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Ginger Beard - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 26.05%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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:
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(Beer added by: jazzyjeff13 on 08-02-2011)
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Reviews by doktorhops:
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2.7/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wychwood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? A timeless question for the pro brewers at Wychwood, one of the better brewers out there. Today however is not about the frequency of woodchucks selecting aforementioned wood in denominations unspecified, today is about reviewing a possibly fine beverage I received as a gift from my bottleshop employed brother, thanks bro.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a - you guessed it - nonic pint.

A: Well it certainly looks the part of a ginger beer with its pale amber body and white foam head. The bottle even has a picture of a dwarf on it - we all know how much dwarves love ginger beer.

S: Stating the obvious but it smells distinctly gingery. There are underlying tones of roasted coriander seeds, cardamom and cane sugar. No malt or hops to speak of... what did you expect from a ginger beer?

T: Ginger... also a touch of the above spices, some slight hot cinnamon (aka that weird American cinnamon flavour one finds in a pack of "Big Red" chewing gum) and sugar... lots of sugar. It's a really sickly-sweet brew for an uncharacteristically low ABV of 4.2%. Don't like the sugar overkill.

M: Mid to light bodied with medium carbonation.

D: If you can stomach large amounts of sugar, or you are 15 years old and new to drinking beer I can see how this would go down well, otherwise you might want to steer clear of this mistake of a beer. How Wychwood could make such a sickly-sweet brew is beyond me, I thought these guys had real talent in brewing however my respect has gone down a notch... my brother gave me six of these and now I have to drink them all, poo.

Food match: Do not mix this with popping candy, I repeat; Do not mix this with popping candy.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 09:35:34 | More by doktorhops
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S: Light to moderate aromas of spicy ginger are present in the nose.
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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.

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Ginger Beard from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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