ClarkVV (5141) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh bottle and draught at Sunset Grill and Great Lost Bear. A clear, bronze with tangerine hints and a loosely retained white head. Dry, peppery ginger and clean minerality in the nose produce none of the candy-sweetness that the yarrow of last batch was noted for. Succulent mandarin and light clove play about the nose, with some mild banana fruitiness and a lasting, dry brace of wheat on the finish. The flavor shows immaculate clarity, without a muddled or vegetal spiciness, almost like basil and surprisingly tame and controlled for ginger. Citrus and light bubble gum are painted overtop a deep, yet well-attenuated pils malt with a snappy, crisp yeast finish and even a mild hoppiness. Alcohol is not noted, nor does it seem like an "imperial" wit in a bad sense (as in, overdone). Just a strong wit bier, but retaining its refreshing character. With warming and breathing it actually loses balance; the carbonation receding to produce a bit too much sweetness/stickiness. Best quaffed quickly as a refresher. Great improvement on last batch, methinks. Much better restraint on the spicing.
ChainGangGuy (4692) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours a hazy, yellow body with a small, bubbly, white head.
Smell: The bouqet is occupied by scents of flowers and fresh ginger. Slighter notes of honey, pears, and a tiny spritz of lemon juice.
Taste: Delicate wheat sweetened with just the right amount of clover honey. Enter the chamomile florals and spicy ginger, as well as fruity pear taste. Small kick of citrus zest. Dose of clove and coriander. A restrained bitterness gracefully slides in midway. Finishes dry and reasonably crisp. Kindly leaves you with a very light, lingering spice burn on the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Light stickiness to the overall mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Now that’s damned drinkable and significantly more enjoyable than the dream-haunting 2007 Fluxus. Here’s looking to another delightful Fluxus in 2009.
drfabulous (5886) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blonde ale. Lots of spice. Banana. Clove. Borders on wit. Citrus. Light body. Nice.
Benjiehorn (21) - Chicago, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy yellow pour, with a lot of carbonation. The flavors reminded me of a crisp, citrusy brew with a slightly yeasty finish on it. Slightly sweet as well.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On-tap at PP C Bad. Pours hazy straw yellow with a moderate white head, spider web lace. Smells subdued sugary and malty sweet, slight yeast, slight spice. Tastes light and sugary malty with some earthy hops and a little yeast and sweet spices as well. Overall light flavor but it hides the alcohol well. Medium, yet syrupy body with good carbonation.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 cork and cage. Pours yellow with sizable white head. aroma is dominated with spices of all sorts with some fruit to complement. mouthful is also dominated by the spice. finishes crisp and smooth but spicy. the big word on this one is spicy.
trevor211 (1533) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Brouwer’s. Pours a deep, cloudy honey amber with a huge head. Earthy and fruity, with a ton of depth to the flavor. Yeast, ginger and other spices, citrus and lavender (we agonized for 20 minutes over what that flavor was - it’s definitely lavender). Almost like a good gingerbread, and possibly slightly medicinal, or bubble-gummish (one fellow taster exclaimed he found a note of Flintstones vitamins in it). Incredibly intriguing flavor - I liked it quite a bit.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft @ uber - cloudy yellow with huge white head; aromas of bananas, ginger and candy; the ginger gives a nice edge to this one; rich texture and silky smooth; lots of spice and dry fruit in the flavors; very tasty
SDalkoholic (2314) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Holiday Wine. There is a mild and tame aroma of some unknown spice and hint of ginger but to faint for me to rate this any higher then my nose is willing to score. Appears as a glowing yellowish white with firm creation of foam heading. The flavor is more apparent of ginger than the scent lead me to believe and there is also more spicing that is still hard to define but could be easily described as cinnamon, hazelnut or more obvious mint leaf.
bhensonb (13533) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by Marcus. Ledger’s label said 0808, so assuming it’s 2008. Hazy orange-golden color with a frothy, lacing white head. Aroma is spicey! Quite strong - it’s gingery. Medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is ginger over malt. It’s a good ginger beer. Soft, smooth and lightly biting. Fantastic - but au fonde it’s a simple beer. Simple, but seductive. I want more.