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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Hoagie1973
1.96/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one is definitely better out of the can than on tap, but either way it's just a watered down version of Genesee Beer. Corny adjunct flavor. Grainy and sweet. No hop presence. What else can be said?
Avoid on tap at all costs. Just lick the condensation off of the side of a metal keg for a similar experience.

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Photo of yesyouam
1.7/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Genny Light is a very clear and sparkling, light straw-colored beer with a quickly fading white head. It has an aroma of lemon, corn, black pepper and perhaps some fusel oil. It has a thin body; it's watery and fizzy. It is barely flavored, but there are notes of lemon peel, corn and hay. It ain't that great. I drank about half of it and dumped the rest in the sink when no one was looking. Stick to the Cream Ale.
(rated Nov 30, 2008)

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Photo of zach8270
2.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(draft @ Greater Rochester International Airport - Rochester, NY) Pours a very pale yellow with a small thin head and very few bubbles. Has a very weak hoppy aroma. The initial taste is one of hops, but that's about it. Very thin-bodied, mostly water. Easy to drink because of that fact, and also because it doesn't have much in the way of a taste. Not too good, but not a horrible light beer.

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Photo of wiseguy142
2.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Despite some of the outrageously low scores posted for this beer and in the spirit of the "judge according to style" mentality along with just the general drinkability of this beer, I believe this beer is remarkably average, even good considering some of its brothers in the American macro lager category. The pale, watery, corny presence is accompanied by some real flavor- flavor that is noticeably missing from some of the other super cheap beers like Natty light, etc. A bit sour and salty, really light mouthfeel, with some real (gasp) malt flavor. I don't want to have a lot of these and it's not craft brewed goodness but it is a cheap macro with some substance.

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Photo of orcasteve
1.28/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

grain and water, a bad blast of sour corn that thank god fades fast to a finish of blah, 30 cans for 12$, i think i will leave this one for the kids (beer pong, and funnels) and all the things that make collage fun, but if you respect your taste buds you will run as far away from this one as you can, and i dident think you could get any worse than budwiser. i think this goes down as the worst beer that i have ever had

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Photo of OHJoel
3.4/5  rDev +33.9%
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 Portertime
1.73/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

People always rave about this beer when they come to my liquor store in Florida. "You have Genny from New York? I drank this all the time!" So I said why not, I have only been disgusted with every other light beer, why shouldn't this be an exception? Pours a cloudy canary yellow color. Tastes of watery hops and some cereal grains like ground up Cheerios afte they've been sitting in milk for four hours. Cheap as dirt though so I didn't mind spending the 75 cents for the bottle.

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Photo of bigelguapo
3.32/5  rDev +30.7%
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 obs20
3.85/5  rDev +51.6%
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 BEERchitect
2.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's the beer that your dad gave you when you were 10 years old. You'd think that it would scare you away from beer drinking forever. In the ensuing 22 years, I have given a lot of other beers a shot; but now I'm back to this. Although it is not as gross as I remembered, it's a far cry from the ales of Dogfish or the Lagers of Germany. It is, however, and adjunct laden, watery mess that is par for the course for it's style. Sweet aromas of cereal grains, raw barley, and metalic hops. The malt profile is timid to the taste, along side of the hop flavors and bitterness. Leaves some sulfer compounds (burned match, cooked corn) and a tart, green apple flavor on the mouth. Quite dry and bitey to the feel and lingers into the terse finish. I guess it's fine if you are fishing with your dad in 1984, but you won't find it in my cellar.

