“ Brand: Crabbie's / Type: Ale „
I started getting crabbie's when I get my twenties since the additives in most ciders and alcopops and ciders just disagree with me and are largely to acidic and end up burning the back of my throat.
The labels are instantly recognizable with their brand name in bold the flavour is also written in small writing below. The bottles are a transparent brown in colour and vary in size from 500mls to 330mls. They also come in tin form but as with most drinks the quality depreciates due to the drink absorbing some of the metal taste. In terms of drinking preparation the drinks should be ice cold and served in a glass for best results.
The flavour and appearance
The beer is a nice gold in colour and thebeer is carbonated, it smells sweet, spicy and is also slightly tart and the beer itself is really quite fiery it definitely has a big heat to it though it also contains a mild sweetness to it though the ginger comes through very strongly. The original flavoured beer may not be for everyone due to its strong flavours. I have found that it is also a more leisurely drink to either have it on its own or with dinner instead of something you would drink on a night out. Ideally you would drink it with a milder meal such as a Sunday Roast or perhaps with a good Italian dish but definitely not for a spicy Indian or Thai dish since the ginger in the beer fuels the heat from any chillies or hot peppers in the meal which I found out the hard way. The alcohol content is also around the 4%-4.5% mark and doesn't taste alcoholic in my opinion it tastes fairly similar to the non-alcoholic varieties with a stronger ginger flavour and is also a little less sweet.
I also find that it helps me digest my food better than other alcohol equivilants and definitively results in either less or no hangovers compared to wine or regular beers and I find it easier on my stomach in general too.
The beer also comes in three other flavours including Raspberry, strawberry and lime and orange. I found that unfortunately the Raspberry and strawberry and lime suffer from the same artificial acidity as alcopops do however and I found them rather disappointing. Though on the other hand the Orange which appears closer to Christmas which is my favourite does not taste particularly acidic and is best balanced of the alternative flavours. In terms of colour also while the more Summer flavours give off a pinky tinge the Orange gives off more of a golden amber colour which just looks more natural. The orange flavour also has a really pleasant after taste that makes me reminisce about childhood sweets like cola cubes and aniseed rock candy and just seems to smell of everything Christmas.
3 or 4 of the larger 500ml bottles can commonly be found on off for £5 from Tesco or Asda I usually avoid the actual four packs since they work out as much more expensive since they are smaller maybe 330ml in size.
Crabbie's Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Having recently reviewed the strawberry and lie, as ell as the raspberry version of Crabbies ginger beer i felt i should probably review the original version also. At my local off license they are on offer at 2 for £3...
Personally I have to admit to being a massive fan of all drinks that don't taste like alcohol - and as such this is one of my favourites. Each 500 ml bottle is 4%, and this works out to being 2 UK units. However they don't taste like they contain alcohol. Which is both a pleasure - as they are lovely to drink, but also hazardous, as this can mean that you're not as aware o how much you've had to drink. As with all alcohol make sure you drink responsibly...
Crabbies to me seem to have managed something wonderful. They ginger beer taste has a nice fiery kick to it, without being too much for me to enjoy. Each mouthful of this tipple works to refresh my palette, and leaves a nice warm afterglow in my mouth. I always serve my Crabbies beautifully chilled, and usually over ice, as this helps to make it taste as good as it can. Having once tasted it slightly warmer than usual at my sisters house shortly after getting back from the supermarket I can state that it does in fact taste bad warm...
Personally I feel this is the time of year to be enjoying lovely chilled tipples on the (newly grown) lawn while eating BBQ'd food. As such this definitely gets 5*'s from me.
I also have to say that I recommend all of the different Crabbies flavours that I have tried - they can't seem to do anything wrong in me eye at the moment...
I loved (non alcoholic) ginger beer as a child so when i saw Crabbie's alcoholic ginger beer I decided I had to try it. I got it from our local Tesco for £2.05 for a 500ml bottle but they also do a pack of 4 for £5.50 but I thought that I would just buy the one bottle to start with in case I didn't like it. It also comes in a number of different flavours including spiced orange and Scottish raspberry. Each bottle contains 225 calories and is 4% vol.
