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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BA SCORE
82
good

701 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 28
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

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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Ratings: 701 | Reviews: 300
Reviews by Scotchboy:
Photo of Scotchboy
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the mixed 12 pack; 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Nearly clear gold; simple white head and some lacing.

S: Grain & malt, orange and lemon from the wheat, and some of the hop presence shines through with hints of citrus pith.

T: Faintly earthy hops, pislner-like graininess and malt body, faint wheat in a bready malt backbone, citrus and lemon hoppiness is apparent. Dryer finish.

MF: Clean medium/light body with appropriate carbonation.

O: Straightforward easy drinking ale, reminds me of a slightly hoppy lager.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden, with a pure white head.

Solid, cookieish malt foundation in the aroma, with a light, lemony and wheaty note.

Bready malt, raw honey, and fairly dry on the tongue. The body is medium, crisp, and very refreshing. A nicely flavored and well rounded wheat, better than I remembered.

Photo of Beaver13
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear yellow with a large frothy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is wheaty malts with some citrus and a little spice.

The flavor is rather subdued. I get some of the wheat, sweet malts, some vegetable, and a little fruit with a dry light bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I didn't care for some of the off flavors.

Photo of smptenor
4.65/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle no freshness date.

What an amazing crown of lace on the glass after three fingers of white head subsides. Bight and shiny golden color.

A little bit of bread crust and herbal / minty hop in the nose.

Solid smoothness, medium body. Crisp graininess with dried grass and mild biscuity flavors. Fresh ground wheat flour. Hop bitterness is not modest and cuts deep with a balancing sharpness and hard herbal flavor. Very clean palate with little to no fruitiness. Finishes off semi-dry.

Very clean, almost lager-like with a assertive hop profile which I really dig. I'll say it, this beats out almost all of the American Pale Wheat Ales I have had to date and certainly the more mainstream ones. Wheat session ale is the last thing I'll say.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very clear golden color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some lemons, but it is a little bit faint. The flavor is a mix of wheat, lemons, oranges and some black pepper. Very nice flavor and all of the components go well together. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very drinkable wheat beer.

Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden yellow with little head but very active looking.

Smell: Semi-sweet wheat malt, citrus and Pilsner-like hops.

Taste: Seems like a cross between an American Wheat and a Pilsner. Some grainy wheat, light citrus and spicy hops. Ends somewhat bitter.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, relatively light body and somewhat dry finish...

Drinkability: ...plus the nice Pilsner-like taste leads to an extremely drinkable summer beer. Also, at 4.7%, it is a great session beer.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear light yellowish straw look, average head, no lacing. Very little in aroma, barely notice a hop tinge.

Hops a little bigger on the palate, sweet, almost as if apples in a small way. No real malt or even wheat presence. Very light, makes the hop character and the sweetness seem broader than they are. Easy drinking, but a little pricey for what probably doesn't amount to too much ingredients wise. Summertime fishin beer fo' sho.

Photo of OStrungT
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear light yellow color, with a thick, pillowy white head. The head fades slwoly, leaving a thick lace.

This beer has a spicy hop aroma. Some grainy notes are present also. A slight citrus aroma mixes in. This beer smells very subtle.

This beer tastes like it smells. Spicy Saaz hops, with some grain flavor from the wheat. This beer ha a slight toffee like flavor coming form the malt also.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a spicy aftertaste. It is carbonated just right.

This beer would make an excelent session beer. It is very mild and the alcohol content is low.

Overall: This is a good beer. I liked it more than I thought I would considering I am not a big fan of wheat. I got this beer because I was fishing for trout, and the name appealed to me. I would buy it again.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer the color of golden yellow cooking oil. Thin looking and very lightly hazed. There isn't much to the cloudiness but it sure isn't perfectly clear. The thin head is off white and doesn't last very long.

The nose is mildly herbal with a hint of stale bread. Clean and nice.

