Bonnie The Rare | Jester King Brewery

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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

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

Serving type, bottle

A: clear bright yellow with some slight opacity, very minimal head but still carbonated.

S: funky, wheat with malt and some sourness.

T: the first bottle I had a little while ago I remember being a bit more tart. This one seemed much more in line with the Berliner style than the sour. Still there was a strong funky ness and wheat characteristic followed by a slight sourness.

M: bright crisp carbonated and smooth

O: I like this beer a lot. I rated it higher than I would because the last one I had was so much more sour. Either way it's a fun beer to have, I just prefer it to be more sour.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When I popped the cap on this one I was hit with an aroma of corn and yogurt, like opening a container of yogurt. As stated below, there seems to be a big pilsner malt backbone to this beer. There was very little foam to speak of, just a ring of small bubbles around the glass.
The taste is very grainy, again the pilsner malts stand out. There is very little of the berliner sour that comes through, except in the finish. There is a bit of a lemon taste to it that sticks with you long after its gone from your mouth. The mouthfeel is light and crisp while being lively on the tongue.
I am enjoying this beer, but it is definitely lacking the tartness that I was expecting. Its somewhere in the middle of a wheat beer and a berliner.

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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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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
3.69 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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