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

Icelandic Arctic Berry AleIcelandic Arctic Berry Ale
BA SCORE
3.66/5
107 Ratings
Icelandic Arctic Berry AleIcelandic Arctic Berry Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Iceland
einstokbeer.com

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.

Added by GMuir on 08-02-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,403
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
107
pDev:
11.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
22
Trade:
1
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Photo of DanGeo
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marius
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl can. Light and fruity, with notes of red berries, floral hops and citrus.

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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 Robertas
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JMS1512
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 secondtooth
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy golden, with a big white head and lovely lace.

Aroma: Berries! A wee tart but faithful and very appealing.

Taste: Tart berries up front, with a nicely smooth body. Fruit is up front here but not over the top or artificial. Really a tasty ale and one I’d gladly pick up again. Another winner from a top-notch Icelandic brewery. Skal!

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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 Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VoxRationis
2.72/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Decanted into conical pint glass; best before 03/Feb/2018.
A: Pours a hazy straw color with a slightly pink cast and displaying a very exuberant head (> 2 inches).
S: Sour aroma with berries noticeable, almost like a Berliner Weiss or Gose.
T: Bland malts with a slight berry flavor. A little salty.
M: Medium bodied; strong effervescence.
O: Not really much like a Wit; fairly bland. If it had been a Berliner Weiss, the aroma/flavor palate might make more sense. Unbalanced with fruit not quite fitting in to overall taste.

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Photo of let8it8grow
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

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 Ralphs66
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mademers
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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 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 TruePerception
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CM31
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArtZan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Nightkota
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of singletary
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a lite hazy yellow with a mild berry smell to it. The taste is also a mild mixed berry flavor but not overly sweet and somewhat tart on the back end. The mouthful is a bit light with some carbonation to it. Overall a interesting flavor, must be the bilberries.

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Photo of DrunkenMonk
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 107 ratings
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