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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

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618 Ratings

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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 21
Gots: 21 | 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:
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 added by: Bitterbill on 09-12-2007)
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Photo of DCon


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12oz can of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellsiville, MO for $1.99. Poured into a giant Hefeweizen Glass and has a freshness date of 09 07 11 on the bottom of the can in red (barely readable).

Aroma- Strong grains and a low amount of malt. Has a nice noble hop character and is very sharp. Also, hints of diacetyl but very limited.

Appearance- Pours 3 fingers of head that has weak retention. Has a clear, golden body and has a medium amount of lacing. Needs better retention here to be an American Wheat!

Flavor- Strong grainy, wheaty, and has a mild floral hop taste. Light bitterness at the finish. Nothing too interesting here but a solid wheat taste.

Mouthfeel- Light- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, and a good, sweet finish.

Overall Impression- Good wheat beer with nice hop taste. Not sure how big of a fan I am of this one but time will tell... I'm going to be getting this in bottle/on-tap as soon as I see it.

Serving type: can

08-18-2011 18:05:51 | More by DCon
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2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Trappist Westvleteren goblet (small size) in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and average retention. Colour is a clear gold.

Sm: Bittering hops, malt, and cream. Not particularly attractive, but then I'm a stout lover. An aroma of moderate strength.

T: Malted barley foundation with bittering hops riding atop joined by light cream and some paler hops (maybe cascade?). Pretty simple, but decently built and balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet for the opening half, but it gets coarser through the finish. Doesn't really suit the flavours.

Dr: Good price, fair quality, and decent drinkability. This is one to try if you don't pay too much for it, but it's far from special or bold.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 03:29:56 | More by kojevergas
Photo of divineaudio


3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a beer mug. freshness date marked on the neck of the bottle.

a - a gentle pour yielded me a pale golden liquid with two fingers of fluffy, off white head. crystal clear with lots of streaming bubbles and almost no lacing. head retention is pretty good though.

s - sourdough bread, honey, faint citrus notes.

t- biscuity malt sweetness with a faint bitterness on the back of the tongue.

m - lighter in body but a little sticky. adequate carbonation.

o - goes down easy. could be a good candidate for a drinking session or a hot summer day. nothing special really.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 04:37:17 | More by divineaudio
Photo of obrike


3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single...looking for another easy drinking, low abv beer in this 100 degree Texas heat.

Well...this one will not be that beer.

A fairly average look...nothing really stands out at all. Average head, not much lace...a bit darker than a average lager, but not much more.

A bit of lemon on the scent...and some sweetness, but nothing really stands out.

Again, fairly ordinary. Some grassy hops, a touch of lemon, but not much else. Almost like a bmc with a bit of muscle.

Very easy drinking though...was done with it in about 5 minutes while sitting on my back deck. Overall, a rather dull brew...the search will continue.

Serving type: can

07-14-2011 23:00:22 | More by obrike
Photo of AAxsom


2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- very clear and golden. Not much to this.

S- I get a lot of lemon and wheat.

T- very clean and just a bit of sweetness. Taste is very basic, however.

M- lots of carbonation and very drinkable.

O- good for what it is, a very basic overall wheat to drink after mowing the lawn or floating the river. Props for th name and the artwork on the can.

Serving type: can

07-03-2011 18:08:03 | More by AAxsom
Photo of darjoh


3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I kinda got suckered into buying this wheat style ale. I don't particularly like wheats, and the bottle/label makes no mention of being a wheat ale. Since I had bought a 6 pack of 12 oz bottles I feel obliged to have to continue drinking them.
Or maybe bring them over to the neighbor.

Well after plugging through the rest of them, it kinda grew on me. I shared with the neighbor, and we had a little debate about the brew. I might have been a little harsh at first glance, but I upped my ratings on it.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 03:51:12 | More by darjoh
Photo of BeerAmbassador


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can

Very clear yellow straw color with a two finger very fluffy white head. not bad retention and really nice lacing on the glass.

Nice bready aroma with a bit of lemon peel. Lemon on the palate nice medium body but still goes down very easily.

Really like this as a hot weather session beer and the fact that it is in a can means I would take it camping or on some other outdoor activity in a heartbeat.

Serving type: can

06-23-2011 01:57:37 | More by BeerAmbassador
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou


3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Clear golden in color. Short but nice looking white frothy head. Good lace.

S: Wheaty, malty. A little sweet citrus.

