Monday, April 23, 2012

Genesee Bock Beer (2012 re-review)


3.5
   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

Watch my 2010 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2012/04/genesee-bock-beer-2012-chadz-beer.html

Read my 2014 re-review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2014/02/genesee-bock-beer-2014-re-review.html