100 Barrel Series #29 - Ginger Wheat | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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100 Barrel Series #29 - Ginger Wheat100 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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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 55
Reviews by scottum:
Photo of scottum
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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 jondeelee
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Janeinma
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of gobsmacker
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of BetterDarker
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into Weizen glass.

A- Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a bit of foamy white head.

S- Honey and a dominate blast of ginger. Not much in the way of malt or hops.

T- Lemon, honey and ginger. In fact, the lemon is so strong this almost tastes like the crystal wheat with ginger. Not sure how this is "winter", in fact this would be a refreshing summer brew.

M- Good carbonation, medium bodied.

D- Very easy to drink, if you like ginger, this is a beer for you. Much better than Juju Ginger Ale if that's your thing.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color, totally clear, lookng lively at first, mellows out a bit over time with a 2" all-white active head, perfectly even at the top, dissiaptes moderate/quickly.

The aroma is rather nice, massive spices, all spice, corriander, lemmon zest, earthy yeast and a hearty wheat malt. The ginger is obvious but not dominating.

The flavor has a very bold wheat malt effect at first that goes along way, which is really good because this brew has a bunch of spices, all spice and black pepper, lemmon zestiness, sweet and tangy ginger, used very well here, because ginger can be a tricky addition, this one is good balance. The herbal spices are not over-done and the heat comes through mellow, not hot, which is nice, because a light brew like this could be too hot. The feel is light and crisp with a good bite at first, but it mellows rather quickly and has a long, syruppy middle and then dry in the finish.

This brew has good balance to spite it's tricky ingredients, but it is complex and interesting enough to go back to? not for me.

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Photo of asabreed
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
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 Metalmonk
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a lightly hazy washed-out peach/gold. The head is glaring white, but doesn't stick around very long.

The aroma is good, no doubt, but you have to love ginger to get into it, because that's all there is: big-ass ginger. I cannot detect anything else underneath it. Either I don't have the olfactory talent of others, or have a poor imagination, but that's all I get.

In the flavor, the ginger remains top dog. Seems on the medium spice level, if we're going by ginger ale soda standards. Unlike the nose, a few other elements push through, like lemon, clover, white pepper and honey. Alcohol pushes in with warming, and together with the spice heat, this beer ends up feeling pretty "hot." The wheat seems only a subtle base--the ginger covers up anything trying to be subtle here. More wheat, please.

Texture is slick and has a gentleness to it, even kind of fluffy-- but the carbonation (as unobtrusive as it is) and especially the hammering ginger flavor give the sensory illusion of feeling more aggressive than it really is.

Drinkability: LOW. Not one I will buy again. Actually had a hard time finishing this bottle. I will say the ginger (and other flavorings, like honey and lemon juice) have a totally natural character--nothing tastes plastic or artificial. But it's just too damn gingery. And I love ginger, but I guess I prefer it in my tea and Thai food rather than beer.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a really clear golden yellow colored body leaving a one finger white foamy and fizzy head that quickly dies. The body is too hazy for any carbonation to be seen rising. Lacing is ringy and slightly spotty underneath the rings that form. The smell had wheat with some lemon juice and ginger more so in the background. The taste had a powerful ginger with the lemon juice and wheat more subdued. The palate had a light to medium body with some harsh prickly bitterness hitting the tongue hard, very powerful, probably the ginger. It leaves a very dry afteraste and a bitter finish. It is moderately drinkable. Overall, not bad, different.

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Photo of Gmann
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a big merangue like white head that settled into a light cap. The aroma is sweet from the ginger, it also has a sugary lemon drop smell. The aroma is enjoyable and strong but does border on soap or some other sort of cleaning product. The fresh ginger flavor hits right away, followed by sweetened lemon juice. All of this is supported by the wheat malt base. The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Has a touch of an astringent feel from the ginger and lemon but this is overcome by the sweetness. This is a big ginger beer but the flavor does seem to go well with the wheat malt and the added lemon. A nice way to jazz up an american wheat ale.

