Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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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.

Added by Bitterbill on 09-12-2007

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Photo of BeerMePlze
4.82/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this back in July at a BBQ up in the chain o lakes. It is a wheat ale, very light and drinkable, but has great flavors and body to it. A hint of lemon and light citrus. Very crisp and refreshing.

I recommend this beer either just for a night out drinking or with any outdoor activity. Take camping or on the lake.

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Photo of smptenor
4.65/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

appearance. A yellow pilsner color with a white half finger heard that starts to quickly disappear.

smell- a lemon/ wheat like smell. It kind of smells like an IPA which scares me before I taste it because I'm not an IPA fan. the smell kind of grows on you though. it is kind of refreshing.

taste- wow this surprised me. I didn't really know what to expect but this is great. It starts off with no flavor but then as it finishes it finishes an awesome lemon flavor. It is super light and a great session beer taste. This would be a spectacular summer beer. it's just got that summer vibe to it. The more sips I take the better it tastes.

mouth feel.- the mouth feel is great. smooth with the right amount of carbonation.

I normally do not try wheat beers and I was not going to buy this but God am I glad i did. This is a really terrific beer. I honestly think this beer is underrated on this site. This is defiantly one of my new favorite beers and I will definitely buy again and recommend to everyone.

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Photo of ch473
4.6/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pretty golden clear with nice thin foam lacing. Steady carbonation, nice little bubbles.

Smell is amazing, fruity, almost berry-like. Nice oatmeal scent in there too.

Feels great on the tongue. The taste is my favorite balance of sweet, fruity, grainy and bitter. I could drink this over and over.

This is one of my new favorites. It's absolutely delicious. I can't wait to try it on tap.

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Photo of Stewball
4.52/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an Imperial Pint..Warning..This bottle is a little older than I would have liked to drink it. So, take any negative feedback with a grain of salt.

Poured a rich golden yellow, very effervescent. Even after my fist few drinks the carbonation was still quickly rising to the surface. Had about a finger and half of head, which dissipated quickly. However, there was still a slight lace down the glass as I drank.

Smell- Has a great nose. A not overly hopped or spicy smell, about right for being an ale. The hops were inviting, and the floral hints are prevalent throughout the beer.

Taste - This is a great one, a lot is going on in this beer. Just the right amount of hops, and a little spice to it - which I didnt expect. The malts are not over powering, but works great to balance the bitterness. I get a mild cucumber hint during the finish, I've never had that before. A slight citrus if I look for it, maybe I'm imagining it because I could smell it..who knows.

Over all - This is a very drinkable Ale, I could see myself drinking more than six of these if I had nothing to do the next morning. Very impressed. The age of the beer did not seem to hinder it at all - I wish I had a fresher one to taste along side.

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Photo of mjurney
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Golden color, clear (filtered?). Lots of carbonation rising. Thick rocky head.

Lots of citrusy, lemony, herbal, some sweetness.

Sweetness up front, bready, biscuit, grassy, a little honey. Moderate hop bitterness towards the end, citrusy, lemony, herbal. Finish is dry, tart and very crisp. Body is crisp, refreshing, smooth, dry.

It's an outstanding American Wheat Ale.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 2/22/14 though it has been about 3 years since I had one of these. Bottled chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner pint glass.

Pours a golden yellow in color with close to a finger of a white head that settles down to a thin layer on top. Some spotty lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of wheat with some citrus, maybe lemon. The taste is about the same with a perfect wheat flavor with some citrus peel for the finish with a light taste of honey also. Very smooth and goes down easy with no bitter aftertaste at all. Perfect carbonation. Great year-around brew.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours an extremely pale lemon juice yellow with a nice white head that wants to stick around. lots of nice fine bubbles traveling up throughthe hazy body of this beer.

smells of brilliantly toasted, rich malts. big surprise, i was really expecting to be bombarded with herbal wheat and hops. It's almost like im detecting chocolate malt which is a huge surprise in such a light beer. There are light notes of grains as well.

this tastes of a brighter maibock almost, lots of malts and wheat with some tangy hops and lemon zest in the end.This is a really delicious, special beer.

