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Trout Slayer Ale | Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro

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Trout Slayer AleTrout Slayer Ale

Brewed by:
Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
Montana, United States

Style: German Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by freed:
Photo of freed
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light ale with a pleasant fruit smell. Slight head, delicate carbonation. An abundance of subtle, but very evident flavors that all present themselves in a very pleasing order. hints of spice, hints of fruit, hints of malt, but all nice additions. Good beer for the warm afternoon, though I've nothing of the style to compare it against.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.54/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a extremely fruity, complex wheat beer. It is an ale but fermented with a lager yeast and matured like a lager. It is worth seeking out.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.94/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades to a ring leaving no lace. Almost cloudy color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Starts balanced malts and hops are equal, finish is slightly hoppy. This is not a kristal weizen, previous reviewer must have gotten a different batch - at this point no head is left. $1.30 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color. Small head. Aroma is sweet and a little malty. A medium bodied pale ale. Milder taste. Malts are sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. Smooth tasting. Not very complex, but very drinkable. Not as hoppy as most American Pale Ales. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of beernut7
4.8/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the flagship beer for this amazing German style brewery. This light copper colored brew has a nice German malt presence and medium body. The beer is very tasty and very smooth. I didn’t even notice I had finished the entire glass till I had a sip of air. Awesome.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Stylistically, Montana Trout Slayer Ale beer is all over the place. It's billed here as a kristal weizen but it says nothing of the sort on the bottle. Based on taste alone, it seems to me that there is no wheat here, but they might have used a weizen yeast, which lends the heavily fruity overtones. I'd consider it as a British style light pale ale, or golden ale. Anyway, it's a pretty darn good beer. It's a ho-hum straw color with some pinkish undertones, and the head dissipates in seconds, to create a crownless, flat-looking brew. The aroma is Ringwood-y, almost popcorn-y with some fruit laden in. The taste is remarkably sweet; there's almost no trace of hops and absolutely no bitterness. The beer is highly refreshing, especially at colder temperatures. This is the kind of beer that would absolutely electrify someone who has never ventured beyond the macroswill. It's sweet and user-friendly, and indicates all the potential of beer. It's also a damn effective warm-weather thirst slaker.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear burnished copper, moderate white head, good retention, thick broken lace, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Buttery, with light fruit aroma, slight tea-like hops, little toasty malt.

Taste: Opens with a sweet dark caramel note, tea-like hop notes midway through the taste, finishes with light caramel sweetness, and a mild metallic hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, very soft, and quite full, no carbonation noted.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and drinkable, with considerable ideosyncracies to add interest, would serve well as a session beer. The style designation of Kristal Weizen seems a bit odd, as it seems more like an amber ale.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bayern's Troutslayer (great name!) pours a hazy golden body beneath a short head of creamy white foam. The head retention is fairly good, and it leaves some small spots of lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is sweetish with wheaty malt and a suggestion of floral hops in the background. In the mouth it's medium bodied and creamy-smooth with a moderate carbonation. The flavor is as the nose suggests, with wheaty malt dominating, and backed by a gentle dose of yeasty fruitiness and some very mild grassy hop flavors. The bitterness is restrained, and it's softly sweet but still balanced. It finishes fairly short and dry with just a touch of lingering maltiness and dull hop flavor. Overall, quite a nice, drinkable beer. I was expecting a standard pale ale - nowhere on the bottle does it suggest that it's a kind of wheat beer, and this was a pleasant surprise. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After the beer disembogues from the 12 ounce bottle it sets in the glass a crystalline gold color, the head is husky in size, semi-creamy in consistency with the resultant lace a white sheet to obscure the glass. A nice bit of wheat aroma at the front, fresh and crisp, pleasant bit of malt sweetness also present, start has a nice malted grain profile, sweet with a light top. Finish is judicious in its acidity, the hops apropos to the style with the aftertaste pleasant in its dryness and a fine summertime refreshment.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle Clear golden beer, with a good sized, bubbly/frothy white head. malty,lagerish aroma, toffeeish tones to the malt. Malty flavour mainlly finished quite sour, not sure if this is how it is meant to be, some faint wheatyiness. Not too bad on the palate. NOt a great drinker for me, the sour aspect just didnt seem right

