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Icelandic White Ale | Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by thepeter on 01-10-2012

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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 428
Photo of pjwilson
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Really stoked on how good these beers from Iceland are. Blindfold it's an actual true to style Belgian White better than Hoegarden. So yeah there's that.

Taste: Yeasty, bright citrus, subtle malt, hint of minerals.

mouthfeel: very soft

OVerall: Highly recompensed.

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Photo of BadmouthBrews
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

In bottle from Nashville,Tn
Great tasting white ale, with hints of orange and coriander. It's like a more pale version of blue moon. Easy to drink, and nice subtle notes of citrus.

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Photo of leantom
4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really, really impressed with this offering from Einstok. This is a really great Belgian-style witbier. Perfect. Here goes:

A: Slightly cloudy yellow, but relatively clear. Pours a massive head that leaves a ton of lacing. Body could be a little more effervescent, though. Good.

S: Very powerful. Lots of grass, hay, wheat, pepper (coriander and lighter spices), and lemon. The malt and yeast really complement each other well.

T: Also very fine. Follows the nose to a tee; very exquisite complexity for such a simple beer.

F: Good. Nice and crisp.

O: Very surprising. I believe that this beer deserves a higher rating, but that's just me.

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Photo of Drunkenass
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I've tried all kinds of beers from around the world and this is my first Icelandic brew. There must be something about the water up north because this beer is fantastic. Smooth and flavorful. I kind of thought of it as being like a Hoegarden White but cleaner. I shared one with my neighbor and he said it was the best beer he has ever had. It is delicious, but not the best I've ever had. If you are into trying beers from different locations, this is a worthy beverage. I strongly recommend this one.

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Photo of codekiln
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Vinbudin Reykjavik. Poured into a red wine glass. Tall head, cloudy pale straw yellow in color. Foam tastes like the orange peel used to spice this witbier, but hardly of the coriander, except for notes in the finish. Tastes lemony, with a estery aftertaste. Hardly bitter at all. Second smell exposes a mild phenolic character. It's hard to know for sure, since the alewifie and I are in Reykjavik right now and everything smells this way, but I swear I smell the sulfuric Icelandic water, which actually goes quite well with the character of the white beer according to us.

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Photo of Ninjajake12
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

When I opened the bottle, the smell immediately hit me; it had the aroma of toasted nuts and orange peel that was subtle yet aromatic.

It's a cloudy pale color and you can't see through the other side. Even though it's cloudy (due to it being unfiltered), the body isn't heavy or thick at all.

The best part is the taste. As the beer fills your mouth, you get hit with the citrus and coriander immediately. It feels like a carbonated drink, but calms down shortly after. It's a very refreshing and subtle beer with a mildly strong flavor. It carries many of the best aspects of other beers that I enjoy. Even though it's a proper witbier, it's one of the better ones I've tasted thus far. No hint of lasting bitterness.

Even though it feels and tastes like a pale ale, the aftertaste is quite subtle and less intrusive. It was surprising after the first wave of flavor hit me. I'm left with a citrus and toasty (due to the oats) aftertaste that makes me want to drink more.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Very pale straw color, with a modest head but good lacing.
S: Outstanding aroma, with soft sweet bubblegum and sweet candy notes and a nice underlying spiciness.
T: Very good flavor as well, with a lot of wheat flavor, enough bitterness to cut the sweetness quite well (but no hop flavor). Coriander is understated, but the bitter orange peel is quite prominent.
M: Good carbonation levels make for a nice spritzy mouthfeel.
O: Top notch witbier, worth buying again.

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Photo of CopeTech
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice white ale, full featured and fairly committed. I would call it almost an imperial white given the flavor depth and presentation. I liked the richness and enjoyed the nice branding as well. I am very comfortable recommending it to anyone who prefers their beers sturdy.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was given a six pack of this during a company beer exchange. to start, I am a fan of witbier. this one does not disappoint. a nice pour, , nice head, nice carbonation and a fantastic aroma . a hint of coriander , orange, lemon and some other yummy flavors. Overall this is a solid beer that could quench the thirst for most people.

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Photo of evianIPA
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft December 2014 at Dillon Whiskey Bar, Reykjavik

I'm not sure which yeast they used on this one, but forget about notes of citrus and coriander, this is all about peaches, and it's damn tasty.
Nice presentation, full yet dry body and finish, yummy soft peach flavours and aromas.

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Photo of JakesCrew
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice appearance. Straw colored and cloudy. Fizzed over a bit on opening. Pineapple and citrus on the nose. Citrus and coriander are apparent. Mildly sweet. Watery mouthfeel. Light, crisp, refreshing beer with wide appeal. Good lunch beer on day after Christmas!

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Photo of interzen
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from Sutlers Bar in York.

Iceland isn't the sort of place you'd associated with beer, much less a witbier, so this was worth trying for the sheer 'WTF?!' value ... and it's not at all bad either.

All the usual witbeir flavours are present and correct (coriander, orange peel, general spiciness) although I found them to be a bit stronger when compared to something more 'mainstream' like Hoegaarden or Blue Moon. Either way, it's very refreshing and was an ideal drink for a warm, sunny day.

Different, but in a good way.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy white yellow with a soft white head, great lace.

S: Gorgeous orange peel, very citrus, some raw wheat.

T: A citrus heavy wit which is what I like in this style. Lemon, wheat, but the delicious orange takes over, and I'm digging it.

