Genny Light
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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American Light Lager
Ranked #223
Ranked #47,860
2.45 | pDev: 31.02%
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States
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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 255
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2.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

24oz can stamped H158 1103:38 poured into a large mug at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours bright light golden straw yellow with off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring skim coating. The aroma is a little yeasty and vegetable. The taste is very nuetral up front with no real malt washing into a barely tart, mildly bitter and buttery finish. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with above average carbonation and an undry finish. Overall, average. Too much unfinished business for this yeast. The microwave popcorn butter is the strongest flavor here.

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Photo of 1009
3.67/5  rDev +49.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

We utilized this at a middle of nowhere, upstate New York casino. Found it at a “redemption center” in a one stoplight town. The 12er was located on the bottom of the cooler fridge in a section that hadn't been opened since the 90’s. Went down easy and did the job.

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Photo of Scrapss
2.84/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a standard pint glass.

A: clear light yellow, medium sized, white bubbly head that dies down into a compact disk, leaving very little lacing.

S: Neutral smell, light corn, light cereal.

T: It's pretty much average light AAL fare, corn and little bittering. Infintely crushable like an LAAL should be. Not a ton in the way between this and water.

M: Slick, light-medium bodied, standard LAAL mouthfeel that's very refreshing on a very hot day.

O: Typical LAAL. I'd recommend the light version over regular for sure, especially if you're just looking to drink outside at a BBQ. At $14/24pk. or less most places, it's kinda hard to go wrong with this one if you're going to be outside packing'em away.

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Photo of Labattfan
4.84/5  rDev +97.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is easy drinking light beer nice refreshing taste good feel nice aroma overall a quality light beer which Bud light isn't also a great value vs Bud light 99cents compared to 229 better taste and lower price Genny light kos bud light

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Photo of huthuty
2.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

New to the beer aisles here in Utah, got a couple tall boys due to their great price
Look is light gold with a tiny tiny amount of foam
Smell is light with a little vinegar, a little straw, and a little bread
Taste is... Spoiled, I'm assuming I got a bad batch, way too vinegary, I'll give this a neutral 2.5 all around until I can find fresh ones. No freshness date smdh

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Photo of daliandragon
2.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I drank this brew in college in upstate NY years ago and had no idea they even made a light beer. Pours mellow yellow with full clarity and no head. Nose is light bread malts. This is incredibly thin and has relatively low carbonation, vague corny malt flavor and almost no complexity at all. What you see is what you get. At 3.8% you could concievably put away quite a few if that was your hankering. This 24 oz tall boy can will barely give you a buzz.

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
3/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not as flavorful as regular Genny, but good for rapid consumption on a hot day. I would buy this before any of the other light beers just because it is brewed by a lesser-known, but solid, brewery.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.03/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the back of Jim's fridge.
Drank straight out of the can but the small bit I poured into a glass was the palest of yellows with a bubbly white head. Wow that is earthy metallic grainy and watery. I shall never drink this beer again.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clearly labelled "Genesee Light" on my box and can label (not "Genny Light") - though I'm assuming it's the same beer. It also appears as Genesee Light on Genesee's website.

Introduced 1978. No ABV appears anywhere on the packaging. "12 fl oz average calories: 100. Carbohydrates: 4.0g. Protein: 1.0g. Fat: 0.0g."

Can is blue and white, with a simple label design. Standard pull-tab 12 fl oz format. No date codes anywhere unless the nebulous code on the bottom means something (I can't be bothered to google). Cost was $0.66 per 12 fl oz can at a beer distributor in NYC.

HEAD: Fills 80% of the glass, suggesting potential overcarbonation. White in colour. Boasts impressive frothiness and creaminess for a light lager; I'm impressed. Head retention is superb - ~10+ minutes, but that's to be expected in a 4.00% ABV brew. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Terrific.

BODY: Not so terrific. It's a weak looking pale copper, suggesting a watery brew. Clear and clean, though, with obvious filtration and no off-putting sediment or lees.

Looks typical of the style, with a lackluster body and an impressive head. I suppose it's above average for the style overall.

AROMA: Corn adjunct, pilsner malts. I hoped for more graininess, but hey, at least it isn't metallic or anything. The corn adjunct doesn't seem cloyingly sweet, but this aroma definitely suggests a brew which is too sweet for its light body. I'm apprehensive going in...

Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Okay. It's got a near perfect body for how light and neutral in taste it is; that's a welcome change from the syrupy or watery budget lagers out there. Has a nice softness. Smooth, wet, and almost a bit refreshing, finishing pleasantly creamy to pleasant effect. Only a little overcarbonated.

