Caldera Ginger Beer | Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera Ginger BeerCaldera Ginger Beer

Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 44
Photo of ordybill
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 25 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a pale gold color with a small white head. The aroma has a strong ginger presence. The taste of ginger is not paired well with the traditional ingredients.

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Photo of tlema1
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Golden color with a thick, billowing head
S: Faint ginger aroma, not much else in the way of bouquet
T: Some ginger, a faint candy taste
F: Decent mouthfeel, light body
O: Not much to brag about here, I'm a bit disappointed

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours two fingers of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is dry grain and a little ginger smell.
The taste is mild overall: watery at first, mild ginger, a touch of candy and finishes with a mild bitter flavor.
The texture is crisp.
As advertised, it's a mild beer with a little ginger.

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Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of eggshell colored head. Stays effervescent throughout,
pretty good head retention & lacing (3.5)

S: Some vegtal notes up front mixing with ginger. Ginger & grassiness as this warms (3.0)

T: Follows the nose up front, some grassiness. Woody hop notes mix in with ginger & lemongrass
as this warms. Finishes a little dry, then grassiness, ginger & a little lemon & honey (3.25)

MF: Light bodied, delicate carbonation up front. Thickens up a bit as this warms (3.5)

Drinks semi-okay, makes Left hand's offering look world class

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Photo of oberon
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very light golden with a thinner but pretty well sustained white head atop.Aromas of toasted cereal grain and a real sharp fresh ginger note,this is the real deal when it comes to ginger.Toasty with sharp ginger flavors,the ginger is pretty much in your face and if you're a fan then you will like it.I'am not a huge fan of ginger but this beer is what it says it is a ginger beer,not many come close to this beer.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Olive Tree Market here in OB for $4.99 and poured it into an Odell's branded tulip glass.

A: Pours a clean light golden hue, lightly effervescent, a thin white head that dissipates quickly with minor amounts of lacing.

S: A lot of crackery pilsner style malt, earthy sweetness and a nice but not overwhelming presence of ginger.

T: Big time pilsner flavor upfront - similar to what I would imagine a small batch of Pilsner Urquell would taste like if it were brewed with fresh ginger. Slight flavors of black liquorish and reminiscent of a ginger snap.

Light crispy and refreshing. Great summer time session beer!

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Photo of unknownlamer
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got this since I homebrew a Ginger+Chamomile Wheat Ale every summer, and wanted to see what another beer with ginger in it tasted like.

Bottle lacks any date info, but this only appeared on the shelves of the beer shop that opened a few months ago very recently, so it's probably good and fresh.

Has a decent head, pours an OK looking clear yellow.

The smell is faintly sweet, a bit of fresh ginger, not much else.

Tastes like a light summer ale. Not getting much ginger. Not bad, but the extreme subtlety of ginger in a beer named "Ginger Beer" leaves me underwhelmed. I was expecting a bit of /zing/ (ala the old 100bbl series Harpoon Ginger beer).

It does go down easy like any good summer ale; the body isn't too thin and seems sanely carbonated.

Overall, something I wouldn't turn down if offered, but not something I'll seek out (it was around $5 for a bomber, probably owing to being on the opposite coast).

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Photo of Hophead101
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

blind beer #10 from flexabull

A:3.5 pours a clear orange yellow color with a decent sized off white head. head dissipated in seconds but left a decent collar and small film on top.

S:3 mostly malt, some faint hops but barely. weird smell, it is a bit off putting to me. reminds me of perfume / flowers.

T:3.5 taste is unique as well. again mostly malt, sweet. also getting perfume in the taste as well as some ginger. some unidentifiable spices are lingering in there as well.

M:4 decent body, medium to light. good carbonation.

D:4 actually pretty drinkable - goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of Dope
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy pale golden pour with a very small white head. Decent lacing and decent retention especially given the small initial head.

S: A little bready malt and pretty strong ginger.

T: Well, again some bready pale malt and some ginger. Pretty straightforward. Simple but effective.

M: Nice and light. Crisp finish.

O: Never had a ginger beer. This is surprisingly decent. It's pretty light, crisp and drinkable. Ginger isn't overpowering but it's definitely noticeable. Simple and tasty.

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Photo of oline73
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow/orange color with a half finger of fluffy white head. The head fades to a small layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Very light and crisp. I'm definitely picking up the ginger, but it's not overly powerful. There is a slight sweetness from the malt as well.

Taste: Very light and refreshing. The ginger shows up right away and then fades towards the finish of the sip. The finish is malty and bread like.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side with smooth carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This is a light and refreshing beer, but nothing spectacular. The amount of ginger is nice, but I would have liked to have more going on.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from "Lifesource" Salem. $3.95 Nice golden clear beer body with a nice sized frothy/creamy white head. Ok aromas..mainlly a bit of ginger speice and some bready malt..simple nice Taste very nice indeed..nice spicy ginger backed with slightly caramel maltiness..simple again but i like . Liked the mouthfeel of this one..very forward carbonation which helps the ginger effect and a lingering ginger in the after taste. Overall a simple ginger brew .I liked it

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle says "Malt beverage brewed with Ginger and ginger added" Sounds redundant to me, but lets move on.

Pours a bud light yellow with a tiny white head of small bubbles. The beer is almost as clear as a glass of water with some food coloring in it.

Aroma of light ginger, a very light malt aroma but primarily odorless on the malt side. I wouldn't be completely surprised if there were some adjuncts in here because of the lack of underlying malt flavors. Taste is of a light adjunct lager with a dosing of ginger. Not surprising there.

