Icelandic White Ale - Einstök Ölgerð

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 311
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 37
Gots: 122 | FT: 0
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Iceland

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: thepeter on 01-10-2012

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Photo of pjwilson
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Really stoked on how good these beers from Iceland are. Blindfold it's an actual true to style Belgian White better than Hoegarden. So yeah there's that.

Taste: Yeasty, bright citrus, subtle malt, hint of minerals.

mouthfeel: very soft

OVerall: Highly recompensed. (267 characters)

Photo of BadmouthBrews
4.5/5  rDev +20%

In bottle from Nashville,Tn
Great tasting white ale, with hints of orange and coriander. It's like a more pale version of blue moon. Easy to drink, and nice subtle notes of citrus. (180 characters)

Photo of Drunkenass
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I've tried all kinds of beers from around the world and this is my first Icelandic brew. There must be something about the water up north because this beer is fantastic. Smooth and flavorful. I kind of thought of it as being like a Hoegarden White but cleaner. I shared one with my neighbor and he said it was the best beer he has ever had. It is delicious, but not the best I've ever had. If you are into trying beers from different locations, this is a worthy beverage. I strongly recommend this one. (507 characters)

Photo of CopeTech
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice white ale, full featured and fairly committed. I would call it almost an imperial white given the flavor depth and presentation. I liked the richness and enjoyed the nice branding as well. I am very comfortable recommending it to anyone who prefers their beers sturdy. (275 characters)

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

Draft December 2014 at Dillon Whiskey Bar, Reykjavik

I'm not sure which yeast they used on this one, but forget about notes of citrus and coriander, this is all about peaches, and it's damn tasty.
Nice presentation, full yet dry body and finish, yummy soft peach flavours and aromas. (285 characters)

Photo of JakesCrew
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice appearance. Straw colored and cloudy. Fizzed over a bit on opening. Pineapple and citrus on the nose. Citrus and coriander are apparent. Mildly sweet. Watery mouthfeel. Light, crisp, refreshing beer with wide appeal. Good lunch beer on day after Christmas! (261 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from Sutlers Bar in York.

Iceland isn't the sort of place you'd associated with beer, much less a witbier, so this was worth trying for the sheer 'WTF?!' value ... and it's not at all bad either.

All the usual witbeir flavours are present and correct (coriander, orange peel, general spiciness) although I found them to be a bit stronger when compared to something more 'mainstream' like Hoegaarden or Blue Moon. Either way, it's very refreshing and was an ideal drink for a warm, sunny day.

Different, but in a good way. (538 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy white yellow with a soft white head, great lace.

S: Gorgeous orange peel, very citrus, some raw wheat.

T: A citrus heavy wit which is what I like in this style. Lemon, wheat, but the delicious orange takes over, and I'm digging it.

M: Very light-bodied, does feel thinner than it should be, crisp carbonation.

O: Aside from the mouthfeel problems, this is a top flight example of the style. I've certainly been impressed with these guys. (477 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm meeting again with Einstok, and I'm hoping the second time around proves to be better than the first. A single bottle coming out of a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Looks pale yellow in color wih visible bubbles running through the body. It's quite heady on top, not to mention it lasts long and leaves whisps of lace which cling to the glass. The aroma is a good combination; there's a sweet lemon juice note, orange peel, and a dash of coriandor which jazzes up the nose.

Fun to taste. What I've come to expect from a good white ale is here. The spice is pleasant and balanced, the sweet fruity citrus is ripe and balanced. Modestly spiced in the aftertaste along with the light-medium and somewhat creamy and crisp body.

Valentine's Day is not usually a day for white ales, but I think I have found some love in this Icelandic White Ale. I'll take it over a Hoegaarden and many other whites, that's for sure. (920 characters)

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. (677 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(3.75) A: Hazy straw colour with a thin foam head that’s quite fizzy. A ring forms and remains for a long time. Minimal lacing.

(4.0) S: Grains, oranges, spices, honey, floral, and cloves. A certain pleasing dryness comes across in the nose. Quite aromatic with a complimentary mix.

(4.25) T: Spices (cloves and that coriander) and orange upfront that transitions into a light mineral taste. Floral honey elements. Impressively flavourful considering the ABV.

(3.75) M: Lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation. Dry and very clean tasting (in part from the mineral taste).

(4.0) D: I was quite impressed with the taste of this, and could see this being in my regular rotation if I were an Icelander (a big if). Really enjoyed that clean and dry mineral-like taste. (774 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this for dessert the other night.

It pours a pale gold color with thin, tight lacing. I get an aroma that’s crisp and tart, like a cider (should be). The flavor is similarily crisp, with a light effervescence and a touch of green apple tartness and taste. It has a hint of coriander, really nuanced. The flavor is exceptionally smooth and I found it to be very tasty and enjoyable. (389 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy straw pale yellow with a billowing white fluffy head with excellent retention
S-grassy lemon with some undertones of sweet malt and spice
T-grassy lemon up front followed by malt sweetness and finishes with a clean bitterness on the palate
M-light and crisp with high carbonation
O-nice, clean crisp beer that isn't has heavily spiced as a lot of witbiers which is a good thing (392 characters)

Photo of Robert_G
4/5  rDev +6.7%

This is about as perfect a witbier as you will find anywhere. It's delicious and refreshing. I keep going back for more. It's as good as anything you can get from Belgium and quite a bit better than Blue Moon Belgian White. (223 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 11/19/13.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with citrus and brown sugar flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (514 characters)

