Das Wunderkind!
Jester King Brewery

Das Wunderkind!Das Wunderkind!
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Belgian Saison
Ranked #269
Ranked #4,617
4.05 | pDev: 8.4%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Das Wunderkind!Das Wunderkind!
Notes: Mature beer, refermented in oak barrels with wild yeast and souring bacteria is blended with fresh, dry-hopped beer prior to bottle-conditioning. Dry and lightly tart, with notes of citrus, barnyard, and tropical fruit.
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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 15.03 (Including tax and discount)/25.4 oz bottle ($ 0.59/oz) at Spec’s, DeZavala Road, SAT. Reviewed 10/2/19.
Stamped on back of label “BLEND #23, APRIL 2019”. On room temp shelf at store, stored and served at reefer temperature. Final temperature unknown but sipped over half an hour.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Light yellow, nearly colorless, slight haze.
Body – Light yellow, murky.
Head – Large (Maximum eight cm, aggressive center pour), sparkling white, high density, average duration, diminishing to a five to eight mm crown and thick complete cap. Meringue-like. Multiple tiny islands of tiny to small bubbles remain on the glass. As the bottle sits, a slow snake of foam crawls out of the neck and slowly starts down the side.
Lacing – Excellent. Wide partial bands of three-dimensional torn-curtain lacing connected by a couple of wide columns. See also above.
Aroma – 4 – Brettanomyces-type funk, a little lemon, and some weak spice.
Flavor – 4.5 – Begins almost dry (halbtrocken) with a light spiciness and a little funk from the local yeast. No alcohol (4.5% ABV) flavor or aroma, no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl, no vanillin, although there is a slight oakiness in the aftertaste.
Palate – 4 – Medium, dry, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation – 4 – I first had Das Wunderkind back on 6/11/2013, just before I joined BA, so it certainly isn’t new to me but still was not reviewed until now. This is a light, spicy, tasty take on a Belgian saison, with whatever native yeast and bacteria used providing a better flavor (IMHO) than yeast normally used in a true saison originating in Belgium.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A modern American saison in the best senses that all those words have come to represent.
If Wunderkind comes from their base saison, then that explains why I've had so much enjoyment despite having only five of Jester King's ales.

Wunderkind Looks the part of a fun, foamy table beer. Smells are mostly fruity, lemon and, say, apples. But Tastes cuts a new cloth woven together expertly; really well-balanced with the dry-hopped young ale and the malted grains (barley, wheat and I'd guess spicy rye) and its blend with the barrel-age. Finish is nicely tart; but not-too-tart as is the trend.

Woven so well as a refreshing saison, Wunderkind then shows its pedigree with a variety of foods. Cleansing the palate through a variety of cheeses and appetizers and spanakopita, this saison also complements a basil pesto sauce and finishes with a salad. All the while doing its job of cutting through the oil/fats and stimulating the buds.

Wunderkind has the most ratings of Jester King's many saisons... and I can understand why it wins.

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Photo of TH28
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

4/2019 bottle date. Appearance: Clear light golden with a thick bubbled white head.
Aroma: Grass, hay, with a light brett horseblanket funk.
Taste: Really light cracker malt up front, with strong grassy, hay, and horseblanket notes before giving way to a moderately high sour tartness and relatively high bitterness against the light maltiness.
Mouthfeel: Light bodies with a high carbonation.
Finish: Super dry. Brett character funkiness with some tart lemon linger
Overall: Light, crisp, easy drinking sour farmhouse. Brett character dominates against the light malt base but isn’t overpowering. Tartness and bitterness provide a sharp but pleasant balance on the swallow and finish

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Photo of Harrison8
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy yellow with a finger of white foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is light and spry bready, nutty, earthy malts with a sliver of Belgian yeast, clove, and zesty, spicy hops. Flavor profile maintains the same notes, but a little more bold, with the zesty, spicy hops and yeast ester coming through a little stronger. There is a slice of orange with a little zest that comes through at the finish. Mouth feel is a soft, modestly crisp texture that keeps it drinking refreshing even on a hot day. Overall, zippy with low alcohol for a pleasantly sessionable beer.

