Sunday, January 4, 2015

Genesee Cream Ale

Genesee Cream Ale (Genny Cream Ale) was introduced in 1960 by the Genesee Brewing Company of Rochester New York. This ale-lager hybrid, has a creamy aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel, yet the smoothness of a lager. It is sold in selected American markets, mainly in the eastern states. One can find it in bottles and cans of various sizes and configurations.

Genny Cream Ale is 5.2% alcohol and has 12 international bitterness units. It falls in a range that is slightly stronger than a regular lager beer, yet somewhat weaker in alcohol than an American malt liquor. This beer is typically priced at the "below premium" level and is marketed towards working class consumers. It arrived in Louisiana in November of 2014.

Winning multiple awards at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup, Genesee Cream Ale rates among the highest of the mass-produced, American adjunct beers. I have tried it on a few occasions and can give it an unqualified positive endorsement.

Genesee beers receive no nationwide television or radio advertising attention and must market themselves from the store shelves.

Genesee Brewing Company is currently part of North American Beverages, owned by Florida Ice and Farm of Costa Rica.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Molson Ice

Molson Ice Beer was developed in 1993, and it was the first ice-brewed lager sold in North America, setting off an ice beer revolution. Icehouse, from Miller's Plank Road Brewery marketing project, was the first ice beer introduced in the USA, later in 1993.

Molson Ice is rated at 5.6% abv and has 169 calories per 12-oz. serving. Most ice beers fall in the 5.5%-5.9% alcohol by volume range. After the ice beer craze subsided, the major brewers repositioned these beers from the above-premium level to the below-premium level. Molson Ice is typically marketed at the below-premium level (budget beer), and one will find it sold in 12-oz. bottles & cans and very often in single-sale 24-oz. tall cans. It is found in multi-packs of varying unit count.

This beer receives no advertising attention, and Molson-Coors is satisfied to allow the brand to sell it self, with its price and alcohol level touted on the labels. Molson Ice is brewed in Canada for export to the USA. The Molson-Coors website proclaims that, at present, it is only available in the USA market.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Molson XXX Super Premium Beer

Molson XXX Super Premium Beer is somewhat of a mystery. Yes, it is listed on the Miller-Coors website as a beer, made with no preservatives and is described as "a unique, super premium beer that combines 7.3% ABV with the characteristic cold, crisp and clean finish that people have come to expect from Molson brewmasters." It is also known that Molson XXX (which stands for Triple Export, and is probably somehow descended from Molson Export, a famous ale, created in 1903) is brewed in Toronto and sold in the American market in 11.5-oz. bottles and large, Foster-like, individual cans. What we do not know is when the beer was first developed, nor do we know exactly which markets in which it is sold.

On my travels around the USA, I have only ever seen it in Northern states, north of the Ohio River, so it is unknown if it is sold in other regions, as is the case with Molson Canadian, Molson Ice, Molson Light, and Molson Golden (which are also produced in America). I have tried it, and can attest to the fact that the promotional descriptions of the beer are on target.

Here, I will list some descriptions of this imported beer from some websites:

"Malty, Sweet, Corn, Medium-bodied. Canada- American Malt Liquor- At 7.3% ABV, this medium-bodied brew is higher in alcohol than a session beer but with a similar taste. Pours a clear, pale-golden color. Hints of pale malts and hops along with an alcohol presence touch the palate, with a balancing creaminess."

"No preservatives. Imported. XXX by Molson is a unique beer that combines the benefits of a 7.3% alcohol by volume product with cold, crisp, and clean taste that has made Molson brews legendary. Through its quality, XXX by Molson will quickly become your favorite super premium beer. Product of Canada.
Warnings Because XXX by Molson is a perfect blend of higher alcohol with a smooth, clean taste, we advise you to drink this beer in moderation. XXX by Molson - Handle with care."

"ABV: 7.3%
Category: Imports
Food Pairing: Cuisine (Indian, Latin American, Pan Asian) General (Apéritif)
Brewery: Molson
Seasonal Availability: Year Round
Beverage Type: American Malt Liquor

Pours out to a clear dark golden, forming a modest rocky white head with good retention and some moderate lacing. Moderate carbonation. The aroma is of macro-twang, some pale malts, a decent hop presence in the vein of a pilsener and a little touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is wet, smooth, moderate body."

