Hansel And Gretel - Elysian Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev +32%
22 oz. bottle.
Pours a light hazy straw gold. Sudsy white head, half an inch, slow dissipation eventually to a lacing.
Smells of mild, dry straw barley malts and some faint hop.
Tastes of mild barley malt, cinnamon and nutmeg spice, obvious ginger, and hints of semi-sweet pumpkin.
Medium body with light, smooth carbonation.
A really interesting and enjoyable pils. Decent lagery pils character plus the very interesting and potent ginger makes it kind of a treat. The hints of pumpkin round it out nicely, although it could stand just a bit more pumpkin. Otherwise, bonus points for uniqueness and I could see myself sessioning this easily.
10-12-2012 00:28:25 | More by Cylinsier
4.06/5 rDev +31.4%
From 22 oz bomber to flute glass
One of four selections provided in Elysian's festive 'Pumpkin Patch' gift box.
A: Copper-tan in color, clear, as a gentle pour yields a wispy, 1/2-inch head leaving small patches of lacing around the glass.
S: A huge blast of freshly grated ginger spearheads the nose. Fresh tones of pumpkin and honey-sweet malts are right in tow. Faint notes of earthy hops round the bouquet, but wow, this is one gingery lager.
T/M: As hinted in the nose, the flavors are strongly ginger-forward. Plenty of pumpkin as well, blending nicely with a malty, slightly chewy complexion, which is surprisingly stodgy for the style. The profile is festive, with notes of paprika and nutmeg accenting the pumpkin undertone. Fortunately, the palate remains relatively dry and quenched between sips, which finishes quickly and gingery.
It seems this is under-appreciated. It's flavors and essence steer a wide path from traditional beer flavors, but a slow and ponderous sip will still yield healthy notes of honey-sweet malts and earthy hops. Obviously, if you don't like ginger, forget about it, but if you like an occasional mule or ginger beer, you could do a lot worse.
09-06-2013 07:53:15 | More by rand
4/5 rDev +29.4%
On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.
Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.
The smell consisted of dry pumpkin spice and a light caramel.
The taste featured a light spice, a grainy malt and a residual spiciness.
The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side of the style.
Overall a tasty and light pumpkin lager.
10-14-2009 18:13:21 | More by plaid75
3.95/5 rDev +27.8%
Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy light golden amber. One finger white head with decent retention and nice lacing. Aroma dominated by ginger (smells like fresh crystallized ginger) with light grassy hops and sweet malt. Flavor starts as a hoppy pilsner, lightly grassy with sweet malt and spicy hops, finishing pleasantly spicy ginger and hops. Very nice flavor progression and well balanced. Surprisingly strong flavors for a low ABV beer. On the light side of medium bodied. I really enjoyed this, but would have liked a bit more pumpkin flavor. Quite ginger forward, which I liked.
10-24-2012 02:49:33 | More by LiquidAmber
3.95/5 rDev +27.8%
Pours a hazy, bright golden orange color with golden straw colored edges and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Spicy, slightly earthy aroma that smells more like a pilsner than a pumpkin beer. The ginger is very prominent however with a strong peppery presence that is nicely complimented by the grassy hop notes. As it warms, the pumpkin presence becomes more apparent but it's still subtle, taking a back seat to the ginger, hops and sweet malt.
Fuller bodied than expected with peppery ginger spice up front followed by earthy, grassy hops, sweet malt, pumpkin, and biscuit. The spicy ginger and floral hop flavors go really well together, providing a refreshing and unique take on the style. Underneath, there is a sweet caramel malt backbone with some biscuit, autumnal spice and sweet pumpkin. Similarly to the aroma, the pumpkin flavor is subtle but comes more to the forefront as it warms. Complex and full bodied yet refreshing and and easy to drink. This unique take on the style could have been a disaster but I'm pretty impressed with this beer.
10-20-2012 05:48:47 | More by corby112
3.88/5 rDev +25.6%
I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles and I have taken to enlisting aid in doing so. The real logjam comes in the form of bombers. Do not misunderstand me, I am capable of drinking the contents of a bomber by myself, but I am hesitant to do so. Bomb(er)s away! This is my 2,700th review, BTW.
Justin Chlan and I were now joined by one of my former mentors, Tom "Beek" Biechler on the porch.
From the bottle: "Ginger Pumpkin Pils Malt Beverage Brewed with Pumpkin and Ginger"; "Hansel and Gretel is of the lighter pumpkin fare - spiced with fresh ginger and hopped with lots of Czech Saaz hops."; "Brewhouse [:] Elysian Brewing Company operates three brewpubs in the city of Seattle and has won Large brewpub and Brewmaster of the Year three times at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado."; "Cheers! [undersigned] Dick Cantwell, Head Brewer".
