Acai Berry Wheat | Eel River Brewing Co.

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Acai Berry WheatAcai Berry Wheat

Brewed by:
Eel River Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by orbitalr0x on 04-04-2009

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Acai berry poured a light golden color with very little foam head and not much lacing. The smell was really nice. It had that Acai berry ringing through the nostrils. The taste was pretty sweet with a good wheat backbone. It was thin in the mouth and moderately carbonated. I am not personally a big fan of this styl but I think this brew was well done!

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.98/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a yellowish brown with a thin white head and left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma was pretty fruity with the acai berries really coming out nice that had wheat, malt, slight citrus, and hop notes. The grains really stand out on the flavor but mesh well with the acai berries which make for a good fruit beer. The hops and citrus really accent the flavor and help on the overall taste. The brew was light to medium body with a fair amount of bubbly carbonation that had a sweet and citrusy crisp finish. It drank really good and is probably one of my top 5 as far as fruit beers go and not to mention that it is organic as well.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.86/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For a berry wheat beer. This is a good tasting one. Start out with the pour very clean filter look.

The smell is very fruity as it should. The taste is pretty good for a wheat beer.

This is a nice summer beer for those who like a light wheat beer. I would drink it on a very hot day or at your favorite concert tailgating event.

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Photo of ironlung
3.85/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden color. Tiny head. Light berry smell. Don't agree with them filtering the wheat. Needs more carbonation. Still a decent beer. This is a good summer quencher. Berry flavor is light. I expected that due to the cost of acai berries. My girl liked it and would drink again. I'm one and done with this beer.

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Photo of mjl21
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a La Fin du Monde tulip. Comes in at 4%. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours a clear peach color with a one finger white head. Decent ring is left intact. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom. Some polka dot lace is left.

S-Like the name implies, it smells like berries. I don't know what an acai berry smells like, but this one reminds me in a lot of way of raspberries. Also get a tad bit of wheat.

T-The raspberry like taste is very upfront. I found it to be a tad watery in the middle and a little grainy in the finish from the wheat. It is very fruit forward, but it did not taste as sweet and artificially flavored as a lot of fruit beers.

M-Lighter bodied and a tad watery. Had crisp level of carbonation.

D-It has a very low abv and was refreshing on a hot day.

I first tried this at the Celebrator Beer Fest in Oakland and found it to be quite refreshing. It is one of the better fruit beers that I have tried. While I would not actively seek it out, I would have no problem sharing one with my wife. It's also organic.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, a surprise find at the Village Green Liquor store in Vernon, BC.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium straw colour, with one finger of soapy white head, which falls away quite quickly, leaving nary a speck of lace around the glass. It smells of sweet berry fruit, kind of like a mix of blueberry and red grapes, and mild grainy wheat. The taste is soft, mild, fruity acai berry, some wheatiness, and a bit of edgy, weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, smooth, and fruity. It finishes fairly sweet, the blend of berry and wheat consistent.

Not bad, not great, just a well-balanced fruit beer. I like it - it went down pretty fast...

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Photo of kenito799
3.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

5 oz pour in a flight at Yard House San Diego.

Medium amber color, not much lacing. Aroma is very fragrant with berries, a nice fresh smell, not artificial. Rather bland fizzy mouthfeel, but a god balance of wheat beer with fresh berry flavor, not sweet, the berries don't overwhelm. Fruit flavored beer is not my favorite style, but this is nice and refreshing, the berry flavro doesn't become annoying or tiring. Well done.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/26/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a very fizzy clear straw yellow color body. Average, white head, very quickly diminishing. very strong berry aroma, like raspberry, a little sour. Sweetness, almost a fake sweetness, but not quite. Very nice smell. Nutty, wheaty taste. Some fruitiness, but subdued. Refreshing. Very tasty, not complex, but I like it.

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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to resi for sending this beer. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is rather mild, some berries. Taste is also of berries, some wheat, a bit sour at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.62/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty light flavor. I taste the acai, but it's not strong. Just a hint of it mixed in with the wheat. Good sweetness level with fruity/berry overtones. This would be a good "dessert" beer for warm summer days. I had this at a fondue restaurant and it paired well with the many and varied flavors of the food we had, which ranged all over meat, seafood and veggies. Overall I give this a thumbs up.

