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 jamescain
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a champagne style glass.

Appearance: Cloudy straw yellow with a fluffy white head about two fingers thick that slowly fades to a thin layer and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Up front fruity hop notes ranging from citrus to grapefruit, with light spicy notes from the yeast.

Taste: Citrus and orange notes with subtle spicy yeast characteristics.

Mouthfeel: Light body with too much carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: It's better then most of the style, but I think carbonation was too much and at the end there was a thick layer of trub in the bottle that came flowing into my glass.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with lots of bubbles. Tremendous foamy head that settles eventually leaving sporadic sticky lacing.

Smell is great. A nice wheat base with some crisp clean citrus aroma.

Taste is a bit of a let down after the appearance and smell. Very little of the wonderful citrus from the nose makes an appearance in the taste. Really just a bit of wheat, finishing with a sharp spicy bitterness.

Fairly light and medium-high carbonation levels.

Just ok. If more of the citrus made a flavor appearance this could be a very good beer. As is it's good for a lighter ABV beer, but not much more.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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 THECPJ
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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 dcloeren
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle at Major League Grill in Beaumont, TX. Review from notes.

Poured a golden glowing honey with 2 fingers of bright white head with good retention. Good amount of lacing.

The aroma produced some nice floral and citrus hop notes, a little grassy and pretty sweet smelling.

Taste followed the nose. Grassy, lemony, floral and citrus hop notes and some wheat chararacteristics. Pretty refreshing. Wouldn't mind having one of these by the pool.

Light in body and over ran with carbonation. I remember that the carbonation was almost offputting there was so much. Regardless, I could see myself drinking multiples of this if it weren't for price and I didnt care about catching a buzz...

Overall, this was a tasty beer. To be quite honest I am glad that I got to try it and enjoy it. I will never buy it again unless to spread it to some people who cant get it. It was well done, and easy to drink but I think that the price tag on this beer for what it is will keep me away from it.

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Photo of videofrog
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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 Cavery
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An extra gift from TexasClimber, Thanks for all the TX brews! Really excited to give another Jester King a swirl, onto the review.

750ml into generic tulip

A: Light froths on what looks like an unfiltered organic lemonade. Lots of deep earthy yellow/brown tones that give into lighter and brighter yellows at the rim. Lightly clear or very soft white bubbles disappeared rather quickly. The head just seemed to fizz out like a chemical reaction, was a bit strange.

S: Rustic pulpy fruits with pineapple cores and juicy fruits at the husk or rind. There's a really "raw" character to the nose that makes it seem almost health-food-like in the nose. The hops are an odd mix, where a potpourri of pine needles, old citrus rinds, brown leaves, and soggy wheat cereal malts blend for an odd on the farm type summer beverage.

T: The hops come off oddly dusty, sandy, and gritty. There's a really gritty character to the hops that just make me think "sandstorm". The malt is very interesting, as the pale malt pops quite a lot off of a lightly sweet wheat background. It's like a trail mix that's heavily comprised of potent walnuts or some other lightly bitter addition. This really is like drinking a piece of Texas, I imagine.

M: medium body that I think the mix of grains helps out with. You get the lightness of the wheat but the bitterness of the hop cocktail plus the pale malt gives it a really chewy profile. If you ignore the voodoo of the ingredients, this really is an ultralight body. I like the illusion of a bigger beer, or perhaps allusion to one.

O: Pretty good, the flavor was pretty unusual. I think the mix of hops was pretty unique in that it really conveyed this sandy earthiness that immediately made me think of the desert. When I read the label and the concept behind the beer I couldn't help feel like they kind of nailed this project. Jester King successfully put some legitimately dry desert flavors in this mixed grain pale ale. Not great, but interesting and drinkable enough to warrant a few full glasses.

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Photo of chicano4craft
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow,orange color with a big soapy white head. Decent lacing.

Smell is citrusy hops. Lots of lemon and wheat. Not sure how old this bottle is. I wish the bouqet was a bit stronger.

Nice mix of flavors. Hops give of citrus with a slight metallic finish. Wheat is present the entire time. Balances and adds a earthiness.

Mouthfeel is just average. Loses points for the light body and metallic finish.

Nice beer overall. I could definitly drink this underneath that Texas sun.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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 LadyOfMuchBeer
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint from tap at the Jester King brewery in Austin. Very fresh.

Pours hazy and milky gold. Light in color, but not even the slightest bit see-through. 1/2" head fades quickly, lacing sticks nicely on glass.

