Genesee Beer
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #372
Ranked #48,544
2.67 | pDev: 27.72%
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Genesee BeerGenesee Beer
Notes: Brewed with six-row barley malt, corn grits and hops from the Yakima Valley.
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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.82/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz can, E309; purchased cold single... poured into Stella Artois glass)

L: clear, yellow-gold liquid; bit of dusty sediment floating about; white static sud-pad on pour, thin bubbly collar remains, no lace

S: relatively floral, grassy-herbal hop presence (fades off after a few moments), bit of a corn bread undertone... overall, like a bobo Bo'Pils-y; pretty poppin' for its ilk

T: odd sort of melon note up front, quickly followed by lightly-toasted corn meal and maybe a hint of nutty grassy grain... second sip, more of a dry cereal graininess, with a subtle peppery-spicy hop (or phenol?) swell in the finish, which grows in subsequent sips... really just flowers and corn bread halfway through, soft touches of fruit and spice

F: fairly dry, bit of spicy glow lingering; relatively shapeless, frayed-foamy texture... indeterminable start and finish (zips by), but the delicate afterglow is nice

O: intriguing, certainly worth revisiting... some odd quirks to dissect at first, but not an unusual adjunct lager by the end; actually moderately flavorful, with enough bottom-end dryness to allow for 5-6 more (1559)

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Photo of jkblr
3.29/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

24oz can stamped A259 1112:44 poured into a my vintage Spuds MacKenzie mug at fridge temp, no ABV specified on label. The beer pours bright straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a nice cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is acceptable by AAL standards with light grain, a bit of sweetness and faint vegetable tangy notes. The taste is mostly nuetral with slight cream corn and a little tangyness. Minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Just a hint of butter in the finish but cleaner that a lot of premium AALs. Overall, good. If I happened across a $6 / 12 pack in my travels, I'd probably bite. Thanks @woodychandler

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Photo of willcull78
2.25/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A very clear pale yellow with a slight fruity smell when opened and poured. It does pour a frothy foamy head. It has a slight taste, a slight tinge of malt. The beer was quite slippery, watery when drank and it did leave a slight aftertaste. It tasted as if it would go well with cheese and crackers, making for a nice snack after having cut the grass. This beer, though not the most fabulous beer I ever had, would make a great summer-sessions beer. A great laid-back party beer with the boys while playing cards. (Between this one and the cream ale I do prefer the cream ale.)

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Photo of joeagain
2.18/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I've been around awhile (64 years of age at time of this review), and Genesee at one time was a well made, tasty beer. It's lost much of its character over time.
Pours a deep yellow color, with a white head that vanishes quickly. Somewhat overcarbonated, no malt or hops in the nose. Light, VERY light malt flavor with the slightest hint of hops coming in late as you swallow.
I'm glad to see this brewery is still around, especially with the onslaught of takeovers in the late 70's and 80's, and I wish it many more years, but this old mainstay beer needs to return to its glory years when it was one of the better mainstream beers on the east coast.

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Photo of Scrapss
2.27/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the can into a standard pint glass.

A: clear yellow, big, white, large bubbly head that dies down quickly into a collar leaving slight lacing.

S: Sewage. I can't describe it any other way. It smells like sewage. I've drank this on multiple occasions Their light beer, which I am guessing is a similar brew, does not have this nose. It's off-putting to say the least.

T: Luckily, it does NOT follow the nose. once you get it past the ol' sniffer, it's pretty much average AAL fare, corn and little hop.

M: Slick, medium bodied, standard AAL mouthfeel that's kinda refreshing once the corn dies down.

O: Right down the middle of the typical AAL. Crushable. I'd recommend the light version over this if you're just looking to drink outside in the heat.

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Photo of Troy2231
5/5  rDev +87.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have tried a lot of different beers recently and have completely fell in love with Genesee Beer, it’s absolutely delicious and easy to drink. Shame it’s hard to come by! Definitely 5 out of 5 stars

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Photo of beergoot
3.42/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden body; lots of slowly rising carbonation; thick, foamy head; rings and splotches of foam clinging to the glass interior. Light aroma of cereal grain and corn; and some mineral-like funk. Great grain flavor balanced with a fair hop bitterness. Medium body; warm and soft on the palate; semi-dry mouthfeel throughout.

