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Ginger Beard - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 28.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | 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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1.75/5  rDev -42.8%

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Photo of TerryW
1.91/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

The bottle says "Fiery Alcoholic Ginger Beer", but it just ain't so. If it said "Soapy Syrupy Alcoholic Ginger Beer" it would be a lot closer. Fiery ginger beer is that old school or Caribbean stuff. This brew has only got the merest whiff of that, so it oversells itself that way by more than a little.

Pours a fizzy 1 cm head that dissipates in short order. No ring, no lace, no nuthin'. Clear amber coloured brew.

A little bite from carbonation. Syrupy sweet, ginger flavour. Just too sticky overall. Aftertaste like soap. Feh. Not real good.

TerryW, Apr 13, 2013
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2/5  rDev -34.6%

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2/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.3/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

MattTastrophee, Jan 02, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

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2.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

BlackHaddock, Sep 19, 2011
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2.6/5  rDev -15%
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.

Ciocanelu, Nov 29, 2012
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2.63/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

CrazyDavros, Oct 18, 2012
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2.68/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

andrenaline, May 12, 2013
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2.7/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

doktorhops, Feb 28, 2013
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Ginger Beard from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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