Friday, October 3, 2014

Molson Golden

Molson Golden is a 5% alcohol beer sold in the United States by Molson-Coors and produced in the USA and Canada. Molson provides no information about when this beer was introduced, but it has apparently been on the market for over thirty years. It is sold in bottles, but I am unsure if it is available in other configurations.

Molson-Coors indicates that Golden is a hybrid beer, brewed as a mix of lager and ale. Also, the company declares that it is produced for the American market, but Canada is not listed as a country in which the beer is available. It is sold in select markets and is not distributed to all U.S. states.

I have sampled this beer on a few occasions and can attest to its fine quality and drinkablility. If the reader ever does happen to run across this beer, it is strongly recommended that it be sampled.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Molson Canadian

Molson Brewing of Canada was founded by English immigrant, John Moslon, in Montreal in 1786, eight decades before Canada was created as a united country. But, the Molson Canadian brand, the flagship beer, in Canada, of Molson-Coors (the modern company was founded in 2005 by an equal merger of Molson & Coors) was only introduced in 1959. At 5% alcohol, Molson Canadian is a mass-produced adjunct lager, with 148 calories.

Under the scientific guidance of the master brewers of Molson (and, since the merger, the master brewers of Coors Brewing in Colorado, as the Molson line is commonly brewed in Colorado for USA sales), Canadian enjoys a wide following from consumers who value consistency and a fair price when making beer purchases. Molson Canadian beer has fulfilled these expectations to pinpoint perfection for over five decades. The popularity of the brand has led to a wide expansion of the Molson line, and, today, one will find Canadian Light, Golden (a lager-ale mix), Ice, XXX (a super-premium, high alcohol malt liquor), Brador (a gourmet malt liquor, sold only in Canada), and others. Moslon can be found on draft, in the bottle, and in the can, in various configurations, the most common being a 12-ounce offering.

This writer has sample many of the brands in the Molson line, and I have found that all of them are brewed to a high and consistent standard. A sampling by the reader is strongly encouraged.


Sunday, August 3, 2014


Cerveza Cuauhtémoc, named after the last Mexican Aztec ruler, was introduced in Monterrey, Mexico in 1893. One of Mexico's oldest beer brands, this 4.5% alcohol lager, was nicknamed Cerveza Indio (Indian Beer) by consumers, and this name became so popular that in 1905 the brewing company officially adopted the nickname and dropped the original official name. Heineken International acquired the company and all of its brands in 2010.

Indio is sold in various can and brown bottle variations, and is available in all Mexican states. It enjoys limited distribution in the United States, most notably Texas. It is a brown lager, and the company states that it should be enjoyed in both the cold weather of its founders' country of origin (Germany) and in the warmer areas of the southwestern USA and Mexico. 

This writer has sampled the beer, finding it comparable to other Heineken beers brands (Dos Equis, Sol, Tecate, etc.). One hopes that its American distribution will be expanded in coming years.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Victoria beer of Mexico, was introduced in 1865, and is, thus, the oldest existing Mexican beer brand. Compañía Cervecera de Toluca y México was the founding brewing company, and they were acquired by Groupo Modelo in 1935. Anheuser-Busch/InBev became the sole owner of Groupo Modelo in 2013.

At 4% alcohol, Victoria is low in alcohol. A Vienna lager, the beer is brown (or, amber), instead of the usual light gold or straw of mass-produced lagers. Victoria is made with water, barley malt, hops, corn, and yeast. The brewing company suggests that this beer not be served with lime.

Victoria was first imported into the U.S.A. in 2010, and, as of 2014, is available in 39 states. Anheuser-Busch/InBev markets it as an "ultra-premium" beer, and it is usually sold at about $9.00 to $10.00 per six-pack. It is available on draft and in six-packs and 24-packs of 12-ounce brown bottles.

I have sampled Victoria, and I suggest that all beer enthusiasts try this brand.