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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )
Iceland | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
We celebrate summer with our Arctic Berry Ale, a refreshing witbier flavored with tasty bilberries, hand-picked near the Arctic Circle.

Added by GMuir on 08-02-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
66
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
20.33%
 
 
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Photo of NilocRellim
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Robertas
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Retroman40
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of let8it8grow
3.8/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.1/5  rDev -16%

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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of tone77
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +0.3%

- 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 carp3tshark
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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 TruePerception
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CM31
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArtZan
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Nightkota
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of DrunkenMonk
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of craft_is_king
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of RyanK252
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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 wethorseblanket
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Jeff_Hallam
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zorro
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
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 BillCheck
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buzz3d
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hatzilla
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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 charlzm
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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