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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

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bitterbill on 09-12-2007

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Photo of MACrist
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: A hazy yellow/golden. Half finger of quickly dissipating head, spotty lacing. Fair carbonation when rocking the glass.
AROMA: Wheaty, slightly skunky, grainy, citrus.
TASTE: Soft on the palate. Light lemon/citrus, and a little spiciness. Kind of an off putting funk.
FEEL: Medium thin body, soft but adequately carbed, drying on finish.
OVERALL: Kind of one note, and blah with an odd little aftertaste/funk.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow beer, pretty light colored, 1/2" white head. Aroma, seemed like a kolsch almost. This is an ale?

More bitterness than expected, taste looking up. Very like cracker barley and winter wheat kind of softness here. Carbonation helps with the beer, keeping it light and seeming from letting the bitterness stomp all over everything else, that isn't there in terms of quantity.

I wouldn't say this really showcases the wheat, but the somewhat unusual hop bill seems of the higher alpha acid variety, either that, or the malt bill is super light.

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Photo of dikebrewery
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow. Smells of floral and malt. Taste: malt, cereal, floral, fruit both dark and banana. A little earthy feel and flavor. Smooth and crisp, the right balance of fruit/floral/malt and bitterness. A pretty nice wheat ale and a nice offering from Big Sky.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: light golden hue with a little touch of haze and a thin layer of white foam.

Smell: wheaty and grainy with a dry, earthy aroma. It's not bad, if not entirely to my taste.

Taste: grainy malt and lightly floral hops generate a kind of soapy character, which generally I kind of like. It's basically like a floral pale ale; the wheat doesn't seem to add a lot.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: this beer is overall pretty decent, but I think the dry graininess kind of negatively impacts drinkability.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow-golden body, a single lackadaisical stream of bubbles rise, creamy, soapy white head. Nose contains melon and tangerine to start, with mild wheat notes in the background. Flavor loses these somewhat delicate flavors to retain just a bit of ambiguous fruitiness, instead relying on the grain and mild earthy hops for the majority of the taste. Medium body, creamy.
The nose was definitely the high point, with an unexpected amount of juicy fruits to enjoy, but the actual flavor came up lacking clear character, even if it was still enjoyable.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this in a bottle while travelling in St Louis. Go figure; went to the midwest to have a Montana beer. Very smooth, nice lacing and was absent the harsh bite from an ale that I don't typically prefer. An extremely mild wheat. Not too bad.

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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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Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.