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: 677
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 23
Gots: 38 | 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 BeerMePlze
4.85/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this back in July at a BBQ up in the chain o lakes. It is a wheat ale, very light and drinkable, but has great flavors and body to it. A hint of lemon and light citrus. Very crisp and refreshing.

I recommend this beer either just for a night out drinking or with any outdoor activity. Take camping or on the lake.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light hazy golden color ale with a medium size head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of floral and bitter hops are dominating while wheat malt are quite subtle. Taste is also dominated by hops with clear floral and bitter notes and wheat malt almost all covered up. Body I fuller then average with OK carbonation. I guess this is OK overall though the hops presence is too dominating for the wheat too truly shines.

Photo of skrib09
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

relatively clear and crispy yellow. mediocre head up top but with plenty of lacing.

smells slightly hopped with a good malt backbone. some spicy floral notes and a hint of corn or bread maybe. some wheat tones as well.

good crispy mouthfeel. a little hop spice with a good malt backbone. some more hints of wheat in the taste than the nose.

great drinkability.

Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A= pours a nice yellow color slightly darker than a fizzy macro lager. The head is about two fingers and a nice thick white color. The retention of the head is not as nice as I would have liked it to be but its still nice. The retention is pretty nice however sticky and coating on the glass.
S= Like an American Wheat I suppose. Really just wheat aroma coming from it. Sort of poopy smelling. Not bad at all just sort of boring. No hops like most wheat beers have now.
T= Just like the smell. Very smooth delicious wheat taste. Somewhat bready and biscuit like. Really smooth and delicious.
M= Smooth and Creamy. Lower carbonation than most beers. Great for a wheat.
D= Pretty good. Smooth beer. Just what a regular wheat beer should be. Pretty decent and I can see myself enjoying some of these in the summer.

Photo of trbergman
2.42/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - The beer is amber and despite swirling and pouring in the yeast, only has a slight haze. There is about a finger of sticky, off-white head.

S - Unidentifiable fruity esters, citrus, some alcohol.

T - Grain, some orange and grapefruit, a bit chalky, with moderate hop bitterness. Kind of a mess.

M - Light body, not quite as soft and creamy as I'd like.

D - Not good.

Photo of chickencoop
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance; golden pour, white head. Smell; very complex smell, hints of citrus, herbal, with a lasting malt overtone.
Taste; I get a light, malty taste dominating, but also very crisp. Finishes a bit carbonated. Mouthfeel; malty with a lingering tangy sweetness, didn't much care for the finish.
Drinkability; I liked the middle of this beer, the front was a but airy and the finish left a bad taste in my mouth, but I really liked the malty mouthfeel. Pretty good.

Photo of vacax
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A golden beer with a large white head that fluffs up and slowly bubbles down, leaving a bit of lace. No cloudiness. Smells grassy, somewhat grainy, a hint of alcohol. Smells like an easy drinking golden ale. Flavor is fairly neutral, some floral elements but largely dry and grasy. Moderately bitter grassy finish. Tastes like a fairly standard golden ale. Light-medium body with a high carbonation. Not bad, pretty average stuff though, not real appealing.

Photo of Stewball
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an Imperial Pint..Warning..This bottle is a little older than I would have liked to drink it. So, take any negative feedback with a grain of salt.

Poured a rich golden yellow, very effervescent. Even after my fist few drinks the carbonation was still quickly rising to the surface. Had about a finger and half of head, which dissipated quickly. However, there was still a slight lace down the glass as I drank.

Smell- Has a great nose. A not overly hopped or spicy smell, about right for being an ale. The hops were inviting, and the floral hints are prevalent throughout the beer.

Taste - This is a great one, a lot is going on in this beer. Just the right amount of hops, and a little spice to it - which I didnt expect. The malts are not over powering, but works great to balance the bitterness. I get a mild cucumber hint during the finish, I've never had that before. A slight citrus if I look for it, maybe I'm imagining it because I could smell it..who knows.

Over all - This is a very drinkable Ale, I could see myself drinking more than six of these if I had nothing to do the next morning. Very impressed. The age of the beer did not seem to hinder it at all - I wish I had a fresher one to taste along side.

Photo of jlb307
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from beerdavis.
Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Clear straw yellow, with a fizzy white head that actually retained longer than I thought it would. Very little lacing, but left little globs of foam on the surface.
Smelled of wheat and yeast with hints of bubblegum. Citrusy and pleasantly pungent, for lack of a better description.
Tastes of golden wheat with just a slight touch of hops on the finish. Nicely balanced. Not much alcohol flavor so it finishes clean.
Very well balanced and typical of a good wheat beer. Very good to drink

Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with thin white head that holds up through most of the duration. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of soft citrusy hops with a bready wheat tang.