I got the cap off and poured for each of us, producing a finger of yellowish head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy light-yellow (SRM = 2). Nose was redolent with ginger! It should have read "... Brewed with Ginger and Pumpkin", instead. Mouthfeel was light, not thin, but very effervescent. The taste was almost completely ginger. Finish was super-dry with the ginger flavor actually ramping up in intensity at the extreme finish. Wow! This would be fantastic with sushi and as a palate cleanser, it was a welcome change of pace. However, I would recommend against an entire bomber to oneself (which I did not do, BTW).
07-13-2014 15:12:33 | More by woodychandler
3.88/5 rDev +25.6%
Poured a deep gold with a finger of bright white head. Aroma of ginger, grain, and light grass.
Moderate carbonation and a full, crisp mouthfeel. Lots of nutmeg and ginger up front followed by biscuit, pumpkin, and lingering spice on the finish.
I got mostly nutmeg and squash at first but the ginger really emerged as the beer warmed, to the point of being a little too dominant. Nice overall, though.
10-08-2012 01:43:31 | More by grittybrews
3.78/5 rDev +22.3%
A: On tap at the Elysian Tangletown. Poured into pint glass light yellow and gold hues. Some faint hints of pale orange tinting through and sits in the glass crisp and transparent. The head was minimal yet dense and tightly bubbled. Moderate lacing.
S: Nutmeg and spicy aroma that were not overpowering but nicely strewn through the nose. Hints of cinnamon. The aromas were balanced and leaned towards nutmeg, vanilla, and spices.
T: Solid pilsener coupled with roasted ginger. Ghostly buttered with a slight bittered haunting in the finish. Delicate clove and pumpkin-esque backdrop. While not heavy on the brown sugar crust or pure pumpkin pie tastes it was nicely coated with a nutmeg and peppered quality.
M: Light mouth feel and a little slick.
D: This was very unique and very drinkable. Great idea for the Halloween season and hopefully I'll grab a couple more pints of this before its gone for the season.
10-21-2008 21:07:28 | More by erikm25
3.75/5 rDev +21.4%
Poured from tap at Saraveza Portland during Elysian Pumpkin Festival into spooky little Elysian Halloween snifter.
An interesting beer that I enjoyed but wouldn't really go out of my way to find. Smells of spice and ginger with a hint of German/Czech malts. Not getting much pumpkin on the nose.
On the palate I really taste the fresh ginger (yum!) and a hint of pumpkin. There is some spice, but it's muted. I was hoping for a gingerbread spice kind of thing... but it's really a lot of ginger.
10-27-2011 16:39:11 | More by cbarrett4
3.66/5 rDev +18.4%
If you don't like ginger don't drink this beer. If you do like ginger give it a shot and ignore the ginger haters giving this beer bad reviews. I wish the pumpkin flavor came through a little more strongly but all-in-all it was an enjoyable beer with a strong ginger flavor.
11-03-2013 21:17:35 | More by zacharrry
3.53/5 rDev +14.2%
A: poured a translucent golden yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and had a half finger of white bubbly head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.
S: plenty of root ginger upfront in the aroma with toasted grain notes, a little spice, maybe slight hop notes, mild citrus and very muted pumpkin spice as well.
T: the root ginger was also the star player in the flavor alongside toasted sweet malts, very little citrus, pumpkin spice notes, muted piney hops, plenty of grains with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg.
M: the brew was medium to light in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a spice, mildly hoppy, potent ginger, grainy, earthy and slight crisp finish.
O: Sorry to say but it was my least favorite out of the pumpkin series and the root ginger character was way too potent for me to enjoy.
11-23-2012 19:07:30 | More by Gobzilla
3.5/5 rDev +13.3%
Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a light toasted hue. The head is big and pillowy, pure white.
The aroma is big on the ginger. Very similar to the pickled ginger you get with sushi. Not much else from the aroma, perhaps some peppery notes from the hops. The aroma is nice but one dimensional.
Again, the flavor is big with the pickled ginger flavor. There is some gourdy pumpkin flavor but not much. The ginger provides a bit of a soapy flavor which is what I usually get from pickled ginger. There is some of the cracker dryness that you get from a traditional pils and the grassy peppery hops.
Light to moderate, not as crisp as a traditional pils. The ginger provides a nice sweet offset for the pils. Lightly bitter in the finish. Drinks well.
A good beer but too much of a one drink pony to be great. You will need to like ginger to like this beer.
10-21-2012 01:38:07 | More by Gmann
Hansel And Gretel from Elysian Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.