Jester King / Mikkeller Drink'in The Sunbelt | Jester King Brewery

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Jester King / Mikkeller Drink'in The SunbeltJester King / Mikkeller Drink'in The Sunbelt

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A flavorful, hoppy wheat beer, Drink’in the Sunbelt is the result of the first of two collaborations between Jester King and Mikkeller, the renowned Danish “gypsy brewer”. It takes its inspiration from another light, hoppy, sessionable wheat beer that Mikkeller had previously made, called “Drink’in the Sun”.

Added by wagenvolks on 03-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 231
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

well, the bad news is that this bottle is way past its prime, a year or two old, beer under 4% abv just doesnt hold up all that well, and this one certainly hasn't, especially the hop forward ones like i am sure this was meant to be. the color is a really thick cloudy muted beige yellow, not real attractive, but the head is tall and white and lasting. a slight citrus to the nose, but it basically smells like nothing. not stale or oxidized, which is good, its not gone off, its just faded into oblivion. the wheat malt is frothy though, and the feel is great, really flush in body and well carbonated. extremely dry too. the problem is that it has no taste, so so bland. this was obviously a session hop brew, and the hops are just gone. probably should not have been held so long, but still stoked to try anything from either of these breweries. i see where they were going with it, and have to encourage them to do it again, because the world needs more beers for hot weather, but this is decayed beyond recognition and is essentially useless in its current form. as refreshing as cold water.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL bought recently for 8 or 9 bucks. Poured into Jester King stemmed glass.

Very hazy golden orange, lots of carbonation (but not infected). Great head retention.

Complex aroma of tangerine, peach, pineapple, slight pine and white pepper, big presence from wheat and yeast.

Surprisingly still has a nice hop presence from last summer when it was brewed. The hops have inevitably faded, but it's not sad, not like other American beers that heavily depend on hops. Pleasant bitterness that lingers with aforementioned flavors. Dry and earthy (although all their beers tend to be). A beer of both subtlety and rawness.

Impressive body and depth for a beer with 3.9% ABV. Well done. Super sessionable and smooth, refreshing. Almost makes me which it was 100 degrees outside (not), but this is enjoyable as the beer warms as well. This has held up well. Given the strong influence of the yeast, I'd put this in the Saison style more so than anything else.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: part of a Nov. '12 bottle share.
Thanks to the BAer who brought this one out!

A wheat beer seemed a little out of place for a tasting centered mainly around stouts, sours, and barleywines, but hey, anything goes, and I was glad to give this one a try. Cloudy, peach-honey color, with lots of foamy white head that needed a few second to calm down before imbibing. Aroma was brilliantly floral with notes of citrus. Taste was quite refreshing, lots of floral hops, light perfume, orange blossom, fresh grass, and sweet biscuity wheat malts. Light-medium body, and quite drinkable. Fared well as a palate-cleanser; in a more mundane sense, this would make a dandy summertime / lawnmower beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, almost muddy, honey color with a fairly decent head that leaves some strands of lacing behind

Smell: Stone fruit, lemon and wheat bread

Taste: Wheat bread, on the opening, but the flavor quickly verges into citrus, with a range of tropical fruit and stone fruit flavors combining with a lemony tone; nicely bitter, after the swallow, with the bready malts hanging in there through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit thicker than expected, even though the body is relatively light

Overall: Jester King has a way with these low ABV beers - this is a treat

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Photo of grittybrews
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy gold with two fingers of loose and bright white head. Aroma of wheat, lemon, hay, and light funk.

Highish carbonation and a light, crisp mouthfeel. Wheat and toast up front with lemon, light grass, and hints of spice/funk on the finish.

Very nice -- big flavors for being so easy-drinking and low-alcohol.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a four-fingers thick fluffy, rocky, off-white head into a weizen glass that left thick sheeting throughout. the body was a bubbly straw gold color.
s - wheat, lemon, bubblegum.
t - lemon, orange zest, wheat.
m - crisp and medium thickness.
o - very flavorful and drinkable wheat. loving JK right now.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent me this one so I could share this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured a pale golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, bubblegum, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. While this wasn’t a huge stand out for the style it was very easy drinking and enjoyable. There were a lot of refreshing flavors and aromas going on that made it extremely easy drinking. I could this being a rock-solid hang out in the sun by the pool brew. Would definitely suggest this one to others in the future without a doubt.

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Photo of gottabetweed
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a very thick head that lingers. Good lacing

Smell is yeasy, slight funk, lemons, and metallic smell.

Taste is citrus, hops.

Mouthfeel is substantial and full, that metallic returns on the finish.

Overall a nice summer beer. Hops and yeast are proportional. Easy drinking.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pretty standard appearance and what one would expect from this style. I like that the head sticks around.

S: Strong farmhouse yeast smell, underlined with hops

T: begins with a dominant farmhouse yeasty taste tacked on to hoppy flavor. It finishes with a subtle heat and earthy taste.

