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Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Montana Trout Slayer Wheat AleMontana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale
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Montana Trout Slayer Wheat AleMontana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Trout Slayer is a filtered wheat ale, fermented at cool temperatures, making it a smooth drinkable session beer. Brewed with Palisade, Glacier, and Mt. Hood hops, this straw colored beer is sure to please any craft beer drinker.

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Ratings: 784 |  Reviews: 321
Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Clear, medium golden color with less than one finger of soapy white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass. Bubbles continue to rise lazily in the column.

S: Green grass and lightly toasted cereal combine with bright lemon and lime citrus to form a mild but significant smell that complements the other sensory qualities well.

T: Begins off-dry, with grassy herbaceous hop aromatics and pilsner malt. Mild fruity esters and bready pale malt with a slight caramel taste emerge in the middle. Bitterness is present but restrained in the finish, where some of the mild hop flavors are found to linger.

M: Thin viscosity, wet on the palate, with moderate carbonation. While the textural qualities found here are not remarkable, neither do they detract from the beer's other appealing attributes.

D: This beer delivers what was promised without trying to be inventive. Stylistically it is very solid and appropriately drinkable. One of the best of Big Sky's regular line-up.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of leroybrown10
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of MattSlem
2.87/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tem3175
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of schoun
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of BoozerBrad
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of trackstar1043
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden straw and wheat color, with half inch of white head that quickly fizzed away, leaving only small amounts of lace near the top of the glass.

S - Wheat and grains make up most of the nose with hints of vanilla for a sweetness.

T - Light and earthy, wheat and straw flavors, the hint of vanilla brings out a semi-sweet and creamy taste, minimal hops.

M - Light and refreshing, but lacking in a aftertaste. Carbonation is lively.

D - Nice on a hot day but blends in with the crowd.

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Photo of allstar255
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Euphoria69
2/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of jsprain1
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden, with a one finger white head and good lacing.
S- Smell is faint, but is of wheat, just a faint hint of spice and hops.
T- Very subdued, but wheat and spice play the main role.
M- Very good carbonation. on the light side.
D- this was just a so so wheat beer for me. It wasn't so much bad, as it just didn't do anything to excite me beyond the average.

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Photo of tmcarter23
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of hozersr
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. capped bottle. The Trout Slayer pours a clear golden straw in color with an inch of nearly white foam. Offers decent retention and some artsy lacing throughout given a good swirl now and then. Carbonation holds up well and noted as a 'filtered wheat ale'.

Lemony hops on the nose initially and some grassy notes, becoming fuller with warming to offer a decent wheat depth and sense of raw grain. Notes of berry/cherry are subtle yet distinct at first but later blend into the wheat to offer more balance.

Taste is dry and slightly chalky initially with neither malts nor hops taking charge. Offers a touch of bitterness and texture on the finish and reveals a hint of citrus.

Offers a good feel with a steady carbonation giving the beer a sense of fullness that isn't really there in the malts department. Dry on the finish throughout with a hint of berry early and light lemon later on in the glass. Quite drinkable throughout, fruity and smooth when cold, dry and bready with warming.

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Photo of ChopsMeister
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can into a glass on a table on a deck in a backyard in eastern Nebraska in the evening.

Pours a fabulous yellow gold color with tons of head to start, and the effervescent bubbles DO NOT STOP, it just continues, like a show or a movie while you drink the beer. I can't stress how cool this is...it's like watching a fishtank. Or fireworks.

Aroma is faint, but of caramel malt, pale malt, orange peel, and wheat chaff. Maybe a hint of barley and coriander.

Flavor is more upfront with a piney bite and lingering orange peels, not much for malt here, just dry barley and wheat powder.

Feel is rather on point with some heavy carbonation and easy quenchability.

Overall, a short review indeed, but nothing really stuck out to me here. More bitter than I'd have liked; no nose, best part was the appearance. I'll pass next time.

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Photo of bump8628
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clearly filtered with no typical wheat protein induced haze. Grassy hoppiness with an aspirin-like mineral component to both the flavor and bitterness. Rustic graininess with some wheat tang and rough flour. Clean and crisp on the finish. A better than average American Wheat and the can format is a definite plus. A great summertime baseball beer.

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Photo of Iowacraft
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Phoneguy
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Ben4881
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale, straw yellow, good clairty, and bubbly. Moderately thick white head with great retention. <4.5>

S - Strong, sweet banana aroma and bready malt character. <5>

T - Begins sweetly and malty, as the aroma would suggest. However, it gets bitter in a hurry. The taste of pine needles leads to a rather dry finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste, which mellows with alcohol remnants and the banana sweetness returns. <4>

M - Fairly light body, carbonation is slightly present. <4>

O - A tad on the bitter and dry side for a wheat offering. The contrast between the smell and the taste is quite perplexing, it certainly gives me pause, especially without a date on the label. <3.5>

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Photo of stevoj
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pale golden with thin silky head and active carbonation in single stream (used a tulip). Aroma is sourdough bread and some tart citrus. Taste is mild bread, crackers and slightly flower (some Jujube’s thrown in for good measure). Finish is short and mildly dry. Closer to a wit than a weizen....

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Photo of RyanK252
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Bottle poured into a Big Sky Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours a light straw with a little white head.

S: Wheat sweetness, a little citrus hops, and a little grassy.

T: Light citrus hops, a little orange lime and grapefruit, very nice bready malt and wheat sweetness.

M: Lighter body, moderate carbonation.

O: Nice light wheat ale, but not overly complex or special. Would indeed be very nice while fishing.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw color with only about half an inch of fairly quickly dissipating foam and no lace, although it does make an interesting bubble pattern under the surface for a few seconds. Not much smell to it; vaguely citrus. As far as pale ale goes, it's less hop-bitter than most. The best comparison I can come up with is to Sam Adams, which isn't a pale ale at all, but tastes very similar. This one has a sweet and malty aftertaste that Sam Adams doesn't have - a little too sweet and cloying for my tastes, which cut the mouthfeel, drinkability, and taste scores. Given that it's a wheat pale ale, and I don't like wheat beers or pale ales (the label just says "ale"), the score it got is pretty darn solid. For those who like the style, I would expect a more positive response.

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Photo of phenomenologian
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening some smoke comes out. Upon pouring, a white fluffly three finger head comes up. It retains really really well and laces. The body is very transparent and you can see bubbles rise to the top. The color of the body is a orangish golden color. Looks great.

Upon smelling, you can definitely smell wheat and citrus. Its kind of a fainter smell and its not too strong.

The taste is of wheat and citrus. These together are a very nice combination. It has a peppery bite to it too. The beginning drinks make you want to drink more if it. Very very tasty wheat beer.

The mouthfeel and drinkability is great. It has a very very nice feel to it that makes you want to drink more of it. Its a lighter wheat beer and not too carbonated.

Overall, this beer is a bit of an alternative to other thicker wheat beers like Boulevard. It light and yet its very flavorful. If you are thirsty it will quench your thirst also. Give this one a try if you like anything wheat.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a pint glass, hazy gold color with medium white head. Smell is floral and citrus. Taste is smooth wheat with a crisp finish, very mild compared to other German wheats but also hoppier than I expected. Nice mix of wheat, grain and lemony flavor without being overpowering at all. I found a six-pack on clearance at my local shop for $6.99 and will be going back to ask if they have any more. My first sample of Big Sky makes me want to try their other offerings.

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Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 784 ratings