Weizen Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 188
Hads: 492
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 37
Gots: 48 | FT: 4
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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 ianjsullivan
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At Haven's 4th anniversary boogie down in Orange, CA.

This thang was good, it was real good. Raul would like to be more well versed in the Saison community, but as far as he knows, this lil sucker fits in like Lucky Lucciano.

Tart, a bit sweet, but not gloriously ecstafying (which should be a word) like seeing Behati Prinsloo for the first time.

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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 BMMillsy
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip. Pours light clear golden with lots of bubbles and a big fluffy white head. Somewhat yeasty dry aroma for a hefe--though that seems to be what they’re going for here--with light clove, banana, and tart apples. Crisp bitter and prickly carbonation up front, some sweet apples in the middle, finishing with a yeasty wheat kick. Some white wine qualities here. Dry on the tongue and easy drinking. A definite summer brew.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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.

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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 yamar68
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Classic pale wheat gold with a wispy half finger of snow white head that recedes quickly but still manages to leave behind a bit of lace.

Malted wheat, banana, fresh clove aromas, a bit of soured grain, wet hay... smooth.

It's got a nice tang from front to back that I wouldn't expect. Some mellow citrus and blends nicely with the wheat and cereal flavors. Very easy drinking, thirst-quenching. I can definitely dig this one.

Thanks alelover!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip; blend 9, bottled 8.16.2012

Pours a dull, burnt golden color with a quick fading bone white cap. The bubbly cap rose about a finger before fading to a small ring around the edges.

Sour vinegar notes and barnyard funk, bordering on light struck, leap from the glass. White pepper and banana notes are in the background. Notes of green apple skins and tart white grapes are also present.

Sour apple cider vinegar and yeast esters dominate. Spicy clove throughout with faint banana notes and damp wheat. Some barnyard funk through the middle, mainly manure and horse blanket.

Light bodied with firm carbonation. Smooth feel. A little lingering lemon and hay.

An interesting combination of weizen and sour. The soft hefe flavors complement the barnyard elements nicely. Good sour.

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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 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 Pahn
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Sticker says Batch 411/412. I bought the bottle last Summer in Boston.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch frothy white head that sticks around and leaves a small semicircle of lacing. Pours a not-quite-translucent yellow and leaves a few spots of lacing.

Smell: Lemony and acetic at first (poured cold to avoid the bottle blowing up like every other Jolly Pumpkin beer I've ever had). Grass and sweet berries come out quickly, underpinned by some real barnyard brettanomyces funk. Gets a lot funkier with time, along with some bright estery aromas around the edges (if "around the edges" makes sense for an aroma).

Taste: Mineral-y with barnyard funk leading to sweet berry tartness--lemon and strawberry. Healthy lactic sourness up front.

A few sips in and I'm reminded that this is far and away my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer (have had it a few times now). It's packed with really bright, clean flavors of fruity esters, bacteria-induced fruity and sour flavors, yeasty clove, a building banana note, etc, always sort of dirtied up by this musty but pleasant brett funk. Building acetic note compliments everything else more than one would expect. Lactic sourness is complemented by a nice (French?) oak undercurrent. Overall just a really nice flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-, almost medium-bodied. Watery, but the lactic sourness and oak gives a creamy/milky backbone. High but appropriate carbonation. Puckering finish.

Overall: This beer is exactly what it should be. Maybe some other similar beers have more wow factor, but this one is just spot on; you can tell the intention behind this beer (showcase oak, funk, and a really delicate hand with the base beer), and they nailed it. Refreshing, lots of subtlety, tons of flavor, and holds up for well over a year. Masterful beer.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blend 12
Bottled 08-22-2012

A= Pours a hazy light yellow color with a thin bubbly active head that rises to a half finger and falls fast into super thin ring around the glass. Little to no lacing is present.

S= Smells poopy and sour. A little horseblanket smell coming from it and a solid lemony aroma.

T= The taste is an excellent lemony yeast wheaty flavor. The barnyard horstblanket is less prominate and the wheat comes through much more without being poopy like the aroma. A litle watery in the finish.

M= Really solid with high carbonation.

O= This is a fine beer. A soild flavor with low abv. Nice and sour with great flavor. Worth buying again and again.

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Photo of spoony
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle (dated 8-17-12) into a tulip.

A-This beer poured with a solid off-white head. The head hung around for a bit. The beer was very cloudy and had a light straw color with hints of orange. Good looking stuff.

S-Slightly funky smell of wheat, lemon, orange, green apples, and a hint of banana. Not particularly concentrated, but pleasant.

T-The tast starts out with some mildly tart lemon and orange. Then the beer slides into a little bit of funky wheat with a touch of spice to finish. Pretty nice, but again, not terribly concentrated.

M-Light bodied. A touch watery feeling to me.

O-This was a pretty refreshing "light weight" beer. It had a little twist from other lighter-bodied brews and I would drink this again on a hot day, but if you are after something super complex or concentrated, there are other brews that are better.

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Photo of DRBiser
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/9/12. Bottle from The Wine Source. reviewed from notes

Pours an orangey gold, slightly hazy with appearance of high carbonation. Foamy head and nice lacing around the glass that holds (though i poured it too cold at first).

Not much on the nose - refreshing funk with lemon grass and perhaps a touch of wheat and sugar.

