Icelandic White Ale
Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

Icelandic White AleIcelandic White Ale
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #50
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
86
Ranked #23,466
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 12.53%
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
665
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Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
 
Iceland
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Year-round
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Icelandic White AleIcelandic White Ale
Notes: Our quest was to make the best white ale we ever tasted, with the complex flavors of a classic witbier, all brewed with pure Icelandic water for a cool smoothness that is deliciously refreshing.

Wheat malt, pilsner malt, oats, bavarian noble hops spiced with coriander and orange peel.
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Stevenmann57 from Alabama

4.86/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a nearly perfect beer if I ever had one. It’s only personal drawback is I wish it packed just a bit more punch per volume but it’s so smooth going down you have to pace yourself drinking it. This is some damn good beer.

Nov 04, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pale straw yellow (wheat) with a pillowy soft head (oats). Extremely active carbonation.

S: The yeast esters, orange peel, and fresh coriander are quite apparent.

T: Mellow and a bit spicy. The wheat has a natural sweetness that is perfectly counterbalanced by noble hops. The orange peel and coriander give it some kick, yet preserve the soft character of the brew. There doesn't seem to be any clove (banana/bubblegum)

F: Light and crisp. Buttery as well.

O: It would be very easy to drink 6 of these.

Oct 04, 2020
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Hoegaarrden wit glass.

Real nice looking wit. A frothy huge bright white super creamy looking head in the glass. Rich foamy staying power, and ring clingy lacing all around. Body color is a bit clear, with touching haze and a real polished light brass yellow appearance.

Aroma is interesting. Got that spicy corriander action going on, but there's a very store bought pastry sweetness to this as well. Hit a Twinkie like aroma, light vanilla, and white cake dough.

Fun palate. Nice touch of chewy malt texture and sweetness on first sip. Some more citrus character manages to kick in along with some of the spiced wit quality. There's still this real odd sweet vanilla cakey like tone that manages to creep throughout the beer though. Bit of a drying finish and light parching character.

Not a bad wit, easily drinkable, but there's a lot of others I would probably prefer.

Sep 18, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy goldenrod with a white collar. Wheat, orange zest, coriander, lemon zest and honey in the smell and taste. Taste has more of a honey baked oatiness that really is pleasing where smell was more botanical. Neither have the wheat dallop on the finish, but the wheat presence through out suffices. Feel is smooth, wheat laden, bright and slightly chewy. Sneaky thick for style. Enjoy it out on the lake

Aug 10, 2020
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Hyenas_den from California

3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Einstock Olgerd White Ale is a refreshing light Iclandic beer that reminds one of their favorite light beer.
The flavor is smooth but nothing special enough to write home about, You get a small hint of coriander and a great smooth non bitter taste of orange that leaves no after taste.
The beer is refreshing enough to have first thing in the morning with a low ABV so you can still enjoy your day. I would compare this almost with a light orange juice.
The bottle is iconic simple and amazing nodding to the traditional roots of the company.

Check out our review on our youtube page at Hyenas_Den.

Jul 23, 2020
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Ant777uk from England

3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Iceland tends to rate as the country with the happiest people in the world, also it has the highest ratio of professional footballers relative to the population out of any country in the world! Hopefully this beer will be good then.

Horned viking on the artwork ; )

Amazing head. Literally perfect.

Dry subtle hoppy aroma.

Wow

This is a seriously unique mystical taste. Complex. Subtle coriander and orange peel. Christmassy. Quite heavy though, more for slow sipping.

I like it but much prefer a more vivacious hoppy IPA, Czech pilsner or Belgian tripel!

Jun 22, 2020
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold body capped by a pristine white head with a couple minutes good retention before fading to a thin layer.
Aroma is light, of orange zest and coriander.
Taste of caramel malt, quite sweet, almost cake-like. Touch of vanilla. The mildest hint of spice and citrus zest. Fairly high in residual sugar, it feels lightly syrupy and soft on the palate, even a fattiness to it. Not pithiness. Medium carbonation, medium body, though wouldn't mind more effervescence. Finish is medium dry.

Not as bright and crisp as you'd hope for in the style, it's on the heavier side, and could use more carbonation. Not a great example, although at 6 months out, it wasn't super fresh.

Jun 06, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

March 23rd, 2016 - We're back to EInstock, but going with one of their blonder ales. In the hotel water cup it actually looks quite fetching, with just a hint of haziness and a rich tapestry of bubble getters. The aroma is rich, with a slight lemon touch, butter and pepper in the manner of the style, and a somewhat sifter flavor. With its medium to low carbonation it is a low and slow brew, with a lovely wheat flavor that's not too far off from one of my favorites: Hoegaarden. What distinguishes this is a slight tang and acidity, which balances well against the buttery wheat notes.

