Bonnie The Rare | Jester King Brewery

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Bonnie The RareBonnie The Rare
137 Ratings
Bonnie The RareBonnie The Rare

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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 137 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of NeverSettle
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Tech_Savy
1.25/5  rDev -65.5%

Photo of Jmick28
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Weebsjak
2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of Cablejelly
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of ReyG006
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of abex44
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of brandon911
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.

 720 characters

Photo of mhenson42
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of truesolution
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Gobzilla
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.

 679 characters

Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of CelticAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Abarhan
2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bbadger
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of wagenvolks
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a Cuvee de Jacobins tulip.

Bonnie the Rare pours with a bright goldenrod body showing good clarity. The head is off-white and scant, retreating quickly to a tiny wisp of foam. Aromas bring forward light, pleasant notes of citrus peel, souring bacteria, and vegetation. A bit grassy, and a bit grainy, with some barnyard funk hiding in the background.

The flavor is...interesting. Comes off as a combination of pineapple and pickle juice on the front of the palate--briny, sour, and somewhat sweet. Mid-sip gets a clean note of bread crust and bleached wheat crackers before the finish adds a tinge of tartness to the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style, with a prickly carbonation level and medium-light body that drinks easily. Still, the flavor combinations just don't mesh for me. Bonnie isn't a bad Berliner Weisse, but for Jester King, it qualifies as a 'Rare' miss.

[Edit: Tried this on tap at Jester King in early '12, and it was much better. Gave it a 4/5 as a 'had']

 1,015 characters

Photo of EgadBananas
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy sunny, light orange. Vigorous pour yielded a two finger head, dissipated very quickly. The aroma was slightly bready, with only the faintest note of tart. Not much else. Taste was again, only faintly sour or even tart, little wheat notes and touches of orange. Light bodied, very light on the carbonation, average feeling.

Though I'm not the most experienced in Berliners, this was just boring and lacked a lot...

 437 characters

Photo of tjkinate
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of pmarlowe
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.

 545 characters

Photo of inlimbo77
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, released Summer '12
White wine glass

A: This one pours out a cloudy, hazy yellow color. There isn't a ton of head, only a thin white layer. There are some tight tiny bubbles. No lacing being left on the glass.

S: Smells of mild funk. Some yogurt like sourness. Wheat. And the JK farmhouse yeast comes through as well.

T: Nicely tart and refreshing right from the start of the sip. In the middle of the mouth, you get those European hop varietals. Grainy, grassy wheat. The finish is slightly white wine like and dry.

M: Light bodied. Easy drinking.

O: Another solid offering from JK. Liked this one a lot. Carbonation might come up a little more with bottle conditioning, but that is one of my only knocks on it.

 731 characters

Photo of duff247
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of gtermi
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

 776 characters

Photo of PhatAtUT
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 750mL bottle into buffalo bayou brewing co. snifter.

A: pours with zero head. looks flat, just like a glass of apple juice.

S: funk. straw. grapes. apples. smells pleasant. sort of like a white wine.

T: fairly sour right up front. not overwhelming. sort of a faint sour apple taste. touch of bitterness to go with the funk on the back end. well balanced. very tasty.

M: i was worried about the carbonation based on the pour, but there are no problems in that department. for being a low abv beer, it has a surprisingly full feel to it. very enjoyable, extraordinarily drinkable.

O: not a style i have a ton of familiarity with, but i found this very enjoyable. great evident sourness but not completely mouth puckering. wish this was available in 4 or 6 packs rather than 750s.

 794 characters

Photo of H0rnedFr0gs
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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