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LA-31 Grenade - Bayou Teche Brewery

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 22.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayou Teche Brewery visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Grenade is our wheat beer, which we brew to quench Acadiana’s warm weather thirsts. The ale is the color of a South Louisiana sun, and pours with the bright citrus flavor of passion fruit.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 12-13-2010)
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Reviews by kingcrowing:
Photo of kingcrowing
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a fairly clear wheat/amber color with a small white/yellow head. Nose is wheaty and a bit sweet, mellow and a bit flat.

Taste is sharp and fairly bitter, crisp and slightly sweet with a somewhat odd flavor on the finish, I guess that's the passionfruit? It's really light and refreshing which it says in the description so I think they did that well.

kingcrowing, Jan 08, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 1/4 inch head that goes quick, hazy, orange-brown in color, medium-high carbonation, noticeable sediment

Smell: very interesting smell. Wheat and some sticky sweet fruit

Taste: wheat, passionfruit, bread, and a taste that best resembles Orangina

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet with a touch of bitterness, medium carbonation

Overall: A very interesting beer that I am glad I tried. I could do three or so, but probably not a whole six due to the sweetness. Very malty and fruity, Bayou Teche should get points for creativity.

tigg924, May 09, 2011
Photo of tetu
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L - Dark golden color

S - Fruity w/ mild hops

T - Early domination is a Mixture b/w strawberry and melon/nectar. There is a bread taste in there with hops finishing it out. Very crisp.

M - Carbonated well, thin body. Not much here.

D - Refreshing summer beer

O - Awesome, very different.

tetu, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

During my recent visit to Louisiana I spent some time in New Iberia. As it turns out, there just happens to be a tiny brewery just up the road a spell in the town of Arnaudeville (just north of Lafayette - see "Stuff Cajun People Like" #34... http://stuffcajunpeoplelike.wordpress.com/

I'd just come from the drive-through daiquiri, picking up beer for a crawfish boil when I saw them - Bayou Teche beers (never heard of 'em) - and I just couldn't pass them up... however, knowing that in cajun c'untry anything other than a 10 oz. can of light beer might get you dragged behind the swamp boat for a bit, I needed a plan... aaaiiyeeee! There it was, "LA-31 Grenade"! I'd play the fool Yankee tourist who couldn't help but be drawn in by a beer that sounded like some sickening drink off of Bourbon Street. And so it went, I was not beaten - merely ostricised - but mainly met with awed confusion. My wife, however, liked them and we drank all 6 within the first few minutes.

As for the beer itself, it's contract brewed by Lazy Magnolia. It looks as you might expect for a wheat beer. There's not much fruit in the nose, but you do get it clearly in the taste (fruity and slightly tart), and it helps to balance the malt. It's not overly strong, and you can drink two or three of these in a row. Does it stand out as a great fruit beer? No, but it's not bad. Worth trying.

NeroFiddled, May 04, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to optimator13 for sending me this one during The Small Aquatic Mammal BIF '11! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured golden yellow with a two finger bone white head that subsided to one finger quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pineapple, kiwi, and mango. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, strawberries, kiwi, and pineapple. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a not a bad brew for the style, but it was also not great. The passion fruit aspect of this one was definitely quite obvious. If you enjoy eating fruit, you will definitely enjoy this one. I wasn't a huge fan, but I could see the appeal of this one to some people. Worth trying for a Fruit/Veggie Beer fan.

thagr81us, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of tr9871
4.5/5  rDev +37.6%

tr9871, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Ajlvt, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Jlog7910
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Jlog7910, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Wheat beer brewed with Passion Fruit."

A - Pours a pale, medium orange color with tinges of red. Bright white finger of head adorns, dissipates quick.

S - Slight citrus, with accompanying fruity esters indicative of passion fruit. Slight sweetness and some grainy, bread-like malt characters.

T - Taste is nice. Sweet, but it's subtle. Fruitiness and grains, faint hops, slightly tart/citrus-y. Nice wheat beer characteristics, and sweetness that doesn't over do it.

