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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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We are pleased to introduce Jester King Simple Means — our farmhouse altbier with smoked malt. For us, Simple Means is an exercise in succinctness and restraint. As we mature as a brewery and as beer drinkers, we progressively find our tastes, techniques, and recipes becoming more simplified. This is not to suggest that complexity has been sacrificed, but rather that we seek to create clearer expressions of flavor and aroma in our beer, and ultimately to make beer that is balanced and drinkable. Simple Means takes inspiration from Altbier. Though classically associated with the copper ales of Düsseldorf, the term can refer to any older-style beer in the German-speaking world. Both the use of smoked malts and mixed fermentation with native yeast and bacteria predate modern brewing techniques, lending flavors to our farmhouse altbier that are evocative of a simpler, much earlier time. Simple Means was brewed with unfiltered, raw, Hill Country well water, malted barley, smoked malted barley, and hops in early September of 2015. It was fermented with our mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the air and wildflowers around our brewery in stainless steel for about two months. It was then 100% naturally conditioned through refermentation in the bottle for another two months prior to release. It is 5.6% alcohol by volume, and at the time of bottling was 4.3 pH, 26 IBU, and had a gravity of 1.4 degrees Plato (1.005).

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3.4
Meilby (11692) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2017
Draught @ Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017 - Red Session
Pours hazy orange with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, citrus, smoke and orange. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long smoked, citrus and orange finish. Body is light to medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

4.2
VDuquerroux (1865) - Airvault, Haut-Poitou, FRANCE - AUG 19, 2017
Bottle, 750mL. 5.6%. Home. Shared with my parents. Purchase ("La Crafterie", Angers, FR). A very dark brown sparkling beer with a big off-white foamy head ; good retention and lacing. Roast, light resin, red berries notes, toasty notes, light smoke, "inner tube". Light sweet, light acid, light to medium dry bitter refreshing. Light to medium body, thin texture, average carbonation, sweet roasty acid finish. Overall, delicious !

4
Quick3Beers (1423) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2017
Pours a rich brown from a bottle, white head leaves some lacing. Big farmyard funk, maybe some cheese or feet. Big malt forward with a nice smokiness, but finishes crisp and dry. Complex. Very good beer.

3.4
zvsn (2307) - ISRAEL - JUL 31, 2017
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Noam. Hazy amber brown. Smoked and spicy aroma. Moderately sweet, smoked, light sourness, malty, light bitterness, a bi bland. Light-bodied, watery.

3.3
Cybercat (6147) - Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2017
Pours barely translucent caramel with a nice buff head. Aroma offers tart pomme and malty notes. Flavor features tart fruit, fresh malt and woody hops. Mouthfeel delivers OK body and fair fizz. Simple and good.

3.8
sokuzs1 (1577) - POLAND - JUL 15, 2017
Backlog. Smoky, toast, spicy, barnyard, caramel, bread. Moderate sour, light sweet.

3.5
MrTipple (6464) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2017
Smoked bacon, savoury, lightly toasted malts. Hazy brown, small, creamy, beige head. Light bitter. Dry bitterness intensifies, more grain malts, bitter citrus fruits, lemon, lime, soft carbonation, medium bodied. Nice Altbier, well-balanced, surprisingly complex for the style. Keg at MBCC Red Session, Copenhagen.

3.3
SkillsFactory (738) - ITALY - JUN 3, 2017
@ArrogantSourFestival Ambrata scura, schiuma beige scura copiosa e di buona persistenza. Aroma acidulo e legnoso, affumicato molto molto leggero. In bocca parte acidula per poi passare ad un finale erbaceo, legnoso, affumicato e tostato estremamente amaro e persistente. Mediamente carbonata, corpo leggero.

3.5
ciocanelu (2954) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JUN 3, 2017
Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, red session. Aroma has rauchbier style notes with ham and toasted malts. Taste is dry, smoky, a bit astringent but easy drinking overall.

3.5
llkc (2735) - århus, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2017
duft: frisk citrus malt karamel smag rød lime citrus lidt grøn kant frisk


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