Draft. Reviewed on Beers by BeerAdvocate.

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Photo of puck1225
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Slightly cloudy yellow color with a nice initial head and good lacing. Lemon smell and taste. Grassy, funky, and a bit tart. Very pleasant low ABV beer!

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Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lemon-yellow brew, lively and with the slightest haze, being nearly completely transparent. Head production is excellent, and retention fantastic.

Musty and lightly sweet nose, carrying dust, hay, lemon, honey, grass, pepper, cucumber, and oregano.

Flavor follows the nose, with a very lightly citrus-and-vinegar sourness, along with strong, musty funkiness. Lemon and honey, dry herbs, peach, pear, light oak.

Semi-dry and refreshing. Crushable, but worth sipping and savoring.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is special stuff, i know its one of the more available jester king beers at times, but i think its one of the best expressions of their house cultures as there is, and it really is about as good as american wild saison gets, this is really special stuff. a cool blend with some dry hopped beer in the mix makes in american and modern, but the mix of bugs makes it fully rustic and old world. i love the grain base, raw wheat and i would think some rye too, as there is a stereotypical earthy dry spice to the grain complex here, its amazing, super light, and full of flavor and texture. the yeasts are amazing too, brett driven, mature, woody, funky, musty, and tart, with some light lemony lacto here as well, a dusty sort of attic vibe, and a wonderful wold world charm to it, not overly refined but so distinctive, especially in the context of other jester king beers. its not too tart to drink a lot of, i love how dry and bubbly it is, and it really is full of character for how crushable it is. i know they do a lot of beers in this vein, but this one is a standout for me. all the liveliness i want in the style, wonderful earthy funk, dry and yet freshly hoppy at the same time, citrus and crusty bread and hay, its brilliant beer, the essence of what these guys are all about, and really one of the best of its kind! consistently amazing.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very subtle sour which I love. The oak is slightly present and adds a touch of complexity but without being overbearing. This is a beer I will back to.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle poured into chalice

Opened on my birthday

Der WunderLlama should be drinking Das Wunderkind heute!!

One finger white foam cap over hazy golden yellow

Aroma of tartness , yeast, straw, grass

Gentle tartness, slight lemoniness,

Good sudsing

Good beer

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Photo of BergBeer
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy straw yellow with a medium white head. Moderate activity.

Smell: Light and funky on the nose. Notes of lemongrass, wet hay, barnyard funk, dried pear, white pepper, candied pineapple, a light mineral note like wet gravel, and a cracker malt.

Taste: A big pop of lemongrass citrus greets the palate. Then the body moves up quickly wit notes of white tea, lemon zest, dried pears, light wheat sweetness, white pepper floral notes, bay leaf, smooth Brett funk, and green apple skins. The finish begins with a medium tartness that reminds me of sweet tart candies but not as sharp. Then the finish reveals a smooth oak and lightly bitter floral hops. After the finish more lemongrass lingers on the tongue.

Feel: Effervescent. The carbonation is bubbly and natural. A perfect complement to the light body. It starts of quenching but has a champagne like finish. Medium light tart. Mild acidity. No alcohol. Just a hint of bitterness.

Overall: A refreshing crisp saison. It can be a bit watery in the body and the flavors are all quite similar. The tartness is nice and clean. Very nuanced. A well crafted beer that I enjoyed. I just wish there was a bit more complexity in there, as it is a little one note throughout. A great beer for a Summer day.

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Photo of Vidblain
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Das Wunderkind! has some curious characteristics. It smells a bit briny or vinegary. I don't mind that in and of itself, but it's very strange when paired with the sour and saison characteristics in the taste.

A very strange beer. I like it, but I'm glad this was a share bottle.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hoppy upfront with aromas of tropical fruit and citrus, coupled with moderate funk and a moderately light sourness.

A: Bright gold color, hazy, with a frothy, white head that has adequate retention.

T: Citrus and tropical hop flavors, followed by very light clean malt sweetness, moderate barnyard funk and a light lingering tartness.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Tasty; the beer has a great tropical fruit/citrus funk aroma and flavors that complement the clean sourness, making it quite drinkable.