Very smooth and light, well carbonated.

Highly drinkable, excellent as a session brew due to the lower ABV. I imagine this would be really refreshing while fishing or after getting back in. This will be one I return to as the the months get hotter this summer.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden brew with white head. Sweet slightly fruity aroma.

Flavor is nice. Nice and rich without going overboard. A tiny tinge of wheat tang matched well with good amount of hops. Surprisingly rich. Smooth velvety thick mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable.

Will be looking for this in the future.

(brought back from a liquor store in Junction City, KS)

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Photo of BrewmasterNPB
4.44/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying that I am judging this beer against the style. I'm not a huge wheat beer fan, but TroutSlayer is delicious. It was pretty clear for a wheat, was yellow in color and the head was composed of big bubbles.
The aroma is what got me. It had a citrus aroma and some herbal smell that I couldn't quite put my finger on. The taste was similar to the aroma, with more of a citrusy character. It was too easy to drink. After this and Moose Drool, I'm becoming a big fan of big Sky.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, bright yellow color with a half inch thick, white head that fades after a minute. Lacing is pretty nice.

Smell - Citrus, wheat, orange zest, and slightly bitter.

Taste - Orange zest and citrus. A little grassy with wheat, pepper, and pretty bitter upfront. Very crisp.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and the carbonation is very nice. It gives it that crisp feel.

Overall - This is definitely one of the better pale wheat ales.

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Photo of drpimento
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a really nice beer! Poured at a good temperature with decent sized, foamy, cream-colored head that settled after a bit and lots of lace. Color is a clear yellow with several lazy bubble trails. Aroma is primarily hops, plus citrus, yeast, spice. Flavor’s like nose, also has bold carbonic tang that works well with the hop bitter, quite dry, and clean. Body is just right with bright carbonation. Finish is like flavor, of average length, and very drinkable.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a hazy burnt yellow, A light fizzy white head dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer bubbles. Nice sticky lacing. The beer smells vibrant and sweet with a faint aroma of lemongrass. The beer tastes sweet to start out. Then traces of lemongrass and light malts follow. The beer finishes with a faint bitterness in the hops, well balanced. The mouthfeel is light bodied.

Overall, a well represented wheat beer. It's well balanced and easy to quaff with the low 4.7% ABV. An absolutely solid beer.

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Photo of phenomenologian
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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 Forb
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Grizzly Rock Turlock, CA...

Appearance: Lovely hazy golden sweet body. Fluffy minor head with and inviting dance of carbonation.

Smell: Grainy wheat goodness with a sweet element that is difficult to discern but clearly puts this beer at a unique position for the style.

Taste: Light, crisp, deliciously sweet wheat ale flavor gives this beer a high drinkability.

Mouthfeel: Lively but balanced carbonation with a just more than standard light body that goes down smooth and refreshing.

Overall: Easily my favorite pale wheat ale. A delicious addition to a commonly so mediocre style.

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Photo of jsh420
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

best by 06/11/09

pours clear golden yellow with a 2 finger white head that coats the glass with lacing

smells of sweet banana along with a good amount of grassy hops

taste does not really seem to fit the style but it taste very good - i dont pick up the banana in the beer until the after taste and it is very mild - the beer reminds me more of a good pils

mouthfeel is light smooth and creamy

drinkabiility is high very refreshing and full flavored at 4.7%

this beer suprised me - i got this in a mix a six and now i know i will be picking more up this summer

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this American Wheat Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a nice white head, great retention and excellent lacing. The aroma consisted of fresh baked bread. Medium bodied, there is a foundation of malted wheat, floral hop flavor and it has a semi dry finish. Great session beer, smooth and a big dose of hops. Probably my favoirte American Pale Wheat Ale.

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Photo of skrib09
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

relatively clear and crispy yellow. mediocre head up top but with plenty of lacing.

smells slightly hopped with a good malt backbone. some spicy floral notes and a hint of corn or bread maybe. some wheat tones as well.

good crispy mouthfeel. a little hop spice with a good malt backbone. some more hints of wheat in the taste than the nose.

great drinkability.

