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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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Photo of mattmuck11
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

a - think and hazy. very cloudy, impossible to see through at all. yeast everywhere! Dark orange-gold with lots of carbonation visible. large, off-white head, resilient and rocky with large foamy bubbles.

s - citrusy but not without the malty/bready balance that makes the wheat characteristics shine out. hint of spice also in the nose. a bit fruity as well, not sure if that is a yeast characteristic or if it is the hops present.

t/m - sharp and smooth at the same time. really hoppy for a wheat beer but not so much that it loses its character. a bit spicy after the swallow. fruity and complex.

overall very refreshing and pleasant, a truly complex brew that makes you wonder just how far Jester King can go with their original creativity.

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Photo of Crunkle
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz pints at The Holy Grail.

A - Slightly hazy, light copper with a nice fluffy white head that diminishes after a few minutes.

S - The scent is a fruity, almost piney aroma. Very floral, but not pungent. It's refreshing.

T - The hops here definitely dominate, but still subtle enough to stay drinkable and refreshing. Slight grapefruit and apricot notes. I don't know what the hop profile is here, but it feels like a West Coast IPA. The wheat and malts compliment very well with a nice biscuity backbone.

M - The mouthfeel is pretty light and fluffy in my opinion. There's a mild astringency and oily finish from the hops. Honestly I could down these all day long in the summer time.

O - JK knocked it out of the park again. Great idea partnering with Mikkeller on this one. I would love to see this bottled. You are definitely bringing something unique to TX.

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Photo of travis224
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really, really impressed with this beer. Beautiful straw color with a light white head. Lot's of pine and fruit on the nose. Smells like it's going to be pretty hoppy. The taste is perfect nice wheat back with some super fresh hops. If they sold this in sixers I would drink it all summer. This beer really proves that you can make a complex low ABV beer. Quite a refreshing treat.

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Photo of diamondc
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for $6 or $5 at the local beer bar.

A: Classic IPA .. pale, golden, frothy head. Looking good so far.

S: Grapefruit, citrus overload. West Coast IPA stylin' here.

T: Bitter grapefruit skin, orange zest, apricots. So much hops here its almost going into Lysol territory. But either you love it or you dont. I do.

M: Slightly thin on the mouthfeel here. Well carbonated, very quaffable if you're a hop lover.

O: First Jester King beer Ive had and I wasn't disappointed. This is a hop lover's beer. I'm happy to see more TX breweries on tap locally.

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Photo of videofrog
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 750ml bottle into pilsner glass.

A: Golden-honey colored with large fluffy white head that settles into a nice rim that sporadically laces down the glass. Bit hazy from the yeast.

S: Clean, fresh. Lemon hops, wheat, and a faint sweetness hit the nose.

T: Taste follows the nose. Bready malts with the wheat. Lemon/citrus hops are great.

M: Light, but not thin. Very drinkable and refreshing. I wasn't careful enough toward the end of the bottle to avoid the yeast sediment.

O: Another winner from Jester King. I found this to be a great summer brew alternative to a Hefe. This hop-forward wheat beer is something different in a very good way.

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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 chocosushi
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
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 JMad
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a hexagonal glass...

It is a murky golden orange color with a filmy white head that left foamy lacing. The smell is mostly fruity tropical hops, peach, mango and orange, it was almost like a perfume. The beer is bitter with lots of lemon peel, it's nice and tart with hints of ginger and grapefruit. This beer is light and heavily carbonated, in a good way, it has a very dry finish. I would drink this beer every day, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would recommend it to anybody.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tall tulip glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden color with a four fingers of bright white foam. Quite carbonated - great lacing.

S: Lots of tropical fruits (guava and grapefruit) with some floral hop characteristics.

T: Quite dry tasting. Bitterness that mixes well with the dry nature of the beer - not overwhelming. Very easy drinking, but not particularly complex.

M: Very light bodied, but does not taste watered down. Refreshing.

O: A great beer for the summer. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink this again, but I surely enjoyed it.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to redredwino (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a light creamy head that fades semi slowly with nice lacing, hazy nectar orange color.

Nose has lots of fresh hops, citrus and light tropical fruit, light musty resinous wet hops, tangerine, peach, orange, hint of grapefruit, and a light sweet malt.

Taste has light sweet pilsner like malts and wheat flavors, straw, then lots of fresh hops, citrus, tangerine, light orange peel, tropical fruit, bit of juicy fruit, hint of musty resin, bit bitter but not heavy, hints of pine and mint as well. Light drinking with a drier finish and some lingering bitterness and light hop flavors.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, good carbonation.

Overall good, nice and fresh, nice drinking, despite being light on the overall, it has nice malt flavors, and lots of nice hops, and great taste, better than I expected.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Common Table.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is a great mix of wheat with some grassy and citrus hop notes. You can really get the Amarillo hops in the aroma.

