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Bonnie The Rare - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.98%
Wants: 65
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mora2000 on 11-21-2011

A traditional Berlin-style sour wheat beer, based on the meticulous research of beer historian Ron Pattinson. Big thanks to Kristen England of Pour Decisions Brewery for all of his help along the way and to our good friend Andrew Pogue, whose test batch first inspired the idea.
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Ratings: 132 | Reviews: 24
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4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Jester King Brewery in one of their snifters.

It poured a pale golden yellow, a little hazy with half a finger of head that quickly went away. The smell was crazy, really different from anything I've ever had. It smelled sour, similar to yogurt, a little funky, some bright citrus and fairly hoppy and sweet. The taste was along the same lines, but even more yogurty. It had a little bitterness on the tongue and had some sour grapiness and wheatiness too. The mouthfeel was smooth with almost no carbonation.
I apologize for how hard this is to describe, but I realllly wanna find some more like this, try it if you get a chance. I have a feeling that this is a really polarizing beer though.

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3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a golden yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and a nice thin head which left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: funky earhty with spice was noticeable upfront on the aroma with apple, slight pear but with grainy notes and a little tart astringent qualities.

T: the tart character was more prominent on the palate alongside toasty grains, apple fruitiness, some spice, citrusy accents a touch of bretty funkiness.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a funky, mild fruity, spice, grainy, tart and slight dry finish.

O: definitely one of the better offerings from JK. Pretty solid brew all around, glad I tried it.

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3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a Cuvee de Jacobins tulip.

Bonnie the Rare pours with a bright goldenrod body showing good clarity. The head is off-white and scant, retreating quickly to a tiny wisp of foam. Aromas bring forward light, pleasant notes of citrus peel, souring bacteria, and vegetation. A bit grassy, and a bit grainy, with some barnyard funk hiding in the background.

The flavor is...interesting. Comes off as a combination of pineapple and pickle juice on the front of the palate--briny, sour, and somewhat sweet. Mid-sip gets a clean note of bread crust and bleached wheat crackers before the finish adds a tinge of tartness to the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style, with a prickly carbonation level and medium-light body that drinks easily. Still, the flavor combinations just don't mesh for me. Bonnie isn't a bad Berliner Weisse, but for Jester King, it qualifies as a 'Rare' miss.

[Edit: Tried this on tap at Jester King in early '12, and it was much better. Gave it a 4/5 as a 'had']

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2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy sunny, light orange. Vigorous pour yielded a two finger head, dissipated very quickly. The aroma was slightly bready, with only the faintest note of tart. Not much else. Taste was again, only faintly sour or even tart, little wheat notes and touches of orange. Light bodied, very light on the carbonation, average feeling.

Though I'm not the most experienced in Berliners, this was just boring and lacked a lot...

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass. Thanks to bentwookie for this. There aren't enough berliners out there.

A: A thin cap of head covers a murky, dark straw body. So-so retention, the head disappears completely leaving a still looking beer.

S: Tart, peppery spice and slightly sweet malt, earth, candied dried pineapple.

T: Lacto tart forefront gives this a nice zing. Tasty. Wheat, lemon, apple and pear backbone. Minerally at the end, I guess the well water?

M: Medium-full body and light carbonation.

O: Very light, refreshing. Great beer for the warm weather.

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3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, released Summer '12
White wine glass

A: This one pours out a cloudy, hazy yellow color. There isn't a ton of head, only a thin white layer. There are some tight tiny bubbles. No lacing being left on the glass.

S: Smells of mild funk. Some yogurt like sourness. Wheat. And the JK farmhouse yeast comes through as well.

T: Nicely tart and refreshing right from the start of the sip. In the middle of the mouth, you get those European hop varietals. Grainy, grassy wheat. The finish is slightly white wine like and dry.

M: Light bodied. Easy drinking.

O: Another solid offering from JK. Liked this one a lot. Carbonation might come up a little more with bottle conditioning, but that is one of my only knocks on it.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very nice golden yellow body with a white head that fades to nothing in seconds.There is also a lot of wheat or yeast floaties.

S: The smell of this beer is very amazing. Tons of different smells like banana, apple, wheat and a tiny bit of corn.

T: The flavor is pretty light in flavor, but thats expected for a beer at 3.7% alcohol. It does has some very nice flavors that do stand out like some banana and funky yeast and also a great amount of sour.

M: There is a lot more crispness than what I was really expecting and it really adds to this low alcohol beer. It tingles all across the tongue and all down my throat.

O: All around, this is a very nice beer. Very refreshing and enjoyable to a hot August day. Please make this many more times Jester King!

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3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 750mL bottle into buffalo bayou brewing co. snifter.

A: pours with zero head. looks flat, just like a glass of apple juice.

S: funk. straw. grapes. apples. smells pleasant. sort of like a white wine.

T: fairly sour right up front. not overwhelming. sort of a faint sour apple taste. touch of bitterness to go with the funk on the back end. well balanced. very tasty.

M: i was worried about the carbonation based on the pour, but there are no problems in that department. for being a low abv beer, it has a surprisingly full feel to it. very enjoyable, extraordinarily drinkable.

O: not a style i have a ton of familiarity with, but i found this very enjoyable. great evident sourness but not completely mouth puckering. wish this was available in 4 or 6 packs rather than 750s.

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3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pouring down the middle produces a small soapy white head that dissipates quickly leaving a cloudy golden body.

With the wild yeast and wheat in the nose I feel like I’m out at a farmhouse. The fruity element is just as prevalent with lemon and a sweet orange.

The beer has a modest tartness. Lots of wheat, lemon and a funk finish make this pretty great. There is a light lacto/yogurt element going on.

Not much carbonation. It looks flat after a bit, but my burps are telling me it’s there. Despite being such a low abv beer the body isn’t totally thin and the wheat makes this smooth.

This is a great beer and an even greater summer beer. The flavor and mouthfeel make for an enjoyable and refreshing drinking experience.

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4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another offering from Jester King Craft Brewery that I decided to try, a 750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Bonnie the Rare Berliner Weiss has a cloudy straw yellow appearance. Interestingly, there was a decent amount of carbonation, but produced almost no head, the little that formed only stayed around for a few seconds.

S - On the nose I get citrus, citrus, and more citrus, with a sour note, and that unmistakable barnyard funk.

T - On the palate I mainly get lemon zest, with some orange peel mixed in, a hint of tart grapefruit as well. On the finish, the tartness really shines through, very interesting.

M - Light-bodied on the palate, maybe due to the higher than expected amount of carbonation I feel. Which surprised me since I didn't get much head on the pour.

O - Another fantastic job by Jester King, Bonnie the Rare is well done. The beer is truly in the style of a Berliner Weiss, has all the characteristics of that style. There is an interesting play going on between the tart citrus flavors and the malt, with the tartness winning out. I really enjoyed this beer.

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