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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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670 Ratings

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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 23
Gots: 35 | 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 ShogoKawada
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into pint glass. I had this in bottles when in Nevada but did not have a chance to review.

A- Nice golden pour, plenty of head that settles out and sticks a bit.

S- Grainy (not bad though), maaaybe a touch of hops.

T- Bit more hops here. Actually, they get bitter in the finish. The wheat is nice, but there's a metalic twinge for a split second in the middle of this beer. Eh, maybe not. Lasting bitterness.

M- Spot-on carbonation, great mouthfeel.

D-Fairly high, not the tastiest beer in the world, some of the flavors are a bit muddled or out of place. Still, kind of nit picking, it's still pretty good and I'd have it once in a while if I could get it at my local store.

ShogoKawada, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy light golden color with a white head. Nose brings forward a bit of generic wheat with hints of citrus hops. Some slight graininess. Taste is of slight sweetness and a bit of light wheat and grain. Bits of citrus in passing. Maybe orange and a bit of lemon. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Drinkability is average for the style, without much flavor there to really carry the beer over an extended period.

Thorpe429, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very clear golden color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some lemons, but it is a little bit faint. The flavor is a mix of wheat, lemons, oranges and some black pepper. Very nice flavor and all of the components go well together. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very drinkable wheat beer.

Mora2000, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of hoppyhampy
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into a pint glass. No freshness info. Pale yellow in color. Minimal carbonation. As a side note, the abv is %5 not 4.7. Leaves a nice lumpy inch of foam on top. Mildly bitter hops on the nose with a hint of biscuity malt. Flat and light mouthfeel. This can might be older than I thought. Somewhat sweet tasting malt rounded by a touch of hoppiness. Finish is a little bread like but mainly clean. Not a bad little beer if you are looking for something to session that hearkens back to the fizzy yellow beers you grew up with but not something I would regularly like to drink.

hoppyhampy, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of JMad
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a can to a pint glass...
Pours a very pale golden yellow, has a white head that left stairstep lacing.
Smells mostly of lemon and grass.
Tastes like lemon zest, has a very slight hop bite and has hints of wheat.
Feels light sharp and crisp.
Good summer beer, very poundable.

JMad, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall thin glass, no freshness date.

Pours looking exactly like a mediocre lager. Lifeless white head that quickly disappears over a apple-juice yellow body. No lacing. Obviously filtered.

Noble hop bite is pleasing in the nose, under which resides some pale malts and wheat malts. Nothing special. This still seems like a mediocre lager.

Starts off with an average hoppy/malty combination, and that muddles its way to the much nicer wheaty toasty malts that end the flavor. The aftertaste is slightly bitter. Overall there isn't much to say about this- it is fairly clean.

Carbonation feels overdone to me, and bites too much robbing the flavors of what could be a nice session brew. Otherwise the mouthfeel is unremarkable.

Drinkability is moderate, but there is something almost acidic about the flavor that knocks this score down.

Conclusion: I am not impressed, especially considering the style. Filtered wheat bears can be quite good as evidenced by the Germans primarily, but some Americans do a good job as well. This however drinks more like hoppier a macro lager, which isn't bad but certainly isn't as good as it could be.

allforbetterbeer, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear straw colored gold, with a finger of rich bright-white head. This hangs around with a thin creamy foaminess that gets very rich when swirled and throws some thick sticky swathes of lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma smells grassy with notes of lemon zest and some light spice, while the sweet twang of wheat fills out the back. This has a pleasant airiness to the flavors that float around easily in the nostrils.

The taste has a crisp tang to it from the mix of citrus character and toasted bready wheat flavors. Earthy and bitter hops snap across the tongue, lingering with notes of spice before heading into a very dry feeling finish. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a smooth sharpness that keeps this pretty easy drinking all around. Just the right amount of presence here for the flavors that are involved.

This was pretty darn decent. A well hopped Wheat Ale that was appropriately balanced and quite quenching on the palate overall. I could definitely see myself reaching for a couple cans of this when the weather heats up.

Kegatron, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of schleprock
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Draft served in a tulip glass
A: Beer pours a straw color with a very nice head

S: Lots of fruity smells here, very pleasant. You can smell citrus hops in here.

T: Starts with a wheat flavor and the citrus flavor coming from the hops kicks in.

M: Smooth and crisp with medium carbonation.

D: This is a very good beer not extremely high in alcohol, although you know it's there but it's pretty drinkable.

schleprock, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of TheSarge
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time for one of my least favorite styles of beer. Hopefully this will persuade me to try more...

