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Ginger Beard - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 134
Avg: 3.28
pDev: 50.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: jazzyjeff13 on 08-02-2011

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.44/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Again, the artwork is amazing on the label and a very masculine bottle to boot! The beer itself is a crystal clear reddish amber color with an amazingly looking soapy head that doesn't retain itself very well, however, it leaves behind a thin film over the beer itself and it itself is white in color. Carbonation is very modest and lacing is quite nice, with many circular bits of foam clinging to the side of the glass.

S- The obvious and prominent aroma happening is smooth creamy ginger....it's a natural smell that has a somewhat medicinal quality to it. Spicy, buttered and slightly sweet root overall....nothing much else to report here!

T- Very smooth ginger flavoring happening, and the heat comes after the swallow...you think it's finished but it grows and is warm down the pipe....the big difference between this and other ginger beers I've had is this has a gradual, honeyed sweetness beyond the slight heat......super nice overall!

M/O- This is a very highly drinkable beer that would do well with me in front of the fireplace in the middle of winter! I'd like to have this with Asian cuisine and will warm the cockles of your heart upon a bottle.....I could enjoy this medium bodied, mildly carbonated beer all night....highly regarded and another well crafted beer by Wychwood! Cheers!

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Pours a clear golden colour topped by a 1 1/2 finger head with decent retention. Light lacing.

S- Distinct smell of Ginger backed my bready malt, and light honey.

T- Beautiful spicy ginger root with sweet honey.

M- Light, Thin body with Light-Moderate carbonation.

O- As a big fan of Ginger Beer (non-alcoholic), as soon as I saw Wychwood's Alcoholic Ginger Beer, it was a must try for me. While the "fiery" ginger is definitely there, I did find it a tad too sweet (i'm a huge fan of the spicy ginger beers). A perfectly acceptable take on a ginger beer with the added bonus of a 4.2% ABV. A definite recommendation for those who enjoy ginger beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into pint glass, 2FJM bottle code. Pours slightly hazy cloudy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of sweet ginger, cracker, bread, light honey, light pear/apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of ginger, pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of big sweet ginger, cracker, bread, light honey, light pear/apple, light pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of sweet ginger, cracker, bread, light honey, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of ginger, pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Some noticeable ginger heat builds up on the finish through the glass, but never gets too significant. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a very good spiced English pale ale style. All around good robustness and balance of ginger, pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden with small beige head. Strong aroma of ginger, spicy with notes of lemon. Strong and sweet ginger flavor, artificial and spicy. Medium-bodied.

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Photo of dcotom
3.76/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This delivers on its promise of "a spicy finish with real clout!" Not too much going on as far as aroma and the mouthfeel is rather thin, but there is a pleasant sweetness on the palate and a long, lingering hot and spicy finish. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear light amber color ale with a medium size off-white foamy head with medium retention and light lacing notes. Aroma of spicy ginger notes with light dry cereal notes is OK. Taste is actually quite interesting with nice ginger roots notes with light spicy finish. Body is light with good carbonation. I understand this is not a great beer but I find it quite enjoyable when you are in the mood for a highly drinkable spicy drink.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber red, with thick white foam head. Smells like ginger and nothing else. Taste is sweet and spicy, hot in the aftertaste, kind of hard to drink because it´s a large bottle, and it´s overwhelming. Overall it´s a strange and odd brew, but interesting to try.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.34/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear medium amber with a slight ruby cast. Normal head volume and retention. Lacing is outstanding.

World class nose of ginger, with a nice spicy twang like ginger ale, over a subtle caramel.

Heavy light bodied with a good bit of smooth texture. Normal carbonation with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is World Class. This is the best ginger beer I've ever had. The ginger is intense (complete with heat) and is balanced by an equally intense sweetness. As a result, it is not very complex. It begins with an intense burst of ginger flavor that flows over a rich caramel sweetness that is somewhat candy like. In the middle, the sweetness fades, ginger regains dominance and a spicy ginger heat takes the forefront. The finish is fiery ginger flavor over a subtle residual caramel and mineral note.

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Photo of Dentist666
1.53/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours clear deep golden with fizzy white head, low retention. Smell of ginger alone.
Taste of ginger alone, very sweet, visceral burst guaranteed, ginger outshine all beer characteristics of the beverage. Too sharp, to rate it adequately. I'm not impressed, as it has lost necessary balance.

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Photo of Lordwindowlicker
4.01/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You really must be in the mood for something sweet if you are to enjoy this. I am a mark for ginger, so this does it for me when the mood hits me.

It's a desert beer, for sure.. but still quite tasty.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. Bought for $4.50.

Pours slightly hazy sunburst orange. Minimal head.

Smells of floral ginger, a tiny touch of earthy hops and hand soap.

The flavor is rather a pleasant surprise considering my expectations from other reviews. Ginger (more like dried powder than fresh root in flavor) hits first, followed by a simple but nice blend of sweetness, earthy hop bitterness with a touch of flavor, and some generic malts. The ginger really isn't bad, but could have a fresher flavor. Very little aftertaste.

