Ginger Bee | Crabtree Brewing Company

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Ginger BeeGinger Bee

Brewed by:
Crabtree Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
* Brewed with Fresh Hand-Cut Ginger!
* 60 lbs. of CO Orange Blossom Honey in every batch!

At Crabtree we're a hive of activity, creating great beers that are the bees knees! This light and crisp blonde ale is a balanced flavor of fresh cut Ginger and Orange Blossom Honey. Feel the buzz!

Added by Beaver13 on 02-26-2007

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 46
Photo of Suds
3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So, I had my doubts about this brew before trying pours a very hazy, light straw colored liquid with a fluffy white head. The smell is first I thought that it was skunked, but it is actually the ginger. Potent spicy ginger, backed with a touch of malt. the taste is slightly sweet...honey and malt...with a ginger is a strange jumble of flavors. Interesting, but not great.

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Photo of ANIMOUL
3.64/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted via growler obtained from the brewery.

Interesting combination of Honey and Ginger (duh). Though advertised as a pale ale, the honey & ginger neutralizes any hoppy characteristics. Worth trying. Different.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy light gold colour, about an inch of foam, nice sticky lacing.

Lots of wheat and honey in the nose, light spice, earthy.

Same dominance in the taste. Wheat, honey, earthy, some ginger that I notice more in the finish than anywhere else.

Pretty thick mouthfeel.

The smell initially reminded me of some sort of weird Saison. The taste too but not so much. Interesting combination of flavours; not sure they work all that well.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.41/5  rDev +37%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 6/13/14. Bought this 1 pint (16 ounce) bottle at one of the Hy-Vee's in Omaha for $3.39. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into large weissber vase glass.

Pours a hazy straw-yellow with about a half-finger white head that last along time actually. Some sediment is left in the bottom of the bottle. Spotty lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is very pleasant of grains, grass, honey with a hint of ginger. The taste is very smooth with the flavors mentioned about coming together nicely with the perfect amount of honey and ginger in the mix. Nothing was over powering at all and very easy to drink. No bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. REALLY like this one as I wasn't sure before I opened it. A great summer brew!

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, yellow/straw color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong ginger, floral, pale malt, and hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong and fresh ginger, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of citrus. I feel this should be an herbed / spiced beer more than an American Blonde Ale, but nevertheless. Overall, good body and aroma, but the blend is strongly influenced by the ginger.

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Photo of phenomenologian
4.04/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Upon opening, absolutely no smoke comes at all. Upon pouring it pours a white one finger head that laces some and has okay retention. Overall, it would look better if the head retained more. The body is a bit like a wheat beer. It is pale and yellow; this is not really like an adjunct lager but more like the shade of yellow that is just a shade paler than normal yellow. It looks okay but its probably not my schtick.

It smells subtly of ginger and honey...maybe some malt...and I smell a bit of citrus also..which is weird. Smells nice.

Before tasting this beer, I was unimpressed and almost scared to taste the beer (as I observed, whiffed, and wrote on this review). Upon tasting it, it tastes way way way better than you may think upon impressions in smell and appearance. It tastes of wheat first of all. The wheat taste makes this a delicious beer for me. Other than the dominant wheat (not as dominant as something like Boulevard wheat from KC, Missouri), there is of course ginger. The ginger taste is subtle. This is a GOOD thing because a beer overpowering with ginger seems to me to be one that is not as enjoyable. I can taste some honey and maybe some citrus (or maybe Im delusional in smelling and tasting citrus). The aftertaste is a nice wheaty bitterness that makes you want to drink more.

The drinkability and mouthfeel are nice. Other reviews compare it to the drinkability and mouthfeel of adjunct light lagers, but I disagree. It is smooth and not too carbonated making it easy to drink combining with the taste to make this a really enjoyable beer.

Overall, in my opinion most of the reviews of this beer highly underscore it. It is in my opinion much more enjoyable and delicious than most reviews on BA say. I love the wheaty ginger taste as well as how it goes down. If I can find it again, I will buy it. It was hard to find this time I actually got it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i will always be excited to try new beers from crabtree because i think their syzygy is one of the best beers ive ever had. this one, not so much. smells like gingerale mixed with light beer. flavor is nice though, with a not over the top ginger kick, a touch of clover honey, and even a balanced hop finish. mouthfeel is quite light in body and well carbonated. perhaps a little too sweet, or unbeerlike to drink a lot of them, but its not a bad summer beverage.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.88/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a miniature hefweissbier glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are low. This is me first beer from this brewery.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and average retention (~ two minutes). Colour is a transparent yellow.

