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Icelandic Arctic Berry Ale - Einstök Ölgerð

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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Iceland

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GMuir on 08-02-2014

We celebrate summer with our Arctic Berry Ale, a refreshing witbier flavored with tasty bilberries, hand-picked near the Arctic Circle.
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Photo of DIM
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks great, shiny clear golden color with a thick, long lasting white head.

Hard to find much wit smell behind all the sweet berries. Maybe a little lemon and some wit yeast. The flavor is dominated by a somewhat artificial tasting powdery, berry flavored candy. There was a bit of dry yeastiness in the finish, but the berries dominated the wit. Pretty good for a curiosity, but one and done for me.

Photo of dsnyder61
2.28/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Very good beer from einstock

Photo of travolta
4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A soft white straw in color with a beautiful foamy white head. Very nice lacing and good retention.

Nose: Yeast, crackers, lemon, blueberry, apple,

Taste: Blueberry muffin, tart, bit of malt balance, white grapes.

Notes: A fun witbier that brings change and something new to ponder.

Photo of Buzz3d
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had picked this up at The Fridge, but when I went to review it, I realized that there was no extant picture. I took one, resized it and sat back for approval to take place. When this did not happen on a timely basis, it got shuffled into the queue until now. Viva Le CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "White Ale Brewed with Bilberries and Crowberry Juice"; "Drekktu. Sigradu. Endurtaktu!"; "In Iceland, Sumardagurinn fyrsti (the First Day of Summer) designates the arrival of warmer temperatures and abundant sunshine. At Einstök, we're celebrating summer with this limited-edition Arctic Berry Ale, a refreshing witbier flavored with tasty bilberries, hand-picked near the Arctic Circle. It's the perfect ale for your summer adventures, but enjoy it while you [CAN] - it will disappear with the midnight sun. Drekktu. Sigradu. Endurtaktu!"; "N65/W16".

The Icelandic Crack! inspired an inverted Glug, producing three fingers of fluffy, bone-white head that fell as quickly as a souffle when the oven door is banged shut. Nose had a very berry-filled sweetness, but I would have guessed blueberries and/or strawberries, definitely NOT bilberries and crowberries! Color was a cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), but the Gold Boys (Mammon, Croesus and Midas) did not show up as they sneer at cloudiness as indicative of a flaw. Not in a Witbier, boys! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was quite sweet, more so than I would expect from the style and especially for one being touted as a Summer beer. One of the things that I like about traditional Wits during the Summer is their orange-citrus tang, which this lacked. That is not to say that it was unpalatable, but instead, that it was just awfully sweet. I kept thinking of the Tastykake Mixed Berry pies that come out in the Spring and I like them just fine. I am just not a fan of sweet tastes in my beers, I guess. If they make this again in 2015, I will revisit it on a more timely basis.

Photo of GeoChase90
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eulerthegrape
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ArtZan
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Alpha309
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%

Pours a thin head on a cloudy light straw body.
The aroma is fruit forward with lemon dominating.
The taste starts with a cider flavor, watery middle, wheat and mild bitter finish.
The texture is soft.
It's pretty mild, but good.

Photo of Hatzilla
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of DrunkenMonk
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of tone77
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from an 11.2 oz. can. Has a whiteish/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bursting with berries. Taste is dominated with berries, some sweetness, some subtle hints of wheat, extremely refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Nightkota
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%

- White ale brewed with bilberries and crowberry juice. can.

(3.55) A: Cloudy lemon peel coloring with a quick release of macro-effervesce. Snow white capping, soapy structure, one inch high with a fair rate of holding. Spacious soapy spotting for lace.

(3.60) S: Nose of sweet blueberry muffin (most likely the bilberries im picking up), lightly tart with wheat with a light lemon and orange dryness.

(3.70) T: Flavor was blueberry muffin, lightly tart lemon and wheat. A touch of sweetness followed by grapefruit and a fruitiness of white grapes.

(3.70) M: Bready muffin, crisp bite, lightly tart and refreshing.

(3.70) O: smooth clean flavor, crisp, nice use of bilberries that were well balanced providing just the right amount of influence, not an overbearing berry drink, but delicately in harmony with the wit character, ideal for an summer drink. My first Icelandic beer.

Photo of Wayne17
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of let8it8grow
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ElviraS
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of craft_is_king
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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Icelandic Arctic Berry Ale from Einstök Ölgerð
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