It came in quite a chunky, large glass bottle with a label on the front with the company name, logo, description of the product and alcohol content on. There was also a label on the back with all of the relevant information on it; ingredients, warnings etc.
I chilled it in the fridge and later that day poured it into a glass with ice, as recommended. Before I took the first sip I could smell that lovely spicy smell that took me back to my childhood and brought a small smile to my face. I sipped it down and it was amazing. The cold, spicy liquid went down very smoothly, in fact a bit too smoothly. You cannot taste any type of alcohol in it at all, so when drinking it it is like drinking a fizzy drink and you can very easily drink quite a lot without thinking about the alcohol you are consuming.
Overall I loved it and can't wait to try some of the other flavours.
When I was a child, I devoured every Enid Blyton book I could lay my hands on and probably read most of her books several times. Other readers of Enid Blyton will remember she would often write about "Lashings and lashings of Ginger Beer" (Though I read somewhere recently that she never actually wrote those lines....they must have come about in later editings of her books.)
Anyway, I'm sure that the Ginger Beer in the books bore no resemblance to the Ginger Beer I am reviewing. For a start, I'm assuming there was no alcohol in the homemade variety that George. Anne, Dick and Julian drunk on their adventures.
Crabbies Ginger Beer is made in Great Britain and made using a secret recipe. The ginger is shipped in from the Far East, steeped and combined with quality ingredients. It is then matured for 8 weeks to get its unique flavour.
The beer comes in a brown bottle with a picture of what I can only assume is the flower that tops a ginger plant. If this isn't the case, I stand corrected. I have an allotment but its not something I have ever grown.
You get 500 ml in the bottle and its alcohol is 4% which is equivalent to 2 units. It has 254.5 calories and if you happen to be on the weight watcher's point system, it's 21.5 points per bottle.
On the front it informs you that the Ginger Beer is "Best served over ice with a slice of lemon or lime. Made to a unique recipe with fruits, spices and real ginger."
When poured, the beer looks a lovely pale golden colour with just the right amount of fizz and a small head.
The first mouthful is exquisite! Its so refreshing and light. You do get a distinct taste of ginger but it's not too sweet or over powering. I love it and can imagine downing a few of these on a hot summer's day. (Well actually, the sun wouldn't even have to be shining)
They are currently being sold in Tesco for £1.77 per bottle. They can also be included in the offer they have on speciality beers at 3 for £5.00 making it slightly cheaper but the best deal, if you develop a liking to it, is to buy a case of six for £9.00 making it a very reasonable £1.50 a bottle!
Enjoy your lashings of Ginger Beer!
After being interested in the drink after seeing those comical vintage feeling adverts I finally got round to trying it, and it quickly became my drink of choice for lighter drinking.
It is absolutely delicious, and more refreshing than cider- the perfect drink for warm weather. But it also has a slight warming quality from the ginger so it's also nice on colder evenings too.
The bottle is simple, and quite classy looking with the crabbies logo and scottish thistle on the label.
The idea of an alcoholic ginger beer is still quite novel, and there's only a couple of alternatives on the market, crabbies is definitely my favourite of all the alcoholic ginger beers.
The drink is 4%, which is about average for a larger but weaker than a cider. It tastes is delcious, and the strong taste of ginger makes it taste less alcoholic than that though, it's very drinkable so watch you don't drink too much.
The bottles advice you drink it chilled with ice, and I admit that's how it tasted best.
It's quite easy to find in shops, and also in bars- but you will occasionally find yourself in a bar that doesn't stock it.
Highly recommended, try it!
I like Ginger Beer. I like alcohol. I love alcoholic Ginger Beer. Ginger Beer for me has always reminded me of days gone by with the warm tingling being comforting and refreshing.
Bottle wise this looks like any real ale on the shelf. A sturdy stout traditional shape with an attractive brown hue to the drink when the light shines on it. The label is well presented with a thistle flower giving reference to it's Scottishmanufacturer. Once in a glass it has a lovely clear finish with a delicious yellow tint.
I've tried alcoholic ginger beers before and only ever been disappointed. This one however ticks all the boxes. It is smoother than say Idris non alcoholic ginger beer with a less agressive carbonation leading to a more pleasant drinking experience. The flavour is a cross between something like Idris and the real homemade stuff my Mum used to make. There is the right amount of warmth on the throat and the alcohol is barely discernible in the pleasant drink. The bottle reccomends serving over ice, however serving chilled seems to give the same smooth flavour.