Sm: Ginger, light lemon peel, unrefined barley, and hints of corn. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Bland barley with hints of corn atop joined by foul esters. Imbalanced, with a poor finish. Musty. Built okay. Simple, boring, and bland all around. Awful awful finish that ruins the drinkability.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a bit too much thickness. Too coarse on the finish.

Dr: Hard to drink due to its low quality. I'd never have this one again.


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Photo of blakelive784
1.87/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 fl oz bottle served in a pilsner glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent straw golden color with an extremely thin, white 1 finger head. Retention is poor. Generally unappealing.

S - Honey, clean barley, and light spice. Extremely mild and simple.

T - The ginger finally comes through, but it's too subtle. The beer is sweeter than it ought to be. Not really balanced very well.

M - Entirely too smooth and wet. The light body is nice, but it would be far better if it were more crisp.

D - better than I thought it'd be, but far from good.

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Photo of Domingo
3.59/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-cloudy pale color. Lots of foam. Pretty similar to an American wheat in appearance, but that foam lacing is more sturdy.
Ginger comes out first, but isn't overwhelming. Honey and hops follow suit in equal parts. While this is a blonde, it also has a husky slightly medicinal wheat character as well. Still, it's easy to keep going back, sip after sip. The honey adds character without sweetness, which likely relates when it was added.
Not too bad, and not dumbed down like it could have been.
If you like any of the elements to this, give it a try. The sum of the parts and surprising balance makes this pretty solid.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"My father told me all about the birds and the bees... the liar. I went steady with a woodpecker 'till I was twenty-one."

--Bob Hope

Honeycomb gold with bumblebee yellow accents and multiple streams of upwardly racing bubbles. Their destination is a small cap of bone colored foam that looks decent enough. Persistence isn't great, however, and very little lace is sticking.

The nose is exactly what one would expect from an American blonde ale that uses honey and ginger root. The first isn't really appreciated, but the second is right on the money in terms of quality and quantity. If the flavor follows suit, we're in business.

Ginger Bee is pretty good stuff and is easily the best Crabtree offering that I've had yet. I'm sure there have been a few, but it's hard to remember a better ale of this general sort. The brewers hit the nail on the head with respect to... pretty much everything.

The malts taste 100% pale, the Northern Colorado wildflower honey adds just the right amount of underlying sweetness, the hops add countering bitterness, wheat (a guess) adds a light tang, and the ginger adds an ideal amount of flavor and spiciness. What a wonderful summer quencher... currently being enjoyed on the first day of December.

The mouthfeel is not a study in excellence, but it's hard to see how it could be improved. It has the right amount of size and the bubbles are neither too scarce nor too abundant. Gotta go with solidly good here as well.

Ginger Bee Beer is pretty impressive stuff, especially uncompared to obviously erroneous expectations. Maybe these guys have a future in craft beer after all. Recommended.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.58/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle tried 14 Apr 2010.

A huge creamy yellowish head fills the Avery shaker pint glass. Well carbonated. Clear yellow amber color. Aroma has the by now familiar Crabtree signature hint of bandaid and antiseptic with a touch of sweetness. Touch of honey and ginger up front. Beer is a bit flat on the tongue. Underipe fruit with a bandaid medicinal finish. Aftertaste is sweet/tart with slightly less medicinal notes. Ginger becomes stronger as you drink. Alcohol moderate.

As with most of the Crabtree beers we have tried to date, can't really recommend this.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.42/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty clear golden beer. Nice herbal aroma with a little bit of ginger. The taste is much better than most blonde ales. The ginger is very present and I like it! Very nice clean crisp taste, but not too sweet. Some honey (as promised). Fair amount of malt

Respectable mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. I like this one. Much better than my last Crabtree beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.24/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, orange-yellow body with a tall, foamy, white head.

Smell: With all the spuming this beer is doing, it's hard to get anything but a nose covered in bubbles when you lean in for a sniff. Still, a few stray notes of juiced ginger roots and murky malts make their way beyond the foam.

