Ginger In The Rye (Rye Munich Weizen) | Short's Brewing Company

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Ginger In The Rye (Rye Munich Weizen)Ginger In The Rye (Rye Munich Weizen)

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.85%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.95/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: a deep orangish, with some yellowish hints. very murky and no clarity, small tannish head that sits around for a long time. very good looking beer

Smell: ginger is strong as soon as i popped the top. upon smelling closer i find bubblegum, clove, a spiciness that i assume comes from the rye. for being able to smell ginger instantly i am surprised to find that much complexity in the smell

Taste: strong ginger up front but it gives way to spicy, peppery rye, bubblegum, clove and other yeasty flavors. unbelievably complex and delicious. You can definitely taste the hefeweizen side to it along with the special ginger and rye addition

Mouthfeel: drinkable and medium bodied. the spicy rye gives it a slight warmth. the ginger and rye leave a pretty bitter aftertaste. The only flaw i find in this beer is the lingering bitterness. I'd prefer if it was more refreshing and finished sweet or dry

Overall: wow. This is easily one of my favorite beers. I usually like shorts experimental beers but this one is killer. everything is so wonderfully done and complex. its very drinkable and the alchohol is pretty well hidden. wish this one would stick around for a little while longer.

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Photo of B0bD0bbselbock
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge "Thank you!!!" going out to Brian @ Short's Brewpub for most graciously gifting my friends and i with two pints of this fine beverage on our recent visit.

Notes from a recent review. Split this with 4 friends. Poured into glass mason jar.

A- Pours a beautiful golden color with an amber, sunset orange hue. Nice pale, golden head of about 1 1/2 finger height with medium lacing.

S- Yeast aroma is very forward, bringing out bubblegum and clove notes, paired with a nice rye aroma and pleasant ginger notes, along with a bit of sweetness in the background.

T- Sweet, spicy, complex, and delicious. The mild warming ginger blends subtly in the overall flavor, popping in up front and carrying through the finish. The nice ginger notes seems to grow a bit more with each sip. I also detect bubblegum and cloves from the yeast, along with hints of fresh wintergreen berries, all of which mix and mingle beautifully on the palate.

M- Nice, mild-medium bodied.

D- Smooth, lighter medium body make this one highly drinkable, to my mind.

I enjoyed this brew tremendously. The synergistic flavors, charming aroma and color, and high drinkability truly impressed me. I'd buy this one frequently if only it was still in production. However, I am most grateful to have savored this superb, one-time treat.

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Photo of inilegna
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Amber orange, dense head and lots of yeast strands.

S - Subtle yeasty aroma on the front end. Very light caramely maltiness, with a definitive sweet, belgian scent. Also candied ginger with orange rind.

T - Sweet at the tip of the tongue, light ginger up through the nose. Subtle amaretto & cane fruit (Raspberry) undertone. Subltey bitter on the finish. Like ginger ale in a beer.

M - Fine bubbles, very light feeling -- smooth and frothy when swished around.

D. Extremely smooth, almost too smooth. Goes down with no effort, can I have some more!?

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Photo of clint1019
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep gold with a amber tint and a thin cream colored head.

S - Smells very much like a good quality ginger ale with hints of rye and malt.

T - Has a caramelly sweetness with a nice bite of ginger and is followed with hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied.

O - Just like drinking alcoholic ginger-ale. You can really taste & smell the ginger. Quite a refreshing beer.

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Photo of malty
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a sixer at my local bottle shop. No date stamp, but I gotta believe this is less than a couple weeks old.

Looks like a straight-up German Hefe. Cloudy golden, with a slight russet hue. Creamy dense 1" settled head that's a classic bone white. I swirled the bottom inch of the bottled as to inject the yummy yeast sediment - always do with a wheat beer. Perfect smattered, blotchy lace all the way down.

Very, very accurate fresh ginger tingling the nostrils, with a perfect lemon edge. The clove & banana are also making a proper showing. Smells like a Franziskaner AFTER a plump lemon slice has been squeezed and plopped into it. The ginger is really nice and intriguing, as I cannot wait any longer...

Short's delivers what the advertise - once again! The ginger tastes very natural and really works with this beer. The lemon makes a great counterbalance to the ginger, so it's not so aggressively spicy. The hefeweissen feature is spot on. You can really tell this is a wheat beer without any confusion. Bubblegum, clove, banana and lemon make for a sturdy and traditional foundation. All the rest is Short's masterful madness - of which I LOVE!

Mouthfeel is creamy, creamy, creamy with a perfect medium body. Carbonation is fine and airy. Lemon-ginger finish that's a bit dry.

