Weizen Bam Bière
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #236
Ranked #4,375
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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Reviews by michiganmatt:
Photo of michiganmatt
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.

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

Pours a pale hazy golden body with a bright white head, fine scattered lacing forms nicely. Aroma has lemon zest spice and a nice acidity running a bit wild with hints of perfume like funky yeast driven tones. Flavor has a super lemon/zest/spiced saison combo with acidic but pleasant sour hefeweizen action. No real banana clove traditional hefe characteristics just more of the citrus zest/spice raining down on the palate. Mouthfeel is spritzy prickly with acidity coating the palate but I'm okay with that, light to medium bodied with the wild yeast this balances creamy hefe notes and acidic lambic/brett infused characteritistics. Drinkability no problem emptying itself another creative take on the Bam biere lineup, thanks to Ron Jefferies and other Belgian style eccentric brewers across the US. BTW, this was batch 574 from 6/24/10.

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Photo of DrJay
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 315/316. Hazy, bright straw yellow with a thick white collar. A little sticky and streaky. Good head retention. Sour wheat and lemon aroma with light acidity and faint spice. Fairly mellow though. Flavour was more of the same, a bit sour from the wheat, lemon zest, with more pronounced acidity. Fairly fruity mid-palate through to the finish, citrusy and tart. Some oak and earthy character, nicely balanced. Slight vinegar component to the acidity and a bit of pepper in the finish. Quite refreshing. Light bodied with ample carbonation, off-dry. Extremely drinkable. I can imagine drinking this all summer long and I'll probably look for more in a few months.

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Photo of Viggo
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, thanks to grub for picking this up for me in Detroit.

Pours a very clear light yellow, very pale looking, big and thick bone white head forms, very rocky, great retention, takes forever to settle down to a thick layer, nice lacing on the glass. Smell is very nice, lots of funky, sour lemons, apples, honey, wheat, yeasty, orange peel, oak, pepper and coriander, very nice yeasty spiciness, bretty sourness, really nice. Taste is similar, very sour at first, almost a berliner weiss tartness, lemons, wheat bread middle, biscuits, very spicy finish, pepper, coriander, oranges, very lemony, really nice. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, insanely drinkable. I could drink this all summer long, very refreshing, I like a lot.

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Photo of grub
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked this up on a recent trip to merchant's in dearborn, MI.

750ml bottle, batch 315/316. sampled dec 30/08.

pours crystal clear pale yellow with a thin layer of white head. the seems to linger forever as steady streams of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass to replenish it. spotty lace.

aroma is nice. bit of alcohol. light yeasty spice. fruity - apricot, mango, pineapple. white bread. bit of cracker. hint of lemon and cider vinegar too. bit of funk too.

taste is great. very light lemon and cider vinegar. cracker and white bread. hint of alcohol. less fruity overall than in the aroma, but there's still some there. bit of other light citrus too. dashes of barnyard funk and light yeasty spice compliment the other flavours.

mouthfeel is good. nice light body with a dry finish. high carbonation level.

drinkability is great. this is a well balanced, tasty, and incredibly drinkable brew. i think it's only real fault in this category would be the carbonation - it keeps things lively but does slow you down a little.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale champagne colour with some yeast sediment at the bottom. Head is very generous and white, quite fluffy but decent retention. Clumps of lace left behind on the glass. Quite nice.

Smells tart and bretty. Plenty of orange peel on there that provides both tart and sweet notes, hint of pineapple and some funky barnyard character as well. Tart, fresh and lively. Very refreshing and hugely enticing.

Taste is tart and fresh as well. Quite a sharp acidity on the front that's almost overwhelming with its bretty and slightly citric flavour, yet so beautifully mellowed out by the end with sweeter citric notes - orange peel and a touch of cake batter coming to meet it. It's possibly a bit on the sharp, sizzly side still, but the finish is clean, with a pleasant refreshing acidity and just a touch of spice - cumin and fenugreek mostly. Fragrant and musty to balance out that lovely tartness being the dominant character. Just fresh, crisp, complex and delightful.