A surprisingly tasty and satisfying American adjunct lager.

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Photo of Brook82
2.16/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Pale yellow color with faint, stale aroma. Quite average AAL taste with a slight bitter tinge. Average head appearance that did stick around for a minute. Very little lacing in pilsner glass. Thin bodied, easy drinking. Overall not too impressed and would not purchase again. 24 oz can was a bargain at $.99 + tax. Cheers!

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Photo of Charliethebrit
2.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought this can, out of curiosity. It was drinkable, but I would not buy again, unless there was nothing else whatsoever. Served in a flute beer glass.
Light golden color, some clarity, very minimal head retention and very disappearing lacing.

Smell: sulfur aroma is striking. Then it is really of a smell of a cheap canned beer.

Taste: better than anticipated.
It tastes like a mass produced lager, but there is a slight sulfurous overtone that is bothersome.

harsh carbonation. Slightly soapy. Not good.

Overall, I would say that I can see this selling in a bar where people go just to get drunk or they want to start off on a cheap beer. I bought this as part of a very cheap clearance and so I am not surprised.

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4.26/5  rDev +59.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer I drank from a 24 oz can. That was left outside in the snow for about 2 hours. This beer is the shit! Its the one you can slam and shotgun its easy on the throat. Keep in mind I party every night and chug beers and some captain morgan. Another one of those dont knock it before you try it beers.

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Photo of Buckeye55
2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

One step above drinking the juices at the bottom of a garbage bag. I can think of one beer worse than this and Genesee makes it also. Drank it several times in college when it would be on three for one specials. Even at 3 for 1 now, I will pass

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Photo of gandres
2.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Sunday, December 30, 2018 6:08 PM
24 ounce can poured to glass
Sight: light amber liquid, medium white foam, appears clear
Nose: malty aroma
Taste: medium bitterness, some sweetness
Mouthfeel: lively carbonation
Overall: fair beer, ok to repeat, not look for

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Photo of bugsbunnyeveryday
5/5  rDev +87.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

if red wine is the blood of christ, genesee beer is the blood of christ after j takes a fat shot of bth. not as sweet as the cream ale, genesee beer is the balance we've all been looking for within the flavor palette of a plain ol beer. within a month ive purchased maybe ten 30 racks of genesee beer and my friends know to check me into the ward if I buy anything else. I'm serious! u all might think I have some ulterior motive to my blind allegiance to a seemingly mundane beverage, but im not here to get anyone's goat. assumed to be nothing more than a less desirable alternative at the distributor, the consensus of genesee beer's quality is manifested from a decades long observation obscured by smoke and mirrors. genesee beer is simple and refreshing and nothing more. if you're looking for a complex flavor, genesee may not be for you. but keep in mind that an idiot admires complexity and a genius admires simplicity. and that genesee is simply fucking good.

p.s. goes best with church's chicken

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Photo of xolectic
2.8/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Look - standard light amber colored lager. Long lasting, very thick head and slight lacing.
Smell - sweet grain adjuncts.
Taste - sweet malts, a little corn, and a little grassy hops.
Feel - very thin body and clean aftertaste.
Overall - not bad, but almost like a light lager. More watery than most "regular" beers (also compared to Genesee Ice and Cream Ale).

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Type: 24-oz can
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner
From: Grocery Outlet in Allied Gardens (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.19
Purchased: May 9, 2018
Consumed: May 9, 2018
Reviewed as: American Adjunct Lager
Misc.: No canned on date; #CraftAdjace

Picked a can up of this and Genesee Ice (which I had never heard about) at Grocery Outlet after an eye appointment and realizing that I hadn’t reviewed it or Genny Light yet. Crazy. Was probably the beer I consumed the most in college unfortunately. Never even liked it then when it was High Falls Brewing and actually craft beer (I think), so really not expecting much. Would be shocked at a 2.50 rating for the Genny hard. Description from their website read, “Today, every can, bottle and pint glass delivers the same full taste and quality that made it famous in 1878. Brewed with six-row barley malt, corn grits and hops from the Yakima Valley, Genesee Beer will forever be a classic.” Corn grits, mmmmmm.

