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Icelandic White Ale - Einstök Ölgerð

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87
very good

152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 21
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð visit their website
Iceland

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thepeter on 01-10-2012)
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Photo of rolanduzer
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

rolanduzer, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

DoubleJ, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Fatehunter, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of eulerthegrape
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

eulerthegrape, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Irrationalist, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of dwagner003
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

dwagner003, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of magictacosinus
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

magictacosinus, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of XnFM
3/5  rDev -22.3%

XnFM, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of 2GOOFY
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

2GOOFY, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of AutumnWind
3/5  rDev -22.3%

AutumnWind, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of 6string
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

6string, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of travolta
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

travolta, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ObeMaltKinobee, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Liquoric3
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Most golden pale colour of the three wits I had today ( Hoegaarden, Blanche de Namur) with almost no head.

Smell is almost a little like a lager without hops, some sweet malt notes, grassy/grainy maybe a little lemon. No spiciness, doesn't smell like a wit at all.

That is strange I can´t get any wheat in this wit. Start is somehow sweet a little bit of citrus and some spiciness. A very clean and crisp taste. Finish is semi sweet and dry. Light Body and it goes down very easy. Sorry this doesn`t taste like a wit but it is still a beer I enjoy. Can`t classify this one.

I think it is a good beer but don't expect a typical wit.

Liquoric3, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

gleemonger, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

BlackHaddock, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of tsailor
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

tsailor, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of CopeTech
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

CopeTech, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

elNopalero, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of augustgarage
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

augustgarage, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Carissa
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Carissa, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Halcyondays, Jun 12, 2012
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

czfreeman, May 11, 2012
Photo of StoicBeast
4/5  rDev +3.6%

StoicBeast, May 03, 2012
Icelandic White Ale from Einstök Ölgerð
87 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.