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Weizen Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

403 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 34
Gots: 31 | 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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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.19/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

LambicPentameter, Jan 16, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Jolly Pumpkin's pub in Ann Arbor, directly after a nice pour of ES Bam. Weizen Bam pours a soft, golden color with darker hues gravitating towards the center, hinting at traffic-light amber. A yeasty haze sifts throughout, as the cotton-like head that's perched atop the wheat beer takes its time settling, leaving copious sheets and rings of lace in its wake.

As I've stated before, due to Jolly Pumpkin's meticulous process of aging, fermenting, and brewing their beers, they all share some common ground at the core, and each has additional qualities that make them all different, unique, and discernible from the rest. In Weizen Bam's case, well, it's essentially a hefeweizen done the JP way. A little bit of German culture and a little bit of Jolly Pumpkin farmhouse.

As such, the aroma is a nice mix of yeasty, hefe indicators and funky, saison-ish critters. Spritzy bananas and pear skins, waves of soft wheat, moderately horsey and corky funk, and a faint citrus tartness in the very back corners. It smells like a mildly funky, every-so-slightly tart hefeweizen. I'd like the nose to be a little more loud and boisterous, but hey, it's hard to complain about robustness in a sub-5% ABV beer.

The taste, though, is definitely a bit amped up from the nose. Conversely from the aroma, my palate picks up some grape and apple sweetness at first; perhaps even a slight mention of cherries with a dry, soft graininess that I'm guessing is from the wheat. It only contains a soft tartness for a moment, as I suspected, and quickly gets followed up with a bit o' funk; something along the lines of wet hay and damp, funky corks.

After the wild, funky yeast asserts itself, the hefeweizen yeast steps in and shakes things up a bit. Some banana, heavy, breaded yeast, and a finishing hint of spicy clove. As with nearly all Jolly Pumpkin creations, the finish will leave your palate dry like a black top parking lot in the summer. Weizen Bam is a bit thin; not quite as chunky as I prefer my hefeweizens to be, but it still has a snappy, crisp, and smooth mouth feel.

Wow, I really enjoyed this brew. I wasn't all hopped up when I heard it was essentially a "slightly sour" wheat beer, mainly because I didn't think those two flavor profiles would mesh well, but JP did me proud. Super drinkable - this is something that would be good in growler-esque serving sizes during those devastatingly hot summer days.

tectactoe, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This pours a pale straw in color with excellent clarity and a few fingers of enthusiastic bone white head. The head is long lasting and leaves some lacing on the glass.
S: There is an initial sharp sourness that gives way to some barnyard funkiness. There is slight wheat malt aroma. After a long and enjoyable search some citrus fruit and spice aromas come through; there are moderate to moderately-low levels but the sourness just dominates.
T: The citrus flavors make your mouth water only to have it completely dried out in the very dry finish. The moderate tartness an moderately-low sourness make this so refreshing. There is some lemon and lime citrus flavors. Middle palate there is a attack of spice and hops bitterness with moderate flavors of clove, pepper and nutmeg.
M: Light bodied with very high carbonation stopping just short of fluffy. There is a slight prickel on the tongue after the dry finish and bitterness fade.
O: A very dry and refreshing somewhat soured wheat beer.

MadScientist, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden with great bubbles and a tightly packed bubbley head.

Funky aroma, as usual for these guys, hay lemongrass, wonderful brett, and clovey esters.

Similar taste, nice tartness while holding true to a weizen, yeasty flavor. Brisk carbonation, light body, and splendedly dry. A little colder is going to be the ideal serving temperature for this one. Great stuff.

brownbeer, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Tiernan, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 315/316. Pours from the 750 into my glass a slightly hazy straw yellow with an inch of light, airy bubbly white head on top. Carbonation rises up the sides of the glass. Aromas of crisp wheat with a sour funky kick along with earthy, spicy yeast tones. Hints of lemon and citrus zest, banana and clove come through. Very crisp and dry with that trademark farmhouse aroma that I love in the Bam series.

