Weizen Bam Bière
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #260
Ranked #5,108
4.07 | pDev: 11.06%
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
Weizen Bam BièreWeizen Bam Bière
Notes: Ruddy golden, with yeast driven esters of banana, spicy clove, and nutmeg all wrapped up with a generous dose of rapscallion delight.
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Sock_Monster from Georgia

3.04/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy straw yellow giving way to nice vinegar and lemon aroma with hints of clove, but the taste is mostly that of a rather generic sour and I taste almost none of the hefe yeast that was in the aroma

Oct 01, 2020
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jaialai-untilidie from Florida

3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Really kind of thin. Not much apparent carbonation and quickly disappearing head. Flavors are all a bit... Sublte sourness level is low. A little on the uneventful side

Jul 10, 2018
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

375ml bottle into a tulip appears perfectly clear straw yellow with a white cap that fades leaving a wall of lace.

Aroma is lactic like yogurt and lemons with sulfur and footy pils grain.

Taste is mildly tart with wheat and footy pils grain. Sulfur dominates the profile of this.

Light in body with modest carbonation. Its ok but really not at all like what the description/label tells this beer is going to be like. Perhaps just an off batch or under-developed?

Jan 03, 2018
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's Weizen Bam Bière for 4.99 at The Lager Mill. I've had a couple beers in this series, but I have't had this and I thought it was worth giving a try, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 375ml bottle into a Jolly Pumpkin snifter.

A- The label looks good, i like it better than the old one and it's eye catching. It poured a pale straw yellow color that didn't change when held to the light and it had a little over a fingers worth of bubbly slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that quickly faded away and it didn't leave much lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had better head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with that signature funky jp yeast being the first to show up and it imparts some nice barnyard like aromas and that goes into a little bit of a stone fruit aromas with some pears and white grape aromas showing up with some lemon and lime aromas showing up after that. Up next comes a light spicy aroma from the hefe yeast and it's followed by medium amount of sourness. Towards the end comes the malts which impart a slight wheat, pale malt, biscuit and bready flavors with a little bit of sweet malts showing up right at the end. This beer has a good aroma, all the aspects work well together.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the funky yeast still being the first to show up, but it's lighter than it was in the aroma and it's followed by the fruits with the pears not showing up too much and it seems to be that the lemon and lime flavors are the star of the show. Up next comes a little bit of spiciness coming from that hefe yeast and it's followed by the malts which pretty much impart all the same aspects that it did in the aroma with a slight hoppy flavor showing up at the end. On the finish there's a slightly sour lingering flavors with some lemon, lime and hefe yeast flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, no single flavors is ever too overpowering.

M- Fairly smooth, a little refreshing, slightly mouth puckering, a little crisp, on the very light of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, but I wish it had a little more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good and unique example of the style, sometimes JP can make some beers that are very similar, but it seems like the hefe yeast helps set this beer apart from the base beer and it made for another tasty beer from JP. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple glasses, but that would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer is the taste and aroma, they were good and unique. What I like the least about this beer is the carbonation, it needed more of it. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a Farmhouse Ale that's a little on the unique side. All in all i enjoyed this beer, I wasn't sure how the Hefe yeast would work in this beer, but it proved to be a good match. It's not a favorite JP beer and it's a good example of the st yle. Good job guys, this is a tasty and fairly unique Farmhouse Ale, keep it up.

Sep 05, 2017
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JBabz from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sour saison. Light vinegar taste without much vinegar smell. Refreshing, fairly high carbonation, and nice tart finish. Very enjoyable, I'd order this again.

Apr 02, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy white gold color, sparse white foam is moderate elevation.
Sweet tart aroma, cloves and banana yeast mostly. Subtle sweet vanilla in the light malt.
A very wild, tart flavor, golden wheat....wild biting yeast upfront. I really dig the hefe and just crazy wild yeast combo. Extremely tart, crisp and wicked refreshing. Very subtle but effective vanilla- like sweetness runs through slowly.
Seriously meant to be enjoyed under a hot summer sun.

Aug 30, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap:
A lovely white gold beer with a cloud like cap that lasts.

Nose is wonderful for a sour beer (listed as wild wheat beer at bar, which I think fits a tad better). Brett-like farmhouse funk that leans more sour than many of that strain of yeast (which as I type I do not know if it is used). So I watermelon, maybe a light lime note. But there's a little meadow-like freshness hiding there.

