Genny Light
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Light Lager
Ranked #126
Ranked #30,184
2.48 | pDev: 31.05%
May 12, 2023
Sep 17, 2001
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Rated: 1.98 by Mulechops from Kentucky

May 12, 2023
Rated: 2.54 by Lucnifter from California

May 08, 2023
Rated: 2.67 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Nov 13, 2022
Rated: 5 by Spencer96 from Ohio

Nov 05, 2022
Rated: 2.5 by gardner254 from Ohio

May 26, 2022
Rated: 2.52 by edthehead from Maryland

Oct 01, 2021
Rated: 3.51 by cdub70085 from Connecticut

Sep 25, 2021
Reviewed by NATTYFATTY from New York

3.88/5  rDev +56.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Genesee Light is a good beer. One of the best light beers I've ever had. It's made in NY which is a major plus. The flavor is nice and has a hint of citrus. Carbonation is appropriately measured and it's not expensive. Definitely worth a try.
May 05, 2021
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Reviewed by bubseymour from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev +66.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
I’m giving this beer a 5 in appearance. There literally was a carbonation “tornado” that formed after I poured into a glass. Never in thousands of beers have I seen this. Smell is awful, taste is very smooth and easy to slug down. Enjoyable for what it is.
Sep 07, 2020
Rated: 2.13 by SFC21 from Florida

Apr 04, 2020
Rated: 1.28 by TheIPAHunter from California

Jan 18, 2020
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

2.88/5  rDev +16.1%
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.
Sep 13, 2019
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Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev +48%
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.
Aug 25, 2019
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Rated by Billsfanbeerlover from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +64.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
A nice light beer compared to other offerings. Flavor is there without any offense. Well done!
Jul 19, 2019
Rated: 2.3 by Wellgoose12 from New York

Jun 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Scrapss from Pennsylvania

2.84/5  rDev +14.5%
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.
Jun 14, 2019
Rated: 2.65 by vfgccp from New York

Apr 03, 2019
Rated: 3.01 by corywalston from North Dakota

Mar 23, 2019
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Reviewed by Labattfan from Ohio

4.84/5  rDev +95.2%
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
Jan 25, 2019
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Reviewed by huthuty from Utah

2.5/5  rDev +0.8%
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
Oct 26, 2018
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

2.41/5  rDev -2.8%
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.
Jun 27, 2018
Rated: 2.75 by paulish from New York

Jun 05, 2018
Rated: 2.52 by robebo44 from Virginia

Apr 04, 2018
Rated: 2.43 by Foxman27 from Iowa

Mar 26, 2018
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Rated by Whatcuneed from New York

2.54/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Light and refreshing. One of my favorite light beers.
Feb 22, 2018
Rated: 2.02 by jaydoc from Kansas

Dec 29, 2017
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Reviewed by OldSchoolMike from North Carolina

3/5  rDev +21%
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.
Dec 13, 2017
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

2.03/5  rDev -18.1%
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.
Jul 19, 2017
Rated: 2.5 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Jun 19, 2017
Rated: 2.31 by akopczyk from Ohio

May 28, 2017
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.84/5  rDev +14.5%
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
May 14, 2017
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Reviewed by jzlyo from Iowa

2.26/5  rDev -8.9%
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.
Apr 07, 2017
Rated: 1.23 by nater919 from New York

Mar 13, 2017
Rated: 2.39 by paulytasker from New York

Jan 21, 2017
Rated: 2.25 by ajdemma from New York

Jan 18, 2017
Rated: 1.25 by Chackman151 from Arizona

Dec 24, 2016
Rated: 2.13 by Brew_ski from Pennsylvania

Dec 16, 2016
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Rated by Gallup54 from New York

4/5  rDev +61.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
One of the better light beers I've had. Don't have it often but good when I do.
Oct 05, 2016
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Reviewed by Rock_Glenn from New York

1.76/5  rDev -29%
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.
Jun 02, 2016
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Reviewed by Squire from Mississippi

2.78/5  rDev +12.1%
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.
May 22, 2016
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