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Photo of maddogruss
2.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is OK. Getting past the first few sips may be a struggle, but after that you can get into it. A pretty bitter beer with a malty taste. A pale amber color with a distinct, hoppy smell. Tastes pretty good once you get past the first few sips. Kind of watery, but still a fair representative of a decent beer. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance is a light pale golden hue with a large bubbled white head leaves behind thin lacing with quickly diminishing foam. Aroma contains sweet corn and rice character with a slight metallic tone and no real hop profile. Taste has cereal grains, corn, and rice; it forms flavor with a touch of creamy sweetness and low hop bitterness making this light beer from upstate NY very unoffensive. Mouthfeel has evident carbonation with light body not as watery as some light beers out there. Drinkability is definitely a beer that can be drank in number however I don't think I would reach for this one on a regular basis.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

There are a lot of High Falls products finding their way into my refrigerator these days, usually they are Genny Red and JWD Pale, Amber and thier great Pale Bock. So, I figured I'll try anything from them, and to fill out my reviews, that meant Genny Light. So, here goes:

Into the glass with decent head that went away but left a thin white foam, with typical carb bubbles and light yellow color. Average. Dare I say this is an above average beer scent wise? Hard to explain, it has a corn scent, and no alcohol to speak of but smells like the corn is well brewed, rather than a sweet corn smell.

It had a mild foaming action and left with a really astringent, corny aftertaste. This was not going well at this point. Well, it is a light beer afterall. This seems to be the exact opposite from my reaction with Iron City/ IC Light. I disliked the IC but liked IC Light. Well, I dislike Genny Light and kind of like Genny. There was little flavor to speak of other than the nasty corn husk and sweet malt liquor -like taste. There was the bite of the alcohol at the beginning but nothing followed.

Verdict: A very unpleasant light beer when there are much better, even cheapies to get. I couldn't buy one, so I'll have to finish the 12.

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Photo of Stimack
3.4/5  rDev +33.9%
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 TheManiacalOne
1.62/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz. can poured into a pint glass. I decided to review this beer simply as a point-of-reference.

A: A very pale yellow with a thin head that disappears quickly, with no lacing at all.

S: The only thing I can smell is a heavy dose of corn and a bit of alcohol (which is surprising given the low ABV%). I’ll give it the credit that most beers of this nature don’t even have much of a smell; at least in this case I can smell something.

T: Just like in the smell, all I can taste is the corn-malt an even that isn’t very strong. Also there’s almost no kick to it at all, even for the style.

M: It’s crisp because there isn’t much substance to it, but I suppose that’s what is supposed to make a Light Lager light.

D: It goes down easy, but mostly because you don’t taste much of anything and the ABV is pretty low.

I described this beer to my friend as the beer that you would want to pick if you were ever challenged to a beer-drinking contest and you were allowed to pick your own beer. The price is what would attract people to this beer (that’s what attracted me). However, there are other “cheap” beers that are much better.

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Photo of barrettds
2.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

While I'm a big local brew supporter, an average brew is an average brew. Rather than comparing this to "beer", I try to compare it to other "light" macrobrews.

The beer had a suprisingly nice golden yellow color in the glass, with about a half inch of head that disappeared very quickly. During the drink, it left very very little lacing. The smell is a killer, slightly reminds me of a urinal. The taste, while crappy when comparing to a non light beer, is still better than just about all other macro lights. There is a strong corn and vegetable taste, but nothing too overpowering. It starts out strong then leaves a subpar grainy aftertaste on the pallette. The mouthfeel is flat, but predictable as there are virtually no bubbles in the glass after the first minute or so. As far as drinkability goes, I'd save it for the hot summer days, the ballpark and the cheap 30 pack for the party.

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Photo of Drew966
2.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours the standard macro lager yellow with decent head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is mild as is the flavor, very drinkable if unexciting substitute for bud/miller/coors type beers. I wouldn't turn one down, but I wouldn't go looking for one either.

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Photo of Maestro
1.68/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Standard Macro Lager

Smell: Standard Macro Lager

Taste: Standard Macro Lager with almost no noticeable alcohol or hops and a huge veggie taste.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, weak, no real feel at all

Drinkability: This beer is not worth purchasing, as there is so little alcohol that all you can taste are the vegetable flavors.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This one falls far short of the mark when it comes to Light Lagers. Pours out to nearly the color of clean water, with only a touch of yellow. Small head dissipated rather quickly. Minor notes of lacing. Aroma is not impressive by any means; some adjunct and sweetness is noted, over a watery character that remains constant. Flavor is mild and boring; weak malts and adjunct blend with water and low level hops to produce nothing short of bland and average taste. Mouthfeel was light and watery, typical of the style. Drinkability is fair at best. Go for Genesee Cream Ale instead.

