Friday, March 20, 2015

Einstök Icelandic White Ale


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1306) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2015
I split an 11.2oz bottle with two friends. We each poured it into sampler glasses. It was bottled on 4/2/14 and was sent to me by a friend in Florida (thanks, Mike!).

Appearance: Slightly bright, banana-yellow hue. Quite clear with plenty of visible carbonation. Pours to a standard, white, foamy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Lightly sweet lemony scent; some spices. Clean overall.

Taste: Most witbiers tend to have a strong orange flavor to them due to the use of orangepeel in the brew, though in this case it’s more of a lemon flavor. Much more of lemon pith or peel than fruit, though. A fairly sweet beer overall with a lovely spice character akin to licorice root (though probably just the coriander). Not nearly as robust or complex as some of the better examples of the style; this is a little closer to an American summer ale. Regardless, it works pretty well.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel is thin and crisp, though the beer is very refreshing while in the mouth. It finishes clean and dry. At 5.2% ABV it probably should have a little more body as it feels like a more overt session beer, though I can let it slide due to the bottle’s age. I could see this being fantastic in the summer. 
Grade: 7/10