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Elysian Hansel & Gretel Ginger Pumpkin Pilsner
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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Brewed at our stadium location Elysian Fields brewery in Seattle. Brewed with organic pale, Weyermann Munich and Cara-Hell malts, with pumpkin added in the mash, kettle and fermenter. Spiced with peeled and pureed fresh ginger in the boil and bright tank and hopped with lots of Czech Saaz hops (otherwise it wouldn’t be traditional).


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - OCT 20, 2012
Cloudy, squash-like gold, minimal cream colored head, faint filigree lacing. Fresh grated ginger root is the forward-most aspect here. This is real ginger, not a powdered addition, and it makes a huge difference. This boldness is strikingly balanced with warm chamomile, nutty squash, and appropriate (and thankfully restrained) ’pie’ spicing. The pumpkin, in addition to lending a slightly fuller mouthfeel, combines with the malt to create a rich backbone for all other aspects to shine forth from. Highly drinkable, never too weighty or viscous. The copious Saaz provides a very nice herbal bitterness to the lingering finish. In fact, it perfectly cuts through both the boldness of the ginger and the richness of the pumpkin. Refreshingly different from today’s standard ’pumpkin ale’. One more reason why I love great lagers. So what do we have here? Wholesome/fresh ingredients, low abv (my bottle says 4.5), and an inspired twist on an old classic. Resulting in: A badass, folkloric lager ... showing fresh boldness in fantastic harmony with nuanced depth. Wish I could buy this bottled individually, instead of as a single inclusion only available in their "Pumpkin Patch" variety four-pack. Hey, Elysian ... tweak this basic pils recipe in another way ... use delicata squash and fresh sage ... please.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Draft. Cloudy yellow color, massive white head, solid lacing. Aroma of ginger is detectable from across the room. Taste is heavy ginger, lemon, dust. Rough stuff.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
PhillyCraft (2850) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Tap, murky straw pour, not much head or lace to note.Tons of ginger, not much pumpkin, tons of spice, and weird notes. All I get out of this is ginger. Pilsners have zero flavor to begin with so this one was no different with zero pumpkin coming through.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
algemo45 (60) - - OCT 19, 2012
Definitely did not expect such a blast of ginger. All this beer was missing was some wasabi and soy sauce. Not sure pumpkin is in the title at all, as it was undetectable. I do like how flavorful this beer is, I just don't care for the flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4026) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Bottle... Poured pale golden with a thin white head. Nose had ginger and other spices. Ginger was prominent. Nice drinking beer through. Some earthiness and floralness, probably from the Saaz hops. Good level of carbonation too to remind me of the Pils style base. Some notes of pumpkin and pie spice, but like I said, prominent ginger notes.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2561) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. The aroma has some orange and ginger along with bread. Taste has a lot of ginger and a bit of pepper. The pumpkin is subdued.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Snallygaster, draft. Lightly hazed apple juice body, small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, pumpkin pie, some straw. Taste is medium sweet, spicy/lager yeast, some straw, ginger. Light body, light acidity.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
radagast83 (4131) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2012
4oz sampler at the Snallygaster event. Eh, this one was funky - no so much pumpkin but a ginger beer, and there’s simply too much ginger in this one to enjoy. Next time go to have sushi and jam all the shaved ginger into your mouth, that’s this beer. Otherwise finely carbonated. They’d be better off re-branding this as a "ginger" beer, not a pumpkin one.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dlovell2 (567) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Tried at Snallygaster Fest in D.C. Golden color with white head. Light pumpkin spice aroma. Some caramel flavor followed by pumpkin spice flavors and some hops.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (8530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2012
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a golden / amber color with an off white head. Pumpkin pie spices, pumpkin, with some grassiness. A little toasty as well.


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