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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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BA SCORE
82
good

689 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 27
Gots: 48 | 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:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-12-2007

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.
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Ratings: 689 | Reviews: 297
Photo of BDJake
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of jadejaws
1.96/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of elniko
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of roblowther
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of mwa423
2.77/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Kromes
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pale yellow with nice white head. The beer is very active with loads of carbonation. Lots of lacing down the glass. Looks great.

S: A nice grain aroma, bready, biscuity and honey aromas with some floral hop to round it out.

T: Very flavorful....the wheat is really strong and upfront as is the hop. It has a rather unique flavor to it. the hop starts floral and then gets very spicy and citrusy like sucking on an orange peel. A little too much in the finish for my tastes, but overall I like the flavor.

M: A high level of carbonation suits this beer very well. Finishes spicy and really dry due to the carbonation and bitter hop.

D: Good wheat beer. The flavors are nice and strong and the beer is well crafted.

Photo of beer348
2.18/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

well, this is not my favorite beer would be an understatement. I was a little disappointed and expected more. it was crisp but didn't have a great flavor whatsoever. Had a nice light feel though but just didn't sit that well and not very drinkable..

Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer the color of golden yellow cooking oil. Thin looking and very lightly hazed. There isn't much to the cloudiness but it sure isn't perfectly clear. The thin head is off white and doesn't last very long.

The nose is mildly herbal with a hint of stale bread. Clean and nice.

The taste is crisp yet smooth with a nice start from a carbonated bite. It's malt profile is bold for such a little beer, it's smooth into the finish with an almost creamy sweetness. There is also a lemony zest and an herbal/ medicinal finish. Kind of like the finish of an effervescent drink... think emergen-c or airborn but slightly less chalky.

Even though it's a little medicinal the mouthfeel is still very nice. I like the smoothness and the tiny bit of chewiness from the grains combined with a firm carbonation and a hint of hops. A good session drink but a little on the low side of things to me. At $9 a sixpack it's a little on the expensive side, especially for a 4.7% brew.

Photo of allengarvin
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned beer, served into a pint glass. This is a very bright gold-colored beer, with an airy, short-lasting head. Quite wheaty aroma, though grainy, with a light toast. Grassy hops come through as well. A good neutral wheatbeer smell. The flavor offers a slightly harshly grainy taste of malt--not quite sure if I like it or not. It's on the border with unpleasantness, but doesn't step over. Hops are plentiful, with bitterness nicely offsetting the sweetness of the malt. Very lightly yeasty, but mostly clean. The finish is a little peppery (could it contain a small proportion of rye?).

An American wheat with distinctive character. I think I like it.

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving notes - from the bottle, shaker glass, cold
A - hint of grassy hops, light malt
A - Thin head upon pour, cloudy straw
M - light to medium carbonation, light body
T - great balance of grassy hops on tip of tongue. Bit of sharp malt.
D - A bit hoppy for my tastes, but not overbearing

Photo of BeerMePlze
4.82/5  rDev +33.9%
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
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
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
4.32/5  rDev +20%
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
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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
2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
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
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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
4.52/5  rDev +25.6%
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
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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