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Weizen Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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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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5/5  rDev +23.5%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

nzerbe, Jun 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Weizen Bam is slightly hazy, and displays exceptional lacing through its straw colored body.

S: Heavy hints of lemon, granny smith, and barnyard funk. I am happy with how strong the bouquet is. You don't have search for it.

T: Bone dry and sublimely sour. All of the flavors suggested in the nose are present, along with a touch of black pepper, lemongrass, and wet hay.

M: Crisp, clean, light bodied, and delightfully effervescent.

D: Another great brew from the best sour beer brewer in America. This is everything I had hoped it would be, displaying amazing character through its tartness. Definitely worth a try.

Avagadro, Jan 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

GennyCreamAle, Feb 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

BrewCrew2010, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well I had written up a review for this but Gosox8787 wrote exactly what I wanted to write.

Appearance: Champagne, light, golden, straw. Excellent carbonation that shoves the funk up your nose. Gorgeous white head retires to a nice lacing

Aroma: Funky, brett, barnyard, wet wool, lemon, cherry, tart fruit, grass, herbs.

Taste: Grassy, tart cherry, lemon zest, yeast, funk, funk, fun k, a slight herbal quality. Balanced and complex. Very complex!

Mouthfeel: light, crisp, refreshing, the carbonation dances in the mouth. Yeah, I typed that.

Very sessionable, refreshing, cool, crisp and complex brew. I paid $10 for a bomber of this and I'm certainly happy with the purchase.

SpoonMeForkMe, Mar 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

cobyj, May 12, 2014
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4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is incredible! Never had a sour beer that was this well balanced and modest. Poured at a good temperature with a nice sized, off-white, foamy, head that soon subsided and no lace. Color is a clear yel low with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, grass, malt, sour, floral. Flavor's like nose, fairly dry, bitter is superbly balanced to carbonic tang. Body reflects that balance and in spite of the potential for extreme, there are no high points while carbonation is exactly where it should be. Finish is like flavor, has good length, and is surprisingly drinkable. Outstanding brau!!

drpimento, Jun 03, 2012
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4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Split between two standard pint glasses with yeast dregs divided somewhat evenly.

Straw color with a white hue. Thin white head with tiny bubbles.

Funky wheat and lemon aroma. Very, very nice.

First couple of sips - dry and tart with no lacing. Solid, flavorfull mouthfeel.

Exceptional beer. This is one that ranks among my favorites. I wish I picked up more.

Yetiman420, Feb 08, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

redleg64, Dec 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

ScottyC54, Mar 17, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This serving was poured from a 750ml bomber into my chimay sifter.

A: This is one sexy looking hefe, poured a light cloudly gold with a nice frothy white head.

S: A nice nose of wheat, lemon, banana, and some good old barnyard funk.

T: This is the best hefe I've ever had. A nice lemony funk flavor begins your taste journey, this is followed by cloves, banana, nutmeg, and delicious sour wheat.

M: Bubbly and well carbonated, this stuff dances on your tongue.

D: To date this is maybe the most drinkable beer I've ever had. Its gentle on the alcohol content, and manages to be complex, flavorful, and incredibly thirst quenching all at the same time. The sour bacterial flavor is absolutely perfect when mixed with the naturally sour taste of a hefeweizen. Hats off to Jolly Pumpkin, I think this is my new favorite brew.

CoalCellar, Aug 18, 2008
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4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - One finger of white foam and large bubbles on top of a clear, straw yellow body. The foam recedes rapidly and leaves only slight lace.

S - Spicy wheat with moderate acidity, both acetic and lactic, as well as some earthy wild notes. There are also some banana and vanilla notes and perhaps a little bit of earthy hop aroma.

