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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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Ratings: 164 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of kenito799
3.74/5  rDev +21%
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 JordonHoltzman
3.11/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a slightly cloudy but still translucent yellow, with no head whatsoever. lasted 5 seconds.
smells of fresh fruit. acai, strawberry, very fruity smell along with wheat in the smell too.
its slightly sour from being tart. its decent. definitely can taste the wheat too.
it has a lot of carbonation. its average.
overall, not a beer i'll be having again. i've had way worse, just nothing i'd go out of my way to get.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drink straight Acai juice every day in a shot glass as it is very sour and strong tasting. This beer takes the chance of using a tart berry in a wheat beer and it kinda works. The beer is slightly tart and dry on the finish and wheat part is quite down the line American wheat style. The problem with this beer is that is pretty bland and the lack of sweetness moves into an area that lambic occupy but this beer has none of the complexity needed. Drinkable but not worth a second taste

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - White foamy one finger head with low retention. Hazy yellow amber body with a small amount of sediment.

Smell - Fresh and fruity. Definite berry smell.

Taste - Very bland. Surprisingly dry, especially considering the sweet undertones in the smell. Tastes like a very, very watered down lambic or gueuze.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Somewhat crisp. At least it's not fake and syrupy.

Overall Drinkability - I guess this beer is interesting in its own way, but I don't see myself liking it, even if this beer accomplished exactly what it set out to be. Who knows if that is even the case though. Might work well as a light, refreshing Michelob Ultra alternative on a hot day, if that's your kind of beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
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 DrDemento456
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slightly hazed bright yellow. Almost light beer looking since it pretty much is with a half inch of carbonated head that clears rather quickly.

S - Smells of wheat and a berry smell.

T - Can't say I ever drank Acai Berry but it kind of had apricot or grapefruit dryness with a hint of plum. Sort of like a soda and little to no wheat or malt. Very dry.

M - Dry and thin. Watery even.

Overall I wouldn't get this again but I am a sucker for fruit beers and the person at the D's recommended it to me as pretty decent. I should have got the Samuel Smith Cherry beer since it had more ABV and I knew for a fact it was good. Still it wasn't undrinkable and interesting to say the least. Worth at least a B score.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a random six pack I put together at New Beer. Couldn't find enough questionable winter warmers that were new to me.

Organic(& possibly fresh as the full shelf would usually indicate, but not always; no BBD).

Rounded pint glass. No added coloring. Just a plain chill hazed yellow gold. Inch of lightweight white head. Active carbonation.

Smell is of unidentifiable berry & berry-flavored Nerds candy(dusty corn syrup). Perfumey.

Taste is a briefly sweet, barely tart, dry berry wheat beer. Berry/red grape tartness lingers around a bit gaining just a puff of bitterness in the finish.

Feel is glassy, moderately carbed & dry. Faint wheat texture. Alcohol is negligible.

I felt a bit "off" after drinking this. Never had anything acai to compare this too.

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Photo of riored4v
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
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 scottakelly
2.38/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with minimal head and no lacing. The aroma is of berries and, well, that's about it. The flavor is most similar to a bud light with a small shot of some acai berry syrup. You either love or hate this beer; I choose to hate.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #40 (May 2010):

The new berry of the month is now a beer flavor. We're not sure about the level of antioxi- dants per 22-ounce bottle though.

Actively flowing carbonation holds a stiff white head together. With a faintly hazed, pale golden color and berry nose, there is not much else to the beer. This super-crisp brew is palate cleansing and very dry ... bone dry. Beery flavor up front drops a faux sweetness, which quickly dissipates to show that dryness again. Light body, check. Simple malt base, check. Hops? Hello?! OK, so hops took a break here, though with the dryness, they weren't really needed. Faint berry flavor in the end with a very clean aftertaste.

Possibly straying away from beer here; I am thankful the berry character is not turned up too high. On par with the 1990s fruit craze. Decent.

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

Pours a amber/yellow color with a pure white head. Big carbonation bubble and a bit of berry aroma -- as my wife said, smell more berry than most beers -- though not super strong aroma.

It is very sweet, almost too sweet for the carbonation level and how the flavors hit the tongue. There is a berry flavor there, though like the aroma it is mild. In general, cannot taste any bitterness.

There is a bit of a strange after taste which I assume comes from the berries.

Not my cup of tea overall, especially as I pushed through the glass. But I could see this being a bit hit with non-beer drinkers or people just starting out.

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Photo of mynie
3.37/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pale, yellow. No berriness. Not really much beeriness, even.

Smells like an unspiced, unadventurous pale wheat, along with a little bit of pleasant berry. Nothing in the aroma seems especially Acai--if you told me it was raspberry, I'd believe you--but the berries taste like actual berries, not like chemical syrup, and that's always a good things.

