Kollaborationsbier | Jester King Brewery

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Average: 3.79 | pDev: 10.82%

Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 179

Belgian Saison | 4.20% ABV

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Notes: Rotating availibility. Kollaborationsbiermittschechischemhopfenundwilderbakterienhefekombination (or Kollaborationsbier for short) literally means “collaboration beer with Czech hops, wild yeast, and bacteria” in German. The inspiration for the beer came from two sources. First, we really wanted to make a beer with Live Oak, which again, is a brewery we love. Second, another hugely inspirational brewery for us, along with Live Oak, is Brasserie De La Senne in Brussels, Belgium. De La Senne makes one of our favorite beers called Taras Boulba, which embraces principles of subtlety, restraint, balance, and full attenuation. Its elegant combination of European malt character, hoppiness, dryness, and yeast aroma and flavor sets a benchmark for what beer can be. Coincidentally, one of the few American beers reminiscent of Taras Boulba in terms of its malt and hop character is Live Oak Pilz. We knew that to truly make a beer worthy of claiming inspiration from Taras Boulba, we’d need to turn to our friends at Live Oak for help!
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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- These beers always look great. Pours a murky yellow fresh looking beer with a half fingered lacy head that holds the sides well. Nice lively carbonation.
S- Earthy lemon, grape, wine, sweet grass, oak, and yeast.
T- Follows the nose. A very nice sweetness followed by a fresh tartness. Wild wheat, lemon and earthy grass.
F- Fresh, crisp and dry with a nice . Works well with the beer.
O- A very, very good farmhouse from Jester king. Nothing of theirs is ever bad, but it's missing anything original and memorable. The Czech hops don't really make much of a change flavor wise, but I do get solid notes of oak.

Again, fresh and flavorful, just not very memorable in comparison to their other beers.

On another note, it's cool hitting 200 beers on here. I doubt there are many people who actually read all of my reviews, but beer tasting and appreciation is something I'm passionate about and I'm glad to continue to do it. from 21 years of age, to 25, it's been a fun journey logging in all of the great beers and shitty beers Ive tried so far in my life.

Here's to 200 more! Cheers!

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-A very clear golden color with a no head and lacing, but a nice amount of carbonation.
S-A light lemon grass scent.
T-The taste follows the smell, with lemon grass hints and slight tarty notes.
M-A nice light bodied farmhouse ale.
O-Nice beer, with a slight tart and a nice amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale shimmering straw gold with a pretty mild (for Jester King) fuzzy white head.

Smell is really fresh and summery, with hay, lemon, grass, light oak funk, hints of vanilla and some pungent yet grapefruity hops.

Taste is lemon, straw, light oak, almond funk, bitter grapefruit hops and a touch of honey. In other words, faintly tart and refreshing on a nice, warm early summer cookout.

Sharp yet pillowy light with a softly dry finish, this is an exceptionally drinkable favorite for a sunny outdoors day of any kind.

Batch #3 2016 vintage

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Photo of snaotheus
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml capped bottle served in a large snifter. Batch #3 - 07.19.2016.

Pours slightly hay pale yellow with a medium head and moderate carbonation. Smell is yeast, funk, spice, a little lemon.

Taste is slightly tart, moderately funky, a little biscuit/malt, somewhat lemonade-y.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, nice effervescence. Overall, tasty beer, but not special.

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Photo of puck1225
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. A slightly cloudy yellow with a nice white head and nice lacing. It is fragrant and lemony. The taste is fruity, with honey and some earthy funk. Another very pleasing beer from Jester King.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

awesome saison here, i think its cool when a brewery with as much fame and notoriety as jester king calls out some of their favorite beers, and literally makes a tribute beer to them. live oak and de la senne i dont think have quite the attention that jester king does, pretty cool idea, and a great beer. almost hard to pour with how active the bubbling white head is, rising tall in the glass and settling only slowly. the wild side of this one is tame compared to many others they do, not sour at all, and with just a bit of funk to it, still a classic jester king yeast profile, just in somewhat different proportions than we are used to seeing in most of their stuff. the grain is fresh and flavorful, and the beer is absolutely cracking bone dry, not a lick of residual sugar here. the hops are bitter for sure, leafy and dried, tea-like, and present not just in the finish but through the whole beer. simple complexity would be a fair way to describe this i think, there is lots going on, but its all pretty subtle. great carbonation and light fluffy feel, coupled with the dryness the overall mouthfeel is sensational. grassy notes in the finish, wheaty maybe. not as similar to taras boulba as i thought it would be, but i can see the homage for sure. great idea and a wonderful beer, better suited to summer than winter maybe, but its always a good time for an excellent saison! less wild than others they do, but really solid beer.

