Bonnie The Rare | Jester King Brewery

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Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A traditional Berlin-style sour wheat beer, based on the meticulous research of beer historian Ron Pattinson. Big thanks to Kristen England of Pour Decisions Brewery for all of his help along the way and to our good friend Andrew Pogue, whose test batch first inspired the idea.

Added by Mora2000 on 11-21-2011

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another offering from Jester King Craft Brewery that I decided to try, a 750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Bonnie the Rare Berliner Weiss has a cloudy straw yellow appearance. Interestingly, there was a decent amount of carbonation, but produced almost no head, the little that formed only stayed around for a few seconds.

S - On the nose I get citrus, citrus, and more citrus, with a sour note, and that unmistakable barnyard funk.

T - On the palate I mainly get lemon zest, with some orange peel mixed in, a hint of tart grapefruit as well. On the finish, the tartness really shines through, very interesting.

M - Light-bodied on the palate, maybe due to the higher than expected amount of carbonation I feel. Which surprised me since I didn't get much head on the pour.

O - Another fantastic job by Jester King, Bonnie the Rare is well done. The beer is truly in the style of a Berliner Weiss, has all the characteristics of that style. There is an interesting play going on between the tart citrus flavors and the malt, with the tartness winning out. I really enjoyed this beer.

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4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass. Thanks to bentwookie for this. There aren't enough berliners out there.

A: A thin cap of head covers a murky, dark straw body. So-so retention, the head disappears completely leaving a still looking beer.

S: Tart, peppery spice and slightly sweet malt, earth, candied dried pineapple.

T: Lacto tart forefront gives this a nice zing. Tasty. Wheat, lemon, apple and pear backbone. Minerally at the end, I guess the well water?

M: Medium-full body and light carbonation.

O: Very light, refreshing. Great beer for the warm weather.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very nice golden yellow body with a white head that fades to nothing in seconds.There is also a lot of wheat or yeast floaties.

S: The smell of this beer is very amazing. Tons of different smells like banana, apple, wheat and a tiny bit of corn.

T: The flavor is pretty light in flavor, but thats expected for a beer at 3.7% alcohol. It does has some very nice flavors that do stand out like some banana and funky yeast and also a great amount of sour.

M: There is a lot more crispness than what I was really expecting and it really adds to this low alcohol beer. It tingles all across the tongue and all down my throat.

O: All around, this is a very nice beer. Very refreshing and enjoyable to a hot August day. Please make this many more times Jester King!

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4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Jester King Brewery in one of their snifters.

It poured a pale golden yellow, a little hazy with half a finger of head that quickly went away. The smell was crazy, really different from anything I've ever had. It smelled sour, similar to yogurt, a little funky, some bright citrus and fairly hoppy and sweet. The taste was along the same lines, but even more yogurty. It had a little bitterness on the tongue and had some sour grapiness and wheatiness too. The mouthfeel was smooth with almost no carbonation.
I apologize for how hard this is to describe, but I realllly wanna find some more like this, try it if you get a chance. I have a feeling that this is a really polarizing beer though.

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4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This delight pours a light, hazy golden-straw color. I pick up some funky, slightly tart and sour aromas, followed by a slightly tart and lemony taste. It’s light—delicate, perhaps—and has an effervescence that keeps it from getting bogged down by everything going on. Flavorful finish, like lemon zest or citrusy essential oils. Yum.

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4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 750ml bottle into a Jester King flute. No freshness date.

A: Pale, cloudy yellow. White head dissipates almost instantly on both pours. Thick yeast sediment hiding at the bottom of the bottle presents itself on last pour.

S: Yeast funk, wheat malt, slight sour.

T: Grainy wheat malt with a lactic sour taste. Citrusy fruit there as well. Just what you'd expect from a Berliner Weiss.

M: Crisp and highly carbonated. Very drinkable.

O: Great session beer. I enjoy Austin Beerworks Einhorn a little better, but this hit the spot for an after work pre-dinner drink.

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Bonnie The Rare from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 137 ratings