UDBeernut (1425) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle pours clear dark ambers, quick off white head. nose of wet cereal and toasted grains. taste follows in details, light sweetness. ample carbonation keeps it light on the palate.
Chad9976 (1067) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 12oz can into a mug. It was canned on 12/16/13 and came as part of a 12-pack for $8.99 ($0.75 per can or $0.06 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful copper/amber hue. Crystal clear with carbonation visible. Pours to a large, off white, foamy head which laces and retains very well for the style.
Smell: Sweet than usual lager aroma. Similar to that of an Oktoberfest with confectionery notes. Nothing cheap or off-putting.
Taste: Genesee is a macro brewery known for making mostly adjunct lagers, but I suppose thatís stating the obvious. Needless to say, they are not held in high regard by the craft beer community. However, a lot of craft beer geeks around here hold Genesee Bock Beer (or simply "Genny Bock") in high regard and consider it a guilty pleasure. I know I certainly do. This is a surprisingly flavorful, somewhat complex and easy drinking lager thatís quite fun to drink.
The palette tastes genuine and authentic with true dark malt flavor. Slightly sweet flavors of caramel, toffee and even a bit of brown sugar are all present here, especially on the finish. Thereís no abrasive adjunct taste of corn, probably because this is an all-malt brew (Iím assuming?). The cleanliness is a pleasant change of pace, especially for this brewery. Iím saying itís as robust or complex as an authentic German doppelbock, but coming from an American macro brewery itís impressive. I recommend drinking it rather warm to let all the flavors really come out. I dare say this is the best macro lager on the market (itís my favorite of that genre, anyway).
Drinkability: Whatís nice about Genny Bock is not only does it taste good, but itís remarkably drinkable. The body is perfectly medium all around with the right amount of flavor at the right times. It does have the classic lager mouthfeel, though - crisp and carbonated. Though it goes down pretty smoothly and finishes mostly clean. At only 5.2% ABV, this is a dangerously drinkable brew and an ideal session beer in warmer weather. If only this were available year-round!
sudomorph (345) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml can. Pours a crystal clear dark amber with a half finger, off white head. Aroma is a pleasant malfunction caramel with hints of bread, biscuit, and slight fruit. Taste is balanced. Solid notes of caramel and bread with a slightly fruity finish. Medium body and carbonation. Super smooth texture with a gentle carbonation makes this extremely drinkable. Overall this is a very nice beer. Very tasty and super easy to drink. This could be an everyday beer for sure. Would get again for sure.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to thebroth for this extra, cheers Scott!
A: Pours a blood ruby ale with superb clarity. Two finger head which is persistent. Broken sheet lacing.
S: Malt, grain, wheat, straw, slight caramel. Decent nose for the style.
T: Presents mostly a one-dimensional flavor profile. Very much grain and specialty grain. Nothing special. Very average.
M: Medium with moderate if not high carbonation. Should be much lighter body or lower carb.
D: session beer. íNuff said.
Serving type: can
luapfitz (1) - New York, USA - JUL 13, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
My local watering hole had Genny Bock on tap for 5$ a pitcher. Canít go wrong with that. Tadts great and after a few got me drunk as shit. I donít mind drinking it even tho my buddies have pissed in the Genessee river many times.
twindadplus2 (572) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. can. Mahogany color with a big tan head that didnít last very long. Aroma is very sweet with maybe a hint of caramel and grainy tang. Flavor is mostly watery grain and mildly sweet malt. Medium bodied and a bit of a watery palate. I guess I was hoping for more but Iíve certainly had worse too. For the price itís not bad.
EithCubes (4579) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Unique stubby little grenade-type bottle with a twist cap. Nose sweet and slightly skunked, reminds of normal Genny! Deep copper-mahogany body, still transparent, with a short tan head. Taste is lightly sweet without matching bitterness, faint caramel and stronger earth and toffee, grainy, but on the whole, not very flavorful. Not particularly clean, either. Softish malty medium body. Iíve had much worse, can easily down a few of these, and will continue to think about buying them every time they come up for sale at $5/sixer.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4472) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sampled from a 12 oz can this beer poured a dark caramel-brown color with a huge creamy/soapy orange tan head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet and tangy with light notes of caramel, honey and nut. The flavor was sweet and tangy caramel, honey, nut and a sour industrial presence underneath. Short tangy caramel finish. Medium body. Dull but drinkable.
Fredis23 (478) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Lured by fun can design and cheap price. I was surprised that it is probably the best Genesee Beer tasted so far. After saying it, still, it is watered down brown looking and slightly bitter and sweet beer. Nothing special, but at least one that has some taste to it, not too carbonated. Easy to drink and enjoy. Average.
BoostIPA (1058) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
from notes: a very light bock beer from my local crappy brewery. No hops detected. Malty, biscuit. Bready. Average. Scroll past.