Monday, September 10, 2012

Genesee Beer

Genesee is one of the oldest and biggest "regional" macro breweries in the United States, and like others of the sort, their flagship beer is an adjunct lager. It’s a clean palate that’s somewhat refreshing, but just because it’s not horrible doesn’t make it delightful.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (726) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2012
I poured a 24oz can (that cost 99 cents) into a 1-liter boot stein.

Appearance: Crystal-clear golden body with plenty of visible carbonation that never goes flat. Forms a large, bright white, foamy head which actually sticks around and laces (impressive for the style).

Smell: About as generic as adjunct lagers come: "your dad’s beer" smell with a bit of grainy funk but nothing repulsive.

Taste: Cleaner tasting than a malt liquor or an "economy" lager, but not nearly as authentically flavorful as an all-malt pale lager (which do exist). It’s kind of a hybrid of the two, actually. I would definitely use the word "clean" to describe the palate to this brew, but add a caveat of "for the most part." The palate is noticeably bland for most of the duration, but there’s a distinct twang of boiled corn, cardboard, and a hint of metal on the finish. A quick kiss of sweetness just before it finishes with a chalky dry aftertaste that lingers momentarily (though it builds up as you drink on).

Sure, there are way worse beers out there, but just because it’s "classic" (whatever that means) doesn’t make it good. There’s really nothing enjoyable about this palate (well, maybe that subtle sweetness), so the only reason to drink it would be for utilitarian purposes (e.g. getting drunk on the cheap or to wash down pizza and wings, etc.)

Drinkability: Though highly effervescent to the eye, Genesee Beer isn’t quite as fizzy in the mouth as you’d think. The body is thin with a watery texture, but it goes down rather smooth without any carbonation sting and only minimal belching afterwards. Since it’s only 4.5% ABV and light bodied it’s no challenge to suck down a "king can" of this in just a few minutes. I wouldn’t make a habit of it, though.
 Grade: 4/10

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