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Bayern Dancing Trout Ale - Bayern Brewing, Inc.

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 72
Avg: 3.28
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayern Brewing, Inc. visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: zeff80 on 09-06-2007

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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 72
Photo of midaszero
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A little hazy straw body with about half a finger of white head that doesn't stick around to long and not much lacing

S - Malts, yeast, and wheat. Nice cookie/bread scent.

T - Malty sweetness kinda fruity with banana.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Very nice balance.

D - Pretty enjoyable and easy to drink. Maybe a tad to sweet but I think it would make a nice hot weather beer that has a little more body than others.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A filtered hefe, which I've always considered not as good as regular hefes. I mean, the yeast adds a lot of great subtle flavors(not to mention vitamins and whatnot).

Honey yellow and still a bit hazy, despite filtering.

Yeast forward, malt in there too. Hops are not to be smelled.

A bit heavy on sweetness, which is kind of ashame. I would have loved this one to be more bitter/dry, or maybe had a spicier hefe presense.

Drinkability is decent, but I would eaisly get bored after two of these and want something with a fuller flavor.

From their website:
"Dancing Trout Ale is a German Wheat Ale, the filtered version of a true Bavarian Hefeweizen. In Bavaria this beer would be called a Kristall-Weizen (Crystal-Wheat) because of its clarity. Dancing Trout Ale is brewed with malted wheat, pale, carmel malt, and hopped with Cascade hops from Yakima, Washinton. You are enjoying a beer that has been aged a minimum of 28 days, versus 7-10 days for the average ale."

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Photo of u2carew
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a road trip to Idaho.
12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head then quickly settles leaving a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Fairly clear body. Bronze in color.
S) A pleasant malty nose. Caramel. Brown sugar.
T) Starts with a nice malt flavor but thins out slightly and becomes a bit sugary sweet. Caramel. Grainy. Just a hint of hops in the finish.
M) Light bodied. Mellow fizziness. Fairly smooth. Finishes with a subtle dryness.
D) A nice brew. I'd have another if I only didn't live so far away!

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Photo of harrymel
3.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by: Dec, 2011

A: pours yellow golden with less than a finger of off-white foam which immediately falls to a sheet of the same with bordered rim. excellent clarity. No lace.
S: Sweet and malty with some banana esters and some wheat tones. Really nice for the style.
T: Again, sweet, with malts and wheat tones. Again, some banana esters. Some corn tone as well.
M: Light bodied with moderately light carb with a semi dry finish.
O: Good beer. Really sessionable, would love to see this one in a can.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another under appreciated from a small Montana brewery here. Not sure it fits the style guidelines it's listed under here, not much German about it and the yeast isn't right for that, but I love it just the same. It has a great nose and taste, fairly sweet and rich, yet clean and dynamic with what appears to be a wheat malt base and a nice clean light clave punctuated by effervescent carbonation and a bright almost Belgian fruitiness. Pears and yeast in the finish either a little residual sugar. Creamy texture and a bubble feel. Better than anything I have had from these guys so far.

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Photo of therica
3.72/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very decent stuff. "Official Sponsor of Montana Trout Unlimited" on the label, I suppose that means some sort of donations to a trout-populating project or something.

A= nice rich golden, very little head when poured, little lacing until you start drinking it down and then there's a little.

S= outstanding, a whiff of inviting aromas-- caramel and malt and a slightly musty-nice smell from the wheat and Cascade hops.

T= not quite delivering in line with the scent but very nice. Clean, slight hop-bite, florals, slight grassy hints, sweet malts, caramel.

M= aftertaste of caramel and sweet malts with some mild grassy feel and hops-bite.

D= if this suits you, it's very drinkable and good for allnighters.

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Photo of morimech
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not quite clear golden as there is some haze. One finger of head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Light spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Slight banana and wheat malt aroma.

Flavor is a little more impressive. Nice wheat base with hints of banana and some spice. Has a clean finish.

Light body with good carbonation. Feels good for a light, refreshing beer.

This beer fullfills the light, easy drinking beverage role nicely.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a semi-cloudy, burnt golden brew with a dense, albeit thin, off-white head that retains poorly and leaves little in the way of lacing. The aroma makes up for the appearance's shortcomings, with pleasing notes of soft clove, grassy hops, and a hint of fruity yeast esters.

The taste mirrors the aroma well, with a spicy backdrop of clove and ginger alongside crystal malt, grassy hops, and light fruity yeast. The mouthfeel is a lighter version of a hefe-weizen (not-surprisingly), with a thin, well-carbonated body that is somewhat refreshing and crisp on the finish. Although this beer could use a little "oomph" to it, it seems to rep the style decently, and it performed amicably as a refreshing beer.

