1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Gotlandsdricka - Jester King Brewery

Not Rated.
GotlandsdrickaGotlandsdricka

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

197 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 197
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:
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.

(Beer added by: StaveHooks on 10-19-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 126-150 | 151-175 | 176-200  | next › last »
Ratings: 197 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of aubrey
4.5/5  rDev +25%

aubrey, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Tiernan
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Tiernan, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Florida9, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of bbadger
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

bbadger, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +11.1%

kjkinsey, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Grocerystowe
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Grocerystowe, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of beerhan
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

beerhan, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of jheezee
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

jheezee, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of ilikebeer03
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

ilikebeer03, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

smithj4, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of videofrog
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

videofrog, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

SPRichard, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Gagnonsux, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of mwilbur
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear straw hue--hint of haze and hint of greenish tint--with moderate carbonation producing a 1 inch white head. Good retention. Hint of lacing.
S: An interesting earthy smoke note hits first (like a fire in an earthen lodge). A bit musty with muted spicy citrus hops. Toasted grains. Very interesting...rustic...quite nice.
T: Strong, but not overpowering earthy wood smoke is the backbone of this beer. Musty farmhouse quality. Sweet malt with hints of juniper and mild fruit (e.g. grape). Hint of spicy citrus hops in the background. A note of honey emerges with warming.
M: Light body. Smooth turning toward a mildly bitter and quite dry finish. Wood smoke lingers nicely on the palate.
D: Difficult to compare to style since this is my first Gotlandsdricka. This is an easily drinkable, well-balanced, complex, and yet understated brew. I have had nothing like it and I love it. The drinking experience brings immediately to mind a Viking's existence. Seek it out if you can!

mwilbur, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

AgentZero, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +25%

valkyre65, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Daemose
4.73/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle with the awesome label art into a hollow drinking horn.

Appearance - Golden yellow, like a Wheat or DIPA, slightly opaque. Poured with a 1 inch thick white foam head, which dissipated within a few minutes. Some carbonation, not much.

Smell - Tart, bready, and smokey. A little farmhouse funk right along with the smoke, but not much. Almost like old bacon you've had in the fridge check to see if it's still good, and yes, it still is. Haha. Others may be able to detect more. My sense of smell sucks.

Taste - Awesome! Light and bready at first, you can definitely taste the rye, followed by the smoke, which is delicate and non offensive. It's actually really great, and doesn't overpower any of the other flavors. Brick oven pizza crust? After the smoke fades, you can taste a hint of the Juniper and the Gale, which linger into a slight bitterness as they fade.It's very refreshing for a beer with smoke on the palette, which my friends and I usually find ourselves sipping. I didn't detect any farmhouse funk at all, unlike the nose, but really I didn't want it. It's perfect the way it is. Although as it warmed up, it did take on a sourdough bread-like quality.

Mouth feel - The mouth feel is light with with a malty slickness, like a toned down wheat beer. It has a light carbonation that complements all of the other attributes terrifically. Like I said about the taste, it's very refreshing.

This beer wasn't quite what I was expecting, somehow I was expecting something more like a Sahti. I guess it was because I didn't really know what to expect from a style I've never tried before, but I liked it way more than what I was expecting. I'm of Swedish descent, so maybe I just have genetic predisposition to enjoy it? Hah.

Awesome Beer Jester King! Way different from the rest of the lineup. I'm glad I bought as much as I did. I hope you decide to brew it again one day.

Daemose, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of manguero
4.5/5  rDev +25%

manguero, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

StaveHooks, Oct 19, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 126-150 | 151-175 | 176-200  | next › last »
Gotlandsdricka from Jester King Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.