Poured a clear straw color with three fingers of off-white rocky-to-frothy head. Lots of fast-moving bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Poor watery lacing. Average retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smell reminded me of a malt liquor and that malt liquor challenge I had last fall. Got corn, honey, pear, apple, grain, cereal, grass and slight skunky malts. Got some grassy hops from the can, thinking Noble hops. Wasn’t too terrible overall. (Smell - 3.00)

Taste was not as good as the nose, but not as bad as I thought it would be. Pretty bland really. Got corn, cereal, grain, light apple, wet grass, raw barley and pear. (Taste - 2.75)

Light body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.25)

This was much better than I thought it would be. Probably underrated this a tad. (Overall - 3.00)

2.94 | 68 | C

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.32/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good AAL from one of my favorite breweries. Still like the cream ale better, but I'll by the 30 pack of this when one of the few local stores that carries Genny is out of the cream ale.

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Photo of joeyjoeyjoey
4.38/5  rDev +64%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I hadn`t had it since 1980. I saw it and bought a 30 pack for 15.00. I was sold. Been drinking it or some other form of Genny since. I wish it were available in bottles here. It isn`t a fancy new age nose in the air type of beer. It is a beer drinkers beer. A sit down with my acoustic guitar on my deck in the summer beer.

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Photo of Chilltown4evr
4/5  rDev +49.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 24 oz tall boy into a styrofoam cup. Excellent head, smell of corn, malt and sweet. Taste: Excellent! The sweet smell is feign but not overpowering by any means. The smell of corn is also prevalent. Here in NJ a 24 oz tall boy costs $.99 cents. A case of 12, 24 oz tall boys cost a reasonable $10.99. A 30 pack costs $15.99. To be honest with you, this is definitely better than Budweiser, Coors and the other macro beers out there. I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone looking for a change of pace from the macro brews. Cheers!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.34/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a custom grip glass: color is straw, light effervescence; head is bright white, fine bubbles, good presence on the pour and nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is sweet, grain, corn.

Taste is similar with grainy sweetness, corn dominant, light grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is moderate, lingering grainy sweetness.

Overall a grainy, sweet adjunct lager, could use more barley malt less corn flavor.

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Photo of stakem
3.11/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can poured into a glass appears a clear pale yellow with white head.

Aroma of dirty water, chlorine and skunkiness.

Tastes sweet corn wheat and nothig else other than being lightly fruity.

It is medium in body with modest carbonation. Well, its decent as far as adjuncts go and you could do a lot worse than this.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the bar across the street from My Airbnb in Schenectady. Crystal clear deep yellow with a thin bubbly white head. Earthy grainy corny notes not the worst beer I had on this trip but far from the best.

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Photo of jphallenbeck
3.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Colloquially referred to as the 'red eye,' it is the most cheap and ubiquitous beer in Rochester NY, where it and I are from. It's my go-to, not only because of it's availability but because it has a bit more flavor than the typical American macrobrews. There is a prominent oat note, reminiscent of cheerios cereal.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
2.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Tall boy can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for 2.05 CDN.

Appearance - clear and light and golden. Finger and change of surprisingly fluffy white head. Good amount of carbonation.

Smell - not much here, some weak grainy aromas and not much else. Not off aromas though.

Taste - like the nose. Weak and thin with some faint graininess. Light.

Mouthfeel - decent carbonation, dry finish but overly thin body.

Overall - a respectable if unspectacular representation of the style. Not bad for such a cheap beer I guess.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
3.78/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Clear straw in color, short white head quickly fizzles away into nothingness.
Aroma - Mild. Corn, cheerios, crackers.
Taste - Corn grits, malt is thin and crackery like the aroma, hops have a very mild grassy bitterness. Sweetness is low, finishes dry.
Feel - Light bodied, fizzy carbonation, dry. Thirst quenching.

Overall - An overlooked but excellent American lager. Cheap, tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.06/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is malts/pale malts, mild corn and slight fruit. The flavor is typical AAL, no nasty notes, a plus. As expected, didn't reinvent the AAL but like most Genesee beers, it was very drinkable.

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