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Photo of bum732
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow, decent creamy head leaving good lacing. Smells mostly of ginger and citrusy lemon, wheat earthiness, some stone fruits, apple mostly, some honey, floral notes. Tastes of semi-sweet ginger like malt with a nice wheat graininess. Undertones of honey and lemon present. Bitterness if fairly low, finishing touch of sweetness and graininess. Very crisp mouthfeel, carbonation is fairly high, but appropriate. Alcohol is slightly noticable.

A very nice beer, all of the components worked nicely together. I really enjoyed the interplay between the ginger and the hops, really works here. The lemon and honey just add more character with none of these components overwhelming. A fantastic treat, definitely recommend.

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Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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 rtratzlaff
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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 oline73
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Ladybugger
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap, poured into a 22 oz tall glass. Brew pours a slightly hazy golden amber, with a small off-white head that dissipated within the first few minutes. Aroma is primarily of sugary ginger - it smells very similar to a good ginger-ale. Flavor is strongly crystalized ginger, with an earthy yeastiness. Honey and lemon juice round out the flavors. The alcohol shows itself in a heat as I swallow. A lingering gingery aftertaste stays for some time. As it warms, the flavors become much more distinguishable and delicious. I started with a 3.5 for taste, but it's warmed up to a 4. This beer is highly carbonated, and has an average body. Not a beer for those who don't love the flavor of ginger, this is an interesting flavor excursion, but not a session beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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 david18
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer tasted exactly as I expected it to taste. Strong, esthery, a little sour. I liked the way it tasted but don't know how much of it i can drink. Harpoon's 100 barrel series is gutsy with the types of beers they'll gas up but i'm not sure it succeeds all the time. The flavors, strengths and intensity makes it a real sipper.

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Photo of Kahuna
4.41/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pour Judgement in a 16 oz glass. I was impressed with this beer. The ginger flavor is fantastic - this would be an awesome pairing with sushi.

A - Warm golden color, thin off-white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Ginger entwined with honey and wheat notes.

T - Exceptional high quality ginger dominates the taste, with a sweet backbone and notes of wheat, lemon, and honey. Lots of ginger in the finish.

M - Nice full roundedness.

D - Very easy drinker, seems like it is much less than the 7% alcohol that it is. The warmth is totally integrated in the overall taste.

Follow-up: Had another one on 5/12/2010 - This time the ginger quality is not as dominant. It seems like the ginger is mellowing as this ages.

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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 donkeyrunner
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mostly clear, slightly hazy dark straw color. Thin white head collars and takes off before I finished. Come back here you.

Aroma is Ricola cough drops. Ginger dominant but upon further contemplation I can make out some dried, flowery chamomile, honey and light grain. Taste mimics the the aroma; again, good but dangerously reminiscent of herbal cold remedies. Dry, honey finish. Body was a bit thin for a wheat.

This beer goes as far as your hankerin' for ginger will take you.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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 brewskier
4.62/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Barely off-white head is quite porous. Beer is a slightly hazy deep golden hue.

Intriguing aroma has a very fresh, crisp whiff of ginger that evokes ginger ale.

Flavor is peppery and refreshing, led by the ginger again, but not overpowered. Honey sweetness emerges along with fresh herbal notes of basil, thyme, and jasmine. A bit of kaffir lemon completes the Thai-oriented taste profile. Would be great with spicy food, especially Asian.

With plenty of body, this excellent beer is versatile as both a winter warmer and crisp summer refresher.

Unique taste. Crisp and quaffable, but not thin, this beer doesn't show it's substantial alcohol content either. All this adds up to incredible drinkability!

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Photo of ppoitras
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Gold-foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head over the bubbly slightly cloudy amber brew. Head lasts and lasts and lasts, with thick coating lace. Aroma is ginger and citrus. Taste starts with some wheat character, then goes strongly citrus, merging with ample ginger at the end. Hop character is somewhat devoid of nuances other than bitter though. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Wish this was alittle more wheat, and little less citrus/ginger, but still a nice brew.

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100 Barrel Series #29 - Ginger Wheat from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 85 ratings