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Shouboushi Ginger Pilsner - Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.

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27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: albern on 06-22-2008)
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Reviews by sethmeister:
Photo of sethmeister
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber picked up at the brewery pours gold with a frothy ecru head.

Fresh bready scent, hint of ginger and light floral hops.

Taste is fresh bread, a subtle hint of ginger and hoppy citrus zest. Reminds me of gari (sushi ginger) and in fact I bet this beer would be great with sushi.

Nicely prickly mouthfeel, crisp finish but a bit thick for a pilsener.

This is a beer which, frankly, could have gone wrong in so many ways. I actually didn't expect to like it. But it was very drinkable and quite tasty. Nice work, Pennichuck, and thanks for being risk takers!

sethmeister, Sep 18, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange pour with half inch of white bubbly head. Lots of active carbonation in this one. Aroma of crisp pilsner malt with herbal hop accents. Ginger is well placed in the nose as well.

Smooth lightly grainy malts upfront with caramel accents and a fruity touch. Spicy, robust ginger flavor comes in on the way down. Finishes crisp and refreshing.

Overall, an easy drinking brew with a nice kick of ginger that creates a good twist to the pilsner. Glad I had a chance to sample this one...thanks to Truh for leaving it at my place!

orbitalr0x, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This puppy pours out a hazy, very bubbly yellow-gold color with an orange hue in direct light. The carbonation is big and creates a a rather thick, foamy white head that does a good job sticking around. Literally.

The aroma is very bold, with a big, sweet-bread malt and a huge, herbal and earthy effect. bunches of freshly husked-corn and wheat with a spicey, sour hop and yeast edge. The ginger aroma is obvious but not "in your face", nicely subtle.The hops provide a spicy, yet slightly fruity whiff.

The flavor is pretty complex for a Pilsner, massive malt, there's sour bread and honey, the hops provide a unique and sublime balance with big earthy flavors like, Freshly cut wheat, husked corn-on-the-cobb and a sweet current of ginger and slightly fruity hops. The hop complexity is also really high with spiciness and slight sweetness.

The feel is right on, crispy, not sharp, and rather hefty for the style.

A unique twist on a classic style with tons of flavor. Well done.

GratefulBeerGuy, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a golden yellow color with a medium zied and thin white head that leaves a bit of lacing as it fades.
S: Very light hints of ginger under citrisy and earthy hops and a nice toasted malt backboned.
T: Tastes starts with a nice toasted malt body and then the citrisy and earth hops come in but not as big as I was going to expect, probably because the ginger flavor comes and finishes it off. Not a big ginger flavor, but a nice subtle one.
M: Very crisp, refreshing, fresh feeling with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable as I could have the whole bomber by myself.

erosier, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of selecter70
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another birthday beer, one I may not have easily picked up, although I love ginger. One important note: drink this at a keller/room temp so the ginger comes out, otherwise, it hides behind the malt. A bright gold pour that hazes a bit with a thin white head & little lace. The aroma offers green apple, mild sweet spice (clove) and some fruity hops. The flavor is a mild version, but bright, of the above in a refreshing & crisp pilsener. Quite delicious & invigorating, as the ginger warmly moves out after the up front malts & hop edges. A great summertime beer, very clean & happy(?)

selecter70, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, spices, light caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet and spicy flavors of ginger, honey, caramel & citrus. There's a decent hops presence that comes in and the ginger flavor seems strengthen as you continue to drink it. The malt character is a little thin but it where it should be for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, if you like the ginger flavor this is a beer worth drinking for a while but overall I think it's just mediocre.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!

22 ounce bottle, poured into a pils glass:

Pours dark gold with a white head that stays. The color is dark for a pils, but it is nice enough in its own right and has a nice head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Some small bubbles slowly rise to the top.

The smell is of soft gingerbread with a "pils" touch underneath.

The taste is of light ginger and bread (a light gingerbread) with floral bitterness and grainy malt. A nice pils with ginger coating. I was torn between two scores for the taste, but it's what they were going for, and the ginger is blended in well while maintaining a nice pilsner base. Here's to creativity in brewing! It has a crisp finish.

Appropriately light-bodied, but borders watery. Holds up, but by a hair. A bit more carbonation (and I'm not one to generally seek that - but the style calls for it with good reason) would go a long way. The slow carbonation gives it a bit more watery thinness than it probably deserves, and leaves ginger on the palate more than was noticeable on the taste.

It is refreshing and fits its purpose well. I don't know that I would want this one with any regularity, but it's nice for an "interesting/different" type of pils. A ginger touch to a nice pils flavor.

jwc215, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head recedes slowly, with sporadic chunks of lasting lace. Aroma is Saaz and ginger. Taste is a quick shot of sweetness to start, citrusy ginger character in the middle, and closes with crisp hoppiness that lingers. Mouthfeel is nice and soft, and drinkability is good. Interesting spin on the style.

ppoitras, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of grahambo
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glasses.

