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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, pineapple, and some yeast aromas. Taste is of wheat, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and pineapple flavors. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and I like the hopped up version of a wheat beer that they are putting out here.

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

a much better than average wheat beer. smells less fruity and yeasty than most, just a big nose of fresh pale and wheat malts, balanced by a mild hop bitterness. flavor is right on with the nose, really crisp and refreshing when ice cold. some lemony notes to the hop profile, but this is faint. a great summer beer that still has some meat on its bones. feel is nice, lighter medium body and fizzy soda-like carbonation. very very easy drinking and at the low abv this is an all day drinking beer perfect for the long days ahead of us. i will likely purchase more 6packs of this as summer advances.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've been looking for this for a while now. When I was 17 I had some very good beer... Actually when I was 17 my friends dad told me about this beer called Trout Slayer that he had in Yellow Stone. Just grabbed a bottle from Hollingshead the other day.

Pours crystal clear, dark yellow, medium head, no lace, no retention, some small bubbles coming up.

Aroma is malty, sweet, and a touch of skunk.

Flavor is malty, sweet, a little skunk, bitter, and a tad alcoholic.

Light/medium body and a little oily. Crisp, carbonated, moderately flavorful, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (mine says 5% ABV) from a prolonged session of cross border retail therapy earlier this summer.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of bubbly, loosely foamy, and somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves some decent Swiss cheese lace around the glass in its lazy wake.

It smells of biscuity and bready wheat malt, wet hay, lemon and white grapefruit pith, earthy yeast, and mild grassy and leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet sourdough malt, gritty wheat grain, some soft tart citrus (orange, lemon, and faint grapefruit), and pleasantly bitter earthy, leafy, and floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate, manifesting in a more-or less fluffy frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, generally smooth, and perhaps a tad buttery. It finishes clean, a bit sweet in its breadiness, with a nice, balanced bitter hop offset.

Wow, this beer disappeared almost too quickly for me to write enough down about it. No stand-out qualities, but the balance, evenness, and straightforwardness make it eminently drinkable. I know that isn't very specific, but like I said, I really didn't have that much time before it was gone, gone, gone.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a massive, rocky head that sticks nicely and leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Bready with a lemony aspect

Taste: Bready, up front, with a building lemony hop flavor that winds up being a bit pithy, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly one of the most flavorful American Wheats I have encountered, though I am not crazy about the lemony pith - just a bit too harsh

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light hazy golden color ale with a medium size head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of floral and bitter hops are dominating while wheat malt are quite subtle. Taste is also dominated by hops with clear floral and bitter notes and wheat malt almost all covered up. Body I fuller then average with OK carbonation. I guess this is OK overall though the hops presence is too dominating for the wheat too truly shines.

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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 zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, gold color with a white, bubbly, one-finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of lemon, citrus and wheat. Nothing great but pretty standard for the style.

T - It was fairly spicy and earthy with a wheat flavor. It was fairly tangy.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light-bodied brew.

D - This is a decent wheat ale. Another solid brew from Big Sky.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy light golden color with a white head. Nose brings forward a bit of generic wheat with hints of citrus hops. Some slight graininess. Taste is of slight sweetness and a bit of light wheat and grain. Bits of citrus in passing. Maybe orange and a bit of lemon. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Drinkability is average for the style, without much flavor there to really carry the beer over an extended period.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/7/2013. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, pepper, orange zest, wheat, clove, bread, floral, grass, herbal, and light banana. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance of malt and hop notes. Taste of lemon, pear, pepper, orange peel, wheat, clove, floral, grass, bread, herbal, and light banana. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruit, pepper, wheat, clove, floral, grass, herbal, and light banana on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of citrus, malt, and spicy hop flavors; with a good amount of robustness for 5%; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale what ale! Very nice balance of citrus, malt, and hop flavors; and extremely smooth to drink with plenty of flavor. Really enjoyed this one.

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

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear straw colored gold, with a finger of rich bright-white head. This hangs around with a thin creamy foaminess that gets very rich when swirled and throws some thick sticky swathes of lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma smells grassy with notes of lemon zest and some light spice, while the sweet twang of wheat fills out the back. This has a pleasant airiness to the flavors that float around easily in the nostrils.

The taste has a crisp tang to it from the mix of citrus character and toasted bready wheat flavors. Earthy and bitter hops snap across the tongue, lingering with notes of spice before heading into a very dry feeling finish. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a smooth sharpness that keeps this pretty easy drinking all around. Just the right amount of presence here for the flavors that are involved.

This was pretty darn decent. A well hopped Wheat Ale that was appropriately balanced and quite quenching on the palate overall. I could definitely see myself reaching for a couple cans of this when the weather heats up.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from kiltedtxn, courtesy of the Nice Cans BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, light malts, citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a bready wheat flavor that is quickly followed by a fruity citrus sweetness. There's a decent hops presence for the style. The malt character is on the thin side but it works well for this particular beer and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice milder beer that is worth pounding down for a long time.

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Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice foam-up in the tall glass. Light golden in color. Not much body but has a pleasant wheaty character.

Fairly malty with a touch of sweetness. Pleasant enough with some faint rich malty grain flavors. Ends with an earthy bitter note. Something like a malt liquor with a touch of hops. Rather sharp and dirty.

