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Acai Berry Wheat - Eel River Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 18.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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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Ratings: 152 | Reviews: 90
Photo of mralphabet
3.12/5  rDev +1.6%
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...

Photo of AleWatcher
2.01/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

Photo of magictacosinus
2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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!

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.62/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of shand
3.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of zeledonia
2.54/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of Seanibus
3.59/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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 Khazadum
1.7/5  rDev -44.6%
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!

Photo of KajII
2.62/5  rDev -14.7%
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!!

Photo of Haybeerman
3/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of kenito799
3.74/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

5 oz pour in a flight at Yard House San Diego.

Medium amber color, not much lacing. Aroma is very fragrant with berries, a nice fresh smell, not artificial. Rather bland fizzy mouthfeel, but a god balance of wheat beer with fresh berry flavor, not sweet, the berries don't overwhelm. Fruit flavored beer is not my favorite style, but this is nice and refreshing, the berry flavro doesn't become annoying or tiring. Well done.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.11/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a slightly cloudy but still translucent yellow, with no head whatsoever. lasted 5 seconds.
smells of fresh fruit. acai, strawberry, very fruity smell along with wheat in the smell too.
its slightly sour from being tart. its decent. definitely can taste the wheat too.
it has a lot of carbonation. its average.
overall, not a beer i'll be having again. i've had way worse, just nothing i'd go out of my way to get.

Photo of canucklehead
3.15/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drink straight Acai juice every day in a shot glass as it is very sour and strong tasting. This beer takes the chance of using a tart berry in a wheat beer and it kinda works. The beer is slightly tart and dry on the finish and wheat part is quite down the line American wheat style. The problem with this beer is that is pretty bland and the lack of sweetness moves into an area that lambic occupy but this beer has none of the complexity needed. Drinkable but not worth a second taste

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - White foamy one finger head with low retention. Hazy yellow amber body with a small amount of sediment.

Smell - Fresh and fruity. Definite berry smell.

Taste - Very bland. Surprisingly dry, especially considering the sweet undertones in the smell. Tastes like a very, very watered down lambic or gueuze.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Somewhat crisp. At least it's not fake and syrupy.

Overall Drinkability - I guess this beer is interesting in its own way, but I don't see myself liking it, even if this beer accomplished exactly what it set out to be. Who knows if that is even the case though. Might work well as a light, refreshing Michelob Ultra alternative on a hot day, if that's your kind of beer.

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 DrDemento456
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slightly hazed bright yellow. Almost light beer looking since it pretty much is with a half inch of carbonated head that clears rather quickly.

S - Smells of wheat and a berry smell.

T - Can't say I ever drank Acai Berry but it kind of had apricot or grapefruit dryness with a hint of plum. Sort of like a soda and little to no wheat or malt. Very dry.

M - Dry and thin. Watery even.

Overall I wouldn't get this again but I am a sucker for fruit beers and the person at the D's recommended it to me as pretty decent. I should have got the Samuel Smith Cherry beer since it had more ABV and I knew for a fact it was good. Still it wasn't undrinkable and interesting to say the least. Worth at least a B score.

Photo of AwYeh
2/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass. A little bit hard to quality this as beer... but hey, here's the review anyway:

A: Pours a slightly hazy watery yellow color with half a finger of white head that had dissipated in the time it took me to look at the glass, rinse the empty bottle out with water, and look back.

S: All I'm really getting here is a light berry smell, similar to the strength found in flavored bottled water. The berry aroma is a good deal away from smelling like freshly picked ones, and well on its way to air freshener category.

T: Generic "malt" flavor that can be found in American adjunct lagers and more of the same berry flavor from the smell; at least it's faint instead of tasting like syrup.

M: Thin body, lively carbonation that lends it an almost soda-like quality. Dry finish with ingering metallic taste.

D: Now that my review's finished, it's hard to find a reason to keep drinking this. Not interested in the flavors it has to offer, even if it hypothetically should go down like water.

Props to Eel River for producing easy to find organic beers; it's nice to have the option to buy them... even if this one isn't so good.

Photo of PEBKAC
2.61/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a random six pack I put together at New Beer. Couldn't find enough questionable winter warmers that were new to me.

Organic(& possibly fresh as the full shelf would usually indicate, but not always; no BBD).

Rounded pint glass. No added coloring. Just a plain chill hazed yellow gold. Inch of lightweight white head. Active carbonation.

Smell is of unidentifiable berry & berry-flavored Nerds candy(dusty corn syrup). Perfumey.

Taste is a briefly sweet, barely tart, dry berry wheat beer. Berry/red grape tartness lingers around a bit gaining just a puff of bitterness in the finish.

Feel is glassy, moderately carbed & dry. Faint wheat texture. Alcohol is negligible.

I felt a bit "off" after drinking this. Never had anything acai to compare this too.

Photo of riored4v
3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 12/31/10

Poured in to a hefe glass. 1 finger, white head. Clear, golden body.

Smell had hints of berry. Some light ester with mild maltiness. Pretty mellow.

Taste had a noticeable berry flavor with a mellow sweetness. Crisp and clean finish with some lingering berry flavor.

Mouthfeel had a light body with a medium/high carbonation level. Crisp finish.

Drinkability was good. Nice and light with some mellow but noticeable flavors, especially the berry.

Photo of kellyst
2.38/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with minimal head and no lacing. The aroma is of berries and, well, that's about it. The flavor is most similar to a bud light with a small shot of some acai berry syrup. You either love or hate this beer; I choose to hate.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #40 (May 2010):

The new berry of the month is now a beer flavor. We're not sure about the level of antioxi- dants per 22-ounce bottle though.

Actively flowing carbonation holds a stiff white head together. With a faintly hazed, pale golden color and berry nose, there is not much else to the beer. This super-crisp brew is palate cleansing and very dry ... bone dry. Beery flavor up front drops a faux sweetness, which quickly dissipates to show that dryness again. Light body, check. Simple malt base, check. Hops? Hello?! OK, so hops took a break here, though with the dryness, they weren't really needed. Faint berry flavor in the end with a very clean aftertaste.

Possibly straying away from beer here; I am thankful the berry character is not turned up too high. On par with the 1990s fruit craze. Decent.

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

Pours a amber/yellow color with a pure white head. Big carbonation bubble and a bit of berry aroma -- as my wife said, smell more berry than most beers -- though not super strong aroma.

It is very sweet, almost too sweet for the carbonation level and how the flavors hit the tongue. There is a berry flavor there, though like the aroma it is mild. In general, cannot taste any bitterness.

There is a bit of a strange after taste which I assume comes from the berries.

Not my cup of tea overall, especially as I pushed through the glass. But I could see this being a bit hit with non-beer drinkers or people just starting out.

Photo of mynie
3.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pale, yellow. No berriness. Not really much beeriness, even.

Smells like an unspiced, unadventurous pale wheat, along with a little bit of pleasant berry. Nothing in the aroma seems especially Acai--if you told me it was raspberry, I'd believe you--but the berries taste like actual berries, not like chemical syrup, and that's always a good things.

Tastes a little better than I'd anticipated. This is miles away from a beer geek's beer--it's tame, it's fruity, and it's sweet. But it's still beer. It doesn't taste like a soda, and it doesn't taste like beer that's had a Jolly Rancher dissolved in it.

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Acai Berry Wheat from Eel River Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.