Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Montana Trout Slayer Wheat AleMontana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale
BEER INFO

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 brewdoc75
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a Big Sky Mix Pack

A: Yellowish Gold. Moderate carbonation. Good crisp white head, but it dies quickly.

S: Sweet malts, a slight amount of grassy hops. Slightly acidic aromas.

T: Sweetness from the malts initially. I do get a faint, acidic tartness as well. Slightly fruity. The hops are not really "knock you over," but they are there. More floral and grassy than anything. Maybe a hint of citrus.

M: Light bodied. Crisp and clean.

D: A pretty unoffensive pale wheat ale. Nothing spectacular, but pretty drinkable. I could see myself drinking this while trout fishing in Montana. Aside from that, it could be a good lawn mower beer. It definitely isn't one of those beers, I'd cross state lines for and pack my suit case, but really how many of those do we need?

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Photo of hreb
3.42/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of climax
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a pale golden yellow, mostly clear however the bubbles gave a murky effect. nice fluffy head and it laced pretty well

smell was warm, corn, wheaty and a tad citrusy, a bit of a metallic twang was a bit offsetting...

taste is better than the smell. wheaty with a nice grassy hop presence balanced it well. this beer had more hop bitterness than most i've had of this style which was a nice change

real nice creamy full feel for this one... mild carbonation. coated the mouth lavishly and finished a bit dry, best attribute of this i thought was the feel

This is a good beer, very drinkable. I'll have no problem drinking a few more. however, i usually like my wheats unfiltered.. so there are some better choices out there for myself

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The wheat ale is a golden straw color. The ale has a nice clarity, no haziness obscures it. The only interruption is a steady stream of carbonation from the nucleation on the base of the glass.

S: The nose is subdued, almost nonexistent. A grassy citrus aroma, partially hop and partially wheat.

T: The ale starts with a sharp bitterness, earthy floral hops that are quite bold. A grainy sweetness follows the bitterness. A subtle tartness follows the graininess, showcasing some of the wheat.

M: The sharpness up front is unusual, very hop forward. Not hte best wheat ale but it gets the job done.

D: A decent wheat ale that could use a little more of the wheat.

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Photo of kingothewoods
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large soapy type head which was great. The color was very plain like Budweiser. The only smell I got was heavy hops but I liked it because it was a different type of hops that isn't as common as other types. There is a strong presents of citrus, fruit and then a light hoppy finish. This one gets better as you drink it. The flavors change as you get lower in your glass.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very light, slightly coppery golden color, much lighter in hue than I was expecting. Descent pour out of the glass gives way to a nice 1 finger of head, light, quickly diminishes to a thin film. Slight lacing, but does not linger on the glass.

S- Descent light hop aroma, quickly fleeting, aromatics are bitter yet fresh and airy.

T- Very clean, fresh, nice bitter hop balanced with light caramel malt. Nice compact delivery, no real complexity, descent in it's delivery as a pale ale.

M- First couple drinks, descent bitterness, gives way to a fresh, bubbly, light, but an unforgiving slightly grassy knot on the back of the tongue.

D- Very drinkable, had at cellar temp 54 deg F measured. Might seem a bit crisper and cleaner at a colder temp and on a warm summer day, would be great with some steaks on the grill in June, or a nice freshly caught Trout out of the lake at a campsite in Northern MN...

This was my first try at a Big Sky Brewing Co. offering, good initial opinion, but nothing too impressive that stands out on this one. A very basic American Pale Ale.

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Photo of webbcreative
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow. 1 finger head. smells of hops and just a bit of wheat. Hops come through really nice and pretty strong, but not real bitter. more i drink it the stronger the bitterness comes through, but still very drinkable to me. another really good session brew.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this came in a mixer twelve pack with three other beer flavors from big sky. pours clear golden yellow with a thin white head. some lace. looks ok.

fruity nose. some esters. not much depth. no off odors. smells like a warmer weather beer to me.

some sweetness up front and then a citrus hoppy flavor. crisp. fairly clean and dry aftertaste.

light to mid body. adequate carbonation. good beer to drink on a warm day while grilling out or chilling in the shade. i would buy this twelve pack of their beers again. they have all been good beers.

