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Icelandic White Ale - Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )

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Icelandic White AleIcelandic White Ale

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 357
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 31.82%
Wants: 43
Gots: 141 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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%
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 +6.1%
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 +20.3%

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%

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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Photo of mwilbur
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured from 12oz bottle into small pint glass.
A: Pours a clear pale yellow with high carbonation producing a 1-2 inch white bubbly head with good retention. (4)
S: Nice coriander and orange peel. Hint of light toast. (3.5)
T: Follows aroma perfectly. A bit light/watery. (3.5)
M: Light body. Mildly sweet. (3.25)
D: A pleasant session beer. Decent offering. Nicely refreshing. (3.5)

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Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev +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

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Photo of kliner88
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful pale gold with solid white head. Noticeable sediment left in the bottle.

S: Very faint lemongrass and a hint of malt. Aroma diminishes quickly.

T: Extremely clean, refreshing, slightly citrusy. Orange peel and coriander are noticeable, but as accents and not at all overwhelming. Much drier than most white ales.

M: Highly carbonated; fine-ish beads which hold up in hot weather. Relatively smooth.

O: One of the better white beers i've had. Not too heavy, sweet, or fruity. Again, very clean.

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Photo of Suds
3.89/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

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Photo of JakesCrew
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Drunkenass
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.19/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of travolta
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of Liquoric3
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Icelandic White Ale from Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )
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