Genesee Beer | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with six-row barley malt, corn grits and hops from the Yakima Valley.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-17-2001

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.75/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

you know, as these cheap local yellow beers go, this one isn't so bad. id take it over a host of competitors for its full flavored and fuller bodied refreshment, and its price. bright yellow in color, and it holds is head a lot better than many of its peers. the nose is sweet adjuncts, maybe corn even, it has that faint starchy thing going on, and a little leftover sugar. there is some balancing bitterness in the finish that probably has to come from hops, which i quite like, it resolves itself. its also real well carbonated, so when its ice cold from the bottle on a hot day, preferably one with a little manual labor, this is pretty spot on. now, there are thousands of craft beers i would prefer in this role, but sometimes you hang out with a grandpa or a farmer or a trucker or someone who doesn't drink craft, not that these demographics are predisposed to crappy beer, just shooting from the hip here. its a viable beverage in the context of no craft, and its way better than any of the macro yellow beers. ill drink more than one tonight...

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Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Knapp85
2.03/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The good ol' Genny. This was the first and only time I've had Genny Beer. I've had their other brews on other occasions. This beer was poured from a can into a glass at a steady pace. The head billowed and settled to a tiny ring around the glass. The beer smelled much like it tasted. Kinda on te sweet side but had enough bitter to keep it balenced.

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Photo of metter98
2.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can at Idle Hands, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has no visible signs of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down but left a patch of bubbles floating on the surface in the center of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of grainy malts and corn in the nose.
T: The taste is very malty and similar to the smell with flavors of grainy malts and corn adjuncts.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied (not watery) and somewhat smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink but I wouldn’t consider it to be very flavorful or refreshing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.53/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was litterally the lawnmower beer for me. I mowed the lawn, then popped the tab on the can of Genesee. I did manage to find a glass for the beer rather than chugging straight from the can. In hindsight, the straight-can method would have kept me from feeling pretentious about the beer. Quite fizzy and straw with a lot of carbonation. Head retention was fair, but efforvescent. Aromas of part-malt / part-grain first took hold, while German hops, sulfer, fruitiness, and cereal grains follows up. Flavors bring in the malt-grain balance, but the hops fell behind, allowing the sulfurs, esters, and a light vegitable character to gain strength. A carbonation prickle lifts the beer off the toung, and is perhaps its saving grace. The beer is quite thin, astringent, and grainy otherwise. Finishes with apples, pears, and a light corn flavor late. Not the best beer out there, but not a drain-pour either.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

24 fl oz aluminum can acquired in Brooklyn for $0.92.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Can: Poured a light golden yellow color lager with a medium bubbly pure white head with an average retention level. Aroma of semi-sweet malt is a bit weak and no hops are discernable. Taste is refreshing with some adjunct malt being noticeable but not overly and don’t ruined the beer. Hops level is very low and not discernable. Overall, this is another bland lager without any flaw or any complexity either.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of mothman
2.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into glass mug.

Pours 2 fingers of creamy white heady. Fairly thick for the style. Great retention for a macro lager. Color is a very clear light straw yellow. Tons of carbonation bubbles in the glass. Leaves some splattered lace.

Aroma: Bland. Corn glavors with some low level hops. Not to much going on here.

Taste: Tons of crisp corn flavors and grassy hops. Very dry and bland flavored. Not much with this one.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp. Light bodied with tons of carbonation. Ends dry with corn flavors.

Overall, just a typical macro. Nothing special. Relatively drinkable if you can stand drinking something with so little flavor. I, personally, don't want a lot.

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Photo of zestar
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
2.53/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours crystal clear pale yellow with light amounts of visible carbonation. The head is two fingers tall and bright white, it reduces over time but leaves at least a half finger of head throughout the beer. There is moderate amounts of lacing observed.

S: Primarily aromas of adjunct malts - grain and corn - with very slight hints of sweetness.

T: Like the smell, the flavors are dominated by adjunct malts with lots of grain and corn flavors. Slightly out of balance, with not quite enough hops/bitterness to match the sweetness in the malts.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy to drink but best when served extremely cold. Would be a great beer for sitting out fishing on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.1/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine owns a campground in upstate New York, and once we run out of homebrew and the good stuff, this is it! That normally means that by Saturday afternoon we're sitting around a smoldering fire with a can of Genesee in our hands. And you know what?... that works fine for me. There's a time and place for every beer, and I think for completely relaxing and doing nothing this is just fine. It's a basic golden lager. It's well-made. It could use a little more maltiness, and a little more hop flavor, but it's really just fine as it is. There are no flaws to it, and it's an easy-drinking, gently hopped, clean golden lager. And that's my review - I'm not going to go into the clarity, color, aroma and so forth because I don't think it's really necessary. If you need that check out my review of Genny Cream ale and they're not really that dissimilar (the Cream ale has some nice fruitiness, a little more maltiness, and appears less bitter).

