Simple Means | Jester King Brewery

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3.76/5
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107 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Myotus on 01-21-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,584
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
107
pDev:
10.9%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
24
Trade:
1
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Photo of Smakawhat
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Sudsy khaki thick shampoo like head, billowing to three us fingers, and settling to clumpy island puck and lacing. Body color is a very dark but clear almost licorice black/brown.

Nice light smoke aroma, more akin to a campfire with embers. Real nice light touch of berries sort of raspberry like in quality. A nice mix of soft acid and malt, touch of caramel sweetness. Kind of a fascinating combination.

Bit of an interesting but off kilter palate. Wet bodied slightly with touches of ashy smoke on first sip. Large cherry to raspberry like component on the palate mixing with a real rocky steely and mineral flavor. Fruity component dominates after awhile.

Interesting combination, but sort of jarring, doesn't seem to fit in the middle between alt, smoke, and wild.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Cola-brown on the pour. First clear, then a muddy copper as the bottle dregs escaped. The beer was dark brown in the glass with a large and frothy tan head that lazily receded. The aroma was somewhat muted but it presented a nice smoky mesquite note. Deep inspection revealed faint grassy and floral notes. The taste was different and interesting. Opening flavors were slightly tart with fruity notes, yielding quickly to a smooth and gentle maltiness with a building smokiness that peaked on the finish. The finish was a great combination of crisp tart fruit and lingering Mesquite. Medium bodied with a lively but fine carbonation from the bottle conditioning. Interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of Knickfan3
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Emersonio
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

POUR: Bomber bottle into a tulip glass. APPEARANCE: Deep copper in color. Huge smooth off color head which retains its volume. Moderate glass lacing. Very hazy brew. AROMA: Nice aroma, smoked Gouda? Malty. Subtle sour and funk. TASTE: Very nice balance. Smokey but not overpowering. Plays well with the sour and funkiness, which is in equal part but not overpowering. AFTERTASTE: Finishes very clean and dry. Not much on the back end. Taste recedes with short linger. NOTES: Nice balance and a good looker. Flavors play well here. Wish there was more of a linger on the back end. REVIEW/ RATING: Good/ 3 out of 5.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of denver10
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cgrunin
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csfcmitchell
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark honey-amber color, mostly clear, with good effervescence and a massive off-white head. It lasts a good while with thick rings of lacing.

Nice smokey aroma. Wood. Lightly sweet malts.

Smokey and sour flavor. Hint of cider-like fruitiness: whether apple, cherry or pear is debatable. Slight creaminess.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation.

Honestly, this much smoke in an altbier just isn't my thing. Batch 3. 12/6/16 bottling date.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste courtesy of Mike - thanks, bruv!

B (3.65) / GOOD

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Photo of Sabtos
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill haze dark copper to polished brown with a very large khaki foam that settles like a root beer float and leaves tons of porous rock lace.

Smell is smoky hamhock, soft light wood, caramel, brown toast and cola.

Taste is brown toast and smoky malt, but less potent than the impression the smell gives off, with some toffee, cola, sassafras and nuts. A hint of ham and smoked lemon come in, and at its warmest, plum-apple spice cake fills out the background.

Body is light and crisp with a semi-dry finish.

Batch #3 2016 vintage

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of A_Rad
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jamison85
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazed amber/brpwn with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Stays hazy, great head retention & lacing

S: Smokeyness & sourness once warm

T: Slight sourness, smokeyness & dryness& a little grassyness up front. Sourness, red grapeskins, pears & leafy hops & dryness as this warms, along with more smokeyness. Finishes sour, smokey with a slight brown sugar sweetness & woody dryness

MF: Medium body, subdued carbonation

This is okay, but doesn't really make me I'm really missing out by not getting their beers on a regular basis. This is a mashup of style that misses many marks, a little disjointed

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Photo of mig100
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RBorsato
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ben1313
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DocWaters
2.38/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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Simple Means from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 107 ratings