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 BeerLover99
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: mild cloudy, bubbly, deep yellow body, trace head

S: floral, hint of citrus, firm grass/pine aroma

T: wheat up front, pine middle, and long subtle bitter finish

M: med/light body, tongue prick on front, mild sticky finish

O: Solid session beer, not my favorite in the style nor from this brewery. Fine newbie/gateway beer or good summer substitute for tired taste buds.

Try it.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear honey color with white soapy head

S - A little weak on smell, brew could use a more aggressive hop schedule

T - Smooth at first then it moves into an almost "rusty" flavor... It's good, but not great. Not quite as aggressive as I look for in a Pale Ale

M - Good carbonation and thickness of brew for style... very light for a Pale Ale

D - Very good, it has good flavor just not as aggressive as i typically go for...

A very solid "B" brew. Try it if it's around. Also, I would imagine it's MUCH better on-tap or in a can than it is out of a bottle/glass

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Golden, straw colored ale that is very slightly hazy. Nice one finger, thick, white, head that recedes to a nice film. Very little lacing. Nice carbonation strings bubbling up the sides.

S: Not a lot going on here... grains and earth, maybe a little yeasty with a slight citrus hop note.

T: Whole grain bread with a clean, mild, citrus hop finish that is very refreshing. Nothing really pops or stands out... just a refreshing balance.

M: Crisp, light, and refreshing. Fizzy carbonation is enjoyable and clean.

D: Nice session beer that goes down easy and is refreshing. Makes me want to sit in the spring time sun out on the deck and have a few of these.

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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 FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

298th review on BA
can to pint glass

App- A very 50/50 mix of orange and yellow. Quick receding 2 1/2 finger head. No real lacing or stick to it.

Smell- Very base wheat beer. A little of spice, yeast and some earthy undernotes.

Taste- A very subtle good beer. This is good because its not trying to be anything other than what it is. Very clean. Nice well done flavors.

Mouth- A light body with a high carb feel. Almost a peppery after taste.

Drink- A very good little beer. Would love to compare a can vs. bottle. Great summer beer, I'll have to try again.

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Photo of Lillenk
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was a very nice light golden yellow color with a nice white head.

Smell was a little lacking. A little hops with a little bit of that wheaty, grassy note.

Taste was ok. Not a whole lot going on. Very light in flavor but no bad flavors coming through.

Mouthfeel was nice and light and the beer was very crisp and refreshing whick would make it very easy to drink.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz can.

A - Pours a nice pale golden color with a nice 1 inch white soapy head. There is some nice sticky lacing to it. Pretty straight forward looking wheat ale.

S - Light grain notes with some earthy tones as well as some nice bready notes from the wheat and malts. There is some very slight hop bitterness on the back end but its pretty subdued.

T & M - Taste starts of with some nice grainy malt notes. There is some slight sweet and bready notes from the wheat. It is pretty tasty and refreshing. Great for mowing the yard. Overall a light beer with more flavor than the BMCs.

D - yummy and refreshing with low ABV.

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Photo of bnes09
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow in color. Thin head which lasts for only a minute or two. Not much lacing either.

Clean aroma of wheat and faint lemon.

Flavor is mostly wheat grain. Some mildly citric hop. Crisp, even finish.

Fairly light consistency. High carbonation.

Pretty average for a wheat ale. A descent beer nonetheless.

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Photo of bump8628
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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 websherpa
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Incredible clarity. Very light golden color. 1 1/2 finger soapy fam which melts down to a modest covering over the beer. Significant lacing. Limited bubbles coming up through the beer.

Smell: Light lemon zest and wheat, gentile hops fall just short of balancing. Rather simple and restrained. I would like a little bit more going on, either louder, or more elements.

Taste: This is light and refreshing. On the mouth I'm not terribly thrilled with it though. I think a lot of other wheats can deliver some nice refreshing drinks while still delivering more flavor. On the aftertaste though, this beer does somewhat better. All the flavors from the nose come forward, and a hop bitterness at the very end drys you out just enough for another sip. The burps on this are really great.

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy. It's an aerated drinking experience, which seems to match the light and refreshing taste.

Drinkability: These go down easy enough, and overall it's a well crafted beer. ABV is good for session drinking, but I just don't think this delivers enough flavor up front to really make it a memorable beer.

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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can.
A) Pours with a two finger head, white and tight. Takes a bit for it to settle. Sticky lacing. Clear body gold in color.
S) Floral hop notes. A definitive caramel malt aroma. A quite pleasant aroma overall.
T) A well balanced brew. The malts and hops mingle nicely. Rich caramel notes with citrus fruit tones, especially in the finish. A subtle hop bite lingers in the aftertaste, mostly on the front of the palate.
M) Fizzy. Crisp. In between light and medium body.
D) I would definitely have another. This would be a great brew to have in hand while fishing - too bad it's February!

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Photo of rrski198
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: nice golden yellow color. slightly cloudy. Very nice big time white head that disappeared quickly.

