Icelandic Arctic Berry Ale | Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

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Icelandic Arctic Berry AleIcelandic Arctic Berry Ale

Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
In Iceland, Sumardagurinn fyrsti means the arrival of warmer temperatures. At Einstök, we celebrate with this limited-edition Ale, a refreshing witbier flavored with tasty bilberries, hand-picked near the Arctic Circle. It’s the perfect ale for your summer adventures, but enjoy it while you can – it will disappear with the midnight sun.

Wheat malt, pilsner malt, oats, bavarian noble hops. Subtle flavor from bilberries, hand-picked near the arctic circle.

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 86
Photo of jeffreed61
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3/18/16 can, so possible flavors may have muted over the last 9 months. My first exposure to bilberries - sorta blueberry-esqe. An easy sipping fruited wit, with flavors intensifying as it warms.

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Photo of TX-Badger
2/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. Artificial berry fruit, just smells a little plastic as well; cereal and berry on the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with more weird berry aftertaste.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Einstök Ölgerð "Arctic Berry Ale"
330 ml can, "BF 18/MAR/2017" and sampled on 30/SEPT/2016
$2 @ Wegmans, King Of Prussia, PA

I noticed as I opened the can that it's made with Bilberries, which I'd never even head of before. As I poured it I smelled what I thought was a little like "Boo Berry Cereal", and, upon tasting it, it is a bit like blueberry, but also slightly different - it's almost like it's got a bit of strawberry-cream to it, and then just a flicker of something darker and tarter like black currant. The beer is sweetish, but not too much so, and oddly not right up front. Perhaps that's because there's a subtle tartness to it; or perhaps it's the mild spiciness, although I don't really find any actual spice, it's more like the spiciness of Saazer hops. It's wheaty, and softly cereal-like, which bolsters the fruitiness a bit, but then that spiciness returns in the finish. To me it becomes sweetish across the middle, most likely because it's warming a bit at that point; but it's also interesting to me that it actually tastes like a beer beneath the fruit (not strongly, but I think fairly clearly), whereas in the United States we tend to kind of put that aside when brewing a fruit beer because it's really more about the fruit. If I hold the glass to the light I can see visible particulate in supension within the hazy light-straw colored body, and to be honest, I don't think there's any extract involved, I think it's all real fruit. The head retention is also surprisingly good, and it maintained a solid surface covering throughout at least the first half of the glass. Medium bodied and crisp with a fine-bubbled, standard carbonation level. I am pleasantly surprised! For me at least, the berry flavor is unique, and I find that it's really well-balanced. There's enough berry flavor that it's definitely a "fruit beer", but not so much that I'd be on fruit-overload if I had a second one. Very nicely done!

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml can into pint glass, canned on 4/6/2016. Pours hazy pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lightly tart blueberry, blackberry, lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, coriander, light clove, wheat, white bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of berries, spice, fruity/earthy yeast, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart blueberry, blackberry, lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, coriander, light clove, wheat, white bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of blueberry, blackberry, lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, coriander, wheat, white bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice complexity, balance, and solid robustness of berries, spice, fruity/earthy yeast, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and creamy/grainy mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very good fruited witbier. All around good complexity, balance, and solid robustness of berries, spice, fruity/earthy yeast, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. Wish the berry flavors were as strong as the aromas, but it was still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow body, hazy, with short white head. Lots of fine lacing.

S - Strong tart berry nose, a bit like sweet tarts.

T - Powerful tart fruit, mild sour grains and acidity, and the flavor closes with sweet tart.

M- Very bright carbonation, a bit of chalkiness.

O - I like the strong berry flavor here. Decent.

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Photo of drtth
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear golden amber color with a 1 1/2" fluffy white head that recedes slowly to a thin layer and leaves arches and pillars of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates scattered small patches of lacing.

The berry aroma is noticeable as soon as the can is opened and grows stronger as the beer is poured. In the background there is some wheat and malt..

The flavors follow the nose with the tinged with a slight earthy character up front being supported by the malt sweetness. No hops other than a slight earthy bitterness are noticeable..

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and slightly creamy with the light gentle carbonation. The finish begins as the beery slowly fade away to a bit of berry tinged sweetness that slowly disappears without any particular dry sensation or any associated bitterness remaining.