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Photo of FightinScot
3.61/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Slight lacing, diminishing to trace amounts after a few minutes. Pours an almost apple juice appearance. Has a very very light taste, almost like a club soda, but with a trace of berrys and small bit of wheat. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy.

Not an everyday kind of beer, but I would not have a problem downing a few of these on a hot day.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.59/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to be honest and admit that I really wanted to hate this beer, what with all the hoohaw about Acai as this miracle food/drug. Big whatever. But to my surprise I kind of like this. It's a litte fruity and frilly for my hop- hardened palate, but it's refreshing and tasty.

Pours a radiant golden with a huge white head, though that drops away to nothing with disapponting speed. The aroma is sweet and fruity, but very difficult to describe. Like raspberry and cherry and blackberry, but unlike them as well. It is bright and sparkly. If Hello Kitty had a beer, this might be it. The flavor is a little less pink and happy, but that berry and tropical fruit thing keeps going. Not much wheat flavor in there, but a little. The finish has some asprin bitterness and a grape-like tannic bite and the mouthfeel is sparkly and prickly, more like a fruity champagne than beer.

God help me, but I think this is good, at least as far as it goes.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and fruity is what I wanted, and with this baby, that's what you get. Nothing heavy, just a light, fruity, slightly wheat yeast taste.

This was the last of a bunch of summer beers given to me as a gift. Like most, I would never have bought them and I would be unlikely to buy again, but its not like I hated this.

Its a quality product and a smooth, drinkable,. refreshing beverage.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not as bad as the masses say, but a little too sweet to be refreshing. not sure how they did this either, im pretty sure you can only get powdered or concentrated acai berries in the united states, and that the fresh berries have very little to them other than skin. did eel river user a powder or what? id like to know. the beer itself pours a hazy orangey yellow color, a little unnatural looking, but there is a nice white head on top with acceptable retention. the nose is sweet, somewhere between blackberry and blueberry, with lots of malted wheat and unfiltered yeast. the flavor is about the same, but the sweetness of the fruit element is overtaking, very from concentrate sort of sugary aspect to it, overdone I think. could use a little more hops to crisp up the finish too. decent mouthfeel, light as hell, especially at only 4% abv. could be a great summer drink with a few modifications. I much preferred the bigger stuff from eel river, but props for this being organic.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.54/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear amber to bright copper hue. Next to nothing in the way of head, foam or bubbles. The aroma is a very faint acai berry and faintly toasted pilsner malt. Pretty clean smell though. Acai berry upfront and the faintly toasted malt slowly combines to a grainy and yet mildly yeasty finish. Ok filtered wheat beer. I would like to taste this beer with some yeast sediment left in it. Might help develop the acai berry fruit flavors. A somewhat watery malt palate. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of riored4v
3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 12/31/10

Poured in to a hefe glass. 1 finger, white head. Clear, golden body.

Smell had hints of berry. Some light ester with mild maltiness. Pretty mellow.

Taste had a noticeable berry flavor with a mellow sweetness. Crisp and clean finish with some lingering berry flavor.

Mouthfeel had a light body with a medium/high carbonation level. Crisp finish.

Drinkability was good. Nice and light with some mellow but noticeable flavors, especially the berry.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Brewed with organic açai berries from Brazil along with a mix of four other organic berries as well. Pours into my glass a light golden sunrise yellow color with a small bubbly white head on top. Lots of active carbonation bubbles up. Aromas start with crisp, slightly grainy wheat malts along with fruity dark berries. Blueberry comes through along with some earthiness. Overall aroma is quite mellow here.

First sip brings crisp, somewhat dry wheat upfront that rolls into berry flavors. Blueberry is there along with some chocolate earthiness from the acai berries. Flows down crisp with a light bitterness. Refreshing and drinkable but not very contemplative.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with fast moving small bubbles of carbonation. Quite refreshing overall and the fruit flavor is well balanced so as not to be overbearing. Would make a good summer quencher, but not something I would seek out regularly.

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Photo of searsclone
3.49/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with very little head. Less cloudy than I had hoped for.

Smells like berries and toast.

I can taste the berries, and not much else. It seems very watery to me.

It is very sharp, highly carbonated.

More pronounced fruit and less wheat than I had hoped for. Not my style, but not bad.

