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Icelandic White Ale - Einstök Ölgerð

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Icelandic White AleIcelandic White Ale

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 336
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 32.71%
Wants: 41
Gots: 133 | FT: 0
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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 jeschaefer
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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 +17.4%
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%
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 +17.4%
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 -0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 -24.1%
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 +11.3%
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 +0.5%
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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Photo of interzen
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of Boardwalk
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste is of peaches and Belgian spices. This to me is an average to slightly above average witbier. The body on the beer is really light. It is not watery light, but perhaps just a step above. Worth a try.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Super clear gold, light bubbles on the body. Has a very light head, coming off a white color and settles real quick..maybe rose to about 1/8" off the body.

Smell: light hops, and little lemon skin. Not much going for it.

Taste: honestly though it is a witbier it feels more like a euro pale lager. Has hoppy notes to it with a light dose of citrus.

Mouth: has a dry texture to it, somewhat sticky but there's room for improvement.

Overall: A lot of better witbiers out there but still not a disappointment. Best to compliment a light dinner. Drink with love, salud!

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of fallenshadow
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks cloudy but watery. Interesting to say the least.

Smells of citrus notes and wheat. Not that appealing to me.

Orange and corriander taste. Some spices coming through too. Different but not sure how much I like the taste. Im feeling a bit indifferent to it.

Feels a bit harsh on the carbonation. It seems to attack the tongue on every sip.

Overall I think its alright. Different but maybe not to my liking. The mouthfeel is the biggest turn off for me. Wish it wasn't quite as harsh on the tongue.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
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?

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Photo of ManOfBeerMan
2.87/5  rDev -23.1%
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".

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Photo of rangerred
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of beerbully
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into cuvee best by 9/24/15 bottled 9/24/14

L-Light straw color, 1/2 inch white head with little retention, moderate lacing, noticeable carbonation from bottom of glass

S-fruity champagne aroma very faint, citrus, white grape smell like a white wine, bit of wheat or hay

T-very light, some tart citrus, lemon peel, orange peel, light spices, flavors are faint

F-Light bodied, dry finish, crisp, carbonated

O-aroma and taste are faint, good summer drinker on the beach or by the pool

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Photo of evianIPA
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger bright white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of wheat and lemony hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has stronger flavors of wheat and lemony hops, the latter of which contributes a light amount of bitterness. The lemons linger through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It would make for a good selection during the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of KornWallace
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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Photo of BadmouthBrews
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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.

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Photo of Robert_G
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

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