500 ml bottle (enough for 2 tumblers)
4% alcohol (similar to a beer)
£23 for a pack of 12 (approx £2 per bottle)
Not a cheap option but one that I will definitely be returning to. This is the kind of drink that is great all year round, I can see it replacing Pimms at my summer barbecues and it is a great drink in the winter as it warms you from the inside out! Delicious and highly recommended.
Review also on Ciao
Since summer has finally decided to show up in time for the Olympic games, we are celebrating in our household by putting the hot chocolate away and have reached into the back of the drinks cupboard for something a bit more fitting to the season. My partner loves Crabbies' ginger beer, and she introduced me to it a couple of summers ago. While I love the taste of ginger, Inever quite warmed to it the way some others have. I'm going to have one now, because I haven't tried it for a few years, and also because it's lunchtime on Friday and although I do have more constructive things to do, writing about daytime drinking is much more fun than spending half an hour on hold to the EON energy people.
Although Crabbies soared from relative obscurity to pub ubiquity a couple of years ago, it's been around for centuries in one guise or another since 1801. Coming from the Scottish port of Leith, where the imported ginger was processed into tonics to cure sea-sickness and, purportedly, loss of libido, it's a slightly different type of ginger beer from the fiery stuff that comes from the Caribbean. Perhaps the gloomy Scottish climate takes a bit more of a toll on the drive for nocturnal activities than the balmy West Indian sunshine.
Anyway, there's only so much pseudo-science that one can cram into a 500ml bottle of fizz, so what does it actually taste like? Before we try some, best prepare it the way the manufacturers reckon. Lots of ice... check... big chunk of lime... and since it's marketed as pop for grown ups, I'm going to put a curly, dayglo orange straw in it too. Huzzah! Summer is here.
The first thing that hits me is the sugar. Crabbies' ginger beer is sweet. Molasses sweet. Its sugar content is ridiculously high, and since I don't have much of a sweet tooth this is really too much for me. Past the sweetness is a lot of ginger, which I really like. According to the website, the ginger is steeped for 8 weeks in the brew, which is no doubt a good idea to give it a deep natural gingery flavour. Flipping the bottle round, the nutritional gubbins on the back tells me that per 100ml serving, it has 7g of sugar. Ouch. I can almost feel the enamel sliding off my teeth here. It also coats the mouth with sticky goo, much in the same way that Coca-Cola does. The ABV is a respectable 4%, which isn't going to give you the KO straight away but given that a) this doesn't taste remotely alcoholic and b) it usually comes in bottles that are either 500 or 700ml, it could be quite easy to get wrecked off this stuff without realising it.
Although it is far too sweet for me to drink half a litre of this in one go, it is really quite cool to cook with. Adding a generous glug to some spices and tomato puree, this makes a fairly decent sweet barbecue sauce. Credit where it's due, I took this idea from fellow dooyoer Lady Bracknell's suggestion to reduce Coca Cola down to a sticky BBQ sauce, which worked really well. This is pretty much the same, only with a Caribbean ginger twist to it.
You can buy this stuff readily now, with most pubs serving it and it turns up at very low prices in Home Bargains and B&M, usually around the £1.29 mark for a 500ml bottle. Personally, I think I'll stick with hoppy ales or G&T for alcoholic summer drinks, as Crabbies is just a bit too sickly, though on occasion the little 330ml bottles are quite nice, when I feel the need for some ginger beer that's 'only for grown ups'.
Crabbies is a brand of alcoholic ginger beer from Scotland, but the ginger is sourced from the far East. It contains 4% ABV which is weaker than a lot of lagers and about the same percentage as ciders like Kopparberg. Per 500ml bottle there are 225 calories. In the shops you can pick up a 500ml bottle for between £2 and £3 and usually more in bars.
The taste is almost identical to normal non-alcoholic ginger beer and you can hardly taste the alcohol. The ginger is quite fiery, but it's not quite as dry as some cloudy non-alcoholic ginger beers like Old Jamaican. There are other spices It is best served over lots of ice with a slice or lemon or lime.
