Icelandic White Ale | Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

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Icelandic White AleIcelandic White Ale

Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

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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Photo of Vetbidder
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy nice look with a small head from tap. Fruity, spicy scent. Good but light flavor of wheat and slight citrus. Creamy with decent carbonation. Lingering wheat finish. Decent.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Epcot

Pours a hazy pale golden-yellow color with a thick and creamy white head that has great retention. Smells of toasted wheat, coriander, hints of orange, toasted cracker malt. Tastes of clean wheat, followed by coriander and orange peel, finishes dry with subtle slickness, lingers if clean toasted malt. Medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish. Easy drinking wit with high drinkability

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Photo of JamFuel
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow, plenty of fluffy head.

Smell is a bit weak, with the expected coriander and lemon popping up.

Citrusy and crisp, this isn't very deep, but easy to drink.

Thin bodied, with plenty of carbonation.

A decent witbier, not the best I've had, not the worst. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I bought a variety of Scandinavian or rather Nordic beers, including a six pack of Einstök White Ale. It certainly not the best Scandinavia has to offer, but it is a decent Witbier.

Look: very light golden, with a thick white head.

Aroma: There’s bread/wheat, banana, citrus, perhaps coriander and some yeast on the nose

Taste: bready/wheat, bananas, citrus.

Feel: It’s light and crisp easy drinking.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose citrus, wheat, floral, coriander, yeast, light carbo. Taste lemon, orange, coriander, herbs, faint banana. light body with a slight dry finish. Nice Witbier!

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Photo of beergoot
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, lemon yellow body; fluffy, sticky, white head. Citrus and freshly cut grass aroma intermingled with light cereal grain notes; lemon meringue. The flavor mirrors the aroma; some tart twanginess; very light layer of bitterness. Medium-heavy body; crisp and dry with a soft tartness and bite.

The very pleasant beer has a lot going for it. It is very well-balanced and delivers depth and complexity throughout. The wheat, oats and yeast bring a nice, toasty quality that is counterbalanced with a soft, mildly spicy and deft citrus aspect from the hops, orange peel, and coriander. Very delightful...

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at home. Hazy yellow with a white head. Notes of yeast, bread dough, bananas, citrus hops, red berries, gooseberries. Medium body, medium carbonation and a bitter-sweet and refreshing aftertaste.

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Photo of Try-em-all
4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one is a real winner with all of the key elements combining to form the right balance. The hint of orange peel and coriander is perfect, light going down and a solid aroma enough to entice you to have another. And I am not sure what it is, but accentuating the word "Icelandic" with anything for some reason scores points with me.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Slightly hazy golden color, three finger white head, great lacing, tons if carbonation.

S: Whet, spices.

T: Wheat, sweet.

F: Very light and smooth.

O: Ok witbier but not one I would seek again.

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Photo of WalterFeegis
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

When the guy at the beer store says "This is the best beer in the store", what are you going to do? And when he offers an employee discount on the premium price then it's a no brainer. I was looking for something different, however, I don't like fruity beers and right on the package it says Orange peel and coriander. I don't know what coriander is but I know that orange is a fruit so I'm already biased before I pull it out of the cooler. I don't waste time talking about anything but the taste. It has a very noticeable taste of orange peel, not orange juice, but like it says on the package - orange peel. I imagine if I knew what coriander tasted like I might have noticed it too. But, for me, too much orangey taste for me to declare it the best beer in that store. This beer is not bad, but not my cup of tea to be a repeat buyer right now.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.04/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

From Saveur-Biere. In Teku glass. At dinner, with omelete + cheese + sausages sandwich. Watery lemonade, not what I expect in a wit. Soapy. Nice aspect though

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Photo of dsa7783
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Single bottle copped from Total Wine and More. Pours a hazy, off-colored yellowish hue with minimal frothing. Citrus and coriander notes dominate the overall flavor profile with hints of orange and citrus shining through. A refreshing and thirst quenching beer but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pine glass, bottled on 3/29/2016. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, white bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, white bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, white bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, creamy/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a delicious witbier! All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of leantom
4.49/5  rDev +20.4%
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 911CROFT
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle into a tulip. Paid £1.99 for a single bottle.

Pours a translucent, golden-straw coloured body with plenty of lively visible carbonation. A light, one-finger in height, bubbly white head quickly reduces to a thin and patchy film, leaving small amounts of lace on the glass.

The nose is led predominantly by a combination of juicy citrus and orchard fruit-like yeast profiles. Apple and pear are easily distinguishable as well as less identifiable impressions of light skinned stone fruit. Notes of banana and sweet bready malt are evident underneath, while hints of clove, pepper and coriander become apparent towards the finish. Taste follows suit. Sweet, juicy orange and lemon flesh lead alongside peach, apple, pear and banana esters. Mid-palate, sweet grainy pale malts and bready wheat provide a light and crisp backdrop for the yeast profiles to shine. In the mouth a light body and plenty of lively carbonation give a thin but pleasantly smooth and crisp feel. Towards the finish, faint, mildly bitter floral and herbal hops join coriander, and plenty of clove and pepper spice to dry the palate without becoming astringent.

