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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: 230
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
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 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 oline73
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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 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 Rifugium
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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 womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour on this beer is a light orange color with a big white head.

S: Starts off with a fairly strong floral hop aroma. There is a lot of orange rind and mild citrus sweetness. Also a mild malty sweetness. The hops are somewhat perfumey with just a little bit of grass. A healthy dose of pale, cracker malts and wheat as well.

T: The flavor has a significantly more pronounced citrus character. Lots of orange peel and fresh, juicy tangerine flavors. Some floral hops and grass, too. Plenty of pale malts with a cracker note. Nice and dry with a soft bitterness, which is good for a beer like this.

M: On the light side of medium in terms of body with a medium carbonation.

O: Really a nice beer. Well done by Jester King and Mikkeller.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jason I think? Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - Big white foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Hazy golden body.

S - Lemons, wheat, yeast, grass, some light sugar. There's a definite Euro character to this even though I know this was made in Texas.

T - Taste is quite similar, with lots of sugar, lemon, yeast, wheat and lightly toasted grains. Quite flavorful for the lower ABV.

M - Watery, lower carbonation, medium-light body, slightly dry and clean finish. Absolutely crushable stuff.

D - Nice session beer, but ultimately inessential. I could definitely imagine drinking a whole 750ml bottle of this one. The Drink'in the Sun series is a great idea, even though some of the offerings are better than others.

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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 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 HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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 champ103
2.92/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Anvil in Houston.

A: Pours a very cloudy golden orange color. A one finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Very minimal lace is left behind.
S: A big hoppy aroma up front and dominate. Citrus, grapefruit, light grassy aromas. A large bitterness lingers in the nose.
T: Huge hops. Citrus, grapefruit and bitterness. I can't get anything else. The hops are very sharp and astringent.
M/D: Very thin, and almost under carbonated. Way to watery and lifeless. A thin and overly bitter. This does not make for a very enjoyable beer for me.

I love Jester King, but this is not for me. The sharp/astringent hops is to much, and too thin of a body. Jester King makes great beer, I don't think this is one of them though.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - opened the bottle and filled my snifter. Poured a very crisp orange, almost creamsicle in color. Medium finger sized frothy white head. Very murky, sticky lacing.

S - again nice crisp smell. Very nice citric notes. Soft. Sweet. Smells perfect for the weather.

T - taste falls short of the smell. The nice citric notes seemed to be watered down a bit. Pretty malty, pretty grassy. There are some nice wheat characteristics, but the flavor just seems muted overall.

M - a bit thin and watery.

O - overall, a nice session. With a more hop firward flavor profile this would be dynamite.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Thanks goes out to TJKinate for sending this one my way.

appearance: hazy golden orange with 1 finger head

smell: citrus, hops, barnyard, wheat, hay, spices,

taste: citrus, spices, wheat,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very drinkable beer. Glad I got to try this one. And can't wait to try the others from this Company.


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Photo of gtermi
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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 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 thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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 AgentZero
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden yellow beer with a big head that faded to some random spots and lace along the sides.

S - Citrus, hay, lemon zest, some yeast, and a little bitter hops. Smells fairly inviting.

T - Taste is like the nose, a nice wheat beer balanced with some good citrus. Good summer beer that is easy to drink and refreshing.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing.

O - Great session beer with good flavors. At the low ABV, you can pretty much drink this all day.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

889th Review on BA
Bottle to Slender footed goblet
750 ML


Thanks to Poonamibaxter for this one!

App- A medium burnt orange with some yellow highlights towards the bottom of the glass. Gigantic 2-1/2 finger white head. Medium receding with some partial lace.

Smell- A nice light refreshing aromatic beer. A little wheat base of course followed by a vibrant hop and citrus note.

Taste- Very crisp and refreshing. Opens with more citrus notes and then the hops follow. The wheat seems very mellow. This is a very good hot day beer. The 4.2 feels a lot bigger on the flavor.

Mouth- Light bodied and a good amount of medium carbonation. Bubbles across the tounge and nice residual citrus flavors.

Drink- 2 for 2 on Jester King. I like what they do. This was clean/crisp/refreshing and light. A nice beer to sit with for a while. Opens with good flavors and leaves some good flavors for a while.

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

Missed out on trying this one on draught at the brewery last weekend. However, I’ve managed to snag a couple of bottles of it since its release and have enjoyed it far more than I usually enjoy wheat beers. I blame the hops!

Drinking Drink’in the Sunbelt in the sun… no belt, tho. Poured into a nonic glass just in time to catch the sunset.

It pours a nice bit of foam which dies down to a thick froth. Good head retention, as the saying goes. Nice big bubbles that hold up.

Looks like a less-cloudy wheat beer. In the dying light of day it appears slightly hazy.

Smells hoppy, with piney, floral notes. Grassy? But only slightly.
Tastes light on the palate. Hops are not as strong as they would be in an IPA, for obvious reasons. But it’s not called a hopped wheat beer for nothing, either. At 4.2% I could drink a pint and 9.4 ounces of this by myself and still be good to go.

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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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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 HardTarget
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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%
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 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 facundoCNB
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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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