Overall a complete winner. I'm a hefe fan, so I had my reservations if this style was going to be twisted beyond recognition. What I got was a progressive, respectful and empowered rendition of a great Bavarian-style wheat beer. I'd love to pair this with some wild salmon with a ginger ancho glaze.

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Photo of PattyMelt
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Just a quick review. Wasn't going to do a full review, but felt I had to after reading a couple average/poor ones, because I love this beer! I love ginger in general, so that is probably why. The smell is ok, nothing too wild. But there is a nice, crisp ginger taste to it, and not much else. Maybe a little citrus, lemon and orange zest, but it is labeled as a ginger beer, and that is what you get. So if you like the taste of ginger, you will like this beer. If you don't, probably best to pick out something else!

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Photo of glazeman
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought at the brewpub a few weekends ago.

A: hazy gold in color with a 2 finger off white head that has excellent retention and lacing. With how easy this one developed head on the poor, I was worried for infection...luckily there was none.

S: As the name implies, giner, rye, candy sweetness and a bit of wheat. Smells like a sushi restaurant and a bakery combined

T: This really hit the spot on a warm summer afternoon. The addition of ginger to a wheat beer was phenomenal. This one has a bit of yeastiness and a lot of wheat.

M: Medium-body yet crisp. Nice aftertaste.

O: The price was a bit steep (14 dollar I believe), but for a 4 year old beer, this has developed well and was very enjoyable.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six pack of Short's Ginger In The Rye a few weeks ago for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. I have been wanting to try this beer for a while so it was nice to hear that they were releasing it this year and I was lucky enough to get the last six pack at the store, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know that it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A- I like the label, it's simple yet good looking, I like the lone ginger rhizome coming up from the grass it looks good. It poured a slightly orange golden color with a finger and a half worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end. It looks OK and like a traditional Hefeweizen.

S- The aroma is pretty potent and somewhat complex. It starts out with that traditional Hefeweizen base that imparts some typical banana, lemon, clove and a slight bubblegum aroma from the yeast. Then comes the ginger which sticks out pretty nicely and it smells similar to the pickled ginger you get at a good sushi restaurants. At the end I pick up some nice spicy rye aromas and a very slight earthy hop aroma. The is a good smelling beer with a heavy ginger aroma.

T- The taste of this beer is very similar to the aroma. It starts off with that Hefeweizen base that imparts some light banana, clove, and bubblegum flavors that you would normally get in a Hefeweizen they are just a little lighter. In the middle I pick up the ginger which is pretty potent tasting and tastes pretty fresh and vibrant. After that comes a pretty noticeable lemon flavor that is followed by a nice dose of spicy rye that adds a nice spicy element to this beer and adds to the complexity. The finish is a little dry with a low amount of bitterness with an aftertaste of ginger and rye. The flavors are true to the name, bold, but not overdone or overly ginger.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy, slightly dry, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is very Hefeweizen like and works well with this beer.

Overall I thought that this was a pretty damn good beer and a very interesting take on a Hefeweizen. This beer had three major components that all showed up nicely and didn't really overpower each other. This beer has OK drinkability but I think the flavor would wear on me after having a couple so it's not the kind of beer I can session but it does go down smooth and is refreshing, this would make a good summertime beer. What I like most about this beer was the flavor and aroma they were really good and true to the name, there was some Hefeweizen flavors, there were some strong ginger flavors, and there were some nice spicy rye flavor, they all went together nicely and made for a very unique tasting and smelling beer. What I liked Least about this beer was pretty much nothing, but I do wish it had a better head and retention with some lacing, but that isn't that big of a deal. I would for sure buy a six pack if it is released next year, it's a nice unique beer that I wouldn't mind having in the refrigerator for when I am in the mood for it. I defiantly recommend giving this beer a try, it's a nice and unique take on a Hefeweizen, but you better like ginger cause this beer is heavy on it. Shorts really did a good job with this beer, I have been leery about trying ginger beers since I had New Hollands BeerHive Tripel, but this beer really used the ginger to it's full potential and the Hefeweizen and rye flavors work very well with the ginger and are the perfect match. So far this is the best ginger flavored beer I have had. Shorts constantly impresses me by the way they can take a beer that I am so familiar with, give it the Short's treatment and come out with a beer that tastes very different and unique, the are the masters and making beer that unsuspectingly tastes awesome.
Edit, this one ages good, 6 months and the ginger tones down just a little to allow some great balance.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled 11/15/2011. Pours a hazy and dense looking golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass, and a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of banana, lemon, fresh ginger, orange peel, clove, bread, and herbal spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. The ginger is very evident, and smells very authentic and fresh. Taste of ginger, clove, banana, lemon, pepper, orange zest, biscuit, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of pepper, clove, ginger, citrus, banana, and herbal spices on the finish for a while. Great flavor balance, and quite robust. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and thick mouthfeel. No alcohol presence noted at all for being almost 8%. Overall this is an excellent and very enjoyable experimental style from Short’s(yet again). Plenty of flavor; with nice complexity, balance, and smooth drinking.

