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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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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 21
Gots: 26 | 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 charlzm


2.73/5  rDev -24.2%

Consumed April 14th, 2010.

Pours from the can a light gold. Very clear, well-carbonated. Fine white head with sticky lacing.

Aroma of wheat and not much else.

Flavor is semolina and light, biscuity malt. Not much flavor to speak of until the out-of-whack bitter finish. The warmer the beer got, the more the bitterness came to take over the palate. Unbalanced.

Mouthfeel was sightly dry and crisp.

Served ice cold like a macro lager, this may be an okay swiller. However, I don't think I'll be having this one again.

04-24-2010 21:28:41 | More by charlzm
Photo of BierFan


3.73/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. ABV of 5.0%.

Appearance: Clear golden body with a thin off-white head.

Smell: Fresh and crisp smell of the pale wheat malt. This is a very simple beer.

Taste: Not as one dimensional as the smell. Has a nice balanced herbal spiciness from the hops. A little acidic twang in the finish which gives way to go back to the herbal hop character.

04-22-2010 17:56:47 | More by BierFan
Photo of stangski83


4/5  rDev +11.1%

I have to say that this is a pleasant surprise. Purchased as part of a Big Sky mix 12 pack last night.

The letters and illustration on the label are a bit of a throwback, but I feel like I could definitely be floating along and fishing while enjoying what is a definitely a very session friendly brew. A slightly hazy golden appearance on the pour, with a nice lacing that fades after 5-10 minutes in the glass.

Very clean after-taste and certainly a brew that could help initiate your non-geek friends. Not quite as good as Gumballhead, but I wouldn't back down from a cold Trout Slayer on tap or in the bottle. Very drinkable and pretty tasty. Probably the best "fishing beer" around.

04-18-2010 21:32:55 | More by stangski83
Photo of AmberMan22


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice looking head. Not much in the way of head retention or lacing though. Good color.

Tastes fresh and crisp. Most wheat beers really seem to get weighed down by all the suspended material, but Trout Slayer really does a nice job of being lightweight and easily drinkable.
I'm not really a huge fan of the American Wheat style, but this one I feel is a winner.
Bright hoppy flavors blend very nicely with the wheat, giving it almost a 'pilsner' style texture and zip to it.

An easy-drinking wheat beer, high quaffability and very sessionable. Will probably routinely pick some more of this up before barbecues this summer.

04-16-2010 18:22:18 | More by AmberMan22
Photo of BretSikkink


3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

Clear color, yellow-gold, not much of the white foam. The nose is light and grainy, with some splashes of citrus. The flavor is a little bland, but has some lemon and pale wheat malt sweetness. Slight breadiness throughout. Body is very light, finish is dry, and nothing stands out. Reasonable refreshing, with the dose of citrus. Not too challenging, but that's okay sometimes.

04-12-2010 05:37:00 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of ch473


4.65/5  rDev +29.2%

Pretty golden clear with nice thin foam lacing. Steady carbonation, nice little bubbles.

Smell is amazing, fruity, almost berry-like. Nice oatmeal scent in there too.

Feels great on the tongue. The taste is my favorite balance of sweet, fruity, grainy and bitter. I could drink this over and over.

This is one of my new favorites. It's absolutely delicious. I can't wait to try it on tap.

04-12-2010 00:34:59 | More by ch473
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.56/5  rDev -1.1%

A clear light yellowish straw look, average head, no lacing. Very little in aroma, barely notice a hop tinge.

Hops a little bigger on the palate, sweet, almost as if apples in a small way. No real malt or even wheat presence. Very light, makes the hop character and the sweetness seem broader than they are. Easy drinking, but a little pricey for what probably doesn't amount to too much ingredients wise. Summertime fishin beer fo' sho.

04-02-2010 02:57:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of david131


3.3/5  rDev -8.3%

A- A clear, pale yellow liquid with numerous streams of carbonation . The thin white head has decent retention.

S- Some citrus rind, must, and wheat. Smells kind of sweet with a hop bite.

T- Bitter, sweet, and earthy. A little sweet and musty for my tastes.

M- Very smooth considering the abundant carbonation.

D- Smooth, but a tad sweet with some odd flavors. Not bad, but not great.

04-02-2010 02:43:25 | More by david131
Photo of womencantsail


3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

A: The pour is a pale light golden color with a nice clarity and a fluffy white head.

S: The nose is primarily sweet malt with a touch of toasted biscuit as well as a lemony tartness.

T: There is an odd combination of flavors here. Initially there is malt and wheat sweetness along with a slight tang followed by a bitterness on the finish.

M: The body is light with a plentiful level of tingly carbonation.

D: There are some decent flavors, but they're just sort of jumbled together and don't really work all that well together. I think I'd pass on this one in the future.

03-24-2010 00:17:08 | More by womencantsail
Photo of evanackerman


3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a clear golden color with a billowing fluffy head typical of a wheat beer, head retention is excellent, wispy lacing.

