Ginger Beard - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 131
Avg: 3.25
pDev: 50.77%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Dentist666
1.53/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours clear deep golden with fizzy white head, low retention. Smell of ginger alone.
Taste of ginger alone, very sweet, visceral burst guaranteed, ginger outshine all beer characteristics of the beverage. Too sharp, to rate it adequately. I'm not impressed, as it has lost necessary balance.

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Photo of TerryW
1.92/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

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Photo of MattTastrophee
2.35/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.53/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.61/5  rDev -19.7%
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 CrazyDavros
2.64/5  rDev -18.8%
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 DenisKolkin
2.66/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Initially scored this a 3 in May 2014, revisited this as I was interested to see if my opinion had changed. Cost was about $3.50 CDN for a 500 ml bottle. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear pale copper colored beer and with an aggressive poured two fingers of sparkling white head were poured. Plenty of effervescent carbonation and a nice trail of lacing down the sides of the glass. Pretty decent head retention and a thin layer of foam sticks around for a while.

Smell - Alternates between Vernor's soft drink aroma and a lagery yeastiness. As a result, ginger is dominating but rather inviting albeit if the nose is too sharp.

Taste - Rather overpowering sweetness up from then a very sharp (and fiery) ginger edge that seems a little out of control. Too much like spiked and amped up ginger ale for my liking.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, carbonation is present, but there's an underlying syrup like sensation going on that makes this less than appealing.

Overall - A fiery sticky mess that has too much and too sharp of ginger flavor to be enjoyable (unless you really like ginger) and the sweetness behind this makes me think my teeth will rot away. Not sure why I made the choice to try this again, but an interesting concept has gone astray.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.73/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
2.89/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A more yellowy colour notwithstanding, Ginger Beard is evidently proud to be ginger - bright red highlights are boastfully displayed and entirely uninhibited thanks to pristine clarity and a well burnished complexion. Its heavy carbonation is obvious even though no head forms.

I most often experience ginger one of two ways: either in fiery Asian dishes or in ginger-ale and Caribbean sodas; this smells remarkably like the latter. The zestiness of the ginger is still appreciated but very mellow, any and all of its intensity tempered by sugary sweetness.

The heat is slightly dialed-up on the palate, but is still considerably mild. The syrupy, fountain pop-like texture is not only off-putting in and of itself but also mutes the ginger's piquancy, robbing us the real experience of its peppery, pungent gusto.

Even more diminished than the ginger, however, is the beer. There's not a trace of actual malty flavour. A can of ginger-ale would have been much cheaper and provided the *exact* same experience. While they're both equally bad for your teeth, at least the pop spares my liver.

In small doses, Wychwood Ginger Beard could provide some refreshment on a hot day; it would likely make a serviceable addition to or substitution for a shandy. Beyond that, I'm out of ideas as to how to put a positive spin on a what is honestly a pretty worthless offering.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.94/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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: 2.94, 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?

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Photo of fullsweep
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass (tumbler).

A: deep auburn in colour; nice white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving no lacing.

S: smells very similar to a typical non-alcoholic ginger beer--very sweet with a touch of ginger spice in the nose.

T: again, very similar to a normal ginger beer--not much ale/beer taste. It's there but hidden beneath the layers of gingery sweetness.

M: lots of fizzy carbonation, moderate heavyness, but nice and refreshing.

O: Enjoyable but not incredible.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.14/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Unlike a previous reviewer's, my bottle's label calls its contents a "fiery English beer with ginger added", so perhaps they're toning down the rhetoric a bit? Regardless, this stuff pours a clear bronze topped by a finger or so of relatively short-lived glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises a blast of ginger ale (the soda, that is) backed by a bit of lightly-funky barley. The taste definitely leads with the ginger as well, but its more muddled now, with some Pine-Sol, cucumber, and a hint of seaweed (admittedly, this may just be my brain making connections between ginger and seaweed from my sushi escapades, but it's at least constant), all still backed by that oddly lightly-funky barley. Compared to other ginger beers (and even beers with ginger added as a side note), the ginger isn't as bright, as fresh, as "fiery" as it apparently could be. Maybe we Americans have gotten a gingered beer instead of a ginger beer...? The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly drying finish. Overall, an okay ginger-y beer at best, one that definitely doesn't hold up to Crabbie's and other big ginger hitters, but one I could see people enjoying if they are into Left Hand's Juju and the like. I, for one, likely will not revisit this stuff, though.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
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 metter98
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of fresh ginger, ginger ale, and candied ginger aromas. Taste is much the same with very sweet ginger ale and candied ginger flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of ginger heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is tasty for what it is, but it reminds me much more of a ginger ale than beer.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.37/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. Bought for $4.50.

Pours slightly hazy sunburst orange. Minimal head.

Smells of floral ginger, a tiny touch of earthy hops and hand soap.

The flavor is rather a pleasant surprise considering my expectations from other reviews. Ginger (more like dried powder than fresh root in flavor) hits first, followed by a simple but nice blend of sweetness, earthy hop bitterness with a touch of flavor, and some generic malts. The ginger really isn't bad, but could have a fresher flavor. Very little aftertaste.

This is less carbonated than expected, with surprising sweetness and bitterness. Neither are awesome and I would probably like it more if it didn't taste sweet or bitter, but just more balanced. Certainly not bad though.

I have never tasted hops and ginger together. The combination works okay, but is almost like a cleaning agent in flavor. This association hurts the whole experience, but overall this is working alright.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev +4%
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 Immortale25
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Smells like either strong ginger ale or simply ginger beer.

T- Sweet ginger ale like flavor with even more of a sugary finish than Canada Dry.

M- Somewhat tingly from the ginger with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Basically just an alcoholic version of ginger ale.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A bright gold colour, the pours brings about an inch of foam that leaves nice lacing.

Talk about truth in advertising, the smell is loaded with ginger. I have know clue to as what the base beer could be.

Initial flavour I pick up is some sweet malt soon overcome by the main focus of this brew...ginger. Spicy, yes. And that's the gist of the beer.

Fairly light bodied with lightish carbonation.

It's an interesting experiment but I reckon I prefer the normal ginger beers, without any alcohol. It IS tasty so I can't really slam it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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 jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Mike_Aguirre
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber red, with thick white foam head. Smells like ginger and nothing else. Taste is sweet and spicy, hot in the aftertaste, kind of hard to drink because it´s a large bottle, and it´s overwhelming. Overall it´s a strange and odd brew, but interesting to try.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden with small beige head. Strong aroma of ginger, spicy with notes of lemon. Strong and sweet ginger flavor, artificial and spicy. Medium-bodied.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
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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Ginger Beard from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
77 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.