Acai Berry Wheat - Eel River Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 159
Avg: 3.06
pDev: 18.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Eel River Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 04-04-2009

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Photo of Tone
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, citrus, hint of hop, and some sort of berries. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness. Tastes of pale malt, hint of hop, berries, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of wheat. Overall, weak appearance, mostly berry aroma, unusually dry feel, weak body, and berry dominated blend.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

tried this on tap last week, ended up getting a sixer today. The beer straw in appearance. Similar to a low end such as busch but with a brighter glow. No head when I poured her in my glass. Looks a lot like a cider. Smells mildly sweet. I hate flavored beers but this one is tolerable. I can't believe this flavor was achieved in a beer. The acai taste is spot on and I really like wheaty brews. Mouthfeel is fine. The only thing is that I wish It had more than 4 percent alc by volume. Oh well

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Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fresh 12 oz bottle with an updated label.

Amber; weak head despite fairly high visible carbonation.

Feel: medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Dry finish.

Flavor: good, nearly neutral sweet/bitter balance. Very fruity, with the acai berries nearly masking the malts. Lingering fruity flavor.

Aroma: very fruity; natural fruit; subtle bready malt base.

O: worth tryig for acai flavor.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and subdued berry aromas. Taste is much the same with watery grain and slightly tart berry flavors on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer that is fairly drinkable but it's quite watery and bland all around.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not as bad as the masses say, but a little too sweet to be refreshing. not sure how they did this either, im pretty sure you can only get powdered or concentrated acai berries in the united states, and that the fresh berries have very little to them other than skin. did eel river user a powder or what? id like to know. the beer itself pours a hazy orangey yellow color, a little unnatural looking, but there is a nice white head on top with acceptable retention. the nose is sweet, somewhere between blackberry and blueberry, with lots of malted wheat and unfiltered yeast. the flavor is about the same, but the sweetness of the fruit element is overtaking, very from concentrate sort of sugary aspect to it, overdone I think. could use a little more hops to crisp up the finish too. decent mouthfeel, light as hell, especially at only 4% abv. could be a great summer drink with a few modifications. I much preferred the bigger stuff from eel river, but props for this being organic.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a clear gold color with a fluffy cap of white head. Retention is average and the lacing light.

Nose is somewhere between blueberries and pomegranates on the fruit scale with some notable wheat tang to give it some sharpness.

Taste is lighter than expected with a grainy sweetness and a cardboardy-wheatiness. The berry flavors are there, but not a whole lot else going on. Not a bad beer, and the acai flavors are there, but just a bit too one-dimensional with the base beer being too light, boring and neutral.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is full of very sweet berries and a hint of wheat. I guess it might be acai, but I have no idea what that berry smells like. The flavor is similar. There is a lot of sweet berry notes, as well as a hint of wheat. The berries smell a bit like a combination of cherries and raspberries. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap served in a nonical pint glass

A - Pale gold with 1 finger white head moderate retention and good lacing

S - Wheat, berry, acai, raspberry

T - Follows nose, wheat backbone.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation, watery

O - Neat concept but average execution.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: half finger frothy head on a pale golden body.

S: mild berry sweetness with light malts and wheat.

T: wheat and generic berry flavors. a little watery but refreshing.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: pretty simple. I am unfamiliar with what acai berries should taste like but the berry is easy to detect in both aroma and taste.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy light orange yellow amber. Thin dissipating head with no lacing. Pungent aroma of fruit, presumably acai with a hint of wheat. Pleasant light acai fruit flavor that fades quickly. Only a hint of wheat or hops. Dry, faintly flavored finish. It tastes like this could be quite nice with a bit more flavor. Not bad for a low ABV, fruit flavored drink, but not something I'd go to for an ale.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, pale orange with a finger of bright white head. Sweet aroma of orange, berry, and honey with a touch of spice.

Moderate carbonation and a very light mouthfeel. Lemon and tart berry up front followed by a touch of wheat and more grainy/spicy notes on the finish.

Actually pretty tasty -- light and refreshing, though the berry becomes cloying after a while without a stronger malt backbone to balance things. A little too thin on the front end.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a hazy golden color, the head on top was white an kind of soapy looking. The smell of the beer is fruity, but not overly powerful on the nose. The taste of the beer is light, kind of on the weak side, it's got some wheat flavors in there along with some of the Acai Berry flavors. The mouthfeel of the beer is light, watered down a bit and not really that impressive. Overall I wanted to try it since it was something I never had before. I can't say I'll ever buy it again but I'm happy to have tried it.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured into a Pinocchio's stem glass a light straw-yellow, with a slight haze, and a nice puff of white head that receded to almost nothing. Grainy aroma, typical wheat profile, accented with sweet acai berries (a fruit I've only otherwise sampled in some flavored water drink). Flavorwise, it delivers what it promises: a tangy wheat beer, with acai. Smooth and mellow, and sweet, but not sickeningly sweet. Very nice fruit beer. Light body and overall quite drinkable; I'd get it again.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Very light copper color, little cloudy with about 2 fingers of fluffy head that dissipated pretty quickly. Very little lacing.