The taste is crisp yet smooth with a nice start from a carbonated bite. It's malt profile is bold for such a little beer, it's smooth into the finish with an almost creamy sweetness. There is also a lemony zest and an herbal/ medicinal finish. Kind of like the finish of an effervescent drink... think emergen-c or airborn but slightly less chalky.

Even though it's a little medicinal the mouthfeel is still very nice. I like the smoothness and the tiny bit of chewiness from the grains combined with a firm carbonation and a hint of hops. A good session drink but a little on the low side of things to me. At $9 a sixpack it's a little on the expensive side, especially for a 4.7% brew.

Photo of CamuMahubah
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color into the snifter with a healthy head. Herbal hoppy note. Nice hop profile. Not sure if this bottle was extra fresh or what, but the hop profile is sure to please! Slighty salty caramel flavor at the back of the tongue. Ever so slight. Leaves a bitterness on the tongue that along with its all-malt profile(no adjuncts) is sure to please. This beer makes mincemeat of macros in the Summer heat.

In conclusion, I wish they served this at ballgames instead of Macros. The hop profile helps you to measure the quantity of beers you have had in the sun much better than barely hopped macros. Darn fine beer...

Photo of LordofTime25
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a clear golden color with a thin 1 finger head that lasts and leave good lacing on glass.

You can smell a hint of hops, wheat, and biscutty malts. Earthy!

Has a mild taste with a mild kick of hops and some sweet tones of citrus.

A good medium body that is light and crisp.

Pretty good would drink again.

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (mine says 5% ABV) from a prolonged session of cross border retail therapy earlier this summer.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of bubbly, loosely foamy, and somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves some decent Swiss cheese lace around the glass in its lazy wake.

It smells of biscuity and bready wheat malt, wet hay, lemon and white grapefruit pith, earthy yeast, and mild grassy and leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet sourdough malt, gritty wheat grain, some soft tart citrus (orange, lemon, and faint grapefruit), and pleasantly bitter earthy, leafy, and floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate, manifesting in a more-or less fluffy frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, generally smooth, and perhaps a tad buttery. It finishes clean, a bit sweet in its breadiness, with a nice, balanced bitter hop offset.

Wow, this beer disappeared almost too quickly for me to write enough down about it. No stand-out qualities, but the balance, evenness, and straightforwardness make it eminently drinkable. I know that isn't very specific, but like I said, I really didn't have that much time before it was gone, gone, gone.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear, golden straw color with a finger width head, below average retention, leaving behind a sparse, semi-sticky lace.

Smell - Crisp wheat, backed by sweet notes of bread and grass, and the faintest whiff of lemon.

Taste - Follows the nose to a 'T'. Crisp wheat flavors complimented by a healthy amount of grainy breadiness, bittersweet grassy notes, and finishes with a slightly sour, mild lemon hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Crisp and refreshing. Nice bite.

Overall - An excellent APW. Great for hot days, but there'd be no hesitation to drink it any time of the year. Beats the hell out of SN Old Chico.

Photo of GilGarp
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 10/14/09.

Served cold in a pint glass. It pours a crystal clear pale yellow color with thin but creamy looking head. A spot of lace lingers on...

Aroma is mild, sweet, and a little buttery. Hops are very subdued allowing the wheat to be on display.

Flavor is mostly sweet with a mild bitterness towards the middle to end of each sip. A little bit of roastiness comes through but not from roasted malts, I'm assuming. More of an earthy/spicy hop character.

Mouthfeel is light in body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean with a nice dry and bitter finish.

Not a ton of flavor to this beer but at least it's balanced. A good summer croud pleaser - especially with a name like Trout Slayer!

Photo of pmcadamis
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - This clear brew is a shinny-penny copper color with a very minimal white head. The lacing is nice, and a quick swirl brings up a bit more head which does show some staying power despite its diminutive size.

S - Orange juice, canned Dole pineapple rings, and a sharp crackery malt note. This is extremely citrusy, but not in an over the top hoppy way. This is still pretty soft and delicate on the nose. Pleasant, but summery and invigorating at the same time.

