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Genesee BeerGenesee Beer

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

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

$6 for the six pack of stubby bottles.

A light gold colour, 2 finger head of shrinking foam, it leaves some lacing behind.

The smell has a lot of corn in it, some other graininess, a non descript bitterness. It smells average for the style.

It tastes of corn, grain, about even with sweet and bitter..both lightly done. Easy drinking, for sure while it's cold, not so much as it warms up. A decent brew to have on a hot day but so are MANY others and there's the odd one that excels. I like their Cream Ale more.

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Photo of MrEVillain
2.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

OK, this is my first review. And I'm not going to lie to you. This is a beer that will, for the most part, be overlooked.

This is an American lager through and through. About as middle of the road as you would come to expect. The nose and flavor are not unlike that which exists in other American beers, but it still remains a standout.

When you first come across it in your local liquor store/gas station it will be easy to move on. However, if you are looking for a flavorful, yet affordable, beverage, I urge you to at least try this.

I won't say this is a beer to enjoy with a fine meal. This is your standard, yet refreshing, beverage that you would find readily at parties or Bar-B-Ques.

The flavor is rich, tho mostly undecipherable . There is little to note here, and yet it still stands out. This is a cheap beer that i cannot overlook. It is full bodied. You know you're drinking a beer. Something you can pound back with friends, or enjoy a few of after a long day.

I would choose this any day over your standard bud/bud lite, coors lite swill. If your in the mood for beer but are on a budget, it would not be a bad choice to grab a few of these.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.38/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Genny has always been one of my best liked junk beers. Today I could not resist a great cheap beer deal, even though I have loads of good beer already on hand. The gennys ended up being under seventeen cents a can. I bought ninety.

Its too sweet and has too little hops. Its your typical not very good American lager. If you drink it with a good beer aftertaste already in your mouth this will ruin it. Tastes better if a little of any other beer is left in the glass before pouring in the genny. Me and jenny were like peas and carrots.

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Photo of cradke
2.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this as a gag extra, i'm gagging but kind of enjoyed the experience. It was a bit funky with some more sweetness than a BMC. I don't really know how to describe this other than a funky BMC. The mouthfeel is quite carbonated and left quite a weird sour aftertaste. I'm just kind of confused.

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Photo of Durge
2.72/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An anemic yellow colored brew with a decent white head that quickly shrivels to a scant breath of head and lacing seems generally absent. The aroma indicates classic cereal grains with an accent on wheat and an inference of some light lemon. Not all that bad if you’re thinking in terms of light and refreshing. The flavor brings out somewhat watery citrus wheat. More cereal grain and It’s not offensive in my estimation, but it’s clearly a drinker for the driveway and burgers, a light refresher with a peppery idea that is aided by a lively, fine carbonation. But it is light bodied and other than the carbonation it’s pretty much watery stuff. It’s a standard cereal brew and it’s fine to pound these with the boys but clearly it leaves a lot to be desired if you want to truly enjoy a tasty beer. Then again, I think it would be un-American to be without some of these traditional lagers that can go down like....well....water.

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Photo of atr2605
2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-pours crystal clear pale yellow color with a foamy white head that quickly fades
S-corn and a touch of grass. Pretty faint overall
T-pretty flavorless, corn comes through in the finish, hops provide no flavor, just enough bitterness so you know you're drinking beer.
M-very light bodied
O-What you would expect from a adjunct, but honestly genny is my go to cheap beer. Much rather have any genny beer before miller or coors.

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Photo of yamar68
1.48/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured extremely vigorously into a snifter, achieving a finger of white head, zero beading. Smells like a grain belt- corn, lots of corn, a bit of sugar, nothing exciting at all. Tastes like some beer that someone forgot about back in July. I wouldn't offer this beer to my worst enemy... seriously. This sucks. All beer biases aside this one tastes like I shouldn't have tasted it.

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

A: Looks like clear, slightly yellow water. One of the lightest colored beers i've ever seen. Fizzy white head quickly dies down.

S: Faint adjuncts, maybe a touch of grass.

T: Even for an AAL, this is pretty flavorless. Not exactly a bad thing given the style though. Corn comes through and adds sweetness, a touch of grassyness.