Not bad, for the American wheat style, but not a memorable beer experience. Devoid of any yeasty or estery flavors, but clean and well made. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this 12oz can out of the fridge when I got home last night as I wanted something quick. Served cold and poured out into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/18/2009.
The pour was nice, light golden amber in color with more then adequate carbonation. Nice head of white reaching up to a height of around an inch or so before falling back down to earth. Light hops are first noticed, hints of light grain, fresh grass, light bready malts all coming together quite nicely. Smooth, crisp, and very clean flavor here. Nice bite of pine hops welcomes and then fades into an even, malty finish. Light on the palate, refreshing without a heavy aftertaste.
Overall very decent. A very nice, very light pale ale, that leaned heavy on the hops, but I think it works. Would not turn it down.

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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very effervescent golden with 3+ fingers of eggshell-white head. Super lacing & good head retention

S: Grassy notes, plus honey. I also get floral hops as this warms

T: Grassy, grainy & lemony hops up front. Grassyness, a bit of lemony hops, grapefruit hops & some pineapple fruittyness as this warms. Finishes dry with loads of grassy & lemony hops, plus more honey sweetness. Zero trace of the yeast. We sure this isn't an American wheat??

MF: Light/medium bodied, with lively carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, but the dryness detracts, too hoppy for a crystal weizen IMO

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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 womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a pale light golden color with a nice clarity and a fluffy white head.

S: The nose is primarily sweet malt with a touch of toasted biscuit as well as a lemony tartness.

T: There is an odd combination of flavors here. Initially there is malt and wheat sweetness along with a slight tang followed by a bitterness on the finish.

M: The body is light with a plentiful level of tingly carbonation.

D: There are some decent flavors, but they're just sort of jumbled together and don't really work all that well together. I think I'd pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for this bottle!

Delayed continuation on making it through Mike's Montana Sampler. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, flowers, corn, and chalk. The taste is mostly a concoction of floral and light earthy hops, though some rather light caramel tries vainly to make itself heard over the hoppy din. The body is fairly light, with a light carbonation and a semi-watery feel. Overall, a nice li'l brew, nothing close to special, but a good easy-drinker for watching your school continue to fail at football life.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

CAN you believe that beer in a CAN comes from Montana? It was a foreign CANcept to me. This review is for the dear and darling Gretel who is constantly after me to come out and visit her in Missoula. XXOOXX.

From the CAN: "A Bigger Tale with Every Ale".

The head on this one was phenomenal! It truly looked like the top of a root beer float, albeit much whiter. After "Drink Your Wheaties" at SPTR a few weeks ago, I feel eminently qualified to talk about wheat beers. Man, if the nose was not evocative of summer in the CANadian praries/wheat fields, then what was? Color was a slightly hazy deep golden-yellow. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite taste of wheat on the tongue. It was at once slightly sweet, partly bitter and lighly hoppy. Zounds! Finish tended towards dry. Mmmm.

Beach/Shore: Absolutement! I am moving further and further away from Ten Fidy with each new craft beer. Slay some trout, catch some rays, recycl and have a blast!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Trout Slayer Wheat from Big Sky is a decent beer....probably better on a warmer day than the winter evening that I am trying it. The beer poured a clear golden yellow with very thin white head and no lacing. The smell has a touch of lemon and decent wheat/ malt balance. The mouthfeel is light in body with good carbonaiton. Overall it is a sessionable beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with thin white head that holds up through most of the duration. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of soft citrusy hops with a bready wheat tang.

This is pretty hoppy for the style - and pleasantly so. The taste is of orange and lemon/lime with bready, slightly toasted wheat. Finishes refreshingly dry with a touch of tea-like spiciness.

It has a clean, crisp, smooth light body.

A very nice warm-weather refresher, as it was meant to be. A nice wheat ale with a touch of hops!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Trout Slayer, Big Sky Brewing, Missoula, Montana.

Clear, light yellow, small white head.

Grainy nose, lean hops, minor malt. Doesn't really resemble any ale-ish aroma.

Light bodied, grainy (again) mouthfeel, done and gone finish. Flavor....hmmm? Some citrus, bright lemony...lacks a lot.
Is this supposed to be a blonde ale? Not sure what it is, but I'm not thrilled with it.
Too ...too little, too forgettable.

Well...I hope they sell a million of 'em. Not to me, though...

Endnote: Kristal weizen? I never woulda guessed...

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Photo of GClarkage
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

06/20/08- Had on my two week Montana vaction.

Presentation- Via the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Light golden colored pour with a smaller 1/4 inch head and light lace patches left behind.

Smell- Notes of yeast, mild breadiness and sweet fruits.

Taste- Not as yeasty as in the nose. Has a sweet sugary background with a grassy hoppy flavor. Really seems light in the alcohol flavor which isn't even picked up.

Mouthfeel- Creamy with a sugary richness and perfect carbonation level.

Drinkability- Great summer day beer. This beer won naming rights from Bayern Brewing which changed their beer name to Dancing Trout. Different beers and very different in qulaity.

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Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of wheat, sweet malt, slight hops, pine, and some yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. There is a strong dryness associated with this brew. Tastes of pine up front, then wheat, then sweet malt, some yeast comes through in the background, and a hint of hops in the finish. Overall, a surprisingly good brew - much better than I was prepared for. The dryness inhibits the drinkability a little, but still a good beer - I'd be able to drink a couple.

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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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