Dancing Trout Ale
Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro

Dancing Trout AleDancing Trout Ale
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Kristallweizen
Ranked #31
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
78
Ranked #46,462
Avg:
3.35 | pDev: 15.52%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
78
From:
Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
 
Montana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
78
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Dancing Trout AleDancing Trout Ale
Notes: Dancing Trout Ale is a filtered Bavarian Hefeweizen also referred to as a Kristall Weizen. Brewed with Wheat and Pilsener malt, and Cascade hops. Crafted with a cause, Dancing Trout Ale is the flagship beer of Montana Trout Unlimited.
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a billowy white head of foam. The head has a good level of retention, fading over time to leave a good sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather large of a wheat bread smell mixed with some orange and harvest fruits. Along with these smells comes a bit of hay and yeast as well.

Taste- The biggest taste of the brew is that of a wheaty flavor mixed with a decent sum of some cracker tastes. While the nose is a little sweeter, there is only a light fruity taste in the brew, with it overall being on the slightly drier but grainy side. With some light yeast and herbal flavors that come at the end, one is left with a slightly drier and wheaty taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For a brew of only 5.3 % abv the feel is on the thicker side with a carbonation level that is rather lower. For the wheaty flavors of the brew the feel is very fitting and makes for a good chewy feel.

Overall – A fairly nice brew overall. Flavorful and thick without being all that high in abv or too sweet.

Dec 12, 2018
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poisoneddwarf from Idaho

2.89/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Backlog. 12 oz bottle. Aroma is of cardboard; smells like a macro. Color is deep golden, little head, slight lacing. Tastes like a tame hefeweizen. Banana esters, wheat are dominant flavors.

Jun 14, 2017
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Impetuous from Montana

3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper pour with moderate head and little lacing.

It's a rather fluffy brew; light hop bitterness with some apples and malt sweetness. Very well balanced!

Quite good.

Dec 09, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another under appreciated from a small Montana brewery here. Not sure it fits the style guidelines it's listed under here, not much German about it and the yeast isn't right for that, but I love it just the same. It has a great nose and taste, fairly sweet and rich, yet clean and dynamic with what appears to be a wheat malt base and a nice clean light clave punctuated by effervescent carbonation and a bright almost Belgian fruitiness. Pears and yeast in the finish either a little residual sugar. Creamy texture and a bubble feel. Better than anything I have had from these guys so far.

Nov 10, 2014
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beergoot from Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle label data: Best Before O (October) 14. Also, ABV is listed as 5.3% on the brewery's web site.

Nice, golden yellow body, lots of slowly rising carbonation bubbles, and a one-finger thick, white head. Aroma presents toasted cereal grains. Flavor mirrors the aroma for the most part with a mild fruitiness; hop bitterness is present but stays pretty much in the background. Medium bodied; some residual sugars present; kind of flat despite carbonation presence; semi-dry finish.

A so-so beer that tastes okay but lacks defining weizen beer character. The honey-like sweetness is at the fore yet there is little, if any, banana or clove-like presence. Uninspiring...

Oct 26, 2014
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archyquaffer from Montana

3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased as part of a variety 12-pack for $13.99 at a convenience store. Interesting label art, as usual, but I wish the brewery would indicate the style of beer. A moderate pour produces about 1/2 inch of bubbly white head, which dissipates really quickly, leaving no lace on the sides. The lightly carbonated brew is a pale honey-amber color.

I detect a fruity aroma, with a kiss of floral hops. A fruity-honey and spicy taste is quite noticeable and reminds me a little of mead. Undertones of melon and maybe a slight bit of banana are apparent. Just a touch of bitterness on the palate. The mouthfeel is rather thin but the beer is pretty refreshing.

Jun 20, 2013
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Florida9 from Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: clear golden color. Forms a small white head that falls to a patchy surface coating. No lacing. 3.5
S: corn, grain, and some light grassy hops. 3.5
T: light sweet corniness, grain, light breadiness, and a hint of toast. Finishes clean and quick with just a touch of citrus hops. 3.0
M: light-medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Very mild bitterness. 3.5
O: a fairly unexciting, yet easy drinking, mass-appeal craft beer. 3.0

Sep 03, 2012
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Bockrules from New Mexico

3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a Weizen glass

A - Pours a hazy gold with a small layering of white bubbles for a head. The head is a thin ring of bubbles for most of the glass and no lacing is left behind.

S - Just a hint of wheat malt upon opening the bottle. In the glass, banana and clove notes subtly emerge.