Feel is medium up front, buoyed by the tart and sour flavors hitting my palate. It devolves to a bit watery in the end, but at a lower ABV, not unexpected.

Taste does use the wheat notes as a palette for the sour notes. The tongue feels the notes the nose got earlier, though they fade later in the pour (granted it could be because my palate has adjusted). Refreshingly tart, at times it seems like a tame lime seltzer.

Must admit, this beer fit my mood in the moment perfectly. I might have over-rated slightly due to this, but I don't think by much.

Aug 05, 2016
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utopiajane from New York

4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Soft haze on a pastel yellow beer with a thin white head that fizzed up up and away. Sunlight captured. Almost completely clear even at the last pour. Bubbles on the rise but not in a stream.

The nose is powerful and scintillating. Lemon is fragrant and there is bold earthy spice. A sour or tart scent and then to your delight , lots of breaddy wheat. Sharp grasses, almost needle like. It's golden and goes on forever and has an earthy sweetness all it's own. Nose is surprisingly deep and hearty. There is a tartness or sour scent to the nose. it smells like a dry white wine does. With a promise of acidity.The barrel on this nose is but an airy lightness. You can only say wood if you imagine it and there is a touch just a faint bright touch of vanilla. It too does not jut out too far forward.

Taste is delicate and a bit sour. A good sour to me seems to collapse on the palate at just the right moment and let me tell you what I mean. In this one your tongue explodes with breaddiness and texture from the wheat that is kissed golden. It's not as sweet as in a hefeweizen. Citric fruit and hop herbal marry perfectly in lightness with grasses and spice. Clove and earth abound and while you can't say it's funky, it' really is. Now you begin to notice a faint banana ester. It's so firm that it's the peel only and it's just ripe. Clove is abundant but light and peppers the background where you also find a hint of white pepper . As you begin to swallow all the texture and all that dramatic flavor succumbs as your mouth waters to a deceptively light feeling body that shows you a just a tickle from sweetness as it finishes dry. It's so quenching, it's as though the beer has disappeared. You laugh because it has. And it lingers like that sweet but dry and your mouth waters. The banana on this palate is an expression of brightness that is very faint but completely firm and in the background. It drinks also like a bit of tart apple. It's as though the nose is alive and playful and changes gently as the beer warms to show you everything it has. Dynamic wheat, herbal hop with varied sweet grasses, wet dampness, floral nectar, hearty bread, thin honey and abundant clove like spice.

Jul 03, 2016
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MIbeer27 from Michigan

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, dated 05/05/15

Bottle into snifter with whispy white head and perfectly clear, golden straw hue.

Aroma of wheat, hay, straw, lemon and that signature Jolly Pumpkin Brett funk. Light amount of tartness in there, as well.

Taste matches up with a bright lemon tartness that coats the mouth. This tartness slowly fades and is replaced by a light wheat sweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the light side with lively carbonation. Acidity is on the light side, making this very drinkable.

Overall, Weizen Bam is an great easy-drinking sour, built for warm weather drinking. That signature Jolly Pumpkin funk adds character to an already nice sour wheat beer.

Jun 18, 2016
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bnes09 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with solid, white head that lasts forever. A few lace spots left behind.

Aroma of citric acid and wheat. What more could you want?

Highly citric flavor. Lots of funk. Mildly acidic. Nice and hoppy.

Light body. Dry, crisp finish. Assertive carbonation.

Good stuff.

Jun 16, 2016
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SlothB77 from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A light lemony sour. The funk in the nose is exactly what I was looking for. Crisp, refreshing, great for hot weather. The lemon sour hits first and sticks long enough to last through the finish. The wheat makes its presence near the end with a banana, clove and bready flavor. Hazy orange-yellow with minimal carbonation.

This was more of a sour than a saison or a wheat beer, but I was looking for a sour and I got that impression from the label, as it says "our own local wild and sour cultures". That this is listed as a saison on here is a bit misleading. I was expecting a mild or introductory sour to share with some beginner craft drinkers that like wheat beers, but wanted something a little more experimental without slamming them over the head with some vinegar bomb and this fit the bill perfectly.

May 31, 2016
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Astathedog from New York

2.58/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Crappy beer, I'm sorry. Flat as a pancake, virtually uncarbonated. Unpleasantly sour with no sophistication in flavor. Sorry guys but making a flat, lemon sour beer does not make this a "farmhouse" style, nor is the wheat aspect present at all. Disappointing.

