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

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
215
Ratings:
562
Avg:
2.73
pDev:
44.32%
 
 
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Photo of ONUMello
2.92/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Light yellow color with a 1/2-finger head that quickly settles
S: A mix of corn/rice/wheat/hops
T: Light, mostly adjunct grains, a hint of hops
M: Light-bodied, a hint of hops, a bit crisp, better than MBC but unremarkable
O: A buck for 24oz makes this better than the big boys but there are many I'd turn to for their quality even if more expensive before drinking more of this

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Photo of dodge_aholic37
1.63/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

First time having this beer surprisingly, as I am a college student and am unfortunately surrounded by cheap buzz beers. I thought the beer had a decent look, more of a golden color rather than piss. The smell is rough at best. To me this beer is very tasteless, I had to take 4 sips just to come to a judgement. The best part of this beer is the mouth feel. I was surprised at the carbonation, it was right on. It tickled the tongue if you will but didn't sting or hurt the nostrils. So this was my first beer review, hopefully it wasn't awful. I just love beer and Beeradvocate!

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Photo of Johnor3
4.9/5  rDev +79.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Looks like Beer, smells like Beer, tastes like very good Beer, feels like brewed grains and carbonation fizz in my mouth. I am not ashamed to say this is my favorite Beer, and I love American Adjunct Lagers. aDjunct Lagers seem to be generally hated by most people on this website. They favor the heavily hopped and flavored micro craft brews. I do not drink only Genesee. I also enjoy Guinness, Wiehenstephaner, Taylor's Landlord Ale, and others. What I do not like is feeling like I have been punched in the mouth with a ton of bitter, skunky hops. I grew up on Genesee. My Dad drank it. So I continued to drink Genesee for many years. I stopped drinking altogether for about ten years and just started up again about three years ago. Today was the first Genesee I had in a very long time. I can not see paying $15.00 a six pack for craft beers that assault my tongue with bitter skunk pee. I paid $13.00 for 30 cans of Genesee. I would pay more because I do enjoy the taste. This is my all time favorite Beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This actually has a good appearance for the style it is, pristine, small bubbled white head, excellent clarity. Aroma was sweet corn. Hops absent.

Taste was extremely poor, metallic bitterness, no hop flavor. More corn. Lots of carbonation.

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Photo of Kwak
1.35/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

this one poured pissy yellow with no head a weird smell not of hops or any thing i could put my finger on.
the taste was bad not your average mass beer taste would stay away

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
2.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Yellow pour, actually professional looking, nice white head with retention and lacing, really, looks above average actually. Aroma was all cereal killer grains and corn, sweetness is in the air, but definitely not hop aroma.

Weird bitterness in the beer despite the lack of hops. I guess that is from the lack of barley too. Very metallic. Like 80s Metallica. Corn all up in this one. Mouthfeel of high carbonation and sugar. Pass.

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Photo of philklek
4.86/5  rDev +78%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

this beer ive drank very many for when getting home liquor store. i very much will enjoy the label it is very simple and not flash colors. taste is excellent and friendship ;) dont be turned off by beer haha. very good reccomend to liquor stores (other than?) have no receiving!

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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 Paulie777
2.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

This beer will quench your thirst. Its a hard working beer for a hard working guy that wants to kick back a few. It'll get you laid in a bar, its great with the friends. Nothing posh, but an honest beer for the blue collar stiff. Grab a case, get laid, watch NASCAR or golf. Life is good.

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Photo of gopens44
1.49/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Awkwardly bitter. Just doesn't have even a small bit of balance. Hits with fake bitter, exits with syrupy sweet corniness. Not a huge difference between bracingly cold and just cold either.

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Photo of maryftaylor1
1.25/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

My dad says he used to drink this when he was a poor college kid, not sure why anyone would want it otherwise, unless for novelty., which is why I have it.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
2.09/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A: Golden crystal clear straw color, decent 1/2 inch white head,

S: Not much, sweetness, grain, maybe a little hops

T: Sweet grain taste, grass, slight hop bitterness at the end

M: Light to medium, lively carbonated

O: Nothing special, definetly have had better in this style but it could be worse.

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Photo of jdonley1180
2.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Look, this isn't a beer to over analyze. I think it's the best of the bad Macro beers. It's a tad sweeter, and has a bit of a cracker like flavor to go along with the corn adjunct. Drink it ice cold on a hot day and it's worth the pennies you pay for it.

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Photo of HeyItsRuss
2.49/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I ran into this brand travelling back to Utah from Idaho and stopping for some "real beer" on the way. I was kind of excited when I saw it as I remember some Air Force Security Police buddy in 1982 at Dyess AFB TX always raving about the Cream ale made by same brewer. So if their was a "Nostalgia" rating button they would score higher. That said..too sweet and where's the hops? 17.99 for 30 pack is sure cheap though!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.77/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sampled last night on 3/11/15. Single 12-ounce brown squat bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage "Lowenbrau" handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a clear straw-yellow in color with a thin white cap. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of some grassy grains with a light hint of corn. Pretty much the same is said for the taste as well. Lighter-bodied with above average carbonation, that is why all the tiny streaming bubbles. Drinkable but that is about it. Nothing special and is cheap BUT then again you get what you pay for. Typical 'American Adjunct Lager' brew actually with some better than others. Not my type of brew style.

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Photo of Lovethemhopps
2.78/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

There is not much going on with this beer, but for this style of beer, it is not bad. I actually enjoy it. It brings back the great memories of college, just like when you pop into a PBR!

