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Ginger Beard - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 26.92%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jazzyjeff13 on 08-02-2011)
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Reviews by SmashPants:
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3.78/5  rDev +21.2%

Bottle: great funky label, stylish 500mL embossed brown bottle. Pretty awesome!

Appearance: a bit heavier than the standard ginger - mid-straw with minimal head that fades quickly.

Aroma: sweet ginger (of course), but there is also a hit of strong spices - definitely getting nutmeg and cloves.

Taste: quite strong ginger, tastes very natural and slightly bitter. Certainly has some 'wham', of which I certainly approve.

Aftertaste: dissipates reasonably quickly, which is a bit disappointing.

Mouth feel: light-to-moderate body, with a reasonably high carbonation to carry the flavour and makes for a refreshing ginger.

Overall: supposedly has "traditional root ginger"... In any case, it has a 'Wham!' that most ginger beers don't. Fantastically different, really good ginger beer. Not sessional, but at least it's got something!

10-07-2012 01:21:34 | More by SmashPants
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

08-19-2013 21:48:49 | More by beerhunter13
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

09-28-2013 00:25:49 | More by tbryan5
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3.29/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

01-22-2014 18:08:25 | More by NilocRellim
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-14-2013 17:40:12 | More by Moo5152
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

06-04-2012 00:01:28 | More by fionn13
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United Kingdom (England)

3.58/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

08-02-2011 22:01:39 | More by jazzyjeff13
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

04-20-2013 12:08:20 | More by KarlMcGowan
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-26-2013 22:07:47 | More by JMS1512
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Alberta (Canada)

3.36/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

02-09-2013 23:33:04 | More by biboergosum
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2.6/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

11-29-2012 13:55:46 | More by Ciocanelu
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4.25/5  rDev +36.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

08-01-2014 23:32:21 | More by ImperatorScab
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2.63/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

10-18-2012 09:49:02 | More by CrazyDavros
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Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +28.2%

05-26-2014 14:16:45 | More by Gottesverachter
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New York

3.31/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

07-10-2014 01:09:48 | More by metter98
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United Kingdom (England)

2.53/5  rDev -18.9%

Brown 500ml bottle best before 17 June 2012, poured into a UK pint sleeve Sep 2011.

Looked fine at first: bright amber body with a full white crown on top, sadly the crown faded away to leave a thin wisp and collar very quickly.

I might be being unkind, but to me this was just a sweet gingery tasting liquid that I didn't enjoy one bit.

I knew what I was buying, but I just expected a bit more effort in the brewing, not an unbalanced mess of alcohol, sugar and root ginger.

09-19-2011 18:51:56 | More by BlackHaddock
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South Carolina

1/5  rDev -67.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +44.2%

07-11-2014 22:27:45 | More by ChristosGeorgiou
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

05-01-2014 21:57:07 | More by Subliminal64
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New Brunswick (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

05-18-2014 06:42:37 | More by DreamDeath
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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Ontario (Canada)

2.91/5  rDev -6.7%

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: 2.91, 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?

05-12-2014 03:22:13 | More by thehyperduck
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3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

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Ginger Beard from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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