Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Montana Trout Slayer Wheat AleMontana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

306 Reviews

(Read More)
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale Alström Bros
Reviews: 306 | Hads: 742
Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 2/22/14 though it has been about 3 years since I had one of these. Bottled chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner pint glass.

Pours a golden yellow in color with close to a finger of a white head that settles down to a thin layer on top. Some spotty lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of wheat with some citrus, maybe lemon. The taste is about the same with a perfect wheat flavor with some citrus peel for the finish with a light taste of honey also. Very smooth and goes down easy with no bitter aftertaste at all. Perfect carbonation. Great year-around brew.

 626 characters

Photo of BierJager89
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellow/orange with a white head.

S: West is strong in the nose with a little lemon, orange and grapefruit peel.

T: Lemon, orange and wheat. Pretty simple, but tasty.

M: Light bodied and pretty smooth. Refreshing and drinkable.

O: Definitely recommended, especially on a hot summer day.

 297 characters

Photo of JeremyAnaya
4.26/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, nice effervescence

Smells nice, wheat and sweet

Taste great, reminds me of a nice summer day on the deck.

mouthfeel is smooth

Overall this is a great american wheat beer. It's hard to beat boulevard unfiltered wheat ale, but this is still a great beer. Worth a shot. I've enjoyed the two beers I've tried from Big Sky so far, great bottle art too. Moose drool is great for brown ale fans.

 419 characters

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my hotel plastic cup. Pale golden yellow color with a lovely white head that lasts. Nice lacing as well.

Smell has a weird/interesting sour or lemon smell to it. Maybe from some late hop addition? It does carry nicely over to the taste though and makes you think that it really is from the hops. Nice balance to this beer with a nod to the hops and the bittering. I am surprised how long the flavor of this beer lasts.

One of the most interesting wheat ales that I have ever had. Tons of flavor packed into this 5.0% abv beer. Would love to drink this really cold on a really hot summer day. Too bad I can't get it back in CT.

 661 characters

Photo of Scotchboy
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

 539 characters

Photo of drpimento
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a really nice beer! Poured at a good temperature with decent sized, foamy, cream-colored head that settled after a bit and lots of lace. Color is a clear yellow with several lazy bubble trails. Aroma is primarily hops, plus citrus, yeast, spice. Flavor’s like nose, also has bold carbonic tang that works well with the hop bitter, quite dry, and clean. Body is just right with bright carbonation. Finish is like flavor, of average length, and very drinkable.

 468 characters

Photo of Weisseguy1
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. Rich golden color, good head, plenty of lacing.
S. I just walked into subway, smells of bread, and more bread.
T. Malt is perfectly balanced with hops but the flavor is not intense it's just smooth.
M. Easy smooth taste malt is more present than hops, in fact the hops aren't really recognizable until the end , and still they are barely there. Clean finish.
O. Overall this is a great session beer. It's low ABV make it a perfect take along on my next fishing trip. I also feel that this beer is a great way to introduce craft beer to adjunct drinkers. This beer is also a good food companion since it leaves a clean finsh.

 630 characters

Photo of 312HopBomb
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a darkish blonde with a small head that leaves spotty lacing.

The smell is quite malty with some earthy hops.

The taste is even more malty and sweet. Almost has a dunkel taste. The most malty American wheat I have had but the hops balance it out on the finish.

A very smooth and creamy mouthfeel is a departure from the typical bright and crisp wheat ales with mild carbonation.

I enjoyed this unique interpretation of a summer wheat ale, probably because I really like German dunkel Weiss.

 500 characters

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden amber with a heavy white head - good retention and lacing.

Smells of fruit - berries and citrus, nuts, wheat, yeast, and biscuits.

Big wheat bread notes up front - high carbonation keeps things lively. Ends dry and nutty. Some faint, tart berry notes and some nice bitter citrus interplay. This is a very good wheat beer. it has a nice malt bill and more hop bitterness than most.

 405 characters

Photo of Jree261
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Bright golden to amber color with an off white foam.

Smell-Italian spices. Reminds me of pizza. Strange from a wheat ale. Usually pairs with pizza but doesn't actually smell like it.

Taste-Wheat. Yeasty. Grassy.

Mouthfeel-Medium body. Not terribly long finish.

Overall-I like the color. Everything else leaves a little to be desired.

 349 characters

Photo of TheMarkE
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Straw colored, good head and lacing.

Smell: Wheat, lemon, grass.

Taste: Wheat, lemon, grass. A touch of hops and spice in the background.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, with a lemony aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. A decent wheat beer without any flaws, but there's also nothing to get excited about. Just a good, solid brew. It would make a good session beer.

 379 characters

Photo of jesseejames
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here in Missoula I stop by the Brewery once in awhile to have my free sample. This is one of the best beers they brew. It has a wonderful smell. The color is a rich golden wheat. It is way too drinkable and I am glad they limit you to only a few sample glasses.
The aroma of this beer actually overwhelms you in their tasting room where they are serving a lot of other brews. It also has a head that won't quit. I really like this beer.

 436 characters

Photo of SerialTicker
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a 12oz mug at Green Dot Stables in Detroit, Michigan.

I am shocked I like this so much more than the majority... but hey, everyone has an opinion.

Appearance: A yellow color with a pretty big three finger or so head... took awhile to die down so I could get the whole beer in my glass. Phenomenal lacing... maybe the best part about this beer.

Smell: A significant wheat note, but a nice fruity aroma in there as well from the hops. Somewhat sweet.

