Das Wunderkind!
Jester King Brewery

Das Wunderkind!Das Wunderkind!
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From:
Jester King Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #378
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,875
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 8.42%
Ratings:
824
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 27, 2021
Added:
Feb 28, 2011
Wants:
  127
Gots:
  185
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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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4.06 by o29 from Texas on Jun 27, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

A very complex, gently sour and hoppy ale. Soft notes of citrus and apricot intermingle with a tart, grainy backbone. Very funky yeast flavors come out as it warms. The mouthfeel is soft and crisp at the same time. I love Jester King and this is one of my favorites.

Jun 15, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by colts9016 from Idaho

Review 1506

My second Farmhouse ale, the first one was not that style but something different. I am hoping Jester King delivers the goods in this beer. I have a few of their beer lurking around my cellar. The beer is 45 degrees and served in a tulip glass; although, I should have used my Jester King glass for this beer. The pour of the beer created a wonderful two-fingered head. The bright white head is creamy and frothy with good retention. The head did leave some lacing as it dissipated on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 2, pale straw yellow with light golden hues. The beer is crystal clear with the occasional carbonation bubble disrupting the beauty.

The initial aromas in the beer are a funky barn, a smidge of horse blanket, and sour-like vinegar (but in a good way. Nosing further I detect lightly toasted malts, floral, herbal, lemons, dewy grass, and a subtle honey-like sweetness.

The flavors in the beer are funky barnyard, cereal grains, lemons, lightly toasted malts, wood, earthiness, floral esters, and herbal. This is a chalky limestone note I am picking up that is odd but delightful.

The mouthfeel of the beer is crisp, dry, and tart.

The body of the beer is medium-light, medium-plus carbonation, and a full finish.

Ah, this beer just hits the spot. Awesome farmhouse-style beer with the right amount of funkiness. I felt the flavor was stronger than what the nose lead me to believe. Perfect beer for today, a great break from the IPA's.

May 02, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mushroomcloud from Texas

750ml, Batch #25, bottled January 2020. Opened 2-28-21.
1+ finger stark white head. Good retention in a slow fade to a solid cap.
Straw gold and brilliant clarity. Ample, sticky web of lacing.
Ripe stone fruit, citrus, Riesling grape, white wine, lemon...bright and appealing nose.
Lip smacking tartness, peach, nectarine, and grapefruit bitterness.
A hint of wild grassiness, almost Nopales type of flavor but way more tangy in scope.
Bright entry, light body, medium + carbonation. Sour/tart flash with great acidity in a quick, dry finish.
Outstanding.

Feb 28, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by sztizzle from Arkansas

Excellent blended saison. Dry, light, slightly tart, balanced funk. I want to drink this outside on a summer day. It's very clean too. Not sure how I feel about the $ to enjoyment ratio.

Jan 10, 2021
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3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Manta200 from Kentucky

Trade with frijoless

Nov 03, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is slightly hazy light pale yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down and left a narrow collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of sourness and citrus are present in the nose.
T: The taste is faintly sour and has flavors of funk along with notes of citrus.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and the subtle sourness adds a pleasant bit of complexity to the smell and taste.

Serving type: can

Jul 05, 2020
 
3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 16, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JacobusFavier23 from Texas

L-Pours a hazy straw golden colored ale with a beautiful frothy and rocky head that sticks around for a long time. Delicately bubbly. Truly gorgeous.
S- Natural earthy notes, sweet apple, sour yeasty notes, oak barrel, tropical citrus (lemon, cumquat, etc.), guava and papaya, brett funkiness.
T- Follows the nose. Oaky earthiness, sour apple and yeast (brett), slight bitter bite, sweet lemon, a hint of sweet apple. Delicious, fresh and incredibly sessiobable altogether.
F- Dry finish. Light bodied. Very nice!
O- Just another wonderfully crafted saison. Jester King is a top tier brewery and this is just another incredibly delicious and drinkable saison. I can't say anything else other than this is an original deliciously crafted farmhouse.

Apr 04, 2020
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a cloudy, slightly yellow-gold body with two-finger head that sticks around for a while thanks to large carbonation. Get some yeast/wheat twang in the aroma, some slight horse blanket funk and a decent floral edge is picked up as well, and hints of something like tropical fruits. Smooth, slick, slightly tart/crisp funkiness with a lemon-like and peppery spice like crispness at times in the background. Mild yeast and fruit sweetness lie underneath the funky taste in this light to medium bodied beer. The slight hops and something akin to white wine flavor (I'm getting this fruity tannin and woody feel that reminds me of a light white for some reason) also add some complexity to beer and add to light, crisp finish.

Mar 20, 2020
 
4.41 by bump8628 from Oklahoma on Feb 04, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by VABA from Virginia

A-Pours a light hazy amber golden color with a very generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has malted barley, malted wheat, hops and abundant yeast hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice balanced sour malted barley, malted wheat, hops and generous yeast flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated smooth beer
O-A good Belgian Saison

Jan 19, 2020
 
4.25 by KrissyKat6 from New York on Dec 28, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 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.

Oct 02, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Beginner2 from Illinois

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.

Oct 01, 2019
 
4.25 by bdlusa from Texas on Sep 15, 2019
 
4.02 by Boone757 from Virginia on Sep 07, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by TH28 from Florida

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

Sep 01, 2019
 
4.13 by martini276 from Texas on Jul 14, 2019
 
4.19 by socon67 from New York on Jul 12, 2019
 
3.78 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Jun 17, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Harrison8 from Missouri

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.

Jun 09, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

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!

May 26, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

Quick: light and funky with some complexity to dig into.

May 10, 2019
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Roguer from Connecticut

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.

Mar 24, 2019
 
4 by sumnerw from Texas on Dec 26, 2018
 
4 by PprBurke from Virginia on Dec 25, 2018
 
4.21 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut on Nov 03, 2018
 
4.3 by Lucnifter from California on Nov 01, 2018
 
3.5 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Oct 31, 2018
 
4.12 by Luckydog91 from Texas on Oct 27, 2018
 
3.5 by krome from Illinois on Oct 19, 2018
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4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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.

Oct 11, 2018
 
4.34 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Oct 09, 2018
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5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by chicagocraft from Illinois

Wow!

Sep 27, 2018
 
4.14 by bigred89 from Maryland on Sep 23, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

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.

Sep 16, 2018
 
4.15 by brantleysmith from Texas on Jul 31, 2018
 
3.75 by oline73 from Maryland on May 04, 2018
 
4.5 by mattreitz49 from Florida on May 03, 2018
Das Wunderkind! from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 824 ratings