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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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pDev:
15.76%
 
 
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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by ShwarzAl3r:
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.91/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of pootz
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
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

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

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.49. According to the label, this was best by June of this year. At that time, this beer wasn't even being carried by where I bought this. The label is rather weathered, having been torn up somehow. The only reason it is still on the bottle is that someone has applied some scotch tape to it. The image on the label does nothing to dispel the perennial jokes about Montanans having proclivities for man-on-critter action.

Poured a honeyish color, with about a half inch of bone-white foam. Spotty lace.

The nose is very restrained. Mild sweet malts in the vanguard, backed up by soft, floral hops. Despite this being a Kristalweizen, which the style description on BA makes out to be like a bland hefe, I get no hefe-like characteristics from the nose at all. Perhaps that means that this beer is the epitome of a bland hefe, then!

Like in the nose, the taste is fist and foremost of mild, modestly sweet malts. There is a slight earthy yeast note that stands out just a bit, though. Hops are of the floral variety, and at an amplitude that makes them no more than a background flavor.

Fairly light in the mouthfeel department. As expected - no better, no worse.

Goes down easily enough, but not in a terribly memorable way. Perhaps of use as a lawnmower beer, but not for anything else.

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Photo of arizcards
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.91/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fuzzy apricot with daffodil colored edges. The blurriness can't be yeast, since it's filtered out of beer of this style. Hence, the 'krystal' of the name. The manila colored crown has some tight-bubbled substance and is pretty good at laying down lace.

The aroma is nothing to get excited about... unless you have a thing for wheat malt and untoasted barley. With next to no hoppiness (Hallertau Perle) and no banana and clove yeastiness, there isn't much left.

Dancing Trout Ale tastes only marginally better than it smells. The malt is slanted too much toward caramel, which is odd for beer of this style. There's also a toasted graininess that doesn't belong. Sweetness is superceded by bitterness at all points along the way. That's fine, but more hop flavor is needed.

Kristalweizens have to go above and beyond the call to stand out, since they get next to no help from yeast esters. This floundering fish has no fruitiness and only a minimal amount of spiciness that doesn't taste very clove-like. The bottom line is that it just isn't very good beer.

The mouthfeel is okay. It's light-medium and is firmer than it is soft and smooth. A little less carbonation might have helped, but things don't appear to be settling down as the ounces roll by.

Bayern Dancing Trout Ale sounds like it might be a big seller for these guys. That's a hard one to figure because I find it to be bland and instantly forgettable.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A filtered hefe, which I've always considered not as good as regular hefes. I mean, the yeast adds a lot of great subtle flavors(not to mention vitamins and whatnot).

Honey yellow and still a bit hazy, despite filtering.

Yeast forward, malt in there too. Hops are not to be smelled.

A bit heavy on sweetness, which is kind of ashame. I would have loved this one to be more bitter/dry, or maybe had a spicier hefe presense.

Drinkability is decent, but I would eaisly get bored after two of these and want something with a fuller flavor.

From their website:
"Dancing Trout Ale is a German Wheat Ale, the filtered version of a true Bavarian Hefeweizen. In Bavaria this beer would be called a Kristall-Weizen (Crystal-Wheat) because of its clarity. Dancing Trout Ale is brewed with malted wheat, pale, carmel malt, and hopped with Cascade hops from Yakima, Washinton. You are enjoying a beer that has been aged a minimum of 28 days, versus 7-10 days for the average ale."

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Photo of loren01
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear light amber color, very little head, zero lacing
S: Wheat malt, slight hoppy smell
T: Not too exciting really, wheat/slight sweetness followed by very little hoppiness.
M: Light to medium bodied, pretty easy drinking.
D: This beer goes down easily, however there is nothing that stands out about it really.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-yellow body with a teeny tiny, white head.

Smell: Pale malts, some toasted wheat malts -- no banana or clove as they've both been replaced with heartache.

Taste: Sweetish pale malts and toasted wheat. Again, no bananas or spice. Extremely mild hop bitterness. Pretty much the same until the brief finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit too filtered, I'm afraid. Restrained and lessened phenolics, sure, but this thing's been wiped clean.

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Photo of hopdog
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and clear golden color with almost no head. I'm searching for aromas here, very lightly fruity, bananas, and spices. Tastes of generic fruitiness, light wheat, and light spices. Thin and bordering on watery body. Not offensive, but not really anything there.

Notes from 1/13/07

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

Photo of scruffwhor
3.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my dear friend Nick for bringing back a mixed sixer of Montana brews. I really like the art on this bottle.

Pours a clear caramel amber with a light golden highlights. Not much of a head and a very mediocre bubbles. The aroma has some funky German hops and a touch of old bananas. The taste starts with some light banana bready banas with a quick, crisp finish. Great Summer beer.

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Photo of 1whiskey
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in into a standard pint glass. Nice light honey color, very clear. An aggressive pour yields a 1 finger bone-white head.

Smells very clean, actually. Lightly sweet with faint grass and fruit (not banana) notes. It reminds me a little of the smell of agave syrup.

More of the same when the liquid meets the palate. This is basically one dimensional....slight sweet and grassy, and little bit of earthy hop kick trying to be found. I wonder is Bayern, which specializes in lagers, use a lager yeast for this. It certainly feels very lager-ish.

Mouthfeel is understandably thin, with only modest carbonation.

If you're into summer beers or golden ales this will likely appeal to you more than it does to me on a 36F degree night with high winds and stinging rain. It's definately a summer beer, but not one I will be seeking out when the days get longer.

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Photo of tempest
2.93/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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

Very decent stuff. "Official Sponsor of Montana Trout Unlimited" on the label, I suppose that means some sort of donations to a trout-populating project or something.

A= nice rich golden, very little head when poured, little lacing until you start drinking it down and then there's a little.

S= outstanding, a whiff of inviting aromas-- caramel and malt and a slightly musty-nice smell from the wheat and Cascade hops.

T= not quite delivering in line with the scent but very nice. Clean, slight hop-bite, florals, slight grassy hints, sweet malts, caramel.

M= aftertaste of caramel and sweet malts with some mild grassy feel and hops-bite.

D= if this suits you, it's very drinkable and good for allnighters.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before date of Nov. 07

A - Poured out a clear amber color with flecks of orange. It had a small, fizzy, white head that left no lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and yeast. A little citrusy aroma, too.

T - It tasted mostly of wheat and some mild hops. A tad bit of orange taste.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A very light-bodied beer.

D - This isn't too bad. A nice American effort at a German brew.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
3.2/5  rDev -3%
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

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Photo of morimech
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of OKCNittany
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

more from Boise/Yellowstone

12 oz bottle - pint glass

A: Clear light amber body. Small white head that disappeared quickly leaving no lacing.

S: Malt & yeast w/ just a touch of hops. Not bad.

T: The taste had pretty much the same qualities as the smell, but for some reason it worked better on my nose. Just an ok flavor.

M: Medium body & carbonation.

D: Goes down easily but it's not something I'd seek out again - but that probably has a lot to do with the style too.

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Photo of colts9016
2.68/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Dancing Trout Ale poured a hazy orange yellow color with a not much of a head and tight bubbles that didn't leave much for lacing.

The aroma was a subdued banana smell. The taste was like the hefe and left a spiciness on the tongue. It was fairly bitter which made it a little abrasive in the mouth. The label was quite interesting as the trout looked as though it was whispering sweet nothings into the fisherman's ear and had a best before date and serving temperature but after the art work this was just an okay brew.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Bayern Dancing Trout Ale from Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 76 ratings