Nov 03, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I tried this at Hunger N Thirst served in a goblet

the color is beautiful golden with light haze and thick white head with wavy lace. The smell is great with a mix of stone fruit and wild yeast adding lactic slight citrus and gentle horseblanket quality with scent of wild yeast and mild wheat odor. The feel is great with tangy fruity and slihgt sour juicy body with medium low carbonation and fruity/sour dichotomy withsemi-tangy dry finish.

The taste is great with juicy citrus fruit with lemony and slight grapefruity tropical aspect and mild malt with hint of toast and low notes of vinous grapeskin white grape tannic astringent puckering yet refreshing flavor into the sour finish. Overall this is a wonderful sour with wheat in a barrel aged brew that I was so enchanted with ...great to have on tap with lots of juicy lemony fresh flavor.

Oct 02, 2015
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Premo88 from Texas

4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

25.4 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(BLEND 1: bottled 5/5/15)

L: very clear yellow to yellow-gold, only the slightest hint of orange; small soapy head, a week 1/5-inch or so that dissipates quickly;

S: lemons ... very tart, kumquats ... some musty barn farmhouse ale smells behind the sour; sour grapes, super dry white wine; has some very understated but still amazing sweetness to it, almost floral, maybe a sour grapefruit; some spice ... black pepper, a little clove, basil

T: sour grain up front but with a fantastic sweetening finish of orange, peach, candied orange, banana ... wow, a load of fruit flavor on that back end; some earthy barn/woody notes underneath the big sour force up front; the sweet aftertaste really helps balance the sourness; nothing here screams "wheat" but some of the subtle sweet notes are very tasty, and I'm assuming the wheat is helping push those

F: very nice, good carbonation despite a flat-looking pour and little activity in the glass; solid weight for a 4.5% ABV brew

O: this seems like the kind of beer that generates sour fans -- it's very tart up front, full of mouth-puckering lemon and sour grapes, but the fruity sweet flavors on the back end are amazing, and in the middle the beer has a good amount of musty barn farmhouse flavor for a well-rounded quaff.

Sep 07, 2015
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TH28 from Florida

3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. No date. Appearance: pale yellow and mostly clear, with thick bubbled white foam cap. Aroma: Lacto sour aroma dominates. German weizen yeast is barely noticeable. Was expecting more. Taste: A light sour apple flavor is prominent, with the lactic acidity front and center. Again, no noticeable banana esters or clove phenols I’d expect from something with weizen yeast. Mouthfeel: Light body and a crisp carbonation. Finish: tart acidity from the lacto lingers on the tongue well after the swallow. A faint hint of light maltiness as well. Overall: I was intrigued by the combination of German weizen yeast and sour cultures to try this beer. The thought of those wonderful weizen esters and aromas with some acidity seemed like a great combo....but I honestly get none of it. The lacto dominates in the absence of any semblance of weizen yeast character. The beer is still very crisp, tart, and drinkable, but I feel like I’m drinking a slightly subdued Berliner Weisse

Jul 20, 2015
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4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

There are enough in depth descriptions located here, I will just say that my guests and I really liked this beer when we recently tasted it for the first time.

Jul 18, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is wheaty and moderately barnyard, with bubblegum, horse blanket, and must complementing earthy notes and a hint of sourness.

Flavor is far more tart, with an appley note upfront. The finish is earthy and fairly bitter.

Jun 23, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours cloudy straw gold under a 1” clingy white to cream colored foam collar.
S: Wild, yeasty aromas, over ripe fruit, citrus, traces of banana and clove, spice.
T: Starts with an earthy tartness with wild fruit and damp barnyard.
F: Tart and dry yet soft in the mouth, effervescent and highly carbonated.
O: This is an unusual and creative beer that straddles the Farmhouse Ale – Weizen styles.

May 24, 2015
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are non-existent. Citrusy farmhouse yeast aroma. May have some hints of wheat. Wheat up front with a nice farmhouse funk at the end. Medium bodied. Citrus aftertaste. Good beer. Enjoyed it a lot.

Apr 22, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma hits of lemon zest, wet hay funk, stone fruit.

The flavor follows with white peach, apricot, tart of lemons, a wheat backbone, some funk and a touch of white wine character, with a very dry finish.

A refreshing light brew with a great balance of fruit, funk, wheat, and tart.