S: Smell is sweet and tart, mix of berries and wheat.. not hops at all...

T: First thing I'm getting is that sweet yet tart Acai berries flavor followed by wheat and yeast... aftertaste is light.

M: Beer is crisp and easy to drink.... carbonation is pretty high but not bad for the style.

O: Pretty average for a beer of this type.... The Acai berries add a tartness.... little different from Raspberries in that it is a little sweeter.... worth a try...

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.01/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This looks like a pale gold BMC lager... Head vanished quickly.

The nose holds little wheat, and not a whole lot i notice as acai, but there are berries-- perhaps blackberries, blueberries and raspberries? The flavor has a weird skunky cologne quality to it. Not very sweet, but lots of berry flavor.

The body is thin and overcarbed.

Overall, this is simply not a beer I want to drink again.

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Photo of magictacosinus
2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a flute glass from a bottle with no freshness date.

A: Surprisingly, it looks like a less effervescent version of champagne, and is very clear and golden in color - which is strange as açaí usually contains a strong purple hue. While it apparently contains wheat, the beer does not foam that much and loses its large carbonated head as it warms.

S: The scent of açaí is clearly present, as well as cane sugar - which retains a nice, sweet smell. Unfortunately, the smell of yeast is hard to make out on the nostrils, as well as hops.

T: While the beer is refreshing on a first gulp, it is more reminiscent of champagne stylized soda (such as Brazilian guarana drinks) than actual beer. Nevertheless, it holds a watery touch on the palate with a sweet tingle that lasts only momentarily. I'm a hop fanatic, and to my disappointment cannot make out noticeable trace of hoppiness in this beer. It is far less fruitier than I expected it to be.

M: Nicely bubbly for what it is. However, there is an underwhelming sensation due to the low maltiness and hops. Any tingling sensation on the tongue can be attributed to its high carbonation. While it has a bitter aftertaste, it still is a bit too flat.

O: Hate to say this, but this brew is essentially a poor man's lambic beer. It's a breezy brew for the summer and contains novelty tasting in its strange blend. However, I would
not pick this one up again. Here's hoping there's more easily accessible açaí blends for me to purchase near me!

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.62/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty light flavor. I taste the acai, but it's not strong. Just a hint of it mixed in with the wheat. Good sweetness level with fruity/berry overtones. This would be a good "dessert" beer for warm summer days. I had this at a fondue restaurant and it paired well with the many and varied flavors of the food we had, which ranged all over meat, seafood and veggies. Overall I give this a thumbs up.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - clear, somewhat dark golden in color, with little to no foam.

Smell - I'm not very familiar with the acai berry, but this has a pungent (not necessarily bad) smell somewhat close to the sorghum beers.

Taste and Mouthfeel - the taste is mostly just like the smell, only it definitely now has more of a "berry" like quality. A little crisp toward the back of the palate. Texture is a little toward the watery side, but not too bad.

Overall - not a bad brew, and not bad tasting in my opinion, but also not terribly interesting.

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Photo of shand
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz stubby into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This brew pours a a fairly dark color for a wheat, this one's closer to an orange than anything else. Head is small and doesn't retain or lace, this one winds up looking more like juice than beer after a couple of minutes. The aroma is full of sweet Acai berries and a bit of fairly unappealing wheat. The taste is very fruity without getting too sweet, there's a decent level of tartness in here. The wheat just hangs out in the back. Mouthfeel is crisp, and drinkability is alright. A pretty good fruit beer.

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Photo of zeledonia
2.54/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up on super-discount, as the brewery is apparently pulling out of Minnesota.

Pours a very clear golden-orange. About one finger of off-white head, sponge-like with mostly big bubbles. Head fades fast, leaving no lacing whatsoever. One nice stream of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell is dominated by sweet, pungent fruit, which I have to assume is acai. It's a pleasant, full fruit aroma, kinda like berries, but without the sweet finish. There's a hint of a beer behind that, but not much.

Taste starts out fruity but not sweet. It's an odd fruitiness, very thin and slightly tangy. Then a bit of bitterness drifts in and is quickly gone (not really hop-like, kinda tastes like a pill tablet). I get only a tiny hint of wheat. Finish is surprisingly dry and crisp.

Light-bodied with fizzy, tingly, hyperactive carbonation. Finish is watery.

