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Icelandic White Ale | Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )

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Icelandic White AleIcelandic White Ale
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Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )
Iceland | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by thepeter on 01-10-2012

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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 402
Photo of jasadewi
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a very pale, white hued yellow beer. It was served in a frosted pint glass. The coolness of the glass, really complimented the icy tone and flavor of the beer. The head was small and white, and it left a light lacing down the glass. This beer is an icy, striking, somewhat spicy take on a Witbier. Smelt like coriander, with a hint of malt. The spiciness of the coriander is strong, the orange zesty flavor is fairly present as well. I don't taste much wheat on the tongue, but there is a bluntly sweet wheat aftertaste on the roof of the mouth. The mouth feel is very light and easy-going. Overall, this is a good Witbier for those looking for something spicier and less sweet. Though, it is sweet as well. I would definitely recommend this as an ice cold beer on a warm late spring day. I have nothing negative to say about this beer, except I wish the aromas were stronger or more distinct.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty nice white ale. A little lemony and reminiscent of a shandy. Simple yet refreshing. I could drink them all night but not in my normal wheelhouse

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Photo of Spike
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks very pale yellow with a 'white', hazy sheen when held to the light. Small streams of bubbles and a one finger white head that recedes quickly to a patchy cap. The nose took a long time to emerge. But finally, having been left to warm and with a good swirl, a very soft, inviting, elderflower and lemon zest comes through. Tastes mainly of wheat, with some spices. Plenty of carbonation and a spicy finish on the tongue offsets an otherwise rather thin body. Overall, a refreshing witbier. Takes a while to liven up. Would like the coriander and orange peel to shine through more than they do.

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Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewers often invent nonsensical terms - "Canadian Pale Ale", "Quadrupel IPA", "Imperial Saison" are among my favourite - but "Icelandic White Ale" sounds appropriate in my mind given we're talking about a country that is part tundra and also experiences near continuous daylight for part of the year.

The beer's appearance makes my point for me: it has the sun-faded, ultra-pale complexion that speaks to the style's endless drinkability and warm-weather disposition, but also a giant, snowy mountain for a head that tempts me to break out the skis. Whatever you think of the name, the liquid looks good.

Aromas, like clouds in the sky, can remind us of other things. In this case, coriander could easily pass for white pepper (and you'd be forgiven for thinking there's a little dried basil in there too). And the orange peel smells almost more lemony - if it were any stronger I'd be tempted to clean the house with it.

As far as flavour goes, Einstök nailed it. All of the style's defining characteristics are proudly on display: spicy coriander, zestful orange peel, and a light and creamy maltiness made possible by the addition of oats. When it comes to taste and texture, there's nothing missing. Everything is there.

For such a casual, happy beer Icelandic White Ale surprisingly demands a lot of attention - kind of like a tiny person with a really loud, charming personality. This lean, richly seasoned and ever-so-easy to drink witbier is a great example of the style and speaks very well to the quality of this producer.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting to see a craft beer from Iceland distributed in California.
I got this witbier because we were at a small plates restaurant with delicate and non-spicy flavors and fish. So, the meal worked out well with the beer; drinking most of it early.
With the orange and coriander-like flavors, this seemed like a typical wit.
But, the experience was interesting enough that I will have this beer again, if I see it in Chicago.

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Photo of senglish7
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had on draft at Norway in Epcot. Nice light and refreshing beer. Aroma was nothing to write home about. Sweet finish. Reminded me of a lighter blue moon.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma has the typical coriander and orange peel. Taste starts with the same spices, wheat sweetness and gets slightly bitter on the finish. Light body with medium carbonation. Really fresh and easy to drink, a witbier done by the book.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Very pale straw color, with a modest head but good lacing.
S: Outstanding aroma, with soft sweet bubblegum and sweet candy notes and a nice underlying spiciness.
T: Very good flavor as well, with a lot of wheat flavor, enough bitterness to cut the sweetness quite well (but no hop flavor). Coriander is understated, but the bitter orange peel is quite prominent.
M: Good carbonation levels make for a nice spritzy mouthfeel.
O: Top notch witbier, worth buying again.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was given a six pack of this during a company beer exchange. to start, I am a fan of witbier. this one does not disappoint. a nice pour, , nice head, nice carbonation and a fantastic aroma . a hint of coriander , orange, lemon and some other yummy flavors. Overall this is a solid beer that could quench the thirst for most people.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from the bottle. Nose is mostly wheat and yeast, maybe a hint of spice. Taste is similar, also has a nice lemon flavor. Very refreshing and drinkable, I like it!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold and extremely hazy. There's a fingernail of bright white on top. Moderate lacing is present. The aroma is primarily pale wheat with a light amount of coriander. The taste is delicious pale wheat, with a restrained amount of coriander. The mouth is crisp, refreshing, and delicate.

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Photo of jsoneff
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear Amber color, strong pleasant fruity smell, very small head with moderate lacing, strong sweet lemon taste all the way through, very little aftertaste. Overall good, but not anywhere near my favorite wit, St Bernardus firmly holds that position for me.

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Photo of JRed
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear, bland golden in body with white head that fades. Aroma of citrus peel, lemon, floral notes, wheat. Tastes of citrus peel, lemon, floral notes, wheat, mouth puckering lemon, light vanilla in the aftertaste. Light bodied with lively carbonation.

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Photo of Fake_History
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale, nearly clear amber colour. Nose is yeasty with a touch of mango and orange. Scent is definitely the best part of this beer. Flavour is crisp, suggesting the finest water is used. However other than a mild hint of coriander the taste is largely forgettable. Overall a pleasant but largely unmemorable beer. Would drink again but wouldn't go out of my way to purchase.