This is less carbonated than expected, with surprising sweetness and bitterness. Neither are awesome and I would probably like it more if it didn't taste sweet or bitter, but just more balanced. Certainly not bad though.

I have never tasted hops and ginger together. The combination works okay, but is almost like a cleaning agent in flavor. This association hurts the whole experience, but overall this is working alright.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of fresh ginger, ginger ale, and candied ginger aromas. Taste is much the same with very sweet ginger ale and candied ginger flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of ginger heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is tasty for what it is, but it reminds me much more of a ginger ale than beer.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this is way underrated. its a refreshing english ale with a sharp hit of ginger. if you dont like ginger, dont buy a ginger beer and then rate it poorly. this is well made and clever, and as intense with the ginger as i have seen, like a ginger beer proper. some caramel malt to this is my only real issue. its a tad sweeter than it needs to be, and loses a little of its potential refreshment capacity as a result, but the ginger cuts it well, and i think needs the body of the grain to stand on, so it works on the whole. its frothy and well carbonated, and light enough in abv to make an afternoon of. i like it less in a winter context, but its great all the time. im not sure why these guys have been rated so badly here, i think all their stuff is at least passable, and some of it is excellent. this is a cool twist on an authentic english type, and the potency of the ginger makes it memorable. i would buy this again for sure, and not just because my girlfriend loved it. i loved it too.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

A: Copper with a light cloudiness, little medium sized bubble carbonation, a finger of yellowish ginger head.

S: Ginger, herbal like sage, a hint of skunk, orange citrus like orange juice quality.

T: A huge unexpected sweetness, big ginger notes, sage, orange, lemon zest, an odd dull bitterness on the finish, lingering sweetness and heat of ginger.

M: Medium syrupy body, light carbonation, heat on the tongue is distinguishing.

O: Not disappointed in this beer, though I’d wondered based on other reviews. I think it’s a great one for the holidays and will try it with candy canes, chocolate, a cinnamon caramel Belgian waffle, shortbread and caramel corn. Drank in Chiang Mai, Dec 6th, 2014.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Smells like either strong ginger ale or simply ginger beer.

T- Sweet ginger ale like flavor with even more of a sugary finish than Canada Dry.

M- Somewhat tingly from the ginger with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Basically just an alcoholic version of ginger ale.

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Photo of metter98
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head consisting of large bubbles that died down rather quickly, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of spicy ginger are present in the nose.
T: In this initial sip of this beer, you get immediate flavors of ginger and hints of sweetness that almost make it seem like you're drinking ginger ale. The sweetness then begins to dissipate and is replaced by slight hints of spices towards the finish. The spicy ginger flavors linger through the aftertaste. The beer seems to become spicer as it warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little syrupy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good amount of ginger flavors and associated spiciness, but the syrupy mouthfeel is somewhat of a detriment to its drinkability.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.66/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Initially scored this a 3 in May 2014, revisited this as I was interested to see if my opinion had changed. Cost was about $3.50 CDN for a 500 ml bottle. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear pale copper colored beer and with an aggressive poured two fingers of sparkling white head were poured. Plenty of effervescent carbonation and a nice trail of lacing down the sides of the glass. Pretty decent head retention and a thin layer of foam sticks around for a while.

Smell - Alternates between Vernor's soft drink aroma and a lagery yeastiness. As a result, ginger is dominating but rather inviting albeit if the nose is too sharp.

Taste - Rather overpowering sweetness up from then a very sharp (and fiery) ginger edge that seems a little out of control. Too much like spiked and amped up ginger ale for my liking.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, carbonation is present, but there's an underlying syrup like sensation going on that makes this less than appealing.

Overall - A fiery sticky mess that has too much and too sharp of ginger flavor to be enjoyable (unless you really like ginger) and the sweetness behind this makes me think my teeth will rot away. Not sure why I made the choice to try this again, but an interesting concept has gone astray.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.94/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO and served well-chilled; best before March 31 2015. With the warm weather finally in full swing, it seems about the right time of year to start trying new ginger beers.

Pours a bright, golden-amber colour; clear in hue and topped with two fingers of puffy, soapy white head that fizzles away steadily over the next minute or two. Cobwebs of sticky lacing adhere to the glass. The aroma contains a fair amount of ginger spice, but it's rather sweet as well, giving the overall bouquet a candied ginger root vibe. Not bad, but it'd be nice if it had some company.

Well, this is rather disappointing. The ginger is there - with more intensity and heat than on the nose, at least - but beyond that there is not much else to say about this beer's flavour. It is annoyingly sweet, with barely any malt backbone available to counter the sugar. Ginger spice hangs on briefly into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is quite sticky and syrupy, which is exactly the sort of feel I do NOT want in a light summer ginger beer. On the light-side of medium-bodied, and not terribly refreshing.

