b3shine (4194) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2012
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
24 oz can to pint. Looks fine; a transparent gold with white head. Smells and tastes cheap, doughy, and unpleasantly skunky. Below average on The palate. As poor as I expected.
Shanebrews (122) - - NOV 25, 2012
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
This stuff seems like its going to be run of the mill until you get it in your mouth. Then the smorgasbord of off flavors hit! This stuff is rough going down too, like it has some heavy metal in it or something. Its almost as bad as Iron City.
douglas88 (5467) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at GABF 2012. Pours a clear yellow color with a medium white head. Sweet nose of grain and honey. The flavor is a bit cleaner than the cream ale, but nothing exciting here: basic sweet malts, a bit of bite.
seymour (1306) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 14, 2012
0.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Tasted from tallboy can into a nonic pint. It poured a clear barely yellow color, bubbly but absolutely no foam or lace. Weird. Mushy grain, creamed corn, no hops or yeast presence at all. Thin, stale, bland. Not downright offensive, but definitely not good.
gregwilsonstl (920) - Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2012
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Stinks. God damn this is corny. Nearly clear yellow. Fizzy. No head, no hops. Nothing to this.
Pierresauce (19) - - OCT 4, 2012
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Cons: Itís exactly as shitty as you think itís going to be, but not as bad as other shitty beers. Unlike Steel Reserve, for example, it doesnít feel like liquid knives inside of you, but it sure wont get you drunk either.
Pros: $12.99 for a 30 pack. ínuff said.
kramer (4554) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear pale straw body with a nice one finger fizzy white head that had pretty nice retention for a Pale Lager. The nose is pretty heavy on the corn with maybe a touch of pale malt. No real hint of hops in the aroma. Flavor is in line with the aroma, mostly corn and pretty thin. Tastes a bit better than many Pale Lagers that use rice as a major component. Finishes with a touch of crispness and some lingering soggy grain. Light bodied and fizzy mouthfeel. Pretty well about what youíd expect, above average for a macro lager though.
Chad9976 (1065) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Genesee is one of the oldest and biggest "regional" macro breweries in the United States, and like others of the sort, their flagship beer is an adjunct lager. Itís a clean palate thatís somewhat refreshing, but just because itís not horrible doesnít make it delightful.
I poured a 24oz can (that cost 99 cents) into a 1-liter boot stein.
Appearance: Crystal-clear golden body with plenty of visible carbonation that never goes flat. Forms a large, bright white, foamy head which actually sticks around and laces (impressive for the style).
Smell: About as generic as adjunct lagers come: "your dadís beer" smell with a bit of grainy funk but nothing repulsive.
Taste: Cleaner tasting than a malt liquor or an "economy" lager, but not nearly as authentically flavorful as an all-malt pale lager (which do exist). Itís kind of a hybrid of the two, actually. I would definitely use the word "clean" to describe the palate to this brew, but add a caveat of "for the most part." The palate is noticeably bland for most of the duration, but thereís a distinct twang of boiled corn, cardboard, and a hint of metal on the finish. A quick kiss of sweetness just before it finishes with a chalky dry aftertaste that lingers momentarily (though it builds up as you drink on).
Sure, there are way worse beers out there, but just because itís "classic" (whatever that means) doesnít make it good. Thereís really nothing enjoyable about this palate (well, maybe that subtle sweetness), so the only reason to drink it would be for utilitarian purposes (e.g. getting drunk on the cheap or to wash down pizza and wings, etc.)
Drinkability: Though highly effervescent to the eye, Genesee Beer isnít quite as fizzy in the mouth as youíd think. The body is thin with a watery texture, but it goes down rather smooth without any carbonation sting and only minimal belching afterwards. Since itís only 4.5% ABV and light bodied itís no challenge to suck down a "king can" of this in just a few minutes. I wouldnít make a habit of it, though.
thegreenrooster (3055) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2012
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Also out of the classy 24oz can. $1.09, pours clear no real aroma and adjunct filled flavor. Old school bad beer. I am using the rest of this to marinade brats.
luttonm (2048) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JUL 12, 2012
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Classy 24oz can. Sweet corny sour lager. Pale yellow. Full sweet, grain. Ok cold but not really refreshing