Icelandic Arctic Berry Ale - Einstök Ölgerð

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Icelandic Arctic Berry AleIcelandic Arctic Berry Ale

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83
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | 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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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 13
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Photo of Fatehunter
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%

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 tone77
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
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 beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

- 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 RyanK252
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours very light straw, almost white with a yellow tinge, with a frothy white head that settles and laces lightly.

S: Berry, bready malt, blueberry muffin, and maybe a little faint citrus.

T: Bright, slightly tart berry notes, white grape, maybe a little light citrus, nice wheat touch, and some malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty darn refreshing.

Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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 dsnyder61
2.28/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Very good beer from einstock

Photo of SuperMario
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another "Outlier detected". I'll sum it up quick. Einstok makes one of the best white ales I have ever tasted. They put berries in it, canned it, and ruined it.

Photo of travolta
4.54/5  rDev +23.7%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%

Best by 5/29/15.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, berry juice, and berry aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, berry juice, and berry flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting berry additions that I have never tried before now.

Serving type: can.

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's about what I expected out of a beer made with berries I've never heard of.

Photo of GMuir
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I consumed quite an amount of this on-tap only beer while on holiday in Iceland. There were quite a few of Reykjavik many great bars had this on tap. I first came across it while having a light calamari lunch and it was just delicious. Very light and like a fruity wheat beer.

It is cloudy in appearance and the aroma is awesome! Even the barman pouring commented about how amazing it smelt.

All in, very refreshing, very Einstok and sadly i beleive for now only available in Iceland or maybe just very limited export.

Photo of DIM
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
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 pkalix
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

popped the cap on this can and got a whiff of berry. very nice looking hazy pastel yellow. a little bland on the taste, but my buds might be a little skewered after a glass of Utopias and a couple shots of Crown Maple.....? but not bad. subtle berry flavor. easy to imbibe. my can says 5.2%.....

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Icelandic Arctic Berry Ale from Einstök Ölgerð
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