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Photo of ECShepherd
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I enjoy both live oak and jester king, but the combination isn't quite what it could be. The sour notes of the jester king mask the oak flavors of live oak, and the finish is a little bit like a persimmon before the first frost (bitter sour).

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear with a faint haze, light straw color
S: Jester King earthy yeast, white wine, hint of lemon, mild banana sweetness
T: Earthy, light bitterness, watery, faint banana, very light mineral Brett
M: Dry, light
O: Probably would go great with food but it's a little too delicate in flavor

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Photo of Myotus
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured gently from a 750ml bottle (batch #2 - 14Sep15) into a tulip. Consumed on 30May16.
LOOK: The fingers worth of white foam that is formed after pouring quickly recedes into a line within twenty seconds. Straw yellow in color with a high amount of cloudiness.The ascending bubbles are medium in size and moderate in quantity. Lacing is subtle in quantity and thick.
SMELL: Mild aromas of biscuits, earthy yeast, and grass commingle with subtle aromas of salt-like minerals, spicy hops, banana, white grape, pear, and hints of bitter hops.
TASTE: Mild banana, pear, white grape, and biscuit flavors all intertwine upon first sip to create a nice balance between malt and yeast. Mild grass and subtle earthy yeast flavors reveal themselves next as banana flavors grow slightly stronger. A hoppy balance is brought as mild spicy and subtle bitter hop flavors caress the palate. Subtle salt-like mineral flavors finish off the taste profile as bitter hop flavors grow slightly stronger and all other ones maintain.
FEEL: Light-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough due to the carbonation. Finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness.
NOTE: Simply, a good beer. There wasn't a "wow" factor like I usually get from a Jester King brew. Nothing stood out, but because this was incredibly balanced, which I believe was their goal with this.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle. Clear yellow body. Not much head. Smells skunked. Herbal and spicy hops. Pilsner malt. Tastes very spicy and earthy. Strong hoppy bite behind a light pilsner malt. Light body. Tastes like a skunked Euro lager. What is this?

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out of the bottle super light definitely looking the part of a pils. In the glass there is a light haze to it. Long lasting soapy stark white head.

Honey, bready, floral, herbal, some citric lemongrass to it and light musty quality. Still smells very Pilz like with some JK underlying right now.

The taste has those pale malts and decent hoppiness still hanging out. Reminiscent of what the nose promises. Sourness is really low with some mild funk.

Light and active in the palate. Ends bone dry.

Really love these collabs they've done. Right now there's a good combo of both breweries going on. Wish I had another for when the JK bugs take over some more.

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Photo of Summerteeth
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice dankness in the nose. Color is medium-light Amber. Taste is very good for a farmhouse but does not have the flow or balance of most - starts with juiciness but abruptly drops into bitterness. Overall very good.

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Photo of stevoj
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods -Lamar. Tastes more like a witbier than a sour. Very grainy, in line with Live Oaks experience with wiezens. In the Saison ballpark, very subtle.

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Photo of thatche2
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Tulip glass.

Appearance is light gold and hazy (almost opaque). Moderate head with decent retention.

Smell is caramel wheat, banana, lemon, honey and floral hops (not that strong). Some light funk comes through as well.

Taste starts like a typical farmhouse ale but is followed by a punch of carbonation that resembles a Pilz. Lemon, banana, honey and some grass are present; this beer is very easy to drink (fairly dry).

Mouth feel is light-medium bodied and a little watery (smooth). There is light to moderate carbonation but it is well placed.

Overall, this is a very drinkable farmhouse ale and a unique style with a collaboration with Live Oak. It is a perfect summer beer, but I could drink it anytime.

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Photo of stakem
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale golden to yellow looking brew with a white cap that rests atop.

This smells earthen with some yeastiness and grass. A mild spiced phenolic note of clove and faint citrus rinds like coriander is also present.

This tastes more phenolic like clove than the nose leads on. Plenty of pear/apple skins, noble hops almost citrusy with lingering pulpy bitterness filling out the rest of the flavor profile.

This is light in body with a crisp and modest feel of carbonation. A crushable brew that you could throw back effortlessly.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just had a bottle of the latest batch of Kollaborationsbiermittschechischemhopfenundwilderbakterienhefekombination and I truly enjoyed it. I bought it on my latest visit to Jester King (one and half week ago).

