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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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. Gotlandsdricka (6.6% alcohol by volume) is brewed with birchwood smoked malt, juniper and sweet gale. It’s unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally carbonated through re-fermentation in the bottle.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gringo332 (611) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Hazy gold with a good sized off-white head. Aroma is of smoke, leather, floral, light spice, foliage. Taste is of smoke, wood, light citrus, grain, and hay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zymurgeist2 (1868) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 15, 2016
Tap at Whole Foods. Tart aroma with slight malt background. Hazy copper-brown with khaki head. Patterns well. Sounds prevails in aroma. Moderate rich malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markducommun (923) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2016
Cloudy golden yellow, light white head. Salty, smoky, very herbal. Light bitterness, some sourness, quite dry. Lighter body, good amount of carbonation, very effervescent. Medium finish. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ineedbeer (1853) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 16, 2016
Poured from a Batch 2, Dec. 2014 750 ml bottle. Aroma has a light, sweet floral and honey note to it with moderate smoke notes. Light grain notes with hints of acid and citrus. Medium light juniper berry notes and a touch of tropical fruit. Pours a hazy, pale yellow gold with a medium sized, moderately thick, white head that steadily recedes. Moderate lacing and faint legs. Flavor has a medium acidity with a nice lemon, citrus note and a touch of pineapple. Some light grain notes with a medium light sweetness with honey and floral notes. Light smoke character with hints of juniper. Light bitterness. Some lingering acidity and pineapple with a touch of smoke and juniper. Light sweetness lingers. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, this is a weird beer and most people probably wouldn?t like it bit for some reason I really enjoy it. The smoke works well with the sweetness and the phenolic notes from the juniper berries. The citrus and acidity from the yeast also really help brighten the beer. I don?t know why, but I love this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
varanid99 (1029) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2015
Slightly cloudy orange-gold pour, thin white head. Smoky, peachy apricoty fruit, citrus aromas. Taste is sweet/sour citrus, a little smoke under it, berry, a little sourness lingers at the end. Pretty cool!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3484) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2015
Opened at the Eagle Bay Cacao Launch by Elliot. Bloody impressed with this one! Complex apircot jammy notes with bright citrus, mango, moderate smoke and light floral undertones. Veyr citrusy which helps it flow and has a mild sweetness which is a nice touch. Really nailed this one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NBird (626) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2015
Looks..light orange amber, sml head on pour, before completely dissipating, looks like low carbonation Smells..juicy stonefruits, very fruity sweet citrus, earthy dull vegetable leaf, dull berry & yeasty funk. Tastes .. Straight up tarty lemon, dull berry.. earthy & leafy, smoked malts and bright funky wild yeasts.. Complex and amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2903) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Hazy yellow orange in color... Aroma is medicinal almost... Juniper berries and smoked malts... Flavor is smoke, tart berries, funky citrus... Great beer, so unique ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (2871) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Massive smoked nose. Light yellow pour, hazy with a slight white head. Surprisingly mild smoked malt taste. Sour and yummy. Fun beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (6093) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 25, 2015
750ml bottle pours out a rich straw color no head. Nose is holy smoke lemongrass citrus spice and some wood. Taste is smoke smoke smoke bacon lemon and plenty of citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MetalNHopHead (1454) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 28, 2015
From what I can gather, Gotlandsdricka is a Sahti/Smoked Beer/Gotlandsdricke/Farmhouse Ale-ish type beer. That random-ass description might explain why it tastes totally unlike anything I’ve tried. This ale smells like herbal juniper and acrid smoke. It tastes like a liquidized version of savory birch-smoked meat with spices. Jester King says this "may have been the beer of the Vikings." If that’s the case, I’m going to brush up on my Norse mythology and die a Viking’s death. Then, I can go to Valhalla. I’ll fight, chase Scandinavian maidens, eat in banquet halls, and drink this beer from the teats of Heiorun the goat. Yes, I think it’s safe to say that this beer has changed the entire trajectory of my (after)life.

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