Overall this is a very good beer. It’s bright, clean, crisp and refreshing, managing to deliver plenty of fruity and phenolic yeast characters without overpowering the light malt base. Recommended.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.02/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Einstök Icelandic White Ale has a very thick, spongy, stark-white head, an initially clear, gold-yellow, bubbly appearance, with lots of bubble streams and some lacing splotches on the glass. There is a descending gray-yellow cloud, once the "swish & pour" is done, yet it really does not cloud up the beer. Aroma is of mildly spiced, sweet, white bread, and the flavor is the same, with no bitterness, and mellow orange and coriander notes. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Einstök Icelandic White Ale finishes on the dry and drinkable side. RJT

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Photo of russpowell
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent gold with a thumb of pearl colored head. Great head retention, alright lacing

S: A little breadyness, not much else

T: White pepper, white grapeskins, and little pear up front. A little juicyfruit as this warms, more pear, plus orange notes. Finishes with pear and a little orange peel

MF: Medium body, fairly lively carbonation

An alright Wit, I sure it would be a great choice if I lived on Iceland. Easy to drink

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Photo of jasadewi
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a very pale, white hued yellow beer. It was served in a frosted pint glass. The coolness of the glass, really complimented the icy tone and flavor of the beer. The head was small and white, and it left a light lacing down the glass. This beer is an icy, striking, somewhat spicy take on a Witbier. Smelt like coriander, with a hint of malt. The spiciness of the coriander is strong, the orange zesty flavor is fairly present as well. I don't taste much wheat on the tongue, but there is a bluntly sweet wheat aftertaste on the roof of the mouth. The mouth feel is very light and easy-going. Overall, this is a good Witbier for those looking for something spicier and less sweet. Though, it is sweet as well. I would definitely recommend this as an ice cold beer on a warm late spring day. I have nothing negative to say about this beer, except I wish the aromas were stronger or more distinct.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty nice white ale. A little lemony and reminiscent of a shandy. Simple yet refreshing. I could drink them all night but not in my normal wheelhouse

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Photo of Spike
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks very pale yellow with a 'white', hazy sheen when held to the light. Small streams of bubbles and a one finger white head that recedes quickly to a patchy cap. The nose took a long time to emerge. But finally, having been left to warm and with a good swirl, a very soft, inviting, elderflower and lemon zest comes through. Tastes of yeast and wheat, very clean, with some spices. Plenty of carbonation and a spicy finish on the tongue offsets a light body. Overall, a sharp and refreshing witbier. Takes a while to liven up. Would like the coriander and orange peel to shine through more than they do.

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Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewers often invent nonsensical terms - "Canadian Pale Ale", "Quadrupel IPA", "Imperial Saison" are among my favourite - but "Icelandic White Ale" sounds appropriate in my mind given we're talking about a country that is part tundra and also experiences near continuous daylight for part of the year.

The beer's appearance makes my point for me: it has the sun-faded, ultra-pale complexion that speaks to the style's endless drinkability and warm-weather disposition, but also a giant, snowy mountain for a head that tempts me to break out the skis. Whatever you think of the name, the liquid looks good.

Aromas, like clouds in the sky, can remind us of other things. In this case, coriander could easily pass for white pepper (and you'd be forgiven for thinking there's a little dried basil in there too). And the orange peel smells almost more lemony - if it were any stronger I'd be tempted to clean the house with it.

As far as flavour goes, Einstök nailed it. All of the style's defining characteristics are proudly on display: spicy coriander, zestful orange peel, and a light and creamy maltiness made possible by the addition of oats. When it comes to taste and texture, there's nothing missing. Everything is there.

For such a casual, happy beer Icelandic White Ale surprisingly demands a lot of attention - kind of like a tiny person with a really loud, charming personality. This lean, richly seasoned and ever-so-easy to drink witbier is a great example of the style and speaks very well to the quality of this producer.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting to see a craft beer from Iceland distributed in California.
I got this witbier because we were at a small plates restaurant with delicate and non-spicy flavors and fish. So, the meal worked out well with the beer; drinking most of it early.
With the orange and coriander-like flavors, this seemed like a typical wit.
But, the experience was interesting enough that I will have this beer again, if I see it in Chicago.

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Photo of senglish7
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had on draft at Norway in Epcot. Nice light and refreshing beer. Aroma was nothing to write home about. Sweet finish. Reminded me of a lighter blue moon.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma has the typical coriander and orange peel. Taste starts with the same spices, wheat sweetness and gets slightly bitter on the finish. Light body with medium carbonation. Really fresh and easy to drink, a witbier done by the book.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
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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