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Photo of Lucular
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Incredibly funky beer especially for a 4.5% abv lightweight. Barnyard, horse blanket, just plain Brett, whatever you want to call it, this beer has it. Oak and dry white wine notes with some citrus follow.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great easy drinking saison that is just right in the Texas heat

Look: hazy golden yellow with an inch thick bubbly snow white head.

Aroma: barnyard, lemon, orange, maybe some wine

Taste: wheat, a bit yeast, tart, lemon, musty

Feel: light to medium body with significant carbonation

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Photo of Sabtos
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden-yellow with a large, fizzy white foam that settles to a persistent, very thin blanket with a thick ring.

Smell is world class. Very balanced levels of funk, citrus and spice bring in varying degrees of barnyard hay and straw, peppercorn, wild herbs and flowers, lemon, spiced orange marmalade, and a fruity, bright white wine or even champagne oak.

Taste confidently follows suit, but is a little less explosive than the nose suggests it might be. I'm getting tart lemon, orange, spiced but lightly wild herbal funk and a little oak, ending with a faint hint of licorice or allspice.

Body is medium, crisp and nicely carbonated, with a semi-dry finish that just glides down way too easily. I could have used about 20 more bottles of this. No wonder they're so successful if this is their base for so many of their one-offs.

Blend #19 July 2015 vintage

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Photo of Myotus
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured gently at 47°F from a 750ml bottle (batch #18 - 26May15) into a tulip. Consumed on 22Apr16.
LOOK: A fingers worth of white foam is formed after pouring. This dense, foam head refuses to die nor shrink well into 3 minutes. Yellow in color with a slight cloudiness. There is a plethora of small, rising bubbles that explain why the head will not die. Lacing is high in quantity and both thick and very thick in various areas.
SMELL: Strong aromas of hay, grapefruit, oranges, and tangerines are met with mild mango, peach, apricot, sour green apple, grass, and earthy yeast aromas along with subtle aromas of oak and hints of bitter hops.
TASTE: As I could have guessed from the aroma, strong flavors of hay, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit pleasantly bombard the palate upon first sip. Mild oak, sour green apple, mango, peach, and apricot flavors immediately follow to give way to a hopped sour that is so far, quite enjoyable. Mild grass and earthy yeast flavors along with subtle flavors of bananas (which weren't detected in the smell) and bitter hops close act 3 as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth and creamy. Finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness.
NOTE: Jester King manager to orchestrate a delicious, sour hop bomb that isn't too bitter. This is easily one of their best Saisons.

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Photo of stephens101
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yello-orange. The off-white froth escapes quickly.

Aroma consists of lemon, grapefruit and brett.

Tastes of passion fruit, lime, lemon, faint grain and brett. Slightly tart, and so perfectly light and crisp.

Simple and seriously effective.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Maybe a bad bottle, but this was pretty bad. Really rough nose, eau de outhouse, faintly grainy malt, funky in the bad way, maybe some tart lemons thrown in there for good measure and some dry wood. None of the tropical fruit the description/others have suggested. Palate was busting with Bretty phenols, prickly, mildly plasticky, surprisingly bitter, thin body and buzzy carb amplifying the effect. There's an underlying grainy malt in there too, mixing with the Brett and tartness, but it's just dischordant as hell. With the whole blending bit, you can sort of, if you try really hard, see the echoes of a better spontaneously fermented Belgian beer, but the missteps are too egregious to really even mention them in the same breath. Clearly, others have had better experiences, so again perhaps this was just a bad bottle, but, to my palate, this was rough as hell.

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Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Cloudy, bright gold and beautiful with gorgeous head as big as you want! (depending on how vigorous a pour).
S: Orange, Lemon, Lime, ALL Citrus, light funk, large Brett presence.
T: Zesty, slightly sour, a nice traditional Brett farmhouse is here with all it's glory. The oak is here but not well defined.
F: Light body, dangerously drinkable, light in alcohol, wonderful carbonation and ALL THAT FRUIT!
O: Just a wonderful example of a wild blended Saison. Very reminiscent of Boulevard's Saison-Brett but with much less alcohol and MUCH more tartness than the aforementioned great beer.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled July 2015, poured into a snifter.

