Hansel And Gretel | Elysian Brewing Company

Hansel And GretelHansel And Gretel
BA SCORE
3.14/5
113 Ratings
Hansel And GretelHansel And Gretel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
elysianbrewing.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Georgiabeer on 12-10-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,016
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
113
pDev:
24.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Gobzilla
3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a translucent golden yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and had a half finger of white bubbly head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: plenty of root ginger upfront in the aroma with toasted grain notes, a little spice, maybe slight hop notes, mild citrus and very muted pumpkin spice as well.

T: the root ginger was also the star player in the flavor alongside toasted sweet malts, very little citrus, pumpkin spice notes, muted piney hops, plenty of grains with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg.

M: the brew was medium to light in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a spice, mildly hoppy, potent ginger, grainy, earthy and slight crisp finish.

O: Sorry to say but it was my least favorite out of the pumpkin series and the root ginger character was way too potent for me to enjoy.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.37/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a white head. In the aroma, a small dryness, but not much there. In the taste, A small spice and small dryness, which hides the basic pils tastes. A spice like bite and a watery and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice in the aftertaste. Thin, watery, and a bit strange, not a fan of this one.

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Photo of Gehrig13
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Gavage
3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear yellowish orange color with a one inch head that breaks down quickly.

Smell: ginger is all you can really detect.

Taste: grass, ginger, some lemon zest, pepper, and a mild bitterness are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Long lasting ginger aftertaste.

Overall: not really much of a pumpkin beer as one would expect. Ginger is a bit overpowering here. Not bad but it didn't hit the mark for me.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.29/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 11/9/12

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Mostly clear, slightly hazy golden orange - pours with a white, foamy head - fades to a small, wispy head, leaves some spotty streaks

Smell: Ginger, with more ginger (and ginger) - holy hell, this is liquid ginger - nostril burning - some fleshy pumpkin in the background - light, pale malts underneath, and some grassy pilsner hops - so, it's like a pile of chopped ginger, drizzled with liquid pumpkin, decorated by grass

Taste: Ginger - remarkably potent ginger flavor - spicy - below the ginger, there is some nice, fleshy pumpkin reminiscent of other Elysian beers - grassy Czech Saaz hops - light pilsner malts - overall, multiple kinds of spicy

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, would be really quaffable if it weren't so spicy

Overall:Hansel And Gretel? More like Ginger and Ginger

Good thing I don't hate ginger, because this is like a liquid ode to gender. It's very interesting, but it really takes like an experiment.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy straw/gold. Head is a loose bubbly bright-white and drops to a small loose cap and collar. Some lacing, but nothing lasting.

Smell: So much ginger. Sweet ginger candy clued with fresh ginger root. Some nice layers of spice, nutmeg lingering in the back. Some grassy notes. Pale malt sweetness. Spicy and super floral. Flowers with crystallized ginger coating. Did I mention ginger.

Taste: Pale malts, some minor nutmeg and cinnamon notes. Ginger. Fresh, spicy ginger root. Caramelized ginger candy. Vague pale malt sweetness but it's all about the ginger. It's dominating. Almost peppery levels of spiciness

Mouthfeel: Light with a medium carbonation. Lingering dry spiciness.

Overall: Gingervitis.

If you ever wanted to know what ginger does to a beer, this is it. Missed the pumpkin and that was said.

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Photo of AngusOg
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore beer week. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a layer of white carbonation on top of the pour. The carbonation fades rather quickly.

Smell: This one is quite light and full of ginger. There is also a fruity citrus note that goes pretty well with the ginger.

Taste: The ginger just annihilates everything else in this one. There is a slightly sweet and very light malt flavor. I'm getting some citrus like notes here as well. The finish is bitter and full of ginger.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought it was a bit misleading to call this a pumpkin beer. I would have just called it a ginger beer and left it at that. Not bad, but not as advertised.

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Photo of brez8791
1/5  rDev -68.2%

Photo of pwoody11
2/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of HumphreyLee
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of dtx00
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy light golden amber. One finger white head with decent retention and nice lacing. Aroma dominated by ginger (smells like fresh crystallized ginger) with light grassy hops and sweet malt. Flavor starts as a hoppy pilsner, lightly grassy with sweet malt and spicy hops, finishing pleasantly spicy ginger and hops. Very nice flavor progression and well balanced. Surprisingly strong flavors for a low ABV beer. On the light side of medium bodied. I really enjoyed this, but would have liked a bit more pumpkin flavor. Quite ginger forward, which I liked.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a light toasted hue. The head is big and pillowy, pure white.

The aroma is big on the ginger. Very similar to the pickled ginger you get with sushi. Not much else from the aroma, perhaps some peppery notes from the hops. The aroma is nice but one dimensional.

Again, the flavor is big with the pickled ginger flavor. There is some gourdy pumpkin flavor but not much. The ginger provides a bit of a soapy flavor which is what I usually get from pickled ginger. There is some of the cracker dryness that you get from a traditional pils and the grassy peppery hops.

Light to moderate, not as crisp as a traditional pils. The ginger provides a nice sweet offset for the pils. Lightly bitter in the finish. Drinks well.

A good beer but too much of a one drink pony to be great. You will need to like ginger to like this beer.

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Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, bright golden orange color with golden straw colored edges and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Spicy, slightly earthy aroma that smells more like a pilsner than a pumpkin beer. The ginger is very prominent however with a strong peppery presence that is nicely complimented by the grassy hop notes. As it warms, the pumpkin presence becomes more apparent but it's still subtle, taking a back seat to the ginger, hops and sweet malt.

Fuller bodied than expected with peppery ginger spice up front followed by earthy, grassy hops, sweet malt, pumpkin, and biscuit. The spicy ginger and floral hop flavors go really well together, providing a refreshing and unique take on the style. Underneath, there is a sweet caramel malt backbone with some biscuit, autumnal spice and sweet pumpkin. Similarly to the aroma, the pumpkin flavor is subtle but comes more to the forefront as it warms. Complex and full bodied yet refreshing and and easy to drink. This unique take on the style could have been a disaster but I'm pretty impressed with this beer.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Gatordaddy
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of fo5s
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: straw bubbly body, finger white head, solid lacing

S: big ginger nose, mild pumpkin, hint of cinnamon, czech grains

T: cinnamon, ginger, lemon zest, grains, light crisp bitter finish

M: med/light body, semi-dry mouth

O: My 1st Elysian brew, not bad. Love pumpkin
beers so grabbed a bunch of their beers. Interesting
combination, might be good Autumn session brew.

GOOD, NOT MUST HAVE!

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Photo of muskiesman
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of JJStorm
1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.01/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Pours a light hazy straw gold. Sudsy white head, half an inch, slow dissipation eventually to a lacing.

Smells of mild, dry straw barley malts and some faint hop.

Tastes of mild barley malt, cinnamon and nutmeg spice, obvious ginger, and hints of semi-sweet pumpkin.

Medium body with light, smooth carbonation.

A really interesting and enjoyable pils. Decent lagery pils character plus the very interesting and potent ginger makes it kind of a treat. The hints of pumpkin round it out nicely, although it could stand just a bit more pumpkin. Otherwise, bonus points for uniqueness and I could see myself sessioning this easily.

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Hansel And Gretel from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.14 out of 5 with 113 ratings
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