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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #29 - Ginger WheatHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #29 - Ginger Wheat

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Ginger Wheat Ale is an ode to brewer Scott Shirley's favorite spice, ginger. The earthy, warming flavor of this golden-hued ale is derived from fresh ginger. Honey from a local New Hampshire farm yields a slight sweetness to balance the ginger spiciness. A hint of lemon adds acidity and rounds out the ginger flavor. Warm up your chilly winter nights with this ginger spiced beer.

18 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 84
Photo of utopiajane
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours hazy and golden with about a finger’s worth of foam and then falls off to some nice lace. It smells like ginger. I love it already. Nose is light malt and light citrus wheat and ginger. As it warms some banana and lemon. It’s pretty subtle. The taste is awesome with a full wheat base against the spicy ginger and the gentle hops. Even had a bit of toasted bread in the finish. It’s creative and not the usual fare. It’s slightly sweet and mouthfeel is soft and pleasant with a bit of citrus to wash it down. No alcohol on the palate it finishes simple and pale. Wheat is a refreshing beer and with the ginger it’s both warming and crisp. Sensational and very original. I paired this with striped bass.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half finger of head with excellent retention and nice lacing on a bright golden body. Aroma of wheat, lemongrass, ginger, corriander and sweet lemon custard. Flavors of ginger, wheat, herbal hops, sweet and slightly tart lemon, tangerine in the finish. Fairly full in body being a little creamy with moderate carbonation. This one was really flavorful and complex for what I was expecting. One of te better of this series that I have had.

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Photo of berliner07
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one hanging around. was a surprise! the beer pours pretty clear. light color. typical for a wheat beer. ginger hits the nose well. yum. really appealing. mouthfeel is thin, but that is to be expected. I was worried that the light body of a wheat would not hold up against the strong flavors of ginger. but they did a good job here.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Must have been an old bottle of this picked up for 5 bucks at the house of 1,000 beers.

A - Pours a light golden hue and seems to hold up well considering the inch of foamy white head and excellent lacing.

S - To me it smells like a Kolsch with a low hop profile, mild grains, ginger (strong but balanced), and a twist of lemon.

T - It works surprisingly with mostly fresh ginger (like ginger ale pop), a fairly skunky grain profile and a sort of sour lemon finish. Not bad yet not loving it either,

M - Light to medium quite easy to drink.

Overall not sure what happened but as I type the second pour seems to have more tart lemon that bitters the tongue like hops? If this is what pure ginger taste like then call this "ginger ale"

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Photo of jondeelee
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ginger Wheat does bear a marked ginger aroma, comparable to the pickled ginger slices served in sushi restaurants. Combined with the brown sugar malts and light citrus hops, which for some reason smell vaguely of soy sauce, and the brew resembles even more a bag of Chinese takeout.

On the tongue, the beer is thankfully far more delicious than the nose would suggest. Still present is the ginger, tasting more like the fresh-from-the-store variety than the pickled, and imparting a nice bitterness to the brew. A good amount of sugars help counter this ginger bitterness, and distinct notes of apricot, brown sugar, and lychee nut swirl about, as well as biscuit. Hops are fairly light. The aftertaste is more ginger and light malts. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an interesting brew, and one of the few beers I've had that managed to successfully incorporate ginger without spoiling the overall effect. Still, even with that said, I'm not sold on the idea of a ginger beer. This is, however, one of the best, and so is worth trying, if for no other reason than to see what a good gingery beer should taste like.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.07/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - It pours a bright brassy golden hue, ever so slightly hazy, and capped with a fizzy white head. Looks like a cleaner *Shock Top*.

S - The nose has a good bit of spicy ginger, as the moniker would imply, and has a very mellow nondescript pale wheat-wit-lager base (mineral and grain.)

T - The taste is *winning* for the spicy ginger note, but generally mehhh for the rest of the composition. Mellow, tame, and fairly lame APWA-Wit-Lager is the mainstay, and the enjoyability of the ginger quickly turns to a one-note situation.

