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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 mwagner1018


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

02-17-2009 04:22:31 | More by mwagner1018
Photo of webbcreative


3.6/5  rDev 0%

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.

02-11-2009 06:07:22 | More by webbcreative
Photo of ajmoody76


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

02-11-2009 02:56:27 | More by ajmoody76
Photo of rmmm16


3.18/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

02-10-2009 01:40:44 | More by rmmm16
Photo of joshuadlight


3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

02-01-2009 21:10:30 | More by joshuadlight
Photo of LordofTime25


3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

11-20-2008 00:47:02 | More by LordofTime25
Photo of KarlHungus


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

11-14-2008 00:23:56 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Redrover


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

11-07-2008 02:51:17 | More by Redrover
Photo of t0rin0


3.35/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

11-05-2008 05:59:52 | More by t0rin0
Photo of Slynger


3.13/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

10-29-2008 22:46:19 | More by Slynger
Photo of pweis909


3.23/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

10-04-2008 17:48:49 | More by pweis909
Photo of coldmeat23


3.73/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

10-01-2008 20:50:07 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of bbothen


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

09-03-2008 19:06:22 | More by bbothen
Photo of schanker21


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

08-22-2008 01:23:59 | More by schanker21
Photo of SurlyDuff


3.73/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

08-18-2008 00:58:11 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of BarleyMine


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

08-15-2008 02:25:41 | More by BarleyMine
Photo of scruffwhor


3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

08-11-2008 00:20:32 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of diabecktic


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

08-03-2008 05:12:37 | More by diabecktic
Photo of cbros

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

07-25-2008 23:36:13 | More by cbros
Photo of MadTown1000


3.35/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

07-25-2008 03:03:53 | More by MadTown1000
Photo of Buebie


3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

07-24-2008 02:58:57 | More by Buebie
Photo of Rayek


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

07-21-2008 15:43:41 | More by Rayek
Photo of therica


3.6/5  rDev 0%


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.

07-12-2008 20:26:46 | More by therica
Photo of CamuMahubah


4.08/5  rDev +13.3%

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...

07-08-2008 06:39:03 | More by CamuMahubah
Photo of trackstar1043


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

06-24-2008 15:44:20 | More by trackstar1043
Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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