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LA-31 Grenade | Bayou Teche Brewery

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LA-31 GrenadeLA-31 Grenade

Brewed by:
Bayou Teche Brewery
Louisiana, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Grenade is our wheat beer, which we brew to quench Acadiana’s warm weather thirsts. The ale is the color of a South Louisiana sun, and pours with the bright citrus flavor of passion fruit.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up at Top Hops this past weekend, having never seen any of the Bayou Teche offerings before. Yes, I was drawn in by the label but it was nice to see a beer from The Pelican State available up in this neck of the woods as well. The price wasn't that high and even though this didn't match up well to what I normally drink, this was a welcome change from something heavier without feeling fake or watered-down.

The pour to this was average - a somewhat deep golden hue, moderate head, and just a bit of lacing could be seen. Not a lot of carbonation to this either but what was present stayed from start to finish. The mouthfeel certainly has the passion fruit here but not the thickness of the wheat. Instead, this felt a bit heavy and laden with syrup. It almost felt like a soda, even though I could feel the alcohol kick in by the time I was finished.

While this was a bit on the strong side, I could easily see this being a session beer once the weather got to be a little bit warmer outside. Yes, it's a bit sudsy and syrupy but it has a nice, easygoing aspect to it without being too watered-down or weak. The website for Bayou Teche says that the beers are meant to be paired with food from the Pelican State and I would love to give this a go with some crawfish or jambalaya. Until then, I will enjoy the bread and malt that predominates in this and gives it just enough body to make up for the lack of any depth in the flavor. Worth a go during warmer weather when a simple "lawnmower beer" won't do.

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Photo of JISurfer
2.22/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was very unimpressed with this offering. I had it last year when I visited NOLA and enjoied it. This batch seems boring. There's no real passion fruit smell or taste. I grow it, so I have an idea of what it tastes and smells like. For a wheat ale, it was very nondescript, very light on the malts, very light on the hops as well. This may as well be a light beer. Hopefully they get it back to what it was.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

During my recent visit to Louisiana I spent some time in New Iberia. As it turns out, there just happens to be a tiny brewery just up the road a spell in the town of Arnaudeville (just north of Lafayette - see "Stuff Cajun People Like" #34... http://stuffcajunpeoplelike.wordpress.com/

I'd just come from the drive-through daiquiri, picking up beer for a crawfish boil when I saw them - Bayou Teche beers (never heard of 'em) - and I just couldn't pass them up... however, knowing that in cajun c'untry anything other than a 10 oz. can of light beer might get you dragged behind the swamp boat for a bit, I needed a plan... aaaiiyeeee! There it was, "LA-31 Grenade"! I'd play the fool Yankee tourist who couldn't help but be drawn in by a beer that sounded like some sickening drink off of Bourbon Street. And so it went, I was not beaten - merely ostricised - but mainly met with awed confusion. My wife, however, liked them and we drank all 6 within the first few minutes.

As for the beer itself, it's contract brewed by Lazy Magnolia. It looks as you might expect for a wheat beer. There's not much fruit in the nose, but you do get it clearly in the taste (fruity and slightly tart), and it helps to balance the malt. It's not overly strong, and you can drink two or three of these in a row. Does it stand out as a great fruit beer? No, but it's not bad. Worth trying.

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Photo of shivtim
2.27/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Also picked this up while in New Orleans.

Poured into a pint glass. Translucent light yellow/orange with a thin white-ish head. Lots of bubbles.

Nose is grain, gentle hops, slight ethanol. A hint of sweetness.

Taste is Corn, malt, mild and metallic. I don't pick up the passion fruit at all at first, but upon warming it comes out just a little.

Mouthfeel is almost overly fizzy.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a fairly clear wheat/amber color with a small white/yellow head. Nose is wheaty and a bit sweet, mellow and a bit flat.

Taste is sharp and fairly bitter, crisp and slightly sweet with a somewhat odd flavor on the finish, I guess that's the passionfruit? It's really light and refreshing which it says in the description so I think they did that well.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm kind of a sucker for fruit/adjunct beers, so this one was on my radar before a recent trip to Louisiana. Picked up a bottle at Stein's in New Orleans, 12 oz., no date. Poured to a pint glass.

