Icelandic White Ale | Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

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3.83/5
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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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#14,118
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
531
pDev:
12.79%
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Photo of mltobin
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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 hozersr
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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 BlackHaddock
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

31st August 2012: Icelandic or should I say ‘Einstok’ tasting evening at a mates house. He’d bought two bottles of four different Einstok brews. All poured carefully into a ‘Straffe Hendrik’ badged chalice.

First up was a 33cl White Ale: cloudy pale yellow with no hint of a head, the bottle being just out of date might have played a part in that, but I doubt it.

Mixed spice aroma with a citrus feel: the taste was similar, tangy, with a sweet and sour fizz; add a spoon full of yeast and some extra lemon into the citrusy nose and you’ve got the flavours I’m trying to describe.

Good start to the tastings, refreshing and thirst quenching: which is exactly what we required first off.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Pours a hazy yellow gold color with white head. Light fruits, biscuit, wheat, and bread on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little sweetness and some bread.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Beautiful, towering white head....firm and dense, sits atop this golden pale liquid. It is a flowery, lightly malty smelling brew. Coriander and wheat, some fruity scents as well (peach? Lemon?). The mouthfeel is light...a great summer brew. Somewhat sweet. Highly carbonated, which makes it spritzy. This is a fine brew.

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Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mig100
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shigg85
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dertyd
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Stofko1992
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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 josanguapo
2.04/5  rDev -46.7%
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 Treyliff
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Icelandic White Ale from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 531 ratings