M: Super thin and watery.

Overall: Like most adjunct lagers that i've had, it's isn't particularly bad tasting or offensive, it's just not what beer should be and definitely not something i would pick up.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.61/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sometimes you see something and you know you're going to purchase it, even though it's likely to be fairly crappy. For me, that happened tonight with the Genesee Heritage twelve pack. I drank tons of this swill back in my college years in upstate New York so its something of a homecoming.

Genesee pours straw yellow with a decent creamy head into my mason jar. Nose starts a bit abrasive but a few minutes later is just grainy and leaking adjuncts but not awful. The taste is sweet malty corn with a side of sawdust. The feel is a bit thin and grainy, which I could do without.

I know this isn't any good, but I kind of dig it anyway. Maybe all those kegs of this hillbilly juice in my youth inoculated me against its fairly noxious taste. I'm not proud of it, but I can drink this all day long.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
2.06/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"One Great Brewery. One Great Taste." We'll see about that.

A - Pours a clear, light piss gold with two fingers of really foamy white head. Head is fairly soapy but persists.

S - Rotten rice and musty mothball for the most part. Worse than your typical macro.

T - Tastes like a poorly made pilsener. The booze is VERY present throughout the whole taste. Maybe some light hops are present but the gross, ricey booze taste is too much to bear.

M - Very watery with minimal carbonation.

O - Not very good, but what do you expect? Rochester represent. If you want great beer from Rochester try Three Heads.

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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 trxxpaxxs
2.38/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16oz. can poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a watered down thin yellow piss color with about one full finger of pure white head. The foam settles quickly, but leaves a nice ring along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is bready, sweet, and a little fruity. It smells exactly like how you would expect an American Adjunct Lager to smell.

T: It starts out a bit dry and biting. You get that familiar shitty beer bitterness without much flavor profile. There is however a sweetness that comes on in the finish.

M: Light bodied beer. It's thin and easily drinkable.

O: It's not the worst beer ever. In fact, I could drink a few of these cans at a BBQ on a hot summer day to quench my thirst. American Adjunct Lagers have their place.

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Photo of Clowerweb
1.08/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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

There's really not much I can say positive about this beer, so I'll skip reviewing all the individual aspects of this and just say how I really feel about it: this beer is nasty in every possible definition of the term. And I say that in a nice way, as that's the nicest possible way I can put it.

To put it bluntly: it looks, smells, and tastes like stale piss. You know what piss smells like if it's sat there for a few days? It smells like that, and tastes just like it smells. Drinkability? Zero. It tastes and smells like pungent, metallic, compost rot, akin to what you might expect from prison beer that was fermented from stale bread and old ketchup in an inmate's unflushed toilet. This is a horrible "beer" (if you can call it beer, i'd call it compost juice), the bottom of the bottom, I'd take Natural Ice or Steel Reserve 211 before this beer, that's how bad it is.

It will do things to your bowels that you've probably never experienced during your worst stomach flu or food poisoning experience. It might as well be marketed as a laxative. Instead of urinating frequently after drinking this, it'll squirt out the other end, if you don't vomit it out first, but it's definitely coming back out of one of the 2 holes on your body that beer isn't supposed to come out of.

I wouldn't touch this beer with a 10 foot pole if it was the last beer on earth. I don't even know how it even manages to sell. The epitome and very definition of the words "nasty" and "disgusting" could be summed up in two words: Genesee Beer.

If you want to experience some of the finer brews this brewery has to offer, go for Dundee. Dundee beers are actually pretty good, comparable to craft beers, especially surprising given that this is their flagship.

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Photo of aranheaney
2.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16 oz. pounder can into a Three Heads Brewing pint glass (both beer and glass from last week's Homegrown Fest):

A-Yellowish, gold with little or no head that is quickly gone and leaves a tiny bit of lace

S-Corn, sweet, a touch of malt, no hops, a bit like the carpet used to smell in my fraternity house on Sunday mornings...(minus the funk)

T-pretty much like most adjuncts, not awful, but not anything special. Honestly, I didn't expect much, but it's not unpleasant, just Genny

M-kind of slippery and then nothing

O-In western NY, Genny is not as beloved as some other regional breweries are around the country, but for $3.99 for a 6 of pounders, its not awful, better than most things from BMC....

