Hello and welcome to this our opening salvo in what we hope will a wonderful adventure. So where does this adventure start? Do we start with a local beer from our hometown Liverpool? Sadly no, We start with what could be considered the most remote beer I’ve tasted to date. Our first beer heralds from the wonderfully liberal country in the north Atlantic that is Iceland. Its strange to think of Iceland brewing its own beer, Mostly because this is a country that imports nearly all the things necessary to make beer, Iceland doesn’t grow barley, hops or wheat but it does have the most important ingredient of beer available in vast quantity’s, Iceland has some of the purest water in the world thanks to its unique geography. It has some of the purest water thanks to the icebergs trapping the water and the volcanic rock filtering all the horrid nasty stuff out of the water. Iceland is also one of the most inhospitable places on planet earth so you you can only imagine that it takes a special kind of person to live here, so if you must be crazy to live in Iceland then I think its fair to say that you must be down right insane to come here, Taste the water and think damn that would make a fine beer but that’s exactly what Jack Sichterman did. Jack Sichterman is so badass he even goes so far as to brag about how remote his brewery actually is, On every bottle of their beer they proudly proclaim “The Einstök Brewery is located just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle in the fishing port of Akureyri, Iceland. There, water flows from rain and prehistoric glaciers down the Hlíðarfjall Mountain and through lava fields, delivering the purest water on earth and the perfect foundation for brewing deliciously refreshing craft ales.” but then what would you expect from a brewery who’s tagline is “drink, conquer, repeat”.
Beer Style Wheat
Beer Colour Golden/Amber
Strength (ABV) Mid: 3-5.9
Country of Origin Iceland
County/Region Not Stated
Bottle Size 330ml
Bottle Conditioned? No
Gluten Free? No
This is the palest white ale I have ever seen in all my years, You could almost be forgiven for thinking this is a larger, Its a very clear beer and this is supposedly down to the water, I was a little upset about the look though, it looked so generic that I couldn’t be that smug beer drinker you all know from your local and without that I don’t know how to live, i don’t know who i am.
Its has a very smooth aroma with a very strong citrus overtones, I’d say the citrus overtone was closer to lime rather than the more bitter lemon but that could be considered a personal thing.
Despite being pale enough to look like a larger, Einstok thankfully doesn’t have any of the bitter aftertaste I would normally associate with larger, This is as smooth as Barney Stintson in Mclarens, This is were Einstok lives up to its name name sake, Its as smooth as any white ale i’ve had previously, Just like the aroma there is a very distinct citrus after taste, Although thanks to the smoothness of this pint it is in no way over powered by the citrus.
In conclusion i give this beer a solid 8, Its a fine summer beer thanks to its smooth style and citrus after taste, Unfortunately this beer doesn’t travel very well, This is not a very good session beer because after 2 or more the taste becomes somewhat unpleasant to the pallet but as a one off or occasional beer this is a nice varied and remote beer that deserves to be tried.