Jester King / Mikkeller Drink'in The Sunbelt - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 28
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wagenvolks on 03-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A flavorful, hoppy wheat beer, Drink’in the Sunbelt is the result of the first of two collaborations between Jester King and Mikkeller, the renowned Danish “gypsy brewer”. It takes its inspiration from another light, hoppy, sessionable wheat beer that Mikkeller had previously made, called “Drink’in the Sun”.
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Reviews by JMad:
Photo of JMad
4.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a hexagonal glass...

It is a murky golden orange color with a filmy white head that left foamy lacing. The smell is mostly fruity tropical hops, peach, mango and orange, it was almost like a perfume. The beer is bitter with lots of lemon peel, it's nice and tart with hints of ginger and grapefruit. This beer is light and heavily carbonated, in a good way, it has a very dry finish. I would drink this beer every day, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would recommend it to anybody.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Common Table.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is a great mix of wheat with some grassy and citrus hop notes. You can really get the Amarillo hops in the aroma.

The flavor is also very hoppy. There are a lot of citrus and grass notes mixed in with the nice wheat backbone. Light to medium bitterness and very easy to drink. For such a low alcohol beer, it is packed full of flavor.

Medium mouhfeel and medium carbonation. Outstanding.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent me this one so I could share this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured a pale golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, bubblegum, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. While this wasn’t a huge stand out for the style it was very easy drinking and enjoyable. There were a lot of refreshing flavors and aromas going on that made it extremely easy drinking. I could this being a rock-solid hang out in the sun by the pool brew. Would definitely suggest this one to others in the future without a doubt.

Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint from tap at the Jester King brewery in Austin. Very fresh.

Pours hazy and milky gold. Light in color, but not even the slightest bit see-through. 1/2" head fades quickly, lacing sticks nicely on glass.

Smell- tropical fruits, pineapple-mango-banana. Sugary sweetness on nose. Slight bready(wheat) smell, but sweet fruits dominate here!

Taste- fruit is so different than the nose. Nice grapefruit/citrus hops. Malty and bready.

Overall, drinks like a glass of juice more than a beer. Surprisingly refreshing.

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Draught House. Glad to see it there front and center. I described it to my roommate as a Wheat IPA before we had some and he completely agreed after the first sip.

The beer is a hazy gold. Not hard to spot it as a wheat beer. Thin white head that left quite good lacing. Almost to the 4.5 level, but not quite magical.

The nose is pure Amarillo hops. Holy crap, this is beautiful. Do you think the Draught House would mind if I just sat here and sniffed the beer all night? The wheat is somewhat lost in all of the hoppiness, but I really don't care. More please.

The taste has some wheat smoothness and Amarillo flavor, but it's just too bitter to drink like I want it to. If this was a bit less bitter with the same hop flavor, this could have been one of my favorite beers ever. That being said, it's still a damned fine drink.

This seems to be standard Jester King so far. Great idea and some parts are beautifully executed... but something just slips past the QC and keeps the beer from being truly magical.

Photo of TexIndy
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Love the label - good story and very informative on the ingredients. Was a cloudy, pale yellow color with good carb streams. Had a large, foamy white head that slowly settled into a constant foam cap. Great sheeting with lots sticking.

The aroma was citric and floral hops with lots of lemon along with a little bit of wheat. Got the hops but not really getting the wheat in this "hoppy wheat" beer. Good but needs a little more of the wheat IMHO. The taste is also hop and lemon heavy but very light on the wheat part. Good and very easy to drink but the wheat would be great to cut the lemon a bit. Mouthfeel is very light and a bit watery. Medium carbonation.

Overall, I really wanted to love this one as hoppy wheat nails two of my favorite styles but while I liked it I didn't love it. Not enough of the wheat to add more flavor to the heavy lemon and citric flavors. Interesting beer. Available here in TX obviously. Rotation - gotta get another bottle just to make sure I didn't get a bad one. But if that doesn't improve then it's not worth a 750ml format for me. Maybe if in singles. Would try on tap though. [O/N;O]

Photo of jmarsh123
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with lots of bubbles. Tremendous foamy head that settles eventually leaving sporadic sticky lacing.

Smell is great. A nice wheat base with some crisp clean citrus aroma.

Taste is a bit of a let down after the appearance and smell. Very little of the wonderful citrus from the nose makes an appearance in the taste. Really just a bit of wheat, finishing with a sharp spicy bitterness.

