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.

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Photo of buzzgreg
4.2/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer and a good price- harder to find now in Southern Teir NY. Genny Cream is very good too, but can't find it anymore ontap- too bad most people drink tastless beers like bud, and coors- miller- all forigne owned now... Wish more poeple would support American Brewers. Thanks Genny for being in there !

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Photo of yesyouam
1.1/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Genesee Beer is a light golden or straw colored lager that is quite carbonated. It has a white head that makes a very brief appearance and then vanishes. The aroma is pretty much just fusel oil. It is thin and watery with a crisp finish. The flavor is fusel oil and cardboard. It's nasty. There is something slightly sweet and fruity at the end, but the lingering aftertaste is of poison. Have mercy!
(rated Aug 26, 2008)

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Photo of BeerCon5
2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden yellow color with very little fizzy white head.

The scent is of corn, grain, and yeast.

The taste is also of corn, grain and yeast. Also maybe some rice.

Very light bodied and crisp. Adequate carbonation.

Very easy to drink. This is just an ordinary macro, not much different than the others.

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Photo of Rayek
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Genesee has certain retro factor to it that I can't completely explain. Maybe it's because it doesn't sell itself as being more than what it is: a refreshing lawnmower beer. It's also darn near the cheapest beer on the shelf at my local store. When looked at in the light, it absolutely blows away the (relevant) competition.

Does that make it a great beer? Not really. Raw grain and corn grits, plus a touch of nondescript bitterness is pretty much all you're in for. More importantly, things don't go downhill once the beer starts to warm. A light and fizzy body completes the picture.

On a hot Summer day, Genesee really does hit the spot.

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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 msolar
2.68/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The last time we bought this beer their 30-pack came with a $2 rebate... which I don't think we were old enough to redeem.

Chances are you're not buying this in 6-pack form because you're curious about the hops/malt balance... you're probably just looking at the specials listed on the big white board above the liquor store cooler and felt like giving something other than Bud Light a try.

There's not much to this beer - it's just another company's impression of every other mass-produced American lager. With that in mind, I certainly think it tastes better than Miller, and worse than Pabst.

If you see it though, get some - it will help you relive your early beer tasting years.

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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 orangemoustache
2.9/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit darker than the average macro Lager with a small bubbly white head that leaves no lacing as it drops.The nose is slightly grainy with some light hoppy,earthy scents.The taste comes through with some understated caramel malt sweetness that teases the taste buds,but never delivers anything more than any other cheap Lager,a small amount of hop dryness is a nice touch,but too little too late.Could be a sessionable brew,but it really lacks creativity.

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Photo of kinger
2.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Genesee out of the keg was the beer of choice among my pals up in Cleveland back in the day. A keg or two would accompany a weekly cook out so I have many fond yet cloudy memories with this beer. Tonight I grabbed a 30 pack for the heck of it. As I am drinking one right now I can honestly say it is a nice change of pace from my usual cheap stand by (which happens to be Strohs). This beer is unusually smooth and has a really good finish compared to most American mainstream beers. My only wish is that the frothy head that is immediately present once poured into a glass would stick around for a bit longer. All in all I can't complain!

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Photo of clayrock81
2.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light gold that was seethru and a small head that died quickly. Metallic smell due to the can; some faint hops with a grassy tone. A smooth beer, not harsh like other cheap beers, that has some faint hoppy notes on the tongue. Rather bland and weak, but agreeable and not disgusting. I could have another.

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Photo of ShrinerMcBitey
2.06/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

$6.99 a 12 pack brown bottles.

A: Pours a bright golden yellow with a decent initial head and significant carbonation. Some lacing as it goes down. Appearnace is Genesse beer's strongest point. It LOOKS like it is good.

S: A bit hard to pinpoint sweet, syrup.

T: Bitter, alcohol, corn, syrup.

M: Not good. Water and alcohol.

D: I drank about 1 case over a 6 week period. I can no longer drink it.

This beer was in my "Recession Refreshin'" beer group with other sub $10 a 12-pack beers. It starts out ok, but after a few you really begin to taste the corny alcohol flavor which just isn't good.

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

Freakishly clear yellow colored beer with a momentary tall white head.

Smell is sweet and a bit cloying with a little spice and cooked vegetables.