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Photo of jlindros
3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK, so tall boy extra 24oz can, not expecting much at all, hopefully something drinkable.

Pours a huge over carbonated almost 3 finger head that fades at a med pace, lots of bubbles, and somehow still light spotty lacing, crystal clear watery yellow color.

Nose brings light malts, corn and adjunct additions, adjunct malt addition like syrupy mess, hint toasty straw malt, and hint grassy hop, but otherwise pretty much nothing going for it.

Taste brings more adjunct corn flavor, corn mash, creamed corn creamy taste, light bitter grassy hops, adjunct mess, little grassy malt if you push it, the hops aren't too bad actually, the malts are meh though. Light and drinkable for a macro like beer that isn't skunked and undrinkable. Finish is dry and light bitter grassy hops, fairly meh overall on the finish too, macro syrupy mess, light sulfury unappy lager.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb but lighter.

Overall meh, as expected for adjunct lager but not as bad as the off flavors are not overpowering.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of adjuncts, light malts, grain and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of malts, grain and adjuncts. There isn't quite as much sweetness as most beers in the style and the hops presence is slightly stronger than most as well. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, good representation of style I suppose, this beer is good for exactly what it's intended to be which is an inexpensive and poundable beer.

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Photo of oberon
1.63/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Wow I had this for the first time while in Western NY at my wifes hometown local bar,one of the worse beers I had had in some time.Poures a fizzy yellow color with almost no head,not much smell what there is is very unpleasant almost skunky.Taste is awful something sour hits ya right as it enters the mouth than fades to this watery fizzy tasting mass.Incredably bad will never even think about getting this again.

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Photo of smithj4
2.44/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of billab914
2.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz stubby bottle received in the heritage mix pack. It poured a clear golden color with a spotty white lacing scattered across the top of the beer. The head all but disappeared within a minute or so.

The aroma has a sweet, grainy, pale malt flavor mixing with a little crisp fruits. The taste shows a little more of the crisp fruitiness to it with some apple like flavors coming out. The pale, grainy malts are there as well.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being below average for the style. Overall it's not bad for the style, but it's not very good either. There just wasn't much to it. It doesn't compare unfavorably to the BMC's of the world though. I much prefer their Cream Ale myself though.

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Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -43.4%

Photo of ZEB89
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of woodychandler
2.64/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It CAN be said that this is another of those CANned beers which I drank copiously in my youth.

A finger of foamy, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a stale odor, like walking into the R & R Tavern when I delivered newspapers. Oof. Mouthfeel was thin without much flavor. It was lightly sweet with the cereal quality so prevalent in the style. Finish had a light bitterness, but nothing worth shouting about. Frankly, I really liked Genny Cream as a kid and this was a second if nothing else was at hand. Not much has changed.

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Photo of jgunther71
3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.07/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold with very little visible carbonation and a truckload of fine yeast. It's strange to see such a cluttered macro lager (I like it). The cap is bone white and doesn't look too shabby thanks to a high-altitude pour. Incredibly, it looks good on the way down too, as opposed to the soft, featureless heads on most of BMC's offerings. A few arching streamers of lace contribute to the better than average look.

I'm not sure what's going on in the nose, but whatever it is, it isn't good. First of all, it's weak. Which might, now that I think about it, be its saving grace. On second thought... no. The beer smells like chemical-laced corn and rubbing alcohol. If the flavor follows suit, this will be a drain pour.

While it doesn't follow the nose directly, the flavor is going in the same general direction. Genesee Beer tastes odd. It's stale grainy and slightly sweet, but not as sweet as most beer that uses corn as an adjunct. The website says that corn grits were used in the brewing, as if they're proud of that fact. Hey High Falls, couldn't you have come up with something a little more poetic and appealing than 'corn grits'? Put the marketing department on that right away.

The website also says that Yakima Valley hops are in use. Hard to figure. Perhaps they waved a few hop cones over the brew kettle. The finish is short (thankfully) and the mouthfeel is thin and lackluster.

Genesee Beer is an adjunct-riddled macro lager. That just about says it all, don't you think? In spite of the semi-nasty nose, it's probably drinkable in a pinch and is marginally better than the national brands. Swill it ain't, but it's within sniffing distance.

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