Fairly light and medium-high carbonation levels.

Just ok. If more of the citrus made a flavor appearance this could be a very good beer. As is it's good for a lighter ABV beer, but not much more.

Photo of gtermi
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a very nice orangish gold with a very thick head. The head slowly fades and leaves a thick web like lace on the glass.

S: There is a lot of hops and malt in the smell of this beer.

T: There is mostly wheat in this beer. This bottle is close to a year old, so I assume a lot of the hops have faded. It's still very tasty.

M: This is a pretty smooth beer. It leaves a nice oliy feeling in my mouth.

O: This is a pretty nice Wheat Ale and this has a lot of great qualities.

Photo of MEsquandoles
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL bought recently for 8 or 9 bucks. Poured into Jester King stemmed glass.

Very hazy golden orange, lots of carbonation (but not infected). Great head retention.

Complex aroma of tangerine, peach, pineapple, slight pine and white pepper, big presence from wheat and yeast.

Surprisingly still has a nice hop presence from last summer when it was brewed. The hops have inevitably faded, but it's not sad, not like other American beers that heavily depend on hops. Pleasant bitterness that lingers with aforementioned flavors. Dry and earthy (although all their beers tend to be). A beer of both subtlety and rawness.

Impressive body and depth for a beer with 3.9% ABV. Well done. Super sessionable and smooth, refreshing. Almost makes me which it was 100 degrees outside (not), but this is enjoyable as the beer warms as well. This has held up well. Given the strong influence of the yeast, I'd put this in the Saison style more so than anything else.

Photo of RustyP
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Flying Saucer St. Patty’s Day chalice-ish glass.

A: pours a slightly hazy light golden / straw color with lemon yellow at the edges. An initial 1-finger fizzy, stark white head of loose bubbles settled quickly into a thin ring with a small disconnected raft. A small bit of lacing remains just above the liquid.

S: strong herbal / grassy hops underlined with sharp citrus (lemons), maybe a hint of onion somewhere in there. Very slight funk in the background.

T: a quick hit of citrus hops followed by a brief tartness, then a light sweetness and earthy funk. Moderate bitterness kicks in mid-palate and remains through the end. Wheat is definitely present throughout. Has a Pilsner-like effect, but the additional citrusy hops and earthy/funky notes change the profile enough to keep it original. Crisp, refreshing, great for this nasty summer heat Texas is experiencing right now.

M: medium-bodied with medium / bordering on high carbonation that gives it a snappy bite.

Overall: Very crisp overall with a nice hop balance and low sweetness; highly drinkable. Looks great in a glass and has a great nose, but unfortunately the taste just didn't follow through as much for me.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. I was very skeptical of this one, as I have enjoyed very few Mikkeller beers (the collaborator on this one) and I certainly was not too keen on spending 6 bucks for a 4.2% wheat beer. 750mL bottle pours a hazed orange color with a bubbly, off-white head. Not much retention, nice lace.

Nose is juicy tropical hops, like skittles candy. Lightly malted, little bit of fruit. Smells pretty nice. Gumballhead came to mind when sniffing this one.

Taste is heavy on the hop flavor with a crisp wheat backing. Body is light and sweetness is low. Definitely fits the 'Hoppy American Wheat' category well. The freshness is very nice and the snappy liveliness of the beer is wonderful. I love the combo of hops used here, it works for me and the beer is very refreshing. If this came in six-packs, I would buy the shit out of it.

Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We opened this up during a tasting this past weekend. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy gol den light amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head that leaves a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Pine hops with some crisp, light malt. There are some citrus notes in the smell as well.

Taste: Light and crisp wheat malt. The overall flavor is a bit herbal. There are some pine hop notes that go well with the other tastes.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side with lots of fluffy carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: This is a really nice summer beer. The mild hop bitterness has a really good taste to it without being too bitter and taking over.

Photo of Fenris244
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.5 soapy white, very sticky head, great retention, hazy light orange almost reminds me of a hefeweissen.

Big citrus peel aroma, an orange pulp aroma comes through strong as well, the hops are present in the aroma as well but the resin aroma definitely takes a back seat

Citrusy sweetness comes through well in flavor as well as the citrus peel flavor, a lively hop bitterness balances it out nicely. This beer has come clean flavors and a very clean finish

Very light in body but keeps from being watery, very smooth. I don't know what the abv is but I don't imagine it being very high, very drinkable

Overall? When can I get it by the case?

