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 shabbtastic
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%
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 +5.8%
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 -46.7%
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 +13.1%
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 -2.2%
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 -9.9%
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%
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 +14.2%
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%
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 +3.6%
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 +6.2%
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 +40.9%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -27%
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 plaid75
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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 telecaster54
3.65/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This is actually very good. It’s one of those products that doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it actually is - a decent macro. Yes, it's kind of sweet, but not in a bad, or sickening way. It really does a lot to wet things on a hot summer day. It is a full flavored beer, and it seems to go well with just about any food. Afterwards, I've never had any negative things happening as far as headaches or digestive system problems. In my opinion, it has the standard brews from the big three beaten by a mile, and it costs less as well.

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Photo of ski271
2.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a vibrant gold with a very large, white, pillowy, slowly-diminishing head that’s leaves plenty of thick lacing behind. The smell is lightly sweet with grainy malts, some cooked corn and no detectable hop aromas. The flavor is mild, but not terrible for an obvious adjunct-heavy lager. Though light, the malt flavor that is there is pleasant and is accompanied by some yeast and a very light touch of citrus on the short finish. It has a thin body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Not one I’ll be having again anytime soon, but you can do far worse. This wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be, though I guess it’s easy to be impressed when you have low expectations.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beats the hell outta most other macros, and anything BMC has ever kicked out. Pours out to a clear gold color with a head that dissipates over time. A thin layer of foam is left over the beer's surface. Some minute traces of lace. Smell is weak, with only hints of adjunct and leathery notes. Taste is acceptable; grain, corn, mild malt and some hops all have a moment with the palate. The mouthfeel is typical of a lager, mild and smooth. A decent level of drinkability. This is not a bad beer, but nothing special either. If I was gonna drink cheap beer at a hockey game or at the bar during quarter beer night, this would be a good choice. A definite step over most macros. Worth a try.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I live in rochester, how can I give this a bad review? Oh allright, i will be fair. Actually i do love high falls brewing but this is one of the weaker ones. But, for 3.99 a six pack bottles it still is a good deal. Not as good a deal as genesee red or genny cream ale though. This pours a pale straw yellow color with a huge airy head w/some lacing. The smell is unfortunately a little chemically but also sorta malty, hoppy, but most of all CORNY. The taste is grainy yet smooth and clean. malty also. The drinkability is average. I would rather drink this though over a bud anyday. This beer should be bigger than it is. Respect the rock.

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Photo of AltBock
2.83/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got this on draft for only 85 cents.

It was a straw pale yellow color with a nice size head of foam on it. It smelled a bit like apple juice with some grains it. The taste was that of some grains that were watered down. Not so much watered down like some other beers. The mouthfeel was light and grainy. This what you would expect for a macro. This would make an ok cheap session beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a pale yellow color with abundant white foamy head. Smell is slightly sweet and not much else. Taste is very light with only a bit of sweetness and little malt or hops to notice. Mouthfeel is refreshing on a hot day. Good beer to use as a spacer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.07/5  rDev -24.5%
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 riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Around here you either love it or hate it! It pours a nice golden color,with a good amount of head. Full flavor with no bad after taste. Refreshing, but not too light. I would take it over a Bud any day. No rice or other fillers either. 3.99 for a six pack of bottles. You can't go wrong!

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a straw yellow with a small head, little retention. A grain/ malt scent, with a similiar taste. Not much lacing or carbonation. Below average taste with below average drinkability combine to make a below average beer; but its cheap, so if you are just interested in getting drunk on a budget, genesee isnt's the worst choice, but close.

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Photo of mave
3.92/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking this swill for years and love it hope it stays arround as long as i do, this beer has a clean crisp taste, holds a good head and most important after pounding genny all nite you wake up with no hangover,so get 30 and go for it your boss will think you had pepsi all nite.

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Photo of cro250klr
1/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I've got to say, a good ad campaign works. Not that I went out and bought even one of these lately. But, I did turn my head when I saw the Genesee truck with the silloetted girl sitting on some cases of this swill. You know, the one that says, 'Genny's Here."
It's been a while since I've had one of these. It was last year some time in the summer at some parish picnic or firemen's bazzar. Anyway, if you do try this, you'd better hope that 'Genny', who is 'Here', is a nurse. You also better hope she's packing some Immodium. Every time I drink this I get the shits. Every time. At least the brewing process is consistent. If you're constipated, have one. Otherwise, stay away. Unless of course, there's no one in the line waiting to use the restroom and, you feel the need for a good bowel cleansing.

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