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Acai Berry Wheat - Eel River Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
71
okay

145 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 19.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Eel River Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 04-04-2009)
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Photo of NewGeneric
2.48/5  rDev -18.7%

Had this one a while back but took notes. Poured a pale golden color with fizzy head that faded quickly and left no lacing. Smelled of malts, fruit, and yeast. Tasted of malts and mild fruit. Smooth, but a bit overcarbed. Had to struggle a little bit to finish this.

NewGeneric, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Shared at a homebrew meeting.

A - Pours golden with 1 finger of white head. Dissipates moderately fast and leaves little lacing.

S/T - Honey and acai. Is that it? No hops, no nothing?

M - Light bodied, malt dominated, slick, and sweet.

D - Average, not sure I like the taste of acai berries. Not sure anyone else does either.

MisterClean, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of mjl21
3.73/5  rDev +22.3%

22 ounce bottle poured into a La Fin du Monde tulip. Comes in at 4%. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours a clear peach color with a one finger white head. Decent ring is left intact. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom. Some polka dot lace is left.

S-Like the name implies, it smells like berries. I don't know what an acai berry smells like, but this one reminds me in a lot of way of raspberries. Also get a tad bit of wheat.

T-The raspberry like taste is very upfront. I found it to be a tad watery in the middle and a little grainy in the finish from the wheat. It is very fruit forward, but it did not taste as sweet and artificially flavored as a lot of fruit beers.

M-Lighter bodied and a tad watery. Had crisp level of carbonation.

D-It has a very low abv and was refreshing on a hot day.

I first tried this at the Celebrator Beer Fest in Oakland and found it to be quite refreshing. It is one of the better fruit beers that I have tried. While I would not actively seek it out, I would have no problem sharing one with my wife. It's also organic.

mjl21, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

GClarkage, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of Genghis22
2.73/5  rDev -10.5%

No Bottled On Date Found

A - Pours a bright and clear yellow. Completely see through. Looks like a darker, richer BMC, but nothing like a wheat beer.

S - Smells like fruit and beer. There is a certain "Froot Loops" like quality to the nose. Lots of berries, with a beer backbone.

T - All fruit. This thing tastes more like a juice squeeze than a beer. Sweet tastes of berry hit the tongue right away. There is a malty finish, and drying effect from the hops. The hops leave a bitter taste at the very end, but the aftertaste is sweet again, almost like artificial sweetner.

M - Very thin body, borderline water. Moderate to high carbonation. Very crisp.

D - There is a time and a place for this beer. If I was swimming in a river somewhere and it was 100+ degrees out, this would absolutely hit the spot. This is fruity, light and low abv, just what you need on a hot day in the sun. I think the sweetness would limit me to one though. Not my favorite beer, but I'd rather drink this than a Mike's Hard ___ade.

Genghis22, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
3.38/5  rDev +10.8%

I'm very close to being 'addicted' to the 'XXX' Vitamin Water with Acai, so this was a likely and necessary beer beer to try. A 22 oz. bottle, picked up at Bridgetown BeerHouse for $3.95, poured to a pint glass.

A: Clear and golden, the faintest hint of haziness. Fairly robust carbonation, plenty of bubbles steadily rising. Fizzy cap of whiteness, gone shortly, leaving a a scant head of spotty film.

S: Aroma draws me in, a deep and earthy fruit/berry with barely enough sweetness.

T: Spiced berry, mildly tart. Bland wheat, with only enough fruitiness to keep things reasonably interesting, but not enough to make it enjoyable.

M: Crispness is good, sweet/bitter balance is pretty good, too. Mouthfeel is light-medium, but fruity spicy build and gives a bit more weight. Refreshing!

D: Likable, has a god fruit element and crisp and very spicy wheat flavor. Aroma has some 'artificiality' but that may just be the type of berry used; otherwise it's enticing. Pretty enjoyable. Low ABV, thrist-quenching and sessionable.

msubulldog25, May 27, 2009
Photo of atsprings
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%

12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip pours a crisp yellow with a thin off-white head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves slight lacing. Aroma is a slight amount of sweet malts and fruits, but not much there. The taste is a bit of berry against bland pale malts, quite mediocre. The beer is crisp, light, and bland. This one was a huge disappointment, I'm glad I just bot one bottle.

atsprings, May 22, 2009
Photo of ChillMike
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

So this is going to be a quick review

Appearance is typical for a wheat lots of carbo bubbles, a nice head but it's filtered.

Smell: Very nice, smells like a palatable wheat with a nice berry scent that was brewed in (oh wait "natural flavors added")

Taste: Yikes, not so great, sort of tastes like if Miller made a wheat beer and then squeezed acai berry juice into it. Now I'll admit to not being a fan of flavored beers but this one is just too forced.

Mf: Not bad light bodied beer that's in my opinion a bit over carbonated. Nothing special here.