Tastes a little better than I'd anticipated. This is miles away from a beer geek's beer--it's tame, it's fruity, and it's sweet. But it's still beer. It doesn't taste like a soda, and it doesn't taste like beer that's had a Jolly Rancher dissolved in it.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a very good beer really at all.
Pours a golden wheat color with a white head and no lacing, massive carbonation. Looks like a soda.
Smells fruity and sweet, kind of boozy.
Tastes like licking an acai berry and drinking some club soda. Doesn't really taste like a beer more like soda. No hop or malt character really there, maybe adjuncts.
Mouthfeel: with such massive carbonation it felt like a soda.
Not very drinkable.

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Photo of JLeege
3.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Only $2 for this bomber, just had to give it a try.

Appearance- Pours a very light copper with a quickly disipating/fizzy 2 finger head. Clear with a couple tiny particles floating around.

Smell- sweet and tart, like candy. Berry and wheat, so far this seems to be as advertised.

Taste- Sugary and sweet, but that definitly is an Acai flavor. Not detecting any hops really, seems more like a malt beverage than a beer. But I dont mind it.

Mouthfeel- high carbonation, crisp, goes down easy.

Overall- This is different but not bad. The price and the sheer uglyness of this label definitly captured my attention! For 2 bucks I dont regret this purchase at all. The more I drink, it reminds me alot of a berliner weisse, fairly similar to the bells oarsman.

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Photo of WwRGSwW
2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with very little head. Infact the head was almost non existent

Smells like berries.

This beer tasted watered down. I tasted a hint of berry, but nothing else.

highly carbonated.

This beer did nothing to impress me. Nothing stuck out and grabbed my attention.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.24/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I had previously had a Raven's Eye Imperial Stout from Eel River and really enjoyed, so this one seemed like a good 6-pack to pick up on a hot Labor Day.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass... clear yellow color with a minimal white bubbly head. Eh... not so good so far.

Strong berries on the nose, hints of wheat but not much else. It's not bad, I do enjoy the berry aromas.

The berry is less prominent on the tongue and the wheat is a bit more heavy, but overall a thin mouthfeel and nothing else to speak of. I do enjoy the slightly bitter fruit taste to it.

A decent Summer fruit beer for enjoying when it's hot as hell outside, not much more than that.

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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 Gobzilla
3.98/5  rDev +28.8%
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 mountdew1
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very clear straw color with a thing white head. Small amounts of carbonation rose from the bottom. Aroma was an almost sickly sweet berry scent, strongly of blackberry, or perhaps acai. Taste was offputting, a strange combo of wheat and berry. Neither overpowered the other, but it just didn't seem to work either. Carbonation was overwhelming in the mouth, the bubbles tingled on the toungue the entire sip. If the flavor and carbonation weren't as offputting, this could easily be a sessionable beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.56/5  rDev +15.2%
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 cbarrett4
1.25/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This was hands down the worst beer of the day at the Oregon Brewers Festival. I don't know what possessed these guys to even pour tastes of this foul swill!

A - flat, weird color, looks like something a Klingon would drink.

S - medicinal. That's all. Like dimetapp or robitussin... sickly

T - so artificial and medicinal. Seriously... like taking medicine before bed

M - Light, but sticky... can't get flavor out of mouth...

D - I would rather drink Corona than this... at least Corona doesn't taste like anything.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.07/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A certified organic brew, for what its worth.
Pours a very slightly hazy yellow. Decently sized fizzy head that drops to almost nothing and leaves no lace.
Smell is malt, acai berries, hint of hops and maybe honey, citrus.
Taste is malt, acai, slight hops and citrus.
Tart, rather unlike most wheats. Lightish body with an intense effervescence. Just an okay beer, more unusual than anything else.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.86/5  rDev +24.9%
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 DoubleJ
3.24/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh my, I rendez-vouz with açai! I have a story about that, but let's open the cap and move on to the beer:

Pale straw yellow in color with a show of carbonation running through. the head on top is fuzzy looking, and slowly falling to a thin lace, then nothing. Yep, there are the açai berries, but they are on the lighter side in intensity. I still like the smell though.

The flavor is quite light on the palate. There's nothing at first but a little carbonation, then comes a small wave of açai berries, then a snap of shredded wheat notes on the palate. It's not great nor bad. Very light in the mouth with a light crispness. The berries linger into the aftertaste.

The main reason I tried this is because it reminded me of a moment in Rio de Janeiro. When I checked into my hostel, the clerk told me to find a local juice bar immediately and get açai juice because it would "freeze my brain". I'm not sure if I'd get this again, but it would be a decent alternative if you can't find açai at a local juice bar during warm weather.

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Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
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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Acai Berry Wheat from Eel River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.09 out of 5 with 164 ratings
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