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pretty standard appearance and what one would expect from this style. I like that the head sticks around.

S: Strong farmhouse yeast smell, underlined with hops

T: begins with a dominant farmhouse yeasty taste tacked on to hoppy flavor. It finishes with a subtle heat and earthy taste.

M: very light. Dissipates quickly

O: overall, this is really good for what it's supposed to be. I'd drink again, and I'd recommend, but I'd like it a little more fresh.

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to redredwino (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a light creamy head that fades semi slowly with nice lacing, hazy nectar orange color.

Nose has lots of fresh hops, citrus and light tropical fruit, light musty resinous wet hops, tangerine, peach, orange, hint of grapefruit, and a light sweet malt.

Taste has light sweet pilsner like malts and wheat flavors, straw, then lots of fresh hops, citrus, tangerine, light orange peel, tropical fruit, bit of juicy fruit, hint of musty resin, bit bitter but not heavy, hints of pine and mint as well. Light drinking with a drier finish and some lingering bitterness and light hop flavors.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, good carbonation.

Overall good, nice and fresh, nice drinking, despite being light on the overall, it has nice malt flavors, and lots of nice hops, and great taste, better than I expected.

Photo of Rifugium
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: part of a Nov. '12 bottle share.
Thanks to the BAer who brought this one out!

A wheat beer seemed a little out of place for a tasting centered mainly around stouts, sours, and barleywines, but hey, anything goes, and I was glad to give this one a try. Cloudy, peach-honey color, with lots of foamy white head that needed a few second to calm down before imbibing. Aroma was brilliantly floral with notes of citrus. Taste was quite refreshing, lots of floral hops, light perfume, orange blossom, fresh grass, and sweet biscuity wheat malts. Light-medium body, and quite drinkable. Fared well as a palate-cleanser; in a more mundane sense, this would make a dandy summertime / lawnmower beer.

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden yellow beer with a big head that faded to some random spots and lace along the sides.

S - Citrus, hay, lemon zest, some yeast, and a little bitter hops. Smells fairly inviting.

T - Taste is like the nose, a nice wheat beer balanced with some good citrus. Good summer beer that is easy to drink and refreshing.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing.

O - Great session beer with good flavors. At the low ABV, you can pretty much drink this all day.

Photo of crusian
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on my phone, so shortened... On tap at black star coop.
Pours a nice apricot color with about half a finger of head.
Smells a very nice citrus... clean, and straightforward... not overwhelmingly strong.
Taste is about the same... it is a nicely done session beer. The hops are not overpowering, nice balance... almost reminds me of gumball head. Nice clean and crisp... wonderful on a hot summer day. Not too bad, but not terribly exciting either.

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour on this beer is a light orange color with a big white head.

S: Starts off with a fairly strong floral hop aroma. There is a lot of orange rind and mild citrus sweetness. Also a mild malty sweetness. The hops are somewhat perfumey with just a little bit of grass. A healthy dose of pale, cracker malts and wheat as well.

T: The flavor has a significantly more pronounced citrus character. Lots of orange peel and fresh, juicy tangerine flavors. Some floral hops and grass, too. Plenty of pale malts with a cracker note. Nice and dry with a soft bitterness, which is good for a beer like this.

M: On the light side of medium in terms of body with a medium carbonation.

O: Really a nice beer. Well done by Jester King and Mikkeller.

Photo of Crunkle
4.77/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz pints at The Holy Grail.

A - Slightly hazy, light copper with a nice fluffy white head that diminishes after a few minutes.

S - The scent is a fruity, almost piney aroma. Very floral, but not pungent. It's refreshing.

T - The hops here definitely dominate, but still subtle enough to stay drinkable and refreshing. Slight grapefruit and apricot notes. I don't know what the hop profile is here, but it feels like a West Coast IPA. The wheat and malts compliment very well with a nice biscuity backbone.

M - The mouthfeel is pretty light and fluffy in my opinion. There's a mild astringency and oily finish from the hops. Honestly I could down these all day long in the summer time.

O - JK knocked it out of the park again. Great idea partnering with Mikkeller on this one. I would love to see this bottled. You are definitely bringing something unique to TX.

Photo of FosterJM
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

889th Review on BA
Bottle to Slender footed goblet
750 ML


Thanks to Poonamibaxter for this one!

App- A medium burnt orange with some yellow highlights towards the bottom of the glass. Gigantic 2-1/2 finger white head. Medium receding with some partial lace.

