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%
 
 
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5
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5/5  rDev +53.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +45.7%

Photo of Landar
4.71/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma 12/12
Strong raw ginger root hits you right up front and clears the sinuses. You can also smell a light sweet malt profile and some hops - Goldings? - coming through. There is a pleasant dough that rounds things out and helps the ginger from becoming too overpowering. As it warms the aroma remains remarkably consistant.

Appearance 2/3
Light amber/ginger color. Clear. A medium amount of bubble rising. Very thick foaming head with extremly long retention. It is like a root beer float kind of head. If the beer could be a bit less foamy I could actually pour it better. The foam sticks nicely to the sides but washes away easily.

Flavor 18/20
Spicy candy ginger with a hint of malt sweetness and just a tad of goldings bitter flavor. The ginger does what one would expect from the flavor, which is to give the tongue that tingly feel from eating a piece of sugar coated ginger candy. The aftertaste is ginger candy chews with a lingering light goldings bitter taste intermingling with the ginger. As it warms the beer becomes a tad watery. The mineral profile is enjoyable, but it detracts from the rest of the flavors. I would like to taste a bit more of the malt, hops, and bread dough that come
through in the aroma.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Medium body. Smooth. High carbonation. A pleasant tingling of the tongue that one should get from a spicy ginger beer.

Overall Impression 10/10
There is no evidence of alcohol here. This could easily just be a high quality non-alcoholic ginger beer. It has exactly what it needs to be one - spicy ginger with interesting flavors. The English Ale base is definitely evident here and mixes well with the spicy candy ginger. Some might want the ginger to be more subdued and to provide a better balance - but that would ruin this beer entirely, making it too weak.

Personally, I adore ginger and am excited to finally have a true ginger beer (read: alcohol is in it) that meets up to my high expectations for the style. We have a six pack of these 1 pint bottles and I am very excited to use the next one to make high balls with Pim's No. 1 Cup.

47/50

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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 ChristosGeorgiou
4.5/5  rDev +38%

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4.5/5  rDev +38%

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4.5/5  rDev +38%

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 beerinabottle
4.44/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

An ale with a strong ginger bite

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

Photo of Sorcerer-Msk
4.44/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Unusual test. Semisweet and spicy.

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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 tillmac62
4.34/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear medium amber with a slight ruby cast. Normal head volume and retention. Lacing is outstanding.

World class nose of ginger, with a nice spicy twang like ginger ale, over a subtle caramel.

Heavy light bodied with a good bit of smooth texture. Normal carbonation with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is World Class. This is the best ginger beer I've ever had. The ginger is intense (complete with heat) and is balanced by an equally intense sweetness. As a result, it is not very complex. It begins with an intense burst of ginger flavor that flows over a rich caramel sweetness that is somewhat candy like. In the middle, the sweetness fades, ginger regains dominance and a spicy ginger heat takes the forefront. The finish is fiery ginger flavor over a subtle residual caramel and mineral note.

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4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

A: Copper with a light cloudiness, little medium sized bubble carbonation, a finger of yellowish ginger head.


S: Ginger, herbal like sage, a hint of skunk, orange citrus like orange juice quality.


T: A huge unexpected sweetness, big ginger notes, sage, orange, lemon zest, an odd dull bitterness on the finish, lingering sweetness and heat of ginger.


M: Medium syrupy body, light carbonation, heat on the tongue is distinguishing.


O: Not disappointed in this beer, though I’d wondered based on other reviews. I think it’s a great one for the holidays and will try it with candy canes, chocolate, a cinnamon caramel Belgian waffle, shortbread and caramel corn. Drank in Chiang Mai, Dec 6th, 2014.

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Photo of altmer
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of Adam_Lifts
4.21/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Lordwindowlicker
4.01/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You really must be in the mood for something sweet if you are to enjoy this. I am a mark for ginger, so this does it for me when the mood hits me.

It's a desert beer, for sure.. but still quite tasty.

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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