Bayern Dancing Trout Ale - Bayern Brewing, Inc.
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2.93/5 rDev -9.6%
Fuzzy apricot with daffodil colored edges. The blurriness can't be yeast, since it's filtered out of beer of this style. Hence, the 'krystal' of the name. The manila colored crown has some tight-bubbled substance and is pretty good at laying down lace.
The aroma is nothing to get excited about... unless you have a thing for wheat malt and untoasted barley. With next to no hoppiness (Hallertau Perle) and no banana and clove yeastiness, there isn't much left.
Dancing Trout Ale tastes only marginally better than it smells. The malt is slanted too much toward caramel, which is odd for beer of this style. There's also a toasted graininess that doesn't belong. Sweetness is superceded by bitterness at all points along the way. That's fine, but more hop flavor is needed.
Kristalweizens have to go above and beyond the call to stand out, since they get next to no help from yeast esters. This floundering fish has no fruitiness and only a minimal amount of spiciness that doesn't taste very clove-like. The bottom line is that it just isn't very good beer.
The mouthfeel is okay. It's light-medium and is firmer than it is soft and smooth. A little less carbonation might have helped, but things don't appear to be settling down as the ounces roll by.
Bayern Dancing Trout Ale sounds like it might be a big seller for these guys. That's a hard one to figure because I find it to be bland and instantly forgettable.
02-07-2008 14:00:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.05/5 rDev -5.9%
Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-yellow body with a teeny tiny, white head.
Smell: Pale malts, some toasted wheat malts -- no banana or clove as they've both been replaced with heartache.
Taste: Sweetish pale malts and toasted wheat. Again, no bananas or spice. Extremely mild hop bitterness. Pretty much the same until the brief finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation.
Drinkability: A bit too filtered, I'm afraid. Restrained and lessened phenolics, sure, but this thing's been wiped clean.
06-12-2008 23:53:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.18/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
02-19-2010 16:37:08 | More by TMoney2591
3.23/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
09-06-2007 00:46:35 | More by zeff80
3.43/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
08-03-2011 00:54:49 | More by biboergosum
2.93/5 rDev -9.6%
I picked up a bottle at Princeton's in an effort to try the Bayern beers available. This one wasn't a beer to write home about. It's one of the most bland wheat beers I've had, even considering that this is a kristalweizen. There's a faint wheat cracker taste and an indistinct sweet bready barley. I guess this is supposed to be a crowd-pleaser, but I'm not a fan.
11-27-2010 21:48:32 | More by tempest
3.28/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
07-18-2009 09:02:10 | More by JohnGalt1
3.25/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
08-10-2008 00:21:45 | More by scruffwhor
2.93/5 rDev -9.6%
Had at the Lander Brewfest.
It poured a pale golden colour, small head of foam with some lacing.
The smell was of wheat and grain, a bit yeasty, little bit of fruitiness but overall, an average nose for the style.
The taste follows the nose closely but comes across a bit better, a bit more energetic, but still in the general pack for the style and didn't enthuse me enough to say...I want more.
I see I should have tried their Schwarzbier, dammit.
06-12-2011 18:44:09 | More by Bitterbill
2.95/5 rDev -9%
Poured a medium and clear golden color with almost no head. I'm searching for aromas here, very lightly fruity, bananas, and spices. Tastes of generic fruitiness, light wheat, and light spices. Thin and bordering on watery body. Not offensive, but not really anything there.
Notes from 1/13/07
11-24-2008 01:42:46 | More by hopdog
3.5/5 rDev +8%
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.
03-27-2011 18:37:23 | More by morimech
3.18/5 rDev -1.9%
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
09-03-2012 02:33:40 | More by Florida9
3.78/5 rDev +16.7%
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.
10-10-2011 12:27:31 | More by harrymel
3.48/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
12-12-2008 08:21:44 | More by wagenvolks
3.48/5 rDev +7.4%
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!
09-06-2011 19:27:46 | More by arizcards
2.88/5 rDev -11.1%
Never have understood the reason for Kristalweizen...kind of a pointless genre...I have no frame of reference except North American filtered "wheat beer" to judge this with and as a Kristalweizen I suppose this is acceptable...no off tastes, well made but just pointless...notes of toffee malts, overly filtered with no fruity esters or phenols, no hop balance.. a tad bland and thin with a sweet finish....not my cup of T
04-22-2010 00:07:19 | More by pootz
3.23/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
09-14-2008 23:59:16 | More by woemad
Bayern Dancing Trout Ale from Bayern Brewing, Inc.
76 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.