Taste: Starts with a burn of ginger root followed by very little, as the wildflower honey seems to have entirely fermented out leaving not much behind. No apparent hop character or bitterness. It's nothing but a rabies-like mouthful of foam for the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. The exhaustingly fizzy, gassy carbonation is less than agreeable.

Drinkability: All fizz and no fun, it's one I cannot honestly recommend as I certainly didn't care for it.

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Photo of mdmako
3.98/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden color with a nice clarity. Almost like a golden lager appearance. The head is small and light, with a medium retention.

S - Ginger Bee is an excellent name because there is an over powering sweet ginger smell that is still apparent when served cold. Once warmed slightly you get a strong ginger smell with slight a sweet hoppy side.

T - Deep ginger flavors are complemented slightly with the malty flavor and and mild hoppy after taste.

D - Excellent for the every so often beer. Great addition to the variety of flavors that beers offer.

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Photo of thedetective
3.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Although I would say it is not quite like the Juju Ginger by Left Hand, this brew certainly has its merits. The ginger taste is easily distinguished and goes very well with the honey sweetness. I think this beer is a bit too sweet and could probably use a little more hops, but overall it is a good summer brew and provides a nice surprise. Certainly a tad better than I expected it to be.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A) Golden colored glass struggles to hold a thin white head.

S) Some ginger, more of a ginger ale quality than a Ginger-Ale. Some floral elements too.

T) Ginger (duh), candied but not hot. Overwhelms most other beer like flavors. Sweet finish gives a quick taste of malt. Nice ginger flavor, but it could go higher.

M) Medium body and carbonation

D) Nice beer, bit mild for my tastes, but I'm glad I got to try it!

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Photo of Waffletalk
4.77/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a little cloudy, tastes deeply of citrus, and ginger. Sweet and mellow profile not complicated with too much bitterness but some spicy notes makes a wonderful summer brew. Found many of the ladies drinking it instead of cheap mass market beer.

Really enjoyed it in a wide mouth glass which opened the profile up a lot.

Deff drinking this all the time.

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Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review based on notes

Pours amber with 1 finger of sand colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Ginger & not much else

T: Ginger, honey dryness & orange peel up front. Floral & faint citrus hops as this warms. finishes with more ginger & dryness

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & some stickyness

Drinks alright, nothing special here, reminds me of a ginger-alt beer I home brewed for Christmas. The ABV is well hidden

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Photo of mentor
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger soda pop off-white head over a brilliant gold/copper liquid. Smells fresh ginger, salt, lemon balm, and honey. Tastes wet sweet with strong ginger flavor, but no piercing ginger zing. Thick, almost syrupy finish with flowery honey. Lemony light fruitiness. Md-thick, sticky sweetness. Carbonation is just a fine stingy on the tastebuds.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.18/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a medium golden color with a lot of carbonation on the pour. It kept a very small white head. Nose had a very small amount of honey, mostly ginger and it was a little effervescent. Taste was very weak. I tasted the ginger, slight honey and maybe an alka seltzer. Steer clear.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am always looking for a summer alternative to hefeweizen and I may have finally stumbled upon it. The pour created a big, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. The color was a deep amber with a slight cloudiness. The nose was ginger-spicy, making my mouth water for a taste. The mouthfeel was medium and the ginger was prevalent on the tongue. The finish, however, had a nicely honeyed sweetness to offset the ginger bite. Very refreshing. This was a winner.

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Photo of rowew
2.35/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, flowerly label, no date.

Appearance: Rough pour leads to a thin head, fades quickly. Light yellow color, a bit of bubbling.

Smell: A bit of ginger and some sweetness.

Taste: Thin mouthfeel with very little carbonation. Taste is herbal honey, a bit of ginger.

Overall impression: Meh - this taste kind of like a flat ginger ale. I definitely won't be buying it again.

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Photo of Beaver13
1.62/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a fizzy white head that quickly disappears.

The aroma is sweet honey and some earthy vegetal hops. There might be a hint of ginger, but only because I'm looking for it hard.

The flavor is some honey and muddied earthy malts and a small touch of ginger. It has an unpleasant aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thin to medium and watery with no carbonation.

Overall, not impressive at all.

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Ginger Bee from Crabtree Brewing Company
3.22 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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