cheap (5706) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Re-released in their 2012 heritage variety pack along with 12 horse and fyfe & drum beer. Drank right out of the twist off stubbly little bottle at slightly less than room temperature. Very nice fresh sweet lager aroma, not cloying at all. Slightly tart initially then it goes into a mild little sweet evolution. Again, not cloying and rather acceptable to most cheap lager lovers. Goodly amount of co2 which makes it more acceptable. A rather mild beer at 4.8%. Good session brew or lawn mower beer, but not sure how many of these in a row I could take. Some citrus or lemon traces in there after a while. Not bad for a cheap beer variety.
Ron (3855) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
OK, I didn’t just mow the lawn. I pay my kids to do that. But I did clean the deck, wash and wax the car and do some mulching. Then this beer tasted very refreshing. Mild easy to drink Genny with a little lemon? Seemed ok and did the job.
beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2006 12 oz. can. You gotta give them points for a great looking can. The beer is not bad either. Typical lager flavored with honey adds some sweetness and makes for an enjoyable summer brew. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen this on the shelves in a couple of years now.
jb (3156) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2012
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ron gave me a bottle of this re-release. I found it enjoyable. But then I just finished a long shift of volunteering at RIT. Fruity nose. Clear and pale. Body bland but clean, with a bit of grainy heft behind it. No off tastes. Really not bad.
Bif (2183) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - JUN 10, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz stubbie from Heritage Collection. Pours a golden color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing. Aroma of malt sweetness and grain. Very faint hint of hops. Taste of malt sweetness and grain with a bit of citrus way in the background. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Light body, crisp and a bit refreshing. Easy drinker that goes down easy. best when served cold on a Summer day.
Panzuriel (2125) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2002
0.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Nasty sub-par attempt to ride the coattails of other brewers doing the Summer Beer Thang. Thin, weak, tasting like metal. This beer was bad. You should be glad that they stopped making it I think.
JFGrind (2035) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I actually purchased a case of Genesee Summer Brew in the late 90’s and thought it was decent enought to be a yearly seasonal. Genesee became High Falls and this recipe went into the archives. Same fate that fell onto the two beers in the Heritage Pack. Poured contents of the stubble into an old school Schlitz goblet. I fared better than most raters with a thin head throughout sample of this clear golden pale lager. Slight aroma, light on bitterness, some grain and lemon in aftertaste. Hanging in the backyard with an iced cold Summer Brew it’s hard not to like it.
MacBoost (1847) - Victor, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ahh... Now I have tasted the trifecta of the Genesee heritage pack. I present to you the summer brew, in all it’s glory. Pours a clear golden with a head that’s gone instantly. Aroma consists of honey, sweet corn, adjuncts. I have to say, the taste of the first two brews (Fyfe + Drum, 12 Horse) didn’t really exhibit that Genny funk that I have grown use to. This one brings it all home. This brew is loaded with adjuncts, heavy metals, unfiltered water and that good old Rochester, NY shitty quality that some people just can’t get enough of. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people. This is basically regular Genesee beer with a touch of honey to make it even sweeter. No hops present. Is there even any malt in here? I suppose there has to be, although I couldnt pick it out if you held a gun to my head. This beer is bad on so many levels, it’s almost laughably good. So fuck it, I’m giving it a homer score.
AskForJenny (1082) - Ontario, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2006
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Drain pour from start to finish. I liked the fact HFBC tried to crank out a seasonal, but this was so far off the mark. I hope they keep trying.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAY 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz stubby bottle into a pint glass. Part of the heritage pack.
Pours a clear dark yellow with a one finger creamy head. Tons of carbonation and good head retention for a light lager.
Smells of sweet corn along with a little bit of bread. Really nothing in the way of hops.
The flavor is sweet overall with some corn and cereal grain up front followed by a nice toasted caramel. Bitterness is very light with no hop flavor detectable. Finishes with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.
Overall I was pretty impressed by this beer. It is slightly reminiscent of Red Stripe but quite a bit cheaper. Very refreshing and plenty of flavor packed into this one. Wish I could buy it on its own.