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Review of Jester King Wytchmaker

26 Nov
Hello everyone.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be giving the Jester King Wytchmaker brewed by the Jester King Craft Brewery located in Austin, Texas a try.

Let’s just go ahead and get to the website, jesterkingbrewery.com, and see what kind of information we can drum up about the Wytchmaker.

Earthy rye and piny hop flavor and aroma meet spicy, funky characteristics from our farmhouse yeast in this American-inspired farmhouse ale. 

Sounds good enough to me.  Let’s pour.

This brew comes in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 7.3%.
It poured a hazy, deep golden/orange color with a few shimmers of some brighter orange highlights around the edges and through the middle.  The crowned formed to a very nice size and it was white, fluffy, soft and semi-rocky.  The retention time was excellent and the lacing was more than sufficient.  It was a very attractive and inviting looking beer.
The bouquet dispensed a compelling hoppy profile.  Very citrusy with hints of grapefruit and orange.  It gave up a light caramel malt as well as a little bit of yeast and some rye breadiness.  The funkiness was very subtle, however it did reveal a trace of lemongrass after it opened up and was allowed to breathe a bit.  A small waft of spice was discovered too.  I’m guessing that may have been from the presence of the rye.  
The taste was a well balanced and semi-strong blend of the citrus and bready funk.  Again, bits of grapefruit, lemon and orange intermingled with fresh grassy tinges.  Spicy rye bread, yeast and very subdued caramel malts gave the savor a pinch of roundness.  Solid to the bone with the flavor.    
The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Mostly dry, crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching.  It wasn’t as dry as some of the other Farmhouse beers I’ve tried in the past, but it was still dry enough.  The carbonation was lively and “bitey”.  A sturdy dose of flavor was left behind after each gulp as well.  
Overall, I found this beer to be very nice and I liked it very much.  Easily one that I would have no problem picking up again.  I would love to have this brew during the Spring or Summer.  I think it would be ideal once the temperature outside started to rise, however I do believe that I could enjoy it no matter what the weather.  The drinkability was outstanding.  I killed this bottle in no time flat!!!  I’d definitely recommend the Jester King Wytchmaker if you have yet to do so and if you can procure a bottle.  If you like Farmhouse/Saison styled beers, I think you may enjoy this one immensely.  I know I did.  
Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.  
Until next time.  Cheers.
Score:  4.2 out of 5
Grade:  A-
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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Country: USA, Jester King

 

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