Bayern Dancing Trout Ale - Bayern Brewing, Inc.

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Bayern Dancing Trout AleBayern Dancing Trout Ale

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 71
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 7.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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: 71
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. (281 characters)

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. (392 characters)

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. (712 characters)

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." (976 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (511 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (1,421 characters)

Photo of 1whiskey
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in into a standard pint glass. Nice light honey color, very clear. An aggressive pour yields a 1 finger bone-white head.

Smells very clean, actually. Lightly sweet with faint grass and fruit (not banana) notes. It reminds me a little of the smell of agave syrup.

More of the same when the liquid meets the palate. This is basically one dimensional....slight sweet and grassy, and little bit of earthy hop kick trying to be found. I wonder is Bayern, which specializes in lagers, use a lager yeast for this. It certainly feels very lager-ish.

Mouthfeel is understandably thin, with only modest carbonation.

If you're into summer beers or golden ales this will likely appeal to you more than it does to me on a 36F degree night with high winds and stinging rain. It's definately a summer beer, but not one I will be seeking out when the days get longer. (875 characters)

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. (323 characters)

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

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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. (475 characters)

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. (414 characters)

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Bayern Dancing Trout Ale from Bayern Brewing, Inc.
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