Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #51
Ranked #949
4.35 | pDev: 5.75%
Oct 09, 2020
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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4.31 by T_Hass from Georgia on Oct 09, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

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
3.96 by bump8628 from Oklahoma on May 06, 2020
5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 16, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

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
4.25 by ragnar3 from Iowa on Jan 05, 2020
4.18 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Jul 22, 2019
4.69 by dflo32 from North Carolina on Jul 14, 2019
4.29 by Ajlvt from Washington on May 03, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

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
4.78 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Apr 14, 2019
4.26 by loganburgh from Michigan on Apr 10, 2019
4.06 by sd123 from Georgia on Feb 02, 2019
4.19 by mamaraza from Texas on Dec 20, 2018
3.9 by Mtn from Texas on Jul 12, 2018
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4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Harrison8 from Missouri

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
4.25 by csfcmitchell from Texas on Jan 18, 2018
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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

bottle at Stephens

Jan 15, 2018
4.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Dec 23, 2017
4.23 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Nov 15, 2017
4.56 by GreatStoutman from Texas on Oct 20, 2017
4.01 by jaydoc from Kansas on Oct 06, 2017
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4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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
4.02 by The_Epopt from Texas on Sep 11, 2017
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Stevedore from Oregon

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
4.35 by Eziel from Ohio on Aug 28, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

White grape, peach, vinous, light sweetness, balanced sour, light funk, lemon

Aug 13, 2017
4.45 by dannycohen62 from Illinois on Aug 13, 2017
4.38 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Aug 05, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by brentk56 from North Carolina

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
4.7 by Vicirus from Massachusetts on Jul 04, 2017
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4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by thatche2 from Georgia

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
4.34 by aleckpa from North Carolina on Jun 24, 2017
4.33 by reebtaerG from Maryland on Jun 13, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Treyliff from West Virginia

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
3.9 by GarbageMan10 from Texas on Jun 06, 2017
4.46 by BKotch from Texas on Jun 05, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TX-Badger from Texas

Pour a lightly cloudy/hazy yellow golden color with fizzy white head that dissipates very quickly. Funk, wheat, tartness, light fruit, and a little clove on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with tartness, funk, and a lingering clove-like note..

May 31, 2017
4.6 by gregcordle from Ohio on Aug 25, 2016
4.51 by erjaq from California on Aug 17, 2016
Foudreweizen from Jester King Brewery
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