Apr 08, 2015
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CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. A hazy pineapple-like yellow-orange color with a finger of very creamy bright white foam on top. Initially a much larger volume of head that deconstructs into a more resilient cap.

Aroma is tart, fruity, reasonably lactic. Recalls green apples, white grapes, lemon rind and juice, melon ... As advertized, there is a co-occurring hefeweizen element, yielding a very pleasing sour banana gummy candy effect. Some appealing brettanomyces funk. Subtle bready malts.

Palate is more sour than expected. I am appreciating the low ABV, as this is a solo endeavor. Decent brett that recalls dry burlap sack and a little barnyard, sour fruit as indicated on the nose, dried banana chips, faint clove and nutmeg, pineapple chunks, unripe apricots, pear skins, white pepper, kiwi ... This juxtaposition of styles is working just fine, although the weizen characters can get a little buried in the mix. Its worth the search.

Very light body but the carbonation is not overdone. Smooth, near-creamy mouthfeel. Finish stays firmly anchored in the citric and fruity realms, lemon juice and fermented grass lingering for some time.

I don't know ... Perhaps I've overstating the case but this brew clicks with me. It is light but packs some sour pungency, has enough complexity to keep one interested but does not overwhelm, and just overall makes a nice session option if one wishes to bear the price tag. Win.

Feb 22, 2015
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy yellow witha two-finger foamy white head. Very light spotty lacing.

S - Aroma of lemon and green apples.

T - Tart flavors of green apple, lemon, and white grape uprfront. There is a nice Brett flavor with some yeasty breadiness.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Nice farmhouse ale that would make a great summer beer.

Jan 03, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 53 degrees into tulip
Aroma of apples
Head small (1 cm, aggressive pour), white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a 1 mm partial ring
Lacing none
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor begins sour with a light oak flavor; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

Dec 27, 2014
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Tone from Missouri

3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of apple, sourness, hint of hop, hint of yeast, hint of wheat, and strong floral. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sourness, apple, hint of hops, strong yeast, hint of wheat, and slight floral. Overall, poor appearance, decent aroma, decent body, and good blend.

Dec 17, 2014
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michiganmatt from California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 9/1/14
Other notes: Bottle says Batch 106, 108, 115, 116, 118, 120. The bottled date is 07/03/13. I just picked it up yesterday at the local shop, so it probably has been sitting on the shelf for a whole year at room temperature. Seeing as this is a lighter ABV beer, that's definitely a risk. But I haven't seen this beer in a shop before, so I decided to take the risk.

Appearance - 4.5/5
Crazy carbonation overflow on opening. I find this happens with a lot of JP beers. Not sure if there is some way they can change things to avoid this. After pouring though, I didn't really have an issue with the carbonation. Pours a very hazy golden orange. Extremely minimal head retention. I like the color and the haziness. It's a very classic beer look, and it's pulled off perfectly, making the beer look really good. Perhaps the only thing I would have improved would be to add more head retention. I like a little bit of foam sitting at the top of the beer.

Smell - 4.5/5
Strong JP tart smell. Apples, cherries, and other tart fruitiness. Perhaps I can smell a little bit of the hefeweizen aspect as well (wheaty?). Also, a bit of spiciness is smelled as well. The tart smell is very powerful though, perhaps the strongest I remember from any JP beer.

Taste - 4.25/5
Tart apples, cherries, lemons, citrus, other tart fruitiness. A subtle spiciness/breadiness The taste seems somewhat diluted compared to other JP beers, and compared to the smell. Although I think perhaps the 'dilutedness' I detect is just due to the fact that this is a much lighter beer. Still, given the strength of the smell, I was expecting the flavor to be stronger than it is. The tart fruit flavor lingers on your throat for a bit after you swallow--the length of the aftertaste is nice touch which I don't remember from other JP beers.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
The beer has a very light body. It is very smooth and it moves easily around the mouth and down the throat. The carbonation is on the lighter side, but I feel that this pairs very well with the light body of the beer.

Overall - 4/5
Overall, this was a good JP beer which is very similar in taste to their other tart beers, however this beer is much lighter in body and mouthfeel than the other beers. There definitely could be times where one wants to drink a beer with a lighter feel, and if one also wants something sour, this would be a great choice for that scenario. So overall this was a good lighter variation on the classic JP taste.

Nov 11, 2014
Weizen Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 540 ratings