T - Surprisingly light, clean malt at first with light, clean acidity following quickly in its wake. The light malt and wheat combined with the peculiar acid quality is very reminiscent of a berliner weisse. This initially clean impression quickly gives way to a more funky sort of sourness with some vinegar notes and a hint of roquefort cheese. Finishes with moderate acidity from wheat and bugs as well as some vanilla malt notes and a hint of grape and black cherry fruit character. All of this clears off the palate fairly quickly leaving only a bit of wheat and lactic acid lingering in a reprisal of the initial flavors.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is one of the most interesting beers I have had from Jolly Pumpkin (and that is saying a lot considering their typical brews). The weissebier yeast is much less prominent than I expected it to be. While I can definitely detect it in the nose, it is quite subtle in the flavor and the wild character really overshadows it. Nevertheless the weizen base adds a layer of complexity and the high attenuation combined with sourness creates something that would be best described as an unusually complex and drinkable Berliner Weisse. It is a bit more subtle than some of JP's brews, but that may be a good thing becasue it is extremely easy to quaff, and I am really enjoying every sip.

nickfl, Dec 03, 2009
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4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

LadyOfMuchBeer, Oct 22, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 315/316
750ml $9.99

I bought this bottle not only to enjoy but also to use the yeast dregs to add to a sour belgian blonde that I am brewing.

A-Super pale hazy cider appearance with airy white layer of foam. The head is loosely packed with large carbonation bubbles which are somewhat spectacular.

S-The smell is loaded with sour lemongrass and oak tannin. Big shots of green apple and fresh pear. I am not picking up much from the hefe yeast as the lactic and pedio cultures take over.

T-The taste is acidic and sour up front, but floral and dry in the finish. Wet oak and with lemon juice flavors. Quite familiar to a dry cider, yet maintains a high level of refreshment

M-The highly attenuated body comes across a bit thin, yet the flavors within are amazing. Very high carbonation, yet seems to have a sense of creaminess to the mouth.

D-Ok, I admit that I love this brewery with a passion and love that they hit the oak heavy, but this one is up there on the drinkability factor. The combination of low alcohol, huge flavors, and sour factor makes this phenomenal. Why couldn't this be about $5.99 six pack?

ALESwhatCURESya, Jan 07, 2009
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4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jolly Pumpkin is easily becoming one of my favorite breweries. Review is from notes taken on 8/18/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a lemony yellow/straw color; starts with a huge, billowy white three finger head with massive retention; body is perfectly clear and shows tons of quick carbonation; lots of thick and billowy webs of lacing are left behind. Looks very inviting and crisp.

Smell: Typical JP offering -- lots of light and tart green fruitiness; bit of a musty wet wheaty/mulchiness to it; bit of a sourness in the end due to the brett.

Taste: Outstanding -- a nice blast of that special fruity tartness with hints of green fruit like apple or pear, but also a smoother tropical bit to it; mild hints of a peppery spiciness linger behind the stronger acidic aspects; bit of a sweet mulchy maltiness lingers far into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very active -- love the slight pucker the sour funkiness creates; body is light and crisp and has strong and prickly carbonation; a thick semi-dry stickiness is left hanging around; sadly, I would have given this a five but I find the acidity kind of makes the belly burn a little bit.

Drinkability: I could seriously drink this beer all day if it wasn't for that bit of burning it's creating in my stomach. Great flavors with a very refreshing and tart set of flavors and an extremely moderate ABV -- a great beer.

bamadog, Aug 20, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008 - Batch 315/316

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, urine colored shade with a 2" tall, white foamy head. The head activity is noticeably from Jolly Pumpkin, with lots of rise and tons of effervescence going on inside the beer itself. Great retention and lots of lace.

Smell: Sourness is quite aromatic and instantly noticeable. Typical hefeweizen aromas of wheat, clove and German malts. I suppose there is some banana and perhaps some coconut milk.

Taste: Crisp, refreshing flavors of tart lemon hops, which are very light. Mild flavors of Hefe yeast, clove and banana. Pretty tame.

Mouthfeel: Very frothy and effervescent. Slightly bodied and not too much sugar. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Drinkability: Awesome. I love a funky beer, especially of the Hefe variety. The body of the beer is so light and refreshing you could drink it all day long. Another great JP beer. Probably one of the better hefes.

Risser09, Feb 02, 2009
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
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Weizen Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.