Genny Light | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Genny LightGenny Light

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

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 235
Photo of jsisko01
4.03/5  rDev +59.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with an inch thick, soapy white head that dissipates in under a minute. It leaves a pretty nice lacing.

Smell - Pale malts, corn, and grains.

Taste - Sweet with bready malts, grains, and light on the corn.

Mouthfeel - Medium/creamy body with high carbonation.

Overall - This is pretty much your average light lager. Maybe a little better. It's good.

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Photo of BruChef
3.91/5  rDev +54.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

For the style, this beer in my opinion cant be beat. It taste better than any macro brewed light lager on the market and its a fraction of the cost. Not too mention i am supporting the local economy whenever i purchase Genny light or any other Genny products for that matter and for that i am proud.
Describing this beer is pretty simple in regards to its style. Pours a pale straw color with lots of carbonation and a decent head which dissipates with relative ease. Smells of light malts and cereal grains. Tastes more like a regular, but well balanced, pale lager therefore doing it's job to taste close to it's non light version. The mouth feel is thin, which is expected, making it extremely drinkable. In fact i would say its chuggable and perfect for beer pong.

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Photo of obs20
3.85/5  rDev +52.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The can had a Julian date on it. I assume it was the day that it was canned. That made it about 2 months old.

Considering this is a light beer, it is satisfying. It has a pleasing sweetness to it with a mild floral hop aroma. Highly drinkable too. A great bargain at about $6.50 a 12 pack

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Photo of Spikester
3.78/5  rDev +49.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 24 ounce can.
Pours clear pale gold with a considerable white head. Some minor lacing.
Grainy smell.
Tastes like a Canadian macro. Malty with a touch of hops in the finish.
Excellent mouthfeel for the style. Carbonation is just right and hangs in to the end.
My first Genny Light. New presence in my home area. I will buy more if it can be found in the 12 or 16 ounce size. I like the 3.6% abv. also. If you are going light it should be under 4% IMO.
I think I found my new lawnmower beer!

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Photo of trevelyansbeer
3.75/5  rDev +48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A typical light golden macro yellow. A lot of bubbles abound.

Aroma - A musky, grainy, corny smell.

Taste - A nice cheap grain belt flavor. Must be cold if not very cold. Other wise it tastes similar to cod liver oil, but cold it is one of the best macro cheap yellow beer tastes on the market.

Mouthfeel - Bubbly, slightly bitter, mild.

Drinkability - Best consumed in amounts over 1 or 2. It just gets easier the more you pop. Tap is preferred over can. A definite upgrade in flavor if drank from a tap. The freshness of the keg is the only thing that should concern you.

Serving type: Tap

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Photo of Mateer
3.7/5  rDev +46.2%
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 Indybeer
3.67/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can. I grew up on Genny, but this was my first try at the genny light. Pours the same straw yellow, with a moderate head that recedes rather quickly, leaving some fine lacing on the glass. The smell doesn't differ much from regular genny and I'd say that was a plus. It still has that genny taste that I'm familiar with, but just a little more watered down. This is another good session beer.

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Photo of david23
3.48/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just remember that this is a light beer. Not supposed to be in your face. If I have a choice between Genny Light and the other lights brewed by the macros I'll take a Genny Light hands down.Pours a clean pale golden color with a crisp white head that lingers quite nicely. Not a lot going on with the aroma a light maltiness as with the flavor. Carbonation is what you'd expect nothing to get in the way of finishing it and having another. Grab your fishing pole and a 12 pack on a nice summer's day and enjoy!

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Photo of Stimack
3.4/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brew poured to a bight clear yellow color with a nice white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the upper section of the glass. The aroma is of toasted grains that also have a cereal/corn quality. Not a bad smelling brew based on the light qualities of the brew. The taste is not bad, probably the best light brew I have (especially with the cost factored in) with the exception of Sam Adam’s Light. The crisp taste, adequately carbonation and toasted flavors make it quite smooth. It is nothing overly exciting but for me it is a ok brew when you are trying to save a few bucks or drink with friends that more or less enjoy macro brews. Hell, they will think they are drinking the good stuff. Also growing up in NY it was a brew that has a lot of history and family memories.

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Photo of OHJoel
3.4/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Kind of sad this would be my first beer review here, but I was rather surprised by its quality (for a budget brew) that I figured, why not? Got it for $10 a 30-pack at a campout. Good campout beer when you wanna spend your money on other things like ice, bratwursts and burgers.

The dominant taste is one of corn, but it's easier on the palate than say a Pabst Blue Ribbon. Basically, what you need to know about Genny Light is that if you want a cheap beer that tastes at least as good as a Bud Light/Miller Lite, this beer is for you.

So much more drinkable than other low budget beers like Milwaukee's Best, Busch Light and Natural Light that it's not even really funny.

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Photo of bigelguapo
3.32/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a frat party. They hand these out free when you get in the door. And there's a reason they use it for Beirut. For fratwater, it's actually above the natty light/busch light. But at the same time, if you get your own, definitely reach to the back of the fridge and get a Sam Adams or even some Schlitz.

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Photo of scotorum
3.31/5  rDev +30.8%
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 beerprovedwright
3.27/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a great showing on the head, but one finger atop a brew of light yellow, rating a 2 on the SRM beer color chart. Lace is null. Smell is faint, veggie, cereal grains, malt. Taste is also mild, but balanced and refreshing for a light beer. Flavors of cereal grains, and malt. Little alcohol, but again this is a light beer. Most mouthfeel I have had in a light beer in a long time, not great, but better than water, with a nice zip from the carbonation. Good inexpensive light beer, better than many priced higher. Another good yard work/cookout beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.26/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz twist bottle with no freshness date, lots of words like “Premium”, “Brewmaster’s Choice” and “Cold Aged” on the label then on the back it says “Let the Party Begin”. An ok white lace stays on top long enough, perfect clarity and very pale in colour.

