Icelandic White Ale | Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

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3.83/5
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535 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by thepeter on 01-10-2012

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#14,399
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
535
pDev:
12.79%
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Ratings: 535 |  Reviews: 103
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 Callednumbers
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of sdzoe14
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of silaskok
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 AlecMoran
4.66/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LisaAnnLynch
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ahazabinadi
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Curt3
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 GreyGooseStout
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BeenTired
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zstamper
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MJ64
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nvrmind16
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best white ales I have ever had. Crisp smooth notes, but not tangy or sweet.

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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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Photo of joflondon
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought cheap as was heavily discounted at the supermarket. Poured cold from bottle into standard pint glass.
Look is quite hazy, one finger head. Very white.
Malty smell, nothing else really.
Very malty, lots of lingering taste, a little bit of spice and very nice after taste of toffee.
I thought this might have been as little bit of a novelty as only only Icelandic foodstuffs I had ever come across before where cod and skyr. But a very tasty drinking ale.
Would pair well with a nice slice of sponge cake or sponge pudding.

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Photo of fastsite
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TomTrocc
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jtadams69
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joharitaylor79
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Icelandic White Ale from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 535 ratings