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Ginger Bee - Crabtree Brewing Company

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 27.27%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crabtree Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
* Brewed with Fresh Hand-Cut Ginger!
* 60 lbs. of CO Orange Blossom Honey in every batch!

At Crabtree we're a hive of activity, creating great beers that are the bees knees! This light and crisp blonde ale is a balanced flavor of fresh cut Ginger and Orange Blossom Honey. Feel the buzz!

(Beer added by: Beaver13 on 02-26-2007)
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Photo of OregonGrown7
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

OregonGrown7, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of ktenneydenver
3.36/5  rDev +5.3%

ktenneydenver, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of BeerWithMike
4.43/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 6/13/14. Bought this 1 pint (16 ounce) bottle at one of the Hy-Vee's in Omaha for $3.39. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into large weissber vase glass.

Pours a hazy straw-yellow with about a half-finger white head that last along time actually. Some sediment is left in the bottom of the bottle. Spotty lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is very pleasant of grains, grass, honey with a hint of ginger. The taste is very smooth with the flavors mentioned about coming together nicely with the perfect amount of honey and ginger in the mix. Nothing was over powering at all and very easy to drink. No bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. REALLY like this one as I wasn't sure before I opened it. A great summer brew!

BeerWithMike, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of afsdan
3/5  rDev -6%

afsdan, May 27, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -6%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of Roland45s
3/5  rDev -6%

Roland45s, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of JohnyFriday
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

JohnyFriday, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of marct
4/5  rDev +25.4%

marct, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Moose90
3/5  rDev -6%

Moose90, May 09, 2013
Photo of appetiteforparis
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

appetiteforparis, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of fishguyac
3/5  rDev -6%

fishguyac, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, yellow/straw color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong ginger, floral, pale malt, and hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong and fresh ginger, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of citrus. I feel this should be an herbed / spiced beer more than an American Blonde Ale, but nevertheless. Overall, good body and aroma, but the blend is strongly influenced by the ginger.

Tone, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of ssjkyle
3/5  rDev -6%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

rocklibster, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of kiki3drt292
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

kiki3drt292, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
1/5  rDev -68.7%

Ispeakforthetrees, May 30, 2012
Photo of station815
2/5  rDev -37.3%

station815, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of phenomenologian
4.1/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Upon opening, absolutely no smoke comes out...like at all. Upon pouring it pours a white one finger head that laces some and has okay retention. Overall, it would look better if the head retained more. The body is a bit like a wheat beer. It is pale and yellow; this is not really like an adjunct lager but more like the shade of yellow that is just a shade paler than normal yellow. It looks okay but its probably not my schtick.

It smells subtly of ginger and honey...maybe some malt...and I smell a bit of citrus also..which is weird. Smells nice.

Before tasting this beer, I was unimpressed and almost scared to taste the beer (as I observed, whiffed, and wrote on this review). Upon tasting it, it tastes way way way better than you may think upon impressions in smell and appearance. It tastes of wheat first of all. The wheat taste makes this a delicious beer for me. Other than the dominant wheat (not as dominant as something like Boulevard wheat from KC, Missouri), there is of course ginger. The ginger taste is subtle. This is a GOOD thing because a beer overpowering with ginger seems to me to be one that is not as enjoyable. I can taste some honey and maybe some citrus (or maybe Im delusional in smelling and tasting citrus). The aftertaste is a nice wheaty bitterness that makes you want to drink more.

The drinkability and mouthfeel are nice. Other reviews compare it to the drinkability and mouthfeel of adjunct light lagers, but I disagree. It is smooth and not too carbonated making it easy to drink combining with the taste to make this a really enjoyable beer.

Overall, in my opinion most of the reviews of this beer highly underscore it. It is in my opinion much more enjoyable and delicious than most reviews on BA say. I love the wheaty ginger taste as well as how it goes down. If I can find it again, I will buy it. It was hard to find this time I actually got it.

phenomenologian, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i will always be excited to try new beers from crabtree because i think their syzygy is one of the best beers ive ever had. this one, not so much. smells like gingerale mixed with light beer. flavor is nice though, with a not over the top ginger kick, a touch of clover honey, and even a balanced hop finish. mouthfeel is quite light in body and well carbonated. perhaps a little too sweet, or unbeerlike to drink a lot of them, but its not a bad summer beverage.