A: This beer was very clear. More so than I, kind of a hay color with a bright white head that dissolved relatively quickly but left a nice lacing. Nothing special but it looked good.

S: A nice all-malt pilsner scent, bready malts with a nice hop backbone. As the beer warmed the scent lost some of the hop scent and picked up the ginger.

T: When the beer was colder is tasted like a good all-malt lager. As the beer warmed the ginger root came forward and changed the taste a bit. The beer then had a nice malt note on the front and which dissolved into a spicy candied ginger flavor and finished very dry.

M: The mouthfeel on this one was good, not to thin but not syrupy.

D: A drinkable beer if the conditions are right. I liked this beer quite a bit. When the beer was cold the character wasn't quite right, no ginger present. When the beer was to warm the ginger was a bit to powerful. When the beer was in the suggested temperature range of 40-45F it was perfect and a nice blend of malty, bitter, candy ginger and dryness. A beer I will certainly be trying again soon, probably with a nice roast chicken and veggies.

grahambo, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of potownbill
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very nice clear orange yellow with a 1 inch white head. Had dissipates quickly, and leaves a little lacing.
Smell: Clean grainwith a trace of ginger
Taste: Very clean,slightly grainy, with a touch of ginger. It thinned out quickly, but still a very pleasant taste.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation fades fast, and is a little thin
Drinkability: Ginger was not overpowering, so it is concievable that I could have handled another. With a little more endurance, thos could be a very good beer.

potownbill, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a three-fingered white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor is grainy, some hops and very little ginger, bitter lingering after taste $3.99 for a 22 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

jdhilt, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours light gold and has a chill haze. The head, while modest, is tight and lasting. It leaves spotty lace on the glass.

Okay, I smell the ginger, lighter than most "ginger" beers, but I also smell Underwood Deviled Ham. I know, I know, this is bizarre. I think it comes from a pickled spiciness in the aroma that is not ginger.

I've always felt that ginger is a dangerous spice: it is so damn powerful that it threatens to mask all of the other flavors. Putting it in a pilsner seems like pure folly to me. This one works...sort of. The ginger comes through strongest in the swallow. The aftertaste has some good hop to cut the edge. The initial sip is peppery and biting. The body is very good--perhaps too full for a pilsener, but I like it.

Do not expect a German pilsener with this beer. It is definitely a spiced beer. Everything about suggests an ale as well.

smcolw, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of WesWes
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful pilsner and Munich malt scent along with a light hint of fresh ginger. It's crisp with a definate malty feel. The taste is average. It has a great German pilsner taste that goes down slow and hard due to the ginger presence. The aroma was great, but the ginger taste is off putting. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a nice experiment, but nothing I'd buy again. It's a bit too medicinal.

WesWes, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Wasatch for this one in a trade!

A: Poured a hazy golden orange color, with a minimal head, and very little to speak of for lacing. Really cloudy for a lager.

S: Definite pilsner malt with a few spicy ginger/noble hops scents, smells pretty tasty.

T: Definitely a spiced beer, ginger, and allspice, a little bit of a pumpkin pie flavor stands out to me, hops are slightly noticeable, but are subdued and balance nicely with the other flavors. Ginger is very present though, especially as it warms. Quite interesting really.

M: Dry, thin, and crisp. For the amount of spice flavor, it is pretty refreshing really.

D: This one would be a great one to pair with a meal, on its own, it is tasty, but I can see this complementing a meal quite nicely. Thanks John!

pokesbeerdude, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of albern
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer at the American Craft Beer fest. It was the best of what Pennichuck Brewing Co. had to offer, but that is saying very little because Pennichuck I felt to be the most disappointing brew house in what it offered. The Halligan RyePA was really not good and I won't review that until I have it again in a bottle. That left the ginger beer as their best offering and it was a pleasant enough change up from all the IPAs at the festival. The beer pours a pale pilsner color with not much ginger aroma in the nose. The taste has a touch of ginger, just enough to sweeten the grassy backbone of the beer and there was a pilsner crispness to the beer despite some of the butteriness in the finish. It was an okay beer, I don't know of its availability, but if I could find it in bottles I would re-review it to see if I have it right.

albern, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml and jwc215 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing hanging around. The nose is malty, with some nice ginger/spice notes. The taste is malty, sweet, slightly bitter, with some ginger and other spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew. Thanks Wayne and Joe.

Wasatch, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of NEhophead
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a pilsener glass.

Pours a hazy, slightly dirty camel color with a few auburn highlights. Somewhat creamy, white head that fades to a thin, nearly intact sheet rather quickly. No visible lacing at all.

Semi-sweet, biscuity toasted malt with a hint of diacetyl; soft caramel and light vanilla. Rounded, malted wheat with a well hidden, mild astringnecy. Notes of flora and jasmine-like spices.

Thin, malted wheat with a certain bland, mustiness. The biscuit flavor really only develops well into mid-sip following the bland and airy grain profile. Diacetyl well into the aftertaste with only hints of floral spices. Burnt caramel and lingering diacetyl in the aftertaste.