Crabbies also make non-alcoholic ginger beer that isn't that widely available that comes in a diet version with only 3 calories per bottle. They also make ginger wine which is 13.5% and ginger mac which is equal parts ginger beer and scotch whiskey. As an alternative to the original alcoholic ginger beer there is also an orange flavoured one, which isn't as orangey as I was expecting - ginger is still the overwhelming taste
I personally hate their advertising campaign. The TV adverts and website are very focused on a 1940s/50s 'jolly good clean fun' which doesn't appeal to me in the slightest. Of course this is no reflection on the drink itself, but I'm a bit of a sucker for a cool advertising campaign. Brothers cider for instance has a great festival chic advert on the television at the moment which appeals to me a lot more!
Just one more note to leave you with; just before I was about to post this review I was speaking to a friend who told me Crabbies isn't vegetarian! As a vegetarian I was absolutely shocked and did a bit of research to find that it's true because of some ingredients used in the finishing process. I'm gutted! I think it's a bit ridiculous that they can't make it with vegetarian friendly products and it's really annoyed me because I love this stuff!
Recently while at our local convenience store my husband noticed an offer on selected bottled drinks. The offer was for beers and ales but also included Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer. My Husband bought himself two bottles of ale and me a bottle of Crabbies as I had mentioned I'd like to try it.
As the name suggests Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer is Ginger Beer with alcohol.
I am not a big drinker and only occasionally have a glass of Lambrusco but can happily take it or leave it. I have never really found an alcoholic drink that I particularly like so stopped regularly drinking quite a few years ago.
On opening my first bottle of Crabbies Ginger Beer I wasn't really sure what to expect. I had a vague recollection of the sweet sickly concoction we used to make in our Soda Stream as children but have never drunk it otherwise.
We didn't have any ice so I chose to chill it a bit first. As we were both keen to try the drink we shared the bottle between us.
The drink looks a bit like a lager or cider and has a nice frothy head when poured. It is very fizzy at first but seems less so after a while or if drunk without being chilled. I found the drink very light and refreshing and not too sweet or sickly. I find Bacardi breezers and other similar alcoholic drinks are quite sticky and leave a furry feel in the mouth but Crabbies is not like this at all. There is a taste of ginger but it is not overpowering but is very light and almost like a cordial or schloer. There is no nasty aftertaste and I imagine it would be perfect with loads of ice.
Since my first Crabbies I have developed quite a taste for it and it has become a regular feature on my shopping list. I have noticed that I do struggle to drink a whole 500ml bottle. This is down to the drink being fizzy as it makes me feel bloated if I drink the whole bottle. I find half a bottle is just enough for me and can even be enjoyed on a school night!
I never drink enough to get drunk but do find that even with just one glass of Lambrusco I can start to get a headache even before I have gone to bed and I sometimes do feel a bit light headed and fuzzy. I have not had any side effects from drinking Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer even when I have had a full bottle.
This drink would be perfect for lazy summer days with lots of ice and good company!
The beer comes in a brown glass bottle with a black metal bottle top. The label is black and gold and has a large green and purple thistle on it.
At the moment (May 2012) in my local Asda Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer is £1.98 for a 500ml bottle or 3 for £5.00. You can buy the beer singly, in packs of 4 330ml for £5.48 or in packs of 8 500ml for £15.20. In addition to the Original Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer you can also get Crabbies Diet Ginger Beer (£2.00), Crabbies Traditional Cloudy Ginger Beer (£2.00), Crabbies Spiced Orange Alcoholic Ginger Beer (£1.98) and Crabbies Twist of Orange Cloudy Ginger Beer (£2.00).
From the label: Best served chilled with ice and lemon. Gluten free. Contains sulphates. 4% vol
Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer, the new pimms?
I enjoy sweet and fizzy alcoholic drinks and have been quite a fan of Crabbie's Ginger Beer for a while now and thought it was about time I reviewed it.
Crabbie's Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer was the first brand to sell alcoholic ginger beer in the UK in 2009. So it is a relatively new drink to the market. I didn't know this until today but the Crabbie's brand was founded in 1801 in the port of Leith, where I live! The Crabbie's elephant logo comes from their links and trading's with the Far East which they still maintain today with the ginger beer drink.
The Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer advertising is quite funny and quirky using lots of words like 'spiffing' and couples dressed from the forties sipping the drink. They are also official sponsors of Leith base Hibernian Football Club
Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer
The bottle is a dark brown glass colour that is slightly see through. The bottle size is 500 ml with a bottle opener pull off bottle cap. The labelling is quite classy and classic. The main colours are green and gold, with the Crabbie's logo written boldly across the front in large white letters. Above this is the traditional Scottish thistle emblem in purple and a tartan coloured background.
As with most carbonated alcoholic drinks this beverage has to be served cold, over ice and with a nice wedge of lime in the glass. On opening the bottle you can immediately feel its fizziness and freshness and this is quite long lasting.
Once poured the drink has a lovely golden colour to it, it is really light and not like a normal beers shade. The ginger smell is quite sharp and spicy smelling, but at the same time the drink has a fruity aroma to it too. The taste is amazing and the first time I tried this I immediately loved it.
Again it is quite spicy to taste but in a nice way. It is very smooth to sip and an extremely refreshing and light drink, again unlike regular beer which can be quite heavy. After a few bottles of this you can feel like you have had a bit of a sweetness overload, but I think the spice does a good job of overpowering the sugariness.
I do not drink carbonated ginger drinks regularly and have only really tried alcoholic ginger beer. To be truthful I don't really enjoy ginger flavours in foods either but this alcoholic ginger beer really does tempt my tastebuds! The ginger and spice and sweet flavours work really well together and I love this on a sunny day or just simply when I need a bit of a pick-up.
The Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer is made from a secret recipe with four top secret ingredients (ginger obviously not being one of them!). It is also stated to be steeped for six long weeks to produce its deep, deliciously spicy flavour.
A 500 ml bottle will cost you about £1.66 in the supermarkets, obviously in bars and restaurants you could pay anything up to £5. This has a 4% ABV which you totally forget about whilst drinking as it really doesn't taste very alcoholic at all! Dangerous yet very tasty stuff.
The first time I had ever heard of Crabbies Ginger Beer was when my mate who is a landlady was going mad in her pub. Loads of her customers were asking for it but she was on a waiting list with suppliers to get it, when she did get it on the shelves it was temporary......everyone in her pub was going Crabbies mad! It was a like a new craze. One night in her flat above the pub a few us were behind drinking in her living quarters and we had a huge array of alcohol to choose from and she had got her hands on a load of these for us to try before they sold out and that's when my love affair with Crabbies started!
Since those days Crabbies is far more easier to get hold of. Just today I had one in a Hungry Horse pub with a meal and it cost £3.75 for just the one 500ml bottle of it. I was then in Asda later on and 3 x 500ml bottles for £5.00 (on offer at the moment) were there. As I love them so much I did treat myself to the 3 bottles and am sat in now supping one, over ice with a straw!
I have noticed that these in multi packs come in 330ml bottles and that bought in singles like I have they are 500ml in size either way the bottles in appearance look the same. The bottle is brown, see through and glass with a pull off cap to the top of it. On the front of the bottle we are told that this drink was Established 1801 and that of course it is Crabbies 'Original' Alcoholic Ginger Beer 'Made to a unique recipe with fruits spices and real ginger' and that it is 'Best served chilled over ice with a slice of lemon or lime'. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the drink and that it is Gluten free, that this sized bottle is 4% vol and contains 2 units of alcohol and there is also a chart to show us how many units we shouldn't be exceeding a day and contact details for Crabbies are given.
Slightly fizzy and golden in colour, as soon as you take the lid off this you can smell the sweet aroma of ginger this has to it. The fizz doesn't 'die' as soon as its poured either but a word to the wise with this! Do not neck it, its gassier than it appears and on a couple of occasions I have been greedy, supped a load and ended up with terrible cases of trapped air underneath my bust for ages like I've been kicked. It isn't overly fizzy in its appearance but appearances can be deceptive lol!
If you like ginger beer your probably going to love this. If you, like me like alcoholic drinks to taste like pop and not of alcohol at all, again your probably going to appreciate this because this is so similar to drinking pop its unreal which my taste buds appreciate but I forget completely that this is alcohol and sup too many on occasion!
