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

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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:
#44,768
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
161
pDev:
20.07%
Bros Score:
3.38
 
 
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Photo of deonreds
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Squire123
3.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cpolking
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark honey golden, nearing a hint of copper or orange. There is a quarter-inch head of white foam.

The aroma is grain, honey sweet, herbal/floral.

The taste is sweet grain and herbal. There is almost a hint of root beer. There is a pleasant aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is light, but noticeable carbonation, along with a smooth, creamy element.

This is a very interesting, pleasant, but not great in any way.

Thanks to tone77 for this beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good appearance with a solid head and a light amber color. The aroma is nice with some sweet malt and (gasp) some hops! The flavor follow the aroma almost exactly, although the hops seem to be a little bit lost. Creamy, with a nice body. Not overly sweet. Somewhat more exciting than your standard American-style lager but not much more.

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3.12/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.12/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Quafftastic
3.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Retroman40
3.08/5  rDev +4.8%
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 billab914
3.08/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one if the mixed heritage collection 12 pack. 12oz stubby bottle into my Ithaca glass. It poured clear and golden in color wit ha thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a lot of pale, grainy malts to it. I get a little bit of a tart, crisp, fruitiness to it as well. It's pretty crisp and clean for the style and not bad overall.

The taste shows a little more of the crisp, slightly tart fruitiness to it. It gives it a little bit of an apple juice or crisp pear like flavor. Some sweeter, toasty malts come out as well.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty easy drinking beer. It didn't have any real outstanding flavors, but it wasn't bad either. For the price it's pretty decent.

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Photo of John
3.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good light ale to drink ice cold. For my taste It becomes a tad too sweet when it warms. A little more hops might balance this brew out.

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Photo of Rumpole
3.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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 rlee1390
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear pale yellow, some carbonation, not much head

S-Corn, Corn, some malt, not much else.

T-Corn, slight lemon notes, sweet for a Macro Lager, not bitterness at all.

M-Light and thin, almost no carbonation, crisper than I thought.

O-While cold the beer is decent as it warms the macro lagerness starts to take over. A decent go at it by Genesee.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
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 tempest
3.04/5  rDev +3.4%
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 jifigz
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Genesee 12 Horse Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 161 ratings
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