T: Clean wheat flavor is bold in its malting. Some lemony citrus plays nicely. There is a strange bitter element that I am not fond of. It doesn't develop into anything unique and lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Very rich for the style. Good carbonation. Nothing to complain about here.

D: Maybe not the best Big Sky offering or example of the style, but good.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 03:37:41 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
Photo of raznug


2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light golden color two fingers worth of a light fluffy head
Smell: No noticeable smell
Taste: Slight malt flavor maybe some cereal grains
Mouthfeel: Light and thin goes down very easily
This is a clean cut, straight forward, beer easy drinking and smooth any BMC drinker could put a couple away without being scared of a craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 19:52:55 | More by raznug
Photo of robbrandes


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

taster poured from 12oz bottle. reviewed from tasting notes.

brilliant yellow with a tight, light head. slightly fruity nose with reasonble hop profile. good smack of bittering and piney hops, no citrus profile to speak of. an enjoyable session beer, great on a hot day!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 05:10:24 | More by robbrandes
Photo of Trilogy31


2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light golden amber with nice clarity and a fluffy head leaving thick curtains. The nose brings simple bready malts with almost a weird sea salt note along with a vanilla malt shake smell as well. Taste brings more bready malts with a smoke seaweed taste without much else. Definitely different for the style but not really in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 04:12:36 | More by Trilogy31
Photo of Forb


4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Grizzly Rock Turlock, CA...

Appearance: Lovely hazy golden sweet body. Fluffy minor head with and inviting dance of carbonation.

Smell: Grainy wheat goodness with a sweet element that is difficult to discern but clearly puts this beer at a unique position for the style.

Taste: Light, crisp, deliciously sweet wheat ale flavor gives this beer a high drinkability.

Mouthfeel: Lively but balanced carbonation with a just more than standard light body that goes down smooth and refreshing.

Overall: Easily my favorite pale wheat ale. A delicious addition to a commonly so mediocre style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 21:50:53 | More by Forb
Photo of DannyDan


3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A. Pours out a yellow body with a thick white head that has very good lacing and retention and nice carbonation to it.
S. Has a bread and grain scent, but not a real strong smell.
T. Starts out with a sweet crisp taste followed by some wheat, hops and finishes with a slight lemony taste.
M/O. Has a nice smooth creamy easy drinking feel and overall it is just an average beer that looks good when pouring it into a beer mug.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 06:05:35 | More by DannyDan
Photo of chicagoabbot


2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle randomly had at a BBQ. I actually didn't even realize this had wheat in the mash until I read it. It's not too sharp on the wheat and not much depth in the rest of the malt. Yeast character is nothing. I won't be buying this beer. In fact, I can't say I really dig many beers I've had from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 05:50:24 | More by chicagoabbot
Photo of Wegomlegging


2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unlike it's cousin IPA, I find this beer to be slightly less than average. Not to say it's bad, just nothing I'd write home about. Poured o.k., looked nice with a nice head, however I failed to detect any aromas other than beer. The taste was a nice smooth clean ale flavor, albeit no strong flavors shown through. Ale. Was your standard mouthfeel, very easy to drink and not too overly carbonated. Overall I'd say this beer is a choice you can count on for a solid beer, but not something you should choose over others if there are better options. Slay that trout sir.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 03:46:53 | More by Wegomlegging
Photo of afksports

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wheat not too prominent, pale ale all there, lots of big Montana water. Not bad. It's a refreshing brew.

Pale in appearance, and pasteurized, this baby could definitely sit beside me in a boat while I slay some trout. Freakin' fish keep bothering me I need to slay them.

Smells nothing like pools of dead fish. Much more like some grains - I suppose wheat - and bread. Touch of hops are present in the nose, and a bit more in the taste at the start and finish, but never are they big and bold. This is like 1/10th of a SN Pale.

The wheat lends a sweetness - I guess - and the finish is darn clean. It feels decent going down, and I killed this bad boy quick.

Like it was a trout.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 02:49:22 | More by afksports
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2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have been pleased with other Big Sky products and loved the name and label of this beer so figured I would give it a shot. I picked it up for the old lady as she really likes lighter wheat ales, however she thought it was a generic light beer. The flavor really didn't come through on this one. If you're looking for a solid refreshing beer that's not big on flavor this is for you. If you're into big beer flavor, pick up one of their other fine brews.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 23:51:02 | More by zbuc919
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3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted April 26th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - golden slightly cloudy straw, half finger white head and no lacing

S - very sweet, floral, lemon, lime, maybe some crystal malt and maybe some grapefruit pop scent

T - sweet and bitter. Lemon and lime, grapefruit, sweet yeast. Definitely tastes like an old school pop. Can't put my finger on it

M - carbonated, medium acidity, medium finish and sticks to the mouth a bit

D - drinks like a million bucks. I would and could drink this daily

Final thought- love this beer

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 03:45:10 | More by whatthehull
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3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can pours a very clear gold color with a fluffy cap of white head. Average retention and lacing.

