Gotlandsdricka - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 254
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 5.09%
Wants: 23
Gots: 52 | FT: 4
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 facundoCNB
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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! (892 characters)

Photo of Clonies720
4.55/5  rDev +22%
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. (1,116 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,116 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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.. (350 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of Apostlebrews
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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! (1,150 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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! (1,819 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled 25.4 oz bottle into a JK tulip. First had this at the Texas Craft Brewer's Festival back in October, really liked it then, let's see if that made it into the bottle. Not quite sure if this is actually the same stuff, as at that point I'm fairly sure it was presented as made without hops at all.

Look- Deep gold with three fingers of pillowy head. Excellent retention, not much lace.

Smell- Light smoke, pear, lemon, intensely herbal, spicy, apricot, allspice. Cracker in the background. Swirling brings out more of an apple cider aroma coupled with dry toast. Nice.

Taste- Smoke flavor is stronger than indicated by the aroma, and becomes the dominant flavor towards the end of the sip. Otherwise flavors are very similar to the nose, starts with mild citrus and rolls into light toasted rye, hints of cider and hopping/spicing is cloverlike. Juniper is noticeable. Finishes clean, light mineral flavor. The more I sip, the more it grows on me. On the smokier side for a pale beer, but it actually works well with the other flavors. As it warms, it takes on a fuller, breadier, light honey flavor that kicks the entire thing up a notch. Interestingly enough, in cleanses the palatte and doesn't suffer from the smoky build-up that some rauchbiers suffer from.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, medium-high but smooth carbonation. Light feel, easy drinking. 13 or so oz. went down easily,

Overall- Another unique offering from Jester King. More of an everyday beer than most smoked ales, and like certain sodas, room temp and nearly flat suits it well- let it warm up a bit and savor. I'll certainly pick it up again. (1,622 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
2.43/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beer pours a pale straw yellow with a strong white head.

Aroma is of of campfire and pine. A pretty potent combination.

The beer is pretty strong tasting. The smoke hits you in the face in a big way. The finish is of pine and juniper berries come through strong. It makes for a sappy spicy finish.

The mouthfeel is medium.

This is a pretty strange beer. It is technically sound for a smoked beer but the flavors are not something that I enjoy at all. The smoked aroma and flavor do not play well with the juniper. It is too much like liquid campfire in a bottle to be enjoyable. (583 characters)

Photo of HTownGuy85
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of stumac
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
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 (255 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (1,253 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,743 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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 (612 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.58/5  rDev -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. (484 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

VERY GOOD, WORTH TRYING! (332 characters)

Photo of gtermi
2.46/5  rDev -34%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of BeardedRiker
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I knew once I saw the label on this beer, as happens with every Jester King offering I see, that I'd have to get it. It caught my eye, the evil-looking Viking, so I took a closer look. I was curious of what the style of beer it was. But while the label explains what the beer is like, it doesn't say what it is. That intrigued me further. I have to say, Gotlandsdricka did not disappoint.

If I could best describe the look (and other qualities) of Gotlandsdricka, it'd be that it looks similar to a Belgian golden ale. It has a bright golden color, is cloudy, and produces a fine bubbly and frothy white head. Lacing was not present.

A nice toasted breadiness hits the nose first. It's moderately smoky, just right so that it doesn't mask any other aromatic characteristics. That plus the juniper/gale gives the smell an earthiness. The juniper/gale, and I should say that I can only guess at the characteristics of the gale since this is the first beer I've had that uses it, add a peppery, coniferous spice, not to be confused with the pine resin-like coniferous character present in most pale ales. The farmhouse yeast keeps the beer seeming like a Belgian golden to me. I get a bit of lemon zest in there too.

The taste is much like the smell. Right off the bat there's the toasty light malts with the juniper/gale spiciness following. The smokiness, what Jester King told me via Twitter is birchwood-smoked malt, comes right after, blending in with the toasty malt and spiciness so that you get a nice variety of flavors one after the other but all in harmony. There's an excellent grassy sugar sweetness throughout too that balances perfectly with the rest. Once I let Gotlandsdricka warm up a little, I was greeted with an incredibly well-balanced beer. It's sweet, smoky, spicy, and none of it overpowers the others. This is definitely an interesting beer to the taste buds.

Gotlandsdricka is also very drinkable, lighter in body, and has a nice medium carbonation. It's smooth as silk going down.

I definitely recommend this to anyone. Jester King says it's giving the beer "additional fermentation with wild yeast and souring bacteria. We presently have a version of Gotlandsdricka that we inoculated with wild yeast and bacteria aging in oak barrels." I can't wait! (2,281 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of beerhan
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a straw orange color with a huge head that overflows

S-lots of smokey wood up front with some berry and pine

T-smoke flavor up front but not very intimidating. I honestly am not a big fan of this style but I do enjoy this beer. Slightly funky with a bitter juniper berry preesence with some resin in the background,

M-heavy carbonation with a heavy body...blends. Slightly odd with the smoke.

O-a very nice take on the smoked beer style but a little more sweetness would balance this one out better and it is rather bitter. (535 characters)

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Gotlandsdricka from Jester King Brewery
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