Overall this beer fits the bill, it is a light flavored summer ale that is fairly refreshing. But that said I'll not be having another since I like my summer beers to finish with a bit of that bitter dryness that invites another sip. With this beer the fade to light sweetness is just not for me.

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Photo of Zorro
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy very pale yellow with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells strongly of berries. Mild coriander and lots of pepper. Smells a bit sweet.

Starts out very dry with a strong berry taste. Soda cracker malt flavor. Faint fruit sour taste. Flavor of hard water. The taste is almost the same as berry flavored seltzer water.

Mouthfeel is is light and highly carbonated.

Overall a tasty and dry ale, this makes a good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 11.2oz can into snifter glass. 5.0% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark yellow with large head with good retention. Very hazy

Smell- Wheat malt, grains, blueberry aroma.

Taste- Grainy malty aroma with wheat and oatmeal making up the base, followed by a fresh bash of blueberry flavor. (Guessing bilberries are blueberries or very similar). The heavy malt presence combined with the blueberry makes this beer taste very much like a blueberry muffin. Beer finishes sweet, yet dry with a touch of berries and wheat.

Mouthfeel- Thin-medium in body with lively carbonation.

Overall- This was one impressive fruit beer. Excellent Summer beer. The malt profile is complex and flavorful, while the bilberry addition was fresh and plentiful, yet not overbearing or overpowering. Highly recommended for the fruit beer lovers.

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Photo of Act25
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Arctic Berry Ale is alive, active, and well - mine brewed 2-11-16, consumed 6-11-16, and too good until Feb 2017.

Authentic and original, my first Icelandic, I rank this higher than BAs. '

- White ale brewed with bilberries and crowberry juice. can.

a) Cloudy lemon coloring with bright effervesce. Ice white head, sudsy, one inch high with a low retention. Lots of soapy spotty lace.

s) As nice as any fruit wit beer. Nose of sweet bilberry muffin, cidery tart with wheat with a light lemon, flower shop atmosphere. Fruit taut with dryness. Good.A real apertif. Must life perfumey beer to like. Original. Occasional.

t) Flavor follows nose but is not as interesting... It is bilberry muffin, tart lemon, flowers, and wheat. Cidery white grape. Again a good appetizer, first beer. UNLIKE MOST FRUIT BEERS DOES NOT TASTE ARTIFICIAL.

f): White wheat, fruit and lemon muffin, crisp bite, tart, astringent, refreshing.

o) Must try 1. Original. Well done. Want to try everything from this brewer. My first Icelandic beer.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a light, cloudy apricot colour. Fruity, quite juicy and sweet, sticky aroma of blueberry/bilberry. Tastes like it smells but lighters; a light fruity beer that's clean, a bit of bilberry and a hint of hop at the finish. Like a shandy/radler style beer with a slightly dry finish. Light, crisp, and refreshing, great for a summer day.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a thin white head that leaves spots of lace. Strong berry aroma. Berry flavor up front with light malt backbone and subtle hop bitterness on the finish. I like it.

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Photo of carp3tshark
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Einstok's beers are pretty solid in general, this beer is very palatable, has a nice appearance, not much head. Pours a light straw color. Has a light berry flavor and a reasonable amount of carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked this up at Total Wine in Orlando and am sorry that it is now "retired". Poured out a hazy light golden color with a generous, but fleeting foamy white head. The smell is slightly fruity with some hint of malt. The taste is very mild with an almost blueberry flavor. The finish is very long lasting fruit flavor that lingers for a long time on the lips and tongue. The carbonation level is quite good. This beer should be brewed again! If you can find one give it a try.

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Photo of mynie
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light brown. Smells of berries and sour beer, like the dregs of some middle school concoction. Tastes good, much better than the aroma, but a little watery. Berries, generic barley. Kind of like is Leinies Berry Weiss used a very weak English mild as its base.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours very light straw, almost white with a yellow tinge, with a frothy white head that settles and laces lightly.

S: Berry, bready malt, blueberry muffin, and maybe a little faint citrus.

T: Bright, slightly tart berry notes, white grape, maybe a little light citrus, nice wheat touch, and some malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty darn refreshing.

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Photo of DIM
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks great, shiny clear golden color with a thick, long lasting white head.

Hard to find much wit smell behind all the sweet berries. Maybe a little lemon and some wit yeast. The flavor is dominated by a somewhat artificial tasting powdery, berry flavored candy. There was a bit of dry yeastiness in the finish, but the berries dominated the wit. Pretty good for a curiosity, but one and done for me.

