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Gotlandsdricka | Jester King Brewery

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Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gotlandsdricka, meaning “Drink of the Good Land”, is believed to have been the beer of the Vikings. Our rendition of this ancient style is inspired by the traditional farmhouse ales once brewed on the island of Gotland, off the coast of Sweden. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally-conditioned.

Added by StaveHooks on 10-19-2012

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.87/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Haven't reviewed for a while now… but one smell of this beauty and I had to make sure I got this down. This… THIS is a moment in time I want to have recorded some where!

And for good reason.

Bottled December 2014. So, about one and a half years old now.

Pours a hazy deep orange gold with a very slightly off white head that is thin and dissipates quickly. The head then remains as a rim of bubbles around the digs and patches among the inner part that have floated together like little clouds. Looks pretty good.

The smell! This is what made me want to write this down! The smoke comes through like no ones business. It is pungent and like the smell of smoke off of a jacket you have worn on a backpacking trip and you have burned all sorts of wood to keep warm at night and that collected variation is kind of sour and dingy but it immediately reminds you of those nights around the fire. And it is kind of sour and lemony! A little sweaty. A little dusty and slightly sweet. In essence, it is that hiking jacket… in a glass.

The taste has got that smokey, sweaty hiking jacket taste right toward the end when it warms. But it seems nowhere as powerful as the smell. Which is probably okay. The front of it is citrusy and bright, a sprinkling of raw grain. It has a bit of grapefruit pith to it. I think you get a hit of the juniper and then the smoke comes in a bit and then it dives into the sour, smokey, sweaty jacket thing. Pretty fantastic. After this wraps up, you are left with that sense of smoke and sourness but also with a very strong earthiness.

The mouthfeel is great. It has some weight to it which I really appreciate but not too much, it isn;t tacky or sticky at all and it is no where near being too thin! It has a crispness which will keep you drinking and the sourness makes your mouth water a bit then dries out fast. It is a perfect sequence. Very satisfying. The carbonation over a year and a half is just right in my opinion. It is not too bubbly and crunchy and gives the mouthfeel a bit of a creaminess.

Overall. If I ever see this again I will buy it. It really touches on my senses and memory. This may not be at all true for everyone and it probably effects my rating, but hey. Even when I take a step back and look at it from a quality of beer look and an achievement stance I still think highly of it. I mean, achieving that kind of pungent smell is almost magic. I would buy the beer just to smell it! It is ridiculously potent in the scent and just plain interesting in taste. In my opinion, another fine and unique offering from Jester King.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL poured into a tulip.

Surprisingly light in body as I was expecting something darker from a smoked beer. Looks peach-skin in the body with a considerable haze. Foamy head quickly dissipates but a layer of lace remains. 4.25

Campfire level smoke with some tartness and lemon and bacon. Aggressively smoky and I fuck with it. 4.25

Wheaty, fruity, lemony before smoke overwhelms this and becomes campfire heavy, ashy, and a bit like smoked meat Perhaps a bit too much ashtray, even for this smoked beer lover. I notice a bit of chalky, plasticky flavor in the aftertaste, something I found in Snorkel as well. 3.75

Love the light body and fruity character and tartness, followed by an incredibly dry, ash-like finish. 3.75

It's intense and not for the weak of heart. But unique and pretty damn tasty.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/8/2014.

L: Off-orange and hazy. Slight head and fizz.

S: Smoky, burning wood, charcoal.

T: Light smoke, toasted grain, burnt meat. Slight saltiness gives the feeling of a gose.

F: Wish it had a little more body and carbonation for 6.6% ABV.

O: A nice smoked beer! Jester King is doing things right - a true farmhouse brewery.

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Photo of pnelting
1.63/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is the strangest beer I've ever had. The appearance is the only redeeming quality. It tastes like smoke and bologna. It's one of two beers that I've had to drain pour.

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Photo of coronelaurelianobuendia
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours well. The aroma is decidedly smoky (redolent of the burnt ends of a brisket). THe taste is complex. Smoke, slight tartness, malt. Mainly smoke. Feels oily on the palate. I recommend this beer be shared, I found it hard to drink more than 2-5oz. Drinkability is not the mission of this beer and any more than 5 oz might put you off. A good, interesting, sampling beer.