T - A bit of banana and wheat malt upfront. More of the same with some clove in the body and a tiny bit of hops for balance. Clean banana and clove finish.

M - Thin bodied with an ample amount of carbonation. Although, not amazing, lends well to high drink ability during the Montana Summers, which I think is what this beer is going for.

Although this beer is much too cloudy to be considered a traditional Kristalweizen, it did have the flavor profile. Subtle and simple clove and banana notes made this a solid summer drinker that will offend few. Hopefully many Yellowstone tourists will give this a try and save some trout in the process.

Mar 31, 2012
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harrymel from Washington

3.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Oct 10, 2011
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arizcards from Arizona

3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up for $14.88 as part of a mixed 12 pack picked up on 9-2-11 at Wolds Valley Market in Seeley Lake, MT. Assembled on 7-18-11. Reviewed from notes made 9-3-11.

Beer poured golden with a solid white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is a tad wheaty but non-descript after the beer warms a bit.

Taste is a wheat backbone balanced nicely by euro hops. Finish is fairly clean.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, very refreshing.

Overall this is a nice crisp refreshing brew, perfect for a perfect labor day weekend in western montana!

Sep 06, 2011
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biboergosum from Canada

3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, from an Albertsons in Helena.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden colour, with two fingers of tight foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a nice patchwork of ropy lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of wheat grain, mild yeast, and white grapes. The taste is sweet doughy grain - wheat and barley this time, mild citrus and overripe banana fruitiness, and a light earthy hoppiness. The carbonation is on the soft side, the body medium weigh, a little sugary, and pretty smooth. It finishes pretty sweet, the bready malt and somewhat spicy yeast holding sway.

Definitely a lot denser and lacking the crispness I've come to expect for the style. That said, it's still enjoyable as it is, if you're looking for a just off-center, skewed towards the malty, wheat beer.

Aug 03, 2011
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logmacschlog15 from Iowa

2.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours about one finger of white foamy head that dissappears after a minute or so. A clear golden straw/apple juice color with some fairly active carbonation.

S: Some lighter fruitiness, almost like raisins, in the nose with grainy notes as well. There is also a slight cider aroma.

T: A very one dimensional malty sweetness followed by a slight hop bitterness and an odd aftertaste. The aftertaste is somewhat cidery like in the nose.

M: Fairly light mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O: This beer just didn't really do it for me. I'm not sure if the cidery taste was intended or not, but that definitely played a role in the so-so experience.

Jul 11, 2011
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at the Lander Brewfest.

It poured a pale golden colour, small head of foam with some lacing.

The smell was of wheat and grain, a bit yeasty, little bit of fruitiness but overall, an average nose for the style.

The taste follows the nose closely but comes across a bit better, a bit more energetic, but still in the general pack for the style and didn't enthuse me enough to say...I want more.

I see I should have tried their Schwarzbier, dammit.

Jun 12, 2011
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morimech from Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not quite clear golden as there is some haze. One finger of head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Light spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Slight banana and wheat malt aroma.

Flavor is a little more impressive. Nice wheat base with hints of banana and some spice. Has a clean finish.

Light body with good carbonation. Feels good for a light, refreshing beer.

This beer fullfills the light, easy drinking beverage role nicely.

Mar 27, 2011
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u2carew from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a road trip to Idaho.
12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head then quickly settles leaving a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Fairly clear body. Bronze in color.
S) A pleasant malty nose. Caramel. Brown sugar.
T) Starts with a nice malt flavor but thins out slightly and becomes a bit sugary sweet. Caramel. Grainy. Just a hint of hops in the finish.
M) Light bodied. Mellow fizziness. Fairly smooth. Finishes with a subtle dryness.
D) A nice brew. I'd have another if I only didn't live so far away!

Dec 18, 2010
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tempest from New York

2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle at Princeton's in an effort to try the Bayern beers available. This one wasn't a beer to write home about. It's one of the most bland wheat beers I've had, even considering that this is a kristalweizen. There's a faint wheat cracker taste and an indistinct sweet bready barley. I guess this is supposed to be a crowd-pleaser, but I'm not a fan.