StonedTrippin, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
1.88/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a miniature hefweissbier glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are low. This is me first beer from this brewery.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and average retention (~ two minutes). Colour is a transparent yellow.

Sm: Ginger, light lemon peel, unrefined barley, and hints of corn. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Bland barley with hints of corn atop joined by foul esters. Imbalanced, with a poor finish. Musty. Built okay. Simple, boring, and bland all around. Awful awful finish that ruins the drinkability.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a bit too much thickness. Too coarse on the finish.

Dr: Hard to drink due to its low quality. I'd never have this one again.

D-

kojevergas, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of blakelive784
1.88/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 fl oz bottle served in a pilsner glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent straw golden color with an extremely thin, white 1 finger head. Retention is poor. Generally unappealing.

S - Honey, clean barley, and light spice. Extremely mild and simple.

T - The ginger finally comes through, but it's too subtle. The beer is sweeter than it ought to be. Not really balanced very well.

M - Entirely too smooth and wet. The light body is nice, but it would be far better if it were more crisp.

D - better than I thought it'd be, but far from good.

blakelive784, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev -6%

valkyre65, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Domingo
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-cloudy pale color. Lots of foam. Pretty similar to an American wheat in appearance, but that foam lacing is more sturdy.
Ginger comes out first, but isn't overwhelming. Honey and hops follow suit in equal parts. While this is a blonde, it also has a husky slightly medicinal wheat character as well. Still, it's easy to keep going back, sip after sip. The honey adds character without sweetness, which likely relates when it was added.
Not too bad, and not dumbed down like it could have been.
If you like any of the elements to this, give it a try. The sum of the parts and surprising balance makes this pretty solid.

Domingo, May 13, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"My father told me all about the birds and the bees... the liar. I went steady with a woodpecker 'till I was twenty-one."

--Bob Hope

Honeycomb gold with bumblebee yellow accents and multiple streams of upwardly racing bubbles. Their destination is a small cap of bone colored foam that looks decent enough. Persistence isn't great, however, and very little lace is sticking.

The nose is exactly what one would expect from an American blonde ale that uses honey and ginger root. The first isn't really appreciated, but the second is right on the money in terms of quality and quantity. If the flavor follows suit, we're in business.

Ginger Bee is pretty good stuff and is easily the best Crabtree offering that I've had yet. I'm sure there have been a few, but it's hard to remember a better ale of this general sort. The brewers hit the nail on the head with respect to... pretty much everything.

The malts taste 100% pale, the Northern Colorado wildflower honey adds just the right amount of underlying sweetness, the hops add countering bitterness, wheat (a guess) adds a light tang, and the ginger adds an ideal amount of flavor and spiciness. What a wonderful summer quencher... currently being enjoyed on the first day of December.

The mouthfeel is not a study in excellence, but it's hard to see how it could be improved. It has the right amount of size and the bubbles are neither too scarce nor too abundant. Gotta go with solidly good here as well.

Ginger Bee Beer is pretty impressive stuff, especially uncompared to obviously erroneous expectations. Maybe these guys have a future in craft beer after all. Recommended.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle tried 14 Apr 2010.

A huge creamy yellowish head fills the Avery shaker pint glass. Well carbonated. Clear yellow amber color. Aroma has the by now familiar Crabtree signature hint of bandaid and antiseptic with a touch of sweetness. Touch of honey and ginger up front. Beer is a bit flat on the tongue. Underipe fruit with a bandaid medicinal finish. Aftertaste is sweet/tart with slightly less medicinal notes. Ginger becomes stronger as you drink. Alcohol moderate.

As with most of the Crabtree beers we have tried to date, can't really recommend this.

htomsirveaux, May 01, 2010
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Ginger Bee from Crabtree Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.