Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Ranked #2
Ranked #14,455
3.94 | pDev: 7.11%
Dec 28, 2021
Nov 23, 2016
Very Good
Notes: A farmhouse ale brewed with bread from Miche Bread in Austin, Texas.
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4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by illtexzona from Illinois

Notes from share. Drank side by side with Scratch Kvass.

Cloudy yellow with good carb and little head. Light funk and tartness with breadiness. Very light sour with a bread balancing it out. Somewhat thin, not much carb. I could easily put down the whole bottle.

Dec 28, 2021
3.64 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 01, 2021
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3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Not as bread-y as some I’ve had but there. Good semi-tart saison with that bread flavor

Oct 02, 2020
4.06 by bigred89 from Maryland on May 17, 2020
3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 16, 2020
4.09 by BlueJay2852 from Texas on Mar 06, 2020
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

A:The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose.
T: The beer is a little sour and has notes of funk and hints of yeast.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this kvass to be rather interesting compared to other beers in the style, particularly with its tartness and funkiness.

Serving type: bottle

Feb 22, 2020
3.99 by dbrauneis from North Carolina on Feb 22, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by pathman from Ohio

6/6/19 bottle @ Asheville home

Dec 01, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

Poured into a small stemed tulip glass. $10.99 large format at Arrow Wine in Arlington, VA.

A - Pours a cloudy pale yellow with orange/golden tones with a one finger white rocky head that dissipates fairly quickly. 3.75

S - Funk, lactic sourness overlaid a malty/bready base. 4.0

T - Tart, but not sour or puckering. 4.0

MF - light bodied, dry finish. 4.0

O - A funky tart beer. 4.0

Nov 24, 2019
3.44 by WesMantooth from Ohio on Oct 15, 2019
4 by Georgiabeer from Georgia on Oct 14, 2019
3.13 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Oct 03, 2019
4.12 by dazedman from Virginia on Sep 18, 2019
4 by dannycohen62 from Illinois on Sep 11, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a foggy to murky orange, pending what portion of the bottle is poured into the glass. Head is a finger and a half of fluffy, off-white foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is cellar, stone, biscuity, earthy, bready, rye malts with a grainy quality at the back. Little grass and flower at the back. Flavor profile carries forward the same notes, with a rye, bready, earthy, nutty malt coming through strong. In addition to the bready qualities is, toffee, grass, flower and cellar stone. On the onset of the bottle had a lightly sour twinge to it that fades a touch as the beer warms. Mouth feel is thin with a still, silky smoothness that comes with just a touch of silty grain to it. Overall, an intriguing loaf of bread with a little zest to it. It's light and refreshing.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 750mL bottle.

Aug 22, 2019
3.89 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Jul 31, 2019
3.94 by Jason_cs from Florida on Jul 31, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

750ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a clear golden yellow with half a finger of dirty white head that leaves blobs and specks of lace as it recedes.

Smells of fresh apple juice, grainy malt, rye bread with white cheese, mild lemony sourness, dry hay and an earthy forest floor element that is pretty nice.

Tastes of tart apple juice, spicy rye bread, spritzed lemon juice, pomme fruit skin, mild cheesy funkiness and more rye crust earthy woodsyness.

Feels light and easy. Light bodied with fizzy carbonation. Finishes dry, with that rye bread soaking up some of the tartness.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Don't know if this is all that representative of the style, but sure is tasty.

Jul 29, 2019
3.5 by PprBurke from Virginia on May 13, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by donspublic from Texas

Poured from bottle into tulip, minimal head and lacing. Amberish golden in the glass. Malt and slight acidity on the nose. Malt and bread notes with a slight lemon tartness, simple yet elegant with suchi.

May 11, 2019
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3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mothmanscott from Georgia

This one a gift for my good friend Tim Flanders. Thanks brother. Pours a hazy light brown. Only a hint of effervescence rises from the bottom but low level particulates swirl as it settles. It pushes the pour to produce 1.5 fingers of off-white/beige, finely bubbled, foamy head that leaves a thin collar ring but no surface cap or lace. Aroma is acetic and thinly sour with wild yeast funk, green apple, toasted bread, rye spice and earthy hints. The taste seems muted. Like there's a bunch of flavors beneath the surface that can't break through. What I do pick up on is mildly lactic acid sour, tart fruits, doughy bread and earthy rye spice. Finishes with a little spice and a Band-Aid phenolic hint (Brett-like). Mouthfeel is light bodied with adequate carbonation, thin and dry, the acidity lightly puckers the mouth and dances on the tongue. I'm in agreement with some of the others BA reviewers in terms of how traditional this is to the style. It's my first time down the Kvass lane so I don't have anything to compare it to. The BeerAdvocate description of the style suggest that it is bitter but does not indicate sourness. The only bitterness I found was at the end of the 750 ml bottle and I'd bet that was a product of settled yeast in the glass. Even though this is only mildly tart my gut is the traditional stuff is not nearly so acetic. Regardless I enjoyed my trip. This is a pleasant brew.

