Iceberg Beer | Quidi Vidi Brewing Company

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

Style: American Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Derek on 07-15-2008

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by ThatWineGuy:
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my wife for bringing some Quidi Vidi beer back from "The Rock". This is very pale yellow from the clear bottle, champagne-like in the glass with a one finger fizzy white head. The large bubble carbonation is very ginger ale-like. Head settled but did not disappear, good ring, lace is a bit soapy. Good regeneration throughout the tasting. Very skunky odour although not offensive.

Much has been written of the iceberg water in previous reviews, I find all the QV beers have a similarly clean taste and thin body. More malt than hops, indeed the difficulty growing hops on the rock gives rise to a distinctive although understated malt bill in the QV beers I've had so far. Not overly complicated, this one has a low bitter profile and a sweet backbone that is never cloying. Crisp and refreshing, aftertaste also sweet, overall pleasant and easy drinking - much like The Rock itself. I'd make room for this in my fridge for those summer days when you just want the refreshment value and nothing too serious.

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Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jondeelee
2.61/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Of all the gimmicks I've heard of, this rates among the best-conceived: beer brewed with glacial water from icebergs. Beer is, after all, about purity, and what could offer a more pure source of water than a 12,000-year-old iceberg?

Unfortunately, I don't think this one worked out as planned. Even at the nose, this brew comes across as slightly stale and skunky (and I purchased my bottle directly from the brewery in St. John's, Newfoundland, so the problem wasn't age). While there is a lovely malty background, with promises of wildflower honey and caramels, there's also a definite sour note that, unlike a Flemish ale, shouldn't be there. This seems to me a fault of the bottling, rather than the brewing process: Iceberg is unfortunately only available in clear, Corona-like bottles, and the increased exposure of the hops to light degrades and sours the flavors.

The taste luckily manages to avoid most of that staleness, and focuses instead on the sugary notes present in the nose, as well as buttery toasted grains. Hops are kept to a minimum, adding only a slight background bite to offset the sugars. The aftertaste is a continuation of the sugary notes present in the beginning parts of the mouthful. Mouthfeel is very light, much like carbonated water.

Overall, while the flavors are good, the beer as a whole comes across as watery. Perhaps this was intentional, to display the clearness of the iceberg waters, but it also means the individual flavors tend to run together and get lost in subsequent mouthfuls. A few more handfuls of malt would have done this brew wonders.

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Photo of ahugenerd
4/5  rDev +36.1%

Photo of biboergosum
2.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pure water from ancient sources - icebergs in this case - sounds like a good idea...

The cap has a proclamation for its being "Truly Local" - a nice sentiment, but loses something when shipped thousands of miles to my neck of the woods.

This beer pours a clear, light straw colour, with one finger of thin soapy white head, with leave spotty lace as it recedes. It smells of sour white grain, lemon, and cooked veggies. The taste is sweet adjunct grains - corn and rice, more skunky veggies, and a bit of grassiness. The carbonation is fairly muted, the body decently weighted, but cloying. It finishes sweet and skunky.

It's too bad that the absolutely pure water only makes up 95 percent or so of this beer. And, like the namesake iceberg, the remaining 5 percent that is perceptible does the hidden remainder a great disservice by mis-representing the true 'nature' of the overall entity.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
1.87/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Best thing about it is the cool blue bottle. Friend brought me some sight unseen from St. John’s and she doesn’t know anything about beers. Nice thought that I appreciate but the beer is just passable as beer. Watery, kind of a strange smell, weak color and not much taste. Glad I tried one npbut wouldn’t recommend it.

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Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Sammy
2.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Derek for bringing back. Not as bad as suspected, it is watery. With an almost-watery colour and some lace and soapy head. A drop of hop, a bit more of malt. Not offensive in the least. It in fact could but drunk, the carbonation is understated probably because its been out for a few weeks.

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Photo of jykleo
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

20,000 years old Iceberg water is used. Noce sounds !
This is Lager. Not expect too much.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
2.87/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Phyl21ca
1.81/5  rDev -38.4%
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 Rammed96
2.02/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of MattCampbell
3.51/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papat444
2.61/5  rDev -11.2%
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 spinrsx
2.55/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass - got a six pack of these when I was in Newfoundland

Appearance - dark yellow, small fizzy white head, that stuck around for a little while

Smell - smelled of wheat, and alcohol

Taste & Mouth - average carbonation, and a medium body. Tasted like wheat and yeast

Drink - I'm happy I tried it... 6 may have been too many

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Photo of mrmanning
2.23/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle- Pours pale yellow from the clear bottle with a fizzy white cap. Nose of grains and weak yeast, pale malts and grassy hops. Tastes of sweet pale malts, straw, cooked veggies, some grassy hop bitterness. Thin and slightly sweet finish with a slight bitterness. Just ok.

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Photo of probert
4/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PJT
2.28/5  rDev -22.4%
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 Derek
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled June 30, 2008.

It takes a year for the iceberg to find it's way to the coast of Newfoundland and by that time the outside layer has melted, so the ice is over 15,000 years old. It's exceptionally pure.

A: Clear yellow, white head, very little retention, slight lacing.

S: Floral, grassy, spicy hops with hints of biscuity malt.

T: Light caramel & biscuit, floral hops with a peppery spice, balanced bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth with a dry finish.

D: It's like water (not very enticing).

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this at the hotel bar in Port Au Choix
Light yellow color with a bubbly white head. Kind of cool blue bottle. Thin watery beer with hints of malt and hops very crisp and refreshing but little beer i ness here. Hell of a gimmicky beer.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First of all, my parents brought a bottle of this back from Newfoundland and I loved the idea of it. Seeing that it was in a clear bottle kind of tempered my expectations.

A: Extremely pale, almost greenish yellow in color with a head that sticks around a lot better than that of most light beers.

S: Some skunk, wet grass, grain and a bit of lemon zest.

T: Surprisingly smooth and really creamy. Tastes nothing like it looks. Familiar lager taste with a creamy finish that lasts a while. Not a beer I would rush out to get again, but one I'm glad I got the chance to try.

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Photo of lgmol
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Grogsky
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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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Iceberg Beer from Quidi Vidi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 41 ratings