Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Montana Trout Slayer Wheat AleMontana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale
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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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Ratings: 775 |  Reviews: 321
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 cswhitehorse
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Trout Slayer is one good looking brew. It came into the pilsner glass with a color of clear straw with blizzard like lacing with a solid 2-3 finger foam head.

The aroma is bread and citrus. It also had a herbal quality to the smell. The taste was malty with a hop kick. It left a nice bitterness on the tongue and back of the throat. The resinous hops covered the inside of the mouth. I haven't tried a lot of this style but it the best I have tried to date. These would taste real good on a hot day. Whoa.

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

I'm going to enjoy this on a Sunday brunch with my wife's delicious ham/spinach quiche. This may be a closing in a year old if this is a seasonal. Inside of cap reads "always drink upstream of the herd". 'Can't argue with that.
Aroma starts with a nice sweet soft malt rich with wheat essence. Mild character that is reminiscent of a german pils in the sweetness, but also slightly in the hops. Nice aroma.
Initially poured with a large full white head which settled in time to a lace leaving cap. Consistent bubbles rising keeps the head present. Definitely filtered in it's dark cold and clear appearance.
Strong wheat flavors were preceded by the nice german pils taste of sweetness for a very brief, yet enjoyable moment. Fairly prominent bitterness arises mid-drink and stays until the rather long finish. Included is a notable sourness which temorarly leaves some astringency, but also helps with thirst quenching (although I predict for some its excessive).
Smooth in a light ale like way. Prominent carbonation adds and doesn't distract.
I like Am. Pale Wheat drinks. This is a good one. Not great, but satisfying nonetheless. Oh, and it went just fine with brunch.

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

Appearance: Golden brew with a dense, white head.

Smell: Good hop presence, hint of sauerkraut.

Taste: Balanced hop and wheat flavors. Very crisp. The hops linger in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body.

Drinkablity: Very tasty and drinkable. Did not go overboard on the wheat, the balance was about perfect.

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Photo of brandoneast
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle - Okay when I bought this 10.99 six pack in Lake Tahoe I was expecting an APA or an American Wheat without having any context style clues from the packaging. What I got was something that stands shoulder to shoulder to an American Lager; not impressed, I gave this to my macro Lager drinking friends.

Pours transparent bright straw with a thin head and a bready nose, nimble hops, not much else. Very smooth with tight malt and a hop character that leaves me wanting more. Quite clean and refreshing - could drink this as a summer session. Again as Jason points out" almost lager-like." I would like to try more American Pale Wheat Ales as I was not impressed by this one. It is weird how my batch did not match the style profile listed on BA or with other reviewers.

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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 Zorro
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear golden colored beer with maybe a trace of chill haze to it. Quite strong tall white head.

Smell is sweet with a strong yeast aroma and wheat malt sweet smell. Faint spice but nothing that I can identify that I would expect in a Kristalweizen. Faint Nobel hop aroma, mostly grass and faint herbs.

The taste starts out sweet and grainy with a good yeasty flavor and a slight bitter hop snap. Pretty clear with a rather sharp hop finish that I like. Clean clear whet beer with a stout Nobel hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a tasty beer here. A great summer beer and not so shabby stuck indoors enduring what California calls winter. Very good alternative to Lager.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big Sky's Trout Slayer Ale pours a big, stiff, long lasting head over
a clear yellow brew. Carbonation is active, and the nose is wheat
malt. The flavor is crisp wheat up front with lemon notes with a long
grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel is light and neutral. It's not bad, but the
wheat beer thing seems overrepresented lately, and it's really hard
to break out of the pack. It's drinkable enough- just wait until the stuff's
on sale.

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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 JohnGalt1
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at Bucket O'Brew.. for about $1.40.. poured into my New Belgium goblet.

Nice 2" head atop a crystal clear golden straw brew.. nice lacing.

Aroma is bready pale malts and a touch of wheat malt... some restrained spicy hop notes.. none of the "German" aromas associated with anything with Weizen in the name.

