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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: 658
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 22
Gots: 32 | 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 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.

flexabull, Jul 03, 2009
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.

BedetheVenerable, Jun 26, 2009
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.

mikesgroove, Jun 19, 2009
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.

schellsbeer, Jun 14, 2009
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!

Chaz, Jun 09, 2009
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.

wnh, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of wheat, sweet malt, slight hops, pine, and some yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. There is a strong dryness associated with this brew. Tastes of pine up front, then wheat, then sweet malt, some yeast comes through in the background, and a hint of hops in the finish. Overall, a surprisingly good brew - much better than I was prepared for. The dryness inhibits the drinkability a little, but still a good beer - I'd be able to drink a couple.

Tone, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color. A one finger white head forms, and leaves some sticky lace behind.
S: A malty sweet aroma at first. Some spiciness as well. Orange, lemon, and apples. I can even detect some vanilla. A light yeast character as well. Overall, much more complex than I would have thought for the style.
T: Sweet malt with some orange, lemon, and spice. Though the complexities that were in the nose are almost gone.
M/D: A medium body that is well carbonated and has a good creaminess. Very smooth and easy to drink. Something to session.

I was fairly surprised by this. I am use to grainy and metallic APWA that are way over carbonated. This is very inviting however. The nose is exceptional, and a perfect beer to bring to a BBQ or the like. Another Blue Sky beer I would recommend.

champ103, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

best by 06/11/09

pours clear golden yellow with a 2 finger white head that coats the glass with lacing

smells of sweet banana along with a good amount of grassy hops

taste does not really seem to fit the style but it taste very good - i dont pick up the banana in the beer until the after taste and it is very mild - the beer reminds me more of a good pils

mouthfeel is light smooth and creamy

drinkabiility is high very refreshing and full flavored at 4.7%

this beer suprised me - i got this in a mix a six and now i know i will be picking more up this summer

jsh420, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see this in cans! I used to drink this a lot in college, and haven't seen it until recently. Picked up a sixer of cans from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. Around $7.

A: Pale gold with a dense white head, about half an inch thick, great retention. Impressive clumps of lacing as well. Fair amount of carbonation moving around through it too. Nice looking beer.

S: Tangy wheat malt, some pilsener malts as well, a bit of a spicy hop character too, not much else going on.

T: A lot like it smells, tangy wheat malts, a definite grain character with just a hint of spicy hops at the end. Not overbearing on any one character, and the wheat is pretty faint, definitely there but light. Really a tasty beer, excellent crossover beer for macro drinkers.

M: Thin and crisp, very refreshing, dry and begs for another sip. Very nice.

D: Easy drinking beer. An excellent session beer as well. It hits all the right notes, and is very tasty. One of my favorite summertime sessions. This is an excellent crossover beer. People that are macro drinkers generally have dug this when I've given it to them. Glad to see its canned now. Highly recommended.

pokesbeerdude, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of supercolter
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weak weak weak. Not really what I was hoping for but it is a pale wheat so whatever. No real hop character to speak of and even the malt is almost no existant. All I really taste is some slightly sweet yeast and the bit of wheaty malt. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and light on the tongue. Drinkability is ok.

supercolter, May 31, 2009
Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden yellow with little head but very active looking.

Smell: Semi-sweet wheat malt, citrus and Pilsner-like hops.

Taste: Seems like a cross between an American Wheat and a Pilsner. Some grainy wheat, light citrus and spicy hops. Ends somewhat bitter.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, relatively light body and somewhat dry finish...

Drinkability: ...plus the nice Pilsner-like taste leads to an extremely drinkable summer beer. Also, at 4.7%, it is a great session beer.

bsp77, May 27, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, bright gold color. Poured a 2 finger rocky stark white head with fair retention settling to a half finger. Sticky patches of lacing on the glass.

S: Hay, citrus zest with light fruits on the background. Crackery malts come through more as it warms.

T: Consistent with the smell with citrus and light-colored fruits. Wheat malt comes through in the middle followed by a sharply bitter finish.

M: Light body. Balanced carbonation. Smooth and crisp in the finish - a nice ale for the summer.

Haybeerman, May 25, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white fizzy head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, wity some grassy notes, and some spice. The taste is sweet, malty, grassy, with some spice's. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew.

Wasatch, May 24, 2009
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a tinted gold. A finger of light, white head developed but dissipated quickly to a thin lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus and fruit. It's hard to pin down, but I'm thinking orange and lemon. There is also a well balanced blend of caramel and honey.

Taste: The citrus from the smell dominates -- especially the orange -- but is not overly sweet. There is a hint of hops at the end. There is only a slight wheat presence, which is drowned out by the ale qualities.

Drinkability: It's smooth and easy drinking, and would make a great brew to sip while sitting in a boat for hours on end. The next time I go fishing I'll definitely pack a case of SLAYER!

TheQuietMan22, May 16, 2009
Photo of Beerbythepool
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Very nice 1.5 finger head which left heavy lacing. Beautiful golden straw color, and very clear.

Smells of sweet bread and corn.

Taste is subtle, but somewhat complex. I taste biscuits made with lots of flour. The hops are light which is fine by me. A little sweetness comes through in the front.

There is just the right amount of carbonation in the finish and it makes me want to take another sip. Very drinkable.

Wonderful lacing that is covering the glass all the way down.

I like this one more with each sip and would say that if you like an ale that is not very hoppy then this is for you. Give it a try if you find it.