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4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml Bottle served in a Tulip Glass (Tripel Karmeliet) Enjoyed on may´11
Pours reddish copper in color. Yellowish copious & rocky foam leaving a lot of lacing rings. Yeast, bread & ginger aromas. Mildy sour-sweet taste at first sip. Rye - dry bitterness-, black bread & butter flavors. Medium fairly well carbonated body mouthfeel. Non felt alcohol.Spices, ginger & apple hints aftertaste. Refreshing at a low temperature. Good drinkability.

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Photo of yamar68
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Joel!

Looks pretty... typical Hefe appearance.

The ginger and wheat really work well together... I'm surprised that I haven't encountered this combination before. A little spicy, a little sweet.

Another winner from Short's in my opinion. Earthy spice and tang from the ginger that compliments that classic clove and cereal malt flavors that you'd expect from a good wheat beer.

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Photo of madeofsteel
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - No bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Pours a dark orange color that builds minimal head, less than a finger high. Doesn't stick around too long, either. Minimal lacing.

S - Ginger is very strong, but I can certainly pick up wheat sweetness, too.

T - Ginger is very flavorful, but the sweetness from the wheat counteracts it quite nicely. It's definitely a hefe, but I like the ginger twist. Normally, I don't really enjoy spiced beers, but Short's usually does it for me.

M - A lot more fizzy than the head lets on, it's tingly on the tongue. Well structured.

O - Prolly not something I'll seek out again, but it was certainly worth the intrigue.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ginger in beer may sound like an unlikely dominant force. However, it most certainly works in this case. The beer poured from the bottle into a snifter to make certain the aroma is captured. It poured a hazy gold color with a generous 1 inch white head. A strong ginger aroma was very apparent. The initial taste was a tart rye flavor with the zong of ginger. One can immediately taste a parallel to rye bread. The caronation was a little more aggressive than I would normally like, but did not subtract from my enjoyment. In the aftertaste, the hops become a little more obvious with a bitter finish.

I imagine this beer would go very well with Thai food, but can also serve as an easy drinker on a hot day. It is certainly not a normal beer, but a quality easy drinker.

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Photo of capra12
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed at the gm with my buds,

Appearance: pours a 1 finger head, clear yellow and Orange with a hint of brown.

Smell: light malts with candies Belgian sugar. A hint of caramelized green grapes.

Taste: open with a Sharp hit of spice almost numbing the palate, the ginger working its magic. Subtle and welcoming malt profile peeks through to mellow out the spice. There is a mildly malty and spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation with a light body. Slightly drying which is pleasant.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again. I recommend this to those seeking a ginger ale with a pleasant drying aspect to subdue the malt profile .

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper color with a very thin lacing ring and light carbonation.

S - Dominant ginger with some spice on the nose.

T - Ginger, lemons, some spiciness, graham cracker malt, some wheat presence.

M - Heavy medium body that's borderline heavy/full bodied. Thick, viscous.

O - This beer was better than I expected. Would try this one again.

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Photo of DannyDan
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an amber hue with a white head that quickly disappears leaving good retention and some nice lacing.
S. A pleasant aroma of ginger and rye
T. The taste starts out with some ginger, other spices, followed by some rye and finishes off with some hops.
M. Very smooth and creamy and easy to drink.
O. A very good tasting ginger beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy in color with a nice cap of white hanging over the top of the glass. Nice rich looking head of foam on the top of the glass here now as well, nicely done I have to say. Aroma immediately is a bit boozy with hints of grass, touches of hops, and a light fruit note that seems to pick up the warmer it gets. Interesting flavor profile as well here. Not at all what I was expecting. Hints of grapefruit, a touch of herbal, floral notes and a really nice and well laid out malty background. Quite nicely done I have to admit. Warming seems to bring out touches of pear and apricot and a definite grape flavor finishes it off rather nicely.

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Photo of alexgash
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Cool label.

Pours a viscous, cloudy, deep tangerine. Small, gauzy, dirty white head. Some lacing. Strong yeasty esters on the nose. Heady mix of cloves, banana, banana bread, menthol, and ginger.