Nov 27, 2010
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pootz from Canada

2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never have understood the reason for Kristalweizen...kind of a pointless genre...I have no frame of reference except North American filtered "wheat beer" to judge this with and as a Kristalweizen I suppose this is acceptable...no off tastes, well made but just pointless...notes of toffee malts, overly filtered with no fruity esters or phenols, no hop balance.. a tad bland and thin with a sweet finish....not my cup of T

Apr 22, 2010
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PDXHops from South Carolina

3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours out a slightly hazy gold with an extremely short-lived white head and no lacing. Smells a lot better than it looks- light wheat and clove with lots of subtle fruity notes- pears, peaches, apple cider. Tastes rather fruity as well, reminscent of baked pears and banana pudding. Plenty of light malts and wheat flavor. A small lemony hop bite at the swallow. Finishes a tad grainy. Light and crisp, with the exception of a bit of lingering doughy sweetness. Not a bad little beer.

Mar 09, 2010
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ayinger weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy pale golden straw with a small bit of white bubbly head that laces fairly nicely. The smell is weak, though watered-down hints of banana and wheat are there. The taste is heavy on the wheat, with a bit of a musty flavor constantly interfering. Touches of yeastiness spring up, but don't really make themselves known. The body is a bit heavier than I expected, but is still light enough to keep it from being too much. Overall, this is a fairly average brew, and I just could not get too far into it.

Feb 19, 2010
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RedBrewer83 from Oregon

3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aggressively poured into hefe glass...

A: Pours an almost clear golden straw yellow body with a nice two finger head that unfortunately falls very quickly in one even motion into a thin foam atop the beer. Some decent lacing is left behind.

S: A nice aroma of banana, clove, and a faint whiff of bread and just a touch of wheat.

T: Follows the nose but a little more dominated by the banana than it should be, the cloves also come on a little too strong. The flavors are nice, they just need more balance.

M: Light body that is a little too aggressively carbonated and a little bit oily on the finish as well. Want something crisp and clean here...

D: Decent drinkability, nothing harsh, just a little off balance.

Feb 19, 2010
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at Brooks Market in Lewistown Montana.. Brooks was a surprising find in central MT... I will always hit it up when I'm in town.

Poured into the closest thing I could find to a pint glass... frothy 2 finger head.. the brew is a crystal clear straw color.

Nose is wheat and a little bread.. maybe some grassy hops, but I could be imagining things..

Flavor has more toasty notes and an unexpected caramel quality that is lite but definitely present.. the body is a bit thin with the bubbly carbonation..

I had a couple of these earlier in the night.. and am a little disappointed .. I swear this brew should not come anywhere close to the Kristalweizen category.. not anything German that I can come up with.. much more like an American Pale Wheat .... that said.. it's pretty refreshing and very drinkable.. would be a descent lawnmower beer if it was available here.

Jul 18, 2009
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midaszero from Washington

4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A little hazy straw body with about half a finger of white head that doesn't stick around to long and not much lacing

S - Malts, yeast, and wheat. Nice cookie/bread scent.

T - Malty sweetness kinda fruity with banana.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Very nice balance.

D - Pretty enjoyable and easy to drink. Maybe a tad to sweet but I think it would make a nice hot weather beer that has a little more body than others.

Feb 24, 2009
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bitterthebetter from Oregon

3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear bubbly golden yellow with creamy white head

aromas of bread, lemon, lager yeast notes

light bodied, lemon citrus upfront with a slight wheaty backbone, semi dry on the finish, slightly piney hop balance

light, smooth, not too sugary, except the fruit seems to fade away on the finish

smooth, light bodied, not as full bodied as some hefes and the finish leaves a bit to be desired

Feb 13, 2009
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wagenvolks from Texas

3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a semi-cloudy, burnt golden brew with a dense, albeit thin, off-white head that retains poorly and leaves little in the way of lacing. The aroma makes up for the appearance's shortcomings, with pleasing notes of soft clove, grassy hops, and a hint of fruity yeast esters.

The taste mirrors the aroma well, with a spicy backdrop of clove and ginger alongside crystal malt, grassy hops, and light fruity yeast. The mouthfeel is a lighter version of a hefe-weizen (not-surprisingly), with a thin, well-carbonated body that is somewhat refreshing and crisp on the finish. Although this beer could use a little "oomph" to it, it seems to rep the style decently, and it performed amicably as a refreshing beer.

Dec 12, 2008
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colts9016 from Idaho

2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: a slightly dark golden yellow. with little head;
Nose: is malt and and not much else.
Taste: Malty like bread like, with lemons and apples hints.
Body Thin There is no mouthfeel.
Finish Nill
Overall it is a good beer. I really didn't care for the is beer at all.

Dec 12, 2008
Dancing Trout Ale from Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 78 ratings