Beerbythepool, May 14, 2009
Photo of gatornation
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a straw yellow color with a great head and lacing and a nice ring til the end.. the smell is lemon and biscuits and malts with some hops ..not bad for a wheat..the taste is a lemon biscuit taste with some hops and malt its fruity and has a zing to it ... this wheat has a bite to it.. the mouthfeel is light as it should be and very drinkable in the summertime.. big sky has some good brews and this one will not disappoint..recommended

gatornation, May 12, 2009
Photo of whynot44
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale amber color with a modest white head that dissipates slowly leaving a trace of lacing.

The aroma is very grainy - wheaties - with a bit of floral citrus overtone.

The taste is wheat thin crackers with a touch of honey and a definite grassy hops note. Slightly dry throughout with a slight carbonic orange peel finish.

Light/medium body, fairly smooth and easy to drink, a six-pack or two would work well on a hot day fishing, even for bass or whatever.

whynot44, May 02, 2009
Photo of pmcadamis
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - This clear brew is a shinny-penny copper color with a very minimal white head. The lacing is nice, and a quick swirl brings up a bit more head which does show some staying power despite its diminutive size.

S - Orange juice, canned Dole pineapple rings, and a sharp crackery malt note. This is extremely citrusy, but not in an over the top hoppy way. This is still pretty soft and delicate on the nose. Pleasant, but summery and invigorating at the same time.

T - Like the nose, this is really citrusy and fruity. Major league hops some out to play too. This is as hoppy as most pale ales, and that works well with the snappy citrus flashes from the twangy wheat content. Orange peel, pineapple, and even a hint of lime zest.

M - This one feels zingy and electric on the tongue, and the hoppy aftertaste is really nice. Extremely refreshing, quenching, summery, bright, vibrant, light-bodied, tingly, and zesty. Wow!

D - This could become a summer staple in my beer fridge. This is a seriously refreshing brew that would be great after mowing the lawn or coming in from a long hot run. Reminds me of orange cleaning stuff, but I mean that in a good way. Its clean and fresh!

pmcadamis, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A medium amber yellow color in the body of the beer.There is a half finger white foamy head. There is some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear. There is some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A moderate amount of wheat with some light citrus, floral, and a honey like sweetness.

Taste: A good moderate wheat taste with some citrus and floral flavors in the background. I do get a honey like sweetness but it is faint.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated and slightly astringent. The body of the beer is in between light and medium. The finish is slightly bitter from the noble hops.
So far this is one of the better representation of this style. There is a good body, nice flavor, and very easy to drink. I did a re review on this beer since it was one of first beers when I started drink craft brews.

colts9016, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A--Pale yellow color with a little over a finger of head using a fairly hard pour into a pint glass.

S--Floral hops and a malty sweetness

T--Very grainy taste, the hops are very subdued and are there to merely provide a slight bitterness and citrus twang. A very inoffensive taste that feels like it is missing something, unfortunately.

M--Light and watery

D--While this is better than a couple others that I've had from Big Sky, it still doesn't make me want to go for the glass. There is just nothing there, and it is merely an OK sessionable ale.

alcstradamus, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of brewdoc75
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a Big Sky Mix Pack

A: Yellowish Gold. Moderate carbonation. Good crisp white head, but it dies quickly.

S: Sweet malts, a slight amount of grassy hops. Slightly acidic aromas.

T: Sweetness from the malts initially. I do get a faint, acidic tartness as well. Slightly fruity. The hops are not really "knock you over," but they are there. More floral and grassy than anything. Maybe a hint of citrus.

M: Light bodied. Crisp and clean.

D: A pretty unoffensive pale wheat ale. Nothing spectacular, but pretty drinkable. I could see myself drinking this while trout fishing in Montana. Aside from that, it could be a good lawn mower beer. It definitely isn't one of those beers, I'd cross state lines for and pack my suit case, but really how many of those do we need?

brewdoc75, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of hreb
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12oz bottle poured into large glass mug. Beer pours a clear medium orange-yellow with a big, white head. Aroma smells like pilsner, perhaps Saaz hops?

First sip is light and refreshing, even lagery. Flavor is pretty mild, but dry, and enjoyable. Is this a Kölsch ale? It doesn't put much weight on the palate.

Overall, inoffensive, vaguely refreshing, but little else going for it.

Edit 3 days after writing this review: I had no idea this was a wheat beer. It didn't taste anything like one. I had more than one sample, so if mine was mislabeled, the whole 6-pack was apparently mislabeled. Or I'm going insane.

hreb, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of climax
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a pale golden yellow, mostly clear however the bubbles gave a murky effect. nice fluffy head and it laced pretty well

smell was warm, corn, wheaty and a tad citrusy, a bit of a metallic twang was a bit offsetting...

taste is better than the smell. wheaty with a nice grassy hop presence balanced it well. this beer had more hop bitterness than most i've had of this style which was a nice change

real nice creamy full feel for this one... mild carbonation. coated the mouth lavishly and finished a bit dry, best attribute of this i thought was the feel

This is a good beer, very drinkable. I'll have no problem drinking a few more. however, i usually like my wheats unfiltered.. so there are some better choices out there for myself

climax, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The wheat ale is a golden straw color. The ale has a nice clarity, no haziness obscures it. The only interruption is a steady stream of carbonation from the nucleation on the base of the glass.

S: The nose is subdued, almost nonexistent. A grassy citrus aroma, partially hop and partially wheat.

T: The ale starts with a sharp bitterness, earthy floral hops that are quite bold. A grainy sweetness follows the bitterness. A subtle tartness follows the graininess, showcasing some of the wheat.

M: The sharpness up front is unusual, very hop forward. Not hte best wheat ale but it gets the job done.

D: A decent wheat ale that could use a little more of the wheat.

akorsak, Feb 28, 2009
Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.