Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

318 Reviews
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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Reviews: 318 | Ratings: 768
Photo of jadejaws
1.96/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The appearance is like most Pilsners (even though its an ale) that are mass marketed garbage.
Unfortunately, the rest of the product is eerily similar to the same type of beers.
I happened upon this in a Big Sky sampler pack and I can easily say that this is by far the worst of the 4 presented.
Had a esther taste that was distrating enough to annoy.
Not a product I would go back to the shelf for by any means and a severe disappointment from an otherwise great brewer.

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Photo of beer348
2.18/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

well, this is not my favorite beer would be an understatement. I was a little disappointed and expected more. it was crisp but didn't have a great flavor whatsoever. Had a nice light feel though but just didn't sit that well and not very drinkable..

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Photo of trbergman
2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - The beer is amber and despite swirling and pouring in the yeast, only has a slight haze. There is about a finger of sticky, off-white head.

S - Unidentifiable fruity esters, citrus, some alcohol.

T - Grain, some orange and grapefruit, a bit chalky, with moderate hop bitterness. Kind of a mess.

M - Light body, not quite as soft and creamy as I'd like.

D - Not good.

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Photo of harrymel
2.52/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes on 06/05/10
Poured from bottle to perfect pint.

Beer is light straw in color, almost a brilliant brass. Slightly cloudy, no head, no ribbons. Smells wheaty, lightly malted, no apparent hop scents jump out at me. The beer is buttery, light, and standard for this type of offering. Amberesque in flavor, but light like a lager in body. Lower carbonation, easy to drink.

This beer is very safe within the parameters of a Pale Wheat Ale, but nothing worth missing the bus for.

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Photo of Gobzilla
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured a pale golden yellow that had a very thin layer of head and very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: very malty bready aroma with lemon zest and hints of caramel.

T: this beer seems to have lemon in it with mostly a malt body to overthrow the rest of the ingredients, didn't get any hops whatsoever.

M: a light bodied beer with almost no carbonation.

D: probably will not drink this one again unless it's at a party and it's free.

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Photo of BeerZack
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with thin, white effervescent head.
Smells of light pale malts, hints of spicy yeast, with a suggestion of hops.
At first sweet and inviting, then before you can taste anything- sharp carbonic pricks on the tongue- quickly followed by bitter, dry, slightly skunky/stale hop finish.
Aggressive carbonation punishes the drinker.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle randomly had at a BBQ. I actually didn't even realize this had wheat in the mash until I read it. It's not too sharp on the wheat and not much depth in the rest of the malt. Yeast character is nothing. I won't be buying this beer. In fact, I can't say I really dig many beers I've had from this brewery.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Trappist Westvleteren goblet (small size) in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and average retention. Colour is a clear gold.

Sm: Bittering hops, malt, and cream. Not particularly attractive, but then I'm a stout lover. An aroma of moderate strength.

T: Malted barley foundation with bittering hops riding atop joined by light cream and some paler hops (maybe cascade?). Pretty simple, but decently built and balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet for the opening half, but it gets coarser through the finish. Doesn't really suit the flavours.

Dr: Good price, fair quality, and decent drinkability. This is one to try if you don't pay too much for it, but it's far from special or bold.

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Photo of Vancer
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Semi-clear lemon yellow pour, kinda surprising, with a dollop of white foam head on top. Spackles of lace on the way down.

Subtle malt aroma, not much going on here. Ditto on the quaff - bland and boring brew, lifeless taste of corny wheat with a dip of bread - not an wheat ale at all.

I know pale wheat ales are not gonna be flavor packed, more of a session brew - but man, was this a disappointing brew.

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Photo of charlzm
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed April 14th, 2010.

Pours from the can a light gold. Very clear, well-carbonated. Fine white head with sticky lacing.

Aroma of wheat and not much else.

Flavor is semolina and light, biscuity malt. Not much flavor to speak of until the out-of-whack bitter finish. The warmer the beer got, the more the bitterness came to take over the palate. Unbalanced.

Mouthfeel was sightly dry and crisp.

Served ice cold like a macro lager, this may be an okay swiller. However, I don't think I'll be having this one again.

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Photo of mwa423
2.77/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another Can courtesy of woodychandler. How could I not want to try a beer called trout slayer?

A - Pours a hazy goldenrod, this is the color you were stuck with in your crayola box when the real yellow crayon got lost. There was a thin white head that quickly disappeared, no lacing no nothing

S - Very little smell, what is actually there is light and bready wheat malts. Not particularly surprising considering the style.

T - This is what I imagined that Bud Light Golden Wheat would taste like. Very little actual flavor, more of a carbonation in the mouth than anything else. I highly doubt that this beer is an imminent danger to any species of fish.

M/D - Goes down like water, easy enough to drink on a hot day, just don't expect anything special.

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Photo of philbertk
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Montana Trout Slayer Ale--ABV on Label--2008 12 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV. 35 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Wheat Ale. Lacy white head. Clear bright rich yellow color. Mild earthy hop wheat ester front. Crisp clean mild earthy dry sweet mild tangy citrus wheat body. Clean earthy hop refreshing balanced end. Refreshing well made & tasty, but weak. Sampled 5/9/2008. 6-Pack $9.00.

Big Sky Brewing Company--Montana Trout Slayer Ale--2010 12 oz. Microcan. 5.00% ABV. 35 IBU's. (2.5 / 5.0) Wheat Ale? Big foamy lacy thin white head. Fizzy clear bright thin yellow gold color. Odd mild hop floral wheat ester front. Dry mild sweet slightly tangy citrus wheat banana light butter caramel body. Smooth refreshing mild hop light easy citrus fruit end. Sampled 3/16/2011. 6-Pack purchased for $9.25 at PCC--Greenlake, Seattle on 9/5/2010.

