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Gotlandsdricka - Jester King Brewery

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186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 21
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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.

(Beer added by: StaveHooks on 10-19-2012)
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-02-2013 21:57:09 | More by imperialking
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HTownGuy85


3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unpasteurized? Unfiltered?! Interesting, I decided to try it out.

A - pours a cloudy pale orangey-yellow. Decent head, leaves a nice lacing.

S - slight smokiness to it on the back of the nose. Yeasty, oh so yeasty!

T - hops first, followed by the lightly sweet malt, smoky goodness and finishes off with more hops. The smokiness is interesting - not the least bit overpowering. Reminds me of a wheat beer, but better.

M - crisp, refreshing. Carbonation hits first, but decipates to a smooth elixir. Goes down smoothly.

Overall, not bad. I can see myself sipping on this if offered, but wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 05:50:19 | More by HTownGuy85
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml, fall 2012
Deschutes tulip

A: Pours a hazy light yellow orange color. Two fingers fluffy white head. Lacing sheeting.

S: Definitely getting that smoke. That campfire. That bacon. Some of that farmhouse yeast spice.

T: Lots of that campfire bacon smoke flavor. It's surprising front light looking brew. Getting that farmhouse yeast flavor in the mid palate. The smoke dominated the light Euro hop character and malt bill. Dry crisp finish.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 20:46:32 | More by inlimbo77
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml served in a Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a very cloudy but glowing burnt orange. 2 fingers of white foamy head that sinks at a medium pace forming a cirrus cloud cap.

S - Smoked wheat malt, beechwood, earthy and dust hay, smoked bananas, juniper, unknown spice.

T - Follows the nose with delicate smoke, a good dose of pilesner malt, green and dried grassy flavors, the juniper is has a medicinal character and comes out mostly toward the finish. Dried banana, some acidic fruit around the edges of the tongue. The herbal character comes out more toward the end. It has a long and very dry smoky finish.

M - Light side of full body with ample creamy carbonation. Has a nice lush feel with a dry finish.

Apparently this (Gotlandsdricka) is it's own style but it's not listed yet on BA. Probably because it's an ancient Viking ale that nobody makes anymore.

It reminded my of a mix between a Gratzer and a rustic Hefeweizen. Very rustic and the smoke came out more as it warmed. Didn't get as much of the juniper as I thought I would but maybe that's a good thing. This would pair well with food.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 01:30:45 | More by StaveHooks
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 18:14:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 15:15:31 | More by Ozzylizard
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 23:06:20 | More by cvm4
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guityler83

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 01:08:06 | More by guityler83
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jester King Gotlandsdricka has a very thick, pillowy, off-white head and an initially clear, bubbly, yellow-straw appearance, which turns a cloudy, grayish-yellow once the bottom of the bottle is swished and poured in. There is thick lacing left on the glass. Aroma is of a tangy, smoky beer smell, and the flavor is up-front smoke, some sweetness, sourness, white bread, malt, a mild, underlying bitterness, and of a certain gaminess. Mouthfeel is medium, and Jester King Gotlandsdricka finishes semi-dry, overly smoked, and fairly drinkable. Overall, this is a good beer, but they overdid the carbon bit.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 20:53:34 | More by RonaldTheriot
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SamuelJackson45 for dharing this 750ml. When opened initially, it was a gusher so the bottle was recapped and sort of forgotten about. Having a second go at this for a review. It pours into a snifter a hazy color of gold with more than a finger of off-white cap that fades to a thin film atop leaving patches of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is a mixture of smoke and farmhouse funky yeast. Quite earthy with some plastic-like phenolics mixing with a bit of fruity ester. The smoke aspect is mildly beefy with hints of minerals. As it warms up an some focus comes away from the smoke, a bit if citrus to floral hops are present.

The taste is beefy with smoke. Initially the smoke is a bit awkward when combined with the fruity alcohol and spicy yeast component. However, as more sips are taken, it starts to blend together and go from tolerable to curiously enjoyable. At times there is almost a minty feel to this perhaps from the hops with a bit of fruity rind flavors. The aftertaste includes some earthen aspect and yeasty spices that draw out a bit of a mineral flavor.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with an effervescent level of prickly, lively carbonation. The alcohol is well integrated and the level of carbonation helps to move and blend the flavors. This is a curious and diffrent sort of brew. I admittedly researched this style prior to gettin the chance to try it and i was expecting a juniper inclusion that seemed absent here. I gotta admit, the lack of juniper character might be the reason I enjoyed this. Throwing juniper into this mix would have been a trainwreck im sure. This isnt a beer I see myself getting thirsty for or craving. However, i wouldnt avoid having it again sometime either.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 01:59:25 | More by stakem
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 00:20:33 | More by Hopswagger
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Justin_Neff

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 00:58:42 | More by Justin_Neff
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a Cuvee des Jacobins tulip.

The pour is attractive enough, delivering a goldenrod-colored haze of a beer into the glass. A thick white shell of foam builds to an inch and slowly recedes to a veil of tightly packed bubbles. Some proper lace clings to the edges. Huge notes of smoky, meaty phenols greet the nostrils, almost to the detriment of the remainder of the beer. Dig deep enough (if you dare--this is one for the smoke-lovers!), and you get hints of earth, wheat, and bread crust. Still, the smoke aroma is tough to work around in the context of a session.

The flavor dials back the smoke a few levels, thankfully, and lets a bit of light sour and funkiness play through. Hints of tart citrus zest, dried grasses, funky barnyard, and tangy wheat. It's actually pretty well balanced, but the smoke still sticks out from the rest of the beer. Bubbles are ample, and the body of Gotlandsdricka is medium-light on the palate. Clean finish with a hint of smokiness and light fruit. Overall, I found this Jester King offering to be an interesting addition to their lineup. Although it's not something I'll be seeking out again (and not worth the $13 price tag), I'm glad I got a chance to try it. Palate-expanding, to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 03:49:17 | More by wagenvolks
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metter98

New York

3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 20:55:36 | More by metter98
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followerofmen

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

12-16-2012 21:31:19 | More by followerofmen
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weonfire

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

09-26-2013 02:33:26 | More by weonfire
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-19-2012 17:23:17 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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mhenson42

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-28-2012 03:08:20 | More by mhenson42
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zillo043068

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-25-2013 00:40:56 | More by zillo043068
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brandoneast

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-08-2013 04:44:27 | More by brandoneast
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-24-2013 23:43:10 | More by EgadBananas
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jeisemann26

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-13-2014 22:13:11 | More by jeisemann26
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-08-2013 22:25:20 | More by guytyping
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Vinyl_on_Tap

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-03-2014 11:27:18 | More by Vinyl_on_Tap
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Timmy13T

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-23-2013 14:10:31 | More by Timmy13T
Gotlandsdricka from Jester King Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.