Pours perfectly for a clear golden body, with a nicely thick presentation of foam. The retention on to the head is impeccable.

The aroma is citrusy, with notes of orange and a hint of peel. There probably is some coriander in here too.

Taste wise this is rich with an herbal bubble gum flavor. There is also a hint of white grape too. The brew finishes with an almost grape fruit flavor. Maybe due to this having more hops than normal wheat beers.

This feels crisp and clean, with nothing in between. This is a good sessionable beer.

TheSarge, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (mine says 5% ABV) from a prolonged session of cross border retail therapy earlier this summer.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of bubbly, loosely foamy, and somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves some decent Swiss cheese lace around the glass in its lazy wake.

It smells of biscuity and bready wheat malt, wet hay, lemon and white grapefruit pith, earthy yeast, and mild grassy and leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet sourdough malt, gritty wheat grain, some soft tart citrus (orange, lemon, and faint grapefruit), and pleasantly bitter earthy, leafy, and floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate, manifesting in a more-or less fluffy frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, generally smooth, and perhaps a tad buttery. It finishes clean, a bit sweet in its breadiness, with a nice, balanced bitter hop offset.

Wow, this beer disappeared almost too quickly for me to write enough down about it. No stand-out qualities, but the balance, evenness, and straightforwardness make it eminently drinkable. I know that isn't very specific, but like I said, I really didn't have that much time before it was gone, gone, gone.

biboergosum, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up today at Travis AFB.

Appearance- yellow color, nice head

Smell- wheat, hops

Taste- citrus, wheat, hops

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, great for a hot day, tasted like a lager pretty much but still pretty good

jeffjeff1, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of Whiteweasel
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on tap from a pint glass.

A: Hazy yellow and golden, good and thick consistency to the head with nice lacing. Pretty transparent.

S: Quite hoppy, sweet, and very fresh smelling. This is one for the tap. Its very similar to Two hearted ale. This smells heavenly and i can't get enough

T: Very pale, significantly malty, but mostly hoppiness prevails. Still retains sweetness in spite of the delicious bitterness.

M: Smooth, a tad boozy which was suprising for its actual abv-(I actually bet my buddy a round that it was over 6.5% and lost bad...) with only a little carbonation

D: Tad boozy psychologically, but in a good way. Interesting and complex tasting, which lends itself well to drinkability. High marks

Whiteweasel, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of bunnyhustle
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this beer and was shocked to see on here its a pale wheat. This has lager written all over it. Not terrible, just nothing memorable. Clear and golden, thick creamy head with great retention and lacing. Smell had a trace of hops but a little yeast and straw, somewhat like a pale wheat. Taste was very bland. Honestly it almost tasted like breadier macro brew. I really didnt notice anything special, some malt and that was better than a macro, but nothing much else really stood out. Mouthfeel was light and crisp. Overall I'm sure this would be great camping. Comes in cans, is light and easy drinking.

bunnyhustle, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of 1fastz28
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Went to my favorite bar and asked if they had any new beers and they gave me one of these. Pours like a lager, looks like a lager, smells like a lager and tastes like a lager, but yet it is an ale. It is a pretty average all around. The smell doesn't have anything about it that stands out. Taste is in the same boat, just average all around. It seems like this would be a good session beer at least.

1fastz28, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of exonthebottle
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this beer isn't very good on tap. It is a step above a high end macro and all but still not very complex. look like a macro small head and clear. smooth light beer not really what I expecting but a nice beer to try when it is hot out. I can't really taste much of the wheat although it is sweet. feel is good but hard to have more than one since it so sweet and boring.

exonthebottle, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A light golden color with just a small head that came up on an agressive pour. Left the sides of the glass clean throughout the drink.

S - A bit wheaty with a lot of sweetness, almost honey like in this. Light citrus that is not tart or particularly sour.

T - This is alright, but a bit too sweet for me. Citrusy and light, there is a bit of light biscuity taste to this one. Tastes a bit light a light lager.

M - Light, decent carbonation.

D - Really easy to drink and get down, wouldn't mind this on a hot day, but not really going to seek it out.

AgentZero, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Clockwork420
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 pack sampler.
In a glass.
$13 and some change.

A - Gold staw color. Light head, not even one inch thick, quickly died. Light layer on top.

S - Sweet vegtable smell. Light fruits and alcohol.