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Photo of bfranks
1/5  rDev -72.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Most disgusting beer I've ever had in my life.

It literally smells and tastes like band aids and stomach bile. I thought about throwing up in my own mouth to get rid of the beer taste.

Avoid at all costs!

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Photo of Tommo
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The new version of this (2015) is a complete mess of a beer. Gross sweaty smell. Mild sour taste with some smokiness. Nothing like the old version, this version is all bungled up with nothing substantial to offer. Would decline this

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Photo of WTKeene
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Newest batch served on tap at the brewery.

Appearance: milky white/yellow, no head to speak of aside from a few stray bubbles around the edge.

Smell: lots of herbal pine and bologna. Hints of band aid too.

Taste: this is actually a lot better than I was expecting. Smoke is more subtle, bologna notes are not nearly as strong as on the nose. Lots of fruity tart citrus and herb, which is lovely. Hint of campfire on the finish, with a bitter herbal linger.

Mouthfeel: despite the appearance there's actually a substantial amount of carbonation in this. Quite dry.

Overall: the taste is a lot better than I was expecting, and I love what this beer does in a gin barrel (Viking Metal), but as it is its still a little too weird for me to want to return to regularly.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am very appreciative for Stakem sharing this bottle, a treat to enjoy this after a year in the bottle, thanks Adam!

The color is golden with light hazed and quick dropping white head which becomes a ring of beads with visible carbonation and spots of lace. The smell is smoky with an herbal aroma with light earthy quality and subtle hay like element augmenting the hint of fruity yeast. The feel is earthy with moderately high carbonation and slight dry feel with light spice texture and mild sweetness.

The taste brings a tangy yeast element with light malt quality and slight smoke in the initial flavor impression with subtle spiciness which could also be considered herbal hop with mild yeast tanginess and light malt nuttiness with a slight herbal quality carrying through into the dry crisp finish. This is great with very good drinkability in general -I appreciate the chance to try this old world style and it is every bit as good as I expected.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated cellared bottle at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma sour with a hint of smoke
Head large (5 cm), off white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to broken layer
Lacing virtually none, rare small island of small bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor changes as the temperature rises – the smokiness dissipates and a spiciness comes through. I have no idea what gale tastes like, so its’ anyones guess if that’s the source of the spiciness. There is no taste of alcohol, hops, or diacetyl. A woody and smoky aftertaste follows.
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation.

An interesting brew. My bottle has been cellared for a year and tastes different (better) than a fresher bottle. I don’t know what gale tastes like, but the juniper is barely noticeable. I think if I lived on an island off the coast of Sweden, I’d probably brew and drink a lot of this.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a cloudy golden color ale with a nice generous white head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light salty rustic malt notes with some spices, juniper and light smoked notes also noticeable. Taste is a unique mix of juniper, smoked notes with some salty rustic malt notes clearly identifiable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Very interesting beers for sure but I am not sure I would feel the need to drink this on a regular basis.

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Photo of guityler83
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: A 3 finger head belched from its orifice into a standard pint glass. The bright cloud white foam held strong for many moons white the brilliantly golden liquid brought forth bubbles from the depths. When the clouds finally parted the spiders web was revealed on the edge of the glass.

S: The smell of smoke from the burning fires from the night before, earth and nature revealed underneath. A faint whisper of sweet breads and berries. Clean and crisp as the nights sky.

T: The balance of smoke and earth once again washes over my senses. The smoke is fresher this time and with more phenols peering through. There is a firm, yet noble bitterness about this grog that I came to enjoy over a few swallows. Crisp and clean like the legendary beers of distant Germanic lands. The balance is speared down the center.

M: Dry as a drought and crisp as a winter night. Light in body like a fair haired maiden and a soft bitterness left on the scenes, not unlike the fair haired maiden.

O: Worth the journey for this tasty brew? Indeed. Not to the liking of all, but hit the spot on a mild almost-spring night.

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Photo of cvm4
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Light bodied with an eggshell head. Very straw bodied.

S - Very smokey and also funky in the same smell.

T - A little sweet but then the smokeyness hits ya.

M - Light bodied and highly carbed.

