off cap. I remember when it looked like that regularly. It pours golden yellow with a fizzy head. The aroma is lightly malted, bready, and vaguely hopped. The body is thin and carbonated. The taste is very typical for its style with grain, corn, some malts, and wisp of hops at the end.

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Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Kromes
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A clear pale yellow color with a thick white head.

S: Sweet honey grain with a fruity aroma.

T: Very sweet and honey-like in the flavor with some fruitiness and a slight mineral and hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light with decent carbonation.

O: This was part of the heritage collection. Not too bad, but $6.50 for the 12 pack, I wasn't really expecting too much. As far as standard American ales go, it is average.

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Photo of grahambo
4/5  rDev +36.5%

Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +36.5%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +36.5%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of kuhndog
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have to thank my father-in-law for this one. He bought the Genny heritage pack and was willing to share.

Pours a pale golden yellow with a 1/4" of loose bubbly head that quickly dissipates. The smell is grainy and grassy. The taste is faint pilsner malt, faint grains, and mild, grassy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is well-carbonated, clean, and smooth.

This is a nice, easy drinking beer. I like it better than Genny or Genny light. It's good in a similar fashion that Genny cream ale is. It's a very slight change of pace, but it's enough to make it worth while.

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Photo of suspect
3.54/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz "grenade bottle" from a 12 pack Heritage Pack into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Crystal clear golden color. Semi-aggressive pour leads to a fizzy 1 finger head that disappears instantly. No lacing whatsoever. Thin ring around the outside of the glass. Lots of tiny bubbles rising from the center.

S: Nice sweet bready malt smell with a slight hop smell.

T: Sweet malt shines through here first followed by some faint citrus hoppy bitterness. Very nice flavor overall.

M: Light-medium body, plenty of carbonation but not overly so. Creamy lingering aftertaste coats the mouth making it easier to reach for the next sip.

O: A super-easy drinking beer with good flavor. Certainly not a bad beer, especially at $7.99 per 12-pack.

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Photo of stakem
2.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Eric for giving me one of these. 12oz stubby brown "grenade style" bottle poured into a pub glass. This brew appears a light, golden yellow color with a finger of white head sitting atop. An effervescent amount of carbonation constantly rises to the surface in support of the cap. As the glass is swirled and sips are taken, a bit of stringy lacework makes an appearance briefly on the glassware.

The smell of this brew includes some cereal-like grainy sweetness mixed with a bit of a fruity touch that is not too different from pink original bubblegum. As more smells are taken, a very light hint of herbal hops is noted but that is a bit of a stretch. There is a little bit of a metallic character (tin or copper sort of) about this brew's aroma.

The taste brings on the flavor of cereal grain sweetness mixed with a light amount of fruity alcohol. Just as the backend of the aroma led on, there is a metallic flavoring like dirty pennies rest inside the mouth. There is little to no hop inclusion of flavor except a faint amount of bitterness makes itself know briefly to counter some of the residual sweetness.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a very active level of carbonation. The 5% abv is felt with both a fruity alcohol flavor and a warming sensation down the back of the throat that gets increasingly noticeable after the 3rd or 4th sip. I can't say I really dug this brew, but I am appreciate for the chance to try it. Without that dirty penny and metal character this would have been an average american blonde offering, however with that character it was not up to par with others in the style.

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Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very malty, some sweetness. Taste is also considerably sweet, malts, just a touch of hops are present. Feels light in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of curasowa
2.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, golden yellow with one finger of head that fades to a ring with a little chunky lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malt that is a little grassy and just a touch corny with some prickly, citrus-like hop aroma mixing in.

Taste: Pretty sweet up front, then a quick hit of some weak bitterness then it gets real metallic towards the end and into the finish.

The Rest: Sweet retro packaging with some fair at best brew inside.

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Photo of gabedivision
2.8/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Genesee Heritage Pack. Poured into a Genesee Cream Ale pint glass...

Pours a nice deep golden with a 1/2 finger head that completely disappears after a second. Sweet malts, earthy tones, grassy, low profile hops. The taste is a sweet corn water with a hint of grassy hops, and a big grain finish. Light on the feel, crisp, easy to drink, very grainy. Overall the nostalgia is fun, but this beer is average at best. If your wallets low or if you just wanna have one for old times sake, go for it, it wont bite ya.

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Photo of Dantes
2.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Package: On draught, presented in a 16 oz. shaker pint at ~45º.

Cost: Innumerable $1 pints and house pours.

Appearance: Generates a loose, fluffy, white head from the tap. The crystal-clear, yellowish body is a shade darker than a typical macro lager or ale, perhaps verging on the faintest bronze. Finely distributed carbonation.

Smell: Doesn’t generate much of a bouquet. Faint wisps of toast and grain, with a soupçon of hops. At least there aren’t any sour, metallic notes.

Taste: Fairly clean and crisp on the palate, with enough malt to provide a bit of flavor, and enough hops to provide some crisp bitterness. Short, clean finish without any bad aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin, but nicely carbonated (I don’t know how the bottled version is, but the draught is pretty smooth).

Drinkability: I always preferred the Genny Cream (more body and ABV), but this drinks fine.

Backwash: I drank an ungodly amount of Genny Cream in my time, but we always had barrel or two of 12 Horse around for a change of pace. I still remember the first time I had it. I never minded drinking this, and never remember having a bad sample. I believe this was reformulated at one point, before it was discontinued (replaced by the Dundee Pale Ale). While not a beer worth searching out, it stood above the Bud-Miller-Coors variations, as a better, fresher, regional alternative.

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Genesee 12 Horse Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.93 out of 5 with 159 ratings
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