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Icelandic White Ale - Einstök Ölgerð

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 325
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 41
Gots: 128 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
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 metter98
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (698 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (973 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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 woodychandler
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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. (1,588 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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 BlackHaddock
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

31st August 2012: Icelandic or should I say ‘Einstok’ tasting evening at a mates house. He’d bought two bottles of four different Einstok brews. All poured carefully into a ‘Straffe Hendrik’ badged chalice.

First up was a 33cl White Ale: cloudy pale yellow with no hint of a head, the bottle being just out of date might have played a part in that, but I doubt it.

Mixed spice aroma with a citrus feel: the taste was similar, tangy, with a sweet and sour fizz; add a spoon full of yeast and some extra lemon into the citrusy nose and you’ve got the flavours I’m trying to describe.

Good start to the tastings, refreshing and thirst quenching: which is exactly what we required first off. (704 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
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 tone77
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale white/yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of oranges, spices. Taste is the same, some wheat, spices, oranges, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and highly sessionable beer. (275 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (208 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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 TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (174 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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 jazzyjeff13
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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 elNopalero
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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 charlzm
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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 (748 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: World Market in Las Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: Aug. 1, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 3, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a yellow straw hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of white head. Minimal spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Minimal-to-not retention on the top of the glass.

Smelled surprisingly skunky malts first. Also some lemon, grassy icy hops, lime, some kind of combination of Sprite, Sierra Mist and 7-Up and orange peel.

Tasted similar to the nose and, in relation, rather disappointing. The orange peel came out here first with a mix of that Sprite/Sierra Mist/7-Up soda taste. Also icy lime, wheat, grass, lemon and some fruity notes.

Light body. Thin texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, refreshing finish.

I thought this was just OK. I was expecting better, but it was missing something. (871 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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 augustgarage
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour from a 12oz bottle into my Hoegaarden tumbler produces a tall frosty glacier of foam which recedes to a pillowy collar and slick. Beneath the frost resides a turbulent pale straw liquid teeming with chunks of lees. Good retention, delicate lacing.

Bright wheat-and-citrus laden aromatics with a hint of coriander.

Quite tart and fruit-forward palate entry suggests lemon zest and oranges. Slightly spicy, vaguely minerally finish. The additions usurp the contributions of the yeast.

Creamy effervescent mouthfeel.

A pleasing reviving drink in the increasing heat of early Summer. (600 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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 TheSixthRing
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy pale straw color with a white, one-finger head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Very little lacing, and what's there has no stick.

Smell - Primarily spice in the aroma, undercut by some funky herbal character. Light citrus notes. Hints of wheat.

Taste - Follows the nose to an extent. Lots of clove spice upfront, then moderate notes of citrus. Wheat creeps in mid-taste and grows stronger toward the finish. Traces of herbal notes. Finishes with wheat and a light clove spice.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with ample carbonation. Bitey. A nice feel for a wit.

Overall - A fair to good witbier here. Would be better if not for some herbal notes that don't quite fit. One of the more aggressive wits out there, and that's something I can appreciate. (818 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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)

Photo of MTNboy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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 magictacosinus
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ooo, Viking themed beer from Iceland! About time I try some of their beer while I wait to finally getting around to traveling there. Poured into a weizen glass from a 12oz bottle. No freshness date, but the bottle explains how it uses local water from "ancient glaciers" for the brewing process.

The color and appearance is a pretty spot-on testimony to the great witbiers, complete with a champagne-like cascade of bubbles going upward the glass, a straw pale golden color, as well as foamy head with bits of brown yeast seeping into the liquid. Once the cloudiness takes over, it definitely looks as authentic as the best I've had in the style. There's a slight amount of lacing that remains in the glass, although not too much in the end. The head sadly dies down completely half way through. Still great, especially coming out of a country that is not known for producing these kinds of beer.

The aroma consists of a sweet, wheat crispness alongside slight spiciness, as well as zesty yeast flavor with bits of coriander, orange peel, and lemon rind. Pretty straightforward overall... Neither of the spices advertised on the bottle seem to be too predominant. The sugar cane aromas are stronger than anything else, and the coriander and lemon fuse together in a far stronger way the more that this warms up. Everything's pretty lightly spiced, but it's definitely not bad at all.

A sip instantly reveals classic notes found in well known witbiers... A little bit of sweetness and spiciness combined with a yeasty, fruit-like flavor downed in coriander and citrus notes. Due to being a little too watered down for my liking, it often times reminds me of Hoegaarden, only definitely a little fresher (especially when it comes to the yeast), and far more crisp. The water does indeed taste very clean and hearty in a way that I've never experienced in other beers before from other countries. On the other end, the initial orange peel flavors were tasty and inviting, but as the beer warmed up, they were replaced with sour, strong lemon flavors that ranged towards the soapy side. I can't imagine what adding a lemon to this would due to this beer... It's already lemoned up enough, and by the end my throat was burned with lemon rind flavors. Super easy to drink, though... Could easily have a few of these in one session.

This is definitely one of the better witbiers I've had recently, and while the yeast is really good, as well having an undeniable crispness, it's lacking the extra spicy kicks I enjoy in these types of beers, which is no doubt overpowered by all the lemon. Still intrigued... Am hoping to check out more nicely made beers from Iceland in the future, especially from this brewery. (2,709 characters)

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Icelandic White Ale from Einstök Ölgerð
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