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

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 230
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 16.93%
Wants: 27
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of zander4dawin
2.31/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Cloudy, hazy, and golden...its downhill from here
Smell- Not too much of a nose, slight citrus notes
Taste- Yeast, orange, some staleness taste
Mouthfeel- Thin, way too thin

Overall- I really liked Black Metal Stout and Commercial Suicide but this beer is a pass. Boulevard/Deschutes Collaboration White IPA is much better if you are looking for a wheat IPA beer.

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Photo of MattU
2.4/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - cloudy golden yellow. Finger and a half head poured into a pilsner glass.

Aroma - one note hops and not really anything else. I'm searching for some sort of fruity English yeast character or something in the nose that tells me there's wheat, but I'm just not finding it.

Taste - very one dimensional. Hoppy and that's it. There's not really anything in the taste that's reminiscent of wheat. Also the hoppiness is quite dull and flat. I get firm bitterness and then just a vague citrus character. The hoppiness reminds me of a stale IPA, something that once maybe had some good character but is now just dull.

Mouthfeel - this was the biggest let down. I was expecting a lot in terms of mouthfeel. A good wheat beer should have a full and fluffy mouthfeel from higher protein, this was just thin. Also the carbonation was lacking.

Overall - I REALLY wanted to like this beer. I like jester king, I like what they say they're about, but this beer is neither unique or interesting. It's dull, boring and very one dimensional.

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Photo of champ103
2.92/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of GregSVT
2.94/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is muted hops and bready malt with a bit of lemon grass in the background. Pretty disappointing smell after reading some of the other reviews. I was expecting a big hoppy pale ale.

T: Taste is bitter hops that seem to only be bitter with no other flavors you get from other pale ales and hops. I also get a bit of a muddled malt flavor and a bit of lemon.

M: The feel is actually a bit higher in body than some others in the style and the carbonation has some big bubbles.

O: This was a bit of a disappointment. I actually had this before and didn't review it because I thought it was off for some reason. This is a different bottle from a different shop so I'm not sure what's going on...maybe the bottles they sent to DFW are old? I'd like to try this on tap to see if it's any different.

Got two more of these that I am hesitant to open now...great.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

well, the bad news is that this bottle is way past its prime, a year or two old, beer under 4% abv just doesnt hold up all that well, and this one certainly hasn't, especially the hop forward ones like i am sure this was meant to be. the color is a really thick cloudy muted beige yellow, not real attractive, but the head is tall and white and lasting. a slight citrus to the nose, but it basically smells like nothing. not stale or oxidized, which is good, its not gone off, its just faded into oblivion. the wheat malt is frothy though, and the feel is great, really flush in body and well carbonated. extremely dry too. the problem is that it has no taste, so so bland. this was obviously a session hop brew, and the hops are just gone. probably should not have been held so long, but still stoked to try anything from either of these breweries. i see where they were going with it, and have to encourage them to do it again, because the world needs more beers for hot weather, but this is decayed beyond recognition and is essentially useless in its current form. as refreshing as cold water.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Lightly haze golden glass holds a tighty whitey head that gives up some lace.

Smell: Belgian yeasty esters go lemony and peppery hops give a bitter punch for a rich nose.

Taste: Kind of like a Tripple. Earthy European hops give a clean bitter tonic water base while the slightly funky yeast gives an almost cheddar twang. Thin body doesn't give much malt sweetness to back up the main show.

Mouthfeel: Prickly, light, airy... watery?

Overall: Shorting the base and pumping up the yeast and hops makes this a love or hate beer. Afraid I'm on the hater side in terms of personal preference, but love the craftsmanship and daring of the brewers. If you are into the tonic bitter side, give this a try. But I don't think I'll pop for another.

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Photo of gottabetweed
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a very thick head that lingers. Good lacing

Smell is yeasy, slight funk, lemons, and metallic smell.

Taste is citrus, hops.

Mouthfeel is substantial and full, that metallic returns on the finish.

Overall a nice summer beer. Hops and yeast are proportional. Easy drinking.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of crusian
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of RustyP
3.57/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of jamescain
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a champagne style glass.

Appearance: Cloudy straw yellow with a fluffy white head about two fingers thick that slowly fades to a thin layer and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Up front fruity hop notes ranging from citrus to grapefruit, with light spicy notes from the yeast.

Taste: Citrus and orange notes with subtle spicy yeast characteristics.

Mouthfeel: Light body with too much carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: It's better then most of the style, but I think carbonation was too much and at the end there was a thick layer of trub in the bottle that came flowing into my glass.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big 3 finger white head, with a gold/orange body, and bubbles just streaming incessantly at breakneck speeds from the bottom of the glass. This thing looks carbonated like crazy. Looks good in a wheat glass.

Get a big fruity/citrusy note off the bat like lemons and grapefruit. The wheat is there of course.

The citrus fruits are present in the taste along with some grassiness. Not much hop bitterness even though the hops are the most prevalent flavor. Little bit of spice flavor also.

Not as carbonated as I was expecting. The carbonation seems to settle rather quickly after going crazy when you first pour it. Light – med body.

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Photo of Treebs
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Got this bad boy in a trade, thanks cfh64! Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-hazy light orange with with yellow hues intertwined around the edges. Two finger white head forms on the pour that is very bubbly and has some great retention. Nice spider web lace follows down the glass.

S: Nice citrus hops with some grassy notes as well. Slight wheat peaks in on top of that.

T: The taste was a little different from the nose. Grassy with a slight woody note. Mild citrus. Very different.

M: Crisp and light with nice carbonation. Had a very airy mouthfeel and drank just like water.

O: This is the best sessionable beer that I've ever had. This bad boy drank just like water. I could drink this all day. Great taste and drinkability.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - opened the bottle and filled my snifter. Poured a very crisp orange, almost creamsicle in color. Medium finger sized frothy white head. Very murky, sticky lacing.

S - again nice crisp smell. Very nice citric notes. Soft. Sweet. Smells perfect for the weather.

T - taste falls short of the smell. The nice citric notes seemed to be watered down a bit. Pretty malty, pretty grassy. There are some nice wheat characteristics, but the flavor just seems muted overall.

M - a bit thin and watery.

O - overall, a nice session. With a more hop firward flavor profile this would be dynamite.

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Photo of beermaker1
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I was reading other reviews, there are alot of my thoughts in the review. So I amgonna steal some....

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

S-My first thought was....damn this is gonna be hoppy. Cascade hops came to mind. I love the first dose of citrus aroma.

T/M- Again, very wheaty. Bitterness is a bit lower than anticipated. Refreshing and slightly fruity. Very light body, moderate carbonation.

O- From the first whiff, I had higher expectations. I love the aroma. Appearance was nice, and taste was ok. I would love this beer on the patio, in the shade after mowing the lawn. It was very refreshing however. I bought 1 to drink, and 1 to bring home for my cellar at a later date.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of chicano4craft
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow,orange color with a big soapy white head. Decent lacing.

Smell is citrusy hops. Lots of lemon and wheat. Not sure how old this bottle is. I wish the bouqet was a bit stronger.

Nice mix of flavors. Hops give of citrus with a slight metallic finish. Wheat is present the entire time. Balances and adds a earthiness.

Mouthfeel is just average. Loses points for the light body and metallic finish.

Nice beer overall. I could definitly drink this underneath that Texas sun.

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Photo of gtermi
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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]

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Jester King / Mikkeller Drink'in The Sunbelt from Jester King Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.