Smell- tropical fruits, pineapple-mango-banana. Sugary sweetness on nose. Slight bready(wheat) smell, but sweet fruits dominate here!

Taste- fruit is so different than the nose. Nice grapefruit/citrus hops. Malty and bready.

Overall, drinks like a glass of juice more than a beer. Surprisingly refreshing.

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Photo of travis224
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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 beermaker1
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I was reading other reviews, there are alot of my thoughts in the review. So I amgonna steal some....

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

S-My first thought was....damn this is gonna be hoppy. Cascade hops came to mind. I love the first dose of citrus aroma.

T/M- Again, very wheaty. Bitterness is a bit lower than anticipated. Refreshing and slightly fruity. Very light body, moderate carbonation.

O- From the first whiff, I had higher expectations. I love the aroma. Appearance was nice, and taste was ok. I would love this beer on the patio, in the shade after mowing the lawn. It was very refreshing however. I bought 1 to drink, and 1 to bring home for my cellar at a later date.

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Photo of Sweasty
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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 cosmicevan
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
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 TexIndy
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Love the label - good story and very informative on the ingredients. Was a cloudy, pale yellow color with good carb streams. Had a large, foamy white head that slowly settled into a constant foam cap. Great sheeting with lots sticking.

The aroma was citric and floral hops with lots of lemon along with a little bit of wheat. Got the hops but not really getting the wheat in this "hoppy wheat" beer. Good but needs a little more of the wheat IMHO. The taste is also hop and lemon heavy but very light on the wheat part. Good and very easy to drink but the wheat would be great to cut the lemon a bit. Mouthfeel is very light and a bit watery. Medium carbonation.

Overall, I really wanted to love this one as hoppy wheat nails two of my favorite styles but while I liked it I didn't love it. Not enough of the wheat to add more flavor to the heavy lemon and citric flavors. Interesting beer. Available here in TX obviously. Rotation - gotta get another bottle just to make sure I didn't get a bad one. But if that doesn't improve then it's not worth a 750ml format for me. Maybe if in singles. Would try on tap though. [O/N;O]

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

Got this bad boy in a trade, thanks cfh64! Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-hazy light orange with with yellow hues intertwined around the edges. Two finger white head forms on the pour that is very bubbly and has some great retention. Nice spider web lace follows down the glass.

S: Nice citrus hops with some grassy notes as well. Slight wheat peaks in on top of that.

T: The taste was a little different from the nose. Grassy with a slight woody note. Mild citrus. Very different.

M: Crisp and light with nice carbonation. Had a very airy mouthfeel and drank just like water.

O: This is the best sessionable beer that I've ever had. This bad boy drank just like water. I could drink this all day. Great taste and drinkability.

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

Pour: Golden straw yellow with a frothy white head, one finger high.

Nose: Slight straw, hay, grass, light sugar, piney hops, slightly citric with lemon, wheat and bread.

Taste: Very similar to the nose but less hoppy with a crisp pale malt, nice straw/grass middle and a bready slightly carameled finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light and refreshing. Great carbonation.

Overall: One of the most enjoyable sessionable beers I've ever had. Makes me happier than the bikini clad women in those other light beer ads...just like the bottle says! Really great stuff! Thanks Chad!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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 elNopalero
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +6.5%
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 OakedCanuck
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into cervoise.

A - Pours an nice deep orange, slight haze and yellow edging. Fluffy white head with tight bubbles. little lacing

S - Lots of citrus notes, oranges, lemon zest and mandarins. Strong bready yeast complement.

T - Much like the nose. Citrus fruits (lemon, oranges, some sweet grapefruit). A bready, grainy backbone provides the wheat distinction. Minor malty sweetness.

M - Light body with decent carbonation. Refreshing and crisp.

O - A good summer beer from a great Texas brewery.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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 GregSVT
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is muted hops and bready malt with a bit of lemon grass in the background. Pretty disappointing smell after reading some of the other reviews. I was expecting a big hoppy pale ale.

T: Taste is bitter hops that seem to only be bitter with no other flavors you get from other pale ales and hops. I also get a bit of a muddled malt flavor and a bit of lemon.

M: The feel is actually a bit higher in body than some others in the style and the carbonation has some big bubbles.

O: This was a bit of a disappointment. I actually had this before and didn't review it because I thought it was off for some reason. This is a different bottle from a different shop so I'm not sure what's going on...maybe the bottles they sent to DFW are old? I'd like to try this on tap to see if it's any different.

Got two more of these that I am hesitant to open now...great.

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Photo of JMad
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
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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