This is pretty hoppy for the style - and pleasantly so. The taste is of orange and lemon/lime with bready, slightly toasted wheat. Finishes refreshingly dry with a touch of tea-like spiciness.

It has a clean, crisp, smooth light body.

A very nice warm-weather refresher, as it was meant to be. A nice wheat ale with a touch of hops!

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

A-Clear golden brew. Yellow-white head tops this brew off, very airy and thick off the pour.

S-Slightly herbal, cirtusy hop characters, with a bit of possible sweet maltiness.

T-Subtle hoppiness of herbal-citrus, as in the aroma, and a biscuity, almost grainy malt foundation, light and rather crisp all around. Bitterness adds a hint of balance. Finishes with a slight fruity aftertaste.

M-Medium-light body, refreshing in a way, with a moderate, though forgettable carbonation.

D-Light enough to be drank outside, on a hot day (which I intend to do_, but also packing in a surprising amount of enjoyable, but still lighter, flavor.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is creamy malty, slightly sour, slightly wheaty, mildly hoppy - floral fruity. Smells good.

Pours clear deep straw/medium gold with mild head. Looks good.

Nice malt, moderate sourness, mild-mod hop, mod tartness, some grape-like fruit, clean malt sweetness, some citric - goes well with the sourness. Nice balance - lots of bitterness, malt, and sour quenchingness. Tastes good. Feels good. Excellent drinkability.

Nice pale ale... nay, pale wheat ale.

Photo of GilGarp
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 10/14/09.

Served cold in a pint glass. It pours a crystal clear pale yellow color with thin but creamy looking head. A spot of lace lingers on...

Aroma is mild, sweet, and a little buttery. Hops are very subdued allowing the wheat to be on display.

Flavor is mostly sweet with a mild bitterness towards the middle to end of each sip. A little bit of roastiness comes through but not from roasted malts, I'm assuming. More of an earthy/spicy hop character.

Mouthfeel is light in body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean with a nice dry and bitter finish.

Not a ton of flavor to this beer but at least it's balanced. A good summer croud pleaser - especially with a name like Trout Slayer!

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, gold color with a white, bubbly, one-finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of lemon, citrus and wheat. Nothing great but pretty standard for the style.

T - It was fairly spicy and earthy with a wheat flavor. It was fairly tangy.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light-bodied brew.

D - This is a decent wheat ale. Another solid brew from Big Sky.

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a semi-hazy golden yellow, with less than an inch of fluffy, white head that dissipated quickly and left a fair bit of lovely lacing.

A benign, muted aroma doesn't really present much to the nose. The flavors stand out a little more due to the soft scent. The grassy wheat flavors are there, along with a slight touch of banana. Avery dry, slightly astringent, finish.

The body was typical, not heavy, not light, and flowed pleasantly across the tongue. Drinkability was nice. Overall, a pleasant enough beer, I could drink these while tubing down the river or during lunch along a hiking trail, but not anything really special. Worth trying if you see it.

Photo of OStrungT
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear light yellow color, with a thick, pillowy white head. The head fades slwoly, leaving a thick lace.

This beer has a spicy hop aroma. Some grainy notes are present also. A slight citrus aroma mixes in. This beer smells very subtle.

This beer tastes like it smells. Spicy Saaz hops, with some grain flavor from the wheat. This beer ha a slight toffee like flavor coming form the malt also.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a spicy aftertaste. It is carbonated just right.

This beer would make an excelent session beer. It is very mild and the alcohol content is low.

Overall: This is a good beer. I liked it more than I thought I would considering I am not a big fan of wheat. I got this beer because I was fishing for trout, and the name appealed to me. I would buy it again.

Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

CAN you believe that beer in a CAN comes from Montana? It was a foreign CANcept to me. This review is for the dear and darling Gretel who is constantly after me to come out and visit her in Missoula. XXOOXX.

From the CAN: "A Bigger Tale with Every Ale".

The head on this one was phenomenal! It truly looked like the top of a root beer float, albeit much whiter. After "Drink Your Wheaties" at SPTR a few weeks ago, I feel eminently qualified to talk about wheat beers. Man, if the nose was not evocative of summer in the CANadian praries/wheat fields, then what was? Color was a slightly hazy deep golden-yellow. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite taste of wheat on the tongue. It was at once slightly sweet, partly bitter and lighly hoppy. Zounds! Finish tended towards dry. Mmmm.

Beach/Shore: Absolutement! I am moving further and further away from Ten Fidy with each new craft beer. Slay some trout, catch some rays, recycl and have a blast!

Photo of dbossman
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice, easy drinking beer and is great for summer.

