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Weizen Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 189
Hads: 493
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 36
Gots: 48 | FT: 4
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
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 Crosling
1.86/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow/white color. White foam lasts in a decent manner. Smells very lactic and sour, with out much besides that. It's missing hefe elements as well as some oak character. Nothing even close to yeast driven esters here. It's purely sour and unbalanced. No complexity. Just a poorly soured ale.

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Photo of Astathedog
2.58/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Crappy beer, I'm sorry. Flat as a pancake, virtually uncarbonated. Unpleasantly sour with no sophistication in flavor. Sorry guys but making a flat, lemon sour beer does not make this a "farmhouse" style, nor is the wheat aspect present at all. Disappointing.

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Photo of nick76
2.69/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The aroma is sour and very much like a farmhouse ale with the funkiness dialed down. There is definitely funkiness in the form of the barnyard smell but it's not super strong. There is also plenty of malt and a touch of hops. The wheat beer elements are very dialed down. I don't really taste or smell much banana, clove, nutmeg, or bubble gum. The taste is just like the aroma. The appearance is hazy gold with a large head. The palate is thin. Overall not one of my favorites.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a stemflute at the Happy Gnome in Minnesota. Reviewed from notes taken earlier this month.

A: Pours a hazy dull yellow head of average thickness, cream, and retention. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Lactic and a bit funky. Hints of sourness. Wheat. Sour mash notes.

T: Sour mash notes, including wheat, lactic notes, and hints of sourness alongside some funk.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation and thickness.

Dr: Very drinkable but held back by its simplicity. I'd probably have it again at a good price. A nice offering from Jolly Pumpkin, but nothing to write home about.

High C+

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.22/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Shiner Bock pint glass. No freshness date but there's a sticker label on it that says 10/21/11 that was, no doubt, put there by a liquor store employee.

A- Pours a light straw color with a one finger head (note: this is the first Jolly Pumpkin I've ever opened that hasn't been a "gusher" with mostly foam filling the glass when trying to pour) that retains a short bit before settling to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and light foam covering most of the surface.

S- Smells like sour grapes which was sort of expected. Some peach-like fruit notes accompanied by some barnyard funk (also expected). It's that smell of rotting sugar-based substances and spoiled alcohol. Yep, this is gonna be sour.

T- The start is a controlled shot of puckering sour but eases back into a crisp and fruity midsection. The finish is where things go kinda downhill where it feels like you've just chomped into a Warhead sour candy which leads to the Mouthfeel.

M- Tart to the point of the feeling that your tongue is shrinking. It salivates as soon as it can in order to attempt to replenish your palate with moisture. Dry doesn't even begin to describe it. When I swish, I get a look of pain on my face from the intensity.

O- I learned something today: It's more the mouthfeel of sours that I dislike instead of the actual taste. This beer tastes pretty good. It's just that sharp as hell sour bite that I just don't like. It would be one thing if the sourness was justified by the beer having a high alcohol content but, looking especially at this one's ABV, there plainly is not. Sorry, but I just have to really be in the mood to drink a sour beer, which is hardly ever.

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Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

08/11/10- Had this one on-draft at Bodega.
A: Very cloudy pineapple juice, little head that is more of a thin cream collar.
S: Clean bready/meaty granny smith apples, pineapple.
T: Pineapple juice, wheat, tart/dry, apple core finish. Very interesting.
M: Thin and spritzy.
D: Only OK.

This is one of the first JP brews that really hasn't impressed me.

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Photo of beerhan
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrives a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. Good retention, decent lace but it fades.
Smell is fruity, light malt, yeast, slight hops. Good balance.
Taste is fruity, yeast, lighter malt and some hops. Again, good balance.
Somewhat acidic, tangy really. Slightly drying without much aftertaste. A pretty good example, IMO.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First pour erupted into all head, white, and subsequent pours gave a half inch. Body is a hazy lemonade yellow. Smells primarily sour and then the follow-up is the traditional spice, banana, clove of the style. Taste mirrors the smell and I have to say the sour is 2 folds stronger than all the rest of the flavors. Body feels rich and quality, better than other wheats. But the sour aspect just is not my thing.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of abfraser
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


A: Bottle overflowing with foam, quickly poured into a glass with little wasted. The brew pours a massively carbonated pale yellow, with a nice proper white head. It almost looks like champagne with all the bubbles

S: Banana & cloves, yeasty,

T: Tart and sour, biscuity malt undertones, very refreshing

M: Missing in the mid-palate...just doesn't have that "fullness" I would expect. Love the carbonation, though. This is a nice summer beer for that really hot day

D: Very drinkable given the high acidity and low alcohol

An interesting and unique style farmhouse. I generally like what Jolly Pumpkin does. This one, while not exceptional, is worth your time.

