Jester King Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #43
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4.36 | pDev: 5.73%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
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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Sabtos from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
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
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -6%
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
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
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
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
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
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thatche2 from Georgia

4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
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
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
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
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud, batch 1, 3/8/15

Light fizzy head, fades semi quickly, little lacing, super cloudy hazy bright tangerine orange color.

Nose lots of souring bacteria, sour funk, lacto, pedio, tart lemony, creamy wheat hint straw, everything else seems to have faded.

Taste brings more tart, sour lemony, lacto funk, pedio sour, creamy lacto, creamy wheat, some toasted grainy wheat, tangy lemony, quite sour, touch mineral. Finish dry little flemmy very tart, mild acidic, lingering lemony sour tart and creamy wheat.

Mouth is med to lighter bod creamy fair acidity.

Overall pretty nice, I wish the hefe was more but it is a bit older, so much sour funk though.

Jun 11, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of nice lemon, tartness, creamy wheat, good lactic tartness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, very nice lacto notes, tart lemons, creamy wheat, decent sourness. Really unique.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, a bit thin.

O - Overall this was a really interesting beer, good tartness, nice wheat. Very nice blending of styles.

Serving type: bottle

Jun 11, 2016
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of Live Oak Hefe and this is a colab between Jester King and Live Oak which incorporates the Hefe yeast! Amazing beer! Nice light tart!

Apr 24, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle. Hazy yellow orange. Smells of oak, wheat, and apples. Acidic, too. Tastes extremely oaky. Lemon. Wheat. Light phenolic flavors. Light body. Medium carbonation. Pretty nice, but not a very dynamic beer.

Apr 12, 2016
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Pourharddrinkslow from South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden color with small white head, no lacing... I poured slow so the sediment is still at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell - Sour, tart, yeasty.

Taste - Nice sour/tartness with a slightly lemon-y flavor, get lots yeast, hay and grain. Aftertaste is definitely grain.

Feel - light and slightly carbonated.

Overall - Great beer.

Feb 28, 2016
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dtharp from Texas

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Foudreweizen pours a similar hue to other hefe's but has that great tart aroma that is characteristic of JK. What a pleasant complexity this adds to already outstanding beer from Live Oak.

Feb 21, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a creamy looking, hazed yellow colored brew with a white cap that holds very well.

It smells of clove, lemons, straw grain, yogurt and grass. There is a sulfuric aspect that isnt that desireable but it is faint in comparison to all the good that is going on in this brews aromatics.

Tastes tart and lemony with dry straw grain, grass, mild neutral oak and earthiness to the finish.

Light in body with modest carbonation and its downright poundable. This is like a crazy hybrid of berliner meets hefeweizen but with a dash of oak...and I love it.

Feb 10, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Batch #1, bottled 3/8/2015. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, orange, sour green apple, white grape, pepper, clove, light banana, hay, straw, wet musty funk, leather, oak, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, oak, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, orange, sour green apple, white grape, pepper, clove, light banana, hay, straw, wet musty funk, leather, oak, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate amount of fruity/lactic tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, orange, green apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, hay, straw, wet musty funk, leather, oak, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, oak, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from acidity/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately acidic, and lightly creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible sour saison style! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, oak, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced acidity. A really amazing offering.

Feb 08, 2016
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HoppyBastard1 from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pleasantly surprised by this beer! Classic hefeweizen flavors with a nice amount of tartness and a fair amount of sweaty gym sock funk. Was not expecting this to be so good!

Feb 01, 2016
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frasergrove from California

4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely the king of the Jester King brews poured at a Jester King collaboration event (sadly none of their fruited beers were on hand...). Pours a bright yellow pale body, good level of haze and a fluffy white head. Aroma is a mixture of lemon zest, pepper, Brett funk, nice and bright and funky. Flavor has a pop of tartness up front which blends smoothly into a full rich mouthfeel and finishes crisp. This beer is delicious, a great sour!

Jan 30, 2016
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Myotus from Texas

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently at 46°F from a 750ml bottle (batch #2 - 02Nov16) into a tulip. Consumed on 17Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a quarter fingers worth of white foam the shrivels into a line within 15 seconds. Yellow in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are medium in size and subtle in quantity. Lacing is thin and hardly existent.
SMELL: Strong aromas of hay, tobacco, and sour green apple acidity entangle with mild aromas of grassy barley, oak, earthy yeast, and wheat. Whatever Live Oak Hefeweizen yeast that the beer was inoculated with cannot be detected.
TASTE: Very strong sour green apple flavors first strike the palate and are immediately followed by strong flavors of hay and mild tobacco flavors. Mild wheat and oak flavors continue the taste profile as the tartness of the beer grows slightly stronger. Mild earthy yeast and grassy barley flavors along with hints of bananas (there are those traces of Hefeweizen!) are the last to make an appearance as all previous flavors push on.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough due to the carbonation. Finishes with a mild dryness. Sourness from the beer playfully agitates the tongue.
NOTE: A 4.5 out of 5 for taste, but the unappealing aesthetics of the beer and the poor mouthfeel really brought down the final rating. This was another incredible ale from Jester King. I love how well thier yeasts mixed amazingly well from the wort from Live Oak to create this beauty!

Jan 18, 2016
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Stolenface1 from Virginia

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy "hefe-golden" with quickly falling head. Aroma of banana, glorious funk, wheat bread, lactic. Flavor is nicely complex and follows the aroma with added perfect amount of sour/tart lemon, and some wonderful fruit flavors I just can't place. There is a touch of clove and oak tannin that rounds it out. This is a remarkable beer, with some very unique flavor characteristics. The feel is light with moderate sparkling carbonation. I will be going back to this one over and over. Great job JK & LO!

Jan 01, 2016
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Premo88 from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz. bomber poured into tulip
(Batch #2; 9/2/2015)

L: Murky banana yellow, doesn't look like it will clear (hefe look); soapy-bubbled head of white foam, about an inch tall; no sticking or lacing; keeps a wisp of a collar. It clears up considerably over time as the Jester King farmhouse look takes over the Live Oak hefeweizen look.

S: Banana up front, salty/coriander gose after ... grain ... sour grain ... plenty of Jester King's signature musty barn, but the barn must is lightened/sweetened some by the wheat. The musty barn note steps forward as it warms ... really pushes in some funky burlap sacks of grain.

T: Barn must, banana, gose salt, grain ... big grain! It's full loaded with flavor and everything coming at once including some coriander and clove ... it's like a wheat gose with a little Jester King funk thrown in. A big swallow is tart and really brings out the gose-like flavors. Toasted rice? The grain is hard to place because it's very subtle ... might be more wheat-bread flavor than anything else.

F: Light, almost watery but plenty of carbonation that bites on the back end to help fill it out.

O: Fantastic brew ... the gose-like flavor is tasty, and the little bit of banana on the nose and in the flavor is a cool touchstone to the Live Oak yeast. As collaborations go, this one is magical -- it truly connects the two breweries in a tasty, easy-drinking way. It's a beer I will seek out again and again.

Dec 27, 2015
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admukerji from Texas

4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great straw yellow color, wonderful nose, and a complex body. Not too tart or bready, pretty refreshing on a hot day. Didnt think live oak Hefeweizen could get any better, but Jester King has done it.

Dec 13, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful looking beer with a crisp aroma, soft and perfect mouthfeel. Compulsively drinkable, lemony and biscuity. Acidity is more moderately expressed than expected. The collaborations with Live Oak produce some great, subtle table beers.

Dec 07, 2015
Foudreweizen from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 220 ratings