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Beers from Iceland

Read this before Buying Icelandic Beers

The Republic of Island, which is generally referred to as Iceland, is located between the two great oceans Atlantic and Arctic.

Today, this Nordic island country has become familiar among the people from across the globe for various things like climate, culture, geography, and so on.

Beers from Iceland

And yes, the country has started gaining popularity for its beers too.

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I would recommend all the beer lovers who are looking to buy some of the best Icelandic beers to read this article as I have compiled a list of the best beers from Iceland here.

A Short History on Beers in Iceland

Although the history of beers in Iceland can be dated back to the times when Norsemen settlement took place on the island, the modern history of beers here is completely different.

This is because; the country has faced a 100% ban for beers from the year 1915 to 1989.


Soon after the ban on beers lifted, the production of beers started growing rapidly all over the country.

Not only the production, the beer consumption also increased remarkably which is why the number of breweries increased more quickly.

Well, so which Icelandic beers can be rated as the best ones?

Some of the Best Beers from Iceland to Try Out

Víking Classic

As some of you might be aware, Viking is the most famous brand for beers in Iceland.

This beer, which is a Viking-make, is coming with Vienna style and golden amber colours.

With roasted malt taste, this beer has a good texture and moderate bitterness.

The bitterness of this beer is found to be balanced by the sweetness and the punch of caramel.

This could be the reason why this is continuing to be the best selling beer on draught within the country.

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Garún Icelandic Stout

This beer is found to be the personal favourite for most of the beer lovers in Iceland.

As this is thicker and darker imperial stout variety, this could give a little heavy feel to the beginners.

Although this looks like more or less pitch black with a mild yellow-coloured head, the beer lovers tend to love this variety because of its exotic taste.

The alcohol content of this imperial stout beer from Garún is more than 10%.

However, the consumers won’t feel it because of a richer malt taste. In addition, this beer would give a punch of coffee and chocolate.


This honey-colored beer is found to have the best taste, as well as smell. It would appear slightly cloudy but still it would be clear.

You could notice some big bubbles along with a milder carbonation. It would give us an exotic honey-like smell although a more pleasant punch of hops could also be felt.

This beer has occupied this list of best beers mainly because of the subtle taste with a punch of spices.

This beer is found to give a longer aftertaste remains in the consumers


This is a milder and more comfortable type of pilsner which would be dry and fresh with mild bitterness.

There will be some essence of roasted barley and hops in this beer. In addition, there will be a hint of sweetness too!

The alcohol content of this exotic beer is found to be 5%.

We could classify Kaldi as a pure form of pilsner with all its ingredients coming from Czech except for the water which is Icelandic.

Today, this is the most selling bottled beer in Iceland and it is well-received from the beer lovers from all across the globe.

Icelandic Arctic Pale Ale

One of the largest Icelandic breweries are Einstök Ölgerð, which produces beers just 60 miles south of the Arctic circle.

Brewed with pure Icelandic water and a touch of oats that deliver a cool smoothness that is uniquely flavorful and refreshingly drinkable.

A clean and crisp start with a smooth mouthfeel thanks to the oats, citrus and spice round out a refreshing finish.

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Tharani Rajamanickam

Tharani Rajamanickam


I am Tharani, I have Bachelors degree in Biotechnology. I am passionate about the wine industry and continue to explore, learn and share and I bring in a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help you keep updated with best wines in the world. Stay tuned..

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