Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Montana Trout Slayer Wheat AleMontana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

701 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 28
Gots: 54 | 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.
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Ratings: 701 | Reviews: 300
Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of Slynger
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of pweis909
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of bbothen
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of schanker21
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.72/5  rDev +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.

Photo of BarleyMine
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of diabecktic
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of cbros
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of MadTown1000
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Buebie
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a tulip.
Big ol' 2 finger fluffy white head.
Frothy sticky lace withe some nice retention.
Color is a golden yellow, transparent with nice bubble rise.

Smell is cracked peppercorn spiceiness, grassy hops, bready malt.

Taste is sweet, thick grainieness, with a spicie taste. Good carbonation zing. Grassy hop finish with more spice and a sweet malt linger.
Almost a steam beer in taste, has some of lager likeness.

Mouthfeel is thin, but flavor is good and crisp.
Good beer on a hot summer night.

Photo of Rayek
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up as part of a build your own six-pack. Label didn't hint as to what style of beer this was outside of Ale. I was flying blind.

A: Gold color with a slight chill haze. Active carbonation and a foamy white head. Leaves a little lace.

S: Light floral and citrus aromas, plus raw wheat and barley.

T: Quite mild. Dry malts plus a balanced grapefruit and lemon bitterness. Finishes with a lingering citrus quality.

M: Light body feels just right. A little grainy.

D: Nice session beer. Pairs well with warm summer days. The best example of this style that I've had.

Photo of therica
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

CAUTION-- THERE IS A TROUT SLAYER BY BAYERN, AND A TROUT SLAYER BY BIG SKY, BOTH IN MISSOULA MONTANA! This one is a Pale Ale Wheat, the Bayern is a Krystalweizen.

I've bought bottles of this every time we travel through the upper-northwest US, great stuff.

Once the carbonation settles, this is a very pleasant "old stand-by" beer for longterm consumption. If it were my local beer, I'd be quite satisfied.

A= Appearance is a slightly cloudy medium yellow, little head but lots of lacing as it's consumed.

S= somewhere between being a Pale Ale and a Wheat Ale, it comes off smelling a bit more like a nice light lager. Slight musty scent, prevalent hops and dominant malts.

T= a bit hop-biting but not nasty; nice strong malts, hops but not much of a floral or citrus hops effect, slightly salty and lightly sweet, mild carbonation but nothing belchy. Slight grassy taste. Possibly some lemon in the after-taste. Mild hops flowers in both Scent and Taste.

M= hops-bitter with a slight sour taste mixed with a light sweet-salty aftertaste.

D= very drinkable, maybe would suffice for a modest APA fan, lager or pale-ale drinker as well.

Photo of CamuMahubah
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color into the snifter with a healthy head. Herbal hoppy note. Nice hop profile. Not sure if this bottle was extra fresh or what, but the hop profile is sure to please! Slighty salty caramel flavor at the back of the tongue. Ever so slight. Leaves a bitterness on the tongue that along with its all-malt profile(no adjuncts) is sure to please. This beer makes mincemeat of macros in the Summer heat.

In conclusion, I wish they served this at ballgames instead of Macros. The hop profile helps you to measure the quantity of beers you have had in the sun much better than barely hopped macros. Darn fine beer...

Photo of trackstar1043
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden straw and wheat color, with half inch of white head that quickly fizzed away, leaving only small amounts of lace near the top of the glass.

S - Wheat and grains make up most of the nose with hints of vanilla for a sweetness.

T - Light and earthy, wheat and straw flavors, the hint of vanilla brings out a semi-sweet and creamy taste, minimal hops.

M - Light and refreshing, but lacking in a aftertaste. Carbonation is lively.

D - Nice on a hot day but blends in with the crowd.

Photo of GClarkage
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

06/20/08- Had on my two week Montana vaction.

Presentation- Via the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Light golden colored pour with a smaller 1/4 inch head and light lace patches left behind.

Smell- Notes of yeast, mild breadiness and sweet fruits.

Taste- Not as yeasty as in the nose. Has a sweet sugary background with a grassy hoppy flavor. Really seems light in the alcohol flavor which isn't even picked up.

Mouthfeel- Creamy with a sugary richness and perfect carbonation level.

Drinkability- Great summer day beer. This beer won naming rights from Bayern Brewing which changed their beer name to Dancing Trout. Different beers and very different in qulaity.

Photo of andreasmwatt
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very nice large head. Took a minute to dissipate. Fairly bubbly. Nice light amber color.

Smell - Very light aroma. Hint of floral.

Taste - Very floral taste. A tad bitter but good.

Mouthfeel - Fairly sharp as it hits the pallet. Fun to drink.

Drinkablility - A lot of fun and a easy going ale.

Photo of morimech
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head that had good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Not much for smell. Hints of biscuit and grass.

A light tasting beer. Wheat malt with some hop bitterness. A little graininess is detected.

Has a light body with moderate carbonation.

Extremely light drinking. A nice refreshing beer on a warm day. The low ABV allows drinking many of these.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pored a deep yellow with a nice off white head that diminished quickly. Nose was kind of bland, no real notes other than some wheat and a soapy smell. Taste was grassy, wheat, some honey and a hint of floral. Hopped well. Mouthfeel was a little bitter and soapy with wheat and honey.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, from the mix 12-pack,

A: Pours a relatively clear pale yellow with a firm, medium white head, long lasting, good lacing as well.

S: Strong wheat malt at first, then lawn clippings.

T: Definitely an American wheat beer, heavy grassy hop character dominates, though to me it is off-putting at times, cereal wheat character is definitely in the background.

M: Not bad, light-bodied, light acidity, full carbonation, for the style, pretty good.

D: From the label it would be the ultimate beer to have during the search for the elusive golden trout or just enjoying a day fishing in Lee Vining Creek. The beer itself is pretty average, it has its moments, but I'm not looking into the availability of 6ers for this one.

Photo of Tucquan
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a bottle in Sauk Centre, MN

The beer poured a rich, golden color with a 1.5 finger head.

The flavor is very crisp with a tart-citrus, hoppy taste. The mild malt imparts a hint of dates.

The carbonation is medium-high with a good mouthfeel.

I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely have it again.

Photo of maximum12
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the name as an avid fisherman: Trout Slayer. Like to carry some in the boat just for karma's sake (fishing & beer both).

Pours a golden fleece color with almost no head, really an almost sickly yellow if I look too closely. Smells weird. An unidentifiable but not terribly pleasant odor wafts up out of the glass. Can't figure out what that is.

A sip reveals a nice malt layer on the tongue, smooth, a little thin. No alcohol. Tastes fine.

Definitely a session beer. Not bad, nor really good, something I'd pick up a mixed twelver for a gathering of less-than-great friends.

Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.