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Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Montana Trout Slayer Wheat AleMontana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale

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Reviews: 306
Hads: 742
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 21.11%
Wants: 28
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-12-2007

Trout Slayer is a filtered wheat ale, fermented at cool temperatures, making it a smooth drinkable session beer. Brewed with Palisade, Glacier, and Mt. Hood hops, this straw colored beer is sure to please any craft beer drinker.
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Photo of chuckpalka
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pint glass from a can at a local bar where a nice selection of beers are on a rotating basis. Great graphics on the label. Hazy pale golden color with a very white nice foam head that held up with lasting lace. Pleasant slight citrus hop nose. I liked the grass, grain, combo hop taste from my first sip but thought mouth feel was a little thin. Very drinkable but just a little short on the feel. Would certainly have again.

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Photo of stevoj
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pale golden with thin silky head and active carbonation in single stream (used a tulip). Aroma is sourdough bread and some tart citrus. Taste is mild bread, crackers and slightly flower (some Jujube’s thrown in for good measure). Finish is short and mildly dry. Closer to a wit than a weizen....

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Photo of RobertDBrase
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. can with a nice bubbly white head. Had a somewhat hazy golden color.

Smell was very floral and sweet with a note of grapefruit hop smell.

Taste follows the nose with the exception of the grapefruit. Whatever hop produced this smell was not so present in the taste. Yet still had a nice snappy hop taste that was very well balanced with the wheat and other ingredients.

I really felt this was a very nicely balanced beer that was very refreshing.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type: 12 oz can. Pours to a thick white head and decent lacing. Slightly hazy straw gold. Aroma of grassy hops and faint grains. Flavor is just like aroma but less assertive. Mouthfeel is meh. Not a great sample (could be old, got it in a pick six) perhaps. But even fresh I can't imagine it being anything special.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A little different than most wheat ales I've had, and others have said, it has a lager-like quality. Nice large head on the pour, with some lacing lingering. Smell is wheat and cereal, and while it did smell a bit skunky, I don't know if that's intentional (note: there is no "best by" date). Really nice and full in mouthfeel and not thin as I expected, with nice crispness. Overall, not incredibly complex (I don't find wheat beers to be too exciting) but it's a bit different and was overall enjoyable.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw hue, with a bright white sticky head. I definitely get the sweet cereal note, which is probably pretty standard in a wheat ale (not a favorite style by any stretch for me). Taste is pretty low key and lager like, not sweet at all but bready and very crisp. Again, I'm not really into wheat beers, but I find this one is pretty drinkable thanks to the fizziness and the clean bitter bite at the end.

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Photo of beergoot
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow body topped with a thick, dense, white head; sticky rings of foam left on the glass. Sweet cereal aroma; mild fruitiness. The taste mimics the aroma with an additional medium hop kick; toasty. Medium bodied; smooth.

A pleasing taste combined with a crisp, dry hop finish makes this a very satisfying beer. There is a fine mix of flavor components - toasty, mild fruit sweetness, fine hop bitterness combined with an wet, smooth feel that just makes this beer go down easy.

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Photo of ARoman
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Hefeweizen glass. The aroma is sugary sweet with candy fruit notes, and tropical up front, but this settles into more stone fruit and a faint herb hint. It pours a brilliant, oily and effervescent pale with a soapy white head that has good retention and somewhat messy lacing. The taste is a medium bitter and sweet, although unbalanced. The medium body is slick with a light fizz carbonation, flavored by grain, light lemon citrus, and a light hint of banana. It finishes grainy with a light solvent, and some nectarines that turns to an aftertaste that's lightly astringent with notes of a light solvent and grains.

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Photo of RenzoD
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale, grassy appearance. Really bubbly. Small, short-lived head. Strong scent of wheat/bread with faint fruity aromas. Different and interesting. Smells good! Taste directly follows aroma. I haven't had many wheat ales but this one definitely has the most content. Typical pale ale but with an almost fruity finish. Pretty full mouth feel. So far, the best of the style that I have had.

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Photo of 10Crumra
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Had a thin head that lingered for about 30 seconds. It had a rich golden color with a moderate amount of mostly small bubbles.

The beer smelled floral with a fairly hoppy aroma and some faint citrusy notes mixed in.

You really get the citrusy, floral flavors with the initial sip but the taste changes as it sits in your mouth to a more wheaty, bready flavor which lingers for quite a while. It has a slight bitterness initially which fades with the changing flavor.

It surprised me with its carbonation considering it did not look to be very bubbly. The mouthfeel was light and smooth, appropriate for a wheat beer.