Taste: Excellent wheat beer... I have to go with the bros. on this one over the mass majority ... I'm sorry, this deserves higher than an 82 rating. Again, I know it's all subjective. I WAS a beer deep, but it wasn't a super strong beer that'd throw me off. Trout Slayer has a nice wheat profile, but it's not overwhelming... the hops in this give it a fruity/floral flavor without making the beer too bitter, so it's still incredibly drinkable. Hard to believe this is only 4.7% ABV.

An incredible Pale Wheat Ale ... a nice, big flavor, a pleasant hop presence, and a great first beer I've had out of Montana. You have to try this one.

 1,109 characters

Photo of Spikester
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold with one finger of white head. Good amount of lacing follows head recession.
Smell this is one of the first wheat ales that smelled like banana to me.
Taste is equally banana, slight cloves, a nice compliment of hops.
Mouthfeel was slick with a bit more carbonation than usual. Medium bitter finish. Slight dryness.
Overall a tasty and enjoyable wheat ale.

 369 characters

Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Not real hazy for wheat beers - sediment a little chunky.

S - Nice wheat body with citrus notes.

T - Clean taste, not as much wheat flavor as I hoped for.

M - Not excessively carbonated, but goes down smoothly and tingles the tongue a little.

O - Good beer. I've had better from Big Sky. I could imagine putting a few of these back whilst flicking a jig.

 365 characters

Photo of tronester
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden with almost no head. Smell is of green apple and some grain. Taste begins with some light caramel, then some bread, followed by some mint, anise and fennel flavors. An herbal, tart finish. Mouthfeel is good, though carbonation a bit low. Overall a good beer.

 279 characters

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/7/2013. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, pepper, orange zest, wheat, clove, bread, floral, grass, herbal, and light banana. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance of malt and hop notes. Taste of lemon, pear, pepper, orange peel, wheat, clove, floral, grass, bread, herbal, and light banana. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruit, pepper, wheat, clove, floral, grass, herbal, and light banana on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of citrus, malt, and spicy hop flavors; with a good amount of robustness for 5%; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale what ale! Very nice balance of citrus, malt, and hop flavors; and extremely smooth to drink with plenty of flavor. Really enjoyed this one.

 1,177 characters

Photo of BoFoSho
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually don't like beers with deceiving names. But Big Sky's Trout Slayer is one exception. This is what I call a mild wheat beer, very refreshing and easy to drink. The smell was a tad unusual, with hints of grape and apple. It almost smelled like a cider. Besides that aspect I enjoyed drinking the Trout Slayer. Drinking a few of these will make you believe you're a decent fly fisherman. Now go slay some trout!

 417 characters

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this American Wheat Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a nice white head, great retention and excellent lacing. The aroma consisted of fresh baked bread. Medium bodied, there is a foundation of malted wheat, floral hop flavor and it has a semi dry finish. Great session beer, smooth and a big dose of hops. Probably my favoirte American Pale Wheat Ale.

 374 characters

Photo of Rwalford74
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thin head that vanished quickly.
Appearance is very appealing golden straw colour.
Taste is really easy drinking with no strong stand-out flavours for me. More body than the Beerfist Caterpiller that I had before it.
Again, an easy drinking beer that would be great on a hot afternoon, but for the price give me a Hop Hog any day.

 330 characters

Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.29. No freshness date. Same picture on the label as the regular Trout Slayer Ale without wheat.

The pour is amazing. Nice slightly hazed golden color with a cascade of rising white foam. At least 4-fingers worth of frothy white head that lasts a few minutes and leaves tons of nice lacing on the glass.

Pleasant smell of wheat, bready malt, and citrus.

Tastes like the smell with grainy wheat, bready malt, and lemon/orange zest flavors, but I'm also picking up a bit of coriander spiciness.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Very drinkable but not exceptional.

 655 characters

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

as straw as they come, with a little fluffy white topping.
smells straw, smells like a run of the mill commercial lager....
taste is okay. easy to drink. mild (very mild) hop bitterness. nothing amazingly eye-catching (or palate catching).
overall, for a weak abv, straw-colored whatever they wanna call it, it's okay. can drink many in succession, for certain, but would you want to? there is a certain richness to it, as a hefe might be, so that may slow down your session. but it's drinkable. it's likable. it's way better than the commercial crap i was originally comparing it to. for montana, i imagine this might be a 'lady's beer' ? ?

 641 characters

Photo of Strix
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy bright yellow, nice frothy head that leaves gobs of lace.

Wheat, lemon, slight pilsnery yeast note.

Biscuity, with herbal hops, a lemon and black pepper note, crisp grains, and a dry finish. Really refreshing.

Medium-light mouthfeel, crisply carbonated.

I was quite surprised by this. Thirst quenching and crisp in exactly the way I was looking for. Very nice.

 369 characters

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Sept. 14, 2012 (purchased at BevMo! In La Mesa (San Diego, Calif.) for a variety12-pack price of $13.99 (w/ card) on Sept. 14, 2012). Finger or head. Golden pale with white head. Good retention on the top, none on the sides.

Smelled grass, lemon, honey, bread, cereal and hay. Surprisingly not too bad.

A lot more grassier taste than the smell. Got grass, bread, cereal, hay, honey and earth. Slight lemon sweetness on back end.

Light body. Thin texture. Above average carbonation. Long, grassy, watery finish. Refreshing.

OK for a wheat beer. Refreshing and a good summer brew.

 629 characters

Photo of barnzy78
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours clearer than expected, golden with a white head that holds good retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are wheat, yeasty, faintly herbal. Tastes are wheat, lemongrass, yeast. Mouth-feel is medium and smooth. Overall, I thought this was slightly better than average for the style.

 313 characters

Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.