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Hansel And Gretel - Elysian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 25.48%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-10-2007)
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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

RoryOMoore, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Gmann, Oct 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

strongaf, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

corby112, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Birdlegs
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Birdlegs, Oct 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

acurtis, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Gatordaddy
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Gatordaddy, Oct 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +29%

fo5s, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

BeerLover99, Oct 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

muskiesman, Oct 12, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -51.6%

JJStorm, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
4.08/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

Cylinsier, Oct 12, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

djrn2, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev +9%
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.

Rifugium, Oct 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +21%

mrosenfeld32, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

beertunes, Oct 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

srw, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of grittybrews
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

grittybrews, Oct 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

skaboom420, Oct 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +29%

nathanjohnson, May 08, 2012
Photo of cbarrett4
3.75/5  rDev +21%
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.

cbarrett4, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +29%
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.

plaid75, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
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)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of erikm25
3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

erikm25, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Georgiabeer, Dec 10, 2007
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Hansel And Gretel from Elysian Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.