kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a murky reddish brown with a thin soapy off-white head. Aroma is sweet, citrus and ginger with a malt backbone. Flavor is basically malt with a slightly spicy ginger backbone. Full, bubbly carbonated mouthfeel.
GT (9933) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330mL as Hitachino Real Ginger Brew (olive label). Pours an unclear reddish amber with a two-finger, fizzy, soda-like, dark tan head. Leaves some okay lacing. Great crystal malt and caramel nose with some funky leather, spice, cinnamon, ginger root. Taste is spicy, vinegary with apple juice, sour tartness, and some grainy dryness in the finish. Ginger is not overwhelming. This overall is very well balanced, a bit sour, and is quite refreshing. Very interesting. A nice surprise.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a off-white head over a gold body with a few small particles. Aroma of both fresh and pickled ginger, caramel and ginger-ale. Taste is ginger, earth, and dirt. None of the sweetness I like with ginger-ales, not caramel malty back bone either. Low residual sugars, tastes like I am eating the root straight. Lightly spicy finish. Fizzy and dry.
MissK (20) - Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled - could not drink this one down (Iím not a huge fan of ginger, so that was probably the issue). Looked wonderful, with nice carbonation and a thick head. Tasted just like ginger with a citrus-y bitterness.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hitachino Nest Ginger Brew is a translucent (but not at all transparent) orangish red ale. Itís very sparkling with lots of particles. It has a thick multi-colored head, marbled from white to rusty brown. Itís dense, with outstanding retention and lacing. There is a lot of dirty ginger in the aroma with a touch of sweetness. It has a very fluffy medium body thatís very smooth with a sharp, slightly gritty finish. Thereís not really any sweetness. Itís tangy. The ginger is pretty prominent, but not dominant. Itís tangy, leathery, Belgian-like, almost salty. Itís very unique!
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange copper in color. Smells like ginger. Lovely nose with just enough malt and hops integrated with the ginger. Tastes of ginger, slightly bitter, with clean bitter finish. The mid palette and middle flavor profile are disappointing on what is otherwise a solid beer.
DerWeg (1579) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2010 RE-RATE FOR BETTER BOTTLE surprisingly full-bodied, fruity and with layers of complex herbal spice and even some clovey phenols. What a difference a fresh bottle makes... -- ORIGINAL LOWER RATE - Bottle labeled Real Ginger Brew, which is less dumb. Yep, itís a cloudy spicy sour-smelling wheat beer that smells this time a little like ginger. Howe exciting. Taste follows on smell, with added mineral and tart fruit. Certainly different. 7 3 6 2 12 = 3.0
Sammy (10797) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This bottle was bought maybe six months ago. There was a ginger ginsing aroma whafting from the mushroom cloud head on a dark yellow body. But the taste was skunky, with astringent finish. medium mouthfeel,not too drinkable.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice for a ginger. Ginger and caramel on the nose. Flavor is much the same. Finish is a bit thin and metallic.
MikeBuff (7) - Rancho Santa Margarita, USA - JUL 26, 2009 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Real Ginger Brew, 11. 2oz bottle at home in a Ommegang Hennein wine style glass. Poured this beer at 55 deg and started drinking at 55 deg F, using and infrared thermometer. Beer pours a amber/ caramel with a off white head, good lacing. Nose has strong ginger and lemon with a honey balance. I do get some funk but not sure if its because the bottle had be pulled out of the fridge a couple of times since it did have some floaters. Mouth feel has strong carbonation bite that is aided by the ginger but fades after 5 seconds. Enjoyed this brew however their sake cake and espresso are still my favs from this brewery.