Simple Means
Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
3.77 | pDev: 10.61%
Oct 09, 2020
Jan 21, 2016
Very Good
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Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Oct 09, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Benish from Utah

4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured a dark dark brown color with a heavy beige head. The aromas were of smoked malt, kinda like a backyard BBQ. Intermingled is a heavy dankness, almost like weed, very earthy. The taste was spot on smoked malts, essence is BBQ. But then there is a slight fruity tartness - maybe cherry? Not aggressive, it’s just there; I did not expect it though. Overall sweet and malty. Mouthfeel is medium body, perfect carbonation. Overall I enjoyed it. However I did not expect the tartness. Had it been it a bottle at home, I would have thought infection. But it was on draft at there brewery.
Mar 25, 2019
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Reviewed by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Drank with friends on my basement for no other reason.

Batch #2, 1.06.2016.
Drank in 23/02/2019.

Poured into a wine glass.

A: Body is coppery. Head is white and 5mm thick.
S: Aroma is slightly smokey with 3 years old. Aroma is mostly of cereals, yeast and just a slight tone of smokiness and hoppiness.
T: Taste starts with a malty tone, moving on to a smoky tone and then finishing off in a mild to low old school hoppy tone.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is good. Alcohol is unnoticed. Bitterness is low.
O: Another great beer from Jester King. I want to marry these guys.
Feb 23, 2019
Rated: 3.92 by drstalker from Illinois

Feb 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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.
Nov 22, 2018
Rated: 3.89 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana

Aug 18, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Aug 10, 2018
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
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.
Jul 08, 2018
Rated: 4.08 by Knickfan3 from New York

May 19, 2018
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Reviewed by Emersonio from District of Columbia

3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
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.
May 14, 2018
Rated: 3.99 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

May 12, 2018
Rated: 4.2 by denver10 from New Mexico

Apr 29, 2018
Rated: 3.8 by cgrunin from Texas

Apr 10, 2018
Rated: 4 by csfcmitchell from Texas

Apr 06, 2018
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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.
Feb 19, 2018
Rated: 3.56 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Nov 24, 2017
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Rated by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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
Nov 20, 2017
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
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
Sep 10, 2017
Rated: 3.12 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Sep 04, 2017
Rated: 3.49 by A_Rad from Wisconsin

Aug 28, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by Jamison85 from Indiana

Aug 20, 2017
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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
Jun 21, 2017
Rated: 3.39 by mig100 from Texas

May 04, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by RBorsato from Virginia

Mar 11, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota

Feb 22, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by GRG1313 from California

Feb 19, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Feb 18, 2017
Rated: 3 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Feb 13, 2017
Rated: 2.38 by DocWaters from Illinois

Feb 02, 2017
Rated: 3.78 by golf4collet from West Virginia

Jan 07, 2017
Rated: 3 by mothman from Minnesota

Dec 18, 2016
Rated: 4 by redfox405 from Virginia

Dec 12, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by GarbageMan10 from Texas

Nov 21, 2016
Rated: 2.5 by kvgomps from New Jersey

Nov 07, 2016
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Rated by KensWorld from Florida

4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Batch #2, 1/2016
Nov 01, 2016
Rated: 3.76 by ArtZan from New Jersey

Oct 28, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Oct 25, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by Dinkel from Texas

Oct 03, 2016
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
lots of different smoked beers from these guys, but this one might be my favorite. its crazy stuff, a smoked wild alt, nobody is doing anything like this at all. somewhere between amber and light brown, with great clarity for a wild beer and a very active champagne head on it. the nose is amazing, not too much smoke like some of the others, tons of balance from the sweeter red malts in here, and just a nice autumnal woodsy dried leafy smoke to it, funky as can be too. tons of brett to this in the taste, all the way through, drying it out real well for an alt in the end, but flavoring it with notes of white wine and pear or something as well. nice over the richer german type malts, i love the base beer, smoke and sweet together, nutty and rustic, tree bark and wet soil, this is all brand new to my palate and i love it, especially with all the bubbles, it ends up drinking really light and i have no problem polishing off the large bottle by myself. fantastic use of the smoke here, it seems to have more purpose than it sometimes does, works wonders on the very german beer underneath it. these guys are just so inventive, i love how original it all is. this is one of their best in awhile for me too, i loved it. not too much smoke to turn off the haters of rauchbier and the like, its subtle but distinct in this one. killer beer on the whole, more please!
Sep 17, 2016
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