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Weizen Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 189
Hads: 493
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 36
Gots: 48 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drxandy on 07-30-2008

Ruddy golden, with yeast driven esters of banana, spicy clove, and nutmeg all wrapped up with a generous dose of rapscallion delight.
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Photo of Astathedog
2.58/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Crappy beer, I'm sorry. Flat as a pancake, virtually uncarbonated. Unpleasantly sour with no sophistication in flavor. Sorry guys but making a flat, lemon sour beer does not make this a "farmhouse" style, nor is the wheat aspect present at all. Disappointing.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I tried this at Hunger N Thirst served in a goblet

the color is beautiful golden with light haze and thick white head with wavy lace. The smell is great with a mix of stone fruit and wild yeast adding lactic slight citrus and gentle horseblanket quality with scent of wild yeast and mild wheat odor. The feel is great with tangy fruity and slihgt sour juicy body with medium low carbonation and fruity/sour dichotomy withsemi-tangy dry finish.

The taste is great with juicy citrus fruit with lemony and slight grapefruity tropical aspect and mild malt with hint of toast and low notes of vinous grapeskin white grape tannic astringent puckering yet refreshing flavor into the sour finish. Overall this is a wonderful sour with wheat in a barrel aged brew that I was so enchanted with ...great to have on tap with lots of juicy lemony fresh flavor.

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Photo of Premo88
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

25.4 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(BLEND 1: bottled 5/5/15)

L: very clear yellow to yellow-gold, only the slightest hint of orange; small soapy head, a week 1/5-inch or so that dissipates quickly;

S: lemons ... very tart, kumquats ... some musty barn farmhouse ale smells behind the sour; sour grapes, super dry white wine; has some very understated but still amazing sweetness to it, almost floral, maybe a sour grapefruit; some spice ... black pepper, a little clove, basil

T: sour grain up front but with a fantastic sweetening finish of orange, peach, candied orange, banana ... wow, a load of fruit flavor on that back end; some earthy barn/woody notes underneath the big sour force up front; the sweet aftertaste really helps balance the sourness; nothing here screams "wheat" but some of the subtle sweet notes are very tasty, and I'm assuming the wheat is helping push those

F: very nice, good carbonation despite a flat-looking pour and little activity in the glass; solid weight for a 4.5% ABV brew

O: this seems like the kind of beer that generates sour fans -- it's very tart up front, full of mouth-puckering lemon and sour grapes, but the fruity sweet flavors on the back end are amazing, and in the middle the beer has a good amount of musty barn farmhouse flavor for a well-rounded quaff.

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Photo of TH28
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. No date. Appearance: pale yellow and mostly clear, with thick bubbled white foam cap. Aroma: Lacto sour aroma dominates. German weizen yeast is barely noticeable. Was expecting more. Taste: A light sour apple flavor is prominent, with the lactic acidity front and center. Again, no noticeable banana esters or clove phenols I’d expect from something with weizen yeast. Mouthfeel: Light body and a crisp carbonation. Finish: tart acidity from the lacto lingers on the tongue well after the swallow. A faint hint of light maltiness as well. Overall: I was intrigued by the combination of German weizen yeast and sour cultures to try this beer. The thought of those wonderful weizen esters and aromas with some acidity seemed like a great combo....but I honestly get none of it. The lacto dominates in the absence of any semblance of weizen yeast character. The beer is still very crisp, tart, and drinkable, but I feel like I’m drinking a slightly subdued Berliner Weisse

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Photo of Del0711
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

There are enough in depth descriptions located here, I will just say that my guests and I really liked this beer when we recently tasted it for the first time.

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Photo of barczar
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is wheaty and moderately barnyard, with bubblegum, horse blanket, and must complementing earthy notes and a hint of sourness.

Flavor is far more tart, with an appley note upfront. The finish is earthy and fairly bitter.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours cloudy straw gold under a 1” clingy white to cream colored foam collar.
S: Wild, yeasty aromas, over ripe fruit, citrus, traces of banana and clove, spice.
T: Starts with an earthy tartness with wild fruit and damp barnyard.
F: Tart and dry yet soft in the mouth, effervescent and highly carbonated.
O: This is an unusual and creative beer that straddles the Farmhouse Ale – Weizen styles.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are non-existent. Citrusy farmhouse yeast aroma. May have some hints of wheat. Wheat up front with a nice farmhouse funk at the end. Medium bodied. Citrus aftertaste. Good beer. Enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of dar482
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma hits of lemon zest, wet hay funk, stone fruit.