M - Fizzy pale beer; feels like it too.

O - This is a middling offering, even for the style; however, due to my predilection for all things ginger, I enjoy it in spite of its mediocrity.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 7/14/10

Appearance: Hazy copper/bronze color with a white head

Smell: Sweet wheaty smell, some ginger in the nose but it is subtle considering the name of the beer... smells better than if it were just Harpoon UFO with ginger dumped in it

Taste: The wheat base is very solid, and the ginger adds a pleasant spiciness - the malts and the ginger work together remarkably well - the ginger seems to work with the alcohol to create a genuinely interesting warming feeling - ginger becomes more apparent as it warms up - some lemon in the flavor, too

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth with the interesting bite from the ginger

Overall: Very drinkable, but I can imagine that the ginger may become too much over time - regardless, I think this would be great with food

This is like an enhanced version of Harpoon UFO with ginger added into the mix... A premium Asian UFO. I wasn't really sure what to expect with this, but I enjoyed it a lot. Definitely worth a try if you can tolerate ginger.

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Photo of jdunk
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally crafted. I am usually impressed by Harpoon's 100 Barrel offerings.
This is definitely a creative venture and not for the 4-ingredient beer drinkers.
It is very light and smooth. The flavor is ginger-intensive, like Reed's Ginger Brews. This makes it at once unusual and delicious. Easy to drink on its own, and could even pair with some Asian cuisines.

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Photo of shivtim
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle of this in DC. Sounded interesting, and I love ginger, so it was an easy buy!

When I poured this one out of the bottle, it was a murky orange. Lots of dense haze. Golden. A bit of a head, but not much.
The nose is wheat with some gentle hops, and just the right amount of sharp ginger. It doesn't smack you over the head, but you definitely know it's there.
Taste is mostly just wheat and ginger. The flavors are subdued. It's slightly sweet, like candied ginger. It works really well.
Nice mouthfeel. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of BogleHill
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ginger is one of my favorite flavors, so I knew I had to try this! It pours clean and golden, with good carbonation, just like a ginger ale. The aroma is only subtle ginger. The flavor is exceptional and very well balanced. This is one refreshing brew! I hope the folks at Harpoon decide to put this out again!

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Photo of Hibernator
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Harpoon 100 Barrel Series
Ginger Wheat
Session 29
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a Yuengling glass

* Memorial Day Weekend 2010 *

Pours a murky mustard yellow color with mini carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the glass. Surprisingly weak head on top.

Nice aroma of fresh ginger whiffs and some fruity notes.

A clean, crisp and refreshing wheat beer with a really nice flavor with the presence of ginger. Soft mouthfeel with a pleasant fruit flavor, maybe apple.

A refreshing and interesting beer from Harpoon. Not sure that I would want another, but this bomber was enjoyable.

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Photo of sccala
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A- slightly hazy, pale amber to yellowish color. Less than average head and quickly vanished...completely. No lacing at all. Good steady carbonation.

S- obvious ginger right away. Floral hints, but pretty thin. Also very slightly citrusy.

T- Taste is kind of...not bland, but perhaps, again, "thin" is the word? Nothing pops out at the taste buds. The ginger however is there throughout the entire process and for several moments after each sip.

M- nice spicy aftertaste invites the next sip

D- Faily easy to drink. I'd buy another, but there is so much else to choose from instead!

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Photo of scottum
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellowish amber with a white headskie. Ginger notes a plenty, but only hinting at what could have been. Mouthfeel is a touch thin, but it goes down smooth and easy. I've had better ginger brews, but would try this again on a hot summer day.

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Photo of mortarit
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been awhile since I've any of Harpoon's inventory. Who can pass up the 100 Barrel Series when it comes out?

I'm thinking that this is running close to a light saison. Alot of head at first but goes away quickly.

Definitly a summer beer taste but limited to the amount of intake.

I like the way that ginger offst the wheaty texture. Not a big wheat beer fan but this one will do.