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Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly cloudy yellow with a thin cap of white head that very low retention and no lacing. Decent wheat aroma with a sweet, blueberryish note (note: I have no idea what Acai berries smell or taste like). The flavors were also that of a solidly decent wheat beer with some berries mixed in. The body was nicely crisp and had a dry finish for a "sweet" beer. Drinkability was good, but I drank this on an 85+ degree day, YMMV. Overall, a nice enough little brew, worth trying if you see it and are in the mood for this style of beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Eel River Certified Organic Acai Berry Wheat. Product of Northern California, 12 fl. oz., 4.0 % alc/vol.
No gobbledygook on the label, so I'm utterly unaware and unimpressed by the who, what, where and why of the acai berry. Just happy to drink it. Let's go.

Hazed golden color, slimmish, but staying, white head. Prolific bubblation.

Sweetness and fruit in the nose. If you expect me to pinpoint the fineries of the acai berry, it ain't about to happen. Sweet, soft, lush, and lovely.

Drinking it: Soft, light, and fruity. Minor mouthfeel and texture. Minor and light are the watchwords, here. They keep on coming, in place of any other words that will not come.

A little sweet, a little fruity, light, wheat, breezy.

You could do worse.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Eel River brew. I decided to start with their lightest offering, than work my way up. Lets see what they can do with a Fruit Beer.

A: Pours a hazy, straw yellow. Head is bright white, and rather minimal. No lacing. Carbonation is pretty tame.

S/T: There is some definite berry on the nose. Mostly raspberry with a touch of blackberry. A little tart. Taste is also berry forward. Lots of raspberry with a definite wheat presence. A little sourness in the finish. Thats about it. I have had better fruit beers, and I have definetly had worse. Not that bad.

M/D: I don't know why, but I am finding this very drinkable and refreshing. Maybe its because I haven't had a fruit beer in like five months. Its a nice change of pace from the full-bodied Stouts I have been drinking lately. Very light bodied and crisp. I could easily chug one of these down.

Overall, not a bad first impression from Eel River. I am not a fan of the style, but this is still pretty decent. Very drinkable and refreshing along with a decent fruity flavor that doesn't seem overly artificial.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm very close to being 'addicted' to the 'XXX' Vitamin Water with Acai, so this was a likely and necessary beer beer to try. A 22 oz. bottle, picked up at Bridgetown BeerHouse for $3.95, poured to a pint glass.

A: Clear and golden, the faintest hint of haziness. Fairly robust carbonation, plenty of bubbles steadily rising. Fizzy cap of whiteness, gone shortly, leaving a a scant head of spotty film.

S: Aroma draws me in, a deep and earthy fruit/berry with barely enough sweetness.

T: Spiced berry, mildly tart. Bland wheat, with only enough fruitiness to keep things reasonably interesting, but not enough to make it enjoyable.

M: Crispness is good, sweet/bitter balance is pretty good, too. Mouthfeel is light-medium, but fruity spicy build and gives a bit more weight. Refreshing!

D: Likable, has a god fruit element and crisp and very spicy wheat flavor. Aroma has some 'artificiality' but that may just be the type of berry used; otherwise it's enticing. Pretty enjoyable. Low ABV, thrist-quenching and sessionable.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap served in a nonical pint glass

A - Pale gold with 1 finger white head moderate retention and good lacing

S - Wheat, berry, acai, raspberry

T - Follows nose, wheat backbone.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation, watery

O - Neat concept but average execution.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What the hell is an acai? Sounds like some chemical in a cleaner Billy Mays would be pushing. Oh well, here goes.

This beer pours with a big white head and a yellow clean body. Must be those tungsten carbonite sharpening blades.

Hi Billy Mays here for what odor? When u smell this, you'll be saying, what odor?

Topped with wheat, malt, and berries, Big City Acai sliders are guaranteed to please.

Eel river puts the power of professional brewing, right in the palm of your hand. This beer would be 5.99 at other places, but Eel river makes it available for 4.39. The easy way to drink a great berry wheat beer.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, pale orange with a finger of bright white head. Sweet aroma of orange, berry, and honey with a touch of spice.

Moderate carbonation and a very light mouthfeel. Lemon and tart berry up front followed by a touch of wheat and more grainy/spicy notes on the finish.

Actually pretty tasty -- light and refreshing, though the berry becomes cloying after a while without a stronger malt backbone to balance things. A little too thin on the front end.

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