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Ginger Beard - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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36 Reviews
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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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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 134
Reviews by Ozzylizard:
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 beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of tbryan5
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of R_Kole
1.75/5  rDev -46.6%

Photo of vinivini
2.84/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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 Moo5152
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of fionn13
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2012. Described on the label as a beer infused with fiery root ginger to give it some bite.

Poured into a Stella chalice. A clear golden-amber colour with good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that subsides after a minute or two. Aroma of sweet, sugary ginger; little else is discernible.

Tastes sweet and gingery with some light malt in the background. Quite sugary and has a spicy kick to it. The heat builds as you continue to drink, saturating your tastebuds. No other flavours to be noted - if hops are present they don't make themselves known. Mouthfeel is light and prickly, with notable spiciness. Sweet gingery aftertaste.

A pretty good effort even if a bit two-dimensional. Nice and spicy; refreshing on a hot summer's day. A bit too sweet though - could do with more malt and less sugar. Worth sampling.

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Photo of Atom_Bomb
4.21/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KarlMcGowan
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of JMS1512
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of tux_alin
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle. Nice Tolkien-esque dwarf staring menacingly from the label.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with one finger of tightly foamy, somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a decent craggy lava flow pattern of lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sweet powdered ginger, with a moderately zingy spiciness, pale grainy malt, a touch of muddled nutmeg/clove, and a soft citrus juiciness. The taste is semi-sweet candied ginger, thinly bready pale malt, musty orange juice, and a subtly growing vegetal heat, one that plateaus early enough, though.

The bubbles are quite sedate, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, but for a hovering, though somehow hollow earthy spiciness. It finishes off-dry, the sugary ginger and lame malt parrying the waning zest with a modicum of difficulty.

While not as fiery as the label might lead you to believe, this still has more kick than any ginger beer in recent memory. Unfortunately, the malt is too anemic, and those musty vegetation notes kind of put a damper on the whole deal, evoking associations to stale ginger ale.

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.44/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

An ale with a strong ginger bite

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.61/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle, poured into a pint.

Clear amber color, dense, creamy head, leaves only a little lace.
Ginger is present in the aroma but is not overwhelming, it still smells like beer. There is also something unpleasant in the smell.
Taste is also dominated by ginger but, like in the aroma, it's not overwhelming. The ginger gives it a nice, spicy sting but the aftertaste is kind of weird.
Body feels medium, not very carbonated.

Overall the beer wasn't bad but I can't really call it good either. I definitely had better gingers.

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Photo of Asrugan
4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of leinie13
2.54/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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 CrazyDavros
2.64/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a small head.
Lots of ginger in the aroma, little else underneath, just some faint vegetal notes.
Sweet flavours, with some biting ginger as well. A bit cloying.
Needs more carbonation.
Seemed refreshing at first but the sweetness is over the top.

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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 Gottesverachter
4/5  rDev +22%

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