Weizen Bam Bière | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Weizen Bam BièreWeizen Bam Bière

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 534 |  Reviews: 199
Reviews by redleg64:
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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 grub
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Viggo
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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 laituegonflable
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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 DrJay
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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 DanGeo
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tectactoe
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Jolly Pumpkin's pub in Ann Arbor, directly after a nice pour of ES Bam. Weizen Bam pours a soft, golden color with darker hues gravitating towards the center, hinting at traffic-light amber. A yeasty haze sifts throughout, as the cotton-like head that's perched atop the wheat beer takes its time settling, leaving copious sheets and rings of lace in its wake.

As I've stated before, due to Jolly Pumpkin's meticulous process of aging, fermenting, and brewing their beers, they all share some common ground at the core, and each has additional qualities that make them all different, unique, and discernible from the rest. In Weizen Bam's case, well, it's essentially a hefeweizen done the JP way. A little bit of German culture and a little bit of Jolly Pumpkin farmhouse.

As such, the aroma is a nice mix of yeasty, hefe indicators and funky, saison-ish critters. Spritzy bananas and pear skins, waves of soft wheat, moderately horsey and corky funk, and a faint citrus tartness in the very back corners. It smells like a mildly funky, every-so-slightly tart hefeweizen. I'd like the nose to be a little more loud and boisterous, but hey, it's hard to complain about robustness in a sub-5% ABV beer.

The taste, though, is definitely a bit amped up from the nose. Conversely from the aroma, my palate picks up some grape and apple sweetness at first; perhaps even a slight mention of cherries with a dry, soft graininess that I'm guessing is from the wheat. It only contains a soft tartness for a moment, as I suspected, and quickly gets followed up with a bit o' funk; something along the lines of wet hay and damp, funky corks.

After the wild, funky yeast asserts itself, the hefeweizen yeast steps in and shakes things up a bit. Some banana, heavy, breaded yeast, and a finishing hint of spicy clove. As with nearly all Jolly Pumpkin creations, the finish will leave your palate dry like a black top parking lot in the summer. Weizen Bam is a bit thin; not quite as chunky as I prefer my hefeweizens to be, but it still has a snappy, crisp, and smooth mouth feel.

Wow, I really enjoyed this brew. I wasn't all hopped up when I heard it was essentially a "slightly sour" wheat beer, mainly because I didn't think those two flavor profiles would mesh well, but JP did me proud. Super drinkable - this is something that would be good in growler-esque serving sizes during those devastatingly hot summer days.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This pours a pale straw in color with excellent clarity and a few fingers of enthusiastic bone white head. The head is long lasting and leaves some lacing on the glass.
S: There is an initial sharp sourness that gives way to some barnyard funkiness. There is slight wheat malt aroma. After a long and enjoyable search some citrus fruit and spice aromas come through; there are moderate to moderately-low levels but the sourness just dominates.
T: The citrus flavors make your mouth water only to have it completely dried out in the very dry finish. The moderate tartness an moderately-low sourness make this so refreshing. There is some lemon and lime citrus flavors. Middle palate there is a attack of spice and hops bitterness with moderate flavors of clove, pepper and nutmeg.
M: Light bodied with very high carbonation stopping just short of fluffy. There is a slight prickel on the tongue after the dry finish and bitterness fade.
O: A very dry and refreshing somewhat soured wheat beer.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden with great bubbles and a tightly packed bubbley head.

Funky aroma, as usual for these guys, hay lemongrass, wonderful brett, and clovey esters.

Similar taste, nice tartness while holding true to a weizen, yeasty flavor. Brisk carbonation, light body, and splendedly dry. A little colder is going to be the ideal serving temperature for this one. Great stuff.

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Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 315/316. Pours from the 750 into my glass a slightly hazy straw yellow with an inch of light, airy bubbly white head on top. Carbonation rises up the sides of the glass. Aromas of crisp wheat with a sour funky kick along with earthy, spicy yeast tones. Hints of lemon and citrus zest, banana and clove come through. Very crisp and dry with that trademark farmhouse aroma that I love in the Bam series.

First sip brings crisp sun dried wheat malts upfront met by a wonderful sour funkiness. Citric accents weave in and out along with earthy yeast tones. The spiciness is there but it is much more mellow than a normal hefeweizen. It flows down quite dry with a lingering puckering tart / barnyard accent. Mellow grassy hops accent as well. Overall, an interesting and ultimately quite tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light with fast moving carbonation. Although it is quite dry, it still manages to go down easy and be refreshing. A 750ml bottle of this treat goes down almost too easily. I only wish I would have grabbed another when I had the chance, as this is another tasty treat from JP.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, blend 9 bottled 08-16-2012. The bottle was a bit of a gusher. Pours hazy yellow with a fizzy white head that quickly disappears completely (surprising considering the bottle gushed).

The aroma is wheaty malts with a little funky bretty sourness.

The flavor is slightly sweet wheaty malts with a bit of tart lactic fruit and funky spicy brett and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, a nice light wheat sour. Seems a bit like a berliner.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to RBlaszak for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of funky wheat along with some apples and lemons. The funk and tartness in the aroma are very inviting.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of tart lemons and sour apples, as well as some wheat and some barnyard funk. There is also some yeast character in the flavor that is pretty nice. The beer is very easy drinking and is very dry.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of JBabz
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of doremite
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BroadStBrewing
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours an almost opaque lemon-yellow color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of wheat twang. Also present are soft lemon peel aromas and even lighter hints of floral hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors - pilsner most likely given the crispness - kick things off and are joined almost immediately by good amounts of moderately tart light citrus flavors. Midway through the sip solid amounts of wheat twang come into play before fading out to allow mildly bitter earthy hop flavors to work their way into things. The hops carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was straddling the line of a berlinerweiss, especially given the low ABV, but wasn't quite tart enough and the hop influence is too great to be fully considered so. A solid beer that's worth a shot.

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Weizen Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 534 ratings