The flavor follows with white peach, apricot, tart of lemons, a wheat backbone, some funk and a touch of white wine character, with a very dry finish.

A refreshing light brew with a great balance of fruit, funk, wheat, and tart.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. A hazy pineapple-like yellow-orange color with a finger of very creamy bright white foam on top. Initially a much larger volume of head that deconstructs into a more resilient cap.

Aroma is tart, fruity, reasonably lactic. Recalls green apples, white grapes, lemon rind and juice, melon ... As advertized, there is a co-occurring hefeweizen element, yielding a very pleasing sour banana gummy candy effect. Some appealing brettanomyces funk. Subtle bready malts.

Palate is more sour than expected. I am appreciating the low ABV, as this is a solo endeavor. Decent brett that recalls dry burlap sack and a little barnyard, sour fruit as indicated on the nose, dried banana chips, faint clove and nutmeg, pineapple chunks, unripe apricots, pear skins, white pepper, kiwi ... This juxtaposition of styles is working just fine, although the weizen characters can get a little buried in the mix. Its worth the search.

Very light body but the carbonation is not overdone. Smooth, near-creamy mouthfeel. Finish stays firmly anchored in the citric and fruity realms, lemon juice and fermented grass lingering for some time.

I don't know ... Perhaps I've overstating the case but this brew clicks with me. It is light but packs some sour pungency, has enough complexity to keep one interested but does not overwhelm, and just overall makes a nice session option if one wishes to bear the price tag. Win.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy yellow witha two-finger foamy white head. Very light spotty lacing.

S - Aroma of lemon and green apples.

T - Tart flavors of green apple, lemon, and white grape uprfront. There is a nice Brett flavor with some yeasty breadiness.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Nice farmhouse ale that would make a great summer beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 53 degrees into tulip
Aroma of apples
Head small (1 cm, aggressive pour), white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a 1 mm partial ring
Lacing none
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor begins sour with a light oak flavor; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of apple, sourness, hint of hop, hint of yeast, hint of wheat, and strong floral. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sourness, apple, hint of hops, strong yeast, hint of wheat, and slight floral. Overall, poor appearance, decent aroma, decent body, and good blend.

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Photo of mchegash
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 9/1/14
Other notes: Bottle says Batch 106, 108, 115, 116, 118, 120. The bottled date is 07/03/13. I just picked it up yesterday at the local shop, so it probably has been sitting on the shelf for a whole year at room temperature. Seeing as this is a lighter ABV beer, that's definitely a risk. But I haven't seen this beer in a shop before, so I decided to take the risk.

Appearance - 4.5/5
Crazy carbonation overflow on opening. I find this happens with a lot of JP beers. Not sure if there is some way they can change things to avoid this. After pouring though, I didn't really have an issue with the carbonation. Pours a very hazy golden orange. Extremely minimal head retention. I like the color and the haziness. It's a very classic beer look, and it's pulled off perfectly, making the beer look really good. Perhaps the only thing I would have improved would be to add more head retention. I like a little bit of foam sitting at the top of the beer.

Smell - 4.5/5
Strong JP tart smell. Apples, cherries, and other tart fruitiness. Perhaps I can smell a little bit of the hefeweizen aspect as well (wheaty?). Also, a bit of spiciness is smelled as well. The tart smell is very powerful though, perhaps the strongest I remember from any JP beer.

Taste - 4.25/5
Tart apples, cherries, lemons, citrus, other tart fruitiness. A subtle spiciness/breadiness The taste seems somewhat diluted compared to other JP beers, and compared to the smell. Although I think perhaps the 'dilutedness' I detect is just due to the fact that this is a much lighter beer. Still, given the strength of the smell, I was expecting the flavor to be stronger than it is. The tart fruit flavor lingers on your throat for a bit after you swallow--the length of the aftertaste is nice touch which I don't remember from other JP beers.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
The beer has a very light body. It is very smooth and it moves easily around the mouth and down the throat. The carbonation is on the lighter side, but I feel that this pairs very well with the light body of the beer.

