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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

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

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285
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
38.75%
 
 
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Photo of Myotus
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #5

Poured gently at 47°F from a 750ml bottle (bottled 21Apr16) into a tulip. Consumed on 06Sep16.
SMELL: Strong aromas of hickory smoked bacon are uniquely and suitably complemented by mild aromas of spicy juniper, sweet peach, pear, and white grape along with subtle aromas of salty minerals, sour green apple, spicy rye, toast, and sweet and earthy gale.
4.5 out of 5
TASTE: A flood of strong hickory smoked bacon and mild sour green apple flavors smother the palate. A mild shower of fruit is joined by a subtle spiciness as flavors of pear, white grape, peach and rye caress the palate. Mild flavors of salty minerals and subtle flavors of spicy juniper build up the uniqueness of the beer as the bacon flavors fade to mild. The complexity of the brew is deepened as subtle balsamic vinegar and earthy, sweet gale flavors make their debut while the juniper and salty mineral flavors grow somewhat stronger. As all the flavors now maintain and merge to form the final taste, the gale flavors manage to become slightly more dominate.
4.25 out of 5
NOTE: I have had almost every beer from Jester King, including their collaborations. This one managed to earn the title of most unique. Not only was this the most unique JK beer that I have had, but this was one of the most unique beers that I have experienced in all my years of craft. Every aspect of the brew fell together wonderfully. I only wish the smokey bacon flavors could have maintained in the taste.

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Photo of Premo88
4.64/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz. bomber poured into tulip

L: a pinch or three darker than yellow, light gold, 50/50 opaque/clear with light easily passing through, solid 1-inch head of offwhite foam that doesn't stick; no lacing but the activity in the glass is profuse and producing a beautiful collar of white foam with a 60-70% skin

S: smoke! meaty, salty smoked malt has a slight peat twinge to it, some burning green wood, oak or pecan; as it warms, it's like a cherry pie sitting inside a well-tuned barbecue pit ... lots of wood and smoke with something sweet; smokey grain sacks; sweetness reminds me of lemon cheesecake or tart-but-sweet cherries

T: smoked lemons ... smoked lemon peel ... smoked aftertaste ... smoked herbs ... you can't miss the smoke; something super sweet jabs at the tongue for a second during the swallow, then is gone ... the rest is tart and smokey, summer sausage and mustard come to mind, and the aftertaste is both smoked wood and earthy -- dirt, dusty dried grain sacks, bitter hay; the flavors are mixing very well with a slight smokey burn in the back of the throat, like an alcohol burn only with a pinch of peaty smoked malt; that sweetness might be from the "fingernail polish" family of notes often found in the world of "sours", but here it's much less medicinal and sharp and much more sugary sweet

F: classic Jester King ... as good as it gets, light but well filled out by the carbonation

O: it's exactly what a smoked Jester King beer sounds like, tart, smokey and earthy with just that little hint of sweetness to make it all go down that much easier; it's unique and packed with a ton of flavor; for a smoked-beer fix, this is very, very nice

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought this smoked beer from Jester King a couple of weeks ago and recently drank it. It is a somewhat odd beer inspired by a drink from my home country Sweden, but I liked it.

L: It had a orange cloudy hue with a two inch thick white head.

A: The aroma was smoky/ashy and sour.

T: It had an interesting mix of flavors, smoke, lemon, grapefruit, and smoked meat. It does not sound good but it was.

F: It was dry and fairly light.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.87/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Haven't reviewed for a while now… but one smell of this beauty and I had to make sure I got this down. This… THIS is a moment in time I want to have recorded some where!

And for good reason.

Bottled December 2014. So, about one and a half years old now.

Pours a hazy deep orange gold with a very slightly off white head that is thin and dissipates quickly. The head then remains as a rim of bubbles around the digs and patches among the inner part that have floated together like little clouds. Looks pretty good.

The smell! This is what made me want to write this down! The smoke comes through like no ones business. It is pungent and like the smell of smoke off of a jacket you have worn on a backpacking trip and you have burned all sorts of wood to keep warm at night and that collected variation is kind of sour and dingy but it immediately reminds you of those nights around the fire. And it is kind of sour and lemony! A little sweaty. A little dusty and slightly sweet. In essence, it is that hiking jacket… in a glass.

