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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Photo of MinerBob
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a medium head. Has a hoppy smell but not an overpowering hop flavor like an IPA. Not overly carbonated nice mouth feel but a slight hop aftertaste.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with one finger of white head that leaves dripping sheets of lace as it recedes.

Smells of rising white bread dough, orange peel, cut flowers and summer grass.

Tastes of grainy wheat malt, citric sharpness, white bread crust and more grassy hops.

Feels soft and fizzy. Light bodied with perky carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Pretty good thirst quencher.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
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'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 AleMan66
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop a glass. It pours a straw yellow with a two finger white head. It seems to be moderately hopped with a slight gapefruit taste. Really good beer!

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Hmmm. Montana is not known for its wheat beer. I don't know why but most are mediocre to terrible. This one is good. Not Midwest great.... But good especially compared to the other local offers.

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Photo of matcris
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: A hazy yellow/golden. Half finger of quickly dissipating head, spotty lacing. Fair carbonation when rocking the glass.
AROMA: Wheaty, slightly skunky, grainy, citrus.
TASTE: Soft on the palate. Light lemon/citrus, and a little spiciness. Kind of an off putting funk.
FEEL: Medium thin body, soft but adequately carbed, drying on finish.
OVERALL: Kind of one note, and blah with an odd little aftertaste/funk.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow beer, pretty light colored, 1/2" white head. Aroma, seemed like a kolsch almost. This is an ale?

More bitterness than expected, taste looking up. Very like cracker barley and winter wheat kind of softness here. Carbonation helps with the beer, keeping it light and seeming from letting the bitterness stomp all over everything else, that isn't there in terms of quantity.

I wouldn't say this really showcases the wheat, but the somewhat unusual hop bill seems of the higher alpha acid variety, either that, or the malt bill is super light.

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Photo of MFMB
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow. Smells of floral and malt. Taste: malt, cereal, floral, fruit both dark and banana. A little earthy feel and flavor. Smooth and crisp, the right balance of fruit/floral/malt and bitterness. A pretty nice wheat ale and a nice offering from Big Sky.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: light golden hue with a little touch of haze and a thin layer of white foam.

Smell: wheaty and grainy with a dry, earthy aroma. It's not bad, if not entirely to my taste.

Taste: grainy malt and lightly floral hops generate a kind of soapy character, which generally I kind of like. It's basically like a floral pale ale; the wheat doesn't seem to add a lot.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: this beer is overall pretty decent, but I think the dry graininess kind of negatively impacts drinkability.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow-golden body, a single lackadaisical stream of bubbles rise, creamy, soapy white head. Nose contains melon and tangerine to start, with mild wheat notes in the background. Flavor loses these somewhat delicate flavors to retain just a bit of ambiguous fruitiness, instead relying on the grain and mild earthy hops for the majority of the taste. Medium body, creamy.
The nose was definitely the high point, with an unexpected amount of juicy fruits to enjoy, but the actual flavor came up lacking clear character, even if it was still enjoyable.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this in a bottle while travelling in St Louis. Go figure; went to the midwest to have a Montana beer. Very smooth, nice lacing and was absent the harsh bite from an ale that I don't typically prefer. An extremely mild wheat. Not too bad.

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Photo of chuckpalka
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pint glass from a can at a local bar where a nice selection of beers are on a rotating basis. Great graphics on the label. Hazy pale golden color with a very white nice foam head that held up with lasting lace. Pleasant slight citrus hop nose. I liked the grass, grain, combo hop taste from my first sip but thought mouth feel was a little thin. Very drinkable but just a little short on the feel. Would certainly have again.

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Photo of stevoj
3/5  rDev -16.7%
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 BeerBobber
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. can with a nice bubbly white head. Had a somewhat hazy golden color.

Smell was very floral and sweet with a note of grapefruit hop smell.

Taste follows the nose with the exception of the grapefruit. Whatever hop produced this smell was not so present in the taste. Yet still had a nice snappy hop taste that was very well balanced with the wheat and other ingredients.