Overall - 4/5
Overall, this was a good JP beer which is very similar in taste to their other tart beers, however this beer is much lighter in body and mouthfeel than the other beers. There definitely could be times where one wants to drink a beer with a lighter feel, and if one also wants something sour, this would be a great choice for that scenario. So overall this was a good lighter variation on the classic JP taste.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy, milky, almost peach colored body with a thin white head. The house funkiness and acidic quality overshadows most of the weizen yeast character. I can pick up some spiciness. Flavor: cracker wheat, light citrus, touch of clove, light vanilla, acid, breadiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. This is an excellent beer. Reminds me of an infected Hitachino Nest weizen that I fell in love with some years back.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 5/20/14. Batch 348/350.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is sour with wheat, grain, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is a solid sour, but I am not getting any of the banana, clove, or nutmeg qualities mentioned on the label.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

A: Yellow and hazy. Light bubbles.

S: Tart lemons and orange peel.

T: Floral and piney (not in the IPA kind of way per se), lemon juice, orange, some yeast, bright grape flavor like a wine.

M: Light and bubbly. Very nice.

O: Awesome beer! On tap I had this one, but in the store I know it can be quite pricey...

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Photo of kellyej
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

I had this beer for the first time at the Publick House in Boston earlier this year and loved it. I really wish Jolly Pumpkin was easier to get in Virginia!
A: Yellow, golden color; fairly clear; weak head
S: Notes of banana, pineapple, green apple
M: Good carbonation, light body, clean
T: This is a strongly sour beer with crisp citrus and spicy notes. There were also notes of pineapple and green apple. Something about the beer put me in the mind of champagne.

Would love to trade for this beer!

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Photo of MarioM
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

750 ml poured into a JP goblet.

A: Very pale straw color with a bright white head that doesn't linger around much.

S: Lightly tart, hay, earthy hops. Nice spicy yeast character with good lemony notes. Smells refreshing.

T: Gentle tartness. Very citrus and a delicious Brett character with a nice malt breadiness. Brett character is almost like a very lightly tart geuze, very lambic like brett character. Yum!

M: Nice and dry with a great lingering Brett character that molds well with the slight malt character.

O: An amazing summer day drinking farmhouse brew. The brett character is present and add so much body to the beer. Amazing, give it a try if you can get a hold of it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Not sure when or where I first had this, but it was on tap at the Khyber, so I figured I'd revisit it and give a rating.

Served in a tulip, hazy, bright golden color, with a thin cap of bubbly white head that retained as a collar, and left light lacing on the glass. In the nose, toasted wheat, lemony lacto, light grassy funk. The aroma was reflected in the taste, lemon-apple-lacto tartness that was ever-present yet pretty mellow, toasted wheat, light barnyard funk, and some sugary sweetness in the background. Somewhere between a saison and a Berliner weisse. Body was light-medium, mouthfeel was crisp and dry, and while the flavor wasn't incredibly bold, this sure was an easy drinker. Nice beer overall.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. What the hell is 'a generous dose of good-natured rapscallion delight'?

This beer pours a hazy, bright medium golden straw hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves little beyond a few instances of looming iceberg lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of funky orchard fruit - apple, pear, a bit of apricot - grainy wheat malt, earthy yeast, a further touch of weak banana chip and lemon zest fruitiness, faint white pepper, a sure, why not, clove spiciness - ok, a tart/sour hefeweizen, I get it so far. The taste is a re-up on the light pear and apple fleshiness - more zingy than sweet - moderately funky yeast, cresting wheat grain, white wine grape must, almost ghostly banana notes, equally sedate spice - the pepper walking all over the purported clove - and a certain flinty minerality.

The bubbles are fairly active, but mostly in a pleasant fizzy and frothy sense, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit too tight and thin to be considered particularly smooth. It finishes quite dry, the funk, yeast, grain, and lingering fruitiness all coming across as spent and done.

A science project, with at best, middling results (I wouldn't want to make the tri-fold board display for this). JP brings the funk, yo, fo sho, but in the process pretty much decimates the underlying hefeweizen subtleties - the soft, fruity banana gets the shiv early on, and even the wheat seems wan by comparison to any decent example of the base style. An attempt, I can see, to meld disparate brewing methods - they ain't all gonna work out, huh?

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Photo of Jonada
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle. Blend 9. Bottled 8-16-2012. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden yellow color with less than a finger of a white head that dissipates to a thin collar. Body is slightly hazy with moderate amounts of visible carbonation.