M: very light. Dissipates quickly

O: overall, this is really good for what it's supposed to be. I'd drink again, and I'd recommend, but I'd like it a little more fresh.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Lightly haze golden glass holds a tighty whitey head that gives up some lace.

Smell: Belgian yeasty esters go lemony and peppery hops give a bitter punch for a rich nose.

Taste: Kind of like a Tripple. Earthy European hops give a clean bitter tonic water base while the slightly funky yeast gives an almost cheddar twang. Thin body doesn't give much malt sweetness to back up the main show.

Mouthfeel: Prickly, light, airy... watery?

Overall: Shorting the base and pumping up the yeast and hops makes this a love or hate beer. Afraid I'm on the hater side in terms of personal preference, but love the craftsmanship and daring of the brewers. If you are into the tonic bitter side, give this a try. But I don't think I'll pop for another.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, Bottle in June '12 (I think)
Victory tulip

A: Pours out a really hazy sunburn yellow color. Straw like, as others have mentioned. Two fingers of bright white fluffy head with the aggressive pour. Looks to be nicely bottle carbonated. Lacing from the sticky head already.

S: Initially I smell those English hops. Really nice light and grassy. Smells clean and lager like, but with a touch of wheat. Also slight slight funk from the farmhouse yeast strain of JK.

T: Tastes like it's described, light and airy perfect for a hot summer day or night. Up front you get a nice nip of bitterness from those English hops. East Kent Goldings always seem to stand out. In the middle you get light bready malt and that farmhouse yeast touch you smelled. It's so light, but packs great flavor. Finish is dry but leaves you with lingering hop crispness.

M: Light leading to medium.

O: For what it is, very good. Overall, it's a B+ for me. Drank the whole thing without problem.

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Photo of RustyP
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Flying Saucer St. Patty’s Day chalice-ish glass.

A: pours a slightly hazy light golden / straw color with lemon yellow at the edges. An initial 1-finger fizzy, stark white head of loose bubbles settled quickly into a thin ring with a small disconnected raft. A small bit of lacing remains just above the liquid.

S: strong herbal / grassy hops underlined with sharp citrus (lemons), maybe a hint of onion somewhere in there. Very slight funk in the background.

T: a quick hit of citrus hops followed by a brief tartness, then a light sweetness and earthy funk. Moderate bitterness kicks in mid-palate and remains through the end. Wheat is definitely present throughout. Has a Pilsner-like effect, but the additional citrusy hops and earthy/funky notes change the profile enough to keep it original. Crisp, refreshing, great for this nasty summer heat Texas is experiencing right now.

M: medium-bodied with medium / bordering on high carbonation that gives it a snappy bite.

Overall: Very crisp overall with a nice hop balance and low sweetness; highly drinkable. Looks great in a glass and has a great nose, but unfortunately the taste just didn't follow through as much for me.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 750mL bottle of Jester King's and Mikkeller's collaboration, Drink'in The Sunbelt, poured into a tulip glass at the pool.

A - This pours a hazy straw yellow/golden rod with a good amount of white head at the top.

S - On the nose I light fruits, hops, wheat and an earthy element.

T - On the palate I mainly get the fruitiness I smelled on the nose, along with a well balanced hoppy note. Of course there is wheat on the palate, and it finishes with an earthy-funk element, that is good, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

M - Light-bodied and it seemed to be pretty highly carbonated.

O - A great offering from Jester King and Mikkeller. Drink'in The Sunbelt is a light unfiltered wheat beer that delivers a lot of flavor. This is a lighter beer that I enjoyed while around the pool in the heat, and it is just perfect for summer.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

american well hopped wheat with what comes off as belgian yeast palate characteristics. Pour is yellow ish cloudy with a nice grassy apricot. Glass is floral hoppy, sorachi ace seaweed bitter earth, and a that belgian hint in the malt wheat body of mild tapioca doughiness. I've found a lot of the JK saisons have this quality. Very well balanced. Seems like texas is the place for this summer saison ambiguous style. Can't complain. A personal favorite summer beer.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is pretty hazy with a finger or so of white head. The lacing completely coats the side of the glass as the beer goes down.

S: Pretty spicy aroma, almost like a tripel without the same banana character. A slight hoppiness, with some pilsner like aromas coming through as well.

T: Pretty crisp and clean taste. Very wheaty and spicy without much more. Very pilsner like.

MF; Crazy drinkable, with a light mouthfeel. The carbonation is perfect and I really like where the alcohol level is.

O: This was a nice transition beer during this tasting. It was pretty forgettable, but really tasty.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a clear golden pour with 2 fingers of white fluffy head. smells of lemon peel, orange, thyme (very citrusy/floral). tastes bitter up front with a weird licorice flavor remaining.. tastes of citrus.. maybe orange/grapefruit, herbs. light bodied, moderate carbonation. a very refreshing drink for a hot day. the low abv % is also ideal for such a big bottle - doesn't get me in trouble!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle that I have had for a long time, finely opened and shared on 1-22-12.

A - Pours a golden orange with a big white head. Solid retention.

S - Wheaty and lemons.

T - Citrus and wheat, oranges and lemons come to mind.