Smell- A nice light refreshing aromatic beer. A little wheat base of course followed by a vibrant hop and citrus note.

Taste- Very crisp and refreshing. Opens with more citrus notes and then the hops follow. The wheat seems very mellow. This is a very good hot day beer. The 4.2 feels a lot bigger on the flavor.

Mouth- Light bodied and a good amount of medium carbonation. Bubbles across the tounge and nice residual citrus flavors.

Drink- 2 for 2 on Jester King. I like what they do. This was clean/crisp/refreshing and light. A nice beer to sit with for a while. Opens with good flavors and leaves some good flavors for a while.

Photo of champ103
2.92/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Anvil in Houston.

A: Pours a very cloudy golden orange color. A one finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Very minimal lace is left behind.
S: A big hoppy aroma up front and dominate. Citrus, grapefruit, light grassy aromas. A large bitterness lingers in the nose.
T: Huge hops. Citrus, grapefruit and bitterness. I can't get anything else. The hops are very sharp and astringent.
M/D: Very thin, and almost under carbonated. Way to watery and lifeless. A thin and overly bitter. This does not make for a very enjoyable beer for me.

I love Jester King, but this is not for me. The sharp/astringent hops is to much, and too thin of a body. Jester King makes great beer, I don't think this is one of them though.

Photo of Cavery
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An extra gift from TexasClimber, Thanks for all the TX brews! Really excited to give another Jester King a swirl, onto the review.

750ml into generic tulip

A: Light froths on what looks like an unfiltered organic lemonade. Lots of deep earthy yellow/brown tones that give into lighter and brighter yellows at the rim. Lightly clear or very soft white bubbles disappeared rather quickly. The head just seemed to fizz out like a chemical reaction, was a bit strange.

S: Rustic pulpy fruits with pineapple cores and juicy fruits at the husk or rind. There's a really "raw" character to the nose that makes it seem almost health-food-like in the nose. The hops are an odd mix, where a potpourri of pine needles, old citrus rinds, brown leaves, and soggy wheat cereal malts blend for an odd on the farm type summer beverage.

T: The hops come off oddly dusty, sandy, and gritty. There's a really gritty character to the hops that just make me think "sandstorm". The malt is very interesting, as the pale malt pops quite a lot off of a lightly sweet wheat background. It's like a trail mix that's heavily comprised of potent walnuts or some other lightly bitter addition. This really is like drinking a piece of Texas, I imagine.

M: medium body that I think the mix of grains helps out with. You get the lightness of the wheat but the bitterness of the hop cocktail plus the pale malt gives it a really chewy profile. If you ignore the voodoo of the ingredients, this really is an ultralight body. I like the illusion of a bigger beer, or perhaps allusion to one.

O: Pretty good, the flavor was pretty unusual. I think the mix of hops was pretty unique in that it really conveyed this sandy earthiness that immediately made me think of the desert. When I read the label and the concept behind the beer I couldn't help feel like they kind of nailed this project. Jester King successfully put some legitimately dry desert flavors in this mixed grain pale ale. Not great, but interesting and drinkable enough to warrant a few full glasses.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle that I have had for a long time, finely opened and shared on 1-22-12.

A - Pours a golden orange with a big white head. Solid retention.

S - Wheaty and lemons.

T - Citrus and wheat, oranges and lemons come to mind.

D - Light and thin body.

O - Very light and soft. Mild, but very fitting to the room.

Photo of dcloeren
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle at Major League Grill in Beaumont, TX. Review from notes.

Poured a golden glowing honey with 2 fingers of bright white head with good retention. Good amount of lacing.

The aroma produced some nice floral and citrus hop notes, a little grassy and pretty sweet smelling.

Taste followed the nose. Grassy, lemony, floral and citrus hop notes and some wheat chararacteristics. Pretty refreshing. Wouldn't mind having one of these by the pool.

Light in body and over ran with carbonation. I remember that the carbonation was almost offputting there was so much. Regardless, I could see myself drinking multiples of this if it weren't for price and I didnt care about catching a buzz...

Overall, this was a tasty beer. To be quite honest I am glad that I got to try it and enjoy it. I will never buy it again unless to spread it to some people who cant get it. It was well done, and easy to drink but I think that the price tag on this beer for what it is will keep me away from it.

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Jester King / Mikkeller Drink'in The Sunbelt from Jester King Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.