Flavor is a mirror of the aroma but sticks around alot longer. Toasted white bread.. light bitterness is well balanced by the malt flavors... Spicy hop flavors are fairly present but give way to a low yeasty fruity finish. Light/medium body and smooth carbonation add to the drinkablity.

My only real qualm with this brew is, it needs some German esters to really get going... It reminds me much more of a Filtered and lagered American Wheat.

I would be amazed if Big Sky uses a German yeast... that being said, looking at old notes, that was my biggest bitch about Trout Slayer when it was brewed by Bayern.

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

A-Clear...light golden color

S-A bid dose of breadiness...very nice...also some wheat graininess

T-Reminds me a little of their crystal ale from what I can recall....bready maltiness up front but finishes with a zesty, somewhat spicy hoppiness. A little bit of lemon peel on the finish as well.

M-Crisp and tight...almost pilsnerish..light to medium bodied..

D-Pretty tasty wheat ale....definitely made for the summer...

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Photo of happygnome
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a nice golden orange color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fairly fast leaving a nice ring of lace around the edge of the glass and a little lace figure in the center
s: sweet malts, fruity aroma, very little hops very inviting aroma
t: sweet malts deffinatly dominate the flavor here fruity taste cant really identify very crisp and refreshing not overly sweet just right
m: light bodied beer with not a lot of carbonation

overall, this is a very crisp and refreshing beer i really enjoy it, would be better on a hot summer day rather than a cold winter night though

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

Picked up a single from the Blue Max.

Wow, this tastes like a wonderful wheat bread with black pepper. No, the flavor isn't amazing, but I'm just surprised how much it's like a good loaf of bread. Sure there's some light but crisp citrus hops, but the wheat and toasted barley are what's going on. This beer is a little different, maybe more of an American pale wheat ale, but is still worth trying.

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

A clear golden straw coloured ale. Mildly effervescent carbonation, produced a thin half finger white head that subsided to leave a thin collar of lace. Some thin, sticky clumps present.

A decent smelling brew, although more appropriate for summer drinking. Then again its above freezing this night in Wisconsin, a nice treat for the Northwoods in late December. Some fruity wheatiness that hints at bubblegum, pale bready malts, and a hint of banana. Pleasant floral hops with a lemony zing.

A nice refreshing ale, will remember this come summer. Actually somewhat hoppy, the banana and bubblegum hinted at in the nose do not manage to assert themselves in the taste, but the bready pale malts do show up. The hops do make a statement with their flavours of lemon, a hint of grassiness, but also a tangy white grapefruit/piney finish.

A light, refreshing, crisp, and somewhat tangy brew. Gonna remember this for next summer. I suspect most of the tang, if not all comes from the hops as opposed to fermentation derived phenols. Really doesnt matter much to me as this is a tasty brew.

Nice session fare, perfect for summer refreshment. Likely approachable enough to serve to the BMC drinkers who arent scared to try something new. Glad I picked this up, will look for more this summer. Recommend it!

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Photo of stephens101
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The name on this brew is a bit misleading, as it made me think of a hearty full-bodied "killer" ale for some reason. That being said. It's not such a bad go of it. Pours a clear golden with a two-finger white head which fades quickly at first and ends up a leaving a nice fluffy small cloud on top. Lacing is spotty all around. Smells of coriander and citrus. Could easily be mistaken for a whitbeir if not for the color, and could be easily mistaken for a lager if not for the head, and could easily be mistaken for a straight on hefeweizen if not for the lack of haziness. Is this beer confused or is that why they call it a Kristalweizen? Ahh. Very clever. Tastes of malts, grass, orange peel and a bit of lemon in the background. Very smooth and drinkable and not bland as might be expected, with an undercurrent of sweetness that makes it a bit more satisfying. The light-bodied and crisp mouthfeel make for a good little beer you might get to if you're looking for a good summer sessioner. Seeing that it's 66 degrees outside today and the middle of December, that's close enough for me. I commend Big Sky for trying something different here and not just going for a straight up wheat beer, as most of the other brewers in their class do.