D - Light and thin body.

O - Very light and soft. Mild, but very fitting to the room.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zatec Glass
A ~ Erupted ever so slowly for a solid 4 minutes. The pour is a filtered honey color. Delicate head that is constantly shifting with medium bead of carbonation.

S ~ Could smell the floral hops perfume the air before even in the glass during the "eruption." Aroma is field-like. . very floral with forest-like hints. Yeast smells dry & fruity.

T ~ Very floral hops jumping in with citrus & trees backing it up. The wheat is delicate & not cloying at all. The hops are the main attraction here with a nice mellow backbone of prairie grass & melon-like sweetness. Finish is dry with a slight herbal tone.

M ~ Upon opening, I expected the carb to be aggressive & imposing, but quite the opposite. The carb is fine, but not "creamy," resembling cask ale. Medium bittered & dry.

D ~ Finely crafted Session-ale that would be delicious in any format in any setting. Im enjoying to see Jester King continue in this tradition of making full flavored "table beers." Thanks, Brad, for this winning collab!

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the standard pressure cap bottle into a Southampton snifter at low altitude. A big thanks to ballmouse for lugging this one all the way from Texas.

A: Pours an inviting orange wheat color with a huge creamy off-white head that recedes into a nice cap and leaves some spotty lacing. I hope this one tastes as good as it looks.

S: Wheat as well as sweet/citrusy tangerine hopes. Smells light and refreshing.

T: Citrusy sweet hops up front with some bready yeast to follow. The finish is slightly bitter. Although the flavors are light, there's a good deal of complexity here and the balance is spot-on. Very nice.

M: Light-bodied, well-carbonated and slightly drying on the finish. The mouthfeel here really complements the flavors well.

D: As it should be considering the ABV, this is an extremely drinkable beer. Although the flavors are relatively subtle, they come together very nicely and it's a really refreshing brew. I would be happy to buy given the opportunity.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. I was very skeptical of this one, as I have enjoyed very few Mikkeller beers (the collaborator on this one) and I certainly was not too keen on spending 6 bucks for a 4.2% wheat beer. 750mL bottle pours a hazed orange color with a bubbly, off-white head. Not much retention, nice lace.

Nose is juicy tropical hops, like skittles candy. Lightly malted, little bit of fruit. Smells pretty nice. Gumballhead came to mind when sniffing this one.

Taste is heavy on the hop flavor with a crisp wheat backing. Body is light and sweetness is low. Definitely fits the 'Hoppy American Wheat' category well. The freshness is very nice and the snappy liveliness of the beer is wonderful. I love the combo of hops used here, it works for me and the beer is very refreshing. If this came in six-packs, I would buy the shit out of it.

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Photo of JayAre46
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes - seven fidy split with my man D at MLG. bartender poured it for us in a very eager way almost like there was nothing on the planet that was going to keep him from pouring it for us. anyway poured a heavy orange color, hazy with a nice head sitting on top. the nose is of healthy wheat, some yeast presence, light spices, hoppy banana one two in the back. the taste is just immediately refreshing and quenching of light hops and wheat and some citrus flavors, not bad and well balanced. medium body with a very prickly carbonation and refreshes well. overall this could easily be enjoyed in the texas summers and i will be on the outlook for it come june/july. solid beer from an up and coming brewery.

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Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We opened this up during a tasting this past weekend. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy gol den light amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head that leaves a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Pine hops with some crisp, light malt. There are some citrus notes in the smell as well.

Taste: Light and crisp wheat malt. The overall flavor is a bit herbal. There are some pine hop notes that go well with the other tastes.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side with lots of fluffy carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: This is a really nice summer beer. The mild hop bitterness has a really good taste to it without being too bitter and taking over.

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Photo of gtermi
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a very nice orangish gold with a very thick head. The head slowly fades and leaves a thick web like lace on the glass.

S: There is a lot of hops and malt in the smell of this beer.

T: There is mostly wheat in this beer. This bottle is close to a year old, so I assume a lot of the hops have faded. It's still very tasty.

M: This is a pretty smooth beer. It leaves a nice oliy feeling in my mouth.

O: This is a pretty nice Wheat Ale and this has a lot of great qualities.

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a wine glass

Pours a dark straw color with an overly massive white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of light, citric hops, bready wheat, and spice.

Taste follows the nose, with slightly more spices. Not very hoppy.

Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer, considering its a style that I normally don't care for as much. It is a bit over carbonated, but aside from that, it fits the style perfectly.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big 3 finger white head, with a gold/orange body, and bubbles just streaming incessantly at breakneck speeds from the bottom of the glass. This thing looks carbonated like crazy. Looks good in a wheat glass.

Get a big fruity/citrusy note off the bat like lemons and grapefruit. The wheat is there of course.

The citrus fruits are present in the taste along with some grassiness. Not much hop bitterness even though the hops are the most prevalent flavor. Little bit of spice flavor also.

Not as carbonated as I was expecting. The carbonation seems to settle rather quickly after going crazy when you first pour it. Light – med body.

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