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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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668 Ratings

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Ratings: 668
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 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!

jwc215, Sep 22, 2009
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.

CHSLBrew, Sep 08, 2009
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.

MrHungryMonkey, Sep 07, 2009
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!

GilGarp, Aug 25, 2009
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.

zeff80, Aug 17, 2009
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.

beertunes, Aug 14, 2009
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.

OStrungT, Aug 08, 2009
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!

woodychandler, Aug 03, 2009
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.

dbossman, Jul 20, 2009
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.

hooliganlife, Jul 04, 2009
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
Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 668 ratings.