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Photo of budgood1
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours into a weizen glass a clear gold colour, with an inch thick eggshell white head. light carbonation retains the head quite nice, leaving chunky lace. fresh hop aroma is held up by a pale malt nose. citric notes and a hint of pine make for a nice smelling beer. pale malt flavours along the lines of what you might find in a kolsch or blonde ale, followed by a nice hop bite and subsequent lingering bitterness. body seems light, per for whatever style this is...and the mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

ok drinkability...a summer quencher for sure.

i'm thinking this isn't a kristalweizen but an american hopped kolsch style ale.

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

Slightly hazed straw color. Pure snow white head. Big and fluffy in nature. Great retention and lace properties. Aroma is pretty nice. Warm bready malt tones and some citric hop aromas as well. Especially lemon. The base of this beer is that warm biscuity/bready maltiness. The hops play on top of that, with Palisade and Glacier being in the mix. Lemony hoppiness. Slightly pungent lemon rind tones. It fits though. This has a crisp feel to it and goes down pretty easy. Solid beer.

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Photo of Gusler
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer escapes the 12-ounce bottle a clear gold with a generous creamy white head that lingers long, upon its final dissolution; the lace provides a thin veil to obscure the glass. Nose has a nice earthy grain aroma, slight hint of hops, citrus like in its crispness, start has a fair to middling grain profile, decent bitter bite at the back, feels light to moderate. Finish has a sparkling acidity, the hops diminutive but pleasing, quite dry aftertaste, nice drinking beer, good session beer.

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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 rowew
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label fits in with the theme of the other Big Sky beers, which appears to be poorly drawn Montana scenes.

Appearance: Clear, pale golden color. Average sized head, fades slowly but leaves quite a bit of lacing. Good retention.

Smell: A bit of bready malt, just a hint of noble hops.

Taste: Dominated by bready malt flavor, just a bit of wheat and some noble hops. Finishes a bit bitter.

Overall impression: Not overly exciting - a fairly average beer.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Clear pale straw colored brew; lots of little bubbles rising up to form a medium sized white head. Fair amount of lace. Sweet malt scent, backed by floral hops. Grain malt comes out first on the taste, nice mix of floral hops with a bit of bitterness. Hints of spice. Medium bodied, dry finish. A surprisingly tasty beer for such a light bodied brew. Wish I would have found a case of these during the summer; you could sit by the grill and put down enough of these to make the day disappear via time travel.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear light orange color. Bright white head fades to a rocky film, with big bubbles.

S - Smell is a sweet and earthy light maltiness, with a faint yeast aroma.

T - Taste is moderately sweet, with a few hints of wheatbeer-like tastes. Leaves a very bitter almost funky like aftertaste.

M - Lots of carbonation and a medium to thin consistency.

D - Definitely nothing special, but pretty easy drinking.

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

I bought a six-pack of Trout Slayer Ale at a grocery store. Poured in to a weizen glass.

Pours a medium yellow/gold color and is clear. A tight foamy three finger white head forms and stays around fairly well. Spotty lace adorns the glass.

Smell is light and fruity. Soft fruit fragrances like pears, mangos. A bit of a dairy aroma like ice cream.

The taste is average, with a spice flavor like pepper and cloves dominating. There is also a dry bitterness at the end, like dandelions or something.

Mouthfeel is light, clean and effervescent.

All things considered this is a drinkable brew, but not a remarkable one. The bitterness in the taste clashes a bit with the sweet fruity smell. Not the best offering from the folks at Big Sky. Probably not the worst either, but not my preference.

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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 Bitterbill
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Liquor Shed in Casper

This pours a clear gold with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly to a few islands in the middle and it has some lacing.

The smell has some sweet malt, fruitiness, and grain in the nose.

The taste is grainy with some malt tones and a bit of fruit and a good wheat taste.It finishes on the dry side, has a light mouthfeel and medium carbo. Pretty quaffable and not a bad brew. I'd buy it from time to time....

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Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 775 ratings