(L) It had a hazy light yellow hue and a two inch thick white head.

(A) A quite pleasant sweet aroma, fruity, and a bit floral.

(T) A sweet grassy taste, wheat, honey, a bit of tropical fruit, and a dominant floral hop taste. I am not a big fan of floral hops but it was well balanced.

(F) A bit watery in my taste. Overall a very good Saison but it was not top notch.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jester King/Live Oak collaboration
"Wort brewed at Live Oak using a decoction mash and Czech hops was fermented at Jester King with out mixed yeast culture".
on tap at Jester King on 6 November 2015, $7 for 16 oz.

"Kollaborationsbiermittschechischemhopfenundwilderbakterienhefekombination"... well that's a mouthful even for a German so let me translate: "Collaboration beer with Czech hops and wild bacteria yeast combination". By the way, this is a joke on some of the longer German words that are actually a bunch of words strung together; this is not real German.

Appearance: Cloudy straw gold body beneath a short head of bright white that holds fairly well and leaves spotty lacing behind.

Aroma: Chalky yeast, wheat, woody spice, and a delicate note of sweet barley malt.

Flavor: Follows the aroma adding an earthy, subtle, background funkiness and some honey and grassy, spicy, and floral hops. It finishes dry with a minerals component that's like crushed granite.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium in body with a very fine-bubbled median carbonation that lends a gentle zest to the palate.

Overall: Surprisingly drinkable for a "sour" beer, it's moderate funkiness lends just enough to give it additional interest.

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Photo of Premo88
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz. on tap at the brewery (Sunday, December 6, 2015)

L: orange juice ... 100% opaque, even light struggles to get through, pale yellow with a hint of gold; keeps perfect white/offwhite collar

S: sweetened out Jester King base ... it's like cotton candy mixed with JK's musty barn; sweet fruit and lemon/citrus twang, lemon peel

T: super sweet to begin with, but hops start showing up very quickly, grassy hops at first, and the flavor mix is crazy ... it truly tastes like a farmhouse pilsener with some bread malt in there -- so sweet and fruity it even has an English pale ale taste; but that mix turns into a "Belgian IPA" profile, very fruity from the hops with the JK farmhouse base still letting in some earthy, barn must flavor

F: light but filled out with carbonation ... slightly watery but still good

O: love it! a great collaboration with Live Oak that starts off with a big bang, very light and sweet and fruity, showing its pilsener wort and even feeling a bit like an English pale, then it settles into a very Belgian-inspired profile that is tasty. I like the first half better, but at such a low ABV, the overall ride is easy and fun. great brew.

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Photo of dar482
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On the front, fruity flavors come through of pineapple, lemon, then onto wheat, grain and a light hop bitterness along with some earthy drying. A fantastic table beer with lively carbonation. Hitting the mark of being light and restrained slightly on flavor.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A seriously under rated beer. This struck me as what you would want if you imagined a Farmhouse Lager. Beautiful in a tall pilsner glass; glowing yellow with abundant soft head, tight foam that lingers. Smell is crackers, wheat thins / triscuits, noble hop spice, subtle spice (thyme comes to mind) along with dried grasses. A bit of an acidic tang and a crisp, clean lemon finish.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours a golden white with a generous cap of cottony foam
It has an inviting aroma with a light estery-funk note. Nothing too present or overpowering, more nuances.
It's lightly tart, with a peppery kick and a hint of straw-lemon, in a crisp refreshing way.
Batch 1 10.7.2014

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Photo of HipCzech
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 1 pt 9.4 oz bottle (marked "BATCH # 1" 7-Oct-14), poured into a Riedel Vinum Bordeaux glass.

Appearance: Pale, cloudy, lemon custard yellow and visibly carbonates. Thick, bubbly, rocky white head and nice lace pattern.

Smell: Mild aroma: fresh bread, citrus, peppery yeast, straw and subtle funk.

Taste: Clean and light, yeasty and malty sourdough bread, slightly spicy yeast, lemons, earthy and herbal Noble hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp, lively carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable; restrained, crisp and refreshing wild Pilsener hybrid.

(First sampled 26-Oct-14 on tap at Jester King Brewery)

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: Batch #1 (Oct 07, 2014). 1 pint .4 fl oz. Brown glass. Appealing label art. Branded pry-off pressure cap.