Smell is dominated by malt and a bit of alcohol comes through.

taste is of bread wit a bitter hop finish, not the most complex fllavor profile for a wheat but still very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel was a surprise on this one, from the appearance I expected it to be very thin but it was pleasantly viscous and creamy with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is extremely high.

Overall, a very enjoyable and pleasant brew lacking any outstanding qualities, but well above many other American Wheat beers I've sampled. I will not have any problem drinking the 3 that came in by sample pack. Worth a try for wheat beer fans.

03-20-2010 18:28:36 | More by evanackerman
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a massive, rocky head that sticks nicely and leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Bready with a lemony aspect

Taste: Bready, up front, with a building lemony hop flavor that winds up being a bit pithy, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly one of the most flavorful American Wheats I have encountered, though I am not crazy about the lemony pith - just a bit too harsh

03-19-2010 04:29:24 | More by brentk56
Photo of WOTO97


3.3/5  rDev -8.3%

A: thin white head floating on strawish gold, no lacing

S: some spice notes, white pepper, nominal sweet malt, some biscuit notes

T: odd oxidized taste up front, light malt backbone with some sweetness and breadiness in the finish, some spice from the hops in the finish

M: clean and light

D: this one is ok, definitely feels like a beer you'd drink a shit load of after/during a softball game

03-11-2010 22:01:47 | More by WOTO97
Photo of brownbeer


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours clear golden, with a pure white head.

Solid, cookieish malt foundation in the aroma, with a light, lemony and wheaty note.

Bready malt, raw honey, and fairly dry on the tongue. The body is medium, crisp, and very refreshing. A nicely flavored and well rounded wheat, better than I remembered.

03-10-2010 00:45:33 | More by brownbeer
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

Acquired from kiltedtxn, courtesy of the Nice Cans BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, light malts, citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a bready wheat flavor that is quickly followed by a fruity citrus sweetness. There's a decent hops presence for the style. The malt character is on the thin side but it works well for this particular beer and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice milder beer that is worth pounding down for a long time.

02-25-2010 02:39:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.33/5  rDev -7.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic. 4.7% ABV, 18209 on the neck.

A - Very lightly hazy pale straw yellow with a dense and well retained three-finger white head. The pile fell to a clumpy mesa and left thick lace all the way down the glass.

S - Immediately seems unbalanced. Not overly hoppy but it seems to be all I get. Really resiny with a floral strength and not much else. A mild pale malt in the background but not very backbone-esque.

T - Trout Slayer takes a surprise leap from the proverbial net I placed it on. The balance has completely shifter to a sweet pale malt flavor with a splash of floral hops on the finish. A teeny bitter hint appears on the end.

M - Medium-light bodied and fairly smooth but oily feeling with a low crisp and medium carbonation finish. A touch of light bitterness.

D - I believe I had this on tap and it was far superior to this offering. Not bad though, just somewhat bland and unbalanced. The nose and the flavor differ too much to have it feel like one cohesive unit. A tad disjointed.

02-10-2010 23:12:28 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of Vancer


2.7/5  rDev -25%

Semi-clear lemon yellow pour, kinda surprising, with a dollop of white foam head on top. Spackles of lace on the way down.

Subtle malt aroma, not much going on here. Ditto on the quaff - bland and boring brew, lifeless taste of corny wheat with a dip of bread - not an wheat ale at all.

I know pale wheat ales are not gonna be flavor packed, more of a session brew - but man, was this a disappointing brew.

02-07-2010 19:45:18 | More by Vancer
Photo of drumrboy22


3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Widmer glass. Beer is a clear, straw color, with a two-finger, white head. Moderate carbonation and lacing around the glass.

Aroma is wheat, apples, pears and light hops.

Taste is crisp apples, bread, wheat and very faint hops.

Goes down very easy. Would be a great beer for a hot, summer day. Lite and refreshing.

01-24-2010 02:12:24 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of tapman


3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

Light copper hue with a very stable head of tiny, slightly off white bubbles. The head has a decent staying power, though doesn't stay the whole time. I like when wheat is a part of a pale and expect good things in the mouthfeel.

Pastry sweet malt nose with some wild american hoppiness subdued with earthy hop tones. Light melonoidin toastiness promises to marry the sweet malt with the hops. Some biscuit as well upon warming.

Malt taste is lighter than anticipated with the hop bitterness overpowering both hop flavor and malt toast. That being said, there is still plenty of malt and hop flavor, just not as balanced as I had expected. Maltiness is a bit doughy in the finish with a light toasted biscuit while the hops finish clean and fruity. Bitterness is resinous.

Carbonation is bright and burn a little bit. Perhaps it is unfair to ask an APA to be a Bitter in the mouthfeel category, but for my session brew I would move towards something less soda pop. I would love to try a cask version of this brew.