O - Very interesting... I like it, but it's not something I'd reach for.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of smoked malts are present in the nose along with some hints of juniper berries.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has initial flavors of juniper followed by smoked malts towards the finish. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and slightly chalky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a nice balance between the flavors of juniper and smoked malts.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: Pale straw body with a massive airy white head that has multiple honeycombs. Retention is decent and leaves no lacing due to the frailty of the head.

S: Smoldered wheat, semi farm funk yeast, pilsner malt, smoked birch wood, moss, oak barreling.

T/M: Flavor follows the nose but has more powerful smoked oak and herbs. Cardamom, coriander and salty tobacco. Tart white grapes give a profile similar to a smoked sparkling wine. Dry hay and bitter persimmon in the finish. Vivacious body.

O: Really easy drinking for the style. The smoke seems natural and complimenting not forced. Sometimes smoked beers are just plain hard to drink due to the massive smoke profile. This is not the case. This is about six months old so the smoke may have faded a bit but I like it.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a very clean golden yellow pour with 3 fingers of head and TONS of fizzy bubbles rocketing up the stem of the center of the glass like it's a highway! smells very funky.. band aids comes first to mind, hay, chipotle. smells nice and spicy/smoky. a lot of the band aid flavor pulls through up front, with a nice chipotle pepper finish.. also in the mix i'm getting a really floral flavor.. like flower petals.. very subtle. really digging this one. light body with high carbonation makes this very drinkable. the dryness from the smoked flavors also makes it perfect for hot days like today.

overall i give this a 4. it's a solid beer, and so far one of the best i've had from this brewery. i do love rauchbiers, and this is pretty much one, except i've never had one with these ingredients.. sweet gale and juniper? also the different woods used to smoke these grains are an excellent touch!

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Photo of Clonies720
4.55/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jester King Gotlandsdricka 750ml bottled poured into 1 liter Hofbrau stein. This beer is the result of research into the types of beer that the Vikings might have brewed. Jester King presents their interpretation.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow color. Thick and fluffy two-finger head.

Aroma: Starts off with an spicy, herbal, and earthy aroma. It develops into fresh cut grass and lemon . Finally, it transforms into a type of berry (juniper?) with a touch of smoked malts.

Taste: It is like delicious, smoked ribs in liquid form. A strange type of bitterness that is hop-like in nature, but tastes as though it comes from a different source. Not unpleasant, but just different. I believe the "sweet gale" ingredient may play a role in that.

Mouthfeel: Very dry from start to finish. This is a highly carbonated beer, probably being the 1st or 2nd most carbonated beer I've ever had. Body is creamy and full with a chewy finish.

Overall: Definitely an intriguing beer. This will pair amazing with some BBQ and/or smoked rack of ribs. Will definitely buy again when I get the urge to pillage a neighboring city.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this at Hunger Mountain Coop in Vermont, somehow they got a few Jester King beers.

Big quickly rising fizzy head rises instead of fading, light lacing, hazy golden straw color, tons of bubbles rising

Nose interesting, the sweet gale and juniper are nice, good smoked malt aromas, beach wood smoke, light toasty pilsner malt, light maple smoked bacon.

Taste more smoked malts, beach wood smoke, light toasty smoke pilsner, little sweet sticky malt but semi crisp, floral effervescent, then nice sweet gale, light hint if juniper and bitterness. Light maple smoked bacon again. Finish is little sticky but drier, more smoked malt and bacon, sticky sweet malts syrupy like and bacon again, more light sweet gale.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied but sticky, effervescent lots of carb.

Overall very interesting and unique, pretty well done but a bit too much residual sugar somehow even with all that carbonation it brings. The smoked malts are nice, as well as sweet gale, juniper is barely detectable mostly and it could have used a bit more bitterness I think. but still a very unique and tasty beer to try.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-yellow with a big finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Grainy malts, smoke, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, juniper, other herbs and spices, farmhouse esters, lemon zest.

T - Grainy and lightly bready malts, smoke, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, juniper, other herbs and spices, farmhouse flavors, lemon zest, vanilla.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-heavy carbonation. Smooth with a spicy, estery, and smokey finish.

D - Nice smoked saison. Good balance of smoke, spices, and yeast character.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out very effervescent lending itself to a voluminous white head and a bright hazy yellow body filled in with tons of carbonation bubbles.