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Photo of AAxsom
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- very clear and golden. Not much to this.

S- I get a lot of lemon and wheat.

T- very clean and just a bit of sweetness. Taste is very basic, however.

M- lots of carbonation and very drinkable.

O- good for what it is, a very basic overall wheat to drink after mowing the lawn or floating the river. Props for th name and the artwork on the can.

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Photo of zbuc919
2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have been pleased with other Big Sky products and loved the name and label of this beer so figured I would give it a shot. I picked it up for the old lady as she really likes lighter wheat ales, however she thought it was a generic light beer. The flavor really didn't come through on this one. If you're looking for a solid refreshing beer that's not big on flavor this is for you. If you're into big beer flavor, pick up one of their other fine brews.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this beer and was shocked to see on here its a pale wheat. This has lager written all over it. Not terrible, just nothing memorable. Clear and golden, thick creamy head with great retention and lacing. Smell had a trace of hops but a little yeast and straw, somewhat like a pale wheat. Taste was very bland. Honestly it almost tasted like breadier macro brew. I really didnt notice anything special, some malt and that was better than a macro, but nothing much else really stood out. Mouthfeel was light and crisp. Overall I'm sure this would be great camping. Comes in cans, is light and easy drinking.

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an oversized wine glass:

A- Pale golden color with almost no head. Lots of bubbles in the beer

S- Smells mostly of wheat, with a malt scent. Hops are also present

T- Taste is fairly bland. Very wheaty; nice bitterness at the end. Hoppiness is light

M- Smooth for a beer of this style; nice carbonation mix

O- Wheat beer with nothing that stands out.

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Photo of Foyle
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: pours a 1" fluffy white head that recedes quickly. Light lacing. Moderate carbonation streaming. Color is a somewhat cloudy yellow-gold
Aroma: fresh grassy wheat, lightly toasted barley, clean water, yeasty white bread
Mouthfeel: light and watery with a dry finish
Flavor: buttery white rolls, grassy wheat, some surprising bitter citrus hop flavor in the middle and finish.

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Photo of Wegomlegging
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unlike it's cousin IPA, I find this beer to be slightly less than average. Not to say it's bad, just nothing I'd write home about. Poured o.k., looked nice with a nice head, however I failed to detect any aromas other than beer. The taste was a nice smooth clean ale flavor, albeit no strong flavors shown through. Ale. Was your standard mouthfeel, very easy to drink and not too overly carbonated. Overall I'd say this beer is a choice you can count on for a solid beer, but not something you should choose over others if there are better options. Slay that trout sir.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The coloration reminds me of a fresh pressed apple juice with a half finger of white head that diminishes quickly leaving little lace. Smells of spent grain, wheat and sour mild sour mash. The flavro lends cadence to the nose nodding at its aforementioned spent grain and wheat, also a little hop bitterness resembling uric acid. A peculiar sour note to the beer, which if is on purpose is good, but if not purposeful raises a strange quality. Watery and light with a medium amount of carbonation.

I would like to say, that what I just drank was interesting but not something I would buy again.

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Photo of Trilogy31
2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light golden amber with nice clarity and a fluffy head leaving thick curtains. The nose brings simple bready malts with almost a weird sea salt note along with a vanilla malt shake smell as well. Taste brings more bready malts with a smoke seaweed taste without much else. Definitely different for the style but not really in a good way.

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Photo of phishsihq
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big Sky Brewing Company's Troutslayer Wheat ale pours a burnished gold with a BIG pillowy white head with decent retention, and some sticky lacing. Aromas of sweet malt, some wheat, and hints of lemon are delightful in the nose. Slight breadiness and graininess are prominent out front, with notes of citrus also detectable, subtle and gentle. Lighter in body, Troutslayer features a dry finish and lighter levels of carbonation. Easy drinking, GREAT for fishing.


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Photo of maximum12
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the name as an avid fisherman: Trout Slayer. Like to carry some in the boat just for karma's sake (fishing & beer both).

Pours a golden fleece color with almost no head, really an almost sickly yellow if I look too closely. Smells weird. An unidentifiable but not terribly pleasant odor wafts up out of the glass. Can't figure out what that is.

A sip reveals a nice malt layer on the tongue, smooth, a little thin. No alcohol. Tastes fine.

Definitely a session beer. Not bad, nor really good, something I'd pick up a mixed twelver for a gathering of less-than-great friends.

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Photo of raznug
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light golden color two fingers worth of a light fluffy head
Smell: No noticeable smell
Taste: Slight malt flavor maybe some cereal grains
Mouthfeel: Light and thin goes down very easily
This is a clean cut, straight forward, beer easy drinking and smooth any BMC drinker could put a couple away without being scared of a craft beer.

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Photo of supercolter
2.92/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weak weak weak. Not really what I was hoping for but it is a pale wheat so whatever. No real hop character to speak of and even the malt is almost no existant. All I really taste is some slightly sweet yeast and the bit of wheaty malt. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and light on the tongue. Drinkability is ok.

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass the beer is crystal clear yellow. About a half finger of white head settles quickly leaving a small lace ring around the rim.

The aroma is pale malt mixed with a solid amount of wheat. A light hint of hops mainly in the form of lemon zest. A light grassiness can be picked out as well.

The flavor is fairly light and bit skunky. Pale malt and strange bitterness that I assume comes from some sort of hops.

Light body with loads of carbonation.

Overall less than stellar. I usually enjoy stuff from Big Sky. This one however will not be on my to get list.

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Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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