Very faint alcohol and carbonation prickle on the nose, very clean aroma of grain and cooked cereal grain.

Crisp and grainy with a cooked corn grit flavour, cheap 6-row malt flavour perhaps also … too light to really tell. Semi-crisp and very light bodied. Bland and watered down but that is what it is supposed to taste like. As I said with the can review, don’t waste your money on expensive light beers, this one is just fine to keep you slim … YEAH RIGHT!!!

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Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a small head. Smell is of corn and malts. Taste is also of corn and malts, more flavor than most light beers. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall at $3.19 a six pack, I must say this beer exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of DerekP
3.25/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellow in appearance like carbonated water mixed with yellow food coloring for the purpose of staining eggs around Easter. Head doesn't stick around for long, but a slim rim does. Well carbonated.

Icy-grass aroma with mild pilsner-like qualities. Some hops surfing in the distance. Dry in the nose for the most part.

Pleasant taste. Clean and inoffensive. Enough bite to make it a beer, but still balanced with the modest tasting, pale malt character.

Hard to ask for more balance out of this little guy. It doesn't rush to conclusions as it delivers a subtle progression of bitterness, moisture, and finally, an agreeable, slow-dry cleansing. I'm interested in finding this on-tap just to see what it's made of in my favorite format.

Notes: While I find Genny Light to be a quality light beer, I'm still not a fan of the style. A once-in-the-while for me, at best. If anything, it's much better than the Big 3 (Bud Light, Miller Lite & Coors Light).

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Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on June 24, 2011. It pours pale yellow with a fizzy white head. The aroma is full of corn and grain with a dim hop backdrop. The body is actually pretty good for a light lager. It is better than watered down. The taste hjas a dash of malts with a fresh hop bite at the end. An acceptable macro.

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Photo of fx20736
3.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

purchased a 24 oz can for .99 at Wegmans on 4/25/13.

poured from a can into a mug, served at fridge temp.

lemon yellow with a 1 finger white head that leaves almost no lacing.

aroma: standard adjunct hops and yeast.

mouthfeel: surprisingly good.

taste: not a lot of flavor, but the little bit is decent.

notes: really not bad, easy to drink. Low abv makes this a lawnmower's session beer.

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Photo of LWG1970
3.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

NOT a Bad Light Beer (A lot better than Natural or Bud Light)

Reminds me of Miller LITE Beer.. Kinda Watery taste, EASY to drink. Smells like Corn and Grain,,

It's your Basic Light beer, Not as good as Regular Genesee, But very drinkable when your thirsty..

At $3.49 a six pack of 16 oz cans not a bad deal..

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Photo of WesWes
3.12/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an almost clear color with a pale gold hue. It has a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average for these macro light beers. It has a very light malt scent with the appearance of adjuncts. It is a bit dry and musty smelling. The taste is not that bad. It has a grainy pale malt flavor that is watered down and surrounded by rice and corn. The mouthfeel is decent. It is an extremely low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent drinking light beer. There is nothing special about it, but it goes down easy and refreshes. Oh yeah, for those who care, it's low on carbs.

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Photo of nickfl
3.1/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head exhibits poor retention and leaves little lace.

S - Slightly fruity with a hint of malt but otherwise very clean and neutral.

T - Light malt flavor with a surprising note of musty hops. Very light and clean, not much else to say.

M - Light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Keeping in mind that I am trying (as always) to judge this beer for what it is, it really isn't that bad. I was expecting something uncommonly nasty, but it is bland and inoffensive. This alone puts it above other off-flavored light beers such as Bud Light. I drank this can at well above the Rocky Mountain level of cold that it is intended to be served at and it still wasn't a chore to imbibe (just try that with most light beer). This is by no means a good beer, but it isn't actively bad, just very light, and its extremely neutral flavor is actually a pretty impressive achievement.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.08/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden and sudsy with lots of carbonation. Has an initial aroma of dank skunkiness that goes away after the beer has breathed for a minute. Dry grain aroma with some sugary undertones. Tastes of dry vegetables and grain. Has pretty decent flavor and a lot of body for a light beer.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev +20.9%
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 Clydesdale
3.05/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale, clear yellow-gold color. The head is tall, with a fairly thick, frothy texture. Retention is mediocre, but there is a spattering of lace left along the glass.

S: Lightly grainy malt, with some mild citric/lemon soap twang to it. A bit of sweetness that surely portends adjuncts, but it's clean, nondescript, and inoffensive.

T: A bland grainy malt profile up front. Flavor is light, obviously. Again, a very faint note of bright, almost artificial lemon flavor that does come across as faintly soapy. Cooked corn grits for sure here, although they're pretty well masked considering there's not much in the way of flavor that can mask it.

M: Standard light body. Carbonation is perky without lending too much of a seltzery quality to the beer overall. The finish is on the dry, grainy side.

D: Beats the pants off of Bud Light and Coors Light. Actually cleaner and less blatantly adjuncty than regular Genesee. Still, not really much reason to seek this out. We had some left over from a party, so that's why I'm drinking it right now.

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Photo of richkrull
3.03/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Regent Liquor in Madison, WI for $12 for a 30-pack. Admittedly I had pretty low expectations for this beer.

Drank it from the can and it's not half bad. Very light bodied beer. Not a ton of taste or flavor but what was there wasn't too bad. Went down smooth, easy to drink. Not a great beer, but for the price, it will get the job done if you're going for quantity.

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Genny Light from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
2.53 out of 5 based on 235 ratings.
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