A bit of a pull from the acidity, really. There is body there, but not quite enough and it comes across as quite sharp as a result.

Notwithstanding, that's a refreshing and delightfully complex beer, full of personality and charisma with intriguing flaws in just the right places. Just a great beer.

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Photo of drxandy
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap 7/28/08 @ Crunchy's in East Lansing, MI , Served in a standard pint. First and foremost, walking into crunchy's I had never seen JP on tap before so I was excited to have a chance to taste this, even more so to snag the first review! Nerd points +


Blonde lemony yellow, reminds me of leine's summer shandy in color- hazy, looks good!

smells of wheat, yeasty sweetness, banana/clove spice

taste is yeasty, wheaty sweet citrus, nice carbonation as always, tart sour delicious funk hidden in there as well, i would go as far as to claim this as probably the best take on a hefeweizen that i've ever had.

mouthfeel is crisply carbonated with a nice complex blend of deliciousness - very nice

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of dar482
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.

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Photo of SIEVS
1/5  rDev -75.4%

Photo of oglmcdgl
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store.

After much consternation and multiple glasses of foam, the bartender presents this one with a hazy golden yellow body and a massive foamy white head.

Aroma is mildly tart up front with some lemon zest and light grassy funk. There is also a strong fruity character with apricots and very subtle wheat notes. There is also a noticeable spice kick with coriander and nutmeg.

The taste really brings the tartness up front which really puckers the lips. Really tart with much more funk than the nose as well. The finish is bone dry and spicy with an effervescent bubbly body.

The tartness of the taste caught me a little off-guard but it's a really nice beer to sip on in the sun. Super refreshing.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of FTowne
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 315/316
Pours a pale hazy yellow color with a nice yeasty white head. In the aroma, lemon citrus, and a small tartness. In the taste, yeasty, dry touch of citrus, very saison like. A small bite and a small to medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry yeasty and small tartness in the aftertaste. Small wheat note, dry and fruity, and very saison like. I was expecting a bit more tartness, but good anyway.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of DelicateDelirium
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of deapokid
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 838. Bottled 7-14-2011

Opens with a wild dose of carbonation, possibly the liveliest I've ever seen, followed by a sizzling, pencil-thin head of white foam. Body is a clear, watery, yellow color, allowing much light to peek in, but not exposing any sediment. It still does show some murkiness, resembling the tastiest of Berliner Weisses.

Aromas includes lemon, banana (i.e. wheat), a slight basement musk, hint of wood and tart, acidic bite. Despite all the big scents at play, it manages to not overwhelm, only furthering a desire to consume.

Liquid is super refreshing and light on the tongue with a taste of lemon rind upfront, followed by a nice slap of funky dryness and banana and clove. The insane drinkability and delightful sourness make it move pretty fast, despite its 750ml bottle. This is certainly one of the tastiest American wheat-based session ales.

Wow! The mouth is so smooth that you barely need to swallow to get this bad boy down. Thankfully, the slight bacterial dryness allows for a nice differentiation of flavors, stopping it from being one-note and leading to admiration of the juxtaposition.

This is a definitely a Summer favorite which would be a fridge staple if it was more readily available. The mild "Bretty" flavors, coupled with lemon sweetness and a light body make for a drinkable beer that doesn't spare complexity. Excellent!

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass with an airy and bubbly 2 fingers of crisp white head. A pale clear wheat colour with one or 2 streams of bubbles rising, minimal retention and very minimal lacing.

S: Upfront sour fermentation with lemon, wheat and fresh grass. A good barnyard funkiness is present followed by some oak and ripe banana.

T: Initial taste of vegetative sourness followed by wheat and lemon. Grassy notes, earthiness and a barnyard funk are accompanied by ripe banana and white pepper.

M: Light body with champagne like active carbonation. Clean, crisp and bone dry finish.

O: A elegant, almost delicate, take on a farmhouse ale while still having enough punch to hold up to a good meal.

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Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Weizen Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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