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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Calvin (ApostleBrewing) for this goody, shared with rudzud and others.

Almost no fizzy head, clear yellow pilsner color.

Nose toasty wheat, light sour lemony grass thing, light musty earthy.

Taste stats with light lemony grassy flavor, toasted wheat, grassy hay light, earthy slightly sour funky, bready, light mineral, little watery. Finish is dry and light bitterness, little funk and sour wheat, bready, little sticky.

Mouth is lighter bod, little watery, very little carb.

Overall not bad but not what I expected, little watery, decent sour and more toasty wheat.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks are owed to both BA's canadianghetto and mhenson42 for hooking me up with bottles of this. Poured from a 750ml into a snifter. The brew appears a somewhat clear golden color with a bit of haziness about it. A mild yellowish tinted head forms composed of rather large bubbles and rapidly and audibly dissolves to nothing. A swirl releases some bubbles from solution that collect around the rim of the glass but never reform that initial surge of a cap.

The aroma of this brew catches me a bit off-guard with a mild scent of corn and lacto-like cheese and yogurt. More sniffs of this brew bring out a fresh scent of wheat and pilsner-like footy malt. There is an overall almost candy-like sweetness to this brew that is faintly reminiscent of canned peaches of sorts or some other indistinguishable fruit. It is an interesting aroma for sure but not really what I look for in the style. Not bad, just a bit unique and out of place per se.

The taste includes a bit of residual grainy sweetness like pilsner grain mixed with a bit of footy quality and raw wheat. At times, the flavor is mildly corn-like just as the aroma suggested. Some earthy funk mildly like cheese and yogurt. This brew reminds me of sour mashing but without the off-character that is sometimes associated with it. The aftertaste includes a lasting wheat sweetness and mild lemony fruit tinge.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is light and easy drinking but displays just a bit too much focus on malt and not enough tartness. The residual sweetness is a bit much and it overall is lacking the tartness and crisp snap to the finish that I look for in the style. As a summertime beer, it is fitting and something I could throw back pretty effortlessly but considering the trouble getting it and the price tag, there are others out there I would opt for instead of this one.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a golden yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and a nice thin head which left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: funky earhty with spice was noticeable upfront on the aroma with apple, slight pear but with grainy notes and a little tart astringent qualities.

T: the tart character was more prominent on the palate alongside toasty grains, apple fruitiness, some spice, citrusy accents a touch of bretty funkiness.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a funky, mild fruity, spice, grainy, tart and slight dry finish.

O: definitely one of the better offerings from JK. Pretty solid brew all around, glad I tried it.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice lightly hazy golden hue with almost no head, no lacing.

S - Aromas of light wheat and faint sour notes.

T - Taste is very nice light sour and funk, subtle fruitiness, gentle wheat. Very stiff and subtle.

M - Mouthfeel is very nicely carbonated.

O - Overall I enjoyed it, very soft and subtle.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Purchased at The Common Table's Jester King/Mikkeller beer dinner.

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with no real head, but a few bubbles to show that the beer is not flat. The flavor is full of wheat, with some nice orange peel notes and a slight bit of tartness.

The flavor follows suit. The dominant flavor is wheat with a little bit of light funk. There is also some lemony tartness which really adds to the beer.

Thin mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 12.17.12
Thanks johnsaulrubio

A - Pours a clear, light orange with an average fizzy off-white head that is gone instantly.

S - Barnyard funk, tart and acidic lemon.

T - Funky tart lemon, acidic and bready, lighter here with a sweeter finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light and thin body.

O - Funky, acidic and citrus with a sweet bready finish.

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