This is an odd beer, more like carbonated fruit juice. And the fruit isn't really the kind I'd choose to give the reins of a beer to. It's okay, but there's not a whole lot to recommend it.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.59/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to be honest and admit that I really wanted to hate this beer, what with all the hoohaw about Acai as this miracle food/drug. Big whatever. But to my surprise I kind of like this. It's a litte fruity and frilly for my hop- hardened palate, but it's refreshing and tasty.

Pours a radiant golden with a huge white head, though that drops away to nothing with disapponting speed. The aroma is sweet and fruity, but very difficult to describe. Like raspberry and cherry and blackberry, but unlike them as well. It is bright and sparkly. If Hello Kitty had a beer, this might be it. The flavor is a little less pink and happy, but that berry and tropical fruit thing keeps going. Not much wheat flavor in there, but a little. The finish has some asprin bitterness and a grape-like tannic bite and the mouthfeel is sparkly and prickly, more like a fruity champagne than beer.

God help me, but I think this is good, at least as far as it goes.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Eel River Certified Organic Acai Berry Wheat. Product of Northern California, 12 fl. oz., 4.0 % alc/vol.
No gobbledygook on the label, so I'm utterly unaware and unimpressed by the who, what, where and why of the acai berry. Just happy to drink it. Let's go.

Hazed golden color, slimmish, but staying, white head. Prolific bubblation.

Sweetness and fruit in the nose. If you expect me to pinpoint the fineries of the acai berry, it ain't about to happen. Sweet, soft, lush, and lovely.

Drinking it: Soft, light, and fruity. Minor mouthfeel and texture. Minor and light are the watchwords, here. They keep on coming, in place of any other words that will not come.

A little sweet, a little fruity, light, wheat, breezy.

You could do worse.

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Photo of Khazadum
1.7/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Blind Beer #6! Another day, another set of dollars, and an enriched thirst for something alcoholic and tasty. This one was suggested to crack into a pint glass.

Low generation of head, low retention, tons of carbonation... GIANT bubbles forming around the glass. Dilute urine yellow with orange tint that is almost clear to vision.

Tons of bread malt. A tad bit of generic apple flavoring off the hinge. Some minor grassy hops. Something unusual as well .... Its... almost a dry, spice that has gone stale stored in tupperware leaking phthalates.

Oh this is bad. Bitter beer face has some back to haunt me! What am I? Twelve sneaking beer again from my dad? Gosh... this tastes absolutely off... Bad... Awful even. Starts watered down biscuit malt. Literally take a biscuit, break off a piece and smash it with some water and I bet that tastes better than this. Following that is what I swear could be hops. It has maybe a wheat characteristic, but I'm trying to hope for the best with this beer and maybe inventing flavors. Hell, the bitterness is so mild it could be my imagination that this thing has hops. Finish is that biscuit malt flavor lingering, morphing slowly into cardboard. Acrid aftertaste of plaque as well. Something... berry that is infused with plasticizers?

Crisp opening dissipates readily in my oral cavity. Thin, sticky flavors unfortunately, watery. Just plain flat disappointing. It has more similarities to tainted water than anything else.

This beer is definitely the killshot. I do not like. I hope to goodness this... lager? is the killshot, hah. It has few flavor characteristics I like. Few improvements in the nose. Nothing in the mouthfeel to offset the negative characteristics elsewhere. This was just a big disappointment. However, I knew what I was getting into with this BIF, so it isn't as huge disappointment as it could have been. What is this beer tonight...

Acai Berry Wheat... Well there was an occasional berry-like flavor... and the malt of the wheat makes sense. Thanks for this kill-tick!

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Photo of KajII
2.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Best served in a Flute]

Poured a cloudy medium amber with a small white fizzy that had no retention at all and no lacing to speak of. The aroma hits the nose right off the bat with a strong dose of berries then light grain malts and a light sweet yeast, and not much else. It tasted very lightly sweet with hints of berries from the beginning to end with the flavor fading very rapidly after the swallow. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a fizzy carbonation. Overall nothing special at all about this brew except the berry flavor. I felt like I was drinking flavored carbonated water!!

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Photo of Haybeerman
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bright, clear gold/yellow color. Poured a one finger white head that dissipated quickly to a skim. Decanted continually. Laced in a few random spots.

S: Sweet berries and wet bread. Very straightforward.

T: Wet grains and bread. Dark berries, some other apricot and plum fruit flavors as well. Light spiciness (from hops?). Sweet fruit soda flavors linger in a surprisingly dry finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Sweet and soda-like to aa dry and crisp (a little strange).

O: Not anything horribly wrong; usually a safe bet in a fresh wheat beer - especially a fruit one. Just a little strange in the way the taste was all over the place and the strange transition in the feel.

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Acai Berry Wheat from Eel River Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.