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Photo of travolta
4.54/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A soft white straw in color with a beautiful foamy white head. Very nice lacing and good retention.

Nose: Yeast, crackers, lemon, blueberry, apple,

Taste: Blueberry muffin, tart, bit of malt balance, white grapes.

Notes: A fun witbier that brings change and something new to ponder.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had picked this up at The Fridge, but when I went to review it, I realized that there was no extant picture. I took one, resized it and sat back for approval to take place. When this did not happen on a timely basis, it got shuffled into the queue until now. Viva Le CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "White Ale Brewed with Bilberries and Crowberry Juice"; "Drekktu. Sigradu. Endurtaktu!"; "In Iceland, Sumardagurinn fyrsti (the First Day of Summer) designates the arrival of warmer temperatures and abundant sunshine. At Einstök, we're celebrating summer with this limited-edition Arctic Berry Ale, a refreshing witbier flavored with tasty bilberries, hand-picked near the Arctic Circle. It's the perfect ale for your summer adventures, but enjoy it while you [CAN] - it will disappear with the midnight sun. Drekktu. Sigradu. Endurtaktu!"; "N65/W16".

The Icelandic Crack! inspired an inverted Glug, producing three fingers of fluffy, bone-white head that fell as quickly as a souffle when the oven door is banged shut. Nose had a very berry-filled sweetness, but I would have guessed blueberries and/or strawberries, definitely NOT bilberries and crowberries! Color was a cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), but the Gold Boys (Mammon, Croesus and Midas) did not show up as they sneer at cloudiness as indicative of a flaw. Not in a Witbier, boys! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was quite sweet, more so than I would expect from the style and especially for one being touted as a Summer beer. One of the things that I like about traditional Wits during the Summer is their orange-citrus tang, which this lacked. That is not to say that it was unpalatable, but instead, that it was just awfully sweet. I kept thinking of the Tastykake Mixed Berry pies that come out in the Spring and I like them just fine. I am just not a fan of sweet tastes in my beers, I guess. If they make this again in 2015, I will revisit it on a more timely basis.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%

Pours a thin head on a cloudy light straw body.
The aroma is fruit forward with lemon dominating.
The taste starts with a cider flavor, watery middle, wheat and mild bitter finish.
The texture is soft.
It's pretty mild, but good.

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Photo of tone77
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from an 11.2 oz. can. Has a whiteish/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bursting with berries. Taste is dominated with berries, some sweetness, some subtle hints of wheat, extremely refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

- White ale brewed with bilberries and crowberry juice. can.

(3.55) A: Cloudy lemon peel coloring with a quick release of macro-effervesce. Snow white capping, soapy structure, one inch high with a fair rate of holding. Spacious soapy spotting for lace.

(3.60) S: Nose of sweet blueberry muffin (most likely the bilberries im picking up), lightly tart with wheat with a light lemon and orange dryness.

(3.70) T: Flavor was blueberry muffin, lightly tart lemon and wheat. A touch of sweetness followed by grapefruit and a fruitiness of white grapes.

(3.70) M: Bready muffin, crisp bite, lightly tart and refreshing.

(3.70) O: smooth clean flavor, crisp, nice use of bilberries that were well balanced providing just the right amount of influence, not an overbearing berry drink, but delicately in harmony with the wit character, ideal for an summer drink. My first Icelandic beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%

Best by 5/29/15.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, berry juice, and berry aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, berry juice, and berry flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting berry additions that I have never tried before now.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of pkalix
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

popped the cap on this can and got a whiff of berry. very nice looking hazy pastel yellow. a little bland on the taste, but my buds might be a little skewered after a glass of Utopias and a couple shots of Crown Maple.....? but not bad. subtle berry flavor. easy to imbibe. my can says 5.2%.....

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Photo of GMuir
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I consumed quite an amount of this on-tap only beer while on holiday in Iceland. There were quite a few of Reykjavik many great bars had this on tap. I first came across it while having a light calamari lunch and it was just delicious. Very light and like a fruity wheat beer.

It is cloudy in appearance and the aroma is awesome! Even the barman pouring commented about how amazing it smelt.

All in, very refreshing, very Einstok and sadly i beleive for now only available in Iceland or maybe just very limited export.

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Icelandic Arctic Berry Ale from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
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