Jan 05, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by beergoot from Colorado

Amber and orange body, a bit cloudy; dense, creamy head. Deep cereal grain aroma infused with a bit of berry and citric notes. Mildly sour and gently tart flavor; orange and lemon notes; a bit of green apple; cidery. Heavy body; full juicy; mildly tangy.

My first stab at this style, and like others, I don't know how close this may be to an original version of this beer, but Jester King has created a fine tasting wild/sour beer that, authentic or just inspired, is quite refreshing and tasty.

Aug 05, 2018
3.72 by ckeegan04 from Texas on Jun 10, 2018
4.03 by Eman17 from Illinois on May 04, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by FBarber from Illinois

Pours a dark orange tinged brown. Somewhat cloudy. Thin fizzy tan head dissipates quickly leaving no residual head.

Aroma has notes of tart apple, spicy rye, bread, sour fruit, and some funky wild yeast. I can't place it - must not be a usual strain of wild yeast.

Taste has notes of bread, tart apples, dark fruits, spicy rye, dark bread, lactic acid which becomes more pronounced as the beer is consumed. Bitter spiciness on the finish.

Feel is light bodied with some moderate carbonation. The acidity provides a somewhat tart sensation in the mouth. Semi-dry finish.

Overall, I don't know how traditional this is for a kvass - although since this was decent and everything Ive heard about traditional kvass has not been positive, I suspect this is far more "inspired by" rather than traditional. On its own merits, Its a solid beer - very unique. Worth trying if you like JK and wild ales.

Apr 30, 2018
4.27 by denver10 from New Mexico on Apr 29, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by zonker17 from Texas

Batch 1. Poured to snifter, clear golden approaching amber with white head, very little retention or lacing. Fruity nose with elements of yeast. Flavors follow nose with green apple, lime. Average body and below average carbonation.

Apr 28, 2018
4 by csfcmitchell from Texas on Apr 23, 2018
3.55 by ATXBrew from Texas on Apr 15, 2018
4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Apr 09, 2018
4 by MarshallBirdhouse from Kentucky on Mar 25, 2018
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3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by emerge077 from Illinois

Batch #2 Sep. 2017

Bright saturated copper, ample foam and some spotty lace.
Aroma has hints of dried fruit, pepper, and clove. Also musty wet dishrag.

Tart crabapple, peppery phenolics, light salinity, probably from the bread.
It’s so dry and attenuated, the finish is pretty short lived. Light Brett funk.
Medium to light bodied with ample carbonation, finishes dry.

Elements of this are reminiscent of a traditional Kvass, though it veers more into wild ale territory with the prominence of Brett and Lacto. If you want to try a fresh traditional Kvass, seek out a European bakery that makes it. It’s a unique experience.

Kvass #32

Mar 20, 2018
4.19 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Mar 14, 2018
3.73 by Mikexw from New York on Feb 24, 2018
4.68 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Feb 03, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by champ103 from Texas

A: Pours a brassy, copper amber color. At first a two finger white head forms with good retention initially. That fades to a small ring with light lace.
S: Toasted and baked bread up front (kind of a grainy rye character). Lightly tart, with just a hint of pears and yeast. Very simple, but really enjoyable in the nose.
T: That toasted bread flavor is excellent, and becomes more like grains, sourdough, and rye after a while. There is a pleasant tartness of pears, very light yeast, and spice.
M/O: A light body with effervescent carbonation. Crisp, very dry, and smooth at the same time. Really enjoyable to drink. I kept wanting to come back to this.

I am not sure how authentic this is to a real Kvass, but is very enjoyable. I love the baked bread character and mingles well with the light tartness. Which all makes me want to keep coming back. Well done.

Jan 27, 2018
3.98 by Sirnickatnite from Texas on Jan 26, 2018
4.18 by jcb7472 from Florida on Jan 23, 2018
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