Ginger Beard - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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4.7/5 rDev +49.2%
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.
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.
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.
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.
01-24-2014 02:42:57 | More by Landar
3.78/5 rDev +20%
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.
04-19-2013 23:21:21 | More by Kremlock
3.78/5 rDev +20%
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
3.69/5 rDev +17.1%
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
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.
04-19-2014 11:52:40 | More by Ozzylizard
United Kingdom (England)
3.58/5 rDev +13.7%
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
Ginger Beard from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
74 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.