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Photo of rmmm16
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy through the center but clear on the edges with a pure white head that leaves moderate lacing. Nothing grabs me in the smell, a little bit of hops and a hint of wheat. The taste is much like the smell, nothing to note. This is a great beer with pizza or a burger, but not a standout by itself.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Pizza Outback in Taos, New Mexico.
It was difficult to see that this was a wheat ale. It was yellow and clear. The head was small and a clean white. It smelled dry with possibly some faint earthy scents. The taste was clean and low-profile. I could sense the hops in the finish with some of the same earthy notes upfront. It wasn't outstanding, I couldn't catch the wheat, and I didn't feel like having another, but it did a fine job washing down the largest slice of pizza I have ever eaten.

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Photo of LordofTime25
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy golden straw color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of floral and piney hops. It is a very mellow aroma, but is very lively too. The taste carries over the hops from the aroma. Floral, pine, and a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice surprise from Big Sky Brewing. I'm not quite sure if this is a wheat beer as it is listed here, but whatever it is it is quite sessionable.

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Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating. Poured into my SA pint glass, the beer is gold with a slight chill haze. There is a white fluffy head and sticky lacing.

The nose is of pine & milled grains.

Taste - The beer has mid-level bitterness with some light pine notes, a bit of citrus and semi-sweet caramel notes. Nice enough, but a bit under powered.

The mouth is pretty much on target for an APA. Semi-smooth with a bit of oiliness.

This could be a good cross-over beer or a session beer if you want to give your taste buds a break from the bigger beers.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've been looking for this for a while now. When I was 17 I had some very good beer... Actually when I was 17 my friends dad told me about this beer called Trout Slayer that he had in Yellow Stone. Just grabbed a bottle from Hollingshead the other day.

Pours crystal clear, dark yellow, medium head, no lace, no retention, some small bubbles coming up.

Aroma is malty, sweet, and a touch of skunk.

Flavor is malty, sweet, a little skunk, bitter, and a tad alcoholic.

Light/medium body and a little oily. Crisp, carbonated, moderately flavorful, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Slynger
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trout Slayer pours a clear, lightly oranged, golden color with a large lid of white foam.

Light, but pleasant nose of sweet pale grain and fresh citrus.

Flavor is not quite as pleasant. Light sweet, grainy wheat, bit of citrus, bitter grainy and lightly spicy. Light-medium body with a good amount, but foamy feeling carb.

Okay, but lots of other wheat's that I will go to before this one.

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Photo of pweis909
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow, with some head that doesn't last. A little bit of malt aroma and flavor, but doesn't go far enough. It goes down realtively smoothly, with a small amount of bitter to balance the small amount of malt. Really? An American wheat? Nothing about this beer tipped me off that it was a wheat beer. Mostly unremarkable.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 40 degrees

Nice clear golden color. Two finger head. Good retention. Quite good lacing.

Sweet floral hop scent. Biscuity yeast notes. Strong wheat scent. Very earthy.

Very mild flavor. Sweet graininess with a touch of spice. Floral and citrus notes. Light biscuit flavor mixed with mild grapefruit.

Good, creamy medium bodied brew. Light and crisp.

Quite a drinkable bottle, this one.

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Photo of bbothen
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow/straw color with a fluffy white 2 finger head.

Nice faint citrus aroma, plenty of bisquity malt & some yeast.

Slightly sweet with a nice hoppy crispness. Very user friendly.

Crisp, clean, light to medium bodied. Very refreshing.

Definition of sessionable.

Not my favorite style. But this is a great lawn mower/backyard brew.

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Photo of schanker21
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had no idea what this was when I bought it, but the picture was kick ass so I had to try it.

A- Pours a yellowish-orange with a 1 1/2 finger head that dissipates and doesn't leave much lacing. This is the least filtered wheat ale I've ever seen. You can see right through it.