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

A: Pours a relatively clear pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation with a hint of straw yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a mottled very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observer.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat, orange, citrus zest, and a touch of spices.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of wheat and grainy malts with a light amount of citrus zest. There is a very light flavor of spices - mostly coriander. Hints of floral hops give a very light amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very light, refreshing, and easy to drink with extremely well hidden alcohol. This is a nice representation of the style and would be great on a hot summer day. Slightly lighter in the mouthfeel than expected but that makes it easier to drink. (1,038 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Date: 12/14/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Bottle/Draught: 12 oz brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Straw to very pale yellow in color. Some what hazy but with the color being so pale lots of light gets in. Beautiful white foam head with decent lacing and retention. The carbonation settled to a thin carbonation ring around the beer.
Aroma: Strong citrus aroma of orange zest amped up by Belgian style yeast with clove spice. Slight malt flavor that consists of hay.
Taste: The spices kick up a bit in the taste and become more peppery. The orange is there with a hint of lemon giving it a slight cleaning product flavor. The malts are more hearty in the flavor as wheats are stronger. Possibly because of the oats.
Mouthfeel: This is what I wanted to talk about in this beer... The oats really do something nice for the mouthfeel of the beer by making it much smoother in quality. They thin out the beers body which is light medium but I think the trade off is really worth it. Little bit of an acid bite from the citrus lasts on the tongue

Notes: Purchased and consumed after the best by date 9/17/14 (1,120 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy straw yellow with a nice fluffy white head. Light spicy notes of bread and fruit that is a bit different than what I was expecting. Some peach and a touch of lemon. Soft mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. Pretty good. (225 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful, towering white head....firm and dense, sits atop this golden pale liquid. It is a flowery, lightly malty smelling brew. Coriander and wheat, some fruity scents as well (peach? Lemon?). The mouthfeel is light...a great summer brew. Somewhat sweet. Highly carbonated, which makes it spritzy. This is a fine brew. (321 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2012. Picked up a while back from Harvey Nicks. The label mentions that it contains coriander and orange peel.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A very hazy pale straw colour with fine carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of sweet, acerbic citrus with notes of lemon, orange, earthy yeast and a hint of wheat and coriander. A lovely blend.

Tastes of earthy yeast with a citrus character and a dry finish. Notes of lemon, orange, yeast esters and faint coriander. Dry; yeast almost harsh upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and effervescent. Quite dry and somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of earthy yeast and subtle citrus notes.

Tasty; the citrus character is great and the flavours/aroma blend together well. The coriander and wheat don't stand out much, but overall the fruit and spice have a pleasant subtlety. Mouthfeel was perhaps a tad thin, but this isn't a serious complaint. I reckon this could hold a candle to some Belgian wits. Easy drinking - grab one if you come across it. (1,096 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very pale golden colour with a decent white head. Tiny bit of lacing as well.

Smells fresh and tangy.

Tastes very wholesome, with a bit of spice mingling with hops and slight light malts.

Overall a nice refreshing drink. (278 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One finger of head on a clear, light straw colored body.
The aroma is light and airy. Smells like sweet corn and candy. I actually like it though.
The taste is mildly sweet with a nice dryness and a touch of fruit.
The texture is light and bubbly with moderate carbonation.
It packs some great flavor into a lighter beer. I like it. (333 characters)

Photo of Boardwalk
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For me this was a refreshing beer. The taste was lighter than other Witbiers I have had. It was a little plain to my nose but I did get a sense of the orange peel. I enjoyed drinking it but would not put it as a favorite. (224 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It has a mildly cloudy straw body with a creamy white head. The lace is thick but spread out. It has a very abundant yeast and citrus smell. There is a nice yeast presence. The flavor has a lot spice clove but mainly coriander. There is an adjunct sweetness to the flavor. It has more of a full body than most wits. Overall, way better than I expected and a good beer. (368 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this out of a bottle up at the Cloverleaf yesterday for the first time. I like Witbiers and figured that this would be crisper and a bit more "dull" than the average one and sure enough, that was exactly how this turned out in the end. Yes, the cloudy hue was here and yes, this was true for stylistic form but for people who love the bright and citrus notes that these are known for, this would certainly be a mild letdown in the end.

The pour was pretty typical but this was a bit lighter in hue than other Witbiers that I've had, as the color was a light straw. Not a big head to this and surprisingly, not a lot of sediment at the bottom of the bottle to swirl out at the end either. Hardly any lacing here and the aroma was that was some coriander, oats, and a hint of wheat. What stood out to me the most about this beer was the taste - it had the feeling that the water was hard. Anyone who's ever had water here in the northeast (and especially New York) knows how great it is out of the fountain but this felt like it had too many minerals in it. A hint of lemon and the sourness of the wheat were just enough to detract from that but even for a beer of this type, I was surprised how easily it went down and how it almost didn't feel like a true Witbier.

I never felt the alcohol in this and had I ordered another, it might have kicked in near the end of that bottle. A few of the reviewers on here said that this reminded them of club soda and if tonic water was substituted for that, I could see how there would be a resemblance. While not a bad beer, this is one that you won't be adding a lemon or orange wedge to as a complement to the flavor profile. Squeezing one int to brighten it up would be a better choice, as this was just a bit too dour for me to fully appreciate. (1,794 characters)

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Icelandic White Ale from Einstök Ölgerð
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