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Photo of dacrza1
1.63/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

DATE TASTED: January 11, 2015... GLASSWARE: Ommegang pokal... OCCASION: cataloging my beers of the year--slow-motion spread sheet fun... APPEARANCE: glittering, shimmering golden body; snow white head that frizzles swiftly; sudsy inadequate residue... AROMA: toasty, oaty malts that pluck the nostrils; a secondary biscuit and sweet malts; slightly pungent finish... PALATE: oily, slightly effervescent; overall, a clean glass-emptying kind of lager ...TASTE: sweet, corny and grainy, with a malty base; not very balanced, with the ping that suggests a 40 oz.... OVERALL: when it was 36 cans for $10 (with a $5 mail-in rebate), it was a winner; now, its primary function is lining the top part of my beer fridge to keep its coldness; a mostly tolerable, predictable, unimpressive lager that only goes well after a few better beers have been consumed...

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Photo of Living816
3.75/5  rDev +37.4%

Not a bad beer at all. These big dogs are $1.50 at the local gas station. It's not a fancy brew, but as low end lagers goes, I am quite fond. It's crisp, with a slight frutiness and subtle crackery sweetness. Nil bitterness. No hops. It's the kind of beer you drink when you just want a plain ol beer. Style wise, when compared to it's peers, it's certainly the best among them. I'll take this any day if my options are Bud, Miller or Coors.

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Photo of woemad
2.81/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Patriotic-looking (not the one pictured here) 16oz can from a 6-pack purchased at a local Grocery Outlet for $5.79. No clear freshness date, though the bottom of the can is stamped “1704 12:03.” Maybe this means April 17th, but what year? Who knows…

Poured a clear straw color, with a big, sudsy and noisy white head that remained in place for a couple of minutes, then began a rapid decline, though a foamy collar remained throughout it’s time in my glass. Lots of tiny bubbles could be seen hurtling skyward. Spotty lace left on the sides of my Boston Lager glass.

Cereal grains made up the nose, which was mercifully skunk-free, but was otherwise not that interesting.

The taste was about what one would expect for the style: malty up front, almost no hop flavor, and a clean finish. Again, there’s no skunkiness or crude, grainy harshness that sometimes seems like a given for the style.

Light bodied, with a decent mouthfeel – it’s a little watery, but given the style, it’s not bad

I was afraid this would be like the Silver Stallion I once encountered at the same place, but this was a decent, no-frills macro-style lager. Unlike other beer “finds” in such stores, this didn’t appear to have been sitting on a shelf for a long time, and was pretty drinkable for what it was. By no means was this something I’d tell someone to seek out, as it’s pretty interchangeable for many other, similar, beers, but for the same price I’d buy it again.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.77/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours straw gold with a solid head. looks great in a pilsner glass.

smell is good for an adjunct lager, not bad at all. very plain.

taste is good, crisp and easy to drink.

for an adjunct lager i love it. very simple. this has been my go-to cheap beer since college

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Photo of nook879
3.48/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Went to the store in search of Red Stripe, Old Milwaukee or some other ...yeah ...cheap American beer. Saw Genesee sitting on the shelf for ...85 cents a 24oz can! Didn't take a calculator to figure out that's less than bottled water even with a 10 cent deposit. Not a bad brew but drink it cold....this is a great lawnmower hot summer day listen to the ballgame beer!
I give it a solid 4.00 because how can you beat an eight pack for under $4.00?
Light on the palate as well as the pocketbook....maybe a hint of metallic out of the can as it warms up but hey...that's your fault! No unpleasant aftertaste and a smooth drinking lager.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

24 oz. can for $1.09 poured into my coke glass.

A - Straw. Minimal head dissipates quickly. Slight lacing stops after a few drinks.

S - Corn.

T - Corn, grains, and hops. Goes down sweet with a tiny bit of staleness at the end.

M - Medium to light. Properly carbonated.

O - Good session beer. It's a bit like Budweiser, except this tastes like a real beer. This would be a great lawnmower beer if I had lawn.

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Photo of watermelon
3.56/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz can poured into a shaker pint

A: Clear straw yellow with a big white head, Fair amount of lacing ad retention.

S: Corn and booze

T: Adjunct grains

M: Crisp and light pretty standard

O:Pretty typical AAL a good choice because its cheaper then most

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Photo of Beerwolf666
3.88/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hahahahaha~how all the "Beer Snobs" just LOVE Bashing American adjunct Lagers..lmao,this Beer is awesome,13 bucks for a 30 pack!!! hey I LOVE all types of Beer,Including crazy priced "Craft Beer" [20 bucks a 6er and up] But I am just a Blue collar Working guy,who bust his ass for 15 bucks an hour and for what "Genesee Beer" is,it is TOP NOTCH! smooth,refreshing,these babies slide right down and taste GR8! and are every bit as good as Bud,Miller,Coors, or pretty much ANY American Adjunct Lager...which I Myself enjoy a gr8 Deal,so all you "Lager" Haters can F>>k off and go pay your 10,15,20+ Bucks a 6er for some shit you think is "Amazing"!..however most of you "Snobs" would not know a Decent Beer if it bit your ass off and stole your BMW...why do so many of you Beer Snobs hate American Lagers so much anyway? ....I guess it really does not matter why,because those of us that actually WORK for a living will always,ALWAYS Enjoy an Ice Cold American Lager after a hard days work,and appreciate the price point of a VERY Good Beer,~Beerwolf666*

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Photo of Homebrewkingpin
3.99/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

appearance light yellow straw

smell not too much there nothing bad corn lightly hopped

taste clean refreshing as good as any of the macro beers

mouthfeel good carbonation level not heavy or too sweet

at this price point $12.99 for a 30 pack near me
its hard to beat for a watching the game beer.

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Genesee Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
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