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

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85
very good
163 Ratings
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Ginger In The Rye (Rye Munich Weizen)Ginger In The Rye (Rye Munich Weizen)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
shortsbrewing.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.85%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerBeing on 10-13-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
163
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
9
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 163 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery. This grew on me. Drinkable enough ginger, with the rye a little edgey and coming through mid-sip, with a softening hefe mouthfeel. Different tastes came through with different parts of lunch and the bottle was completely drained. Big head.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with nice lacing on a cloudy, crimson and golden body.

S: smells like a malty hefe with lemon and orange peel, almost a belgian yeast and fruitness to it.

T: initially malt and breads which quickly transitions to a very tart and lemony finish with a lingering sourness. Ginger notes throughout.

M: moderate to high carbonation and light to medium bodied.

Overall this one is different. The ginger is noticable but the tartness and sourness may be a turn off for some. I didn;t mind it.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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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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 Zaphog
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of wrightst
1/5  rDev -73.5%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Stevedore
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of akorsak
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 243 (of 1,104) from the 2007 bottle project. Purchased at the Bellaire brewpub in July 2009. Shared with ksak.

A: The weizen has held up nicely. It's brown amber color obscured by a general haziness. A thick white head, eggshell is more appropriate, is billowy and laces in spades.

S: Ginger is strong, dominant still after all these years. It's shy sweetness screams out for a wasabi dose. After the ginger, caramel and rye, along with phenolic fruits. Most everything struggles to stand out against the ginger.

T: More ginger, enough to leave its mark on the ale. After the initial dose (don't get me wrong, it never really subsides; rather it ebbs and flows), the maltiness, caramel and rye come through. The rye brings subtle carraway seeds and darker spices. Some wheat tart manages to get mixed up with the ginger. Mild phenols linger throughout, a little clove that pairs with the rye. An interesting ale - on first take I called it too old but that definitely isn't the case.

M: Lush, although often one-dimensional, the ale hasn't lost a step. The ginger is strong; the subtle rye a pleasant accompaniment.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Color is a deep brown hazy with a nice bit of opaque color.

S - Smell doesn't have much hefeweizen notes, didn't even know it was one until now. I do get ginger root and rye with a bit of wheat.

T - Really different I didn't expect the rye to be so balanced with the wheat flavors. It's kind of a bigger beer than I expected but I do get some nice spicy flavors from the rye and ginger. Kind of works.

M - Medium bodied but I didn't expect it to be so close to 8% ABV.

Overall nothing that blew my mind but a very balanced rye beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tectactoe for this beer...giving Short's another shot after the uncharacteristic disappointment wrapped up a few minutes ago. 12 oz. bottle.

Pop the cap & the first thing I notice is the cap. There's a brownish goo on it that looks like a mix of foundation makeup & the stuff you pick out of your sink drain. Yes, I tasted it. Go pick at it yourself if you want to know. Dense orange with close to zero carbonation. Nose is an assault of ginger. Straining just to be heard is a bit of the hefe yeast, clovey, bananaey.

Ginger in the Rye is a beer in line with general Short's weirdness. Ginger suffuses the teeth & gums & just like the smell, is praised faintly by the cloves, bananas in the yeast. There might be a touch of rye spiciness hiding in the ginger patch, but there might not be. Slight bitterness tags the throat right at the end. Only complaint is that there's almost no carbonation, so the beer drinks much heavier than its ABV, more like a meal than a happy ginger smile.

Like ginger? You'll like this. Was looking forward to seeing how the rye & ginger danced, but one of them has been drowned in the sink by the other. Good beer.

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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 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Ginger In The Rye (Rye Munich Weizen) from Short's Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 163 ratings.
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