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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 output01x
2.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 1 1/2-finger bright white head that quickly fades in a minute or so to a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a pale golden straw with very few rising carbonation bubbles. Some nice lacing can be seen clinging to the glass throughout consumption but is never strong enough to cling indefinitely.

The nose, while pretty standard for the style seems a bit weak. The aromas are basically just wet hay, sweet corn, white bread, and just a touch of toffee. Not the most complex but also not terrible.

Sugary sweet at the start, flavors of corn and light, bready malt are noticeable. As the beer is swallowed, the flavors stay almost exactly the same and don't even seem to gain in strength. The sweet corn stays on as an aftertaste with just a touch of bitterness.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is definitely one you could toss back and finish in a matter of minutes. The body is about average for an AAL, which increases the drinkability while decreasing the flavor profile. The carbonation is actually rather weak for an AAL and is barely fizzy.

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Photo of rangerred
3.68/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 stubby bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is crystal clear light yellow. Plenty of carbonation leads to a fairly thick white head that lingers . Pretty good lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells somewhat sweet with bready malt and corn.

Flavor is corny up front along with cereal grain and a hint of breadiness. A sweetness pervades throughout with a light bitterness coming in at the finish along with a tiny bit of hop flavor. Finishes clean and dry.

Overall I am quite surprised by this beer. It is pretty tasty with no off flavors and has some hoppyness. Would be excellent on a hot day. One of the better AAL's.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
1.97/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

24 oz can split and poured into a pilsner glass.
2590 on the bottom of the can.

A - Golden blonde in color that's crystal clear filtered and highly carbonated. The white head has both good retention and nice lacing.

S - Very grainy corn husk aroma with dry straw and no hops. Not appealing so far.

T - Like the aroma, this beer is not appealing in the least. Grainy and corn-like, it is bland and just not good.

M - Thin, oily, and light-bodied, Genesee Beer has a dry, harsh finish.

O - Ugh. Drain pour to the max, this beer is just not good at all. Gross in flavor and nose, I would most definitely not want to experience this one again.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz stumpy bottle.

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S- Clean corn and grain scent. Not much in the malt or hops department.

T- Cooked cream corn and cereal with some mild astringency in the finish. Nothing but corn comes to mind.

M- Light bodied with low carbonation.

O- I don't usually mind Genesee brews too much but this one wasn't for me.

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Photo of RheinSchaefer85
4.35/5  rDev +59.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up the Heritage 12 Pack today of Genesse today at Portchester Beer Dist. (great Place to go to get Beer) Now the Heritage 12 Pack comes with the Cream Ale and the 12 Horse Ale as well. The Beer is good better than some of the other Adjunct American Lagers and Better than Pabst. It dosen't really have a taste to it but most American Adjunct lagers but its a little bit Sweeter in taste . Overall its worth Trying .

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.9/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance - A light straw color with a white head that faded faster then the pour.

Smell - Not much odor at all. A little bit of malt, but other then that very little

Taste - It actually had more flavor then expected. While not having a lot of hop flavor, could taste some decent maltiness and some giving way to a corn sorta sweetness in the end.

Mouthfeel - A good level of carbonation for the style, but a little bit thin on the viscosity.

Overall - Average for a standard american lager. At only ~$8 for a 12 pack it is worth the price. A good beer for tailgating and massive parties where you don't know and don't care to know most of the people there.

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Photo of clh323
3.05/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

What can I say, it was much better than I expected though the expectations were low. A lot better than the cheap beers and the price was very inexpensive. The price has risen recently so I think the original low cost was to attract a market share.

I can't say I won't have some of this around for nipping at when I'm workin' around the place.

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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 match1112
3.2/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pale clear yellow with a thin white head that doesnt stay long.

s: faint grains and grasses.

t: actually above average for the style, not horrible.

m: thin watery body, no hops bitterness.

o: not a bad beer. will keep some of this in stock for the ones in my life that dont like alot of flavor in their beer.

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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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Genesee Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
2.73 out of 5 based on 570 ratings.
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