About Herb Spice Beer

About Herb Spice Beer
Herb/spice beers are ales or lagers to which herbs and/or spices have been added to impart flavor. The degree of overall flavor and aroma will vary in these beers in relation to not just the herb or spice added, but also in relation to when and where the herb or spice was added during the brewing process. These beers are highly individualistic, and allow brewers great creativity in their formulations. While the more common herbs and spices used by brewers include ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, many examples of herb/spice beers are readily available utilizing herbs and spices including ginseng and heather to name a couple. Given the variation possible in this category, there are no established standards for appearance, aroma or flavor. Instead, beers in this category are defined by a pleasing combination of the beer’s elements, overall drinkability and balance of herbs/spices and base beer flavors and aromas. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Rogue Chipotle Ale, Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer and Williams Brothers Fraoch Heather Ale.

Top Picks for Herb Spice Beer

Jubel Urban Lager
90 points
Pale yellow color. Herbal aromas and flavors of elderflower, bergamot, lilac, fresh barley, fine tea, honey, and fresh oregano and mint with a bright, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, delightful, medium-length finish displaying notes of sweet tea, freshly baked crumpet, and blueberry finish. A tea-like beer with lots of nuance; a nice conversation starter.
Kabinet Melisa Ale
86 points
Bright copper color. Herbal aromas and flavors of herb white pizza, roasted root vegetables, potpourri, and pine blossoms with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish displaying accents of peppered greens and honeyed citrus peels finish. A tasty, nicely hopped pale ale.
Kabinet Rufaro Ale
84 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Interesting, herbal aromas of singed lemon peel, alpine herbs and menthol mint, and mashed potatoes with a supple, bright, spritzy, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length ginseng mint gum, espazote, and turnip finish. An exotically spicy and herbal beer.