Taste starts out sweet and spritz with a bit of corn and seltzer water. Mild enough but not really good.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Easy enough to drink but this is a quite boring beer. Mild and non-offending sum this up best.

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Photo of Ptelea
4.18/5  rDev +53.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For this style of beer the appearance is slightly darker- still very typical. The smell has some adjucts(corn) but not offensive. The taste is smooth with more character than the average American Lager. Highly drinkable --great smooth taste (crisp/nice carbonation)!!! Can be used to wash down wings during the Super Bowl.

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Photo of shabbtastic
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at our local American Legion for a friend of a friend's retirement party. Me and my friend planned ahead and snuck in a six pack of SN Celebration, but after we finished 'em we had to step down to the local swill. The old man tending bar tripped over out empty bottles on the floor and said "What the hell is this shit!! Who the hell has the nerve to bring this shit in here" - funny as hell, should of been there, anywho-

A - Poured a fizzy yellow from the tap into a 20oz red plastic Solo cup with the side finger grips. Very suitable drinking container for such a fine brew.

S - Just like I remembered, corn husks and vinegar.

T - Harsh, with no taste what-so-ever of hops, malt, barley etc. Like water, although thirst quenching.

M - Thin and watery but not bad, definitely good for the class it's in, better IMO than Bud or Miller HL.

D - Very easy to drink and the low ABV was nice for the next morning. I wouldn't go out of my way and purchase but for the atmosphere like the American Legion with old school fellas, this one will do.

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Photo of nelson4
2.9/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very pale clear golden color, very typical of lager
S- Aroma smelled of a stale bar with slight honey flavor
T- Very little initial taste with a slight malty aftertaste
M- Good carbonation and balance
D- Easily could have 10 but not sure if this is a good thing

Overall, very typical of an American style lager. No flavor or smell with an emphasis on trying to intoxicate.

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Photo of Gehrig
1.46/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I had this on a trip back to New York after not having tried it in nearly a decade, and it was unabashedly horrible. Really, downright horrible. Pours a light golden color, with a finger of white foam that dissipates in a snap. What smell there is arouses no interest--mildly sweet malt, and nothing else grabs me. The taste is peculiarly bland, vaguely sweet with an occasional taste of barley malt. The mouthfeel suffers, unsurprisingly, from too little carbonation, going flat in a moment's notice.

I wouldn't offer this to anyone but my worst enemies. It's abysmal, and it still shocks me to see so many old hands from my neck of the woods who still drink this swill. Don't try, ever.

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Photo of Brad007
3.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yo dawg, reviewing the Genny in a 40. Seriously, Genesee is a beer I used to drink and enjoy when I couldn't afford the better stuff.

Pours a yellow color with a head that starts out amply and fades. Aroma is light, thin and corny. A bit sweet too. Typical of the style. Taste is not too bad though. Some alcoholic aftertaste with sweetness. Nothing really impressive. What it does have going for it is that it's inoffensive, easy to drink and cheap. I would just give it an average rating. Still much higher than my opinion on a few other macros.

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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 giblet
2.47/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Jenny is a good light lager. i had this on tap when i was in New York. this tasted good. light in taste and body. it was a good sit at the bar and watch a baseball game beer.

cant find it here in ohio but when i do i grab some!

decent try for the books.

suckem up and movem out!


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Photo of musicjustintime
3.7/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had this in years...prob. like 6 or so, and it's MUCH better than I remember.

Why pour this? I didn't. Drank from the can in the backyard, after mowin'...and truly enjoyed it. Remarkably bite whatsoever, unlike the Cream Ale. (Which I DO like, but not as well) Went down like water...yet had enough flavor, although light, to know you're drinking an American Lager.

I'd support this beer, especially for the cheap price tag, but also because they are not one of the "Big Three"...and don't use all their money for advertising. Genny is a classic that I would highly recommend if you like this style...and I do. It wasn't even ice cold when I drank a couple today, (I couldn't wait any longer!) and it STILL was very smooth and yummy. Finish was oh-so CLEAN...and left NO aftertaste at all. Very clean and fresh beer. Props to High Falls for this American classic! I hope it's around forever, and I'm really glad I re-discovered it!! I think it's gonna be my new "everyday" brew! If you're a Bud or Miller regular...give this a try and tell me honestly that this isn't just as good...or BETTER! (Better, in my opinion.) Cheers, my friends.

