Monday, February 22, 2010

Genesee Bock Beer (2010 original review)

This is quite a special review for a few reasons: 1) Henry joins me. 2) This beer was a gift to both of us from Kevin at and 3) This is a New York-brewed beer.

NOTE: I didn't write a text review of this at the time, but here's one I wrote two years later when I bought a six pack to try it again:

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (653) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 22, 2012
I poured a 12oz can into a lager glass.

Appearance: Beautiful shade of clear copper, some carbonation visible. Initially forms a large, fluffy, beige soapy head which actual retains and laces quite well.

Smell: Mostly insignificant nose with hints of darker cereal grain and a generic lager scent. Nothing foul, though.

Taste: I can’t think of too many beers I’d honestly give a thumbs up to while being stymied to describe the palate, but Genesee Bock Beer is one such brew. It’s difficult to explain what’s so appealing about it since the palate is mild and simple, yet there’s nothing off-putting about it whatsoever. It’s a little richer and a little more "complete" than your average macro lager. Take a regular lager, subtract the generic grainy component, add a hint of sweetness and that’s what you get here. Subtle notes of caramel are present, maybe even a hint of herbal qualities, although I do detect a slight toasted corn or other adjunct flavor. There’s little bitterness, yet it’s not a beer I would consider watery or bland per se. A little more emphasis on the sweet components would make this a genuinely good beer, but as it stands it’s impressive that it’s above average.

Drinkability: With a crisp, clean palate and relatively light body, Genesee Bock Beer is definitely an easy drinker that’s quite refreshing, too. A noticeably thin, fizzy mouthfeel, but a little more refined than most macro lagers. Goes down smoothly with little carbonation distraction. At 5.2% ABV it’s a candidate for a sessionable beverage, although you might grow bored with it after a few servings. A great beer to have with brats, burgers or any other picnic or ballpark fare.

Grade: 6/10

Read my 2012 re-review here: 

Read and watch my 2014 re-review here:

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