The taste has got that smokey, sweaty hiking jacket taste right toward the end when it warms. But it seems nowhere as powerful as the smell. Which is probably okay. The front of it is citrusy and bright, a sprinkling of raw grain. It has a bit of grapefruit pith to it. I think you get a hit of the juniper and then the smoke comes in a bit and then it dives into the sour, smokey, sweaty jacket thing. Pretty fantastic. After this wraps up, you are left with that sense of smoke and sourness but also with a very strong earthiness.

The mouthfeel is great. It has some weight to it which I really appreciate but not too much, it isn;t tacky or sticky at all and it is no where near being too thin! It has a crispness which will keep you drinking and the sourness makes your mouth water a bit then dries out fast. It is a perfect sequence. Very satisfying. The carbonation over a year and a half is just right in my opinion. It is not too bubbly and crunchy and gives the mouthfeel a bit of a creaminess.

Overall. If I ever see this again I will buy it. It really touches on my senses and memory. This may not be at all true for everyone and it probably effects my rating, but hey. Even when I take a step back and look at it from a quality of beer look and an achievement stance I still think highly of it. I mean, achieving that kind of pungent smell is almost magic. I would buy the beer just to smell it! It is ridiculously potent in the scent and just plain interesting in taste. In my opinion, another fine and unique offering from Jester King.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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 hoppymcgee
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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 pnelting
1.63/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is the strangest beer I've ever had. The appearance is the only redeeming quality. It tastes like smoke and bologna. It's one of two beers that I've had to drain pour.

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Photo of coronelaurelianobuendia
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours well. The aroma is decidedly smoky (redolent of the burnt ends of a brisket). THe taste is complex. Smoke, slight tartness, malt. Mainly smoke. Feels oily on the palate. I recommend this beer be shared, I found it hard to drink more than 2-5oz. Drinkability is not the mission of this beer and any more than 5 oz might put you off. A good, interesting, sampling beer.

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Photo of bfranks
1/5  rDev -72.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Most disgusting beer I've ever had in my life.

It literally smells and tastes like band aids and stomach bile. I thought about throwing up in my own mouth to get rid of the beer taste.

Avoid at all costs!

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Photo of Tommo
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The new version of this (2015) is a complete mess of a beer. Gross sweaty smell. Mild sour taste with some smokiness. Nothing like the old version, this version is all bungled up with nothing substantial to offer. Would decline this

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Photo of WTKeene
3.91/5  rDev +6%
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 Slatetank
3.91/5  rDev +6%
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 Ozzylizard
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated cellared bottle at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma sour with a hint of smoke
Head large (5 cm), off white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to broken layer
Lacing virtually none, rare small island of small bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor changes as the temperature rises – the smokiness dissipates and a spiciness comes through. I have no idea what gale tastes like, so its’ anyones guess if that’s the source of the spiciness. There is no taste of alcohol, hops, or diacetyl. A woody and smoky aftertaste follows.
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation.

An interesting brew. My bottle has been cellared for a year and tastes different (better) than a fresher bottle. I don’t know what gale tastes like, but the juniper is barely noticeable. I think if I lived on an island off the coast of Sweden, I’d probably brew and drink a lot of this.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a cloudy golden color ale with a nice generous white head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light salty rustic malt notes with some spices, juniper and light smoked notes also noticeable. Taste is a unique mix of juniper, smoked notes with some salty rustic malt notes clearly identifiable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Very interesting beers for sure but I am not sure I would feel the need to drink this on a regular basis.

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Photo of guityler83
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: A 3 finger head belched from its orifice into a standard pint glass. The bright cloud white foam held strong for many moons white the brilliantly golden liquid brought forth bubbles from the depths. When the clouds finally parted the spiders web was revealed on the edge of the glass.

S: The smell of smoke from the burning fires from the night before, earth and nature revealed underneath. A faint whisper of sweet breads and berries. Clean and crisp as the nights sky.