The taste is smooth, very sweet but naturally so. It has a nice ginger flavour to it but it isn't one bit harsh or breathtaking. It does leave a bit of a tinny aftertaste after consuming it which makes me a tad thirsty but hey I just drink more of it or drink long soft drinks!
For me this is one of my favourite drinks along with Kopperberg Pear Cider. I don't want to be drinking shorts or highly alcoholic beverages and this isn't too bad and tastes great. Its best served chilled and with ice in my opinion just keep it away from the kids as it is alcoholic after-all!
A pack of 4x330ml bottles is usually around the £5.50 mark and the 500ml bottles about £1.80 each though do look out for deals as I did, they may be a tad on the expensive side but be warned they are so worth it lol.
Available in all good supermarkets, off licences and so on!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I think with crabbies, you either hate it or love it! I was first introduced to crabbies a few years back when I got a job behind the bar at my local pub. In the chillers we had all types of beer, including crabbies! I was suprised at how popular this drink was. I had never heard of it before and though it was worth a try. I loved it so much! It has such a nice spicy taste in the mouth that it so different from anything I had ever tasted before. Because I liked it so much, I decided it was worth me getting myself some for at home. A bottle costs around £1.80 at tesco and this is for the large bottle. Its rather expensive, but as a treat is well worth the money you pay for it.
I find that is best served extrememly cold. I add lots of ice to it and its really refrshing in the summer heat. It is slightly frothy, but this doesnt bother me like it does some people. Also add some lemon or lime to the drink if you can because it adds a nice taste to it.
I much prefer this to normal ginger beer, it has a great taste that your taste buds will like. Last summer I did notice that they were advertising this a lot on tele and on billboards. I think its good that people are discovering it more now. its something that you wish you would have tried before because its quite addicitve in the summer heat.
The bottle and drink is a browny colour. its much darker than lager and looks strange to begin with in a glass. its also an unsual design on the bottle, with the company logo and a small bit of information on crabbies on the back!
overall I think this is well worth you trying, you never know, you may just love it! There is a split feeling about this drink among my friends! many of them love it, where as many really hate it. Its kind of got the marmite situation about it! so go out and buy a bottle of it from your local shop and give it a go, im sure you wont regret it! Perfect drink for me. wish it was cheaper though, I have it as a treat :)
Thanks so much for reading, hope the review helped a bit! :)
I had seen the adverts on the TV for Crabbie's alcoholic ginger beer and every time that it came on I always thought to myself that I would have to try it as I used to absolutely love ginger beer as a child and it is something that I never really see any more in the shops unless it is some expensive farm shop.
I decided to pick myself up some as a treat when doing my grocery shopping and I paid £5.50 which got me a pack containing four 330ml bottles. I did think this was on the expensive side but as it was a treat I didn't mind paying it.
I decided to take my bottles of ginger beer with me to my friend's house one night instead of taking my usual wine and as soon as I had my first taste of the ginger beer is instantly became one of my favourite alcoholic drinks.
I was instantly in love with the taste, it was so refreshing and different to wine or beer that it made a really nice change.
It tasted just as I remember how ginger beer used to taste and I was surprised with just how little alcohol I could taste in it even though it has 4% alcohol content. It also didn't taste artificial and was really sweet without being sickly. It also wasn't overly gassy which is good as I usually have to leave carbonated drinks for a little while to let the gas escape some before I can drink them.
The only problem that I can think of with this ginger beer is that it is so tasty and the alcohol taste is so mild that you could easily drink more than you intended before you even realised that you had done it. Luckily I only had the four bottles as I could have quite easily drunk more of it.
I have decided that this is going to be my new summer drink and I think it lends itself perfectly to warm weather and bbq's. Make sure that you drink it straight from the fridge though as it doesn't taste anywhere near as nice when it starts to warm up.
I cooked a romantic meal for my partner and myself last night, and whilst I was in the supermarket picking up the ingredients, I thought I'd pick up a few different drinks for us to try as a change to the usual ciders we get.