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Photo of arizcards
3.46/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up for $14.88 as part of a mixed 12 pack picked up on 9-2-11 at Wolds Valley Market in Seeley Lake, MT. Assembled on 7-18-11. Reviewed from notes made 9-3-11.

Beer poured golden with a solid white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is a tad wheaty but non-descript after the beer warms a bit.

Taste is a wheat backbone balanced nicely by euro hops. Finish is fairly clean.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, very refreshing.

Overall this is a nice crisp refreshing brew, perfect for a perfect labor day weekend in western montana!

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Photo of Bockrules
3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a Weizen glass

A - Pours a hazy gold with a small layering of white bubbles for a head. The head is a thin ring of bubbles for most of the glass and no lacing is left behind.

S - Just a hint of wheat malt upon opening the bottle. In the glass, banana and clove notes subtly emerge.

T - A bit of banana and wheat malt upfront. More of the same with some clove in the body and a tiny bit of hops for balance. Clean banana and clove finish.

M - Thin bodied with an ample amount of carbonation. Although, not amazing, lends well to high drink ability during the Montana Summers, which I think is what this beer is going for.

Although this beer is much too cloudy to be considered a traditional Kristalweizen, it did have the flavor profile. Subtle and simple clove and banana notes made this a solid summer drinker that will offend few. Hopefully many Yellowstone tourists will give this a try and save some trout in the process.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, from an Albertsons in Helena.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden colour, with two fingers of tight foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a nice patchwork of ropy lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of wheat grain, mild yeast, and white grapes. The taste is sweet doughy grain - wheat and barley this time, mild citrus and overripe banana fruitiness, and a light earthy hoppiness. The carbonation is on the soft side, the body medium weigh, a little sugary, and pretty smooth. It finishes pretty sweet, the bready malt and somewhat spicy yeast holding sway.

Definitely a lot denser and lacking the crispness I've come to expect for the style. That said, it's still enjoyable as it is, if you're looking for a just off-center, skewed towards the malty, wheat beer.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours out a slightly hazy gold with an extremely short-lived white head and no lacing. Smells a lot better than it looks- light wheat and clove with lots of subtle fruity notes- pears, peaches, apple cider. Tastes rather fruity as well, reminscent of baked pears and banana pudding. Plenty of light malts and wheat flavor. A small lemony hop bite at the swallow. Finishes a tad grainy. Light and crisp, with the exception of a bit of lingering doughy sweetness. Not a bad little beer.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased as part of a variety 12-pack for $13.99 at a convenience store. Interesting label art, as usual, but I wish the brewery would indicate the style of beer. A moderate pour produces about 1/2 inch of bubbly white head, which dissipates really quickly, leaving no lace on the sides. The lightly carbonated brew is a pale honey-amber color.

I detect a fruity aroma, with a kiss of floral hops. A fruity-honey and spicy taste is quite noticeable and reminds me a little of mead. Undertones of melon and maybe a slight bit of banana are apparent. Just a touch of bitterness on the palate. The mouthfeel is rather thin but the beer is pretty refreshing.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at Brooks Market in Lewistown Montana.. Brooks was a surprising find in central MT... I will always hit it up when I'm in town.

Poured into the closest thing I could find to a pint glass... frothy 2 finger head.. the brew is a crystal clear straw color.

Nose is wheat and a little bread.. maybe some grassy hops, but I could be imagining things..

Flavor has more toasty notes and an unexpected caramel quality that is lite but definitely present.. the body is a bit thin with the bubbly carbonation..

I had a couple of these earlier in the night.. and am a little disappointed .. I swear this brew should not come anywhere close to the Kristalweizen category.. not anything German that I can come up with.. much more like an American Pale Wheat .... that said.. it's pretty refreshing and very drinkable.. would be a descent lawnmower beer if it was available here.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.27/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

more from Boise/Yellowstone

12 oz bottle - pint glass

A: Clear light amber body. Small white head that disappeared quickly leaving no lacing.

S: Malt & yeast w/ just a touch of hops. Not bad.

T: The taste had pretty much the same qualities as the smell, but for some reason it worked better on my nose. Just an ok flavor.

M: Medium body & carbonation.

D: Goes down easily but it's not something I'd seek out again - but that probably has a lot to do with the style too.

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Photo of loren01
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear light amber color, very little head, zero lacing
S: Wheat malt, slight hoppy smell
T: Not too exciting really, wheat/slight sweetness followed by very little hoppiness.
M: Light to medium bodied, pretty easy drinking.
D: This beer goes down easily, however there is nothing that stands out about it really.