M: Very light-bodied, does feel thinner than it should be, crisp carbonation.

O: Aside from the mouthfeel problems, this is a top flight example of the style. I've certainly been impressed with these guys.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm meeting again with Einstok, and I'm hoping the second time around proves to be better than the first. A single bottle coming out of a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Looks pale yellow in color wih visible bubbles running through the body. It's quite heady on top, not to mention it lasts long and leaves whisps of lace which cling to the glass. The aroma is a good combination; there's a sweet lemon juice note, orange peel, and a dash of coriandor which jazzes up the nose.

Fun to taste. What I've come to expect from a good white ale is here. The spice is pleasant and balanced, the sweet fruity citrus is ripe and balanced. Modestly spiced in the aftertaste along with the light-medium and somewhat creamy and crisp body.

Valentine's Day is not usually a day for white ales, but I think I have found some love in this Icelandic White Ale. I'll take it over a Hoegaarden and many other whites, that's for sure.

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Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I reviewed the arctic berry version of this, which I had picked up duty free at the airport (word to the wise, I think the duty free shop is pushing some stale merch).

That beer, the berry one, was okay but off. Like, it was well brewed, but it tasted a little old and I just didn't think the berries they were using were appropriate for the style. The review just below mine said that Einstok had ruined an excellent white ale, but I figured they were just saying that to be nice. Turns out, they were right: on its own, this is a lively and variegated white, with nodes of honey, fruit, and white pepper.

Much, much better without the addition of weird glacier berries.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(3.75) A: Hazy straw colour with a thin foam head that’s quite fizzy. A ring forms and remains for a long time. Minimal lacing.

(4.0) S: Grains, oranges, spices, honey, floral, and cloves. A certain pleasing dryness comes across in the nose. Quite aromatic with a complimentary mix.

(4.25) T: Spices (cloves and that coriander) and orange upfront that transitions into a light mineral taste. Floral honey elements. Impressively flavourful considering the ABV.

(3.75) M: Lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation. Dry and very clean tasting (in part from the mineral taste).

(4.0) D: I was quite impressed with the taste of this, and could see this being in my regular rotation if I were an Icelander (a big if). Really enjoyed that clean and dry mineral-like taste.

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Photo of The_Atom
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It was a great choice for after trout fishing in spring (to give you context of when I had it). A pale, hazy yellowish color with an average head. Just enough balanced orange, coriander, and subtle wheat taste to make it easy to drink and fairly refreshing. One of my more favorite white ales.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this for dessert the other night.

It pours a pale gold color with thin, tight lacing. I get an aroma that’s crisp and tart, like a cider (should be). The flavor is similarily crisp, with a light effervescence and a touch of green apple tartness and taste. It has a hint of coriander, really nuanced. The flavor is exceptionally smooth and I found it to be very tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy straw pale yellow with a billowing white fluffy head with excellent retention
S-grassy lemon with some undertones of sweet malt and spice
T-grassy lemon up front followed by malt sweetness and finishes with a clean bitterness on the palate
M-light and crisp with high carbonation
O-nice, clean crisp beer that isn't has heavily spiced as a lot of witbiers which is a good thing

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Photo of Robert_G
4/5  rDev +7%

This is about as perfect a witbier as you will find anywhere. It's delicious and refreshing. I keep going back for more. It's as good as anything you can get from Belgium and quite a bit better than Blue Moon Belgian White.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 11/19/13.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with citrus and brown sugar flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation with a hint of straw yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a mottled very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observer.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat, orange, citrus zest, and a touch of spices.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of wheat and grainy malts with a light amount of citrus zest. There is a very light flavor of spices - mostly coriander. Hints of floral hops give a very light amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very light, refreshing, and easy to drink with extremely well hidden alcohol. This is a nice representation of the style and would be great on a hot summer day. Slightly lighter in the mouthfeel than expected but that makes it easier to drink.

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Photo of jsoneff
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear Amber color, strong pleasant fruity smell, very small head with moderate lacing, strong sweet lemon taste all the way through, very little aftertaste. Overall good, but not anywhere near my favorite wit, St Bernardus firmly holds that position for me.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Date: 12/14/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Bottle/Draught: 12 oz brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Straw to very pale yellow in color. Some what hazy but with the color being so pale lots of light gets in. Beautiful white foam head with decent lacing and retention. The carbonation settled to a thin carbonation ring around the beer.
Aroma: Strong citrus aroma of orange zest amped up by Belgian style yeast with clove spice. Slight malt flavor that consists of hay.
Taste: The spices kick up a bit in the taste and become more peppery. The orange is there with a hint of lemon giving it a slight cleaning product flavor. The malts are more hearty in the flavor as wheats are stronger. Possibly because of the oats.
Mouthfeel: This is what I wanted to talk about in this beer... The oats really do something nice for the mouthfeel of the beer by making it much smoother in quality. They thin out the beers body which is light medium but I think the trade off is really worth it. Little bit of an acid bite from the citrus lasts on the tongue

Notes: Purchased and consumed after the best by date 9/17/14

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold and extremely hazy. There's a fingernail of bright white on top. Moderate lacing is present. The aroma is primarily pale wheat with a light amount of coriander. The taste is delicious pale wheat, with a restrained amount of coriander. The mouth is crisp, refreshing, and delicate.

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