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Weizen Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 38
Gots: 40 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of tectactoe
4.09/5  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.

Photo of MadScientist
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.92/5  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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
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?

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weizen Bam
25.4 fl. oz. bottle; $15 @ Capone's, Norristown, PA
Batch 838 Bottled 7-14-2011

Appearance: A hazy (not cloudy) golden-orange body rests beneath a full head of bright white foam. The head retention is very good, but the lacing is limited.

Smell: Wheat and spice. The clove is clear - I had no idea that this used weizen yeast until I read the bottle - as well as the mineralish notes, wet straw, and soft leather of the brett and other funkiness.

Taste: There's more tartness to it than the aroma lets on, yet the Bavarian weizen character still comes through - quite surprising! As might be expected, the funky characteristics are fuller as well. The oak is drying, and although it's not very bitter, it finishes tart and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium in body with a very fine-bubbled, bristling carbonation.

Overall: Quite interesting, and actually very unique. Worth seeking out.

Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap Hopleaf Chicago

cellphone notes - surprised to have never rated this

This one was on the house because it took a few extra minutes - nice.

appearance: served in a lovely hopleaf tulip, bright straw-golden body, aggressive white foam with good retention

smell: earthy funk, lemon peel, wheat, yeast, tart citrus

taste: this is a great sour saison with dare i say "sessionable" alcohol levels. Tart lemon, farmhouse yeast, straw, honey, corriander. Worked as a great pair with some chorizo-peppidew mussels

mouthfeel: tart, light, refreshing. outstanding

drinkability: high

Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
Batch 315/316

A- Pours a light golden orange color with a nice white head that possesses an excellent amount of retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is very sour with lemons, some farmhouse funk and oak. There are some weizen characteristics, but they are hard to pick up on and overshadowed by the other flavors.

T- The aroma is very light and crisp with some sour citrus and mild malt flavors and a very dry finish. The taste is good but on the subtle side, I would have liked to see a little more flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- The low ABV makes this one pretty drinkable, although I don't know if I would want more than a single bottle in a sitting.

Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gushes a bit, pours light gold with 4 fingers of pearl colored head. Hazes up with great head retention & lacing

S: Dirty & peppery

T: Slight tartness, lemoms, lemon zest, white pepper, wheaty & grainy notes up front. More tartness as this warms a touch of grapefruit, & more lemon zest &a bit of oaky twang. Finishes tart, refreshing, & smidge of funk & sour cherries & light grassyness

MF: Light with a sparkly carbonation

Drinks very easy, pretty clean tasting for this brewery, sort of a suprise to me, The oaky tart/sour really pushes through as it waarms

Photo of beerhan
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had a 10 ounce snifter of this.

A-Huge white foamy head that was a little much with this yellow color that is a bit urine like with a lot of carbonation. To me I thought it looked like urine with alka selzer.

S-Smells like hay, grass, and lemon.

T-Pretty average taste. Not very sour but sour enough where it is not enjoyable. Very herbal and lemony with this grass like taste with an almost creamy aftertaste. There was even a little orange and coriander.

M-Nice carbonation, lots of it. Probably the best thing about this beer.

O-This probably was the least enjoyable beer I have had from jolly pumpkin. A real waste of money and just not that special.

Photo of kellyej
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

I had this beer for the first time at the Publick House in Boston earlier this year and loved it. I really wish Jolly Pumpkin was easier to get in Virginia!
A: Yellow, golden color; fairly clear; weak head
S: Notes of banana, pineapple, green apple
M: Good carbonation, light body, clean
T: This is a strongly sour beer with crisp citrus and spicy notes. There were also notes of pineapple and green apple. Something about the beer put me in the mind of champagne.

Would love to trade for this beer!

Photo of CortexBomb
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed in sniffers with my brother-in-law at Jolly Pumpkin Old Mission.

Appearance - A hazy, straw colored pour with about a finger and a half of thick fluffy head that dissipates slowly leaving chunky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Spices, typical JP barnyard funk, fruity esters, banana and vanilla. Very enticing.

