Acai Berry Wheat - Eel River Brewing Co.

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Acai Berry WheatAcai Berry Wheat

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BA SCORE
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
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:
Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 04-04-2009

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Ratings: 157 | Reviews: 93
Photo of PorterLambic
3.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A certified organic brew, for what its worth.
Pours a very slightly hazy yellow. Decently sized fizzy head that drops to almost nothing and leaves no lace.
Smell is malt, acai berries, hint of hops and maybe honey, citrus.
Taste is malt, acai, slight hops and citrus.
Tart, rather unlike most wheats. Lightish body with an intense effervescence. Just an okay beer, more unusual than anything else.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.86/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For a berry wheat beer. This is a good tasting one. Start out with the pour very clean filter look.

The smell is very fruity as it should. The taste is pretty good for a wheat beer.

This is a nice summer beer for those who like a light wheat beer. I would drink it on a very hot day or at your favorite concert tailgating event.

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 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 djbreezy
3.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at NAOBF.

appearance - golden, clear, bubbly, low head, no retention

smell - various berries and wheat

taste - wheat, odd berry flavor tucked in there

mouthfeel - light, watery

drinkability - not much going on here, needs some body and flavor

Photo of bahana
1.45/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

There is not much berry smell in this beer which was surprising. It is very watery with the berry taste in the background. It has a spoiled sour taste to it. I couldn't even finish the bottle. There are many mass marketed non craft beers that I'd rather drink.

Photo of fear025
2.04/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Aroma:Nice berry aroma

Appearance:Clear but poor head retention

Taste:Watery, some bitter off-notes. Acai berry taste is subtle.

Mouthfeel:A little watery

Drinkability:I was not impressed by this beer, I was expecting it to be much more of a fruit beer, as opposed to a marketing gimmick.

Photo of FightinScot
3.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Slight lacing, diminishing to trace amounts after a few minutes. Pours an almost apple juice appearance. Has a very very light taste, almost like a club soda, but with a trace of berrys and small bit of wheat. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy.

Not an everyday kind of beer, but I would not have a problem downing a few of these on a hot day.

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 BretSikkink
3.17/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden with orange stippling below some sudsy white bubbles. Pretty much right down the middle of the American Light Beer spectrum. No haze.

Strong berry flavor - almost cider-like. Light and sweet, but light in a more aesthetic sense. The aroma is fairly strong, which bodes fairly well.

Tons of berry flavor - there are five of them in here, so there better be some flavor notes. Tastes, as you might imagine, like a fruit dessert with some pale wheat malt sweetness. No hops, little barley. Blueberry and acai (they are really similar) take the flavor lead, but nothing else really jumps up at me.

Super light and obviously made for the Discerning Lawn-Mower crowd. Nothing wrong with these beers, but I wish someone would make a Really Good Beer with fruit and wheat as ingredients.

Photo of Brenden
3.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a clear dark yellow/gold. A pure white head forms at about a finger with low retention and leaves no lacing on my glass.
The smell is, for the most part, what i expect. The berries and wheat are in almost equal parts on the nose. There's an earthy freshness and a light, not quite sourness, for lack of a good descriptor, indicating that berries are used in actuality rather than artificial flavoring. It would be better if there was a balancing very light sweetness or more from either hops or malt, and if it was a bit stronger.
The flavor is stronger than the aroma. The berry flavor hits the palate initially and gives way to a solid wheat/grains taste. The malt comes out a bit more strongly in the flavor as well.
The body is medium. Carbonation is low, and there's just the slightest crispness to this one. There is, however, a nice creamy smoothness that fills your mouth if you swirl it around.

Photo of Ricochet
2.3/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow, apple juice like, no lace no head and slight carbonation. A little cloudy. Smelled faintly of grape juice, a little bread and a little metallic.

Water going down, soda water that is, bread aftertaste with a tiny berry back stab.

Soda water in the taste, club soda. Slight berry taste all around and barely a hint of bitter. Bread again comes at the end, like a weak jelly sandwich in a bottle.

What beer is this? Tastes like a mixer to a fruity drink, something like a bottom shelf schnapps in club soda? No thanks.