This one puts a new twist for Ginger Ale, good try.

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Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderate head; slight amounts of lace. Chill haze present on an otherwise straw-gold color.

Definitive ginger in the nose and very little else.

Light on the wheat, although its mildly present on the initial sip. The rest of the story is the ginger. Lightly biting, really quite smooth for a ginger ale. The aftertaste is modest but long lasting. The body is neutral, but good. This is an easy-to-drink, but unusual beer.

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Photo of littlebibs
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice refreshing specialty beer from Harpoon, tasty, smooth with a zing to it. Light lemon over ginger spices gives it an extra kick,
I would drink these during the summer but its 7% so you need
to respect these. If you don't like ginger don't bother but this is a nice surprise for a wheat beer, its on the light side but it full
of flavor!

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Photo of dubre17
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this out of a "bomber" poured into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" bubble glass. It poured a hazy golden you'd expect from the wheat base, but less head than I'd expected.
The smell was definitely ginger, but surprisingly not a turn off because it was expected to be as such.
The taste was an immediate wash of ginger but mellowed out rather quickly with slightly sweet citrus flavor followed complete with a toasted bread finish. The subtleties were definitely hard to pick up at first because of the ginger shock, but were there to be found for sure. The end of each sip felt crisp and left me wanting more.
The mouthfeel was a medium body you might find in many unfiltered wheats, complete with bits of the yeast giving the beer its haze.
I rated the drinkability a 4 only because, although I really enjoyed experiencing this beer, I definitely find the ginger flavor to be too out there for a regular consumer beer. Its great once and a while, and I think sushi was mentioned (it would rock there), but definitely not a daily pour.

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Photo of asabreed
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic.

Appearance: Mildly hazy golden yellow, with an initially billowing head that dissipates a bit too quickly. Certainly deceiving. Not a lot of lacing rimming the glass.

Smell: Serious ginger. I mean serious ginger. as expected. A bit of wheat malt sweetness mixed in. If you're not a fan of ginger, stay away, but if you are, you should be OK with this. Not much else is going on, but I imagine that's the way they want it, and it's balanced and aromatic.

Taste: Again, huge ginger, with some lighter wheat malt sweetness. The finish is like eating the hand-poured wax from a ginger candle. I like that about it, but I wish it was a bit more complex. The extremely long lingering finish is what bumps it up for me, along with no evidence at all of alcohol, and the fact that the sweetness isn't on the super-sweet side of things, which is sometimes dangerous with ginger brews.

Mouthfeel: Way too watery, with almost no front-end carbonation, at least in this bottle. It has to work hard to get some spritz on the back end. I wonder if this is a bad bottle.

Drinkability: I have a feeling I liked this technically a bit more than my review, but it's hard to say that for sure. The mouthfeel certainly was not a good thing, which was a little weird. But I enjoyed it and drank it fasted than I thought I had. It's very easy to drink, which is a plus, especially at the deceiving 7% ABV. If Harpoon was smart, they'd mass produce this for the summer, and I think a lot of people would go crazy for it, though I'm not one of those people.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Off tap at The Daily Planet this beer was a hazy, slightly burnt gold color. The head was very thin and white but it did leave good lacing despite how thin it was. The aroma was of citrus hops, herbal hops, ginger, wheat and a little honey. The flavors were not so great in my opinion; starting first with wheat it was immediately followed by the snap of ginger and a strong lemon zest flavor. Bready malt tried to balance the sharp citrus elements but it just never quite equaled the zesty tang. The mouthfeel was oily, yet the finish dry, the body light/medium and the carbonation a bit high which made the ginger flavors sharper still. A one and done for me.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at Legal Seafood in Boston, Mass.

A: Poured a slightly hazy, sandy, light honey colored amber with a thin cap of dense white foam which left very little lacing. Carbonation appears to be adequate.

S: Smells sweet and spicy, like baking ingredient spicy. Ground ginger and a little yeasty funk.