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Photo of Higravity
2.68/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

At a wedding it was the night of bad lagers. The had this on tap so with nothing with any flavor in sight I set the task of critically reviewing it while idiots did the chicken dance.

Appearance: Good golden color, with a clean white head that leaves little lacing.

Smell: Urine and grain

Taste: Not as bad as I was expecting, but still not very good. To style though it holds up ok. Has a grainy taste no hops in this beer (surprise) and a rather bland after taste.

Mouthfeel: Slight body not so watery as one would expect.

Drinkability: Beer pong beer only, the dirt from the floor will liven it up.

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Photo of kbnooshay
2.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Allright here is the deal. Light Ales suck. We all know this. And at the moment i am eating some cheese and crackers. The light ale tastes good with cheese and crackers! This is one worth trying. Taste it on its own. Not that bad eh? yes light beer sucks, but I think this is the least of the suckiest. It doesn't taste like rotting chemical ass. The abv is only 3.6% but thats fine. I can do a 6 pack of the 16 ouncers and not feel much. Doesn't look the best. The label is heinous. But it isn't bad. and it is local.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

"Brewmaster's Choice" huh?

Appearance-Out of the can and into the pint glass...rich golden brown color and about two inches of head, the head cascades and sticks around for a few.

Smell-Bud like just like regular Genny, my nose picked up faint hops, a lot of grain (cereal like), fairly clean

Taste-crisp upfront but turns bland on the palette immediately, bitter grain flavor and not much else, fairly smooth.

Mouthfeel-like the crispness at the beginning but the blandness is fairly bad, luckily there isn't much aftertaste.

Drinkability-since it is a light lager you can pound these just as easily as any light offering from Bud, Miller, Coors, or any other large brewer, the blandness hurts it, but you can still pound em.

Overall-superior to regular Genny due to it's better character and easier drinking but the bland flavor at the end kept it from being rated much higher. The fact that it has flavor should make it notable since many light beers lack it, even if it is bland, who knows maybe someone else will like it. For three bucks a six it will do it a pinch.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.29/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Genny Light actually bears the words "Brewmaster's Choice" on the label. Where that came from I'm not sure. Maybe it's because it's their cheapest beer to make and the brewmaster will get a bonus at the end of the year based on its cost-effectiveness. I'm not sure, but it can't be because of the flavor.
It pours a pale straw gold body beneath a full head of bright white foam that drops shortly to a wide collar and thin surface covering that leaves some nice lacing initially. Not too many bubbles can be seen rising to the surface; and the mouthfeel backs that up. It's carbonation is fairly restrained for the style, and it's more soft and smooth in the mouth than crisp. Some corn-like, sweetish malt (DMS, perhaps?) greets you in the nose and carries over into the flavor. Bitterness is kept to a minimum, and only a hint of hop flavor is found in the finish. A dull residual maltiness and touch of bitterness linger in the mouth and throat along with a touch of soapiness. It's not particularily off-putting, but I'd like to see it a little crisper. Overall, a fairly dull flavored light beer that seems to be lacking a little bit in the "refreshing" department.

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Photo of Brent
2.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

As light beers go, this was unoffensive, which is often about all one can hope for. Pale, pale straw. A bit of corn in the aroma. Thin, perhaps just a touch dry, with light, sweet corn adjunct flavors. Very smooth, with no metallic notes. Borders on flavorless, but what flavor one can find is acceptable.

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Photo of WesWes
3.12/5  rDev +22.8%
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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Genny Light from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
2.54 out of 5 based on 230 ratings.
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