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Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy straw with massive white head.

Smell: Mostly wheat and coriander. Some orange peel.

Taste: Strong wheat with coriander, orange peel and pepper.

Feel: Light body, high carbonation, dry finish but not quite clean enough.

Overall: Nice Witbier overall.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was a pleasant surprise. I was not expecting too much from the white ale.

A good looking beer with a bright and light orange hue and thin small bubbled foamy head.

Nice light aroma of fruitiness from the orange peel and hops, complimented with the scent of coriander.

Taste was likely the most unexpected feature, as it has far more substance and depth than anticipated from a white ale described as "drinkable".

Good frothiness to the beer's feel. A nice balance with the taste and smell.

Overall: An impressively satisfying beer, and this is coming from a user who primarily focuses on big hoppy IPAs, DIPAs, and imperial stouts. This beer holds its own in the depth and substance category.

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Photo of jeschaefer
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A mild tasting, drink all afternoon white ale. The label states made with coriander and orange. I didn't detect any of those flavors. Nevertheless, this was a refreshing drink for a hot Texas day.

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Photo of codekiln
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Vinbudin Reykjavik. Poured into a red wine glass. Tall head, cloudy pale straw yellow in color. Foam tastes like the orange peel used to spice this witbier, but hardly of the coriander, except for notes in the finish. Tastes lemony, with a estery aftertaste. Hardly bitter at all. Second smell exposes a mild phenolic character. It's hard to know for sure, since the alewifie and I are in Reykjavik right now and everything smells this way, but I swear I smell the sulfuric Icelandic water, which actually goes quite well with the character of the white beer according to us.

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Photo of aleigator
2.05/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Pours a well carbonated, very pale, slightly golden color, with a small, bubbly head.

Smells of wheat, caramel malts and a metallic copper flaw. Beneath, you can detect a whiff of malt coated flowery hops, which get almost swallowed by the malt foundation as a whole.

Has a lively carbonation, while the mouthfeel remains pleasantly soft. The beer drinks fairly easy, while it ends completely watery, with nothing else to it.

Tastes of bonbon sweet malts, together with a note of pleasant wood bark, from which flowery hops enter the palate for a short glance. Then the highly metallic carbonation numbes the tongue, ending with ice bonbons and nothing but water.

This is close the macro light beers in taste, and definitely inferior to each and every of the dislikeable industrial brewed lager, very disappointing.

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Photo of Ninjajake12
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

When I opened the bottle, the smell immediately hit me; it had the aroma of toasted nuts and orange peel that was subtle yet aromatic.

It's a cloudy pale color and you can't see through the other side. Even though it's cloudy (due to it being unfiltered), the body isn't heavy or thick at all.

The best part is the taste. As the beer fills your mouth, you get hit with the citrus and coriander immediately. It feels like a carbonated drink, but calms down shortly after. It's a very refreshing and subtle beer with a mildly strong flavor. It carries many of the best aspects of other beers that I enjoy. Even though it's a proper witbier, it's one of the better ones I've tasted thus far. No hint of lasting bitterness.

Even though it feels and tastes like a pale ale, the aftertaste is quite subtle and less intrusive. It was surprising after the first wave of flavor hit me. I'm left with a citrus and toasty (due to the oats) aftertaste that makes me want to drink more.

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Photo of jhartley
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at EPCOT at the Norway pavilion.
Poured a hazy yellow golden body and a nice white head.
Coriander, orange peel, biscuit malt aromas.
Refreshing dry wheat and biscuit along with some orange and lemon peel.
Dry finish with a slight bitterness.
A tasty Witbier that is a good choice for a hot summer day.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow gold color with white head. Light fruits, biscuit, wheat, and bread on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little sweetness and some bread.

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Photo of charlzm
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Outlier detected. Justify rating with the review. Okay, here goes.

Consumed on draft at Smoke City BBQ, Sherman Oaks California, July 4th 2015.

Beer is a clear medium/light yellow. A small, creamy white head sticks around a long time.

So far, so good... uh-oh. Aromas of cotton candy and some other odd note I can't place. Not at all what a witbier should smell like.

Flavor is also way off from style. Overly sweet cotton candy mingled with diacetyl and some artificial-tasting lemon. More bitterness than anticipated. Almost a banana bread-like aftertaste. A real mess.

Mothfeel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

Overall, I wonder how old this keg is and how often this place cleans its lines since this beer is way off the mark

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Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I reviewed the arctic berry version of this, which I had picked up duty free at the airport (word to the wise, I think the duty free shop is pushing some stale merch).

That beer, the berry one, was okay but off. Like, it was well brewed, but it tasted a little old and I just didn't think the berries they were using were appropriate for the style. The review just below mine said that Einstok had ruined an excellent white ale, but I figured they were just saying that to be nice. Turns out, they were right: on its own, this is a lively and variegated white, with nodes of honey, fruit, and white pepper.

Much, much better without the addition of weird glacier berries.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

fun to try another beer from iceland. until now lava was the only other one i even knew was out there. fun to have it on tap too, it looks like a hoegaarden or something, really super pale and cloudy, yellow and alive looking, with a short white head and an intense yeasty aroma like a wit, with banana and spices. the malt base is so light, maybe as soft and delicate as i have seen wheat malt be in a beer, white and simple, but full of flavor and texture, this feels both summery in its lightness and ability to refresh, but also wintery, in its spice complexion and seemingly snowy sort of vibe it casts off, a testament to its versatility. lemon and white pepper notes in the flavor, this is a really neat strain of yeast for sure, and its done all of its work, as this is one of the driest examples of the style i can recall. this is surprisingly and impressively really good for a simple wit. well ahead of my expectations for it, different than others, i want more.

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Icelandic White Ale from Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )
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