The nose boasts equal proportions of dry, biscuity malt and bright, citrusy hops.

Interesting malt backbone, biscuit and light toffee cover up alot of the wheat. Hops are there just a bit, I could use more of the flavoring variety here. Yeast is pretty clean, but does throw off some bready flavors. The can disappeared surprisingly fast…I would be happy to suck down a few of these after slayin' some Brookies on the fly rod anyday.

Serving type: can

04-30-2011 00:37:52 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of brew3crew


3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head. Transparnt however.
S-crisp wheat smell with some grassy hints
T-lots of grassiness to it. Tastes s lot like it smells. Very dry finish.
M-light body and smooth with a dry finish
O-decent beer but not my style. Took me a while to drink

Serving type: can

04-14-2011 00:53:13 | More by brew3crew
Photo of BeerLover99


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: mild cloudy, bubbly, deep yellow body, trace head

S: floral, hint of citrus, firm grass/pine aroma

T: wheat up front, pine middle, and long subtle bitter finish

M: med/light body, tongue prick on front, mild sticky finish

O: Solid session beer, not my favorite in the style nor from this brewery. Fine newbie/gateway beer or good summer substitute for tired taste buds.

Try it.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 16:30:26 | More by BeerLover99
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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear honey color with white soapy head

S - A little weak on smell, brew could use a more aggressive hop schedule

T - Smooth at first then it moves into an almost "rusty" flavor... It's good, but not great. Not quite as aggressive as I look for in a Pale Ale

M - Good carbonation and thickness of brew for style... very light for a Pale Ale

D - Very good, it has good flavor just not as aggressive as i typically go for...

A very solid "B" brew. Try it if it's around. Also, I would imagine it's MUCH better on-tap or in a can than it is out of a bottle/glass

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 23:41:55 | More by chugalug06
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3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Golden, straw colored ale that is very slightly hazy. Nice one finger, thick, white, head that recedes to a nice film. Very little lacing. Nice carbonation strings bubbling up the sides.

S: Not a lot going on here... grains and earth, maybe a little yeasty with a slight citrus hop note.

T: Whole grain bread with a clean, mild, citrus hop finish that is very refreshing. Nothing really pops or stands out... just a refreshing balance.

M: Crisp, light, and refreshing. Fizzy carbonation is enjoyable and clean.

D: Nice session beer that goes down easy and is refreshing. Makes me want to sit in the spring time sun out on the deck and have a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 21:13:27 | More by timmick
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2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Montana Trout Slayer Ale--ABV on Label--2008 12 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV. 35 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Wheat Ale. Lacy white head. Clear bright rich yellow color. Mild earthy hop wheat ester front. Crisp clean mild earthy dry sweet mild tangy citrus wheat body. Clean earthy hop refreshing balanced end. Refreshing well made & tasty, but weak. Sampled 5/9/2008. 6-Pack $9.00.

Big Sky Brewing Company--Montana Trout Slayer Ale--2010 12 oz. Microcan. 5.00% ABV. 35 IBU's. (2.5 / 5.0) Wheat Ale? Big foamy lacy thin white head. Fizzy clear bright thin yellow gold color. Odd mild hop floral wheat ester front. Dry mild sweet slightly tangy citrus wheat banana light butter caramel body. Smooth refreshing mild hop light easy citrus fruit end. Sampled 3/16/2011. 6-Pack purchased for $9.25 at PCC--Greenlake, Seattle on 9/5/2010.

Serving type: can

03-29-2011 02:29:49 | More by philbertk
Photo of FosterJM


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

298th review on BA
can to pint glass

App- A very 50/50 mix of orange and yellow. Quick receding 2 1/2 finger head. No real lacing or stick to it.

Smell- Very base wheat beer. A little of spice, yeast and some earthy undernotes.

Taste- A very subtle good beer. This is good because its not trying to be anything other than what it is. Very clean. Nice well done flavors.

Mouth- A light body with a high carb feel. Almost a peppery after taste.

Drink- A very good little beer. Would love to compare a can vs. bottle. Great summer beer, I'll have to try again.

Serving type: can

03-07-2011 05:51:46 | More by FosterJM
Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.