Not A Ginger Beer

Type of Beer: Wheat Beer
Beer: Mount Desert Island Ginger
Brewery: Atlantic Brewing Company
Rating: 5/10
Place of Purchase: Joe Canal’s, Marlton, NJ
Bottling Date: NA

Nose: Hint of ginger, citrus and slightly malty.

Mouth: Light body, malty. Ginger is present. Finishes citrusy and slightly malty

I thought this was going to be an actual ginger beer and approached it with trepidation. It’s not though. It’s beer with ginger as a flavoring ingredient.

This is a wheat beer and it’s very light in flavor. Almost fleeting. It has the crispness and earthiness usually associated with wheat beers but the ginger adds a spicy zing that balances that malty sweetness of the wheat. It finishes clean and crisp too with slight citrus, almost lemon, hints likely from the Pilgrim hops.

Overall this isn’t a bad beer. It’s just not very memorable. It’s easy drinking and it’s a quality brew but it’s uninspiring. It gets lost in the world of flavored brews. There are better, more robust wheat beers out there with stronger flavor profiles. There are worse too. Overall, I can say that this is worth a try. It’s just a middle-of-the-road brew. It doesn’t take to many risks even though it’s fairly unique as wheat beers go. It does offer some confusion though in that it can be mistaken for an actual ginger beer. Someone who is in to those might try this out and be disappointed with it when they find out it’s not a ginger beer as much as it’s a ginger flavored beer.

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