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Ginger In The Rye (Rye Munich Weizen) - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  7.85% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 10-13-2007)
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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery. This grew on me. Drinkable enough ginger, with the rye a little edgey and coming through mid-sip, with a softening hefe mouthfeel. Different tastes came through with different parts of lunch and the bottle was completely drained. Big head.

Sammy, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.4%

djrn2, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +10.2%

spycow, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Texasfan549, May 27, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color, the head brobdignanian in size; less lacing than I expected, but the head sticks nicely

Smell: Spicy aromatics of candied ginger with sour rye notes and, perhaps it is just the power of suggestion, a more traditional hefe aroma underneath; a bit of a battle for the the attention of the nostrils

Taste: Like the aroma, there is a battle over the tastebuds, with the candied ginger flavor spicily (word?) dominating the other flavors; there is a hefe underneath, but it hardly has a chance to make an appearance

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Another interesting experiment from Short's, and I find that I enjoy the sips more when I think about the brewing technique than when I mindlessly go through the motions

Thanks, hoppymeal, for another unique opportunity

brentk56, May 24, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +10.2%

kjkinsey, May 27, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy in color with a nice cap of white hanging over the top of the glass. Nice rich looking head of foam on the top of the glass here now as well, nicely done I have to say. Aroma immediately is a bit boozy with hints of grass, touches of hops, and a light fruit note that seems to pick up the warmer it gets. Interesting flavor profile as well here. Not at all what I was expecting. Hints of grapefruit, a touch of herbal, floral notes and a really nice and well laid out malty background. Quite nicely done I have to admit. Warming seems to bring out touches of pear and apricot and a definite grape flavor finishes it off rather nicely.

mikesgroove, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with nice lacing on a cloudy, crimson and golden body.

S: smells like a malty hefe with lemon and orange peel, almost a belgian yeast and fruitness to it.

T: initially malt and breads which quickly transitions to a very tart and lemony finish with a lingering sourness. Ginger notes throughout.

M: moderate to high carbonation and light to medium bodied.

Overall this one is different. The ginger is noticable but the tartness and sourness may be a turn off for some. I didn;t mind it.

kylehay2004, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +10.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

imperialking, Jan 20, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.5%

wrightst, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 243 (of 1,104) from the 2007 bottle project. Purchased at the Bellaire brewpub in July 2009. Shared with ksak.

A: The weizen has held up nicely. It's brown amber color obscured by a general haziness. A thick white head, eggshell is more appropriate, is billowy and laces in spades.

S: Ginger is strong, dominant still after all these years. It's shy sweetness screams out for a wasabi dose. After the ginger, caramel and rye, along with phenolic fruits. Most everything struggles to stand out against the ginger.

T: More ginger, enough to leave its mark on the ale. After the initial dose (don't get me wrong, it never really subsides; rather it ebbs and flows), the maltiness, caramel and rye come through. The rye brings subtle carraway seeds and darker spices. Some wheat tart manages to get mixed up with the ginger. Mild phenols linger throughout, a little clove that pairs with the rye. An interesting ale - on first take I called it too old but that definitely isn't the case.

M: Lush, although often one-dimensional, the ale hasn't lost a step. The ginger is strong; the subtle rye a pleasant accompaniment.

akorsak, May 20, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled 11/15/2011. Pours a hazy and dense looking golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass, and a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of banana, lemon, fresh ginger, orange peel, clove, bread, and herbal spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. The ginger is very evident, and smells very authentic and fresh. Taste of ginger, clove, banana, lemon, pepper, orange zest, biscuit, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of pepper, clove, ginger, citrus, banana, and herbal spices on the finish for a while. Great flavor balance, and quite robust. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and thick mouthfeel. No alcohol presence noted at all for being almost 8%. Overall this is an excellent and very enjoyable experimental style from Short’s(yet again). Plenty of flavor; with nice complexity, balance, and smooth drinking.

superspak, Mar 25, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Zaphog, Apr 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

THECPJ, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to erikkoppin

Pours a slightly hazed golden color witha fluff of white head. Dissolves into some bubbled film, leaving patchy and spotty lacing on the glass.

Malty and buttery in the nose with some hints of ginger. Bitterness with rye spice and faint sweetness. Light touches of peppery spice.

A little bitter and juicy up front with notes of cracked pepper and ginger root. Hints of citrus peel mix in with the larger ginger flavors, which overpower most of the profile. Bread and straw in the malt backbone, followed by more ginger and citrus juice. Finishes slightly bitter and sweet.

Medium body, higher carbonation, bubbly and lingering on the tongue. Another genre-bending beer from Shorts that has its high and low notes, as usual.

xnicknj, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Color is a deep brown hazy with a nice bit of opaque color.

S - Smell doesn't have much hefeweizen notes, didn't even know it was one until now. I do get ginger root and rye with a bit of wheat.

T - Really different I didn't expect the rye to be so balanced with the wheat flavors. It's kind of a bigger beer than I expected but I do get some nice spicy flavors from the rye and ginger. Kind of works.

M - Medium bodied but I didn't expect it to be so close to 8% ABV.

Overall nothing that blew my mind but a very balanced rye beer.

DrDemento456, Mar 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

AgentZero, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of gford217
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Derek for another rare Shorts beer, 750mL bottle, number 7 of 1104, poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy bright orange with an enormous three inch head that leaves clumps of lacing on the glass and remains a cap for the duration. There is also a constant stream of bubbles streaming up to the top.

