Acai Berry Wheat - Eel River Brewing Co.

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72
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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 18.57%
Wants: 3
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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Ratings: 157 | Reviews: 93
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.89/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of largadeer
1.88/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale yellow with a slight haze. It pours with no head. The nose is unpleasantly funky with an odd semi-tart berry component that I wouldn't necessarily identify as acai; it's just generic fruit. This smells oddly sweet for a 4% wheat beer. Pretty awful so far. The taste, surprisingly, isn't as horrifically bad as the aroma. Bad, yes, but it's more tolerable to my tongue than it is to my olfactory system. Sweet up front with a bunch of misused berry flavor, this is somewhere between a light ale and a wine cooler. Finishes slick, buttery and flat. Quite the atrocious beer here; I'll have to pick up a few more to age for a while.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24-karat gold with a large splash of orange juice. The upper third of the pint glass is filled with an attractive cap of suds that is eggshell white in color. Several broken rings of lace are beginning to appear as the foam starts to melt.

The nose is impressively berry-like. It will probably be a bit too tutti-fruity and girly for some. If you like fruit beer in general, and berry-added fruit beer in particular, this is a pretty pleasant sniffer.

In addition to acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berries, four other berries were used. I'll take a wild stab and say that blueberries and raspberries are present. At least that's what it tastes like. ABW could stand to be more sweet and less bitter. Hop flavor is essentially absent.

The benefit of products that use acai berries is their anti-oxidant power. A little internet research finds that it isn't as impressive as advertised. Acai berries have more anti-oxidant properties than orange juice, apple juice and tea; the same amount as cranberry juice and blackberry juice; and less than pomegranate juice, Concord grape juice and red wine. The moral of the story is to drink beer that tastes good, not beer that's supposed to make you healthier.

The flavor profile is reminiscent of the abomination known as Leinenkugel Berry Weiss. However, this beer is more subtle, less sweet/more bitter, and less fake tasting. It's pretty inoffensive stuff, but it isn't growing on me at all as the middle of the bomber approaches. A berry flavored bitter blonde ale is not my idea of deliciousness.

The body/mouthfeel is appropriately light. The score doesn't rise above average because the initially zesty carbonation fades too quickly and the beer feels lackluster by the start of the second glass.

Acai Berry Wheat looks okay and smells okay. Unfortunately, that's where it ends. Cutting the bitterness in half would be a good place to start if the suggestion box is open. If you want to be healthy, eat right and exercise. You're welcome.

Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, a surprise find at the Village Green Liquor store in Vernon, BC.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium straw colour, with one finger of soapy white head, which falls away quite quickly, leaving nary a speck of lace around the glass. It smells of sweet berry fruit, kind of like a mix of blueberry and red grapes, and mild grainy wheat. The taste is soft, mild, fruity acai berry, some wheatiness, and a bit of edgy, weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, smooth, and fruity. It finishes fairly sweet, the blend of berry and wheat consistent.

Not bad, not great, just a well-balanced fruit beer. I like it - it went down pretty fast...

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +30.3%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straw colored with a minor haze. Good initial head--nearly pure white. Leaves some lace after each sip.

First impression is sourness, then a little berry sweetness. I don't detect any wheat in the nose.

Highly carbonated with a very light body--almost like seltzer. The flavor matches the smell profile: mostly sour with a touch of berry. Again, no wheat. This probably would cut it as an unusual lawn mower beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.26/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

06/24/09- Purchased at Mollie Stones in Burlingame, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Apprearance- Deeper golden colored pour....pretty clear. A full inch a medium-fast disappearing head. Does leave some light spotting of lace behind.

Smell- Smells like processed raspberries and blackberries. Not really fresh scent, but not really offensive either.

Taste- Taste matches the nose to a t. Good dose of wheat with a wine cooler like flavor of mostly raspberries. I bit of a sugary hit to it as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level with a light and crisp fruity aftertaste.

Drinkability- Pretty much a clone of Marin BC Raspberry Trail Ale. Not bad, not good, just there. Nothing special about it, but it is better on a hot night light we had last night.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a clear yellow with, a medium fizzy white head, with poor retention. Doesn't really look like a wheat beer. I certainly expected something a little darker in colour due to the acai berries.

S: Nice fragrant berry smell.

T: Acai flavour is relatively mild, a tad acrid, I didn't really get the sweetness that you find in acai juice. The wheat does form a good backbone. Interesting enough, but in the end an average tasting fruit beer, at least it didn't taste artificial.

M: Fizzy, smooth, light, tangy.

D: An OK wheat beer, it is relatively cheap and would be an interesting choice in the summer months. The fact that it is organic is a plus, it was a nice refresher after exercise.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh my, I rendez-vouz with açai! I have a story about that, but let's open the cap and move on to the beer:

Pale straw yellow in color with a show of carbonation running through. the head on top is fuzzy looking, and slowly falling to a thin lace, then nothing. Yep, there are the açai berries, but they are on the lighter side in intensity. I still like the smell though.