Overall the beer was refreshing and tasty. It had just enough hoppy flavor to make it interesting without making it too bitter for a wheat beer. It would be a great beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Bunman3
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love it when a beer exceeds my expectations. The name and packaging of Trout Slayer appeal to my fishing problem, but I'm not a huge fan of this style of beer. This beer pours with enough head to remind you it's had its Wheaties. The color is a beautiful gold and the nose is full of wheat goodness. The taste is bright, full of citrus and fresh baked bread. Tasting Trout Slayer is like finding a big Cutty in six inches of water - a very pleasant surprise!

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy golden orange in color, with a moderate, dense, and persistent white head. Fine-beaded lacing leaves tidemarks on the glass walls. Carbonation is profuse, fine, and slow-rising.

Aroma: Spicy wheat aroma dominates. There are also bread notes, citrus rind, and tropical fruits.

Taste:Opens with solid wheat malt. Soon after there are some biscuit notes, and citric and grassy hops. As the taste progresses, mild metallic and herbal hops dominate the taste, with the malt providing a mildly sweet undercurrent. Finishes with a lingering, moderate metallic and herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, soft, very full and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes:A very nice and drinkable example of the style. Better suited to summer then winter, but very enjoyable, nonetheless.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

This is very clean for a wheat without the big esters found in many European interpretations. The nose is herbal and citrus with more hop action than yeast. It pours crystal clear pale gold and the thick fluffy head confirms the presence of wheat, along with the rich texture. Grainy malt on the palate carries hoppy spice into the finish. Medium carbonation and body. Easy to drink.

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Photo of mjurney
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Golden color, clear (filtered?). Lots of carbonation rising. Thick rocky head.

Lots of citrusy, lemony, herbal, some sweetness.

Sweetness up front, bready, biscuit, grassy, a little honey. Moderate hop bitterness towards the end, citrusy, lemony, herbal. Finish is dry, tart and very crisp. Body is crisp, refreshing, smooth, dry.

It's an outstanding American Wheat Ale.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Bottle poured into a Big Sky Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours a light straw with a little white head.

S: Wheat sweetness, a little citrus hops, and a little grassy.

T: Light citrus hops, a little orange lime and grapefruit, very nice bready malt and wheat sweetness.

M: Lighter body, moderate carbonation.

O: Nice light wheat ale, but not overly complex or special. Would indeed be very nice while fishing.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.6/5  rDev 0%

No bottling date.

Appearance: Hazy straw with a thin off-white frothy top. (3.25)

Aroma: Wheat with a touch of white grape juice. (3.25)

Taste: Starts with some sweetness, perhaps a combination of the malt, wheat, and/or some yeasty esters that provide an interesting white grape flavor for a moment. Some hop bitterness on the back end but quite moderate and without any detectable hop flavor. Much sweeter overall than I had envisioned but I could see that being due to the wheat. Finish is nearly crisp with a delicate sweetness hanging around in the aftertaste before being subdued by some lingering hop bitterness. Good amount of flavor for 5% ABV. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with average carbonation for the style, though it wreaks a little bit of havoc on the palate as a whole. Good drinkability but perhaps a tad too sweet to be sessionable. (3.50)

Final Thoughts: This one really hit the spot, which I suppose is the whole point of a wheat ale. Nicely done by a brewery that surprises me a little bit with every offering I try. Would I drink it again? Sure. (3.75)

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

This one pours more of a high karat golden color with a very lively thick and rich long live had that settles very slowing leaving more off a pillowy lacing than actual lace. This is a 3D lacing that is about 1/4 inch thick. This one is also exceptionally clear for such a style. I would expect more clouding than this.

The nose is weak with sweet malts and mild hops with apples and bread in the mix.

The taste is rather bitter for this style and the hops are far more prevalent here than in nose. the sweet malt is subdued and makes its presence known in the finish.

The mouthfeel is a little watery for this style as well. nothing remarkable here.

Overall a drinkable if not exceptional beer. This one paired well with a traditional Jamaican Jerked chicken at a spicy level.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up as a mix and match sixer, pretty excited since the first Big Sky product I had completely shattered my expectations. Side poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass with standard vigor.

Appearance - Pours a very transparent straw yellow with a decent one finger soapy head. Leaves a little bit of lacing, head dissipates pretty fast.

Smell - A little bit of wheat, a little bit of spices and hop aroma, Fairly faint smell overall, nothing too overwhelming.\

Taste - Some wheat and spices are at the front of the drink. There are some bready notes and a bit of malts. Like the smell, there is not anything too overpowering here.

Mouthfeel - Finishes clean and a little bitter from the hops. Refreshing.