PASSION INFUSED BEER - "Brewed and Bottled by: Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. Kiln, MS for Bayou Teche Brewing".

A: Starts a warmer shade of 'golden', a vibrant sunshine radiating from the glass. Almost clear, just the faintest unfiltered fog. Not a whole lot of carbonation here, bubbles are spaced apart and rise tediously. Head starts as a fizzy half-finger that dwindles away in a couple minutes; no lace. Gorgeous color, but a fairly dull look otherwise.

S: Even after 10 to 15 minutes of warming, not a whole lot to this one. Malts are a bit grassy and honeysuckle-sweet. Fruit is tame, a bit 'tropical', I guess...but more 'berry' than anything. I think I like the smell quite a bit, but I wish it weren't so damn shy...

T: Pulpy, mushy passion fruit rolls over the tongue right away - now that's what I'm talking about! Beneath it is a bready pastry-like maltiness. Between the slightly citric juice and the doughiness, there's something scone-like here. Not too sweet, good balance with a fleeting tartness.

M: Mild feel, a fine sediment and little carbonation. Light-medium body and a coating stickiness. Lacks some life, in general.

O: Yeah, there are some flaws here, but I'm curious about my bottle's freshness. It's been about five weeks since I bought it, but who knows how long it sat in the beer cooler? Carbonation just seems low and aroma is so subtle... Anyway, the flavor was a 'win' and it proved refreshing and (too) easy to drink after a 4-mile run on a mild December afternoon. Sure, I'd have it again.

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Photo of teromous
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Right off the bat I can tell that it's pretty clear, with only enough haze to make it impossible to read through. It refracts all different colors as light passes through, it shades of medium gold to dark amber. The head is very small and goes away fast, and there isn't any lacing.

S: It has a very fruity smell to it, reminiscent of lambic beers. I pick up a sour raspberry smell, with some light cherry scent. I know it is brewed with passion fruit, but it smells more like raspberry lambic than passion fruit to me. It smells pretty good.

T: I get a lot of mellow tartness, to the point of being slightly bitter...like the rind of an orange peel. I also get a lot of flavor from the passion fruit, and I pick up a wheat aftertaste. There is a slight metallic taste though which brings it down a bit. Overall I'd say the flavor is about average, as the metal taste is very light.

M: The mouthfeel is very bright and effervescent. I would say it's a good fit for a beer that tastes like this. It's a medium-light body, with a light aftertaste.

O: Overall I thought it was a pretty good beer. It wasn't the best fruit beer I've had, and I probably won't buy it again, but it's a good beer and would be perfect for people who want a punchy beer without the sourness of a lambic.

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Photo of yesferro
4.14/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a few bottles of this at McDade's in Jackson MS after Top of the Hops.

Pours a dark yellow, not much head. Smell kinda funky and malty, I get berry scents too but they're faint.
Taste surprised me, grassy is the first thing that popped into my head. Extremely refreshing, I get hints of all kinds of fruit, it's sweet but not sticky, I like this! Really wish I had more then 2 bottles of this. Very interesting beer, well done, the fact that it's degrees outside is probably influencing my opinion here.

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Photo of Francepants06
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had both in bottle and on tap
It appeared slightly murky and golden yellow.
I smelled some fruitiness with a little bit oh wheat. It tasted like a wit bier with a passion fruit finish.The mouthfeel was light body. I prefered the bottle over on tap because I felt like you got a little more fruit out of the bottle. Not a beer I would buy a six pack of, but decent nonetheless.

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Photo of bmwats
3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Golden amber hue. Heavy carbonation. Pours about a half finger, bubbly, white head which settles very quickly. Carbonation continues to rise throughout the experience. No lacing.

S: Just a bit of a malty, baked bread nose with plenty of strawberry, watermelon, and a little raspberry. (Since it's a passion fruit infused brew, it probably smells like passion fruit; but since I'm not sure what passion fruit smells like, I'm sticking with this).

T: Just a bit of malt, and a touch of hops. The fruit aspect comes across more as 'steely' than sweet, but not off-putting.

M: Light body, refreshing quality. Subtle sweet start transitions to (as noted before) a steely aftertaste which lingers on the palette.

D: Light, refreshing, un-offensive brew. Nice change of pace session.

