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Gotlandsdricka - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 263
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 39.39%
Wants: 25
Gots: 52 | FT: 4
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Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StaveHooks on 10-19-2012

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.
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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +3%
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 Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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 emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't have a skull cup to drink out of, as the label recommends, so I used a tulip instead.

Lightly hazed straw gold, and a billowing head of white foam that settles quickly to a skim. No lace to speak of, looks fairly plain and simple, which makes perfect sense.

Aroma is lightly phenolic and yeasty, earthy spices take centerstage. As it warms some light smoke traces waft out also.

Moderate level of smoke, well integrated and not overbearing. The juniper and gale are subdued, and come off more as general spice than anything, with some light bitter phenolics as well. Aftertaste of honeyed malt and soft oak smokiness, a mellow wood-derived astringency cuts through the ample and frothy carbonation. As a historical recreation of an ancient simple smoked ale, it's definitely interesting (especially as a Swede myself) but a little one-note overall.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

"Drink of the good land", eh? This must be Milwaukee's original beer (thank you, Alice Cooper)... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy gold topped by a couple fingers of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, coriander, black pepper, light clove, Belgian yeast, cracked wheat, and a general sense of mild campfire-style smoke. The taste brings in more of the same, with the smoke coming through stronger throughout, creating a fog of sorts on the tongue and fostering an increased sense of earthiness that works with the saison-like surroundings. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a nice little smoked saison, a unique take on an already varied style. Good times.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Slatetank
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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 MasterSki
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and fingers of lacing. Hazed golden apricot body.

S - It's very smoke-forward, with a touch of herbal and bitter juniper in the periphery. The base beer imparts a peppery and mildly phenolic farmhouse ale backdrop, and even though the press release says this is a 'clean' versions I get a mild lactic Berliner Weiss kind of vibe.

T - The taste is quite similar, with smoke dominating the palate and a mildly bitter juniper finish. The peripheral flavors are those of a wheat-forward Saison, and the slight lactic note in the aroma doesn't translate to the flavor.

M - Medium-light body with a dry, chaffed wheat and smokey texture to it. Pleasant moderate-to-low carbonation and no discernible alcohol.

D - An odd beer, but a fairly enjoyable one. I refilled my glass a few times, and while I wouldn't want this often I'd certainly have it again in the future. I'm actually fairly intrigued by the upcoming 'wild' version. Worth checking out if you like smoked beers.

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Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sharing 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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.45/5  rDev -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 rfgetz
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed golden straw, big rush of bubbky white head that took a bit to calm down... even felt lik eit grew after thr pour was complete. Scent leads with firm notes of smoke, not very distinguished as the type of wood used, big doughy, bready and yeasty notes, some spice and light fruity tartness. Taste follows suit, smoke up front, bread in the middle, spice and light fruityness on the back end. Lighter side of medium, a touch too bubbly. Interesting, yes... overly memorable, no.

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Photo of champ103
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle with some friends at BRC in Houston.

A: Pours a hazed golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: At first is some musky yeast. Dank hops, stone fruits. Then the smoke comes through. Not my favorite combination.
T: Follows the nose. Some dank, musky yeast, fruits, herbal spice, and the smoke. The smoke does not really intermingle well with the rest of the beer.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A bit thin. Overall, not something I am going drink a hole bottle of by myself.

Decent, and I get what they are trying to do. Though not something I am coming back to. I think the "house yeast" that JK is using, shows itself best/is more developed here. That is a shame, because it does not mingle well with the rest of the beer.

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Photo of drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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 gtermi
2.46/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: This beer pours a yellow straw body with a thick white head that quickly fades away. There is also a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, So much smoke! It almost smells like burnt ham to me.. Not really digging this at all.

T: Yeah this is terrible. It tastes like you took ham and bacon and threw it in a smoker for a year. God I cant stand the flavor of this...

M: There is a lot of carbonation and really full feeling.

O: Dear god the flavor of this beer is just terrible that it made me gag on the first sip. Just nasty.

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Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: fairly light yellow in color, just a bit darker than straw. Lightly cloudy. Forms an enormous white head that quickly fizzes away to nothingness. No lacing.

S: light smokiness, light crisp green apple. Some yeasty esters. Coriander and peppery spice.

T: Light pale malts, mild smokey quality. Honey, apple, pear, biscuit, bready yeast, and a mild piney spice, presumably from the juniper.

M: lighter bodied. Heavier carbonation. Mild bitterness. Dry.

O: I guess it's a bit hard to rate against style when there isn't else like it. Never the less, not a bad beer. The smokiness is restrained, while the yeast is rather prevalent.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.


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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
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 hoppymcgee
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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 wagenvolks
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy orange/yellow, trace white head, good lacing

S: smoke, bbq, floral, yeast, malt

T: sweet bbq, floral, yeast, slow roasted bitter finish

M: med body, smooth, firm bubbly

O: Interesting combination! Smoked BBQ and yeast/floral.
Would recommend and have again. Bet would be great with
bbq meat.


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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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 inlimbo77
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of stumac
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drinkin this with my corn dog. And a bum. Pours up a dark hued orange/gold with endless solid white head. Ok lacing. Smells of citrus, that's it. Tastes of smoked pork, lemon peel, sour lemon, light malts. Light bodied. Crispy smooth carbo. Not too shabby

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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 MattSweatshirt
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Gotlandsdricka from Jester King Brewery
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