Final Grade: 2.94, a forgettable C grade. Wychwood's Ginger Beard is easily the worst offering I've tried from this brewery, and probably the lamest alcoholic ginger beer I've ever had. It's not exactly offensive, but it is a dull, uninspired offering with tooth-rotting sweetness that I don't expect I'll return to again. It became more tolerable as I made my way through the glass (mostly because the ginger heat slowly builds up, and I'm a fan of that). This one definitely needs some work before I'd recommend it to anyone - you're better off sticking with Crabbie's - or hell, why not Vernors?

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle marked 3CDI 21:48 at 45 degrees into goblet
Aroma of ginger
Head small (2 cm), off white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a few foam islands
No lacing
Body a nice medium yellow, clear
Flavor is predominantly sweet and gingery; no malt, no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl, just ginger which leaves a nice stomach-warming afterglow
Palate is medium and watery with lively carbonation.

Best ginger beer I’ve found so far, flavorful but not overpowering.

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Photo of Landar
4.71/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma 12/12
Strong raw ginger root hits you right up front and clears the sinuses. You can also smell a light sweet malt profile and some hops - Goldings? - coming through. There is a pleasant dough that rounds things out and helps the ginger from becoming too overpowering. As it warms the aroma remains remarkably consistant.

Appearance 2/3
Light amber/ginger color. Clear. A medium amount of bubble rising. Very thick foaming head with extremly long retention. It is like a root beer float kind of head. If the beer could be a bit less foamy I could actually pour it better. The foam sticks nicely to the sides but washes away easily.

Flavor 18/20
Spicy candy ginger with a hint of malt sweetness and just a tad of goldings bitter flavor. The ginger does what one would expect from the flavor, which is to give the tongue that tingly feel from eating a piece of sugar coated ginger candy. The aftertaste is ginger candy chews with a lingering light goldings bitter taste intermingling with the ginger. As it warms the beer becomes a tad watery. The mineral profile is enjoyable, but it detracts from the rest of the flavors. I would like to taste a bit more of the malt, hops, and bread dough that come
through in the aroma.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Medium body. Smooth. High carbonation. A pleasant tingling of the tongue that one should get from a spicy ginger beer.

Overall Impression 10/10
There is no evidence of alcohol here. This could easily just be a high quality non-alcoholic ginger beer. It has exactly what it needs to be one - spicy ginger with interesting flavors. The English Ale base is definitely evident here and mixes well with the spicy candy ginger. Some might want the ginger to be more subdued and to provide a better balance - but that would ruin this beer entirely, making it too weak.

Personally, I adore ginger and am excited to finally have a true ginger beer (read: alcohol is in it) that meets up to my high expectations for the style. We have a six pack of these 1 pint bottles and I am very excited to use the next one to make high balls with Pim's No. 1 Cup.


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Photo of NilocRellim
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice, rich copper colour. Smells sweet with a nice ginger aroma. Taste a bit sweet and slightly bitter with a spicy ginger root flavour. More carbonated than a typical beer, but on par with most other ginger beers.

Pretty much like a semi-sweet cider, but with a ginger taste, and a little bitterness to off-set the sweetness.

Would I buy it again? Maybe... It's not bad by any means, but just not my thing.

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Photo of MattTastrophee
2.35/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Coming off of a mighty pleasant Foley Brothers' Native Ginger Wheat, and a delicious Wychwood Hobgoblin, I picked this up without hesitation.

Good presentation and artwork on the bottle. It pored a clear light gold, and a strong ginger aroma. I took a sip. Generous ginger, as sweet as soda?! I inspected the bottle, but I hadn't missed anything that would have given me a clue as to how sweet this was going to be. The alcohol was nearly undetectable, and so was the fact that it was an ale. I took a few more sips. There just wasn't much going on, or I couldn't get past the sweet. It was also kind of hard to get it off my palate.

Not my bag. If you like ginger and soda a whole lot, it might not be a bad one to try.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A bright gold colour, the pours brings about an inch of foam that leaves nice lacing.

Talk about truth in advertising, the smell is loaded with ginger. I have know clue to as what the base beer could be.

Initial flavour I pick up is some sweet malt soon overcome by the main focus of this brew...ginger. Spicy, yes. And that's the gist of the beer.

Fairly light bodied with lightish carbonation.

It's an interesting experiment but I reckon I prefer the normal ginger beers, without any alcohol. It IS tasty so I can't really slam it.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours a light golden colour, thin layer of head, little retention and no real lacing.

S - Fresh ginger... Candied sugar... That's about it!

T - Sweet ginger ale, spicy heat lingers on the finish with bready malt and candied sugar.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - Super sweet and literally reminiscent of ginger ale soda, the only difference being a touch of heat on the finish. ABV is undetectable, making this easily mistaken for soda. Not my cup of tea, too sweet and not enough of a malt backbone.

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Photo of Kremlock
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark copper in colour. Pours a small head and has low head retention.

S: Ginger, ginger, ginger. There is some maltiness backbone that can be perceived.

T: GInger on the palate with some sweet malt. A bit of heat at the back of the throat and then finishes with some great sweetness.

M: Good carbonation, some heat from the ginger.

O: This is a fantastic Ginger Beer.

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Ginger Beard from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
77 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.