A light, medium in body; over-carbonated at mid-sip in between a chalky, buttery texture. The intense carbonation practically provides immediate heartburn.

A few interesting flavors, but mainly pretty bland. Also, the flavors aren't particularly reminiscent of the style. Average eye candy with a rough mouthfeel. All in all, not one I'll return to.

NEhophead, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of Brad007
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber-yellow color with a very thin head.

Aroma is smooth with the hint of bready malt and ginger in the nose.

Taste is bready with a bit of spicy ginger at the back of the tongue. Crisp and light. Hop bitterness is at a medium level.

Mouthfeel is comprised of hops, ginger and bready malt.

Overall, this is a nice and drinkable pilsener with an added twist in the ginger. I like it.

Brad007, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of pecokid
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice beer, but average. The appearance was fine as were the mouthfeel and drinkability. Sadly the ginger was not nearly as strong as I had hoped in either the smell or taste. So to me it was just a malty pilsner. Not worth the $8.55 I paid for it but I would drink it again if I found it cheaper.

pecokid, May 23, 2009
Photo of trbergman
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Amber beer with plenty of carbonation and a one-inch white rocky head.

S - Not as gingery as expected - perhaps a hint of ginger spice with the standard pils aroma. Crackery malt and floral hops.

T - Not a terrible pilsner, but certainly not what I was expecting. Crisp, light malt balanced with floral, spicy hops and their dash of bitterness. But almost no ginger. I was expecting a more ginger-beer-like bite.

M - Despite the initial rush of bubbles after the pour and the trickle rising to the surface now, the beer falls rather flat and feels a bit thin.

D - Could be better. Lacks the effervescence I enjoy in a pils and is generally bland. I'd also like the ginger I was promised.

trbergman, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From twelve ounce brown bottle - Pours a very light cloudy yellow with a small mostly white head. Smells of Belgium yeast with not much of a hop presence in the nose. First sip is bitter with a weird twist. Not sure what it is and I do not like it. Mouthfeel is also strange.

ATLbeerDog, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A fairly vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass only produces a two finger thick head. The beer is a rich amber hue that shows an almost clear, bright copper hue when held up to the light; this is much darker than I would expect with something called a Pilsner, even the malty Bohemian versions. The aroma is not nearly as ginger focused as I was expecting; instead the first thing I really pick out is a sweet malt note and a touch of toasty grain towards the finish. There is definitely something else going on here, but I would be hard pressed to say it was ginger without knowing about it beforehand; slightly herbal, a touch fruity (like young pickled ginger) and perhaps a touch of vague citrus.

The taste is lightly sweet with a sweet grain note, a touch of chewy, lightly caramelized malt sugars, as well as a bit of a bite up front that must be from the ginger. This has a light, astringent sort of bitterness to it in the finish, but then the first really distinct ginger character starts to become noticeable in the finish about three seconds after a sip has disappeared from my mouth. The ginger note in the long finish is still light, but at least it has a distinctive spiciness that is reminiscent of ginger. This has a fair amount of body to it and is quite malty too.

Quite an interesting interpretation, I am really surprised how faint the overall ginger character is, I actually think a bit more would have been beneficial to balance out the chewy, sweet malt character. There is nothing wrong with this beer, it is just a bit less characterful than I would have liked.

Gueuzedude, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really glad to see their beers make it to PA. Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into my Jever pilsner glass. Appears a clear golden yellow color with about a finger of fluffy off-white head. Smells mildly of ginger, bready yeast, green apple and grapes. A very pleasant, and by no means, overpowering flavor of ginger as well as toasted grains followed by a nice bitterness. Light bodied and crisp with medium carbonation. A well made pilsner that I'll probably keep on hand when I'm in the mood for a quality session beer.

ClockworkOrange, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of BrewerB
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for hooking me up with this one!

A - Mostly clear, medium gold color. Thin off-white, slightly rocky head with great retention.

S - Subtle spiciness lies beneath a soft pilsner malt character and a light earthy nop note.

T - Pilsner maltiness combines with a touch of honey, herbal hops, and a mild spicy presence (ginger, perhaps?).

M - Medium/medium-light in body with a medium-low carbonation.

D - Would have enjoyed more ginger character given the beer's name. A decent, not stellar pilsner which misses out on the nuances its labeling alluded to.

BrewerB, May 25, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale gold body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Pilsner malt aroma with floral, spicy hops and some sliced ginger root. Also, there's a distant vegetal note, like a nearby opened bag of cole slaw mix.

Taste: Crisp pils maltiness with a light sweetness and hint of grain. The taste of ginger is present, but it definitely comes up short and leaves one wanting. Very, very small hint of veggies. Slight Noble hop component with a light bitterness. Finishes dry with a lingering touch of graininess.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit disappointing. It is neither a great pilsner nor is it a good ginger-based brew. Take the ginger addition and PUMP IT UP and you may just have something.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 04, 2009
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Shouboushi Ginger Pilsner from Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.