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Photo of TH28
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. No date. Appearance: pale yellow and mostly clear, with thick bubbled white foam cap. Aroma: Lacto sour aroma dominates. German weizen yeast is barely noticeable. Was expecting more. Taste: A light sour apple flavor is prominent, with the lactic acidity front and center. Again, no noticeable banana esters or clove phenols I’d expect from something with weizen yeast. Mouthfeel: Light body and a crisp carbonation. Finish: tart acidity from the lacto lingers on the tongue well after the swallow. A faint hint of light maltiness as well. Overall: I was intrigued by the combination of German weizen yeast and sour cultures to try this beer. The thought of those wonderful weizen esters and aromas with some acidity seemed like a great combo....but I honestly get none of it. The lacto dominates in the absence of any semblance of weizen yeast character. The beer is still very crisp, tart, and drinkable, but I feel like I’m drinking a slightly subdued Berliner Weisse

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Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of apple, sourness, hint of hop, hint of yeast, hint of wheat, and strong floral. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sourness, apple, hint of hops, strong yeast, hint of wheat, and slight floral. Overall, poor appearance, decent aroma, decent body, and good blend.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy golden straw color. It has a nice 2-figner white head on it. The head has good retention and leaves some specs of lacing behind on the glass.

S - The smell has a nice bit of fruitiness right off the bat. I am mostly getting pear, apple, and some banana. There is some clove going on here as well as some yeasty esters. There is a slight sour and tartness to this. Also, there is some lemony citrus. I am not really getting many weizen characteristics, which is a little disappointing.

T - This definitely has an interesting taste. It is like a saison yet has some sour characteristics to it. There is some clove and spice, but it is tuned down a bit. I am getting some nice fruit flavors and yeastiness. There is some sour and tart flavors, along with a mild hop presence. The finish leaves some slight bitterness and lemon citrus lingering on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. I thought this was quite a refreshing beer. There is some tingling from the spices and just a touch of hop bitterness, as well as a bit of sourness.

O - This has good drinkability. I could definitely down a few glasses of this on a warm day like today. Good flavor, smooth, and very refreshing. Overall, I thought this was a nice saison, and I definitely think it's worth a try. I just wish it had had that funkiness and barnyard smell/taste to it that I'm used to in this style.

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Photo of nova009
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter

A- pours a cloudy pale yellow, one finger white head that disappears fairly quickly, spotty to little lacing

S- nice amount of funk, tart citrus, spices, possibly a slight banana note

T- tart and sour, citrus with slight bitter notes that follow in the aftertaste, basically a combination of a weak Hefe and a sour

M- very light mouthfeel, light carbonation to the point that it seems flat

D- easy to drink and goes down pretty smooth, however with the I'd go with one of Jolly Pumpkins others choices before this one

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Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
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?

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Photo of mcallister
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light straw colored with a brillian white huge erupting head that is thin in nature. Leaves some good lacing. Unfiltered with many floaties around.

Berry fruits, earth some barnyard but somewhat all laid back. Some melon type fruit esters with a yeasty wheat end.

Not overly funky and somewhat light on complexity. Good mouthfeel with a bright carbonation and acidic finish. Tart berry , melon, hints of lemon, barnyard and other sour fruits.

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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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 315/316
Pours a pale hazy yellow color with a nice yeasty white head. In the aroma, lemon citrus, and a small tartness. In the taste, yeasty, dry touch of citrus, very saison like. A small bite and a small to medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry yeasty and small tartness in the aftertaste. Small wheat note, dry and fruity, and very saison like. I was expecting a bit more tartness, but good anyway.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Vogie
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Blend # 10. Bottled on 08-17-2012. Served in a Duvel tulip glass with Salmen, Asparagus, and Cabbage. My first Jolly Pumpkin beer as well....

A: Pours a golden hazy color with a fizzy finger of head that quickly disappears leaving a thin white cap over the beer.

S: Lots of lemon, nutmeg, some banana, sour, yeasty, earthy.

T: Sour lemon and apple notes with faint banana.

M: Light, thin, lemony

O: Not my favorite style here. Very sour. Almost reminds me of drinking a lemonade. The Weizen yeast with the sourness just doesn't do it for me. I wouldn't mind trying other Jolly Pumpkin beers, but I'll pass on this one if I see it again....

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Photo of jrallen34
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this a the brew pub, 22oz bottle...Pours a light orange color, good retention and lacing. The aroma is light citrus, wheat and tartness. The taste is basically the same, a light citrus lemon sour beer. Its ok, worth trying, but no need for a 22oz pour.

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Weizen Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.