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Photo of beeritron
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out of the bottle a golden color with a foamy white head. The head becomes much denser as it shrinks to the layer just above the beer and remains throughout. This is a very nice hoppy blonde ale, with notes of Saaz? hops. The smell also has hints of biscuit and coriander. I really enjoy the taste. It's almost what you might consider a "light pale ale" with a malty taste and bitter aftertaste that you may consider fruity or citrusy depending on the palate. The mouthfeel has a medium body and an effervesence that is rooted in hot summer days. A little hoppier than a traditional blonde ale, this beer has a drinkablility that never gets tired. You might pick up a six pack and find it gone within a couple of hours on a mid-August Saturday.

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Photo of JeremyAnaya
4.26/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, nice effervescence

Smells nice, wheat and sweet

Taste great, reminds me of a nice summer day on the deck.

mouthfeel is smooth

Overall this is a great american wheat beer. It's hard to beat boulevard unfiltered wheat ale, but this is still a great beer. Worth a shot. I've enjoyed the two beers I've tried from Big Sky so far, great bottle art too. Moose drool is great for brown ale fans.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

This is very clean for a wheat without the big esters found in many European interpretations. The nose is herbal and citrus with more hop action than yeast. It pours crystal clear pale gold and the thick fluffy head confirms the presence of wheat, along with the rich texture. Grainy malt on the palate carries hoppy spice into the finish. Medium carbonation and body. Easy to drink.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear light yellow color, with a thick, pillowy white head. The head fades slwoly, leaving a thick lace.

This beer has a spicy hop aroma. Some grainy notes are present also. A slight citrus aroma mixes in. This beer smells very subtle.

This beer tastes like it smells. Spicy Saaz hops, with some grain flavor from the wheat. This beer ha a slight toffee like flavor coming form the malt also.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a spicy aftertaste. It is carbonated just right.

This beer would make an excelent session beer. It is very mild and the alcohol content is low.

Overall: This is a good beer. I liked it more than I thought I would considering I am not a big fan of wheat. I got this beer because I was fishing for trout, and the name appealed to me. I would buy it again.

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Photo of minterro
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Montana Mixer

A & S: hoppy (at first), citrus, slight sweet malty aroma. Slight fruitiness. Clear straw colored beer. White head that leaves decent lacing. Pour pretty thick maybe a bit foamy and the head sticks around in a thin layer for the rest of the beer.

T & M: slight yeasty scent, with a pretty good fruity taste I believe its raspberries. Crisp, clean, but still smooth. Medium body, and a modest but tingly carbonation level. Very drinkable.

O: really happy with this beer, makes me wish it wasn’t so cold outside. I found it really good for the style

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Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle no freshness date.

What an amazing crown of lace on the glass after three fingers of white head subsides. Bight and shiny golden color.

A little bit of bread crust and herbal / minty hop in the nose.

Solid smoothness, medium body. Crisp graininess with dried grass and mild biscuity flavors. Fresh ground wheat flour. Hop bitterness is not modest and cuts deep with a balancing sharpness and hard herbal flavor. Very clean palate with little to no fruitiness. Finishes off semi-dry.

Very clean, almost lager-like with a assertive hop profile which I really dig. I'll say it, this beats out almost all of the American Pale Wheat Ales I have had to date and certainly the more mainstream ones. Wheat session ale is the last thing I'll say.

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Photo of Ben4881
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
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 beergoot
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow body topped with a thick, dense, white head; sticky rings of foam left on the glass. Sweet cereal aroma; mild fruitiness. The taste mimics the aroma with an additional medium hop kick; toasty. Medium bodied; smooth.

A pleasing taste combined with a crisp, dry hop finish makes this a very satisfying beer. There is a fine mix of flavor components - toasty, mild fruit sweetness, fine hop bitterness combined with an wet, smooth feel that just makes this beer go down easy.

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