Taste - Tart citrus with the classic Hefe taste. Some lemon tartness shines through along with funky brett yeast and banana. One of the few JP beers I have not tried and I am enjoying their take on this "style" (despite it always being listed as a saison).

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, moderate to high carbonation, finishes a bit dry.

Drinkability - The bottle was gone within a matter of minutes. Very easy to drink, hard not to quaff down immediately. Will pick up if I see this again.

Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to resi for this beer. Poured from a brown 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a hazy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, spices, some grains.Taste is of lemon, spice, a touch of banana up front, a bit of grains, very sour at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good brew.

Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much, much thanks to muskabeatz for this one, a surprise in a trade.

750 into two stemless red wine glasses, splitting with my bf.

Pours a hazy gold, not quite cloudy, but certainly not clear. Heavy visible carbonation. Good one inch head, white, decent retention.

Aroma-wheat and sour citrus, lemon, lime, grapefruit. certainly sour on the nose.

Taste-Sour, tastes like fresh lemon juice, yeast, hops on the back, just enough funk to love, especially hoppy when I lick my lips...rather interesting. Clover. Nice true belgium flavor. Definite wheat-y grain and pleasant lighter spices.

Mouthfeel-thin, refreshing. This could be the one brew that is thirst quenching.

Overall-I could drink a lot of this.

Photo of goochpunch
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy, milky, almost peach colored body with a thin white head. The house funkiness and acidic quality overshadows most of the weizen yeast character. I can pick up some spiciness. Flavor: cracker wheat, light citrus, touch of clove, light vanilla, acid, breadiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. This is an excellent beer. Reminds me of an infected Hitachino Nest weizen that I fell in love with some years back.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 572. Bottled 6-11-10. Consumed 11-7-10 in a victorious Raiders win over the Chiefs. Bottle conditioned and aged in oak barrels.

A: A beautiful brass-gold color with a high rate of clarity showcases a vibrantly strong show of macro-bubbles rushing upwards. The head is a bit soapy, and porous, eggshell white in color, and quick to lapse not caring to lace on the way down.

S: On the nose were spicy cloves and bananas with a golden spiciness. Apple cider and ginger also come through with a moderate sense of strength.

T: For flavor apple cider, pears, and some ginger ale is highlighted by a champagne like carbonation bringing out a tingling spiciness. Bananas, lemon juice with a spritzy tartness of white grapes really comes out.

M: The mouthful was lively, very spritzy and champagne like, dancing on the tongue. The body is light with a fresh finish on the tongue of lemons and bananas.

D: Drinkability was good, champagne like, with a lively and bubbly feel with a weizen like quality. This goes down amazingly sharp and easy with much delight.

4 3.5 4. 4.5 4.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A capped bottle, Batch 399/400, purchased during a Midwest jaunt last summer. Shared with ksak and janlud.

A: The weizen bier, yes the base beer is a hefeweizen, is a pale straw yellow color. Transparent when I poured in a single stream, the ale is hazed over in my snifter. A billowy head, over a finger, wants to lace but doesn't get around to it. Instead, it shows off nice gams as I drink my way through it.

S: Lemony citric acid, like concentrated lemon juice, sour and tart, greeted me immediately. Very acidic, like curing ceviche acidic. There is plenty of wheat, adding lighter tartness, but no indications of any weizen-like characters. The wild yeasts have elbowed them out of the way.

T: The ale has an odd, powdery medicinal flavor running through it, most pronounced after the initial tartness passes. As that fades, the acidic tartness comes on with all it's got. Frankly, the result is a Berliner weissbier, tart and sharp but considerably fuller than most Berliner weissbiers that I've had. Lemony citrus is dominant, drying my mouth on each sip. A grainy wheat and barley combination does peak through near the end, a chewy finish to an otherwise very sharp beer. This would not be a good introduction to Jolly Pumpkin's line of beers.

M: The mouthfeel is completely controlled by the citric sharpness, tartly sour with a high pucker content. I'd love to find some delicate hefeweizen flavors amongst the funk but that's not happening.

D: Quite drinkable, refreshing in its own special way. Calling this a saison is a loose interpretation but it better describes the ale than "a wild hefeweizen."

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Weizen Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.