Weizen Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by CortexBomb:
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Bam is one of the real winners in JP's portfolio: drinkable, tasty, and low alcohol. They've apparently noticed how much cross-over appeal it has, and have been experimenting with variations on it, and of those, Weizen Bam seems like the best to date.
Pour is cloudy yellow, not a lot of head, but plenty of lacing. The smell is the standard funky JP aroma mixed with some light fruits, banana.
The flavour on this is a great combination: take the casual barnyard content of the standard Bam, and then pair it with crisp light fruit aspects. Very smooth on the taste. Extremely tasty, remarkably drinkable.
Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated, good bitters, all around solid. The drinkability is wonderful, it's not an altogether expensive brew, but it's easily amongst the best in its class. It's also extremely sessionable, which is not something I can say for many of my favourite beers.
The bottom line: If you like funky beers at all, then give Weizen Bam a try if you run into it, you'll not be disappointed.
Serving type: on-tap
08-21-2008 19:50:02 | More by CortexBomb
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3.61/5 rDev -10.6%
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?
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2014 03:38:34 | More by biboergosum
Weizen Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.