“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Ginger Beer / Type: Ale „
It seems that Alcoholic Ginger Beer is to 2011 what trendy ciders were to 2010. With that it seems that supermarkets are jumping on the band wagon and bringing out there own branded ginger beer to compete with the recognisable Crabbies.
I love ginger beer alcoholic or not and have been trying out as many different kinds as possible - to this point I have not found a beer to come anywhere close to John Hollows by Fentimans brewery (see my previous review).
So how does Tesco Finest Alcohlic Ginger Beer stack up? I am sorry to say the answer to this is not very well at all. I knew there was something not right immediately upon opening the bottle, having a sniff and not being able to discern any ginger aroma at all. Never mind I thought, it is how it tastes that really matters. The beer is a pleasant colour and has a bit of fizz to it. Unfortunately that is where the good points end. As it turns out Tesco "Finest" Alcoholic Ginger Beer lacked as much ginger in taste as it did in smell. I can honestly say that I could detect not an ounce of ginger flavour at all, this was merely an ok if a bit fizzy beer.
I do not know how they can brand this as an alcoholic ginger beer as it is not even a case of a weak ginger taste - the ginger was completely absent.
Tesco Traditional Ginger Beer is 3.8% and costs around £1.40, I would recommend giving this a miss and spending a little bit extra on either Crabbies or John Hollows.