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Photo of beergoot
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle label data: Best Before O (October) 14. Also, ABV is listed as 5.3% on the brewery's web site.

Nice, golden yellow body, lots of slowly rising carbonation bubbles, and a one-finger thick, white head. Aroma presents toasted cereal grains. Flavor mirrors the aroma for the most part with a mild fruitiness; hop bitterness is present but stays pretty much in the background. Medium bodied; some residual sugars present; kind of flat despite carbonation presence; semi-dry finish.

A so-so beer that tastes okay but lacks defining weizen beer character. The honey-like sweetness is at the fore yet there is little, if any, banana or clove-like presence. Uninspiring...

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.22/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aggressively poured into hefe glass...

A: Pours an almost clear golden straw yellow body with a nice two finger head that unfortunately falls very quickly in one even motion into a thin foam atop the beer. Some decent lacing is left behind.

S: A nice aroma of banana, clove, and a faint whiff of bread and just a touch of wheat.

T: Follows the nose but a little more dominated by the banana than it should be, the cloves also come on a little too strong. The flavors are nice, they just need more balance.

M: Light body that is a little too aggressively carbonated and a little bit oily on the finish as well. Want something crisp and clean here...

D: Decent drinkability, nothing harsh, just a little off balance.

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Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear golden yellow with a small white head, light carbonation, some lacing.

smell is faint, wheat, some citrus, touch of spice.

taste is smooth yet watery, a little tart up front, some grain, some yeast, wheat, a little citrus, ends tangy on the tongue and slightly dry.

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before date of Nov. 07

A - Poured out a clear amber color with flecks of orange. It had a small, fizzy, white head that left no lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and yeast. A little citrusy aroma, too.

T - It tasted mostly of wheat and some mild hops. A tad bit of orange taste.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A very light-bodied beer.

D - This isn't too bad. A nice American effort at a German brew.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear bubbly golden yellow with creamy white head

aromas of bread, lemon, lager yeast notes

light bodied, lemon citrus upfront with a slight wheaty backbone, semi dry on the finish, slightly piney hop balance

light, smooth, not too sugary, except the fruit seems to fade away on the finish

smooth, light bodied, not as full bodied as some hefes and the finish leaves a bit to be desired

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Photo of woemad
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.49. According to the label, this was best by June of this year. At that time, this beer wasn't even being carried by where I bought this. The label is rather weathered, having been torn up somehow. The only reason it is still on the bottle is that someone has applied some scotch tape to it. The image on the label does nothing to dispel the perennial jokes about Montanans having proclivities for man-on-critter action.

Poured a honeyish color, with about a half inch of bone-white foam. Spotty lace.

The nose is very restrained. Mild sweet malts in the vanguard, backed up by soft, floral hops. Despite this being a Kristalweizen, which the style description on BA makes out to be like a bland hefe, I get no hefe-like characteristics from the nose at all. Perhaps that means that this beer is the epitome of a bland hefe, then!

Like in the nose, the taste is fist and foremost of mild, modestly sweet malts. There is a slight earthy yeast note that stands out just a bit, though. Hops are of the floral variety, and at an amplitude that makes them no more than a background flavor.

Fairly light in the mouthfeel department. As expected - no better, no worse.

Goes down easily enough, but not in a terribly memorable way. Perhaps of use as a lawnmower beer, but not for anything else.

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Photo of Florida9
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: clear golden color. Forms a small white head that falls to a patchy surface coating. No lacing. 3.5
S: corn, grain, and some light grassy hops. 3.5
T: light sweet corniness, grain, light breadiness, and a hint of toast. Finishes clean and quick with just a touch of citrus hops. 3.0
M: light-medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Very mild bitterness. 3.5
O: a fairly unexciting, yet easy drinking, mass-appeal craft beer. 3.0

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ayinger weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy pale golden straw with a small bit of white bubbly head that laces fairly nicely. The smell is weak, though watered-down hints of banana and wheat are there. The taste is heavy on the wheat, with a bit of a musty flavor constantly interfering. Touches of yeastiness spring up, but don't really make themselves known. The body is a bit heavier than I expected, but is still light enough to keep it from being too much. Overall, this is a fairly average brew, and I just could not get too far into it.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my dear friend Nick for bringing back a mixed sixer of Montana brews. I really like the art on this bottle.

Pours a clear caramel amber with a light golden highlights. Not much of a head and a very mediocre bubbles. The aroma has some funky German hops and a touch of old bananas. The taste starts with some light banana bready banas with a quick, crisp finish. Great Summer beer.

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Bayern Dancing Trout Ale from Bayern Brewing, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.