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Photo of Phatz
3.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The challenge when review a macro lager is weather to review the beer on it's own merits or compared to the other beers in the style. As an American Macro Lager, Genesse beer is not the worst out there. It is very boring, but it is not offensive. Here is the breakdown:

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a large frothy three finger head that is white and fizzy and rises quickly. I had to wait for it to settle to finish the pour into my imperial pint glass. The lacing is almost not worth mentioning those few specks.

Smell: It has a very thin lager aroma with subtle suggestions of sweetness and corn if you really dig hare but for the most part it is clean and blank.

Taste: The taste like the nose seems to be mostly missing. It is alcoholic and certainly approachable but it does not qualify as flavorful. There is a light grain sweetness and a dry snap at the end.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: It is light and crisp in the mouth. The most pleasing attribute of the beer is the clean aftertaste leaving it approachable and sessionable.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of number1bum
3.26/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's always fun to take a timeout from the more complex micro reviews and review a nice can of lager leftover from a camping trip...yes that's right I buy cheap beer for camping.

But among cheap beers you can't go wrong with Genny products (check that: Genny Cream Ale is putrid). Pours a pretty nice looking crystal clear golden straw yellow...bright white head that actually leaves some lacing. Not much to write about smell...grain, corn...blah.

Taste is nothing spectacular by any means but isn't half bad, either, with mainly barley and bland and indiscernable adjunct flavors but a little bit of a hop bite and overall very smooth. And just like Genny Light (which is my preference between the two) there's a little bit of toasty grain flavor that lingers into the aftertaste.

Genny beer is far better than B, M or C, and as a "macro lager" it's really pretty darn good. A great cheap beer and perfect for camping.

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Photo of Drew966
2.84/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Genesee Beer pours a pale yellow with a big white head from a twelve ounce can. The aroma is an extremely mild corn. Light, crisp body. Mild corn flavor, nothing offensive. Overall a pretty drinkable macro lager, nothing to particularly recommend it other than low price though.

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Photo of karst
2.91/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Harlan and Melonie from Rochester, NY for bringing back some of their local beer to mid Missouri. Lots of times getting a classic American Macro Lager is about reminessing.

This is one of those kind of reviews.

Pours in an unlabled pint glass showing crystal clear bright gold topped with two finger white head falling after a minute or more and providing sticky lace and lingering ring. Low level of DMS - possibly a yeast character and grain on the nose. Slightly better than average body and mouthfeel for this style. Low level of sweetness balanced with high carbonation. Looking at finish for evidence of hop bitterness was futile except to note that sweetness fades. With warming DMS and sweetness becomming more noticable.

I can not drink a glass of Genesee without thinking back to those mid winter days spent 180' under water in Roubidoux Spring near Ft. Leonard Wood with Army diver Al Bilka. In those days I used a custom plate "Karst" on the truck I used for cavediving. I thought Al had a death wish and was trying to explore the spring's cave system with open water scuba gear. I quickly adopted him and provided him training and equipment to prevent his death and the likely closing of the spring to cave divers. We often ended up at his house on the base after a day of diving.

Al always returned from Pennsylvania with a few cases of Genesee and several dozen of his Grandma's Perogies - dough rounds filled with potato, bacon, cheese and sauerkraut filling mixtures, then dropped in boiling water for 5 minutes. These hit the spot after spending 3 hours decompressing in 46°F water at the end of a dive. Nothing makes you thirstier than breathing compressed air for 4 hours and alcohol is a well know nitrogen diffuser! LOL

Go by your grandmother's and have here whip up a batch of perogies and treat her to a Genesee.

Here's to Al and his granny, my BA friends in Rochester and getting out of underwater caves alive!



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Photo of TrouserSneeze
3.86/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I bought a 12 pack of Genny cans today, haven't had any in maybe 30 years. Was pleasantly surprised and wondered why I took so long to come back to our local brewer. Big head, left a little lacing. A slightly sweet taste and smell, and a toasty aftertaste which I had completely forgotten about over the years. Not a lot of carbonation after the pour. Goes good with food, especially with a local delicacy - a Zweigle's white hot. Try it, you might like it.

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