The aroma has a fairly strong ginger presence and plenty of typical hefe aroma hiding behind it - some banana sweetness and cloves. There may be a bit of rye spiciness as well but I'm not sure I can differentiate between that and the clove.

The taste is really interesting and doesn't taste exactly like the aroma. It's a got a zing of ginger up front and the hefe characteristics are certainly less evident as in the nose. Unlike the aroma, the rye really comes out in the finish with a spiciness that lingers between sips.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth, likely due to the rye, and has a ton of carbonation. Silky.

As with many of the Shorts beers I've had, this one really pushing the limits of styles and the flavors are bold and aggressive, definitely limiting the drinkability. I'm not convinced it all comes together perfectly, but it's a creative effort (as always) from Shorts.

gford217, May 17, 2009
Photo of tectactoe
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for picking some of this up for me, wasn't able to find any in stores. Pours a somewhat muddy, orange-ish amber with copper highlights near the bottom of the glass. Mostly opaque with a slight translucency that clings to only the very edges of the glass. Even with a straight-down pour, the head is nothing but a tiny white skin that recedes quickly to a ring - somewhat strange considering the style is typically carbonated heavier.

Lots of ginger on the nose. Quite a bit more than I was even expecting, actually, despite the name of the beer and everything. Ginger is a pretty potent spice, however, so maybe I shouldn't be so surprised. The use of hefewiezen yeast is also very apparent from the aroma - it's got that nice and warming "peppery-clove" combo. From an aromatic standpoint, the amount of fruit or sweetness detectable is pretty low, aside from maybe a touch thanks to the malt.

Hah, I thought the aroma was packed with ginger, but it's nothing compared to the taste. Almost like sucking on a ginger root. Ginger to the brim, and there's no doubt about that. Luckily the ginger isn't overly spicy or abrasive - something that almost always is a drawback of over-usage. It's heavy, but rather smooth and mellow as far as "spiciness" goes. The hefe yeast is back with a vengeance also - more clove and white pepper. The taste is giving me a fruity sweetness midway through that I wasn't picking up before - maybe bananas? It's got a light sugary element to it, too. Bitterness is low and I was shocked to find out that this was almost 8% ABV - barely detectable, drinks more like 4-5%. Medium mouth feel, the yeast adds a feigned "thickness" with a palate-coating finish.

Definitely a unique beer. Although I'm sure ginger has been used before, I can't think of many other ginger-infused hefeweizens. The capacity may have been a bit much - a little bit of ginger goes a long way, and by the end of the glass, it certainly takes a toll on your palate. Still goes down easy, and overall pretty tasty and different.

tectactoe, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of maximum12
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tectactoe for this beer...giving Short's another shot after the uncharacteristic disappointment wrapped up a few minutes ago. 12 oz. bottle.

Pop the cap & the first thing I notice is the cap. There's a brownish goo on it that looks like a mix of foundation makeup & the stuff you pick out of your sink drain. Yes, I tasted it. Go pick at it yourself if you want to know. Dense orange with close to zero carbonation. Nose is an assault of ginger. Straining just to be heard is a bit of the hefe yeast, clovey, bananaey.

Ginger in the Rye is a beer in line with general Short's weirdness. Ginger suffuses the teeth & gums & just like the smell, is praised faintly by the cloves, bananas in the yeast. There might be a touch of rye spiciness hiding in the ginger patch, but there might not be. Slight bitterness tags the throat right at the end. Only complaint is that there's almost no carbonation, so the beer drinks much heavier than its ABV, more like a meal than a happy ginger smile.

Like ginger? You'll like this. Was looking forward to seeing how the rye & ginger danced, but one of them has been drowned in the sink by the other. Good beer.

maximum12, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of tpd975
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to jdubfl for bringing all the Short's beers in for a tasting.

A: Pours a cloudy orange he with a nice tight head. Lots of small bubbles in the glass. Light retention with no lace.

S: Light yeast aroma with subtle ginger, and the aromas you would find in a good Hefe.

T: Subtle ginger in the flavor as well. Wheaty, yeasty, with a nice blend of spices.

M: On the lighter side of medium, zippy carbonation.

D: Not bad, unique and pretty tasty.

tpd975, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of alexgash
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Cool label.

Pours a viscous, cloudy, deep tangerine. Small, gauzy, dirty white head. Some lacing. Strong yeasty esters on the nose. Heady mix of cloves, banana, banana bread, menthol, and ginger.

Toasted wheat up front. Spicy, peppery hop bitterness quickly follows. Maybe mixed with spicy ginger? Malty undercurrent includes more spicy (rye bread), and some classic, yeasty, fruity hefeweizen flavors: clove, banana, and a little bubblegum. Spicy bitterness over banana bread malts in the long finish. Full bodied, creamy feel. Ends up coming across as a lightly ginger spiked weizenbock. I like it.

alexgash, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of hopdog
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle acquired in trade with hoppymeal (thanks Derek!). Bottle # 87 of 1104.

Poured a medum golden colol with a rather large sized off white head. Aromas of ginger, toasty, citrus, and yeasty. Tastes of ginger, citrus rinds, caramel, and had a peppery finish. If you like ginger, seek this one out.

hopdog, Mar 08, 2009
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Ginger In The Rye (Rye Munich Weizen) from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.