Sourness off the bat. Really nice tart profile but not a lot that follows it? The tartness of a lambic but no body or follow-through, and the refreshing spice of a farmhouse saison. A small dose of dryness after the swallow.

I really appreciate this beer and it's super refreshing (especially if you dig sour), but it could have a bit more character. If I'm in the mood for a refreshing tart summer funk, I will revisit

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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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Bottled 2011-06-14
Glass: Tulip glass

Tall head of small, dense, pure white bubbles. Retention is above average, lasting several minutes before settling to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Head leaves some lacing along the sides of the glass: a few washes and thick clumps. Body is a hazy light yellow-gold, with very evident carbonation.

Aroma of tangy lemon, light brettanomyces, some basement mustiness, all amidst a backdrop of generally sweet pale malt that yields slight pear aroma. Could be a touch stronger, but still fine.

Tasting opens with light malt sweetness and mild brettanomyces funk/cellar must, leading to light wheat malt grain, faint toffee, apple/pear juice, and lemon tartness. Goes to back of palate with a modest bitterness, where the tartness and apple/pear flavors increase. Pleasing lingering aftertaste of grain and light lemon tartness. More Brettanomyces influenced than lambic-style sourness.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with higher-level carbonation that foams the beer substantially across the palate. Overall mouthfeel is at first fizzy, then smooth and creamy, suitable for the style. Closes dryly, with notable bitterness.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Hennepin tulip. Batch 563, bottled on 6/9/10

A- pours a faint shade of yellow with a two finger pure white head. Lacing is gorgeous, head sticks around for awhile....quite nice

S- faint banana and faint funk. Eh

T- very light tartness, nice lemon, light clove...this is amazing

M- medium bodied, on the thin side...I'd say it's a little thin for a saison and a little thick for a weizen

O- this is a fantastic beer. Perfect blend of two styles.

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Photo of Kromes
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't realize until I got this one home that the date on the bottle says "bottled 8-24-2010". Should be interesting....

A cloudy straw color with a thin soda-like head. Lots of carbonation bubblues coming up the sides of the glass. Wild yeast, cork, earthy hop, tart cherry, lemon and alcohol aromas. A nice tart cherry, apple, and lemon flavor with some funky/fruity yeast flavors. A good earthy flavor mixed with a refreshing fruit tartness. Feel is light with a very good wheat soft smoothness and peppery carbonation. Very well crafted Saison. I like the tartness and depth of flavor along with the feel. Everything is top class.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Jake Melnick's. Served in a 'Reserve' glass.

A - Thin white collar settles to pretty much nothing. Murky urine-colored body.

S - Sour wheat aroma - a mixture of funky brett, lactic sourness, unmalted wheat, a bit of spicy yeast and oak.

T - Tastes exactly as advertised - banana, clove, wheat, as well as some oak and mild lemony sourness.

M - Medium-light in body but a tad heftier than you'd expect for only 4.5%. Pleasant carbonation, dry finish - pretty refreshing stuff.

D - A nice lightly sour wheat ale, but somewhat overpriced at nearly $9/glass. Quite easy to drink - would make a nice farmhouse table beer if it cost half as much.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a pale golden color with an inch thick head that dissipates instantly. Looks highly carbonation.. It leaves a nice lacing.

Smell - Has a strong scent of coriander, followed by a funky bitterness. I also smell banana, citrus, pepper, and maybe some clove.

Taste - Identical to the smell, except for the fact that there's an overwhelming flavor of lemon citrus. It tastes good, but it doesn't go over well with my acid reflux.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - It's a good beer but WAY too acidic for me..

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Photo of srv33
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear pale yellow with an ourageous amount of thin white head that take awhile to fade, excellent lacing. Scent of lemon, wheat, a hint of funk and grass all are apparent. Taste is much the same - with a peppery lemon funk the best way I can describe this rather unique taste. There is loads of fine carbonation in the mouthfeel, and the whole thing sits very light on the palate. The aftertaste is really something - it lingers for awhile but it is an incredibly clean taste, with notes of lemon and that indescribable hint of funk. I would definitely recommend this beer for someone who enjoys the style and wants to try a unique take on it. Another thing I appreciated was how the batch number (825/826) and the bottling date (6-23-2011) were marked clearly on the bottle.

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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.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass with an airy and bubbly 2 fingers of crisp white head. A pale clear wheat colour with one or 2 streams of bubbles rising, minimal retention and very minimal lacing.

S: Upfront sour fermentation with lemon, wheat and fresh grass. A good barnyard funkiness is present followed by some oak and ripe banana.

T: Initial taste of vegetative sourness followed by wheat and lemon. Grassy notes, earthiness and a barnyard funk are accompanied by ripe banana and white pepper.

M: Light body with champagne like active carbonation. Clean, crisp and bone dry finish.

O: A elegant, almost delicate, take on a farmhouse ale while still having enough punch to hold up to a good meal.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 6/29/11, opened 7/13/12. Poured a brilliant, clear gold with two fingers of bright white head and just a few dark brown yeast floaties. Slightly tart aroma of clove, apple, and lemon.

High carbonation and a dry, crisp mouthfeel. Tart lemon and hints of apple up front with a wheaty backbone, light spice, and some hints of oak on the tail end.

Extremely refreshing and packed with flavor for such a light brew. Really excellent.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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

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Weizen Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.