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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:
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Added by thepeter on 01-10-2012

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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 442
Photo of Spike
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Hyptochrons
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from the bottle. Nose is mostly wheat and yeast, maybe a hint of spice. Taste is similar, also has a nice lemon flavor. Very refreshing and drinkable, I like it!

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Photo of Liquoric3
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Most golden pale colour of the three wits I had today ( Hoegaarden, Blanche de Namur) with almost no head.

Smell is almost a little like a lager without hops, some sweet malt notes, grassy/grainy maybe a little lemon. No spiciness, doesn't smell like a wit at all.

That is strange I can´t get any wheat in this wit. Start is somehow sweet a little bit of citrus and some spiciness. A very clean and crisp taste. Finish is semi sweet and dry. Light Body and it goes down very easy. Sorry this doesn`t taste like a wit but it is still a beer I enjoy. Can`t classify this one.

I think it is a good beer but don't expect a typical wit.

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Photo of thepeter
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A less than hazy pour the color of straw, small white fluffy head that disappeared quickly leaving slight lace. Huge aromas!! Citrus Zest, Bubble gum, sweet basil, and a flowery open field. However the taste is a shadow of the wonderful aroma, which is a disapointment only because it smelled so nice and I was excited for something special. Still crisp and refreshing, grassy adn earthy notes with some corriander. Nice, but I wanted more. Palate is light and crisp just as it should be, carbonation is decent but a bit harsh and could be softer. Overall it is a nice beer from a solid brewer. I do wish the taste had more going on but a good effort and I enjoyed it very much with my meal.

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Photo of interzen
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
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 pjwilson
4.63/5  rDev +24.5%
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 johnnyd10vt
3.2/5  rDev -14%
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 senglish7
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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 rex_4539
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
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 beerbully
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into cuvee best by 9/24/15 bottled 9/24/14

L-Light straw color, 1/2 inch white head with little retention, moderate lacing, noticeable carbonation from bottom of glass

S-fruity champagne aroma very faint, citrus, white grape smell like a white wine, bit of wheat or hay

T-very light, some tart citrus, lemon peel, orange peel, light spices, flavors are faint

F-Light bodied, dry finish, crisp, carbonated

O-aroma and taste are faint, good summer drinker on the beach or by the pool

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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 jasadewi
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Drunkenass
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
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 crisis1290
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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 fallenshadow
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks cloudy but watery. Interesting to say the least.

Smells of citrus notes and wheat. Not that appealing to me.

Orange and corriander taste. Some spices coming through too. Different but not sure how much I like the taste. Im feeling a bit indifferent to it.

Feels a bit harsh on the carbonation. It seems to attack the tongue on every sip.

Overall I think its alright. Different but maybe not to my liking. The mouthfeel is the biggest turn off for me. Wish it wasn't quite as harsh on the tongue.

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Photo of CopeTech
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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 codekiln
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
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 evianIPA
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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 The_Atom
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
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 BadmouthBrews
4.5/5  rDev +21%

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 jsoneff
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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 JakesCrew
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Robert_G
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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 Fake_History
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale, nearly clear amber colour. Nose is yeasty with a touch of mango and orange. Scent is definitely the best part of this beer. Flavour is crisp, suggesting the finest water is used. However other than a mild hint of coriander the taste is largely forgettable. Overall a pleasant but largely unmemorable beer. Would drink again but wouldn't go out of my way to purchase.

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Photo of Boardwalk
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For me this was a refreshing beer. The taste was lighter than other Witbiers I have had. It was a little plain to my nose but I did get a sense of the orange peel. I enjoyed drinking it but would not put it as a favorite.

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Icelandic White Ale from Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )
3.72 out of 5 based on 442 ratings.
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