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Weizen Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Weizen Bam BièreWeizen Bam Bière

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

373 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 373
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 31
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
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:
Ruddy golden, with yeast driven esters of banana, spicy clove, and nutmeg all wrapped up with a generous dose of rapscallion delight.

(Beer added by: drxandy on 07-30-2008)
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.19/5  rDev -21%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 17:16:07 | More by LambicPentameter
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Weizen Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.