Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Ranked #65
Ranked #1,022
4.34 | pDev: 5.76%
Dec 10, 2022
May 22, 2015
Notes: Foudreweizen took the DNA, so to speak, of one of our absolute favorite beers in the world — Live Oak Hefeweizen — and allowed it to fundamentally transform through mixed culture fermentation with brewers yeast and native microorganisms from the Texas Hill Country. The transformation was indeed dramatic! For the first few weeks, the beer was very reminiscent of Live Oak Hefeweizen, and had a lovely clove character. But as time progressed, and native yeast and bacteria became more dominant, the beer became funky and developed barnyard aromas. After two months in the foudre, a tartness began to emerge as lactic acid producing bacteria began to convert organic compounds into organic acids. Finally, Foudreweizen continued to develop more funk and acidity as it matured in bottles, kegs, and casks during the two months prior to release.

Foudreweizen was brewed on January 15, 2015 with Austin water, malted barley, malted wheat, and hops at Live Oak Brewing Co. As mentioned, it was fermented at Jester King with Live Oak’s Hefeweizen culture and a host of microorganisms in one of our oak foudres. It was packaged on March 8th, 2015 and naturally refermented in bottles, kegs, and casks prior to release. Foudreweizen is unfiltered, unpasteurized, 5.6 percent alcohol by volume, 11 IBU, 3.3 pH at the time of packaging, and has a finishing gravity of 1.004 (1 degree Plato).
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Rated: 4.25 by ear-bending from Texas

Dec 10, 2022
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Reviewed by ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pour is crystal clear. Moderate Cham white head.
Nose is wheat, straw, lemon
Taste follows. Wheat, lemony tartness, brett funk, straw. A bit of ok / white wine starts to come through as the beer warms.
Great beer. Wish more of the hefe flavors shown through; they may have when the beer was fresh.
Dec 09, 2022
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
collaboration with live oak, at least the second beer i am aware of that they have done by fermenting live oak wort with their own house culture. this one is awesome, 2018 bottle, batch 4, impressively solid over time it appears, not sure how tart it was fresh, but its pleasingly tangy now, really flatters all the wheat at the core of this, and while it tastes nothing like a hefeweizen, its a really neat beer, rich with earthy grain, hearty minerals, and wild funk. i believe the live oak strain is in here too, but it seems overrun now for the most part, still a light spice ester, but this is way more jester king funk than any more traditional hefeweizen, thats for sure. the oak is cool in here too, some deeper earthy tones to it, makes citrus pop too, lemon to me, a little vanilla in the mix as well, white wine maybe too, lots happening in the subtle but nuanced wood profile. a little deeper in color than the live oak hefe is by itself, more brassy and rich looking, decent little airy head from the bottle and awesome bottle conditioning of course, always true with jester king. the tartness is lemony too, acidity is middle of the road, and there are layers of lemongrass and tagerine and cut flowers here, slightly more acidic at this age than others from them, a little bitterness late too which is cool, adds to the herbal character overall. not super woody but it doesnt need to be, lots of body here too from all the wheat, maybe even a raw wheat component still evident. not sure how they make this, but in the future it seems like they could let the hefe yeast run a little by itself before introducing the jester king stuff, let it establish itself a little more. its also quite possible there is a lot more of that when this beer is fresh and its the age not the process that makes it more jester king than live oak. either way, delicious and drinkable and a crowd favorite from our epic jester king tasting! great approach to a collaboration too!
Aug 10, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by T_Hass from Georgia

Oct 09, 2020
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Hazy pale orange with a khaki blanket that quickly fizzles out to nothing.

This is a unique, enjoyably refreshing blend of saison and hefe, with mild notes of banana esters and cracked wheat intermingling with the classic, wonderful mixed culture character of Jester King, bringing farmhouse hay and lemon zest within the effervescent medium but round body settling to a tingly, cleanly semi-dry to dry finish.
Jul 06, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by bump8628 from Oklahoma

May 06, 2020
Rated: 5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I drank Foudreweizen batch #5, part Saison part Hefeweizen, an interesting and delicious beer. My daughter loved it too.

Look: hazy yellow with a finger thick white head

Aroma: wheat, yeast, citrus, pear or banana

Taste: The flavor is wheat, a little bit of yeast, pear, and a significant amount of lemon.

Body/Overall: light to medium, thirst quenching, easy drinking
Apr 06, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by ragnar3 from Iowa

Jan 05, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jul 22, 2019
Rated: 4.69 by dflo32 from North Carolina

Jul 14, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by Ajlvt from Washington

May 03, 2019
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Reviewed by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours pale hazy yellow but more clarity then in hefe and the head fades all too fast. Im tore since I find my self looking for more the hefe notes and in the smell you do not get the banana or clove notes but more light lemon and bright brett funk. Taste follows with a nice snap of tart and a crisp bite to it. Overall a good beer but whish a little more of the base hefe was able to show through to really make this stand out.
Apr 29, 2019
Rated: 4.78 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Apr 14, 2019
Rated: 4.26 by loganburgh from Michigan

Apr 10, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by sd123 from Georgia

Feb 02, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by mamaraza from Texas