The flavor is also very hoppy. There are a lot of citrus and grass notes mixed in with the nice wheat backbone. Light to medium bitterness and very easy to drink. For such a low alcohol beer, it is packed full of flavor.

Medium mouhfeel and medium carbonation. Outstanding.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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 TX-Badger
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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 UTCengOwl
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Draught House. Glad to see it there front and center. I described it to my roommate as a Wheat IPA before we had some and he completely agreed after the first sip.

The beer is a hazy gold. Not hard to spot it as a wheat beer. Thin white head that left quite good lacing. Almost to the 4.5 level, but not quite magical.

The nose is pure Amarillo hops. Holy crap, this is beautiful. Do you think the Draught House would mind if I just sat here and sniffed the beer all night? The wheat is somewhat lost in all of the hoppiness, but I really don't care. More please.

The taste has some wheat smoothness and Amarillo flavor, but it's just too bitter to drink like I want it to. If this was a bit less bitter with the same hop flavor, this could have been one of my favorite beers ever. That being said, it's still a damned fine drink.

This seems to be standard Jester King so far. Great idea and some parts are beautifully executed... but something just slips past the QC and keeps the beer from being truly magical.

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Photo of awinkro
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Flying Saucer Houston.

A: Hazy yellow appearance from the malted wheat. 50% barley, 50% wheat in this collab. Thin white head. Lacing lingers as the beer is drank

S: Great amarillo hop nose. Really throws off the appearance. Almost like a red herring. with the appearance of a wheat beer and the nose of an IPA.

T: Called a Pale Wheat Ale, much more like an IPA, which I'm ok with. Very refreshing, citrusy and floral flavor. Would love this beer on a hot, humid Texas summer day.

M: Nice carbonation. Doesn't linger on the palate, making each drink very refreshing.

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Photo of Sweasty
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drink'in pours a hazy gold. Things are capped off by a thick white head. Head settle to a thick ring. Plenty of lace is left down the glass.

Hops take control of the nose upon first whiff. Strong citrus, grapefruit and orange peel, take hold. An equally strong floral quality is present as well. A mild fresh cut grass quality also pops. Some light bready/biscuity wheat notes round out the nose.

Drying hops take total control of the palate. Citrusy hops shine. Juicy grapefruit, with an undercurrent of oranges and tangerines take hold. Cutting through the citrus are some nice floral notes. A light herbal grass note rounds out the hops. Some mild wheat malt notes flow beneath the hops. The finish is somewhat drying with lingering floral notes,

Drink'in is a nice light bodied quaff. The carbonation is boisterous, helping to further lighten the body.

This is a great summertime beer. Its light and refreshing, yet packed with flavor. Jester king/Mikkeller forgo balance in favor of a well rounded hoppiness. With the brutal summer we've had, a brew like this really hits the spot. I could easily drink this all day long. This very well may be the best warm weather brew I have had all summer.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Jester King Danish Day Party (Mikkeller/Jester King Collaboration). Served in a snifter.

Sunbelt is bright and boisterous in the glass with a hazed goldenrod hue. The head dissipates to a thin veil of foam, but stirs easily to a tightly packed tuft of off-white head with a swirl of the glass. A heavenly aroma greets the nose upon a deep inhale. Tropical fruits dominate through notes of pineapple and mango, and the hops also add a hefty dose of pine and citrus flesh.

The wheat is somewhat of an afterthought in the aroma, but comes through more so in the flavor. Quickly, however, the palate is dominated by floral- and pine-ridden hop notes that add a juicy, earthy bitterness to the back. The body is a little low in carbonation, which makes the mouthfeel a bit thinner than expected with a drying finish. Overall, Drink'in the Sunbelt is a tasty, drinkable American Wheat that I would easily knock back in rapid succession. Kudos to Jester King and Mikkeller for a successful collaboration. Looking forward to the interpretation of Beer Geek Brunch!

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Photo of MEsquandoles
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
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 rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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 GPHarris
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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 twiggamortis420
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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 grittybrews
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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 schlimenhaumer
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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 russwbeck
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Sean9689
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Jason!

A - Pours a hazy/mirky gold, sticky lacing, thick cap.

S - Light bitter hops, hay, crisp citrus. All very light but all very much enjoyable.

T - Light hops, bitter, hay/straw. All very light, slightly floral, refreshing. Perfect beer to enjoy outside during the summer due to the light hops, nice wheat, and touch of citrus.

M - Light body, crisp, refreshing, good carbonation, clean finish.

O - Perfect beer for a summers day! At only 4.2%, it's something I would go back for time and time again. Recommend.

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