Toasted wheat up front. Spicy, peppery hop bitterness quickly follows. Maybe mixed with spicy ginger? Malty undercurrent includes more spicy (rye bread), and some classic, yeasty, fruity hefeweizen flavors: clove, banana, and a little bubblegum. Spicy bitterness over banana bread malts in the long finish. Full bodied, creamy feel. Ends up coming across as a lightly ginger spiked weizenbock. I like it.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rye Munich Weizen aged on fresh ginger
Weihenstephan yeast

pours darker than expected, almost reddish-orange into a weizen glass. produces one of those mountanous shaving cream heads that jettisons straight up and never spills over, creating something that looks like a half eaten carvel cone. i try without success to eat off the foam as it grows. it just keeps growing back. struggling with gas pains from rapid co2 consumption, i tear into the brew.

smells quite like what you'd expect a beer brewed with weihenstephan yeast to smell like. surprisingly, the dry earthiness of the rye is more prominent in the nose than the copious amounts of fresh ginger which barely register in the aroma. the gentle spicing of rye provides a nice foil to the banana, and seems to assist with the accentuation of the clovey wafts.

first sip, bam there's the ginger. not in a ginger aley way either.. something a little more bitter with less tang. fresh ginger root for sure, the flavors have started to resemble pickled ginger a bit.. perhaps due to soaking in beer. spectacular lacing as i drink the beer, giving the appearance of a slinky inside my glass. hefe/wheat character provides a familiar mouthfeel with the crispness of tiny bubbles.. all other elements of the base beer are muted in flavor of the ginger, and the rye which brings a really special dryness to the finish. no booze whatsoever.

overall, there are some neat flavors in this bottle. i am slightly disappointed that what seems to be a good base beer is painted over with such heavy-handed strokes, but i am still content with the inventiveness and palate-challenging flavors.

not the best of the series, but a solid offering nonetheless

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Photo of soze47
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed two bottles of this brew recently. I paired it with Asian spice rubbed thick-cut smoked pork chops with cherry bbq sauce. Excellent combo.

Appearance: Cloudy pale golden with slight orange notes. Lots of head.

Aroma: Ginger spice is there, but also some rye spice and tang. Biscuit malt is there, but simply as a canvas.

Taste: Nice ginger flavor reigns on this as the other flavors evolve. Fist the rye brings in some interesting tones, then a subtle sweet lager malt comes in and hold on until yeasty dryness finishes it off. Ginger is great complement to all the flavors.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light and crisp. Dry finish works well with the sleek body. Hard to believe it has such a high ABV.

Overall: Great food pairing beer with the spicy, ginger qualities to it. Try it with Chinese food or Asian spiced dishes.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

25.6 ounce bottle poured into a large snifter. This is a cloudy orange color with a foamy head. Smell is an interesting mix of cloves, ginger, pepper, and banana. It also has a milky or creamy characteristic.. reminds me a lot of some kind of creamy banana dessert. Taste has many of the same flavors, loaded with spices and sweet banana. Decent drinkability. Creamy mouthfeel. Interesting and original.

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Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color, the head brobdignanian in size; less lacing than I expected, but the head sticks nicely

Smell: Spicy aromatics of candied ginger with sour rye notes and, perhaps it is just the power of suggestion, a more traditional hefe aroma underneath; a bit of a battle for the the attention of the nostrils

Taste: Like the aroma, there is a battle over the tastebuds, with the candied ginger flavor spicily (word?) dominating the other flavors; there is a hefe underneath, but it hardly has a chance to make an appearance

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Another interesting experiment from Short's, and I find that I enjoy the sips more when I think about the brewing technique than when I mindlessly go through the motions

Thanks, hoppymeal, for another unique opportunity

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Photo of Rutager
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Namarsha82. First Short's!

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-gold with a thin, bubbly white head.

Smell. Raw fresh ginger, cloves, a little toasty grains and fruity yeast.

Taste. Some good fresh ginger, light spice and a hint of banana, slight sourness.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with low carbonation.

Overall. Not your typical hefeweizen but it's refreshing and drinks so easy. I couldn't believe the abv listed for this. Was thinking it was a low alcohol session beer as I drank it.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another extra from surlytheduff-- thanks a lot!

This is very much a hefe with rye. Wow. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this better than I thought it would be.

Smells banana, little bubblegum, sweet wheat, and dry rye. The flavor is the same, and the finish is quite dry.

Body is pretty full for a hefe, and has decent carbonation, though a touch more might be nice.

Overall-- drinkable. Not the best I've had, but interesting.

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Photo of onefmatt
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Copper hue w/ a slim cream colored head

S: Ginger for sure, it also carries a mild sweet aroma

T: Sweet backbone accentuated by the ginger, spicy undertone helps round it out.

M: Not too heavy, fits well w/ the taste profile

O: A very fun beer, glad it was a sampler, whole beer might be tough, but it is very good. Perfect for sharing

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Ginger In The Rye (Rye Munich Weizen) from Short's Brewing Company
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