The smoke is heavy lending meaty and campfire aromas. Earthy, grassy, floral and wheaty notes coming through with a touch of spice and sweetness. It’s cool that you can pick out the different ingredients even with the smoke.

The smoke is there throughout from front to aftertaste. Grass, wheat, yeast, and spice.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation that is not overdone which is what I was expecting based on the huge head.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened on 2.3.13

A - Pours a clear light orange with a huge active off-white head.

S - Spices, tart, light and floral.

T - Very smokey, a little floral and spices, but over powered by the smoke.

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - So smokey it is hard to taste much else.

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Photo of drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Provided by JJ. Served with a large, foamy, frothy, off-white head that lasts all the way down. Color is a hazy amber. Aroma is yeast, smoke, sour, with notes of fruit. Flavor's like nose, smoke is prominant, but not overdone; again a bit tart. Body's decent, good carbonation. Finish is like flavor, fairly easy drinking, would killer to cook with..

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light golden color. Super cloudy. Not really what I was expecting at all. Foamy 2 finger head that sticks around for a little longer than I was anticipating. Medium lacing on the glass was nice, and also laced the brew.

S: Couldn't really smell anything but smoke and some yeasty belgian esters.

T: More smoke than anything. Some yeast tastes, and weirdly some tastes of bananas, which is obviously not intended, but works.

M: High carbonation, very dry, light body. As to be expected.

O: I had very little expectations for this one, but I'm glad I had it. First smoky beer I've had like this. Not thick, not stouty, or a porter, but maintained an awesome smoky flavor and had a good light body. I'd drink again.

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Photo of Apostlebrews
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light yellow hue that's slightly cloudy. It appears to be a light-bodied beer judging from the color and how rapidly the carbonation rushes to the top of the glass.

The aroma is spicy--like a solid witbier. It's earthy and yeasty.

I'll admit, I was immediately turned off after the first sip. The birchwood smoked malt that Jester King brewed this beer with is over-powering and completely takes over. All of the flavors I was expecting to taste from the nose play second fiddle to the deep smokiness of this beer. To make matters worse, the body is so light that as the beer warms, it starts to taste a little skunky.

Unfortunately, the flavors just don't work in this. Although I was able to get past the smoked malt after about half a glass, sadly I didn't even enjoy the flavors that are beyond the smoke. If this is what the Vikings drank, than there's no wonder why they were so aggressively seeking new lands...likely in search of a new beer recipe.

This one's not for me, but I appreciate what Jester King does and look forward to trying more of their beers.

Check out more of my reviews at thebeerapostle.com

Cheers!

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from the Rare Beer Club. Poured into a stemmed Tired Hands glass.

Gotlandsdricka pours a bright golden yellow with decent clarity and only the slightest bit of haze. (Watch the sediment at the bottom of the bottle) Lots of active carbonation visible through the glass that is supporting a very tight head of tiny white bubbles two finger deep. The head dissipates after a few minutes to a thin layer on top and does not leave any lacing.

Out of the bottle, it carries a light waft of gentle smoke aroma that quickly disappears. What remains is a gentle aroma of metallic wheat, Asian pear, Sweet Gale, Juniper berries, and cracker-like malts. Very light grassy hop aroma in the background.

The taste is much more bold than the aroma. It reminds me of what a smoked pilsner might taste like. Complex smoke character, with multiple types of smoked malts playing against each other. You get the smoke in the exhale and on the roof of your mouth. Mid-palate there is a light sourness and hints of juniper and gale, or at least what I think is the juniper and gale. It is certainly "rustic" and reminds me quite a bit of wild sage.

Good mouthfeel on this beer. With the wheat malt, there is a pleasant creaminess to the medium body. And the carbonation level is up there which lifts the smoked malts across the palate easily.

Pretty decent beer that I am glad I got the chance to try. I am a fan of smoked beers, and this is a bit of a rustic smoke beer that brings something unique to the plate. Inspired by the drink of Gotland, this beer will make you feel like a true Viking. The more I drink this beer, the more I think I love it. You have to approach the beer knowing what goes into the beer, because if you aren't thinking "juniper and sweet gale" you will miss this beer entirely. Pretty awesome beer!

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Gotlandsdricka from Jester King Brewery
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