I really felt this was a very nicely balanced beer that was very refreshing.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type: 12 oz can. Pours to a thick white head and decent lacing. Slightly hazy straw gold. Aroma of grassy hops and faint grains. Flavor is just like aroma but less assertive. Mouthfeel is meh. Not a great sample (could be old, got it in a pick six) perhaps. But even fresh I can't imagine it being anything special.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A little different than most wheat ales I've had, and others have said, it has a lager-like quality. Nice large head on the pour, with some lacing lingering. Smell is wheat and cereal, and while it did smell a bit skunky, I don't know if that's intentional (note: there is no "best by" date). Really nice and full in mouthfeel and not thin as I expected, with nice crispness. Overall, not incredibly complex (I don't find wheat beers to be too exciting) but it's a bit different and was overall enjoyable.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw hue, with a bright white sticky head. I definitely get the sweet cereal note, which is probably pretty standard in a wheat ale (not a favorite style by any stretch for me). Taste is pretty low key and lager like, not sweet at all but bready and very crisp. Again, I'm not really into wheat beers, but I find this one is pretty drinkable thanks to the fizziness and the clean bitter bite at the end.

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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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Photo of ARoman
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Hefeweizen glass. The aroma is sugary sweet with candy fruit notes, and tropical up front, but this settles into more stone fruit and a faint herb hint. It pours a brilliant, oily and effervescent pale with a soapy white head that has good retention and somewhat messy lacing. The taste is a medium bitter and sweet, although unbalanced. The medium body is slick with a light fizz carbonation, flavored by grain, light lemon citrus, and a light hint of banana. It finishes grainy with a light solvent, and some nectarines that turns to an aftertaste that's lightly astringent with notes of a light solvent and grains.

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Photo of RenzoD
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale, grassy appearance. Really bubbly. Small, short-lived head. Strong scent of wheat/bread with faint fruity aromas. Different and interesting. Smells good! Taste directly follows aroma. I haven't had many wheat ales but this one definitely has the most content. Typical pale ale but with an almost fruity finish. Pretty full mouth feel. So far, the best of the style that I have had.

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Photo of 10Crumra
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Had a thin head that lingered for about 30 seconds. It had a rich golden color with a moderate amount of mostly small bubbles.

The beer smelled floral with a fairly hoppy aroma and some faint citrusy notes mixed in.

You really get the citrusy, floral flavors with the initial sip but the taste changes as it sits in your mouth to a more wheaty, bready flavor which lingers for quite a while. It has a slight bitterness initially which fades with the changing flavor.

It surprised me with its carbonation considering it did not look to be very bubbly. The mouthfeel was light and smooth, appropriate for a wheat beer.

Overall the beer was refreshing and tasty. It had just enough hoppy flavor to make it interesting without making it too bitter for a wheat beer. It would be a great beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Bunman3
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love it when a beer exceeds my expectations. The name and packaging of Trout Slayer appeal to my fishing problem, but I'm not a huge fan of this style of beer. This beer pours with enough head to remind you it's had its Wheaties. The color is a beautiful gold and the nose is full of wheat goodness. The taste is bright, full of citrus and fresh baked bread. Tasting Trout Slayer is like finding a big Cutty in six inches of water - a very pleasant surprise!

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

Appearance: Hazy golden orange in color, with a moderate, dense, and persistent white head. Fine-beaded lacing leaves tidemarks on the glass walls. Carbonation is profuse, fine, and slow-rising.

Aroma: Spicy wheat aroma dominates. There are also bread notes, citrus rind, and tropical fruits.

Taste:Opens with solid wheat malt. Soon after there are some biscuit notes, and citric and grassy hops. As the taste progresses, mild metallic and herbal hops dominate the taste, with the malt providing a mildly sweet undercurrent. Finishes with a lingering, moderate metallic and herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, soft, very full and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes:A very nice and drinkable example of the style. Better suited to summer then winter, but very enjoyable, nonetheless.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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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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