Saturday, 22 March 2014

Einstök Icelandic White Ale (Einstök Ölgerð)


Here's a fresh little wonder. Brewed in (to me) an unintelligible location in Iceland using "the purest water on earth", this sharp and snappy anaemic wonder is brewed in the Belgian 'witbier' (white beer) style.

Paler than a recently frightened vampire, I can only think of Sadler's refreshing Thin Ice and Skinner's River Cottage EPA as being equally light in colour.

Slightly chilled, it pours unfussily with no lasting head. The nose is stiffly orange, with some background spicing.

Carbonation is tiny and piquant, needly little spikes that encourage rather than detract from flavour. The flavour is fuller than the colour might suggest, orange and coriander tones with an agreeable mineral backdrop. The aftertaste is slightly chalky with a mild swing of grapefruit, but the bittering fades without much fuss and another sup is invited.


It's a pleasing 5.2% ABV beer for those after something refreshing and slightly leftfield. I can't imagine it'll be widely available but worth sniffing out if you get the chance.

8/10 - Icelandic pearl, white and tasty with sophisticated slew of successful flavours.

- The Broadside



4 comments:

  1. I remember enjoying this 'live' in Iceland and really enjoying it. If I remember they also did another ale, but I preferred this white one.

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  2. Cheers Tim. The porter they do is really nice as well.

    It's on sale at Supersave Wines (Jeff's) in Boscombe - that place is a bottled real ale mecca!

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  3. This DOES make me want to find this and try it...

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