For the Labor Day weekend brisket-smokefest, I wanted to try out a new beer or two. I hit the friendly neighborhood Bevmo and wound up getting two sixers: the first, a forgotten favorite (San Antonio’s Lone Star Beer), but was really surprised and pleased with the other, Einstök Icelandic White Ale (ABV 5.2%).
Brewed in Akureyri, Iceland (a fishing village 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle, according to their website), it’s a very light, forward, and unbelievably fresh-tasting ale brewed in the Belgian witbier style – pale, cloudy, and crisp. The citrus and coriander notes are pleasant, not overpowering, and offers superior drinkability. I drank it chilled to 38F, and I’ve rarely had a more refreshing ale. It recently took the Gold at the 2013 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition in the Belgian style Witbier category, and rightly so.
If you’re a wheat beer fan, definitely do yourself the solid of looking for Einstök’s white ale and their other offerings locally (their Toasted porter and Pale Ale both look awesome and are well-reviewed, and their upcoming Doppelbock sounds like a holiday hell-on-wheels brew).