M - Light in body, crisp, slick with medium levels of carbonation.

D - Definitely refreshing, easy to drink multiples.

Overall, a nice deviation from typical wheat beers, which aren't my favorites. Would definitely recommend.

EgadBananas, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +52.9%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle pours a lightly hazed gold color. Thin cap of white foam fades fast and does not leave much lacing, especially for a wheat beer.

Nose is tart blueberry/passionfruit with a healthy dose of grainy wheat tang. None of the nice, succulent sweetness from the fruit makes its way into the beer, and that is a damn shame.

Some tartness is really the only contribution the fruit makes to this beer, and it is not a very good one. Grainy, wheaty malt is the only other flavor and Im not even sure this would be that great of a wheat beer to begin with. The Pale Ale they make is a very tasty beer when fresh, but this was a major disappointment from the first sip of a whole six pack I bought. Bayou Teche is 1 for 2 in my book - try the Pale, leave this one for the birds. Yuk.

twiggamortis420, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of megahurts4
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bayou Teche LA-31 Grenade

Appearance: Reddish orange, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: Floral hops, some malts, and passion fruit.

Taste: Floral passion fruit, slight grain, and faint hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light and smooth.

Overall:
This has some very strong passion fruit flavor. If you like passion fruit, you will like this. The name "Grenade" is appropriately named with the impact of the passion fruit. It has a tad too much of that flavor for my liking. The rest of the brew tastes similar to the regular LA-31.

megahurts4, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of PawPawPepperoni
2/5  rDev -38.8%

PawPawPepperoni, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of ssimpson89
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

ssimpson89, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.4/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Acquired from optimator13 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, fruit juice and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of passion fruit sweetness followed by bready flavors from grain and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild and provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth and a little crisp but a bit watery, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, even for a fruit beer it's just not that good.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of ucsbmullet
3.5/5  rDev +7%

ucsbmullet, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Karibourgeois, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Grenade poured a honey gold color with a nice white head which dissipated quickly. No lacing present.

Smell: A nice guava like aroma with a low hop character but malt forward which adds a nice bready/grainy aroma.

Taste: The flavor is very malt forward with a nice tartness from the passion fruit aka granade. Very slight hop bitterness

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall- A nice fruity wheat beer for those Louisiana summers. I've had this beer on tap at the WYES beer tasting and it loses some of that fruitiness in the bottle BUT is still a solid brew. I think that's one of the toughest jobs of a brewer is to maintain that flavor in the bottle that you taste on draft. Especially when someone else is bottling for you. Overall though another solid brew for Bayou Teche and another win for Louisiana!!

Beerbuddha, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Optimator13 for this weird but interesting looking beer.

Fizzy light 1 finger head fades in seconds to almost nothing, the beer is a crystal clear amber orange lighter color.

Nose has "malt beverage" coming with it, a definite malty aroma, but a strange sweet light malt almost malt extract aroma, not off aromas, just really light and boring malts, with a definite fruity aroma, a sweet juicy tropical like fruit, more like a fruit juice, with light passion fruit juice aroma.

Taste is light, again with the light malt beverage, a malt extract and very boring light pale malt flavor, a very slight "skunked" cheap macro lager flavor, semi sweet, and comes with a much lighter tropical fruit taste, again more like fruit juice, a hint of passion fruit juice (which my Brazilian wife drinks all the time), light and crisp though, with a decent dry finish, a bit of the skunked like cheap malt flavor, but still very light, and a bit of a light fruit on the finish. A very slight hop bitterness starts to come through on the finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, lower but fair enough carbonation.

Drink is decent, lower abv, light and crisp, dry finish, but that slight skunked/cheap macro taste takes away a bit.

jlindros, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OMFG, call in The Situation! I'm about to do a Grenade! Hee hee. I was out the door and on my way to school when the clerk at the mini-mart across the street tells me that the skool disrick just closed due to weather. Suh-wheet! Let the drinking and reviewing commence in earnest.

