Hansel And Gretel - Elysian Brewing Company
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3.36/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
06-08-2013 02:28:04 | More by metter98
3.38/5 rDev +9.4%
First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA
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.
10-09-2012 03:04:15 | More by Rifugium
3.23/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
11-06-2012 23:03:33 | More by oline73
2.89/5 rDev -6.5%
From 10/17/13 notes. Had on tap at Ginger Man in NYC, served in a tulip.
a - Pours a hazy golden orange color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of spices, ginger, veggies, light pumkins, yams, and pepper. Not a fan of the nose at all...all spices and ginger to me.
t - Tastes of ginger, light pumkin, bread, spice, pepper, toasted malts, vegetables. Little more pumpkin here and little less spice, better than the nose, though still not great.
m - Medium body and low carbonation.
o - Overall I wasn't a big fan of this one at all. The ginger and spices dominate, and there isn't much else to it. Wouldn't seek it out again.
10-21-2013 19:13:01 | More by mdfb79
3.33/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
11-11-2012 18:43:56 | More by Gavage
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
3/5 rDev -2.9%
I had this at the 2007 pumpkin festival at Elysian. This is a pumpkin beer, but I've listed it as a Czech pilsner rather than as a pumpkin ale because it is most decidedly not an ale- and the division between lager and ale seems to take precedence over spicing. The brewery lists it as a ginger pumpkin pilsner. Brewed with pale, Munich, and Cara-hells malts; bittered with US Northern Brewer and finished with Czech Saaz hops. Pumpkin was added to the mash and kettle and chopped fresh ginger was added to te end of the boil. Starting gravity was 15.1 degrees plato. It poured blonde with lots of effervescence and a good head. The smell has a light nuttiness and light ginger aroma. The taste is a weird blend of traditional pilsner crsip flralness and pumpkin with some medicinal bitterness from the ginger on the finish. Not entirely successful. Mouthfeel is slippery and a bit soapy, also missing the mark. It's not like it is a drain pour or anything, but it just didn't really work. Interesting experiment and I applaud them for that, but I don't think I'd have it again- but I'm glad I got to try it once.
12-10-2007 17:20:20 | More by Georgiabeer
3.41/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
06-08-2013 02:40:10 | More by dbrauneis
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
3.3/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
10-09-2012 00:12:34 | More by beertunes
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
2.38/5 rDev -23%
Pours a hazy pale yellow with a white head. In the aroma, a small dryness, but not much there. In the taste, A small spice and small dryness, which hides the basic pils tastes. A spice like bite and a watery and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice in the aftertaste. Thin, watery, and a bit strange, not a fan of this one.
11-23-2012 17:31:20 | More by OWSLEY069
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
3.43/5 rDev +11%
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.
12-28-2008 01:36:28 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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.