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.