Icelandic White Ale
Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

Icelandic White AleIcelandic White Ale
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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #47
Ranked #20,447
3.83 | pDev: 12.79%
Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
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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Reviews: 123 | Ratings: 626
Photo of Bouleboubier
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)

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
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.

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Photo of Nass
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

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
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.

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Photo of Mrbob558
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.

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Photo of chitoryu12
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.

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Photo of ThreatLevel5
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.

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Photo of stoumi
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.

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Photo of Ice_Cream_And_IPAs
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.

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Photo of EMH73
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.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
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.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
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.

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Photo of BeerBobber
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.

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Photo of Alexc11
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I paid a whopping $11 for this beer but I won’t hold that against it in my review. Supply and demand and all that. It pours a light hazy yellow color with a nice head. The orange and coriander aromas are obvious but I find it lacked a spicey kick usually part of a witbier? Light and crispy. Moderate carbonation and liitle bitterness with a smooth finish. Enjoyed it. Despite the price! Hey I’m not likely to visit Iceland so....drink!

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

33 ml bottle into a pint glass.
Pours amber with a decent head.
Mild aroma of lightly spiced orange bread and orange juice.
The lightly sweet flavor follows.
Light+ body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - great tannish light yellow hazy color
Smell - coriander scent and wheat
Taste - slight spice and citrus orange and wheat
Feel - medium body and medium light carbonation
Overall - pretty good white ale

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a thin white head.

The smell biscuit and lemon. The coriander is also clearly present underneath.

The taste is slightly sweet and the coriander comes through fairly strong. Also present is some breadiness and a very small hint of citrus.

The mouthfeel is medium/high carbonation and slightly thick.

Overall a nice beer. Not a ton of depth but I like coriander in beer.

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Photo of monkist
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wasn't quite sure what to expect until I actually held it in my hands: it is a white beer as in the Berliner Weisse, although not as sour (unfortunately) but not as yeasty as a belgian wit (luckily). It says coriander and orange peel on the bottle, I rather smell it than feel it in the taste. Overall it is rather like a blonde or a golden ale, mild and light bodied with this slightly funky feel to it.
Not bad but if you compare it with the Prairie Artisan Ales, it is a far cry from what I would call something serious. Maybe the bavarian hops are what make them fail - you would need a true American hop to funk it all up, and of course some true brewing mastery to bring the funk out...

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Photo of Michelleroo
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First of all, that Viking on the label is hot! I thought this was a tastyyyy choice! Great head, pretty color, and smells good. Taste is a teeny bit thin but overall, I super enjoyed this beer!

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Photo of JonnyGoldsbrough
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

5.2% bottle

L4.25 - typical light ale but with a pleasing cloud. Gets an extra 0.25 for sweet looking bottle label design.
S3 - the low point. Slight citrus but with a hint of unappetising vinegar
T3.5 range certainly comes through, very pleasant. Not getting much coriander though (fortunately).
F4 typical but managed to maintain slight head which I like.
O3.75 very drinkable. Great alternative on hot day to typical lager (albeit at double the cost)

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Photo of Brolegario
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy shade of gold with a white head. Very little retention on the head and the aromas were subtle. Upon taste there is a tinge of oats among the wheat flavors. Very refreshing and I believe the icelandic water adds enough difference to make it noteworthy. The orange peel and coriander add a but of bitterness that is noticeable but does not linger. Probably would pair well lighter fair such as chicken or salmon.

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Photo of BrodyGaston
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This and Wee Heavy are my least favorite of the 5 Einstok varieties that I've tried. But it's still very good. Very light with citrus and floral notes. I think I recognize a little coriander, as the bottle says there is. I get very little smell, but the taste is good. If you're wanting something light it's a nice enough choice.

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Photo of DavidR_9
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer looks amazing. Tall densely packed fluffy white head on atop a clear yellow gold body. Smell is - strangely enough - sweet, mellow, hint of maple syrup and almost a nice warm eggo waffle batter note. Trace of of tangerine/cutie peel. Taste is very rounded and smooth - mellow. Slightly sweet hawaiian bread note and, also strange, I get a little bit of blueberry followed by a hint of tangerine peel. I say tangerine peel because it comes across thinner and not as oily and orange peel.

This isn’t the typical profile of witbier that I’m used to... but it’s still very well executed and super smooth. I got virtually no coriander and hardly any citrus. But there’s something about that water..

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Photo of Popkorn615
2.2/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

This one was ok. Couldn't smell anything from it at all, and hardly any flavor. Tasted like something you could chug or drink many of a la a Bud Light of Iceland. I wouldn't choose to drink this again unless it was in mass quantity and I find myself in Iceland.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little deeper than straw with a big head that leaves lace. Nose is especially grainy, like a euro lager or very light German lager. Some light noble hops are present, but no esters or spice. Taste is light and crisp. Grainy like the nose, and again more like a light German lager than a wit. Even using my imagination, it is hard to pick up any orange peel or coriander except on the very end of the finish. Overall, not something I'd bother getting again as a witbier for sure, although it would probably have been a 3.75 as a euro lager.

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Icelandic White Ale from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
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