First sip brings crisp sun dried wheat malts upfront met by a wonderful sour funkiness. Citric accents weave in and out along with earthy yeast tones. The spiciness is there but it is much more mellow than a normal hefeweizen. It flows down quite dry with a lingering puckering tart / barnyard accent. Mellow grassy hops accent as well. Overall, an interesting and ultimately quite tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light with fast moving carbonation. Although it is quite dry, it still manages to go down easy and be refreshing. A 750ml bottle of this treat goes down almost too easily. I only wish I would have grabbed another when I had the chance, as this is another tasty treat from JP.

orbitalr0x, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, blend 9 bottled 08-16-2012. The bottle was a bit of a gusher. Pours hazy yellow with a fizzy white head that quickly disappears completely (surprising considering the bottle gushed).

The aroma is wheaty malts with a little funky bretty sourness.

The flavor is slightly sweet wheaty malts with a bit of tart lactic fruit and funky spicy brett and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, a nice light wheat sour. Seems a bit like a berliner.

Beaver13, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to RBlaszak for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of funky wheat along with some apples and lemons. The funk and tartness in the aroma are very inviting.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of tart lemons and sour apples, as well as some wheat and some barnyard funk. There is also some yeast character in the flavor that is pretty nice. The beer is very easy drinking and is very dry.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Janeinma, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -1.2%

chickenm, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of doremite
4/5  rDev -1.2%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale hazy golden body with a bright white head, fine scattered lacing forms nicely. Aroma has lemon zest spice and a nice acidity running a bit wild with hints of perfume like funky yeast driven tones. Flavor has a super lemon/zest/spiced saison combo with acidic but pleasant sour hefeweizen action. No real banana clove traditional hefe characteristics just more of the citrus zest/spice raining down on the palate. Mouthfeel is spritzy prickly with acidity coating the palate but I'm okay with that, light to medium bodied with the wild yeast this balances creamy hefe notes and acidic lambic/brett infused characteritistics. Drinkability no problem emptying itself another creative take on the Bam biere lineup, thanks to Ron Jefferies and other Belgian style eccentric brewers across the US. BTW, this was batch 574 from 6/24/10.

WVbeergeek, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of BroadStBrewing
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

BroadStBrewing, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours an almost opaque lemon-yellow color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of wheat twang. Also present are soft lemon peel aromas and even lighter hints of floral hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors - pilsner most likely given the crispness - kick things off and are joined almost immediately by good amounts of moderately tart light citrus flavors. Midway through the sip solid amounts of wheat twang come into play before fading out to allow mildly bitter earthy hop flavors to work their way into things. The hops carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was straddling the line of a berlinerweiss, especially given the low ABV, but wasn't quite tart enough and the hop influence is too great to be fully considered so. A solid beer that's worth a shot.

glid02, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Beer21
2/5  rDev -50.6%

Beer21, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

St: 750 poured into a wine glass.

A: Pale yellow, cloudy, a huge white head.

S: Lemon, spice, stone, fruity, grassy.

T: Fruity lemon, fig, malty, banana, stone.

M: Dry and harder.

O: Interesting work on a favorite style. The banana is there wrapped in a sour, stony dry, yet creamy shell.

ianjsullivan, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass) batch 411/412
A- This beer has a crystal clear golden yellow body that turns hazy then murky on the second pour. There is a big bubble carbonation that races to the top to support a big porous snow white head that last for a brief moment.
S- The wheat bread aroma has a soft farm house aroma, but is otherwise pretty clean.
T- This beer has a tart little prick of acid that leads to a lemon brightness and then a soft wheat bread note as it warms. There is a cheese rind note that grows into a big grapefruit and brett note ending in a bite of herbal hops.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp texture that turns watery as the beer warms.
D- This beer has some nice funk and wild ale qualities but there aren't any weizen qualities that could have enriched this beer a bit.

rhoadsrage, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

ste5venla, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of cynical1027
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
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?

biboergosum, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of LiquorsInc
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

LiquorsInc, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of AlexChillton
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

AlexChillton, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Griffith, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to phy21 for this request. An above average mouthfeel, lightly orange coloured body with retained white bubbly head. Taste is a bit sour, almost delicate spicyness with noticeable wheat. A tad grassy aroma. Good balance between the sour wheat, the hops.

Sammy, Jan 18, 2009
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Weizen Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.