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Weizen Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 34
Gots: 30 | 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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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
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.2%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a cloudy light yellow color with a good white head and some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose brings forward a good dosing of light citrus plus a bit of peppery spice and some very mild funk. Light tartness in the flavor plus some citrus and mild tart character. Light body and high carbonation. Nice all around.

Thorpe429, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of wheat in the nose along with hints of bananas and cloves.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a slight amount of sourness from the wild yeast.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It’s very flavorful for a beer that has a low alcohol content.

metter98, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 562; bottled 6-2-10

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a fairly impressive head that sticks a lot of lacing around the glass

Smell: Lemon yoghurt, wheat bread, green apple and barnyard funk

Taste: Wheat bread, up front, with a tart lemon and green apple character that develops by mid-palate; lactic sourness takes over through the finish, bringing along a vague hint of banana and salt water; very dry and oaky in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with crisp carbonation

Overall: A Berliner Weiss on steroids, this beer brings along a lot of subtle elements; another fine achievement by Jolly Pumpkin

Thanks, arvjunk, for the opportunity

brentk56, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tart notes is dominating with some light funky notes as well. Taste is also dominated by light sour notes with some tartness and some funky barnyard-like notes. Greta carbonation with a medium-full body. Very well done with some great balance and easily drinkable.

Phyl21ca, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jolly Pumpkin continues to find success with their saison "Bam" series. When the recipe of this dry, fruity, peppery ale joins with the distinctive micro flora that defines Jolly Pumpkin ales, the results are absolute delight.

As with most saisons, Weizen Bam introduces herself with a translucent straw colored glow. Lively carbonation dances through the beer and layers on a firm white sheet of foam that continues to release aromas and cap the beer with visual appeal. Light lacing produces speckled foam around the rim of the tulip. Charming little beer, she is.

As the nose nears the glass, the assertive pang of acidity strikes the olfactory sense with mouthwatering effect. Tart chardonnay, dry cider, and cucumber notes emit along side of a brisk wheat and pilsner scent. Crab apples, lemons, sea air, and acetic notes deliver wave after wave of varying aromas as the beer breathes.

Tartness of under ripened berries, crab apples, sea brine, and mild yogurt frame the early acidity, but the commencing and more aggressive notes pucker the mouth as the mouth becomes awash with dry cider, vinegar, and pickle juice in its most refreshing form. The low lying malt has hardly an impact until the brunt of tartness subsides and the dry cracker taste of wheat returns in finish. Lightly peppery to start, the balance the the tart fruit develops into the spicy alcohol taste to close the taste.

Light in body, the combination of assured champagne bubbles and premiere acidity both pulls from the soft tissues of the mouth and penetrates them at the same time. There's little rebuttal from malt to suggest anything other than a quick and dry finish. Warm, peppery, and pleasantly astringent; it seems that the beer gets a final balance from wood-like tannin.

As one of the cleaner and more refreshing of Jolly Pumpkin ales, Weizen Bam is focused, disciplined, and refined in its sheer sour complexities. And she does so with ease and finesse.

BEERchitect, Oct 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Texasfan549, Aug 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

kjkinsey, Aug 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

ygtbsm94, Nov 22, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

jaydoc, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a considerably clouded, straw-yellow body with a thinnish, white head.

Smell: A nose that's a bit funky, a bit sour, and even a bit tart, with notes of harvested wheat grain, fresh lemons, and cloves.

Taste: Tangy malted wheat and the tart-tasting zip of lemon paired with an initial mild sweetness. Soon, a taste of cracked cloves and maybe, just maybe, the teensiest hint of vanilla cream sets in. Light oak character mingled within. No apparent bitterness throughout. In rolls some subtle funk and a lactic sourness. Dry finish with a small, lingering amount of funkiness and lemon peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: As always, it's another weird, wild ride from Jolly Pumpkin. Actually, it's a little less weird and wild, but still. Still!

ChainGangGuy, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at ChurchKey.

I think I can fit in at JP if I age my sammich in oak... This brew pours a very cloudy lemon straw topped by two fingers of white soap suds (like dishwashing soap, not hand soap). The nose comprises orange peel, coriander, wheat, pepper, and lemon zest. The taste follows this routine, with notes of citrus pulp (orange and plenty of lemon) and clove, but then deviates into a sour that borders on bretty-ness. Pretty sneaky, JP, using the barrel-aging process to get some wild yeast things in there. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a refreshing feel. Overall, a surprisingly good and innovative brew, a summer treat.

TMoney2591, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After enjoying this on draft in the past in MI and WI, it's finally landed in Chicago this past summer.

Poured into a 22oz. weizen-shaped Spaten glass. A pleasant peachy color with a generous amount of foam. Slowly topping off the glass with the yeast gives it an opaque murkiness. Flinty wet stone, sourgdough, and clover. Something vaguely wild and citrusy too.

Moderate lemon tartness, doughy, funky brett yeast. Something vaguely cinnamon or nutmeg-like in the finish. Sort of dusty and dry in the end, very quenching. Full carbonation, scrubs the palate dry, leaving the aformentioned unique aftertastes. This is one i'd return to, though I like the regular Bam more. Don't go into this thinking Hefeweizen, it's more of a Wild Ale/Berliner Weisse.

Addendum: This blended nicely with the last bit of Hanssens Exp. Raspberry, and i'd think any sour fruit lambic would make a tasty blend.

emerge077, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy blond, barely transparent. A big stream of carbonation feeds the long-lasting pure white blanket of foam.

Smell: Loaded with farmhouse funk, hay and wet dog, this is exactly what I'd expect from a Jolly Pumpkin saison. Barnyard aromas meet tart citrus and green apple.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tart and bone dry, the bugs have sucked any trace of sweetness from this brew. Lemony, lightly acidic and estery. There's a bit of signature hefeweizen-like banana and clove, but it's low in the mix. The (extremely) light body, crispness and dry mouthfeel make for a seriously refreshing farmhouse beer. I wish more American brewers made saisons like this; dry, crisp, lightly funky and extremely refreshing. I'll take this any day over an "imperial" saison or whatever nonsense people are doing these days.

largadeer, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled funky, phenolic and yeasty. Some nice caramel and grains aromas.

T - It tasted funky and spicy with a good wheat sweetness. Very tasty.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a great tasting farmhouse ale. Jolly Pumpkin is so good at Belgian ales.

zeff80, Oct 12, 2011
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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

NeroFiddled, Dec 17, 2011
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 nickfl
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
Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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

russpowell, Jun 19, 2012
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Weizen Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.