D: Meh, not to palatable or tasty nor easy to drink. Just a really really forced flavor and the over carbonation. Consider me not impressed. Ashamed because I had high hopes for it.''

ChillMike, May 20, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
3.4/5  rDev +11.5%

What the hell is an acai? Sounds like some chemical in a cleaner Billy Mays would be pushing. Oh well, here goes.

This beer pours with a big white head and a yellow clean body. Must be those tungsten carbonite sharpening blades.

Hi Billy Mays here for what odor? When u smell this, you'll be saying, what odor?

Topped with wheat, malt, and berries, Big City Acai sliders are guaranteed to please.

Eel river puts the power of professional brewing, right in the palm of your hand. This beer would be 5.99 at other places, but Eel river makes it available for 4.39. The easy way to drink a great berry wheat beer.

Murchmac, May 16, 2009
Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

Zorro, May 12, 2009
Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +31.1%

The Acai berry poured a light golden color with very little foam head and not much lacing. The smell was really nice. It had that Acai berry ringing through the nostrils. The taste was pretty sweet with a good wheat backbone. It was thin in the mouth and moderately carbonated. I am not personally a big fan of this styl but I think this brew was well done!

cswhitehorse, May 12, 2009
Photo of slhaas
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

This beer reminds me of the carbonated, flavored water beverage "Clearly Canadian", but with alcohol. Though one can't really taste the alcohol contained in this brew. It is highly carbonated and does have a very refreshing quality to it. It would best be served to someone who isn't typically a beer drinker that does like wine coolers, or for a really hot day. It is a very clean and clear wheat, so people that don't like your typical wheat might also enjoy this, but not for me. It goes down easy and doesn't have an overwhelming fruit flavor which is good, but doesn't have much flavor at all which isn't so good for my tastes. It poured well for it's style and reminded me of drinking a typical american light/lite beer.

slhaas, May 11, 2009
Photo of plaid75
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

plaid75, May 11, 2009
Photo of ironlung
3.88/5  rDev +27.2%

Light golden color. Tiny head. Light berry smell. Don't agree with them filtering the wheat. Needs more carbonation. Still a decent beer. This is a good summer quencher. Berry flavor is light. I expected that due to the cost of acai berries. My girl liked it and would drink again. I'm one and done with this beer.

ironlung, May 09, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

Halcyondays, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of bigbelcher
2.7/5  rDev -11.5%

Bought this just to see how much it tasted like Acai berries, sadly it didn't but for the price and for how expensive acai berries are it would have had to cost a lot more to get any real acai flavor. Pale yellow color with a thick white head. Aroma was bready and grainy, no fruit or hops evident. Tasted like a watered down macro lager. Harsh graininess, some bitterness, medium bodied. I would drink it before a macro lager, but not by much.

bigbelcher, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of HalenRush
2.73/5  rDev -10.5%

Purchased at Eureka Natural Foods, Eureka, CA

A - A filtered wheat? Why do breweries do this? It looks like a golden ale...nothing wheaty about it. A wheat head should be thick and pillowy. This was just a moderate regular head.

T - In fact, it doesn't even taste like a wheat to me. Nice job on not making the acai overpowering like many breweries do with fruit beers - a good balance

S - Its fruity and floral with a touch of acetaldehyde.

M - Again, its a filtered wheat, so you lose points here. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Wheat beers should be a liquid sandwich.

D - This gets decent marks because it just goes down like a thin boring golden ale. Its drinkable, for sure. On a hot day for a BBQ I would maybe enjoy this. But if you are expecting a fruit wheat you will be disappointed.

Sorry ERB....I love your brews and I support the local guy but you really missed the mark here. If you just didn't filter it this would be a much different review. I've been going to your brewery long enough to remember your blueberry wheat. I don't know if you still make it, but back then in the 90's, they said it was a seasonal, one keg brew. Man that was good. Especially with a plate of your hot wings. Do that brew with this berry and you are on to something.

HalenRush, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
3.55/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

scruffwhor, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%

22oz bomber. Brewed with organic açai berries from Brazil along with a mix of four other organic berries as well. Pours into my glass a light golden sunrise yellow color with a small bubbly white head on top. Lots of active carbonation bubbles up. Aromas start with crisp, slightly grainy wheat malts along with fruity dark berries. Blueberry comes through along with some earthiness. Overall aroma is quite mellow here.

First sip brings crisp, somewhat dry wheat upfront that rolls into berry flavors. Blueberry is there along with some chocolate earthiness from the acai berries. Flows down crisp with a light bitterness. Refreshing and drinkable but not very contemplative.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with fast moving small bubbles of carbonation. Quite refreshing overall and the fruit flavor is well balanced so as not to be overbearing. Would make a good summer quencher, but not something I would seek out regularly.

orbitalr0x, Apr 04, 2009
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Acai Berry Wheat from Eel River Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.