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Gotlandsdricka | Jester King Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gotlandsdricka, meaning “Drink of the Good Land”, is believed to have been the beer of the Vikings. Our rendition of this ancient style is inspired by the traditional farmhouse ales once brewed on the island of Gotland, off the coast of Sweden. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally-conditioned.

Added by StaveHooks on 10-19-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,918
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
293
pDev:
16.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
56
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Ratings: 293 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of pawpaw
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DRBiser
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of SteeleWright
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Bonko_the_sane
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a very clean golden yellow pour with 3 fingers of head and TONS of fizzy bubbles rocketing up the stem of the center of the glass like it's a highway! smells very funky.. band aids comes first to mind, hay, chipotle. smells nice and spicy/smoky. a lot of the band aid flavor pulls through up front, with a nice chipotle pepper finish.. also in the mix i'm getting a really floral flavor.. like flower petals.. very subtle. really digging this one. light body with high carbonation makes this very drinkable. the dryness from the smoked flavors also makes it perfect for hot days like today.

overall i give this a 4. it's a solid beer, and so far one of the best i've had from this brewery. i do love rauchbiers, and this is pretty much one, except i've never had one with these ingredients.. sweet gale and juniper? also the different woods used to smoke these grains are an excellent touch!

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Photo of BeerOps
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of xtonytx
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/8/2014.

L: Off-orange and hazy. Slight head and fizz.

S: Smoky, burning wood, charcoal.

T: Light smoke, toasted grain, burnt meat. Slight saltiness gives the feeling of a gose.

F: Wish it had a little more body and carbonation for 6.6% ABV.

O: A nice smoked beer! Jester King is doing things right - a true farmhouse brewery.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed golden straw, big rush of bubbky white head that took a bit to calm down... even felt lik eit grew after thr pour was complete. Scent leads with firm notes of smoke, not very distinguished as the type of wood used, big doughy, bready and yeasty notes, some spice and light fruity tartness. Taste follows suit, smoke up front, bread in the middle, spice and light fruityness on the back end. Lighter side of medium, a touch too bubbly. Interesting, yes... overly memorable, no.

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Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: fairly light yellow in color, just a bit darker than straw. Lightly cloudy. Forms an enormous white head that quickly fizzes away to nothingness. No lacing.

S: light smokiness, light crisp green apple. Some yeasty esters. Coriander and peppery spice.

T: Light pale malts, mild smokey quality. Honey, apple, pear, biscuit, bready yeast, and a mild piney spice, presumably from the juniper.

M: lighter bodied. Heavier carbonation. Mild bitterness. Dry.

O: I guess it's a bit hard to rate against style when there isn't else like it. Never the less, not a bad beer. The smokiness is restrained, while the yeast is rather prevalent.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy orange/yellow, trace white head, good lacing

S: smoke, bbq, floral, yeast, malt

T: sweet bbq, floral, yeast, slow roasted bitter finish

M: med body, smooth, firm bubbly

O: Interesting combination! Smoked BBQ and yeast/floral.
Would recommend and have again. Bet would be great with
bbq meat.

VERY GOOD, WORTH TRYING!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear pale gold filling to hazy orange with a large cream-colored foamy head leaving some clingy sheets. The bottom half of the bottle clouds up substantially, with a large amount of sediment if you are one of those that tries to avoid it.

Smell is smoked ham cut by a little baked pineapple and roasted lemon, with grass and smoked hay. However, this is not a smokeout like some others I've had, i.e. Ashtray Heart.

Taste starts tangy and bright, with slightly tart and dry orange, lemon and grapefruit with some light barnyard saison funk. It then subtly becomes melded with and then slightly overtaken by some campfire ash and backyard bbq, with a little bacon and pork roast, but it brightens back up to a tangy, slight sting that cleans the palate on the finish. This might turn some folks into smoked beer fans that are on the fence regarding the style, but if the style is already something you absolutely despise, then this is not for you.

There is a nice, thin froth in this medium-bodied brew, with a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am very appreciative for Stakem sharing this bottle, a treat to enjoy this after a year in the bottle, thanks Adam!

