2 x Ginger Beer

Alcoholic ginger beer appears to be the next fad after iced cider. My wife quite likes it, so we’ve been trying a few different varieties to find the ones she likes the bast. I’m sad to say that the Crabbies effort appear to have won her heart, for me it’s the Williams Brothers own effort.

The Tesco Finest Alcoholic Ginger Beer is brewed by Williams Brothers, I’m not sure if it’s exactly the same as their own version or not, but it was really nice. It poured a slightly hazy yellow colour, with a head that was very loose and dropped very quickly to a patchy covering. As you would expect, the nose was chock full of ginger.

Taste wise, it wasn’t bad. The mouthfeel was good, considering the ABV, but everything was swamped by ginger, unsurprisingly. It started at the sides of the mouth and washed all the way through, leaving a firiness at the back of the throat. It’s quite refreshing though and would be prefect for a balmy summers evening.

The Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Alcoholic Ginger Beer is brewed by Freeminer and it poured a slightly amber colour, you could say a deep golden yellow with hints of orange, if you were being genergous. Whatever head I managed to form, disapeared instantaniously, to leave it looking rather uninviting in the glass. There was ginger on the nose, but I thought it was a sort of, sweet, watery, almost artificial aroma.

Taste wise, it was a huge disapointment. It was more like drinking a soft drink with added ginger, than a ginger beer. It was way too sweet and the ginger wasn’t integrated, so was just jaring. It took a few mouthfuls to get any ginger burn, but then when the burn arrived, it wouldn’t go away. I really didn’t like it at all.

  • Freeminer
  • Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Alcoholic Ginger Beer, 4%, 500ml

5 Replies to “2 x Ginger Beer”

  1. The Williams Bros Ginger is the same as the Tesco Finest one, they confirmed it via Twitter some months back. Although I don’t like ginger beers I found the Bros’ one to be a good example of a well brewed ale.

    Regarding Freeminer on the other hand…

    I’d heard good things about their beers so invested my hard-earned pennies on a couple of bottles of their ales over the Xmas break and I can honestly say I was pretty disappointed – I think the best one got a 3/5 🙁

    1. I’ve always though of Freeminer to be distinctly middle of the road. The stuff they do for the Co-op is perfectly adequate, but this ginger beer was terrible…

  2. I was very disappointed by the Tesco Finest Ginger Beer. It seemed like a straw-coloured, watery green-tea, with no real flavour other than a vague one of autumn leaves – in a blind tasting I don’t think I’d have even known it had ginger in it. Perhaps it was from a bad batch?

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