Ginger Beard | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom
wychwood.co.uk

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by jazzyjeff13 on 08-02-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
149
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.26
pDev:
26.38%
 
 
Wants:
5
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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of DuncanMcBommer
3.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jcubz
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mishi_d
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ukrfan
4.43/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Robertas
4.49/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yaron73
2.11/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of farrago
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Modest half finger head of just off-white foam, for what’s there it has good retention, the lacing though is wispy and ends up more like dots. The liquid is pure and transparent, a washed out rust orange hue, more red than yellow, the bubbles are few and widely dispersed. There’s a little soft maltiness to the nose but, of course, it’s a ginger fest, raw dough to freshly cooked bread and molasses, maybe some apple fruit but it sticks closely to ginger, ginger and more ginger. Full-bodied and arguably heavier than expected, the carbonation seems light through the attack but by the time you swallow it’s foaming up inside your mouth. More grain to cereal here than bread, cocoa lurks in the background, molasses, orange peel, maybe nutty at turns. The ginger brings a pleasing heat, not overboard. Given its weight and the punch of the ginger the finish is short. Could use an element designed to sweeten the end and reduce the sting. Otherwise, it’s inoffensive and a notch above simple.

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Photo of Cyning
4.61/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ikidunot
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hansavijaticar
2.55/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of josanguapo
1.55/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From Hipercor. In Ikea's pint glass. After dinner. Lots of ginger and very zesty. Close to go to the sink but managed to resist until finishing it. Gives thirst.

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Photo of mikebu
2.74/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of cesarrdgz
4.44/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of fortyfield
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigBry
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of poskok
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ChrisCage
4.44/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Again, the artwork is amazing on the label and a very masculine bottle to boot! The beer itself is a crystal clear reddish amber color with an amazingly looking soapy head that doesn't retain itself very well, however, it leaves behind a thin film over the beer itself and it itself is white in color. Carbonation is very modest and lacing is quite nice, with many circular bits of foam clinging to the side of the glass.

S- The obvious and prominent aroma happening is smooth creamy ginger....it's a natural smell that has a somewhat medicinal quality to it. Spicy, buttered and slightly sweet root overall....nothing much else to report here!

T- Very smooth ginger flavoring happening, and the heat comes after the swallow...you think it's finished but it grows and is warm down the pipe....the big difference between this and other ginger beers I've had is this has a gradual, honeyed sweetness beyond the slight heat......super nice overall!

M/O- This is a very highly drinkable beer that would do well with me in front of the fireplace in the middle of winter! I'd like to have this with Asian cuisine and will warm the cockles of your heart upon a bottle.....I could enjoy this medium bodied, mildly carbonated beer all night....highly regarded and another well crafted beer by Wychwood! Cheers!

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Photo of Albertahab31
3.56/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stickydankhop
3.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh sweet ginger!. People that are into hard root beers and ginger ale would love this. Not my thing. I'm not sure if this classify s as a beer

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.34/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PorterPro125
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Pours a clear golden colour topped by a 1 1/2 finger head with decent retention. Light lacing.

S- Distinct smell of Ginger backed my bready malt, and light honey.

T- Beautiful spicy ginger root with sweet honey.

M- Light, Thin body with Light-Moderate carbonation.

O- As a big fan of Ginger Beer (non-alcoholic), as soon as I saw Wychwood's Alcoholic Ginger Beer, it was a must try for me. While the "fiery" ginger is definitely there, I did find it a tad too sweet (i'm a huge fan of the spicy ginger beers). A perfectly acceptable take on a ginger beer with the added bonus of a 4.2% ABV. A definite recommendation for those who enjoy ginger beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into pint glass, 2FJM bottle code. Pours slightly hazy cloudy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of sweet ginger, cracker, bread, light honey, light pear/apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of ginger, pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of big sweet ginger, cracker, bread, light honey, light pear/apple, light pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of sweet ginger, cracker, bread, light honey, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of ginger, pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Some noticeable ginger heat builds up on the finish through the glass, but never gets too significant. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a very good spiced English pale ale style. All around good robustness and balance of ginger, pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Ebolasoup
4.2/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of k3ve
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Ginger Beard from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.26 out of 5 based on 149 ratings.
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