Acai Berry Wheat - Eel River Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 157
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 14.52%
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

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Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 04-04-2009

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Reviews: 90 | Hads: 157
Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
3.24/5  rDev +6.9%
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 (254 characters)

Photo of bahana
1.45/5  rDev -52.1%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of fear025
2.04/5  rDev -32.7%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of FightinScot
3.61/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (360 characters)

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. (572 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.17/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.23/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (916 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
2.3/5  rDev -24.1%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of chumba526
1.53/5  rDev -49.5%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.43/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (1,085 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.64/5  rDev +20.1%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (1,501 characters)

Photo of nickd717
2.35/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of largadeer
1.88/5  rDev -38%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
2.37/5  rDev -21.8%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of searsclone
3.49/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of washburnkid
2.12/5  rDev -30%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
2.38/5  rDev -21.5%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of NewGeneric
2.48/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
3.03/5  rDev 0%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,993 characters)

Photo of mjl21
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (811 characters)

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