T - Like the nose, this is really citrusy and fruity. Major league hops some out to play too. This is as hoppy as most pale ales, and that works well with the snappy citrus flashes from the twangy wheat content. Orange peel, pineapple, and even a hint of lime zest.

M - This one feels zingy and electric on the tongue, and the hoppy aftertaste is really nice. Extremely refreshing, quenching, summery, bright, vibrant, light-bodied, tingly, and zesty. Wow!

D - This could become a summer staple in my beer fridge. This is a seriously refreshing brew that would be great after mowing the lawn or coming in from a long hot run. Reminds me of orange cleaning stuff, but I mean that in a good way. Its clean and fresh!

Photo of Wegomlegging
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unlike it's cousin IPA, I find this beer to be slightly less than average. Not to say it's bad, just nothing I'd write home about. Poured o.k., looked nice with a nice head, however I failed to detect any aromas other than beer. The taste was a nice smooth clean ale flavor, albeit no strong flavors shown through. Ale. Was your standard mouthfeel, very easy to drink and not too overly carbonated. Overall I'd say this beer is a choice you can count on for a solid beer, but not something you should choose over others if there are better options. Slay that trout sir.

Photo of hreb
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12oz bottle poured into large glass mug. Beer pours a clear medium orange-yellow with a big, white head. Aroma smells like pilsner, perhaps Saaz hops?

First sip is light and refreshing, even lagery. Flavor is pretty mild, but dry, and enjoyable. Is this a Kölsch ale? It doesn't put much weight on the palate.

Overall, inoffensive, vaguely refreshing, but little else going for it.

Edit 3 days after writing this review: I had no idea this was a wheat beer. It didn't taste anything like one. I had more than one sample, so if mine was mislabeled, the whole 6-pack was apparently mislabeled. Or I'm going insane.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The coloration reminds me of a fresh pressed apple juice with a half finger of white head that diminishes quickly leaving little lace. Smells of spent grain, wheat and sour mild sour mash. The flavro lends cadence to the nose nodding at its aforementioned spent grain and wheat, also a little hop bitterness resembling uric acid. A peculiar sour note to the beer, which if is on purpose is good, but if not purposeful raises a strange quality. Watery and light with a medium amount of carbonation.

I would like to say, that what I just drank was interesting but not something I would buy again.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Trout Slayer Wheat from Big Sky is a decent beer....probably better on a warmer day than the winter evening that I am trying it. The beer poured a clear golden yellow with very thin white head and no lacing. The smell has a touch of lemon and decent wheat/ malt balance. The mouthfeel is light in body with good carbonaiton. Overall it is a sessionable beer.

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the Blue Max.

Wow, this tastes like a wonderful wheat bread with black pepper. No, the flavor isn't amazing, but I'm just surprised how much it's like a good loaf of bread. Sure there's some light but crisp citrus hops, but the wheat and toasted barley are what's going on. This beer is a little different, maybe more of an American pale wheat ale, but is still worth trying.

Photo of dbossman
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice, easy drinking beer and is great for summer.

L: Nice two-finger head; golden and crisp

S: Not much to smell unfortunately--not bad but just kind of bland; I detect a slight skunky scent as well as a touch of citrus.

T: A tad bit watery but it has a great aftertaste; nice touch of hops; as you drink this the taste grows; you can taste a bit of citrus and goes down quite refreshing.

F: Good texture albeit a bit thin

D: Quite drinkable; a nice, light and refreshing summer beer.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours very light yellowish copper. light white head, nice lacing.

light notes of banana and malt, very faint

very malty, not much dominating flavor. very light floral hop flavor.

kind of watery tasting and the carbonation has too much bite.

overall, i am not that impressed. the IPA i found to be just amazing but this just seems like its missing something.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can

Very clear yellow straw color with a two finger very fluffy white head. not bad retention and really nice lacing on the glass.

Nice bready aroma with a bit of lemon peel. Lemon on the palate nice medium body but still goes down very easily.

Really like this as a hot weather session beer and the fact that it is in a can means I would take it camping or on some other outdoor activity in a heartbeat.

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Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.