1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Icelandic White Ale - Einstök Ölgerð

Not Rated.
Icelandic White AleIcelandic White Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

236 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 236
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 29
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð visit their website
Iceland

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thepeter on 01-10-2012

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (5) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 236 | Reviews: 45 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of craft_is_king
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of czfreeman
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From bottle
pours a golden pilsner color
No cloudiness to speak of. A pilsner in appearance but hopefully true wheat comes through.
smells of pilsner maltgrasses etc is there wheat here?
Flavor is sweet pilsner
A little grassy but the predominantly sour wheat I expected from. A Scandinavia wheat is not there
decent mouth feel
OK over all over sold and under delivered

Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Birmz
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of ManOfBeerMan
2.87/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I hate to go against the community, but I was unimpressed. I can appreciate subtle beer and this definitely is subtle, but I often found myself wondering if I was drinking beer flavored club soda. Personally I prefer a brighter white beer with a bit more impact. This has it's place and I would buy it again, but it just kind of struck me as "just being there".

Photo of Tedc71
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev -22.3%

I am continuing the Bottle Divestment of the Summer of 2014 and this was recently dropped off for me by my local, in-person trader, tone77. I have the Sugarcubes playing to accompany this (optional, but not for me) review.

From the bottle: "N65/W18"; "Ale Brewed with Coriander & Orange Peel"; "Bottle Conditioned - Unfiltered - Unpasteurized"; "Our quest was simple: we wanted to make the best White Ale we had ever tasted. We got there with the complex flavors of the classic witbier, including orange peel and coriander - all brewed with pure Icelandic water and a touch of oats that deliver a cool smoothness that is uniquely flavorful and refreshingly drinkable. DREKKTU. SIGRADU. ENDURTAKTU!"; "Sustainable Iceland since 874 AD".

I noticed that there was a good bit of lees on the kick of the bottle, so I agitated it and set it back in the fridge to allow the CO2 to reestablish itself in suspension. I did not want a gush of my own making when popping the cap. It still built up a good bit of CO2, leading to a bunch of head, no matter how gently I poured. I got two fluffy fingers of bone-white head upon settling and they showed decent retention. Color was a cloudy Pale Straw (SRM = 1 -2). Nose was kind of light, slightly sweet, with notes of vanilla, orange peel and a light pepper. Mouthfeel was full and creamy, thanks in great part to the carbonation. Taste was more peppery than anything else, although it had a sweet orange taste accompanying it. Finish was decent, but I just felt like it was lacking Oomph!, especially given the hype that accompanied the label.

Photo of chadski
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Headgoober
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of AutumnWind
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of XnFM
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: Super cloudy light straw gold, decent head that dissipated into lacing.

Smell: Very subtle, a hint of pepper and citrus

Taste: Surprisingly bland. There was a very slight skunk present in the first few sips, but nothing bad. I kept trying to identify flavors the entire glass, it really just didn't taste like anything. Not at all what I was expecting for a witbier.

Feel: Really good, very smooth and full with a pleasant amount of carbonation. Definitely my favorite part of drinking this beer.

Overall: I LOVE witbiers and I wanted to give this a good rating, but it really didn't taste like anything. I don't think I've ever experienced that drinking a beer before. Maybe I got a bad batch?

Photo of Westyn
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tom-Peters
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of Stebow1289
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of travolta
3.19/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy and beautiful yellow champagne white head, no retention, no lacing.

Nose: Yeasty, lemon, coriander, crispy, slightly medicinal, orange sweetness.

Taste: Orange fruit, slight orange peel, soft and calm. Perfect carbonation. Alkali or medicinal aftertaste.

Notes: Crisp and very well balanced. Soft water.

Photo of aj_tuna
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yngvi
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of RMoeNay
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ArtZan
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of tjsmith910
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Icelandic White Ale from Einstök Ölgerð
87 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.