S- Not a whole lot here. A slight fruity smell.

T- Not a whole lot here either. Mind you it's not bad, nor is it totally lacking taste like Busch Light or something. Fruits up front, finishes with a slight hint of hops. Very refreshing.

M- An almost perfect amount of carbonation for the style makes it quite smooth.

D- Nothing overwhelmingly awesome, this is a great beer to have on a summer night grilling burgers (like I did tonight). A pleasant surprise considering I had no idea what I was buying.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prepare to meet your maker...trouts!

I've had this in bottles, but this review is for the pint I had at Bend Brewfest.

Pale golden straw with a weak head. Relativly clear.

Aroma is crusty bread, raw dough, and wheaty yeast. Tad bit of spicy hop in there.

Grainy grass at first, then some light smooth caramel malt. Some honey and lemon sweetness. There's really not much as far as complexity, honestly. It's a really good drinkable summer brew. I could imagine downing these while fishing. At only 4.7%, this'll make a really solid session beer.

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Photo of BarleyMine
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a slight banana/bready smell with little head and mild lacing. Good mouth feel with decent, but not too much carbination with a nice mild wheaty flavor. This is a good hot-weather brew that's quenching and light. Not a bad brew if light is what you're after.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear mix of straw and amber with a dismal to eventualy no head. A bit too clear and lacking in bubbles for a wheat beer. The aroma is a soft bread with a litle bit of yeasty fruit and no noticeable hops. Not a bad thing though. The taste starts with some dried gypsum bananas. Then has a amber malt aroma. Makes me think of white toast. Maybe a little rosey tasting too. An ok pale wheat ale.

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Photo of diabecktic
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
The beer is a nice shade of light gold with a hint of orange. Head formation is good, with moderate lacing and retention. Slowly rising carbonation is visible.

Smell:
I detect a strong scent of wheat that seems to be complimented by a lime-like aroma. It seems to mix well, though.

Taste:
Wow - it's quite bitter. This isn't bad, but I wasn't expecting this since I can't really smell hops relative to how strong the wheat aroma is. The scent of lime is manifest as part of the aftertaste. It's quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel:
The beer feels very light in the mouth; carbonation tingles the tongue. I definately want to take another sip (preferably several of them).

Drinkability:
It's quite crisp - almost like a lager. I will definately say that it tasted a bit better when it was colder. Either way, it goes down great and I wouldn't sip on it too slowly since it's not too heavy.

Summary:
I really appreciate what the brewers have done here with this style; I typically have the unfiltered wheat beers and this is quite good, comparatively. No one scent or flavor is too overpowering and everything seems to be present in a great balance. This is a beer that's more enjoyable when it's a little colder than what would normally be "acceptable." Well-done.

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Photo of cbros
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type- Bottle without a freshness date poured into a regular pint glass.

A- Pours a dark straw yellow with a small white lace that stays till the end. Little activity coming from the bottom of the beer throughout.

S- Hints of hops and grain, almost natural or earthy in sent.

T- Tastes like a good wheat beer. Smooth but not watered down. Nice combination of hops and spice.

Got this beer in a trade. It is a good beer but not something that I would probably try again. I would like to try other selections from Big Sky. I feel like I should drink this beer in the heat of summer, its light enough to satisfy and has enough taste characteristics to be a knoch above macro light beers. Overall a decent offering.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw color with only about half an inch of fairly quickly dissipating foam and no lace, although it does make an interesting bubble pattern under the surface for a few seconds. Not much smell to it; vaguely citrus. As far as pale ale goes, it's less hop-bitter than most. The best comparison I can come up with is to Sam Adams, which isn't a pale ale at all, but tastes very similar. This one has a sweet and malty aftertaste that Sam Adams doesn't have - a little too sweet and cloying for my tastes, which cut the mouthfeel, drinkability, and taste scores. Given that it's a wheat pale ale, and I don't like wheat beers or pale ales (the label just says "ale"), the score it got is pretty darn solid. For those who like the style, I would expect a more positive response.

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