May 05, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy; medium gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: really nice blend of orange peel and coriander;

T: disappointing; very little flavor up front; from the middle through the finish, it's orange peel and orange pith with almost no coriander; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: the flavor was such a let down after the aroma;

Apr 17, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a lovelyslightly hazy light amber liquid with a large white head that very slowly dissipates. Lacing. In the nose, it is a bit of yeast and some spice over a light bready scent. In the mouth, it is smooth and lightly malty with some nice spice and fruit.

Mar 23, 2020
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octortus from Canada (ON)

3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 mL Bottle. ABV 5.6%.
Appearance: Veiled pale yellow gold, Soft carbonation, Under one finger of frothy off white head, Ok retention.
Aroma: Belgian yeast, Orange peel, Spice (Coriander), Tart white grape skins, Slight pear, Malt sweetness, White bread, Slight lemon.
Mouthfeel: Light-Medium body, Feels a bit flat.
Flavour: Soft bready malt, Tart white grape skins, Spice (Coriander), Slight orange peel, Slight lemon, Hops, White wine.
Overall: It's fairly refreshing but I don't think it quite hits the mark. It has a decent complexity but could maybe be integrated and balanced a bit better.

Review: 132

Feb 16, 2020
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Captain_Cam from Maryland

5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Soft, hazy yet luminous appearance. Very still. Light straw color with a beautifully suspended snowy white cloudiness throughout. Minimum carbonation provides a Modest one-finger head.

Smell: The light but distinct smell of coriander and orange peel are apparent immediately. With light undertones of white pepper, lemon, French bread dough, and ginger. Very light, delicate scent.

Taste: This is by far my favorite beer. The lightest, softest, and most drinkable beer in existence. It is as if The softest combination of orange peel, coriander, and chai tea spice flavors Have been added to water from the coldest, most pure mountain glacier water from the untamed wilderness. The aftertaste is merely a light lingering of the spices, which softly encourages you to drink more.

Feel: The downside of drinking most white beer/ale and other wheat beers is the profound bloating and heaviness.
It is IMPERATIVE to drink this beer as cold as possible and pour it as slowly as possible. If drank under 30 degrees Fahrenheit, it is the easiest to consume beverage in human history. Look up “Laminar Flow” to see how fluids can flow perfectly without appearing to be flowing at all. That is what drinking this beer is like.

Overall: The easiest to drink, smoothest, softest, most refreshing, satisfying, and delicious beer I have ever tried. Although it is over $2 per beer, and I can only find six packs and singles, it is well worth every cent.

Note: Every single person I have met that says they don’t like beer (including many female friends) absolutely love this beer. Very easily enjoyed on a hot summer day , at a party, or when snowed in. HIGHLY recommended!

Jan 13, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, 06.12.18, BF 06/DEC/2019; purchased single off shelf... poured into a fat tulip)

L: mostly-clear, glowing jade-yellow liquid, bit of sediment in dregs adds a light, dusty swirl; tight, white foam holds for a bit, before receding into bubbly cap

S: subtle essence of coriander, the orange at first at a balance with it, each along with the yeast character providing a dominant floral overtone... fresh orange rind definition gradually creeps out... all elements mellow, but it smells like a Wit!

T: coriander leaps out on the palate, pretty much dominating taste, with yeasty, floury grain submerging then surfacing in its foundation; lingering peppery spice and citrusy shortbread malt... touch more rich doughy drag than the average American example

F: slow, slightly-silky, tightly-foamy flow; relatively dry finish with a bit of latent carbonic sizzle and spicy warmth... gets a touch parching in the aftertaste, with a delicate gummy film left on the palate... satiny, dry

O: the dulled aromas luckily weren't an accurate forecast for the flavors... oats seem to be a valuable player here... I'm glad this is now on my radar because it's to my taste when it comes to Wits (more European than American); rather nice! (1569)

Oct 11, 2019
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penguinsgoboom from California

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a fine one finger head. Color of light light straw. Quite hazy.

S: Coriander, cloves, pepper, wheat, and lemon.

T: Same flavors as the smell. Pretty good representation of a Belgian Witbier.

O: Light, crisp, refreshing, and very drinkable.

