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Weizen Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 36
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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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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4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
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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3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Danny1217
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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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3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
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

Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
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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3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.17/5  rDev +3.5%

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 - 4.2/5
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 - 4.1/5
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.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Weizen Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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