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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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t0rin0

California

2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

03-28-2013 04:03:12 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

11-04-2012 04:05:08 | More by djrn2
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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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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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

11-04-2012 04:07:44 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-03-2012 15:27:50 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-21-2012 19:47:42 | More by Texasfan549
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-02-2012 05:54:27 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 03:56:44 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 01:03:23 | More by emerge077
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MasterSki

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 16:19:30 | More by MasterSki
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 12:35:53 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-26-2013 23:54:23 | More by Rifugium
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.7%

12-05-2013 03:57:17 | More by XmnwildX12
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-21-2012 15:32:26 | More by mendvicdog
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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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -16.7%

05-04-2014 20:03:49 | More by yourefragile
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

11-26-2012 17:19:22 | More by orangesol
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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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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

12-21-2012 21:30:53 | More by duceswild
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-01-2012 18:01:12 | More by Gonzoillini
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

11-26-2012 17:43:17 | More by THECPJ
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drummermattie02

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

08-15-2013 18:52:58 | More by drummermattie02
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 05:30:16 | More by HuskyinPDX
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-23-2012 02:17:19 | More by AgentZero
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Gotlandsdricka from Jester King Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.