Weizen Bam Bière | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Weizen Bam BièreWeizen Bam Bière
523 Ratings
Weizen Bam BièreWeizen Bam Bière

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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.

Added by drxandy on 07-30-2008

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Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bump8628
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutHunter
3.96/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JBabs09
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 Burkbom23
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of webmanspidey
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beefbucket
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ElGallo
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of utopiajane
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of DangerDawg
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pens1967
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MIbeer27
3.96/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of SlothB77
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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