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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 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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