Flavour is neutral, hitting on faint shallow notes of creaminess, weak corn adjunct, and generic pilsner malt. Very basic, not even throwing out any grassy hop flavours. But it isn't too sweet by my estimation - just insipid and reticent. I'll take that over a budget light lager riddled with metallic off-flavour any day of the weak, but I'd be kidding myself to say it's a well-executed brew. Very innocuous and inoffensive, which is more than can be said about many adjunct lagers (light or otherwise). It's balanced inasmuch as a beer this simple can be; there's not much to balance or harmonize.

OVERALL: It's basically exactly what one expects when picking up a budget light lager - inoffensive, neutral, not unrefreshing fare that would pair well with food if only because it's so insipid and drinkable. This is the kind of beer pong brew one could crush a sixer of with ease - and hey, it's only 100 kcal per can, so have at it. At $0.66 per can (the equivalent of $2.20 per 40oz), it's tolerable, but I'd definitely be more inclined to buy Trader Joe's Simpler Times or discounted Ballantine XXX when in the mood for a cheap neutral brew. In any case, along with Genesee Beer and Genesee Cream Ale, it's surprisingly good for its price and I'd happily recommend it to others interested in some nonjudgmental casual drinking.

This beer satisfies what seems to be the brewers' aims: it's a low calorie pleasant easy drinking lager. I'll enjoy polishing off the cans I picked up and I find this preferable to many adjunct lagers out there (American and European alike). It would make a terrific Summer barbecue brew or a smashable session lager to pair with atomic buffalo wings, but it's not going to impress discerning drinkers - even if does accomplish its meagre goals.


NOTE: As it comes to temperature, some unfortunate off-flavours do poke out their heads - DMS (cooked vegetable off-flavour) chief amongst them. I'm forced to drop this down to a "C / AVERAGE" as a result, but be sure to serve as cold as possible and you'll be grand.

C (2.84) / AVERAGE

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Photo of jzlyo
2.26/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Doesn't really taste like much of anything other than a little sweetness. Decent enough and extremely easy to drink, definitely not nasty in any way.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1.76/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Light beer never tasted so real. No, really it's one of the only light American beers that could pass for the real thing. Still not great though. Tastes of corn, slightly metallic, watery.

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Photo of Squire
2.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Very light yellow color, perhaps the lightest (in the color sense) that I've ever seen.

Aroma is slight which is to say very little.

Taste is present though, like Coors light without the bite. I notice the prickly carbonation more than a beery flavor.

Texture is just what the scent and taste implied.

Frankly coffee has a greater effect on me than this beer. As close as I've come to drinking beer that almost isn't beer.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.53/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a light lager beer, pale yellow or golden in color. Pours with a thick foam head, dissipates slowly.
Smells of light malts, and water.
Tastes like a a very bubbly/carbonated light Genesee ICE. Less beer flavor, more water flavor, as is expected of a light beer.
Feel: Carbonation and water, easy enough to drink.

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Photo of Mick51
2.75/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I love this light beer! It has a great beer taste and nice color and head . It is best when served cold. Has a great price,why would you pay for Michalob Ultra and get just about the same # of Carbs (3 vs 5) . This beer goes with food and nice on a hot day or while watching the Bills or Sabres.

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Photo of Mateer
3.7/5  rDev +51%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For the style (something many newbie's don't take into consideration; yes this in not an IPA), Genny Light is better than most.

The can design/artwork speaks to the masses and shows that the conglomerate that now owns the Genesee Brewing Company does not take itself too seriously on purpose. This is a working man's beer. Says on the side "Calories: 100". A beer that you throw back on a Friday night with none other than bad intentions or with no intention at all. There is no in between with this brew.

Thin head retention that dissipates within 30 seconds leaving little to no lacing behind as proof. Light carbonation, grain and corn taste. Grassy lemon notes subtly follow to cover up any hint of alcohol that could possibly be present. Three of these fine brews can be imbibed within two shakes of a lamb's tail. A fourth will get the job done.

For those of you who like to drink on the edge of uncertainty, pushing the boundaries through the exploration of light beers that have been largely thrown by the wayside in the wake of the craft microbrewery renaissance, this is a beer to try. Most importantly for this style Genny Light is really cheap, which puts it near the top of the list for me. Cheers.

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Photo of cheesepuffs
1/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is absolutely one of the worst beers I have ever had. I paid $4.56 for a sixpack and it's not even worth it. Tastes lightly green apple flavored with a watery artificial sweetness and the overall vibe makes me think "rotting fruit".

For comparisons sake I'm a PBR fan and even Busch gets better after the first couple cabs. But Genny Light doesn't get better after having a couple. In fact it gets worse as you go. You just don't want to come back to this one and I recommend as somebody who doesn't mind a frosty mug of Coors Light or a Miller that you just avoid Genny altogether.