Big foamy head fizzes up and recedes to a small white ring immediately. No lacing. Opaque gold in color.

Nose definitely has a big brett note, some light bright fruits present as well.

Flavor s really nice - lacking in typical banana and clove I always expect in a Saison but what is here is a great surprise. Bright, sour, and FUNKY. Big on lemon and fresh, pungent grass. Funk is pretty huge - barnyard and wet hay. Acidic and juicy. Tart but not overpoweringly so. Really, really nice saison - really like this a lot. Finish is long on the bright grassy note, still bitter. Hop nots not overly present but bring a trace bitter that isn't there on the nose as would be expected but seems to linger on the finish - earth and wood come out a bit there too.

Feel is nice - body is a bit on the light side but not lacking for it. Carbonation is pretty great. I like a saison that is so tightly and overly carbonated it can be agitated near endlessly and evolve into a nearly different beer from the release of the CO2 - this beer isn't like that. At the same time, the carbonation level is spot on for this flavor profile - more carb and it might be too bitter or out of balance to that side. There is no watery note here.

What I love about this is this beer knows what it is. A lot of saisons (Blvd Saison Brett comes to mind, which I love) almost want to be played with when consumed - varying the carb via agitating, letting it warm and warm to feel it change that way. Somewhere in there is its peak level for enjoyment. This one - the carb is what it is, not much different comes out as it warms. This is just a spot on, funky, sour and bright saison. Would definitely enjoy this one again.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The brew appears a hazy pale yellow color with white cap that fades leaving stringy lace.

The aroma is bretty with citrus, oak and earth. A lightly tropical aspect with a hint of lemon. Pretty splendid aromatics to this.

Taste includes a little bretty almost cracker or dusty flavor upfront, than it becomes mineral filled with a backing of wheat grain and faint citrus to lemony tartness with a zesty pulp bitterness.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. An effortlessly drinkable brew with intoxicating aroma that slightly outshines in flavor profile. If some of the mineral/carbonic character was toned down this would be world class. Id love to try other batches of this offering...both older and newer.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle from Justdoit1234 (thanks man!). Batch 18, bottled 5/26/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours a pale, opaque yellow orange with three fingers of near-explosive white head. The froth is slow to settle, leaving a fluffy collar that imparts some large sheets of lace.

Aromas of semi sour citrus, earthy funk, pineapple, wet hay and a slight hint of oak. I've come to enjoy a Brett-heavy nose and that is exactly what this has going on.

A familiar, earthy Brett funk is first and foremost in the flavor blend along with supporting notes of pineapple, oak, wet hay, apple skin, mild spice and apricot. There is considerably more fruit than expected and this is super easy to drink.

Light, fluffy body with smooth carbonation. All the right elements (for my tastes) of Brettanomyces continue in the fruity, earthy, funky finish.

Das Wunderkind is one of the fairly rare saisons that I really enjoy. The light body seems to be an ideal vehicle for delivery of optimal Brett and oak character, making this on of the more flavorful low abv beers that I've had.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of lemon, orange peel, candied fruit, and some general funkiness.

Taste is initially tart, although not overwhelmingly so, with nice citrus flavor. More of an orange or tangerine type of citrus with a slightly bitter finish. Once again, I like the somewhat creamy mouthfeel from the beer being unfiltered.

I've really enjoyed my first two experiences with Jester King beers - really drinkable but with some complexity and interesting characteristics.

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Photo of enrique_m
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured this into a grand cru glass and it is a golden color. It gave me about 2 inches of head and you can't see through the brew when you put up to the light. The smell is a metallic funk but it tastes very good. You get a slight sour taste with a light oak taste that compliments the brew. Overall it's an easy and tasty drinker.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was not very good. It felt like an experimental homebrew that the brewery bottled to make some money from unsuspecting fans.

Yet another disappointing beer from the Jester King lineup.

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