Dec 20, 2018
Rated: 3.9 by Mtn from Texas

Jul 12, 2018
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a slightly foggy orange with a finger of white fizzy-head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is lemon and orange zest, oak, lemongrass, and peach. Aroma comes off a touch sour, preparing the palate for a sip. Flavor profile is peach, lemon zest, oak, and biscuity, bready malts at the back. There is a light sourness to it, just enough to lightly tension the jaw, but not pucker the face. Mouth feel is smooth, and when combined with the light touch of carbonation gives it a crisp feel. It has a medium-thin consistency. Overall, its splendid smoothness, mixed with a light sour twinge makes this a lovely sipper even with the lower ABV. It's a pleasant, but not drastic, twist on standard wheat and foudre beers.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.
Apr 22, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by csfcmitchell from Texas

Jan 18, 2018
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Rated by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
bottle at Stephens
Jan 15, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Dec 23, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Nov 15, 2017
Rated: 4.56 by GreatStoutman from Texas

Oct 20, 2017
Rated: 4.01 by jaydoc from Kansas

Oct 06, 2017
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
This one pours a slightly hazy yellowish-orange, with a very small head, and no lacing.

This smells like wheat, lemon, clove, and peach.

This has a very soft flavor, with light creamy wheat flavors, a bit of tart lemon, some pear, stone fruit, and orange peel. I expected this to be way funkier, but it's definitely a light funk. You can definitely tell it's a lightly funked up Live Oak Hefeweizen, and that's pretty cool.

This is light bodied, and fairly lightly carbonated- if the carb was higher this would be even better.

This is really fun concept and collaboration, and it's very tasty.
Oct 01, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by The_Epopt from Texas

Sep 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle, batch #3 dated 10/25/2016, served into a willi becher glass. Pours a clear light orange body, one finger white head, good retention, no lacing. Smell is moderate acetic acid, oak, vinous character, leather, lemon, touch of clove, stone fruit. Super complex, wow. I expected this one to have more of the banana/iso, but nope. This has turned into a full-fledged wild ale, which is pretty cool to see. Flavour is a crisp lemon, stone fruit, moderate acetic acid, oak, touch of white vinous character, touch of grain, a bit of earthy wheat. There's a lot going on, and it's nice and soured up. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, crisp and even a bit mouthpuckering. Wonderful wild ale that has really transformed one of my favourite hefeweizens into a whole other wild beer, for sure.
Sep 06, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by Eziel from Ohio

Aug 28, 2017
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Rated by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
White grape, peach, vinous, light sweetness, balanced sour, light funk, lemon
Aug 13, 2017
Rated: 4.45 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Aug 13, 2017
Rated: 4.38 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Aug 05, 2017
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Batch #3

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw with a modest head (despite a hard pour) streaks of lacing line the way down, though the retention is not great

Smell: Very funky, with lemon, hay and chalk tones; the banana starts to come through a bit after it warms

Taste: Lactic, from the outset, with tart lemon, hay and chalk tones building; moderate funk, after the swallow, with a vague pear character emerging; acetic finish; even as it warms, it is hard to find the banana

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; puckery

Overall: I was really expecting more of the hefe character to come through in this beer; drinks more like a geuze; good, but I wonder what it would have been like before the wild yeast overwhelmed the hefe yeast

Thanks, Texasfan549, for the opportunity
Jul 16, 2017
Rated: 4.7 by Vicirus from Massachusetts

Jul 04, 2017
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Reviewed by thatche2 from Georgia

4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 25oz bottle into a tulip glass (batch #2, bottled 5/26/17 and consumed 6/24/2017). Appearance is a somewhat hazy yellow/brown with 1/2 finger thick head, little retention. Smell is tart lemon, wheat, barnyard funk, banana, and spice (not a lot of clove though). Taste follows the nose with more tartness than expected and less funk. Banana, lemon, and wheat flavors are prevalent. Sweetness and bitterness are fairly low. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and effervescent with a nice crisp finish.

Overall this is an excellent Farmhouse Ale in which the Live Oak Hefeweizen base gives a unique twist on typical Jester King beers. It is more tart than expected developing nicely with Jester King's yeast. This beer is extremely drinkable on a summer day yet has good complexity. I recommend drinking it fresh as it has just the right balance at release.
Jun 24, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by aleckpa from North Carolina

Jun 24, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by reebtaerG from Maryland

Jun 13, 2017
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
750ml bottle poured into a tulip
Batch 1

A- pours a clear bright golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that eventually reduces to leave just a ring around the edge

S- earthy and yeasty barnyard funk up front with notes of dried hay & horse blanket. There are some fruity elements of pear & juicy peach. Lemon peel and lacto tartness close it out

T- plenty of tartness up front followed by some fruity notes of apricot, pear and ripe melon. Mid-palate gives some earthy barnyard notes of drier hay and must. The finish is dry and slightly malty with a linger of lemon peel and lacto

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- plenty of tartness with some nice fruity notes, but drops off a bit on the finish. Very tasty, but I actually prefer regular Live Oak Hefe
Jun 10, 2017
Rated: 3.9 by GarbageMan10 from Texas

Jun 06, 2017
Rated: 4.46 by BKotch from Texas

Jun 05, 2017
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