I poured a 24oz can into a 1 liter boot stein. It was canned on April 16, 2013 and cost $1.16 ($0.05 per ounce).
Appearance: Clear, gold/amber hue. Highly effervescent. Forms a large,
white, soapy head which retains for a while but eventually dissipates
Smell: Generic economy lager smell of grain. I’ve smelled worse.
Taste: Beers like Genesee Ice make me wonder what the point of their
existence is. If you want to get drunk cheap, there are stronger beers
for the same price. And despite the ludicrous marketing hyperbole, there
really is nothing "premium" or "robust" about the flavor here. It’s
adjunct macro lager as cheap as they come with the taste to match.
The palette starts off surprisingly weak and watery. Nothing but cliché
fizzy yellow lager flavor, but weaker than most. Next to no bitterness
anywhere in the taste here, which is fine, though I’m not sure this
qualifies as a malt liquor proper. I actually do detect a subtle caramel
sweetness on the finish, but it’s quickly obscured by a foul taste of
cheap, dry graininess. Maybe I’ve built up a tolerance to these types of
beers, because it’s not as offensive as other beers of the ilk have
been. Still, there’s nothing to genuinely like about the taste. It’s
bland, it’s cheap, it’s off-putting, yet there are worse incarnations
Drinkability: I often find "gold sodas" like this tend to be quite
bubbly at first, but go flat quickly. But in the case of Genesee Ice, it
actually stayed well-carbonated throughout. The liquid itself is
noticeably thin and has a slightly slick texture. There’s a starchy,
cracker-like aftertaste coupled with that of boiled corn. Even when
drank ice cold on a hot summer’s night it’s not really refreshing. At
5.5% ABV it’s too weak to be used as a get-drunk-quick vehicle, and too
strong to be a casual, sessionable lager.