Iceberg Beer | Quidi Vidi Brewing Company

Iceberg BeerIceberg Beer
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Iceberg BeerIceberg Beer

Brewed by:
Quidi Vidi Brewing Company
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Derek on 07-15-2008

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of bylerteck
2.92/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lewnanny
3.55/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A good beer, but I was a bit disapointed, since it is made from super clean frozen water. I was especting a particular taste for this one, but fially it was smooth and easy to drink, like any commercial beer, or lager.

The bottle is beautiful, and the concept perfect, but the taste could be a little bit more hopy.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.11/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MattCampbell
3.51/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoHabsGo
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Ramjet62
3.75/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MMansfield
3.51/5  rDev +21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Baldpacker
2.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Grogsky
3.35/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A very regional beer. Seeing as the beer is made in an area dominated by light beer, which is the choice for drinking, it does much better than other mass produced light beers. The bottom line with a beer like this, is that you won't like it if you don't appreicate light beer for what they are. As such, it's pretty good for what it is intended to be. It's not a Rochefort, it's not a Guinness. It's a light lager.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
1.09/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is a terrible beer. If you poured it out of the fancy bottle into a glass, you'd assume you were drinking Coors Light or some other mass-produced swill. "QV" could just as easily stand for Quite Vanilla.
And at almost $20 for a 6-pk, this has got to be the least value-for-money offering in a place where all beer is egregiously priced. Seriously, whether there's iceberg water in this or not (!), there's nothing else in this beer to even notice, let alone appreciate. The brewery chose instead to focus on the marketing, putting it in a blue bottle....which, in fairness, has resonated EXTREMELY well with gullible tourists. But between the taste, the price, and the iceberg 'shtick', this offering is truly an affront to craft brewing.

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Photo of muskiesman
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.01/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into pint glass.

Quickly goes to form an unimpressive head, that truly lacks any beer-like characteristics, looking more like that formed when pouring a soft drink. Body is straw in colour and fully transparent.

Scent is mild, yet crisp, seeming more timid than dull.

Following this, the taste follows with the same mild crisp flavour hinted at by scent, with a slight sweetness on the tip of the tongue, vaguely bland, light-beer type of taste in between, and a typical lager finish. Mouthfeel is as well pleasantly light.

Overall an alright beer, though certainly one I will not jump to drink. Certainly a must-try for anyone visiting Newfoundland at the same time, as the use of iceberg water in brewing definitely makes for a unique experience.

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Photo of Howlader
1/5  rDev -65.5%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of PJT
2.28/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I tried this beer while visiting the Quidi Vidi brewery back in 2011.

Brewing beer from icebergs is a fun idea. During my stay in Newfoundland, I collected pieces of shored icebergs for my morning coffee while the locals gathered them to cool their whiskey. With this in mind, it seems appropriate to have the local brewery craft a beer from the same source.

The problem, however, is this beer tastes too much like water. Not any kind of water, tasteless water that has been stripped of all its natural minerals.

This may be the result of the local beer culture. Newfoundland has a small population and the majority of the population drinks light beer. The brewery is thus forced to make these kinds of beers in order to be sustainable. In fact, the brewery there does not deny that this beer is made to appeal to the above-mentioned consumers as well as visitors who are not avid beer drinkers but who are intrigued by this beer.

In summary, a fun idea but not a beer for me.

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Photo of papat444
2.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 341ml bottle with no #freshbeer info on the bottle but J 30 13 on six-pack. Unclear if that`s a bottling or best before date.

Pours a totally clear, barely yellow body with tiny bubbles racing up (only nice thing about it). Aroma is mild graininess. Grasping at straws for flavor, maybe wet malt. Finishes with a staleness. Lacks body, flavor and direction but not offensive so was able to finish the bottle. Still, not the best.

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Photo of ZachT
3.1/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of joemcgrath27
2.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - straw yellow, short head, plenty of bubbles
S - adjunct and not much else
T - adjunct, light grain and grass
M - light and highly carbonated, crisp but a little thin
O - a nice marketing choice given the local success of iceberg vodka, but it's your average mass guzzler

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Photo of Erniehoppyhung
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of lgmol
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.81/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a super light yellow color lager with a medium size bubbly head with light retention and some light lacing. Carbonation is quite strong with a spritzer kind of feel. Aroma of light adjunct and bland taste is pretty boring. Taste is also quite bland with light gross adjunct notes. Body is very light with Sprite-like carbonation. I’m glad I finally got my tick for NFL but quite a bland beer at the end of the day.

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Photo of ahugenerd
4/5  rDev +37.9%

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Iceberg Beer from Quidi Vidi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 8.8% out of 100 with 34 ratings
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