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Gotlandsdricka - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-16-2012 21:31:19 | More by followerofmen
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-15-2012 07:25:11 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-13-2012 02:15:56 | More by cmoody91
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2.38/5  rDev -34.1%

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.

12-11-2012 02:03:25 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

12-08-2012 05:50:19 | More by HTownGuy85
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-03-2012 02:34:41 | More by WritersBlock
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-02-2012 05:54:27 | More by GRG1313
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-01-2012 18:01:12 | More by Gonzoillini
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

11-30-2012 12:23:07 | More by abrodsky
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3.38/5  rDev -6.4%

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

11-30-2012 05:44:31 | More by stumac
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-30-2012 04:07:15 | More by brandon911
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

11-29-2012 06:05:43 | More by MammothTarantula
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

11-28-2012 16:21:50 | More by rfgetz
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3.73/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

11-28-2012 03:49:17 | More by wagenvolks
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-28-2012 03:08:20 | More by mhenson42
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3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

11-28-2012 01:59:25 | More by stakem
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

11-26-2012 17:43:17 | More by THECPJ
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

11-26-2012 17:19:22 | More by orangesol
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-26-2012 02:17:43 | More by ATXboozer
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3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

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.


11-25-2012 20:53:34 | More by RonaldTheriot
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-25-2012 18:41:07 | More by bkrbdan
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-22-2012 16:20:06 | More by wmrogers11
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-21-2012 19:47:42 | More by Texasfan549
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

11-20-2012 23:15:26 | More by sliverX
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3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

11-19-2012 20:46:32 | More by inlimbo77
Gotlandsdricka from Jester King Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.