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Gotlandsdricka - Jester King Brewery

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82
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198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 21
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: StaveHooks on 10-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of TXhomebrewer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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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1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
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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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Apostlebrews
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Cheers!

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Gotlandsdricka from Jester King Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.