T - Strong malted taste. Sweet and clean. Bread and malt taste all over.

M - I can only say that it feels right with the carbonation, and the finish is dry. Not a gassy beer at all. It is pretty balanced for the type.

D - I could drink quite a few of these given a
situation. (Fishing included)

I think that this beer is in disguise. The way it looks does not fit the way it tastes or drinks. The appearance was lacking, the smell and taste was dead on. The ABV was good. Mouthfeel and Drinkability are high.

Overall its a good beer.

Clockwork420, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of jmbranum
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden brew with white head. Sweet slightly fruity aroma.

Flavor is nice. Nice and rich without going overboard. A tiny tinge of wheat tang matched well with good amount of hops. Surprisingly rich. Smooth velvety thick mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable.

Will be looking for this in the future.

(brought back from a liquor store in Junction City, KS)

jmbranum, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of 1759Girl
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance> Spot on. This is how a pale wheat should look. It has medium liveliness, is a pale yellow hue (but deeper in color), pours with a bright whight frothy head, and has heaps of lacing.

Smell>wheat, farm, metal. quite fruity once the beer warms

Taste>Not bad, really. I would happily pair this with a burger (if I ate them) and a beet/blue cheese salad... alas, now I'm missing Father's Office in LA, so I am going to try to switch gears back to the review. Bitter start at the tip of the tongue slowly moves around the mouth with really great complexity for its style. The beer is flavorful and has a pleasant hang.

Mouf>right on the money

Drinkability> The beer might be a little too sweet for me, but it's decent and probably great on a hot summer day, if we had those in San Francisco

1759Girl, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Montana trout slayer, courtesy of cousin Axell care package at family cookout, 7/2010.
bottle > pint glass serving.
3.5 4 4 3.5 4

Paler lager color with impressive clarity.
Good head and retention.
Smells like nice pils hoppyness with toasty pale malt support.
Taste as smells, but maybe too clean for a wheat style. Not a bad beer at all, like a nice clean mild hoppy wheat.
Wnjoyable brew for sure, maybe just not the nest rep of the style thats all.

unclejimbay, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. capped bottle. The Trout Slayer pours a clear golden straw in color with an inch of nearly white foam. Offers decent retention and some artsy lacing throughout given a good swirl now and then. Carbonation holds up well and noted as a 'filtered wheat ale'.

Lemony hops on the nose initially and some grassy notes, becoming fuller with warming to offer a decent wheat depth and sense of raw grain. Notes of berry/cherry are subtle yet distinct at first but later blend into the wheat to offer more balance.

Taste is dry and slightly chalky initially with neither malts nor hops taking charge. Offers a touch of bitterness and texture on the finish and reveals a hint of citrus.

Offers a good feel with a steady carbonation giving the beer a sense of fullness that isn't really there in the malts department. Dry on the finish throughout with a hint of berry early and light lemon later on in the glass. Quite drinkable throughout, fruity and smooth when cold, dry and bready with warming.

HalfFull, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of suretolose
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A clear golden color with a nice thick foam head that lasted a long time.
Not much of a scent. Slight wheat and a little sweet.
Flavor was just like the smell. A hint of sweetness and some wheat. Pretty light. Not bad on a hot day, but not for someone looking for something hearty.

suretolose, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden, with a one finger white head and good lacing.
S- Smell is faint, but is of wheat, just a faint hint of spice and hops.
T- Very subdued, but wheat and spice play the main role.
M- Very good carbonation. on the light side.
D- this was just a so so wheat beer for me. It wasn't so much bad, as it just didn't do anything to excite me beyond the average.

jsprain1, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of Bookseeb
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a golden yellow with a thick crisp head and fair lace. Smell of floral citrus hops and mildly sweet malts. Taste is again mild sweet malts with a tangier hop note ending bittersweet dry. Mouthfeel light - medium with good body and carbonation. Not a bad ale, but something I wouldn't make a special trip for either.

Bookseeb, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass the beer is crystal clear yellow. About a half finger of white head settles quickly leaving a small lace ring around the rim.

The aroma is pale malt mixed with a solid amount of wheat. A light hint of hops mainly in the form of lemon zest. A light grassiness can be picked out as well.

The flavor is fairly light and bit skunky. Pale malt and strange bitterness that I assume comes from some sort of hops.

Light body with loads of carbonation.

Overall less than stellar. I usually enjoy stuff from Big Sky. This one however will not be on my to get list.

beerwolf77, Jun 23, 2010
Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.