The flavor is quite light on the palate. There's nothing at first but a little carbonation, then comes a small wave of açai berries, then a snap of shredded wheat notes on the palate. It's not great nor bad. Very light in the mouth with a light crispness. The berries linger into the aftertaste.

The main reason I tried this is because it reminded me of a moment in Rio de Janeiro. When I checked into my hostel, the clerk told me to find a local juice bar immediately and get açai juice because it would "freeze my brain". I'm not sure if I'd get this again, but it would be a decent alternative if you can't find açai at a local juice bar during warm weather.

Photo of Zorro
3.11/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly cloudy yellow colored beer with a brief white head.

Not sure what Açaí Berry is supposed to smell like. This has a light wheat malt base scent and a strong sour fruity smell that is closest to sour blackberries. Not all that pleasant.

Sweet wheat malt with a soda cracker flavor and a strong sour fruit flavor. Best way to describe this is Berliner Weiss with berry syrup. Quite sour, but not vinegar type sour.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Could almost call this a sour blackberry wheat beer that is what it tastes like. This would be good for Hot Summer days when the sour and lightness would really stand out.

Photo of plaid75
3.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Waterfront Ale House, Brooklyn, NYC.

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light fragrant berry sweetness and a faint graininess.

The taste was clean and uneventful. No off flavors, but no wheat or berry either.

The mouthfeel was light, clean and carbonated.

Overall not a bad tasting beer, and certainly ideal for hot summer days. Not much going on flavorwise though.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.22/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a pale lemon-orange with a bright clarity and non-developing white sudsy head that dissipated as quickly as it was poured leaving behind a polished surface void of any lacing. Visible carbonation was strong and steady but sparsely spaced apart rising at a moderately rapid rate.

S: The nose was buttery malted with fresh lemons, white grapes and a honey dew fruitiness. Raspberries were also prominent. Not really sure what the contributing taste of acai berries are, did not want to be biased in my review but thus far this beer is definitely fruity with a berry juice quality.

T: The flavor begins very fruity and sweet upfront with cold apple juice, canned pear juice, honey dew and white grapes. There seems to be as well a mixture of blackberry and raspberry juice like taste as well. The malting is buttery sweet with a light-medium bitterness of fresh lemons. Hints of apricot prevail mid way through this fruity laced beer, while the beer finishes out with a buttery presence and soft lemony flowery bitterness. There is a soft twang of a lemony-orange combination that is detected after the swallow.

M: gassy, and seltzer like, exploding in the mouth like soda pop and pop rocks. The carbonation soon fizzles out leaving behind a texture that was slick and lightly oily.

D: Drinkability was sub-average drinking much like an overcarbonated fruity wine cooler. Limited enjoyability, repeatability while a bomber quickly becomes unexciting, so best to share this with a friend.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.12/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly cloudy yellow with a thin cap of white head that very low retention and no lacing. Decent wheat aroma with a sweet, blueberryish note (note: I have no idea what Acai berries smell or taste like). The flavors were also that of a solidly decent wheat beer with some berries mixed in. The body was nicely crisp and had a dry finish for a "sweet" beer. Drinkability was good, but I drank this on an 85+ degree day, YMMV. Overall, a nice enough little brew, worth trying if you see it and are in the mood for this style of beer.

Photo of Tone
3.28/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.98/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a yellowish brown with a thin white head and left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma was pretty fruity with the acai berries really coming out nice that had wheat, malt, slight citrus, and hop notes. The grains really stand out on the flavor but mesh well with the acai berries which make for a good fruit beer. The hops and citrus really accent the flavor and help on the overall taste. The brew was light to medium body with a fair amount of bubbly carbonation that had a sweet and citrusy crisp finish. It drank really good and is probably one of my top 5 as far as fruit beers go and not to mention that it is organic as well.

Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to resi for sending this beer. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is rather mild, some berries. Taste is also of berries, some wheat, a bit sour at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Photo of cjgator3
3.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a slighlty hazes golden orange color with an off-white head.

S- The fruity aroma has some wheat and some faint berrie. As well. Not sure exactly what an acai berry smells like but I'm sure that is the berry notes I'm picking up in the nose.

T- The taste like the aroma is fruity with wheat, a hint of berries and a faint touch of hops.

M- the mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is an okay wheat beer. Not really my thing but would be a decent beer when looming for something light bodied and refreshing.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.54/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear amber to bright copper hue. Next to nothing in the way of head, foam or bubbles. The aroma is a very faint acai berry and faintly toasted pilsner malt. Pretty clean smell though. Acai berry upfront and the faintly toasted malt slowly combines to a grainy and yet mildly yeasty finish. Ok filtered wheat beer. I would like to taste this beer with some yeast sediment left in it. Might help develop the acai berry fruit flavors. A somewhat watery malt palate. Very easy to drink.

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Acai Berry Wheat from Eel River Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.