Hansel And Gretel - Elysian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 23.81%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-10-2007

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Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 32
Photo of rand
4.04/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.01/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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).

Photo of grittybrews
3.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SkiSailRide
3.75/5  rDev +19%

On tap. Great palate cleanser or finish to a heavy meal. If you like Ginger you will like this. Some times you need a Pilsner style with bold flavors.

Photo of erikm25
3.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cbarrett4
3.73/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of zacharrry
3.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.52/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a super hazy medium apricot in color with moderate amounts of carbonation and a faint amount of pale orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy bright white head that slowly reduce to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of ginger over the top of lighter notes of pumpkin and pale + biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there is a very light flavors of pale and biscuit malts. That is quickly overtaken by light flavors of pumpkin and moderate to strong flavors of ginger, lemongrass, and black pepper. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: The ginger is almost overpowering in this brew - I wish it was a little more subtle and the pumpkin was slightly more pronounced. Interesting, enjoyable but not necessarily something I would have with any regularity.

Photo of cbutova
3.41/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes.

A- Light golden bodied beer that has a decent amount of haziness poured into a goblet. Small white cap forms with fine bubbles and a foamy texture. Small ring leaves a nice amount of lace webs.

S- Ginger BOMB. Like when you are mashing it up for Asian cooking. Vegetal and light malt hints in the background.

T- Seriously this is stronger than any ginger ale soda I have ever had, it is like eating the ginger to cleanse the palate at a sushi restaurant. Fresh, fresh ginger. Some light pumpkin and hop influence but mostly just ginger.

MF- Creamy body on the light side of things. Ginger spice is massive on the palate and there is a lower end carbonation with a silky feel.

Ginger bomb to the absolute max. I enjoy this flavor but it is very unbalanced and over the top.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.41/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/3/08. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a clear light orange with a small white head. Aroma of light fruits and ginger. Flavor of lots of ginger, sweet sugary licorice, and gummy bears. Quite sweet. No pumpkin here but the beer was alright.
6/4/7/4/14 (3.5/5)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: straw bubbly body, finger white head, solid lacing

S: big ginger nose, mild pumpkin, hint of cinnamon, czech grains

T: cinnamon, ginger, lemon zest, grains, light crisp bitter finish

M: med/light body, semi-dry mouth

O: My 1st Elysian brew, not bad. Love pumpkin
beers so grabbed a bunch of their beers. Interesting
combination, might be good Autumn session brew.

GOOD, NOT MUST HAVE!

Photo of Rifugium
3.36/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

Review #1800

Served in an Elysian/CTH Pumpkin Smash pumpkin snifter (painstakingly acquired for me by the lovely MsRif). Poured a cloudy copper-orange color with a frothy head that receded to a thick ringlet, then further to a thin ringlet. Aroma of pumpkin, ginger, and pils malts. A bit odd on the palate, a big blast of ginger and something vaguely phenolic up front, biscuity pils malts, a dash of pumpkin, Good & Plenties and melted Gummi Bears. Kind of acrid in the finish. Light-medium body, decent overall, but nothing I'd want to have again. Not bad for a pilsner though.

Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface along with some small patches of bubbles.
S: Moderately strong aromas of ginger are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of ginger.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has lots of ginger flavors and seems like it would be and interesting choice to pair with sushi.

Photo of Gavage
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear yellowish orange color with a one inch head that breaks down quickly.

Smell: ginger is all you can really detect.

Taste: grass, ginger, some lemon zest, pepper, and a mild bitterness are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Long lasting ginger aftertaste.

Overall: not really much of a pumpkin beer as one would expect. Ginger is a bit overpowering here. Not bad but it didn't hit the mark for me.

Photo of EBeckett3
3.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - golden, with lovely head. Very good laces.
S- Gingery,malt, hops
T- overpowering ginger, no burn like ginger beer, but a dry, slightly bitter taste due to hops.
M- Ginger, ginger, ginger...light body, not much there
O- Disappointing...wonder if it might be better on a hot day as a thirst quencher, but i wouldn't buy another

Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass at Pourhouse, Westmont, NJ

Photo of angrybabboon
3.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 11/9/12

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Mostly clear, slightly hazy golden orange - pours with a white, foamy head - fades to a small, wispy head, leaves some spotty streaks

Smell: Ginger, with more ginger (and ginger) - holy hell, this is liquid ginger - nostril burning - some fleshy pumpkin in the background - light, pale malts underneath, and some grassy pilsner hops - so, it's like a pile of chopped ginger, drizzled with liquid pumpkin, decorated by grass

Taste: Ginger - remarkably potent ginger flavor - spicy - below the ginger, there is some nice, fleshy pumpkin reminiscent of other Elysian beers - grassy Czech Saaz hops - light pilsner malts - overall, multiple kinds of spicy

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, would be really quaffable if it weren't so spicy

Overall:Hansel And Gretel? More like Ginger and Ginger

Good thing I don't hate ginger, because this is like a liquid ode to gender. It's very interesting, but it really takes like an experiment.

Photo of beertunes
3.27/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy yellow, nowhere near the clean, bright color you expect from the style. The beer had just a thin cap of white head that had low retention and medium lacing.

The aroma had just enough ginger to provide an interesting tang, the pumpkin wasn't apparent (good for me), and the base malts provided a good foundation. The flavors were pretty similar, good grains, gentle hops, and the spice was just enough to be interesting.

The body was a bit fuller than typical, but was nicely smooth and had just a bit of a lingering taste. Drinkability was pretty good, the lack of pumpkin flavors was a positive for me. Overall, this was a pretty nice little brew, it's certainly worth your time if you see it.

Photo of munimula
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Had on tap. Pretty excellent balance of pumpkin and ginger considering pumpkin is a light flavor and ginger can be so powerful.

Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore beer week. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a layer of white carbonation on top of the pour. The carbonation fades rather quickly.

Smell: This one is quite light and full of ginger. There is also a fruity citrus note that goes pretty well with the ginger.

Taste: The ginger just annihilates everything else in this one. There is a slightly sweet and very light malt flavor. I'm getting some citrus like notes here as well. The finish is bitter and full of ginger.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought it was a bit misleading to call this a pumpkin beer. I would have just called it a ginger beer and left it at that. Not bad, but not as advertised.

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Hansel And Gretel from Elysian Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.