Jester King Brewery

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Ranked #5
Ranked #13,999
3.96 | pDev: 7.07%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Very Good
Notes: A farmhouse ale brewed with bread from Miche Bread in Austin, Texas.
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metter98 from New York

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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donspublic from Texas

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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beergoot from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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FBarber from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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zonker17 from Texas

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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champ103 from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Price not noted (And no itemized receipt) but between $10 - $14/750 mL bottle.
Batch #2 September 2017. Stored in my garage at 40 degrees, served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Yeast – not strong and weakens as the pour is consumed.
Head – Small (Maximum 1.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy with rocky covering, rapidly diminishing to two mm ring fed by effervescence and a complete thin layer.
Lacing – Poor. Some broken thin rings and narrow columns of tiny bubbles.
Body – Reddish copper, slight chill haze, mild effervescence.
Flavor – Hard to pin down. A little yeast, very little rye spiciness, a hint of hops at the end. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression: Despite the tons of malted, flaked, raw rye, and rye bread used to make this, it’s kind of bland. However, this grows on me. It’s low alcohol (4.4% ABV) so drinking a bottle of this is not even noticed by my liver. As it warms above 50 degrees, the beer sort of rounds out
Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75.

Dec 27, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one has an unusual color of burnt amber to sunset brown with a medium head dying to a creamy khaki film leaving wavy fluid lace. The last third of the bottle hazes up immensely, but it's not chunky like yeast or uniform like proteins...it actually seems pretty apparent to be a micro fine dust of bread crumb.

Smell is wild herbs, lemon pepper, spiced mature toasty oak, and a mixture of licorice and pear with a discernible minerality. A faint nutty cheesy funk comes out at the very end, becoming candied nuts and rye sourdough as it warms.

On the palate, sweet bread barely has enough time to introduce itself when a slight tart, spicy aged oak and herbal mustiness comes in, with a very unique ester profile that's hard to pin down. The grassy bitterness is light, and as it warms, the rye sourdough comes into the mix.

Moderate body, mild soft fizz with a finish that starts off semi-wet, but dries up a tad just after the swallow.

2017 vintage

Dec 24, 2017
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puck1225 from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Cloudy yellow brown with a short lived head and light lacing. Pleasant sweet and bready smell. The taste is slightly sour. Herbal and bread notes. Good with comfort food.

Nov 27, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first Kvass. My first from Jester King (who seems like an innovative and thoughtful brewer that I want to get to know.)
Kvass seems like a Russian gruit... whatever is around after the harvest gets thrown into the kettle... along with some dark bread. A flexible recipe. So it is important to note that this bottle was Jester King's second rendition and was released 9/17.
This is the highest and most frequently rated Kvass. Instead of the LSTFO format, maybe I should changeup the recipe too.

I liked JK's Kvass. I might even Have it again... (despite its funny Looks and slightly lingering herbs.) I Had it with Thanksgiving dinner, also a medley of tastes that are familiar only once or twice a year after the harvest. The low-alcohol worked because I was driving. And while this Kvass was flatter on the second day, it was still welcome with T-Day leftovers.

Nov 24, 2017
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch one 8/22/16 printed on the label.
Bomber poured into a large wine glass.

In subdued lighting it appears to be a rich and hazy golden yellow with a crown of micro-bubbles that slide down the glass in a glistening curtain with every tilt.

The nose is only moderate in strength but nice with light fruit and an effervescent lemon-lime aroma. There is also a bit of a tang that reminds me of wet green hardwood or May apple. Taste is of green apple and pear, a little tangy with a tart drawn out finish. It is a little thin and there is a small spicy aftertaste with some astringency that builds slightly.

This is my first Kvass so I don't have anything to compare it to. That being said It is light, refreshing and enjoyable. I am glad to have had the opportunity to give this style a try.

Jun 28, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 8/2016:
Pours a hazy yellow, perhaps a slight orange tinge. Head is solid, though I keep stirring it, ok lacing.

Nose is enticing with apple, apple skin, pear, and strangely, French toast (with the aforementioned fruit topping). The latter was fleeting, but a background has a woodsy (not woody) note to it.

Flavor has a quick berry and lemon tartness, but with a light funk. Light on the palate, it turns a little watery by the end. Taste seems less complex than the nose that I kept getting new impressions as I drank it.

Quite interesting and I waffled on it a bunch. Felt the nose was amazing though the lighter taste failed to live up to it.

Jun 24, 2017
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours a slightly cloudy copper orange color with a very creamy white head and very little lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of bread upfront, some light grass and hay, a small mineral note and restrained fruit, restrained but

T: Bread, light grass, mixed with a bit of tartness and some restrained fruit and hay. Restrained but nicely drinkable.

F: Light body but fairly creamy carbonation.

O: Very restrained beer but a nice change from usual beers.

May 03, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine glass. A slightly hazy golden straw color with a frothy white head. The nose is restrained but shows a bready note with grassiness and estery notes. There is a large taste for this style, with big bready notes, banana, straw, hay, and grass. Dry and crisp on the finish. A delicious beer.