Atmosphere is very average. Nothing interesting about the body. Decent color, plenty of carbonation results in a bubbly head which you might miss if you sneeze, and no lacing. Nose is pleasant enough. A little grain with a nice infusion of fruit, but not overwhelmingly cloying. Flavor is lightly malted and hopped fruit blend, but not sweet. Actually, this is nicely done and decently balanced in that regard. Light and refreshing, change of pace, session brew. Overall, this is a pretty decent quaff.

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Photo of champ103
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Green Room in Lafayette.

A: Pours a clear yellow color. A one finger white head forms, and recedes to nothing. No lace.
S: Some grainy malt that is lightly sweet. Light fruity aromas that are fairly generic.
T: Follows the nose. Not much going on. Just some sweet malt, cereal grain, and light fruits.
M/D: Light, thin, and watery. A bit under carbonated as well. Not hard to drink during the hot summer months.

Just kind of bland and generic. Nothing bad, but nothing I would recommend.

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Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 1/4 inch head that goes quick, hazy, orange-brown in color, medium-high carbonation, noticeable sediment

Smell: very interesting smell. Wheat and some sticky sweet fruit

Taste: wheat, passionfruit, bread, and a taste that best resembles Orangina

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet with a touch of bitterness, medium carbonation

Overall: A very interesting beer that I am glad I tried. I could do three or so, but probably not a whole six due to the sweetness. Very malty and fruity, Bayou Teche should get points for creativity.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to optimator13 for sending me this one during The Small Aquatic Mammal BIF '11! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured golden yellow with a two finger bone white head that subsided to one finger quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pineapple, kiwi, and mango. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, strawberries, kiwi, and pineapple. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a not a bad brew for the style, but it was also not great. The passion fruit aspect of this one was definitely quite obvious. If you enjoy eating fruit, you will definitely enjoy this one. I wasn't a huge fan, but I could see the appeal of this one to some people. Worth trying for a Fruit/Veggie Beer fan.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.33/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle pours a lightly hazed gold color. Thin cap of white foam fades fast and does not leave much lacing, especially for a wheat beer.

Nose is tart blueberry/passionfruit with a healthy dose of grainy wheat tang. None of the nice, succulent sweetness from the fruit makes its way into the beer, and that is a damn shame.

Some tartness is really the only contribution the fruit makes to this beer, and it is not a very good one. Grainy, wheaty malt is the only other flavor and Im not even sure this would be that great of a wheat beer to begin with. The Pale Ale they make is a very tasty beer when fresh, but this was a major disappointment from the first sip of a whole six pack I bought. Bayou Teche is 1 for 2 in my book - try the Pale, leave this one for the birds. Yuk.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is clear golden brass but lacks any head retention.
In the aroma you can smell the fruity notes, which transfers over to the tastes alot. Right from the start it reminded me of some other beer, and it took me a bit to figure it out but it totally reminds me of Vertical Epic 10.10.10, with the grape notes in there. This is a lighter crisper beer then that was, but the fruity grapy juice notes i think are similar. Other then the fruit notes it drinks like a pale wheat ale with moderate hops. This beer is alot better then i expected really, super easy to drink and would kill the summer thirst. A great extra.

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Photo of tetu
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L - Dark golden color

S - Fruity w/ mild hops

T - Early domination is a Mixture b/w strawberry and melon/nectar. There is a bread taste in there with hops finishing it out. Very crisp.

M - Carbonated well, thin body. Not much here.

D - Refreshing summer beer

O - Awesome, very different.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.4/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Acquired from optimator13 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, fruit juice and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of passion fruit sweetness followed by bready flavors from grain and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild and provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth and a little crisp but a bit watery, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, even for a fruit beer it's just not that good.

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Photo of jlindros
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Optimator13 for this weird but interesting looking beer.

Fizzy light 1 finger head fades in seconds to almost nothing, the beer is a crystal clear amber orange lighter color.

Nose has "malt beverage" coming with it, a definite malty aroma, but a strange sweet light malt almost malt extract aroma, not off aromas, just really light and boring malts, with a definite fruity aroma, a sweet juicy tropical like fruit, more like a fruit juice, with light passion fruit juice aroma.