Oct 05, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I do notice a canned on date on the bottom of the can so I know that the beer is not too old. I do like the can artwork might I say. The pour is lemony yellow. The aroma is of sweet baked biscuits dipped in some citrus jam. The taste is coriander upfront with some citrus lingering towards the finish & there is slight lemon bitterness & salt on the backend. This beer is quite similar to a Belgian Witbier. I do recommend this beer if you've not had it before. Cheers! B

Jul 24, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours as semi opaque, very light golden, with a generous delicate white pillow like head. Smell is oddly almost non -existent. Taste lemon, some spices? Feels well put together by it's sheer simplicity, nice carbonation , medium body,finishes juicy. This beer is Uber refreshing- Recommend. Not as spiced as some other wit bier, which in a way makes it better.

Jun 26, 2019
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Mrbob558 from New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very smooth, citrusey beer with nice color and a sweet flavor. It's an Icelandic beer and I am having the beer while on vacation in Iceland, which may be improving the ratings.

Jun 20, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy pale yellow. Two fingers of white head with decent retention.

Smell: Hops, coriander, citrus.

Taste: Mild wheat malt, orange peel, gentle spices, mild hops.

Mouthfeel: Average body, good carbonation.

Overall: A refreshing and light beer for the summer.

Apr 07, 2019
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ThreatLevel5 from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting beer pours beautifully white and hazy. I drank it very cold in a frost glass and I really enjoyed it! This has become my favorite beer.

Mar 08, 2019
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stoumi from California

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Icelandic Ale pours a translucent, golden color, appearing very crisp and clean. Very little, white head that dissipates rather quickly. The smell is sweet on the nose, maybe a touch of cake batter with a hint of noble hops. Taste is sweet on the palette with a trace of citrus rind and floral notes. Some coriander is present in the aftertaste.

Feb 14, 2019
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Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Slightly hazy straw yellow body; a finger of bright white sudsy head that disappears quickly; little lacing left on the glass.
Smell: Smells like a wit should. There are notes of citrus and coriander, but overall, the smell is a bit light.
Taste: Oranges and coriander are the apparent flavors. Again, tastes like a wit, but perhaps a bit watered down.
Feel: Light-bodied, crisp, and extremely crushable.
Overall: This one utilizes all of the taste and smell elements that a wit should, but the product tastes a little to thin compared to the good representatives of the style. Nonetheless, for mass-produced witbier that doesn't come from Belgium, it's a worthy buy. I could easily and happily drink 10 of these in a row.

Jan 20, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

2.79/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very light yellow, slightly cloudy with a poorly retained one inch white head that left little lacing. Smell is mild with notes of spice, citrus and wheat. Tastes of orange, coriander, wheat, bananas and orange peel although all flavors are muted other than the coriander. Light bodied, highly carbonated, watery mouth feel. Overall, a poor example of a witbeer.

Dec 23, 2018
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a fantastical brew! I feel like THOR came down and blessed this with his mighty hammer! This one has a ton of character and redeem-ability to it! This is a refreshing beer and an awesome one to get a nice change from a wit or a Belgian white.

Oct 10, 2018
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L- Wow it's reeeally pale, and with a very slight haze to it. Carbonation clears quickly to lacing.
S- All I get is some very subtle citrus, and equally subtle scent of aromatic spices.
T- Coriander right on the front, and it briefly faded before powering back again. The citrus is pretty subtle in comparison.
M- Zesty. Lot's of CO2 in the mouth. Very refreshing. The 5.2% is probably about right to balance the spicy rump of this beer's flavour.
O- Another example of the apparently fashionable spiced or mega-hopped beers. This one isn't OTT, it seems to have a good balance to it.
Possibly the first Icelandic beer I have had. I bought this in a 330ml can from Waitrose in London.

Aug 23, 2018
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slight haze to it yet able to see through the beer. Color is a nice light golden color. Two and a half fingers of foamy, soapy white head. Very sticky lacing all around and down the glass.

Smells of some spice, something like coriander. Slight hints of bananas and bubblegum.

Taste kind of follows the nose. Seems like those smells are like a radio that is out of tune and you mainly get static. The flavors just seem a bit muted. The taste is like a refreshing muted Wit, that is the best descriptor I have got.

Mouth is light and has just a slight wet finish to it.

Overall I like the beer! Strange because the flavors are so muted that this may seem a bit dull. However the beer redeems itself in just being a refreshing drink of beer. I really like the appearence, the color and lacing are so nice. The smell is pleasent and the mouth feel makes this very easy drinking. I think I could see this beeing a great summer day BBQ beer when you just feel like wetting your whistle with a quality beverage.

Aug 19, 2018
Icelandic White Ale from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 665 ratings