Smell: Surprisingly strong barnyard funk, green apple, clove, wheat. Almost smells like a gueuze.

Taste: Wheat, green apple, hints of banana, and a mild clove spiciness in the finish. Some bretty funk, even a slight cheesiness, is present as well, though not as strong as in the aroma. Sourness is relatively low.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Medium/high levels of lively carbonation. Finishes dry. Really refreshing

Overall: Really interesting beer. Surprisingly funky and gueuze-like, but overall more mild. Not mind blowing, but a nice refreshing highly drinkable option.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/6/2013. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger foamy and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, straw, wheat, cracker, bread, light funk, and yeast/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of lemon zest, banana, pear, apple, clove, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, straw, grass, herbal, floral, light funk, and yeast/grassy earthiness. Good amount of crisp earthy yeast spiciness and slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, banana, pear, apple, clove, pepper, straw, grass, herbal, floral, wheat, cracker, light funk, and yeast/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate malt flavors; with a very nice and crisp malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is an excellent saison. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

blend 9, august 2012. this is an older bottle, and it behaves like one. a total gusher as i open it, beer rushes out everywhere, pale and sticky on my table. once i can pour it, a hazy pale white yellow liquid reveals itself, full of yeast floaters and chunks of brown yeast at the surface. the head lasts just seconds and then goes basically flat, my main critique of this beer. the nose is awesome though, pale wheat malt and funky farmy yeast with some bacterial pucker tickling the nostrils. lemons and mowed hay are also present, a very late summer vibe here. the taste is funky too, with a very light wheat base letting the yeast take center stage. citrus flavors and lactic acidity are here, but this is only a little sour. its doughy and outdoorsy and is as full of vibes and feelings as it is of flavors. it just feels watery without any bubbles, and drinks oddly as a result. although when i hold it in my mouth i can feel and here them. the yeast particulate is also unflattering texturally, but the beer is downright delicious overall. with a better mouthfeel this would be spot on. perfect still with fish tacos!

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle that had a yellow bottling date stamped on the side, but it is rubbed off to the point of being mostly illegible. What I can tell is that it was bottled in September or earlier in 2013. Given the style, that shouldn't be a problem. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Holy gusher Batman! I'm glad I was watching the inside of the bottle when I pried off the cap, because I could see it start to build a thick sudsy head inside the bottle immediately. I quickly grab my glass and begin pouring to avoid any beer casualties. I'm barely able to get the liquid halfway to the 50 cL marker line on the side of the glass before the rest of the space is filled with huge stark white head. From the bottom of the glass, a furiously active stream of carbonation bubbles rises to continue replenishing the over-the-top head. Inside the bottle, a full-on three-finger head has formed, and a little snowdrift of foam has creeped out of the bottle top. Eventually, the foam in the glass recedes enough to allow me to finish my pour, but the huge mountains of suds are still present, and there is heavy spotted lacing on the sides of the glass. The body is straw yellow and mostly translucent, with just hints of cloud and haze floating through. On subsequent pours out of the bottle, that haze increased due to the rich layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Smell - Unfortunately, the rest of the beer was downhill from the wild appearance. Notes of light malt, wheat dinner rolls, some faint lemon juice and citrus zest, and hard-to-detect notes of oak and wood from the barrel aging. I'm not getting any of the banana or clove that the brewer's description of the beer suggests. But in a way, it smells something like what you'd expect an American pale wheat beer and a saison to smell like. Unfortunately, I just don't think it works that well.

Taste - The inverse bell curve continues, with the taste being a step down from the smell. At least the smell had some interesting brightness and herbal characteristics and citric notes. The taste is largely bland and uninteresting. Pale wheat malts are present, and again, I can sense the oak characteristics, reminding me of chardonnay a little bit. There is also faint lemon zest and a tartness that seems like it has been watered down.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and high carbonation, with a pleasantly effervescent feel. Dry finish.

Overall, the appearance and feel of this beer are nice, but the smell and taste are just too uninteresting for me to consider having this beer again. There are so many better saisons out there--even from Jolly Pumpkin--that I can't imagine any reason to drink this one other than the low ABV, and there's Bam Biere for that purpose. I know individual tastes are different, but I'm really not understanding why this beer is rated so high. Perhaps my bottle was less than ideal.

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Weizen Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.