T: Flavor is full on ginger root at first. Sort of caught me off guard as tasting a little too much like pickled ginger with a wheaty twang. It mellows a bit to develop a slightly sweet and dry wheat flavor, but that ginger is certainly the main focus of this ale.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly chewy because of yeast sediment and ginger spice.

D: Sort of a tough brew to stomach but I had no idea this sat at 7% ABV. The alcohol is not there at all, but the sweet, dextrose-coated ginger is. An interesting try but not a bomber I'd recommend seeking out unless you're maybe pairing it with sushi.

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Harpoon I.P.A Glass

Poured a hazy/cloudy golden yellow with a very thin white 2 finger head that disapeared pretty quickly. Wow the smell that comes of this beer is insane. Real strong ginger smell with a faint wheat earthy backround. First sip is very suprising, ginger is not as strong but well balanced with the wheat malt and almost getting a earthy floral hops flavor from it. Also got a very good tasting yeast backround to it, very faint though. But as you drink on and the beer warms the ginger becomes very dominant for sure. Almost a little to much for my taste. Very smooth and not to much carbonation makes this beer highly drinkable but even so, I'm not sure i could have more than one because the ginger taste is so strong. Probably be good with sushi haha

Overall i'd say this beer is definitely worth a try and it's very different for sure.

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Photo of Daktyls
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I was at the liquor store, this one looked a little bit more unique than it apparently is. Poured into a regular pint glass.

A: Hazy golden in color, big head initially but goes away fairly quickly.

S: The ginger is very dominating, nothing is else is as clear a scent, but I could detect a slight hint of fruit as well.

T: Again, the ginger is very dominating at first, but afterward slight hints of banana and citrus were detectable.

M: Medium carbonation, but it doesn't hang around too long. Very clean, gentle feeling.

D: Definitely drinkable, perhaps I'm a fan of ginger, but it was very tasty and given the opportunity, I'd have another.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a tall weizen glass.

The appearance is a hazy light orange hued body with a white head that looks fizzy rather than fluffy. Little lacing, but this might have been due to my glassware.

The Aroma is strongly ginger spice behind a sweetish wheat like malt. Lemon juice is slightly there, but the honey character is nowhere in the nose.

Flavors are sweetish malt up front with a ton of spice on the back end. Some lemon citric character is appreciated as well. By the end of the 22 oz. the ginger wears a bit, but there is plenty of malt there to keep it in check. Some bubblegum flavors were noticeable as well.

The mouthfeel is creamy for 7% with carbonation on the lighter side for the style. Perhaps all the wheat malt added to the mouthfeel. Either way, its a decent mouthfeel.

Though this wasn't a bad beer, it was an okay pale wheat with a good spice to it. I wasn't crazy about all the ginger, but it did what it accomplished which was add some spice into the mix. This wasn't the best of Harpoon's 100 barrel series, but it certainly wasn't the worst either.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/27/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short dense white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lemon, ginger, wheat, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of lemon and ginger but the ginger flavor isn't as overdone as it is in a lot of other beers that use that flavor. There's a bready wheat flavor that comes in along with a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild. The after-taste is slightly sticky.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you're looking for a fruity wheat beer with a little more substance than most others.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from the 100 barrel glass.

A: Kinda looks like fake gold that's lost it's luster. Which is good color for a beer. They wear that color well i think. Good white head, but it only makes a cameo. No trace of it left behind to follow where it went to.

S: Ginger and sour apples nose. A good helping of yeast mixed in as well. Kinda seems like the beginnings of an apple pie. (not much resemblance to Harpoon's Apple Cider)

T: Well blended flavors. Cinnamon bread with a sour flavor of apples it seems. Maybe not cinnamon, I'll say ginger since it is a ginger wheat.

M: Smooth as a baby's but, if you can compare the 2. Medium bodied and a slight layer left behind. Just marks the trail for fellow drop friends to find the leaders.

D: Very drinkable and easy to enjoy.

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