S: Very nice malty, bready, yeast funk. Smells light and slightly floral. I do get quite a bit of leafy hops.

T: Wheat malt flavors dominate but there is this perfect little hop bite.

M: good carbonation. Light body, decent hop spice. Flavors come and go quickly. I wish for a little something more here, butthe style usually dictates a fairly light bodied beer.

D: This is a phenomenal session beer. I could have quite a few of these on a summer night. Thirst quenching and very flavorfull.

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Photo of boulderaz78
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this on the golf course yesterday and would have been able to drink it all day. Much better alternative to the average American lagers you'll be offered by the cart lady. It's got a nice slightly hoppy flavor that isn't overpowering like an IPA. It's light but still has nice body to make you feel like you're still drinking a man's beer. I just recommended it to my brother who's a fisherman so he can bring it out on the lake with him, which seems fitting with the name.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear yellow with a large frothy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is wheaty malts with some citrus and a little spice.

The flavor is rather subdued. I get some of the wheat, sweet malts, some vegetable, and a little fruit with a dry light bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I didn't care for some of the off flavors.

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

Poured into a pint glass. No bottled on or bb date.

Poured a nice clear and light yellow color. Almost transparent. Small amount of carbonation and a 1" head that was fluffy.

The smell is faint and of grain. Small amount of fruit and a bit more of hops.

The taste is fully and with more hops and a light malt backing it. I love the citrus making this light and drinkable.

The M&D are great. Would be good for a hot day and ejoyable/

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a single can of Montana Trout Slayer at the store yesterday. I have never had this brew before, but have always wanted to try it, so see lets see how it goes. Poured from a 12oz can into a weizen glass.

A- This beer poured a nice bright golden color with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that left some nice lacing.

S- The aroma is pretty bready, followed by a small amount of grassy hops. I don't smell any wheat.

T- The malts tend to stick out the most in this brew, there is some wheat, but its pretty subtle. The finish has a nice does of grassy slightly bitter hops that helps tie everything together.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation, and crisp.

D- I find this brew to be very drinkable, the flavors are nice and well balanced. A very good session beer for those summer fishing trips.

Overall I was pretty impressed with this beer, I am not the biggest fan of this style but I ended up liking this brew a lot. The flavors was spot on and nicely balanced. A perfect summer session beer. This beer has put Big Sky Brewing Company on my radar, I hope to try some of their other offerings soon.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours pretty clear white honey. Small head leaves to disk. Lots of lace.

S- very light smell. Light floral malt and hops

T- Medium maltiness. Crisp bitter end.

CM medium body. Good carb nice balance.

D - very easy to drink. Found at park city utah restaurant.

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Photo of Getinthevan
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of this at Binny's offa Halsted Street and was severely intrigued by the fact it's brewed in Montana. Why not?

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a nice crisp yellow with a decent amount of head retention. This is a nice frothy brew straight out of the can.

Smell is incredibly fresh and strong. Definitely no complaints here.

Taste is right on the money. Very bitter finish and a nice aromatic feel to it as well. Definitely a good ale.

Mouthfeel is good but a little less than I expected. Overall it keeps the flavors intact.

Drinkability is good. While it is pricey here in Illinois ($8.49 a six-pack) a sixer of this shared amongst friends is a good investment. Kudos to the Big Sky state for making a pretty awesome beer. Viva Montana!

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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 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 beagle75
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
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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Photo of WJVII
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a pale yellow color with a whispy white head that settles to near nothing. The aroma is of faint wheat, light hops and some yeast. The taste is moderately carbonated and has a strong hops presence. There is a slight wheat note to the finish of the brew with a little banana in the after taste. Medium body, mild carbonation, and not that full of flavor. The hops take this one over. Not the best sample I have had.

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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 AlCaponeJunior
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow and crystal clear. Decent head that dissipated into a film and left thin but ample lacing. Many rising bubbles.

Lemony wheat and grains/grasses. Tangy hops and a touch of yeast.

Quite hoppy, and nicely so. A touch of citrus and peppery spices accent a flavorful graininess. Mild to medium bitterness. Little sweetness. Nicely flavorful; quite a surprise for the style.

Feels dry and tangy from the plentiful carbonation. Bitterness lingers nicely in the finish.

Refreshing and easy to drink. Would make a good fishin' beer. I like this beer and will definitely purchase again. Price was quite reasonable too. Would rather have this one in cans than bottles tho.

Within the style an outstanding offering. Overall around the range of somewhat similar styles also a very good offering.

Upon re-review, no changes to my review, except that it might also go well with a slice of citrus, preferably lemon, but lime or orange would also be appealing.

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Photo of adrock7309
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bauermj for including this extra in our recent trade!

Poured the 12oz. can into a pint glass. Quite carbed with a good 2 inch light yellowish head that didnt go away for several minutes. Didnt leave any lacing but i didnt expect it to.

Flavor was yeasty hops with not much malt present. reminded me more of a saison than a pale ale.

overall decent beer but not my favorite

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Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 773 ratings.
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