This is a light session beer, good for the warmer days of spring / summer. Mouthfeel is extremely light, high carbonation.

Overall decent. This would be great if you were drinking beers on draft at the bar with some friends just hanging out. I wouldn't necessarily seek it out though to drink out of a bottle.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure why I picked this up... I like ginger, and it was reasonably cheap compared to the other beers I was looking at. Pours a pale golden color with smallish head. Nose is largely uneventful, some ginger in there, a bit of pear, but mainly normal lager. Taste is pretty good, bringing a bit more of the ginger to the fore. MF was a bit fizzy, not terrible though. Easy drinker, I had no problem finishing the bomber. Interesting, but I probably won't get it again.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Hazy titanium yellow body (which catches the shadows forming a beautiful mysterious gradient) with an incredibly dense pillow of magnolia cream. Heavy persistent head and rich creamy lacing.

Pale malt, asian pear, and a hint of citrus in the nose. A vaguely tropical lager...

Tastes very much like a well done APA, with a nice balance of pale malt and low hop bitterness. The ginger adds to the refreshing character, but isn't readily detectable at first (lacks any "bite"). Medium-dry finish - very clean and extremely quaffable. I can imagine hibiscus and beets working in small quantities, though I think they omitted those for this version...

Light bodied, pillowy, smooth and moderately carbonated.

Don't go into this expecting a ginger beer (despite its name) as it has little in common with that spicy soft drink. This is a wonderful session ale though, and worth seeking out if you are a fan of light yet flavorful lagers. Would obviously go perfectly with sushi.

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Photo of MadeInOregon
4.44/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

OK, so the only reason I bought this while shopping at Whole Foods was because I've never had a "ginger beer" unless it was ginger ALE...and we all know that's not the kind of "beer" we're interested in on this site! I was very excited to try this one!...

When poured out it looks like a cheapo macro lager at first sight, then the slowly fading head suggests otherwise. The body is crystal clear and is a very light straw color. The head is bright white and slowly dissipates, but is initially quite thick.

Smell is adjuncty, but there are slight notes of honey and some kind of herby thing going on...ginger perhaps? Can't really tell. From the smell there is obviously something different about this beer though. It has a unique spicy smell to it and reminds me a lot of basil, not ginger. I really can't quite place everything that I smell, but it is a very nice aroma. Superb fragrance for this beer, though definitely not a "ginger beer" based on the smell.

The taste is very unique also. It's kind of like a spiced pilsner or kolsch but the "spice" is kind of hard to identify. It does not taste like ginger. This beer actually reminds me a lot of Bison's Honey Basil ale. There is some definite astringent burn in the upper throat after swallowing that is no doubt from the ginger, but that is the only ginger I can detect with any certainty. It is only slightly hoppy and malty.

This a very enjoyable, very drinkable beer (I could easily drink 2 22oz'ers) but I think it's failing in its claim to be a "ginger" beer because I don't smell it, can barely taste it, and can only really detect the ginger's physiological effects of a warm throat and stomach. So, rating this one is hard; I've never had a ginger beer so I don't really know what one ought to taste like...but then again I can't really tell if I'm tasting ginger here or the combination of other things. So confused. My recommendation to you Caldera folks: ADD MORE GINGER! There's obviously enough of a curiosity about this style to not hurt sales if it was strengthened. I for one could handle it.

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Photo of rawthar
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 6/24

A: Bright golden glowing beer in a moment of clarity with a lively white head of feathery fluff

S: The ginger is definitely there, or am I smelling my Indian dinner? Almost cake-like in its malt aroma, sharply bready with a slight edge of sweetness

T: Nice clear malty throat taste, reminds me of strands of complex sugars and grains, ginger is more subtle than I expected, more of an undertone than a backbone

M: A refreshing light beer feel, like a pilsner or summer ale

D: If this was a sixer instead of a double-deuce, I could see this being a fine picnic pounder

Overall, pretty impressed for the particular style

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a clear yellow with a mild white head, good retention.

S: Great nose of ginger, honey, perfume.

T: Rather light upfront, it reminds me of Lawnmower, with a hint of ale fruitiness/Kolsch-like almost. Good ginger honey notes on the back end, not taking over the beer in any way. The ginger flavour is clear, but I wanted it to come out a little more in the end.

M: Very light-bodied, watery, light base beer for sure.

D: An easy drinking spiced beer, this will offend no one, but there's not a complexity to this brew at all.

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Photo of RangerClegg
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Is it possible for a bottle to be a novelty product? I bought it cause it's the only bottle of Caldera I've ever seen, so I guess so. Stoked to be the first to review a beer! That's a lot of responsibility so I might as well give it a thorough review. Poured into my New Belgium Tulip.

A - Clear golden color with a bright white 1" head that slowly fades to a ring around the top. Lacing is minimal, but still there and fighting to cling to the glass

S - Smell is of ginger and honey. Very appealing.

T - First hit is of ginger. Not too strong or biting but just the right amount. Fades to a sweetness on the tongue that is sort of perfect and then... a little bit of bite from the hops making their presence known.

M - Medium bodied and full. A nice round beer for the summer. Not too heavy, definately not watery. Not very good at describing it other than it's good.

D - I really like this beer and I could probably put 2 or 3 glasses away, so one bomber is enough for me. I think 2 bombers would be too much, but I could probably drink one and half, so I think I'll have to stick with the one.

Overall this is a pretty good ginger beer. I think that for my money though, I'd rather buy Trade Route's Ginger Pale Ale. If you've never had a ginger beer, Pick it up.

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Caldera Ginger Beer from Caldera Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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