Taste is light, again with the light malt beverage, a malt extract and very boring light pale malt flavor, a very slight "skunked" cheap macro lager flavor, semi sweet, and comes with a much lighter tropical fruit taste, again more like fruit juice, a hint of passion fruit juice (which my Brazilian wife drinks all the time), light and crisp though, with a decent dry finish, a bit of the skunked like cheap malt flavor, but still very light, and a bit of a light fruit on the finish. A very slight hop bitterness starts to come through on the finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, lower but fair enough carbonation.

Drink is decent, lower abv, light and crisp, dry finish, but that slight skunked/cheap macro taste takes away a bit.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to hannydawg for this random extra

This beer pours a golden color topped by a bone white foam. The aromatics are light but passion fruit filled with a touch of corn syrup in the back. The taste is pretty lack luster, there is a weak fruit flavor and there is a sticky almost adjunct like aftertaste that's still better than most AALs, but never an ideal taste. The mouthfeel is a touch sticky but moderate enough to get the job done. This was an okay beer to drink, overall it's not gonna ever be considered one of my favorites, but I had no problem consuming it.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

It's a deep gold color, lots of bubbles, small fizzy white head.

Smells like a wheat beer at first, then the passion fruit comes through. Not bad.

It's a little bitter, slightly fruity, not much if a malt presence and I don't get the wheat in the mouth either.

Relatively easy to drink, but the bitter kick would make me overlook this one as a session beer.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to optimator13 for the extra in our recent trade at the Jester King Grand Opening party.

Pours well enough into the Stella Artois goblet--a fiery, golden-orange body with good clarity sits beneath an effervescent, fleeting crust of off-white head. First time smelling Passion Fruit in a beer, that's for sure. Aromas of skittles & pink Starburst candy with a mediocre backing of cooked corn & cereal malts.

The flavor seems almost abrasive for such a small fruit beer, but I suppose with a name like "Grenade" that's to be expected. Crisp pale malts and a peppery hop bitterness balance decently, but the fruit flavor is all but hidden save for a hint of tangerine. Slight phenols on the finish, too. Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style with its light, crisp body and snappy carbonation level. Finishes dry & clean. Overall, not the best fruit beer in the world, but it has some merits for being refreshing. Definitely better than Bayou's 31 Bière Pâle...

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Photo of Wasatch
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to injuredreserve for this beer.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden amber color, some carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, kinda fruity, with some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, fruity. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OMFG, call in The Situation! I'm about to do a Grenade! Hee hee. I was out the door and on my way to school when the clerk at the mini-mart across the street tells me that the skool disrick just closed due to weather. Suh-wheet! Let the drinking and reviewing commence in earnest.

A Passion Fruit-infused beer courtesy of optimator13. Wild! My aggro pour created two fingers' worth of thick, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Their website identifies it as a wheat beer, so they must have filtered it pretty heavily to achieve that level of brightness. Nose was, as previous reviewers caught, a heady mix of breadiness and fruitiness, not wholly unlike raisin bread before it goes into the oven. Man, I miss baking in Home Ec. Mouthfeel was medium with a really fruity flavor initially counterbalanced by a bready/biscuity flavor underneath. The finish, however, was all fruit. You had better like the flavor of Passion Fruit going in or this will not be for you. I did not mind it, but it would be more suited for a hot summer's day as opposed to a cold morning after shoveling snow.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bayou Teche LA-31 Grenade

Appearance: Reddish orange, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: Floral hops, some malts, and passion fruit.

Taste: Floral passion fruit, slight grain, and faint hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light and smooth.

This has some very strong passion fruit flavor. If you like passion fruit, you will like this. The name "Grenade" is appropriately named with the impact of the passion fruit. It has a tad too much of that flavor for my liking. The rest of the brew tastes similar to the regular LA-31.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden orange color with a small white head that completely subsides after a few seconds and leaves no lacing.

The passion fruit shows up at the forefront of the aroma along with some lemon, while sweet bready malt shows up in the back.

Taste starts out a little grainy and the passion fruit adds a nice subtle sweetness. Hints of wheat and lemon are also present throughout.

Medium body with medium carbonation, crisp mouthfeel. Overall this was a light and refreshing offering that will be especially good when the days get warmer, but can easily be enjoyed any time of year.

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LA-31 Grenade from Bayou Teche Brewery
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