Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

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.
BA SCORE
82
good

301 Reviews
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(Read More)
Reviews: 301
Hads: 717
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 28
Gots: 62 | 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.
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: 301 | Hads: 717
Photo of drpimento
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
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 -0.8%
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 +6.6%
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 +7.2%
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 -1.1%
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 +1.7%
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 +12.5%
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 +14.4%
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 +3.6%
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 -0.3%
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 -1.4%
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%
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 +12.2%
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 +19.7%
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 +1.1%
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 +3.9%
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 +10.8%
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 +11.1%
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 -6.6%
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 -7.8%
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)

Photo of Ben4881
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale, straw yellow, good clairty, and bubbly. Moderately thick white head with great retention. <4.5>

S - Strong, sweet banana aroma and bready malt character. <5>

T - Begins sweetly and malty, as the aroma would suggest. However, it gets bitter in a hurry. The taste of pine needles leads to a rather dry finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste, which mellows with alcohol remnants and the banana sweetness returns. <4>

M - Fairly light body, carbonation is slightly present. <4>

O - A tad on the bitter and dry side for a wheat offering. The contrast between the smell and the taste is quite perplexing, it certainly gives me pause, especially without a date on the label. <3.5> (719 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice foam-up in the tall glass. Light golden in color. Not much body but has a pleasant wheaty character.

Fairly malty with a touch of sweetness. Pleasant enough with some faint rich malty grain flavors. Ends with an earthy bitter note. Something like a malt liquor with a touch of hops. Rather sharp and dirty.

Not bad, for the American wheat style, but not a memorable beer experience. Devoid of any yeasty or estery flavors, but clean and well made. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquors in Denver. (519 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium golden hue. Pours about a half finger, foamy, white head. Settles completely. Slight lacing mostly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Hay, white bread, with a subtle and indistinct aroma a plant leaves and something sweet.

T: Light wheaty flavor with a bit a hop bite, and peaty pungency.

M: Very light body, subtle flavor. Does leave a bready and pungent aftertaste.

D: Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is solid. Nice hue, slight head, and light lacing. Nose is a bready aroma with some soft hints of plant and sweet matter. Light body, with a light but distinct wheat flavor, and a peaty finish. Overall, this is a good quaff. (691 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, pineapple, and some yeast aromas. Taste is of wheat, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and pineapple flavors. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and I like the hopped up version of a wheat beer that they are putting out here. (550 characters)

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. (658 characters)

Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.