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Photo of kbub6f
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This clear, rich, gold beer sports a small, cream-colored, bubbly, fizzy top. Sweet buttery, nutty aroma. Fruity nutty, then buttery caramel. Quite full. Peanuts and brown sugar finish it off. Mildly hoppy. Nice butter caramel. A touch fruity. I like it.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear lightish golden yellow with a soft spongy white head about a finger high, fades to a skim always present til about mid-glass, lace in spots but most drips back in quickly with minimal amounts sticking. Smell is very soft and faint of light malts and sweet wheat, much like a piece of fresh wheat bread. Too bad its a light nose. Taste is quite subdued and mellow easy malts, soft breadyness and light wheat sweetness, quite simple yet heavenly so. Its light flavor is enticingly nice, like very light, soggy Chex cereal, with just a touch of crisp left to finish it off. Its not packed full of flavor, it lacks some depth, but whats there is quite nice and enjoyable. Feel is light, close to medium body, light creamy start, light crisp finish. This is good session material all the way.

Thanks to Fabric8r for the bottles.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Mild spices, green tea, and a hint of unsweetened gingerbread. Very mild

Appearance: Collar of white laced beyond expected levels. Glass was a clear dark gold

Flavor: The tea and spices in the nose come through. A straightforward taste, very mild ginger, butter, and possibly coriander.

Mouthfeel: Light body, low carbonation worked well toward drinkability.

Overall Impression: Very drinkable. The mild yet interesting flavors could make this an enjoyable session. I have questions about this being a “Kristal Weizen”.
Thanks to acoatley for hand carrying the bottle back from Montana.

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Photo of clvand0
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of diacetyl with just a touch of malt. The flavor is the same way with some sweet caramel thrown in. This brew is just ok. Nothing special here - too much diacetyl.

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Photo of WesWes
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt scent that is sweet and a bit dry. The taste is decent as well. It has a pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes sweet and slightly bitter. This is a one sided beer. It has good malt flavor, but it lacks hop character. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a decent beer. They should up the carbonation a little. The mouthfeel is really lacking.

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Photo of woemad
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Daanan's in Hayden, ID. Bayern's distribution seems to stop just short of the ID-WA border.

Poured a color somewhere between straw and copper. Modest, with head that disappears in seconds. No lace, just a wispy foam collar.

Smell was sweetly malty. Slightly buttery, but not to a degree one normally associates with a beer that has diacetyl issues. Not getting any wheat scent with this, or any hoppiness. Just sweet malts.

This tastes pretty much like it smelled. I don't know why this is labelled a kristal weizen. I think if it was a failed example of one of those, it would taste worse. While this isn't a great beer, I think it tastes like it was meant to taste this way. This is a moderately sweet, clean tasting beer that would be ideal after a hot day's yardwork. An excellent beer to wean your BMC swilling friends off of, as it's simple and light-bodied enough not to put demands on the inexperienced palate, and good enough to consign the big boys to the dustbin of history.

Not a bad beer, but not a terribly consequential one for a beer geek, either. If I could get this here in town, I'd use it for outdoor grilling occaisions when less beer-geeky friends are in attendance,

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Photo of alexgash
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting beer, with a great name. Light copper body with a very small white head. Smells of light, biscuity malts with fruity notes, and fresh spicy hops. Taste starts with caramelly malts and ends fruity and bitter. Very drinkable, with a juicy, medium-body feel to it.

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Photo of chaduvel
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to alexgash for this one. Pours a pale golden color with a thin wispy head. Smell is wheaty and citrusy. Taste is very unique. More sweet wheat flavors with just a brush of hops. Good grain malt base. Nice lingering aftertaste. Very drinkable, a fantstic little beer with a great name.

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Photo of akorsak
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The kristal weizen is absolutely kristal. There is no indication of any sediment, haze or gunk. The color is a deeper yellow, almost urine-like in its sheen. The head is practically nonexistent.

S: The aroma is a grainy malt scent that is underscored by a marked malt sweetness, not quite weizen-ester sweetness but more of a cereally sweet biscuit.

T: The ale, like most American kristals and hefes, is more of an American pale wheat ale. The wheat malts are concentrated enough that there is an element of sweetness imparted by them. There are no cloves or bananas here, just a small wheat body.