Overall - Not a bad brew. Not great, but not bad. Plenty of other brews of this style are much better for the same money. Its worth a try, but I wouldn't get too wound up about it.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a two finger white head. Very carbonated. Color is bright yellow/gold like a adjunct lager.

Aroma- Not much here besides wheat and a little sweetness from the hops.

Taste-At the front some citrus hop and wheat are present. As it sits on the tongue some grain and bready malt shows up.

Mouthfeel- Clean and crisp. Light bodied

Overall- A solid beer that's perfect for the summer. (85/100)

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a one finger of head of pure white foam. The fizzy head fades very rapidly leaving a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a wheat bread smell mixed with some aromas of a citrus nature. The citrus is mainly of a grapefruit and lemon smells but contains some light orange smells as well. Along with these is the faintest bit of a grassy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and slight wheat flavor with the wheat gaining strength as the taste advances on. Upfront the taste also has a light graininess to it, with very minimal sweetness. Moving on from the start however, the graininess fades out a bit and a very light orange sweetness that was detected in the nose comes to the tongue. Along with the orange citrus, other citrus flavors of a light lemon taste comes to the tongue as well. With some hay-like and grassy flavors that develop late in the taste, one is left with a very lightly citrus sweetened and moderately wheat and grassy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. For the style it is rather decent as the lighter body and higher carbonation make for a more refreshing brew all while not over-accentuating the grassy or hay flavors which would likely pull away from the drinkability.

Overall – Nothing too outstanding, but refreshing and easy drinking none the less. A sort of average wheat ale overall.

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Photo of Foyle
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: pours a 1" fluffy white head that recedes quickly. Light lacing. Moderate carbonation streaming. Color is a somewhat cloudy yellow-gold
Aroma: fresh grassy wheat, lightly toasted barley, clean water, yeasty white bread
Mouthfeel: light and watery with a dry finish
Flavor: buttery white rolls, grassy wheat, some surprising bitter citrus hop flavor in the middle and finish.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear pale yellow with high carbonation producing a 2 inch white head that quickly recedes.
S: Soft citrus, wheat, and subtle spice. Fairly subdued.
T: Nice wheat, citrus, and spice (coriander, orange zest). Follows aroma, but enhances it.
M: Soft, oily feel, sweet. Light body.
D: A decent session beer. Nice in what it offers, but very straightforward.

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Photo of smptenor
4.65/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

appearance. A yellow pilsner color with a white half finger heard that starts to quickly disappear.

smell- a lemon/ wheat like smell. It kind of smells like an IPA which scares me before I taste it because I'm not an IPA fan. the smell kind of grows on you though. it is kind of refreshing.

taste- wow this surprised me. I didn't really know what to expect but this is great. It starts off with no flavor but then as it finishes it finishes an awesome lemon flavor. It is super light and a great session beer taste. This would be a spectacular summer beer. it's just got that summer vibe to it. The more sips I take the better it tastes.

mouth feel.- the mouth feel is great. smooth with the right amount of carbonation.

I normally do not try wheat beers and I was not going to buy this but God am I glad i did. This is a really terrific beer. I honestly think this beer is underrated on this site. This is defiantly one of my new favorite beers and I will definitely buy again and recommend to everyone.

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Photo of Boca-X
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Very minimal white head, gone within seconds. Very little lacing. Light straw, yellow hue, slightly hazy.

Citrus, pine, floral on the nose. Bready malt rounding it off.

Good carbonation up front on the tongue...bitter, salty, grassy hops. Then a punch of sweetness in the middle...nectar agave comes to mind. Rounded off with grapefruit and a dry peppery finish.

All in all a very good wheat, not great but very good. Flavorful but not heavy, plenty of nuances but not overbearing. I'd drink this again and probably while I'm fishing...it has a great fishing label that's as cool as this beer is good.

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Photo of dhannes
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I received a bottle from my brother at Christmas, so this bottle was near the 8 week mark. Poured into a standard pint and warmed to about 45º.

A=Appealing rich, golden yellow...bright white head that reached two fingers and lasted for over a minute.

S=Lemon, but more sweet than sour...also some hops/herbal presence.

T=Sour at first--rather citrusy, like a shandy--orange zest and lemon zest--wheat flavor was not apparent, but the absence of barley malt was...very lightly hopped. Taste improved at halfway point/50º to more of a standard ale.

M=Rather low carbonation and moderately low body...would serve as a session beer on hotter days, once you get used to the sourness.

O=I think this would pair well with a summer barbecue chicken more than a stand alone beer. I would likely purchase on tap if eating with a tangy barbecue chicken.

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Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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