I bought the Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer after seeing the advert and being tempted by the idea of a nice warming winter drink. I loved Ginger Beer as a child, and figured it would taste similar but with an alcoholic element. I bought one bottle of this as part of a deal which involved other drinks, but individually they cost around £1.75 for a 500ml bottle.
The drink is described as a refreshing ginger beer, made to a unique recipe with fruits, spices and real ginger. According to the label Crabbies have a secret recipe, and the steeped ginger is combined with quality ingredients and matured for 8 weeks to release a deliciously distinctive flavour.
I have to say, I couldn't really argue that this drink isn't distinctive. It's completely different to anything else I've ever tasted, including non-alcoholic ginger beer! The first thing I noticed was the smell, which I found really off-putting. I commented to my other half that it smelt like washing up liquid. We poured the drink into two glasses, and I played guinea pig and gave it a try. He could probably tell by the look on my face that I wasn't keen, but I thought I'd let him make his own mind up. He did, by pushing the glass away from him to indicate that he wouldn't be drinking any more, and exclaimed "That's vile!".
The taste of this drink matches the smell and I can't really think of any other way to describe it than by saying that I've never tasted washing up liquid, but this is how I imagine it would taste. It's very frothy and fizzy which means you couldn't drink much of it without feeling really bloated and gassy. And the taste....well, you can definitely taste the ginger, and it tastes fruity, but it's horrendously sweet and also medicinal tasting. It's a cross between washing up liquid and cough medicine with added sugars and made into a carbonated nightmare in a bottle. I persevered for a while thinking maybe it was an acquired taste, but I just couldn't bring myself to finish this. It ended up down the sink where it probably did a good job of getting rid of limescale judging by the frothing and fizzing that went on as it went down the plughole!
For allergy information, we are told it contains sulphur dioxide/sulphites, but I would recommend that anyone with sensitive tastebuds steers clear of this drink as it really is quite potent and unpleasant. The disappointing thing was that it didn't taste like ginger beer (the non-alcoholic version) that I used to enjoy as a child.
The drink contains 4% alcohol, and it recommends serving over ice with a slice of lemon or lime. I would recommend not bothering and saving yourself a couple of quid!
Per 500ml Bottle 2 UK Units
About £2 upwards for a 500ml bottle. Also available in multipacks
Having grown up with homemade ginger wine, it didn't take long for me to be swallowed up by Crabbie's advertising campaign "only for grown ups." At first I was put off by the fact that it was a beer, after all I hate beer and thought for that reason that I wouldn't like this. How very wrong I was.
There's just enough firey ginger to fight off the bitterness of the beer. The product smells vaguely of ginger, but not enough of it in my opinion. Though alcoholic, Crabbie's does not taste alcoholic and can be drunk quite easily without feeling like you're getting tiddly. For me, there isn't quite enough ginger on offer as the taste, though there isn't enough to set your mouth on fire. My memories of drinking ginger wine is the hot, burning feeling you get as it slides down the throat. Crabbie's doesn't offer that but it's still a happy alternative to the bitterness of beer. Try it with a slice of lemon and the flavour really comes alive.
The ginger in Crabbie's Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer is steeped for 6 long weeks to give it that distinctive flavour. The ginger is shipped from the Far East, just as the first Scots Merchant Adventurers did all those years ago which is why the Crabbie's trademark is an elephant. The product is available in a range of sizes in the shops and in most bars for no more than a typical pint. I would recommend not drinking out of the bottle as its wide shape and weight can make it quite an effort, plus it looks nicer in a glass with some lemon. Founded in 1801 as the Crabbie Clan in Leith, the design still retains something of a traditional touch as is reflected in the advertising campaign of the fifties house wife.
What I like about this product as well is that in can be quite a money saver. I'm the sort of person that if something is in front of me I will polish it off quite quickly whether it be food or drink but when sat in a pub with a Crabbies I find I can sip at it quite merrily for over an hour without another trip to the bar as the gingery taste means you only need to take small sips to get a fix. Now that's a money saver.
Unfortunately I have yet to pour a Crabbies with the foamy white top as seen in the photograph but it still tastes good regardless. A word of warning, you may find yourself burping ginger for a while afterwards.
Brand: Crabbie's / Type: Ginger Beer