Reviewed live as a farmhouse beer per the label; I believe this is a farmhouse lager? Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Purchased at Jester King in October. Expectations are high; I love Live Oak's work and Jester King ain't no slouch themselves.

4.2% ABV. FG: 1.000. IKU: 42.

Some foam emerges from the top of the bottle after opening; overcarbonjation is suspected.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: A good 70% of the glass is foam, and I side-poured this with standard vigor. White, soft, and fluffy, with a soft complexion and an even consistency. Retention is excellent - 10+ minutes. Leaves a light coating of lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Cloudy yellow of average vibrance. Nontransparent, but translucent. Overabundant carbonation bubbles implicate overcarbonation. No yeast particulate or hop sediment are visible - at least not in terms of the first pour from the bottle.

It's a good looking farmhouse beer/pilsner hybrid. I'm curious to try it, but it's not mindblowing, and wouldn't draw your eye if you didn't know what beer it was.

AROMA: The dry pilsner malts are showcased quite well, and there's ample Saaz-esque grassy Czech hop flavour. Subtle notes of dried pepper, biscuity malt, and dried straw/hay lend it an obvious farmhouse/barnyard character. It's lightly doughy from the yeast without coming off too funky. I wouldn't call it sour; any bacterial notes are quite tame - though there is a kiss of tartness, which feels out of place without any fruit presence.

The dryness of the aroma is interesting, and has me intrigued. I dig the farmhouse character.

Aromatic intensity is moderate to high.

No off-notes or overt booze are/is detectable.

TASTE: The faint lemon plays well with the dried crackery malts and pilsner malts, and the complementary straw & hay notes lend it obvious barnyard character. I could do with more white pepper, and clove wouldn't hurt. Not real funky, which is a shame. Certainly not sour at all, nor do I notice the tartness from the aroma in the flavour profile. But it does have a yeasty rustic farmhouse feel. Clearly, yeast won the war against any bacteria in terms of the fermenting agent. The mild hop profile is all grassiness, which works well with the pilsner malts.

I have to wonder what the decoction mash is for if they're innoculating with bacteria and farmhouse yeast; in my view decoction mashing is for clarity, crispness, and cleanliness, and is better suited to a world-class pilsner than to a farmhouse beer per se. It just seems like a LOT of work if you're not even filtering the beer prior to bottling.

Flavour duration, intensity, and depth are all average. This is a nicely balanced brew, but it's tame and reticent. Certainly not complex or intricate if we're calling it a farmhouse ale, but when you factor in its pilsner leanings then it's actually shockingly complex. It's all relative, I guess. But this is not the obscenely subtle brew I expected, and with both Live Oak and Jester King on the label, you do hope for better. This has natural cohesion (not filtering or pasteurizing, and sticking with bottle conditioning was a great call), but it never comes together into a gestalt whole that tastes like more than the sum of its parts. It tastes like what it is - an experiment.

TEXTURE: It's only as dry as the aroma suggested up front, but by about the midpoint it shifts to more of a pilsnery smooth wet refreshing feel, which makes the finish a bit easier on the palate. Light-bodied, with a faint twang but no smackiness. It's a bit more acidic than a pilsner, but not so much that it's full on farmhouse ale. I do love how soft and creamy it is though - that's all Live Oak's doing, methinks. And it's wonderfully crisp, albeit overcarbonated.

Overall presence on the palate is nice albeit wanting. While this mouthfeel complements the taste well enough, it fails to elevate the beer.

OVERALL: By no means Jester King or Live Oak's strongest work, but as an experiment it's fine. I certainly wouldn't buy it again, and frankly if you're after a toned-down palatable farmhouse ale/beer you're better off looking no further than the shelf, to Jester King's far superior Le Petit Prince. As highly drinkable as this is, I have to wonder why a decoction mash was even done in the first place and why a 750ml format was necessary. It's always interesting to try these Jester King experiments, but this won't be the mind-blowing brew you might be hoping for given these two Austin powerhouses are behind it. That said, it's absolutely worth trying and I dig the subtlety of the farmhouse character. I'd definitely drink it again.


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Photo of TX-Badger
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow gold color with fizzy white head. Hefe notes, funk, and tart citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes tart and dry with some hefe notes sneaking in there.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle from Wed., 12/31/2014 (Niciu 3rd Annual NYE Party) purchased at the brewery on Sat., 12/278/2014, most recent batch (2014?), poured into plastic cup, drank over ~30 minutes

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