L: Nice two-finger head; golden and crisp

S: Not much to smell unfortunately--not bad but just kind of bland; I detect a slight skunky scent as well as a touch of citrus.

T: A tad bit watery but it has a great aftertaste; nice touch of hops; as you drink this the taste grows; you can taste a bit of citrus and goes down quite refreshing.

F: Good texture albeit a bit thin

D: Quite drinkable; a nice, light and refreshing summer beer.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours very light yellowish copper. light white head, nice lacing.

light notes of banana and malt, very faint

very malty, not much dominating flavor. very light floral hop flavor.

kind of watery tasting and the carbonation has too much bite.

overall, i am not that impressed. the IPA i found to be just amazing but this just seems like its missing something.

Photo of flexabull
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear pale gold color, with a faint white head.

Aromas are of light spices, wheat, and some grapefruit hops.

Clean tasting and crisp beer. Pretty full flavored, with soft wheat, light spices, some creaminess, a bit of sweetness, and a finish that has a nice pine and light grapefruit hop bite. There is a hint of dustiness and floral quality that distracts a little from the taste, but this is still pretty good.

Nice soft mouthfeel, well rounded, and especially full feeling for such a light alcohol beer.

Drinkability is good. Nice flavorful beer that is light enough to be very session worthy. Well worth trying, very solid.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, best by date clearly marked...this is about a week past its date

Appearance: Ever so slightly hazy dark gold beer; a hard pour produces a dense and creamy ivory cap with great staying power.

Smell: Crisp clean wheat, sugary sweetness, and a bit of exotic tropical fruit (I swear, it reminds me of a mango lassi). Quite nice

Taste: Crisp, clean, sharp wheat tones, backed with mild grassy hop bitterness and just the slightest hint of tropical fruit...simple, refreshing, quaffable

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: A style I'm not usually fond of...done exceptionally well.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this 12oz can out of the fridge when I got home last night as I wanted something quick. Served cold and poured out into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/18/2009.
The pour was nice, light golden amber in color with more then adequate carbonation. Nice head of white reaching up to a height of around an inch or so before falling back down to earth. Light hops are first noticed, hints of light grain, fresh grass, light bready malts all coming together quite nicely. Smooth, crisp, and very clean flavor here. Nice bite of pine hops welcomes and then fades into an even, malty finish. Light on the palate, refreshing without a heavy aftertaste.
Overall very decent. A very nice, very light pale ale, that leaned heavy on the hops, but I think it works. Would not turn it down.

Photo of schellsbeer
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a big wheat beer person but this was in the mixed 12 pack that I picked up today.

Overall, ok beer. Not complex at all. Almost one layered. Had a sense of pineapple and low on the wheat flavor. Nice yellow citrus color. Light yellow.

Overall, good. Doesn't even compare to New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat but ok. Low on ABV so I could drink a few of these but that's it.

Just ok for me. Sort of average. When tasting a wheat beer and in order for me to like it, it has to be something amazing. This just didn't have it.

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

Picked up a fresh single at a recent breweriana show.

Pours a light amber-gold in color, rather clear if not completely brilliant, and topped with a very-pale tan head. Nice lacing throughout. Carbonation appears mild but not low.

Nose offers pale malts, wheat malts, a kiss of the hops, and a lightly-sweet character along with a "metallic tang" that I'm attributing to the hops. Seems on-par for the style.

Sweet and tangy on the first sip, with a rather fruity character: I'm calling light apricot and lighter peach with some of the tang of Bing cherry. Wheat notes are somewhat light and mild rather than overt, but linger rather nicely. Finish is semi-dry, and hop bitterness also holds up throughout and lingers nicely as opposed to being up-front assertive. There's also what I consider to be a nice astringency that lingers, courtesy of the hops, and although this is not a very sweet beer it would help allay any fear I might've had about this ale being sweet.

Although I'm enjoying this one in the wake of an unseasonable cool spell, I can readily see Trout Slayer being a great thirst-slaker in the summer heat.

Nice stuff overall -- I'll have to pick up a six of the cans next time I see 'em!

Photo of wnh
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours an orange-tinted straw with two fingers of creamy, rocky head. Crisp and clear (this is filtered), and looks quite refreshing.

Nose is strong wheaty base with some bright lemon citrus hiding in the background. Taste is sweet breadiness with a distinctive spicy character, and really seems to have pretty big flavor for an American wheat ale. Earthy, spicy hoppiness on the tail end, and finishes short and clean. Overall, though, this lacks the bready quality that I admire in a wheat; I'm getting more sweet malt than wheat bread, but this is still one tasty beer.

Creamy and smooth on the palate. A little less chewy than I'd prefer, presumably due to the filtration. Very drinkable, and toward the top of my list of session beers. I'll be picking this up again.

Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.