Weizen Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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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 thing 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
3.69/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 03:24:47 | More by Jonada
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 19:12:37 | More by superspak
Weizen Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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