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Acai Berry Wheat | Eel River Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by orbitalr0x on 04-04-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,817
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
163
pDev:
17.8%
Bros Score:
3
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
7
Trade:
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Ratings: 163 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: half finger frothy head on a pale golden body.

S: mild berry sweetness with light malts and wheat.

T: wheat and generic berry flavors. a little watery but refreshing.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: pretty simple. I am unfamiliar with what acai berries should taste like but the berry is easy to detect in both aroma and taste.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -11%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and subdued berry aromas. Taste is much the same with watery grain and slightly tart berry flavors on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer that is fairly drinkable but it's quite watery and bland all around.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev +15.2%
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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3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a hazy golden color, the head on top was white an kind of soapy looking. The smell of the beer is fruity, but not overly powerful on the nose. The taste of the beer is light, kind of on the weak side, it's got some wheat flavors in there along with some of the Acai Berry flavors. The mouthfeel of the beer is light, watered down a bit and not really that impressive. Overall I wanted to try it since it was something I never had before. I can't say I'll ever buy it again but I'm happy to have tried it.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev +21%
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 SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of LXIXME
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of largadeer
1.88/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale yellow with a slight haze. It pours with no head. The nose is unpleasantly funky with an odd semi-tart berry component that I wouldn't necessarily identify as acai; it's just generic fruit. This smells oddly sweet for a 4% wheat beer. Pretty awful so far. The taste, surprisingly, isn't as horrifically bad as the aroma. Bad, yes, but it's more tolerable to my tongue than it is to my olfactory system. Sweet up front with a bunch of misused berry flavor, this is somewhere between a light ale and a wine cooler. Finishes slick, buttery and flat. Quite the atrocious beer here; I'll have to pick up a few more to age for a while.

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3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fresh 12 oz bottle with an updated label.

Amber; weak head despite fairly high visible carbonation.

Feel: medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Dry finish.

Flavor: good, nearly neutral sweet/bitter balance. Very fruity, with the acai berries nearly masking the malts. Lingering fruity flavor.

Aroma: very fruity; natural fruit; subtle bready malt base.

O: worth tryig for acai flavor.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured into a Pinocchio's stem glass a light straw-yellow, with a slight haze, and a nice puff of white head that receded to almost nothing. Grainy aroma, typical wheat profile, accented with sweet acai berries (a fruit I've only otherwise sampled in some flavored water drink). Flavorwise, it delivers what it promises: a tangy wheat beer, with acai. Smooth and mellow, and sweet, but not sickeningly sweet. Very nice fruit beer. Light body and overall reasonably drinkable.

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Photo of nathanmiller
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of smcolw
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straw colored with a minor haze. Good initial head--nearly pure white. Leaves some lace after each sip.

First impression is sourness, then a little berry sweetness. I don't detect any wheat in the nose.

Highly carbonated with a very light body--almost like seltzer. The flavor matches the smell profile: mostly sour with a touch of berry. Again, no wheat. This probably would cut it as an unusual lawn mower beer.

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Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24-karat gold with a large splash of orange juice. The upper third of the pint glass is filled with an attractive cap of suds that is eggshell white in color. Several broken rings of lace are beginning to appear as the foam starts to melt.

The nose is impressively berry-like. It will probably be a bit too tutti-fruity and girly for some. If you like fruit beer in general, and berry-added fruit beer in particular, this is a pretty pleasant sniffer.

In addition to acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berries, four other berries were used. I'll take a wild stab and say that blueberries and raspberries are present. At least that's what it tastes like. ABW could stand to be more sweet and less bitter. Hop flavor is essentially absent.

The benefit of products that use acai berries is their anti-oxidant power. A little internet research finds that it isn't as impressive as advertised. Acai berries have more anti-oxidant properties than orange juice, apple juice and tea; the same amount as cranberry juice and blackberry juice; and less than pomegranate juice, Concord grape juice and red wine. The moral of the story is to drink beer that tastes good, not beer that's supposed to make you healthier.

The flavor profile is reminiscent of the abomination known as Leinenkugel Berry Weiss. However, this beer is more subtle, less sweet/more bitter, and less fake tasting. It's pretty inoffensive stuff, but it isn't growing on me at all as the middle of the bomber approaches. A berry flavored bitter blonde ale is not my idea of deliciousness.

The body/mouthfeel is appropriately light. The score doesn't rise above average because the initially zesty carbonation fades too quickly and the beer feels lackluster by the start of the second glass.

Acai Berry Wheat looks okay and smells okay. Unfortunately, that's where it ends. Cutting the bitterness in half would be a good place to start if the suggestion box is open. If you want to be healthy, eat right and exercise. You're welcome.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of 22Blue
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Tone
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, citrus, hint of hop, and some sort of berries. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness. Tastes of pale malt, hint of hop, berries, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of wheat. Overall, weak appearance, mostly berry aroma, unusually dry feel, weak body, and berry dominated blend.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
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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Acai Berry Wheat from Eel River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.09 out of 5 with 163 ratings
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