Thursday, November 4, 2010

Genny Light

Henry joins me for a typical back-to-back episode. As is often the case we drank a good beer first and chase it with something we're inclined to believe in mediocre. In this case it's Genny Light - made by the Genesee Brewing Company right here in good old upstate New York. Their famous "Cream Ale" is a Schlitz-like decent macro, so I thought the chances of them making a decent light beer would be pretty good too....

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chad9976 (604) - Albany, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Drank from a 24oz can I got at the supermarket for only $1!!

Appearance: classic pale lager appearance: BRIGHT yellow color, extremely clear, very bubbly. Surprisingly large, foamy, sudsy head (evaporates almost completely and leaves no lacing)

Aroma: Smells like a Molson or Labatt macro lager. Some kind of chemical funk to it. Not a skunkiness like Heineken, though.

Taste: Starts out very neutral with almost no taste at all. Obviously, very watery and bland with perhaps a touch of corn sweetness found in adjunct macro light lagers like this. As it warms it becomes more and more sour with a metallic finish. It eventually becomes undrinkable (so drink it fast!)

Mouthfeel: for such a light beer it’s a little thicker than I’d expect. Quite tepid body - so it doesn’t tear up your tongue with carbonation.

Drinkability: Initially very sluggable, but as it warms and becomes more sour it’s a challenge to drink. And at 3.6% ABV it’s the kind of beer you can slam can after can.

Overall: Hey for only $1 it wasn’t much of a gamble but I definitely wouldn’t buy it again. Stick with Genny Cream Ale.
Grade: 3/10

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