M: The mouthfeel is not inoffensive, supplying a wheat body and a slight hoppy bitterness.

D: The ale has a nice flavor but I find that it is a little to bland to really enjoy.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Has a clear amber color with a fleeting head. Nice spicy, smokey, tart citrus smell. Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel, nicely carbonated. Has a malty, bready sweet tart flavor followed by a spicy yeasty finish. Very easy drinking, this works great as a ( fishing ) session brew !

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright gold with a slight orangish cast. This is one of those beers that looks faintly smoky on the coaster, but is perfectly clear when backlit. The parchment colored cap is firm, persistent and otherwise unremarkable. A short collar of lace is beginning be laid down, but I'll be surprised if there's much more glass coverage than that.

The nose is average, probably less than average if I judge it according to style. It might as well be an underhopped amber ale since there's almost nothing that puts me in mind of a weizen. Of course I've always wondered what the attraction is to a style (kristal weizen) that filters out what makes the base style (hefe weizen) so good in the first place.

Troutslayer is a modestly sweet, boldly-flavored American wheat ale that retains just a hint of spicy, floral hoppiness. In a blind taste test I'd have called it an APA that uses noble hops. The use of a considerable amount of barley malt (pale and caramel) gives it a sweetness that effectively counters whatever tartness the wheat may have imparted. In other words, this is not your typical kristal weizen. Nor is it an exemplary one.

Needless to say, since the hefe was hosed off the filter rather than having been allowed to remain in the beer, banana and clove esters are at an absolute minimum. Without looking for them, I doubt that I would have even noticed their presence. If it even matters, the (hefe) weizen banan-o-meter score is 0.5/5.0. The mouthfeel is medium and firm rather than soft.

Montana Trout Slayer Ale (the proper name, no matter what it says above) is a reasonably flavorful beer. However, it isn't much of a kristal weizen. The scores have benefitted from the fact that I've decided to grade it on general principles rather than on style adherence. It's difficult to recommend, but if you find yourself up a trout stream without a paddle, a few of these would probably hit the spot.

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Photo of loren01
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Had this on tap at Mackenzie River Pizza Co. I have had this many times however, I was addicted to this a couple of summers ago. Poured into standard pint glass a light amber color with large frothy white head.
S: Smell is not too complex but this is my favorite part about this beer. Smells very sweet, not so much malty but more like honey. Not sure if this beer is brewed with honey or not, but thats sure what it smell like
T: Same as smell really, though I prefer the smell better. Taste is just sweet with not much hop aftertaste
M: Very easy drinking and smooth
D: Goes down way to easily on a hot summer day when you are outdoors

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Trying this again. It pours a golden color with a ring of head over top. The nose is incredibly buttery, with an undertone of caramel. The flavor is buttery. bready, and caramel. I would guess some biscuit in there. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer, but definately not something I would go for again.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

06/29/05- Purchased at Osco Drugs in Billings, MT.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by Oct 2005 on the label. Poured into my Troutslayer pint glass.

Appearance- Toasted golden pour with a 3/4 inch head and no lacing.

Smell- Butter here. Lots of it. Caramel and sweeter malt.

Taste- Lightly sweetened, buttery for sure with a soft note of carmel in the finish. Crisp and fairly clean.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Kristalweizen?? Not sure about that one. But, whatever it is, it's not a bad brew. Run of the mill adequate drinkin' beer.

***Note...This beer has changed names to Dancing Trout via a naming issue with Big Sky.

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Photo of BigBry
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a Bayern mixed case brought back from our Montana beer tour. The "Official Beer of Montana Anglers". Standard brown bottle, BB date on label. Poured a dark yellow, straw color. Some foam, but shrinks away to a small collar, little or no lacing. Smell was sweet and malty. Not much of any other aromas. Taste is very much like it smells, sweet, malty, maybe a bit buttery at the end. Nothing out of the ordinary, just clean tasting, easy to drink on a hot day of fishing. Fairly light-bodied, crisp light finish. Very similar to Big Rock Grasshopper (another Kristal Weizen) that is readily available where I am.

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Trout Slayer Ale from Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 41 ratings