Feb 20, 2017
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought this beer at the Jester King Brewery last Saturday and now I tried it. I believe it is also the first time am a Kvass, the beer style.

Look: semi-clear dark golden with a one inch bubbly white head.

Aroma: The aroma is bread, yeast, banana, some citrus, like banana bread. It is a very nice aroma.

Taste: It is bready (well), you taste wheat, you taste wheat, a bit like a Hefeweizen, but there's also tart fruitiness (citrus/banana/mango) and some fizziness. I think it is delicious.

Feel: It’s light but easy low alcohol drinking that’s good for hot weather.

Feb 08, 2017
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer befell an unfortunate fate on its way to Connecticut from Texas... it froze solid! Never had that happen, but I guess I didn't realize it was only 3.4%. Basically water! Only leaked a bit and I sealed that cap up and am drinking it ASAP. Let's see what's up.

L - well I heard a PSSST upon popping the top, so that's a good sign! Still carbed, aw yis. Pours a hazy, murky, straw brown. Lively head.

S - earthy yeasty cereal. Definitely some funk, but it's softer and not as twangy as some saisons. Cloves and banana bread. Almost smells like one of those raw ultra-German hefes. Really pleasant.

T - more cloves. More of that wheaty hefe feel up front, but it gently splinters into more robust and pointy saison spice. I can feel the orange peel and funky lemon twang slowly peel away from the doughy breadiness, ending the beer with a crisp, fresh dryness. This is very well done and the transition of flavors is elegant and deliberate.

F - medium carbonation and fluffy. I doubt my little winter mishap affected things much because this is a dream to drink. If this had higher ABV, it would be creamy, rather than fluffy. Had a bit of separation between the beer particles which gives it an expansive feel. Larger than life.

O - quite impressed with this brew, especially for such a low alcohol content. Doesn't feel restricted or limited at all. Soft and filling flavors tied together beautifully.

Jan 12, 2017
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Dicers from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour at the brewery

L: Golden yellow pour with a light cream white head that dissolves wuickly without much residue left behind
S: Bread, funk yeast cereal
T: A light funk with definite bread/cereal grain character, sweeter than most JK beers.
F: Medium body
O: Nice beer a bit of a stray from normal JK which is refreshing. Enjoyed this beer.

Jan 10, 2017
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Premo88 from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bomber poured into pint glass (tulip pint like Guinness glasses)

L: 30-40% misty orange gold, more yellow than red in it, but it's dark yellow (gold); appears to be clearing some; pushes up 1-inch tall head of beige foam that looks like it's eating itself quickly; head dissipates quickly and leaves behind almost nothing, no sticking, just a few bubbles for a collar, no skin; looks flat but the pour is nice and the color is nice

S: tart orange peel ... funky grain sacks ... those dusty old earthy hops always hit home in Jester King's brews, and they're here again, a little earthy, dirty but still with a pinch of aged greeness to them, like cooking green onion tops; every now and then you can smell the bread ... doesn't happen often, but when it does, you can smell warm freshly baked French bread, maybe a bit of toast on it

T: relatively sweet Jester King farmhouse profile ... some earthy old hops, grain sacks, lemon peel, a pinch of lemon juice and a kumquat/tart orange sweet flavor that's mixing very well with the tarter, earthier farmhouse flavors

F: surprisingly heavy for such a light ABV beer, good ale slickness that works well with the midweight; not a ton of carbonation and at first comes off as flat, but halfway into the glass I'm not noticing that anymore ... I'd like a little more carbonation, but it doesn't necessarily need it; bigger swallows work really well with this brew with the carbonation showing up a bit more and giving it a nice drinkability

O: yet another cool little twist on Jester King's signature yeasty earthy tart farmhouse flavor; this one has a lot of sweetness up front, though it's never too much ... and as I got into the bottle, the sweetness and tartness levels balanced out wonderfully; hard to say exactly what the bread has done in this one, but it's definitely added a bit of sweetness -- and whatever it's doing, it's not hurting

Jan 09, 2017
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy darker orangish golden, almost a light coppery color with fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Cereal grains, bread, funk, and some yeast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with bread and a very light tartness. Nicely done, easy drinking.

Jan 08, 2017
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Can_has_beer from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very pleased with this offering and grateful that I was able to expand ny palate with this style.

The beer poured with a thick creamy white head and an orange/red color.

I'm in love with the aroma. It is a nose full of grainy, earthy and most prominently rye character. They come together in a perfect fashion. Each one is easy to pick out on it's own, but together they form something cohesive and mouthwatering.

The taste is similar to the nose. It's earthy with a fair amount of rye character. Very quaffable.

The mouthfeel was slightly tart, in normal JK fashion, and dry. I loved it.

Over all this was a very interesting beer. JK did a great job with it and I can't wait to try it again.

Nov 26, 2016
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