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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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 atsprings
3.11/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip pours a crisp yellow with a thin off-white head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves slight lacing. Aroma is a slight amount of sweet malts and fruits, but not much there. The taste is a bit of berry against bland pale malts, quite mediocre. The beer is crisp, light, and bland. This one was a huge disappointment, I'm glad I just bot one bottle.

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Photo of ChillMike
2.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So this is going to be a quick review

Appearance is typical for a wheat lots of carbo bubbles, a nice head but it's filtered.

Smell: Very nice, smells like a palatable wheat with a nice berry scent that was brewed in (oh wait "natural flavors added")

Taste: Yikes, not so great, sort of tastes like if Miller made a wheat beer and then squeezed acai berry juice into it. Now I'll admit to not being a fan of flavored beers but this one is just too forced.

Mf: Not bad light bodied beer that's in my opinion a bit over carbonated. Nothing special here.

D: Meh, not to palatable or tasty nor easy to drink. Just a really really forced flavor and the over carbonation. Consider me not impressed. Ashamed because I had high hopes for it.''

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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 Zorro
3.11/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly cloudy yellow colored beer with a brief white head.

Not sure what Açaí Berry is supposed to smell like. This has a light wheat malt base scent and a strong sour fruity smell that is closest to sour blackberries. Not all that pleasant.

Sweet wheat malt with a soda cracker flavor and a strong sour fruit flavor. Best way to describe this is Berliner Weiss with berry syrup. Quite sour, but not vinegar type sour.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Could almost call this a sour blackberry wheat beer that is what it tastes like. This would be good for Hot Summer days when the sour and lightness would really stand out.

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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 slhaas
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer reminds me of the carbonated, flavored water beverage "Clearly Canadian", but with alcohol. Though one can't really taste the alcohol contained in this brew. It is highly carbonated and does have a very refreshing quality to it. It would best be served to someone who isn't typically a beer drinker that does like wine coolers, or for a really hot day. It is a very clean and clear wheat, so people that don't like your typical wheat might also enjoy this, but not for me. It goes down easy and doesn't have an overwhelming fruit flavor which is good, but doesn't have much flavor at all which isn't so good for my tastes. It poured well for it's style and reminded me of drinking a typical american light/lite beer.

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Photo of plaid75
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Waterfront Ale House, Brooklyn, NYC.

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light fragrant berry sweetness and a faint graininess.

The taste was clean and uneventful. No off flavors, but no wheat or berry either.

The mouthfeel was light, clean and carbonated.

Overall not a bad tasting beer, and certainly ideal for hot summer days. Not much going on flavorwise though.

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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 Halcyondays
3.34/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a clear yellow with, a medium fizzy white head, with poor retention. Doesn't really look like a wheat beer. I certainly expected something a little darker in colour due to the acai berries.

S: Nice fragrant berry smell.

T: Acai flavour is relatively mild, a tad acrid, I didn't really get the sweetness that you find in acai juice. The wheat does form a good backbone. Interesting enough, but in the end an average tasting fruit beer, at least it didn't taste artificial.

M: Fizzy, smooth, light, tangy.

D: An OK wheat beer, it is relatively cheap and would be an interesting choice in the summer months. The fact that it is organic is a plus, it was a nice refresher after exercise.

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Photo of bigbelcher
2.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bought this just to see how much it tasted like Acai berries, sadly it didn't but for the price and for how expensive acai berries are it would have had to cost a lot more to get any real acai flavor. Pale yellow color with a thick white head. Aroma was bready and grainy, no fruit or hops evident. Tasted like a watered down macro lager. Harsh graininess, some bitterness, medium bodied. I would drink it before a macro lager, but not by much.

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Photo of HalenRush
2.79/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Purchased at Eureka Natural Foods, Eureka, CA

A - A filtered wheat? Why do breweries do this? It looks like a golden ale...nothing wheaty about it. A wheat head should be thick and pillowy. This was just a moderate regular head.

T - In fact, it doesn't even taste like a wheat to me. Nice job on not making the acai overpowering like many breweries do with fruit beers - a good balance

S - Its fruity and floral with a touch of acetaldehyde.

M - Again, its a filtered wheat, so you lose points here. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Wheat beers should be a liquid sandwich.

D - This gets decent marks because it just goes down like a thin boring golden ale. Its drinkable, for sure. On a hot day for a BBQ I would maybe enjoy this. But if you are expecting a fruit wheat you will be disappointed.

Sorry ERB....I love your brews and I support the local guy but you really missed the mark here. If you just didn't filter it this would be a much different review. I've been going to your brewery long enough to remember your blueberry wheat. I don't know if you still make it, but back then in the 90's, they said it was a seasonal, one keg brew. Man that was good. Especially with a plate of your hot wings. Do that brew with this berry and you are on to something.

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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 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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Acai Berry Wheat from Eel River Brewing Co.
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