T: The balance of smoke and earth once again washes over my senses. The smoke is fresher this time and with more phenols peering through. There is a firm, yet noble bitterness about this grog that I came to enjoy over a few swallows. Crisp and clean like the legendary beers of distant Germanic lands. The balance is speared down the center.

M: Dry as a drought and crisp as a winter night. Light in body like a fair haired maiden and a soft bitterness left on the scenes, not unlike the fair haired maiden.

O: Worth the journey for this tasty brew? Indeed. Not to the liking of all, but hit the spot on a mild almost-spring night.

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Photo of cvm4
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Light bodied with an eggshell head. Very straw bodied.

S - Very smokey and also funky in the same smell.

T - A little sweet but then the smokeyness hits ya.

M - Light bodied and highly carbed.

O - Very interesting... I like it, but it's not something I'd reach for.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of smoked malts are present in the nose along with some hints of juniper berries.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has initial flavors of juniper followed by smoked malts towards the finish. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and slightly chalky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a nice balance between the flavors of juniper and smoked malts.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: Pale straw body with a massive airy white head that has multiple honeycombs. Retention is decent and leaves no lacing due to the frailty of the head.

S: Smoldered wheat, semi farm funk yeast, pilsner malt, smoked birch wood, moss, oak barreling.

T/M: Flavor follows the nose but has more powerful smoked oak and herbs. Cardamom, coriander and salty tobacco. Tart white grapes give a profile similar to a smoked sparkling wine. Dry hay and bitter persimmon in the finish. Vivacious body.

O: Really easy drinking for the style. The smoke seems natural and complimenting not forced. Sometimes smoked beers are just plain hard to drink due to the massive smoke profile. This is not the case. This is about six months old so the smoke may have faded a bit but I like it.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Clonies720
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jester King Gotlandsdricka 750ml bottled poured into 1 liter Hofbrau stein. This beer is the result of research into the types of beer that the Vikings might have brewed. Jester King presents their interpretation.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow color. Thick and fluffy two-finger head.

Aroma: Starts off with an spicy, herbal, and earthy aroma. It develops into fresh cut grass and lemon . Finally, it transforms into a type of berry (juniper?) with a touch of smoked malts.

Taste: It is like delicious, smoked ribs in liquid form. A strange type of bitterness that is hop-like in nature, but tastes as though it comes from a different source. Not unpleasant, but just different. I believe the "sweet gale" ingredient may play a role in that.

Mouthfeel: Very dry from start to finish. This is a highly carbonated beer, probably being the 1st or 2nd most carbonated beer I've ever had. Body is creamy and full with a chewy finish.

Overall: Definitely an intriguing beer. This will pair amazing with some BBQ and/or smoked rack of ribs. Will definitely buy again when I get the urge to pillage a neighboring city.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +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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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-yellow with a big finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Grainy malts, smoke, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, juniper, other herbs and spices, farmhouse esters, lemon zest.

T - Grainy and lightly bready malts, smoke, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, juniper, other herbs and spices, farmhouse flavors, lemon zest, vanilla.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-heavy carbonation. Smooth with a spicy, estery, and smokey finish.

D - Nice smoked saison. Good balance of smoke, spices, and yeast character.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out very effervescent lending itself to a voluminous white head and a bright hazy yellow body filled in with tons of carbonation bubbles.

The smoke is heavy lending meaty and campfire aromas. Earthy, grassy, floral and wheaty notes coming through with a touch of spice and sweetness. It’s cool that you can pick out the different ingredients even with the smoke.

The smoke is there throughout from front to aftertaste. Grass, wheat, yeast, and spice.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation that is not overdone which is what I was expecting based on the huge head.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened on 2.3.13

A - Pours a clear light orange with a huge active off-white head.

S - Spices, tart, light and floral.

T - Very smokey, a little floral and spices, but over powered by the smoke.

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - So smokey it is hard to taste much else.

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Photo of drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Provided by JJ. Served with a large, foamy, frothy, off-white head that lasts all the way down. Color is a hazy amber. Aroma is yeast, smoke, sour, with notes of fruit. Flavor's like nose, smoke is prominant, but not overdone; again a bit tart. Body's decent, good carbonation. Finish is like flavor, fairly easy drinking, would killer to cook with..

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