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Photo of zeff80
2.68/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

24oz can.Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, fizzy white head of foam. It smelled of toasted caramel, grains and floral notes. Sweet caramel flavor with a mild bitter bite.

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Photo of 3ricks
1.75/5  rDev -28.6%

My Dad's favorite beverage, you can't teach an old dog new tricks, I wish I could get him turned on to a session IPA. There seems to be a lot of water added to the batch. It tastes OK at the brewery. Dirt cheap but I would look elsewhere, not even worth a college keg party..

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pale gold in color with excellent clarity. A quarter inch of white head rests on top and gradually diminishes entirely. I get loads of corn and an dialectal note that is off putting. The taste is corn and a metallic note. The body is thin and watery. That's $1.29 that I want refunded.

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Photo of DagenhamDavis
2.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Live Review, 24 oz can from the corner gas. I'm not putting it in a glass because I more or less know what this would look like.

S- I'm sniffing it from the can, but not getting much of anything. It doesn't smell bad. In fact, it doesn't taste like anything.

T- It tastes about the same as it smells. Almost no flavor except a light (very light) "beer" flavor. Some odd sourness on the finish. Watery, and no corny adjunct flavor, which is what I expected. It's fizzy and cold and I'd love this in the summer on the lawnmower. Otherwise it's not really for me.

O- I'll try it again when on an extreme budget. It's between a dollar and 1.25 for a 24 oz, or 13.50 for a 30 rack, partially because it's the local poison for me. Definitely will take this over a regular Genny too, it has less of that flavor. (Usually not a good thing, but you see what I mean.)

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Genny Light brewed by Genesee Brewing Co in New York State. This brew pours out a nice amber color with a thick white head. This brew is darker than your average American Light Lager beer. Not saying that is a bad thing. This brew also has a smell of grains, and malts. There is also a hit of hops in the smell of this brew. Nothing bad about the smell of this brew. The taste of this brew is light, there is not much there. A hint of sweet and water, and that is about it. There is some nice notes of grains and malts but it is light. For this brew being darker than other light beers out there, there is not much there. But this brew has an abv of 3.60. While most other American Light lagers are about 4.2 abv. I'm not impressed by this beer. This beer could be so much more. There is nothing bad about this beer, but really nothing to write home about either. If you like light beer then you may like this brew. Overall I'm giving Genny Light a 3 out of 5. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.64/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

16 FL. OZ. can
Served in a pilsner glass

A - This gem pours straw yellow and clear. It is topped with two to three inches of white head.

S - I get some grain and boiled greens in the smell.

T - The taste has some metallic and grass flavors. I'm happy that it has taste. Most light beers lack this component.

M - Thin

O - This light beer has more flavor than most macro lagers. Probably one of the more flavorful light beers out there.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a large Hacker-Pschorr mug.

The beer is a clear light copper color with slowly rising bubbles. A fizzy white head recedes to a white ring with a light film and light random lines of lacing. The aroma is of faint adjuncts, some corn, and a light malt sweetness. The beer tastes slightly metallic with a touch of sweetness. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and rough.

Overall, cheap and very low in ABV. Very rough, and admittedly the first time I tried this it was truly awful, but better the second time around, a few years later. Still one of the worst low end beers.

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Photo of scotorum
3.31/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bought a thirty can pack of this because it's from my hometown, was cheap, and at the time I wanted to diet. But asking myself to forego craft beer was too much, so 25 cans have been sitting since last spring.

Poured from the 12 oz. can into a Sanuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Clear gold with tons of bubbles ascending to the top from the bottom, an inch tall white head receded slowly to rocky surface foam and considerable lacing.

s: Apples or some such light fruit. Later, more malty.

t: That light fruit, more subdued than the aroma. Later even that fades.

m: Light, bordering on watery. Carbonation continues to add some zing.

o: A decent light beer, not so bad with lunch, extremely sessionable at 3.6% ABV, but definitely not a go-to for flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.28/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

as the lousy cans of cheap beer go, I don't hate this one. it still looks, smells, and tastes like a beer, like it might contain the essential elements, and like it still might be brewed rather than mixed or synthesized or whatever they do to make the corn water these days. sudsy head surprises me, and the nonmetallic flavor profile suggests a level of quality a step or two above the others. real thin and watery feel, but it is a light lager after all. yeast helps it finish clean, no off putting flavors sticking around. easy enough drinking, if you can handle all the bubbles. but if its cola by day and cheap cans by night, this is your horse.

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Genny Light from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 61 out of 100 with 255 ratings