The color is golden with light hazed and quick dropping white head which becomes a ring of beads with visible carbonation and spots of lace. The smell is smoky with an herbal aroma with light earthy quality and subtle hay like element augmenting the hint of fruity yeast. The feel is earthy with moderately high carbonation and slight dry feel with light spice texture and mild sweetness.

The taste brings a tangy yeast element with light malt quality and slight smoke in the initial flavor impression with subtle spiciness which could also be considered herbal hop with mild yeast tanginess and light malt nuttiness with a slight herbal quality carrying through into the dry crisp finish. This is great with very good drinkability in general -I appreciate the chance to try this old world style and it is every bit as good as I expected.

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Photo of WTKeene
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Newest batch served on tap at the brewery.

Appearance: milky white/yellow, no head to speak of aside from a few stray bubbles around the edge.

Smell: lots of herbal pine and bologna. Hints of band aid too.

Taste: this is actually a lot better than I was expecting. Smoke is more subtle, bologna notes are not nearly as strong as on the nose. Lots of fruity tart citrus and herb, which is lovely. Hint of campfire on the finish, with a bitter herbal linger.

Mouthfeel: despite the appearance there's actually a substantial amount of carbonation in this. Quite dry.

Overall: the taste is a lot better than I was expecting, and I love what this beer does in a gin barrel (Viking Metal), but as it is its still a little too weird for me to want to return to regularly.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL poured into a tulip.

Surprisingly light in body as I was expecting something darker from a smoked beer. Looks peach-skin in the body with a considerable haze. Foamy head quickly dissipates but a layer of lace remains. 4.25

Campfire level smoke with some tartness and lemon and bacon. Aggressively smoky and I fuck with it. 4.25

Wheaty, fruity, lemony before smoke overwhelms this and becomes campfire heavy, ashy, and a bit like smoked meat Perhaps a bit too much ashtray, even for this smoked beer lover. I notice a bit of chalky, plasticky flavor in the aftertaste, something I found in Snorkel as well. 3.75

Love the light body and fruity character and tartness, followed by an incredibly dry, ash-like finish. 3.75

It's intense and not for the weak of heart. But unique and pretty damn tasty.

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Photo of Lovely85
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't have a skull cup to drink out of, as the label recommends, so I used a tulip instead.

Lightly hazed straw gold, and a billowing head of white foam that settles quickly to a skim. No lace to speak of, looks fairly plain and simple, which makes perfect sense.

Aroma is lightly phenolic and yeasty, earthy spices take centerstage. As it warms some light smoke traces waft out also.

Moderate level of smoke, well integrated and not overbearing. The juniper and gale are subdued, and come off more as general spice than anything, with some light bitter phenolics as well. Aftertaste of honeyed malt and soft oak smokiness, a mellow wood-derived astringency cuts through the ample and frothy carbonation. As a historical recreation of an ancient simple smoked ale, it's definitely interesting (especially as a Swede myself) but a little one-note overall.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Domvan
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of poster83nutbag
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of svenness
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this at Hunger Mountain Coop in Vermont, somehow they got a few Jester King beers.

Big quickly rising fizzy head rises instead of fading, light lacing, hazy golden straw color, tons of bubbles rising

Nose interesting, the sweet gale and juniper are nice, good smoked malt aromas, beach wood smoke, light toasty pilsner malt, light maple smoked bacon.

Taste more smoked malts, beach wood smoke, light toasty smoke pilsner, little sweet sticky malt but semi crisp, floral effervescent, then nice sweet gale, light hint if juniper and bitterness. Light maple smoked bacon again. Finish is little sticky but drier, more smoked malt and bacon, sticky sweet malts syrupy like and bacon again, more light sweet gale.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied but sticky, effervescent lots of carb.

Overall very interesting and unique, pretty well done but a bit too much residual sugar somehow even with all that carbonation it brings. The smoked malts are nice, as well as sweet gale, juniper is barely detectable mostly and it could have used a bit more bitterness I think. but still a very unique and tasty beer to try.

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Gotlandsdricka from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 293 ratings
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