I poured a 24oz can into a large mug. It was canned on 11/20/13 and cost $1.16 ($0.05 per ounce).
Appearance: Glowing golden hue over a crystal clear body with plenty of
carbonation visible. Pours to a large, bright white, frothy head which
laces and retains fairly well.
Smell: Mild nose with a general lager-like aroma.
Taste: As far as taste goes, cream ale is awfully close to the macro
adjunct lager. Both tend to be mild with distinct adjunct flavors
present and are usually drank for their performance value rather than
any aesthetic qualities. Genesee Cream Ale is one of the originators of
the style, though it’s not necessarily the best. It could easily be
mistaken for an adjunct pale lager, though it’s noticeably blander and
cleaner tasting. You’d think that would make it a little better, but
it’s still pretty lame.
It’s difficult to describe the palette here, due to the fact it’s so
mild and without distinct character. If you take a fizzy yellow lager
and subtract the actual lager character, you’d be left with this. Some
general graininess throughout the palette, with a hint of corn and a
touch of metal. Otherwise, it’s remarkably clean and contains no overt
flaws like DMS or acetaldehyde. The finish is clean, but it’s just not
Drinkability: The one thing this beer has over the competition is its
delivery. Smooth and clean to be sure, though that’s probably due to the
fact the mouthfeel is so thin and watery. It finishes clean, though I
wouldn’t consider it refreshing. I’m surprised the body isn’t a little
lighter, as the 5.2% ABV weight actually seems too heavy for this beer.
Not that anyone is going to have any trouble sucking it down at only a
nickel an ounce.