A Passion Fruit-infused beer courtesy of optimator13. Wild! My aggro pour created two fingers' worth of thick, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Their website identifies it as a wheat beer, so they must have filtered it pretty heavily to achieve that level of brightness. Nose was, as previous reviewers caught, a heady mix of breadiness and fruitiness, not wholly unlike raisin bread before it goes into the oven. Man, I miss baking in Home Ec. Mouthfeel was medium with a really fruity flavor initially counterbalanced by a bready/biscuity flavor underneath. The finish, however, was all fruit. You had better like the flavor of Passion Fruit going in or this will not be for you. I did not mind it, but it would be more suited for a hot summer's day as opposed to a cold morning after shoveling snow.

woodychandler, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of bmwats
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Golden amber hue. Heavy carbonation. Pours about a half finger, bubbly, white head which settles very quickly. Carbonation continues to rise throughout the experience. No lacing.

S: Just a bit of a malty, baked bread nose with plenty of strawberry, watermelon, and a little raspberry. (Since it's a passion fruit infused brew, it probably smells like passion fruit; but since I'm not sure what passion fruit smells like, I'm sticking with this).

T: Just a bit of malt, and a touch of hops. The fruit aspect comes across more as 'steely' than sweet, but not off-putting.

M: Light body, refreshing quality. Subtle sweet start transitions to (as noted before) a steely aftertaste which lingers on the palette.

D: Light, refreshing, un-offensive brew. Nice change of pace session.

Atmosphere is very average. Nothing interesting about the body. Decent color, plenty of carbonation results in a bubbly head which you might miss if you sneeze, and no lacing. Nose is pleasant enough. A little grain with a nice infusion of fruit, but not overwhelmingly cloying. Flavor is lightly malted and hopped fruit blend, but not sweet. Actually, this is nicely done and decently balanced in that regard. Light and refreshing, change of pace, session brew. Overall, this is a pretty decent quaff.

bmwats, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Tron
1.5/5  rDev -54.1%

Tron, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of Francepants06
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had both in bottle and on tap
It appeared slightly murky and golden yellow.
I smelled some fruitiness with a little bit oh wheat. It tasted like a wit bier with a passion fruit finish.The mouthfeel was light body. I prefered the bottle over on tap because I felt like you got a little more fruit out of the bottle. Not a beer I would buy a six pack of, but decent nonetheless.

Francepants06, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of champ103
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Green Room in Lafayette.

A: Pours a clear yellow color. A one finger white head forms, and recedes to nothing. No lace.
S: Some grainy malt that is lightly sweet. Light fruity aromas that are fairly generic.
T: Follows the nose. Not much going on. Just some sweet malt, cereal grain, and light fruits.
M/D: Light, thin, and watery. A bit under carbonated as well. Not hard to drink during the hot summer months.

Just kind of bland and generic. Nothing bad, but nothing I would recommend.

champ103, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of teromous
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Right off the bat I can tell that it's pretty clear, with only enough haze to make it impossible to read through. It refracts all different colors as light passes through, it shades of medium gold to dark amber. The head is very small and goes away fast, and there isn't any lacing.

S: It has a very fruity smell to it, reminiscent of lambic beers. I pick up a sour raspberry smell, with some light cherry scent. I know it is brewed with passion fruit, but it smells more like raspberry lambic than passion fruit to me. It smells pretty good.

T: I get a lot of mellow tartness, to the point of being slightly bitter...like the rind of an orange peel. I also get a lot of flavor from the passion fruit, and I pick up a wheat aftertaste. There is a slight metallic taste though which brings it down a bit. Overall I'd say the flavor is about average, as the metal taste is very light.

M: The mouthfeel is very bright and effervescent. I would say it's a good fit for a beer that tastes like this. It's a medium-light body, with a light aftertaste.

O: Overall I thought it was a pretty good beer. It wasn't the best fruit beer I've had, and I probably won't buy it again, but it's a good beer and would be perfect for people who want a punchy beer without the sourness of a lambic.

teromous, Sep 07, 2011
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LA-31 Grenade from Bayou Teche Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.