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Mar 26, 2014 04:46 PM

Einstok Icelandic White Ale

Finally tried this beer today and am pretty impressed by it. Witbier is one of my favorite styles, but only when made well and far too many don't make the cut. Witbier seems to be a style that is rarely made well, but this is an exception. Really nice balance of coriander and citrus peel, oats in the malt bill give it a nice feel. Recommended.

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  1. The oats for extra creamy smoothness sounds like a great idea. Who is the importer?

    My favorite Wit is Blanche de Namur from Belgium. Have you ever tried it? If so, what did you think?

    1. In Belgium there are plenty that are well made. As Tripeler wrote, Blanche de Namur is very nice. My favourite is Blanche des Honnelles.

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      1. re: ThomasvanDale

        Unfortunately we don't get either of these, at least not that I have been able to find. I used to enjoy Blanche de Bruxelles, but the last time I tried it it wasn't very good. Unfortunately not a lot of witbiers seem to make it into the US from Belgium.

        Brooklyn Brewery used to make an amazing one called Blanche de Brooklyn.

        American witbiers are a crapshoot. I find the phenol levels of American-made Belgian-style beers are often problematic, though some breweries do a good job with the style.

        I guess I should have been more specific in my initial post: "Witbier seems to be a style that is rarely made well in America".

        1. re: Josh

          According to Abbaye des Rocs, the brewery that make Blanche des Honnelles, it is imported to the US by D&V INTERNATIONAL,INC. in Palmbeach Gardens, Florida.

          1. re: ThomasvanDale

            Thanks. I'll have to see if I can find it.

            1. re: ThomasvanDale

              Just as an FYI (because you seem to like those, Thomas :) ), the location of an import company's headquarters may have little to nothing to do with where a product ends up being distributed. A lot of companies are headquartered in Florida due to lower taxes.