As I said a cask version, with a bit of mellowing in both hop bitterness and carbonation when drawn by pump, would do this brew well. It is the sharp bitterness that gets me with many APAs. I was just on Mr. Malty and read J.Z.'s article on hop flavor where he and others did experiments with brews containing a good amount of hop flavor additions combined with little to no bittering additions. Their conclusions were that the resultant brews tasted exceptional with just the rght bittering. Overall, I would like less bittering and more hop flavor, though aroma was great.

01-19-2010 23:08:54 | More by tapman
Photo of BDJake


3.3/5  rDev -8.3%

This is my dad's all time favorite, so I thought I'd give it a try. Sure, he likes lighter fare and I prefer darker thicker beers, but I wanted to see how similar tastes were.

A- translucent golden body with good sized white head that laces surprisingly well

S- faint but with some esters and wheat malt, maybe even a hint of clove

T- bready and sweet, with just enough of a hop bite to keep it honest but unspectacular

M- light bodied, moderate carbonation, about what i expected

D- I could drink this all night and be happy

I guess I'm more of a discriminating beer nerd than my dad, but then again, his first love is rum, something we don't completely share lol.

01-06-2010 06:36:32 | More by BDJake
Photo of DesMoinesMike


4.03/5  rDev +11.9%

This brew didn't slay any trout, but it sure did quench my thirst.

My glass was filled with this pretty dark-golden color with a finger of bright white foamy head supported by a medium amount of carbonation. There wasn't much of an aroma, and the taste had some mild hops with a bit of citris. It goes down easy and leaves a bit of a bread-flavored aftertaste. It's not a very complex beer, but it's enjoyable enough. I'd get it again.

01-06-2010 01:40:30 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of jadejaws


1.95/5  rDev -45.8%

The appearance is like most Pilsners (even though its an ale) that are mass marketed garbage.
Unfortunately, the rest of the product is eerily similar to the same type of beers.
I happened upon this in a Big Sky sampler pack and I can easily say that this is by far the worst of the 4 presented.
Had a esther taste that was distrating enough to annoy.
Not a product I would go back to the shelf for by any means and a severe disappointment from an otherwise great brewer.

01-05-2010 06:51:35 | More by jadejaws
Photo of DoubleJ


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%

Montana Trout Slayer, now in a can! On to the beer:

Nice pour, nice final result in appearance. Big white soapy head sitting on top a body of tinted yellow. There is some fruitiness in the aroma. A few esters. A few shredded wheat notes.

The flavor is moderately hopped, though the hopppiness brings delciate fruit flavors to the table instead of crisp bitterness. Hints peach and strawberry. Fruit skins. There's a light whisper of grain husk. Light in the mouth, goes down easy...I could do this at a BBQ.

01-05-2010 04:47:36 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of elniko


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured from can into pint glass. Bottom of can marked with 02/19/2010 date.

A: Very light almost lager like coloring. Nice frothy head and heavy lacing. A bit of haze with a average level of carbonation. Interesting looking brew, much lighter than I expected.

S: Not much on the nose, I pick up some faint fruity floral tones. As it warmed some biscuity, wheaty tones come through as well.

T & M: Light bodied, carbonation is very apparent and finish has some bite to it. The light fruitiness from the nose comes through in the taste as well.

D: Quite drinkable, I really enjoyed it. Definitely a sessionable brew. I'm looking forward to trying other brews from Big Sky.

12-27-2009 18:17:38 | More by elniko
Photo of roblowther


4.13/5  rDev +14.7%

Not many reviews of canned beer. I need to get in touch with my inner redneck. It's pale golden in color with a thin creamy head that leaves some really nice lace and has active, champagne-like carbonation for interest. Smells of lemons, grass, and makes it feel like spring somehow. Taste is malty, toasted bread, oats, with a citrusy note and a dry finish. Very nice indeed! Mouthfeel is soft and pleasantly bubbly. Drinkability is awesome. Give me a sixer of these and 36 holes of disc golf and we have a definite winner. Light, unassuming, simple, and very satisfying. This is a great example of good ol' everyday, name patch on your shirt beer. God Bless 'merica!

12-15-2009 01:31:23 | More by roblowther
Photo of mwa423


2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Another Can courtesy of woodychandler. How could I not want to try a beer called trout slayer?

A - Pours a hazy goldenrod, this is the color you were stuck with in your crayola box when the real yellow crayon got lost. There was a thin white head that quickly disappeared, no lacing no nothing

S - Very little smell, what is actually there is light and bready wheat malts. Not particularly surprising considering the style.

T - This is what I imagined that Bud Light Golden Wheat would taste like. Very little actual flavor, more of a carbonation in the mouth than anything else. I highly doubt that this beer is an imminent danger to any species of fish.

M/D - Goes down like water, easy enough to drink on a hot day, just don't expect anything special.

12-10-2009 21:47:00 | More by mwa423
Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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