Photo of chumba526
1.53/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I initially before tasting looked at the multiple bad reviews of this beer. Individuals were describing the beer in such a dreadful way that I thought they could have been overreacting... and then I tried this beer. The color was a light pinkish, reddish color; there was only a thin layer of head. The smell reminded me of a generic berry soda's smell and a bit of an unpleasant wheat smell. It tastes like someone fermented some berry flavored soda. It has this artificial bubblegum taste. It's very syrupy feeling and is not refreshing at all. It is ironic that this is the most artificially tasting fruit wheat beer, I have tasted and it is organic. I only made it through half a glass and that was difficult enough. It could have perhaps been a good beer if it didn't have such a strong generic sweet berry flavor. Overall it is a horrible fruit beer.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Eel River brew. I decided to start with their lightest offering, than work my way up. Lets see what they can do with a Fruit Beer.

A: Pours a hazy, straw yellow. Head is bright white, and rather minimal. No lacing. Carbonation is pretty tame.

S/T: There is some definite berry on the nose. Mostly raspberry with a touch of blackberry. A little tart. Taste is also berry forward. Lots of raspberry with a definite wheat presence. A little sourness in the finish. Thats about it. I have had better fruit beers, and I have definetly had worse. Not that bad.

M/D: I don't know why, but I am finding this very drinkable and refreshing. Maybe its because I haven't had a fruit beer in like five months. Its a nice change of pace from the full-bodied Stouts I have been drinking lately. Very light bodied and crisp. I could easily chug one of these down.

Overall, not a bad first impression from Eel River. I am not a fan of the style, but this is still pretty decent. Very drinkable and refreshing along with a decent fruity flavor that doesn't seem overly artificial.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.64/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/26/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a very fizzy clear straw yellow color body. Average, white head, very quickly diminishing. very strong berry aroma, like raspberry, a little sour. Sweetness, almost a fake sweetness, but not quite. Very nice smell. Nutty, wheaty taste. Some fruitiness, but subdued. Refreshing. Very tasty, not complex, but I like it.

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 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 nickd717
2.35/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Re-posting earlier review that was deleted...

Bottle shared by largadeer on BA in a quest for the worst beer ever tasting. Wow, Eel River, WTF? Is this really a beer? This is basically the acai berry version of what I'd expect Bud Select 55 to taste like. Pours a clear, watery golden-yellow with a small white head. Aroma is very light with butter and light fruit juice. Flavor is mild acai berry, seltzer water, just a touch of wheat, and butter. Palate is almost exactly like Fruit2O or some other carbonated fruit water. Hey, at least it's drinkable. Good way to hydrate.

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 KarlHungus
2.37/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear pale straw color. The head is nonexistent. The aroma is of berries, and a hint of malt. The berry notes are rather strong in comparison to other fruity wheat beers. The taste is like the aroma, but weaker. The mouthfeel is thin, watery, and has an annoyingly high level of carbonation. The mouthfeel actually comes to dominate the entire beer in a bad way. Overall, this is a bad beer that I will not be drinking again.

Photo of searsclone
3.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with very little head. Less cloudy than I had hoped for.

Smells like berries and toast.

I can taste the berries, and not much else. It seems very watery to me.

It is very sharp, highly carbonated.

More pronounced fruit and less wheat than I had hoped for. Not my style, but not bad.

Photo of washburnkid
2.12/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A tiny head disappears completely in seconds. The body is a relatively clear light lager straw golden. Aromas are funky, with a bit of sweet and tart with a major backdrop of grassy hops. The flavors are similar. The best way I can describe the taste is light domestic lager with a hint of Czech style hops (grassy, clean earthy) and watery fruit juice. The carbonation is high at first and then, like the head, it just seems to go away. Where is the wheat in here? This is a strange beer, and while the hops are pleasant, they are out of place and not great enough to make me want this beer again.

Photo of goblue3509
2.38/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light pale yellow color with a small head and no lacing. The smell is of faint acai and some grain. The taste is the same a faint acai berry and some wheat. The taste is slightly watery. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation. Drinkability is slightly below average, there is a weak taste that would make you not want to drink more, however, the taste isn't awful where you would say you dislike the beer totallly.

Photo of NewGeneric
2.48/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of MisterClean
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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