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: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by jesseejames:
Photo of jesseejames
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 5 liter mini keg of this last summer and only this spring got around to trying it. I was surprised as it has a nice golden yellow color and nice wheat aroma. It pours into a cold stein with a good head that if kept under co2 in the keg is quite nice. It has a wonderful full body and aside from having a slight touch of sourness it is quite drinkable. I only wish I had bought more of these at that price-it was cheap and it seems they no longer brew it. A Shame

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

appearance: Poured into a weizen glass, a .25" white head is produced, and then recedes most of the way. The beer is straw golden in color.

smell: Wheat malt, grassy noble hops, light tropical fruits (mango), and a moderate candylike sweetness.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is pretty low for the style, somewhere around the upper parts of the low range, which is somewhat detracting...almost making the beer seem stale or watery. The body is a lighter medium, just about right.

taste: Pretty darn wheaty, but cleanly, with a touch of honeylike sweetness. Light hop flavor and bitterness. A little grassiness is evident.

drinkability: Though the lack of carbonation bothers me and gives the drinkability a hit, it is still damn drinkable.

Received from loren01 in a trade, thanks. A best by month of May is notched on the label. I'm not so sure about this one being listed as a kristal weizen.

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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 nightcrawler
3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While the beer looks fine, it has absolutely no smell to it. The esters aren't subtle, they just aren't there.

It does have a smooth taste and rates higher on my drinkability, but I found no weizen flavors at all. The beer just tasted more like a simple amber ale with a decent body and white head. Nothing distinctive other than it left a real thick film on the empty glass.

While I can drink a few with no problem (and I have), when someone asks me what is special about it, the most they will get from me is a shrug.

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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 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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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 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 objectivemonkey
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a kristal weizen? ummm.... ok. Into a mug, pours a yellow gold, not really any head or lacing. Aroma is weak, a little malty and a tad bit o straw-like hops. Taste has a grainy malt quality, not really like wheat, more like the stalk or something, a little funky like that, and some hop to boot. Mouth is not too carbonated, medium body, but dispite being kind of wierd and a little boring, very refreshing and quite drinkable. Also, kudos for a friggin cool name.

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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 kgotcher
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Krystal Weizen, eh?

Pours straw color with white pillowy head. Looks good.

Aroma is not typical weizen, much more malty. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.

Taste is almost Blonde Bock-ish. I'm not getting a lot of clove, vanilla, bannana. I'm guessing they did not use a typical weissen yeast but more of an american ale yeast with a cleaner taste.

Overall it is very drinkable but not really sure it fits my idea of a krystal weizen.

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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 harrymel
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by: Dec, 2011

A: pours yellow golden with less than a finger of off-white foam which immediately falls to a sheet of the same with bordered rim. excellent clarity. No lace.
S: Sweet and malty with some banana esters and some wheat tones. Really nice for the style.
T: Again, sweet, with malts and wheat tones. Again, some banana esters. Some corn tone as well.
M: Light bodied with moderately light carb with a semi dry finish.
O: Good beer. Really sessionable, would love to see this one in a can.

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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 rorjets
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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 harpus
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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 therica
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Although I don't find much flavor in this beer, it's very drinkable and especially over most of the general-fodder US commercial beers, because of the nice light-carbonation.

Pours a very light near-clear yellow. Mine poured with a nice foamy white head that stayed around for quite a while, with a nice nose and interesting taste.

The taste is very light-- interesting but not exciting for long. There's a light malt taste, very little hops except maybe a light hops-flower hint. But if you're looking for a nice lightly carbonated and lightly flavored beer to drink in gallon-quantities, this is definitely your beer on a hot day. There's a light fruity-sweet tone in the taste, so just imagine the alcohol as a substitute for the acid and call it lemonade!

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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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