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

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Genesee BeerGenesee Beer

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 StonedTrippin
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Knapp85
2.03/5  rDev -25.6%
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 +4.4%
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 -7.3%
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 Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -26.7%
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 mothman
2.21/5  rDev -19%
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 oberon
1.63/5  rDev -40.3%
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 jlindros
3/5  rDev +9.9%
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 NeroFiddled
3.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev +15.4%
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 dbrauneis
2.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.07/5  rDev -24.2%
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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Photo of billab914
2.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Jason
3.41/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz can with a red, white, blue and black coloured label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Straw in colour with a thin spotted white lace, leaves thin uneven rings of head sporadically down the glass.

Smell: Thin but agreeable malt smell with a cooked corn nose. Light fragrant hop that could be hard to miss within the clean aroma.

Taste: Light bodied with a well structured and integrated smooth mouth feel and crisp carbonation. Grain and cooked corn on the tongue with a sharp carbonation and tingling hop bitterness that takes advantage of the lightness of the beer for a bit. All around clean palate from the lagering (cold conditioning) of this beer. On the dry side with a grainy and bitty flavour of both six row barley and corn stomping through the finish.

Notes: Beats Bud hands down IMO, comparable to other American lagers of the sort. Sadly this beer is not as big as either of the big three Macro beers of the US.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.05/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to trxxpaxxs for this can!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a clear golden straw topped by an active finger of white foam.The nose comes off as kinda adjunct lager-ly, what with light corn, lighter wheat, and dank-ish grass coming through. A small tinge of what seems like nutmeg hangs in the background all wallflowerly and whatnot.The taste runs pretty much the same as the smell, but without that spice tinge. There's a flowery crispness to the finish.The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, I can't say as I truly dislike it...I think I nothing it...

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Photo of woodychandler
2.64/5  rDev -3.3%
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 WVbeergeek
2.15/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears filtered clear "golden" with a white fizzy head including nice scattered webs of lacing across my faceted mug. Aroma is light sweetness definitely some adjuncts present with a slight touch of hops, clean overall. Taste contains a crisp rolling gingery sweet not bad but decent bland but solid flavor. Balanced and cheap and better than most macros in my opinion. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied but not thin there' some decent fluffy texture here from the carbonation. Drinkability well, much better beer exists but I would still settle for this over most macros like I said, a cheap high quantity type brew.

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Photo of tdm168
3.15/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden yellow with a loose, foamy, bubbly, white head that has little retention. The nose is grainy with very faint, grassy hop aromas. The taste is smooth and less grainy than expected. It's subtle straw and decent bittering hops. The mouthfeel is heavily carbonated, crisp, and light.

This is definitely a drinkable beer. You could put away a lot of these. Ultimately, however, if you're looking for flavor and intricacies go elsewhere.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Let's see what 99 whopping cents can get you here.

The beer has a ridiculously clear body of a very pale straw urine yellow color. Head off the pour is actually quite good and quite large with a shocking white cap and very uniform. Not much in rising carbonation coming from the bottom or even stuck to the glass.

Smell is very muted, almost non existent BUT there are no faults on this I can find with a typical Adjunct Lager. No DMS, No vegetables, and more importantly no solvent and chemicals. I still call Good based on this.

Taste, woah totally unexpected. Incredibly sweet tasting probably from corn base, gets almost into powdered orange juice but a real honey sweetness and thickness. Good bodied for this and the beer feels quite large but it's that sweetness overtaking. There is even a little bready finish at first but completely gets lost after repeated sips by the dominant sugars. A little bit of roof top dry mouth but not much to make a big deal over.

Overall I was kind of surprised by this one, but boy it is WAY too sweet, but I can't complain much you could do considerably worse.

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Photo of jwc215
2.68/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours light golden yellow with a thick white head that quickly descends to a thin cover that hangs on for most of the drink.

The smell is of sweet malt. Some vague adjuncts. Macro-like, but inoffensive.

The taste is of sweet malt and adjuncts. Some bland hops give it some balance. Typical-ish macro.

The feel is thin with a rather bland aftertaste.

It's a rather bland, cheap beer that might do in a pinch while sitting at the pool on a hot summer day, but that's about it.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured on-tap and served in a nonic, the beer is a pale goldenrod coloring with a ton of carbonation bubbling and a tall, frothy, light, white head that settles into a filmy coating. Clingy all over the glass. Aromas of toasted grains and not much else...a bit musty and stale. Flavors of roast, with a buttery backbone and corn overtones. Bleh. Roasty and stale aftertaste with a quick, uneventful finish. Not good.

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Photo of WesWes
3.27/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale malt scent with a dry, yet slightly fruity lager yeast aroma. It is clean and crisp. The taste is average. It is virtually devoid of any real flavor besides the weak pale malt taste. It is full of adjuncts and a dry lager yeast finish. The goes down easy, but is quite watery. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a slightly above average adjunct lager. It has little complexity, but it drinks well.

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Photo of tone77
3.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts and corn. Taste is crisp but without a lot of flavor. Some notes of malts and corn. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this beer is not bad considering it's low price tag.

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Photo of plaid75
2.88/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light straw hue with a two finger foamy head. The head was short lived but left a nice 1/4 inch ring around the surface of the beer. There was good sticky lacing.

The smell was up front adjunct grain. A mild flowery hop aroma was detected as well.

The taste was doughy, very doughy. Elements of corn and lesser barley were present as well. A mild hop flavor.

The mouthfeel was clean. There was good carbonation.

As far as macros go, this is maybe one of the best. Not a bad beer for a change of pace.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.11/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 16oz pounder into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: pale straw body with tons of apparent effervescence and three fingers of creamy white head. Not bad, for what it is.

Smell: sour grain with a hint of sweet malt. The intensity is pretty low, but what there is of it is not that great.

Taste: sweet malt with a bit of sour grain and a hint of general unpleasantness. There is a well-balanced earthy bitterness at the end, though, which isn't so bad.

Mouthfeel: light and insubstantial, though the carbonation level is pretty good and there is some refreshing fizziness on the tongue. That is at least something.

Drinkability: while this is a light and somewhat refreshing beer, its overall level of pleasantness is rather low. I brought this tailgating a couple of weeks ago and it was universally panned; I don't think it's all *that* bad, but it is far from my favorite cheap lager.

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