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Weizen Bam Bière | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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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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1/5  rDev -75.2%

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1/5  rDev -75.2%

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1.2/5  rDev -70.3%

Photo of Crosling
1.86/5  rDev -54%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow/white color. White foam lasts in a decent manner. Smells very lactic and sour, with out much besides that. It's missing hefe elements as well as some oak character. Nothing even close to yeast driven esters here. It's purely sour and unbalanced. No complexity. Just a poorly soured ale.

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2/5  rDev -50.5%

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2/5  rDev -50.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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2.58/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

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Photo of nick76
2.69/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The aroma is sour and very much like a farmhouse ale with the funkiness dialed down. There is definitely funkiness in the form of the barnyard smell but it's not super strong. There is also plenty of malt and a touch of hops. The wheat beer elements are very dialed down. I don't really taste or smell much banana, clove, nutmeg, or bubble gum. The taste is just like the aroma. The appearance is hazy gold with a large head. The palate is thin. Overall not one of my favorites.

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a stemflute at the Happy Gnome in Minnesota. Reviewed from notes taken earlier this month.

A: Pours a hazy dull yellow head of average thickness, cream, and retention. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Lactic and a bit funky. Hints of sourness. Wheat. Sour mash notes.

T: Sour mash notes, including wheat, lactic notes, and hints of sourness alongside some funk.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation and thickness.

Dr: Very drinkable but held back by its simplicity. I'd probably have it again at a good price. A nice offering from Jolly Pumpkin, but nothing to write home about.

High C+

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3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle that had a yellow bottling date stamped on the side, but it is rubbed off to the point of being mostly illegible. What I can tell is that it was bottled in September or earlier in 2013. Given the style, that shouldn't be a problem. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Holy gusher Batman! I'm glad I was watching the inside of the bottle when I pried off the cap, because I could see it start to build a thick sudsy head inside the bottle immediately. I quickly grab my glass and begin pouring to avoid any beer casualties. I'm barely able to get the liquid halfway to the 50 cL marker line on the side of the glass before the rest of the space is filled with huge stark white head. From the bottom of the glass, a furiously active stream of carbonation bubbles rises to continue replenishing the over-the-top head. Inside the bottle, a full-on three-finger head has formed, and a little snowdrift of foam has creeped out of the bottle top. Eventually, the foam in the glass recedes enough to allow me to finish my pour, but the huge mountains of suds are still present, and there is heavy spotted lacing on the sides of the glass. The body is straw yellow and mostly translucent, with just hints of cloud and haze floating through. On subsequent pours out of the bottle, that haze increased due to the rich layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Smell - Unfortunately, the rest of the beer was downhill from the wild appearance. Notes of light malt, wheat dinner rolls, some faint lemon juice and citrus zest, and hard-to-detect notes of oak and wood from the barrel aging. I'm not getting any of the banana or clove that the brewer's description of the beer suggests. But in a way, it smells something like what you'd expect an American pale wheat beer and a saison to smell like. Unfortunately, I just don't think it works that well.

Taste - The inverse bell curve continues, with the taste being a step down from the smell. At least the smell had some interesting brightness and herbal characteristics and citric notes. The taste is largely bland and uninteresting. Pale wheat malts are present, and again, I can sense the oak characteristics, reminding me of chardonnay a little bit. There is also faint lemon zest and a tartness that seems like it has been watered down.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and high carbonation, with a pleasantly effervescent feel. Dry finish.

Overall, the appearance and feel of this beer are nice, but the smell and taste are just too uninteresting for me to consider having this beer again. There are so many better saisons out there--even from Jolly Pumpkin--that I can't imagine any reason to drink this one other than the low ABV, and there's Bam Biere for that purpose. I know individual tastes are different, but I'm really not understanding why this beer is rated so high. Perhaps my bottle was less than ideal.

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3.22/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Shiner Bock pint glass. No freshness date but there's a sticker label on it that says 10/21/11 that was, no doubt, put there by a liquor store employee.

A- Pours a light straw color with a one finger head (note: this is the first Jolly Pumpkin I've ever opened that hasn't been a "gusher" with mostly foam filling the glass when trying to pour) that retains a short bit before settling to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and light foam covering most of the surface.

S- Smells like sour grapes which was sort of expected. Some peach-like fruit notes accompanied by some barnyard funk (also expected). It's that smell of rotting sugar-based substances and spoiled alcohol. Yep, this is gonna be sour.

T- The start is a controlled shot of puckering sour but eases back into a crisp and fruity midsection. The finish is where things go kinda downhill where it feels like you've just chomped into a Warhead sour candy which leads to the Mouthfeel.

M- Tart to the point of the feeling that your tongue is shrinking. It salivates as soon as it can in order to attempt to replenish your palate with moisture. Dry doesn't even begin to describe it. When I swish, I get a look of pain on my face from the intensity.

O- I learned something today: It's more the mouthfeel of sours that I dislike instead of the actual taste. This beer tastes pretty good. It's just that sharp as hell sour bite that I just don't like. It would be one thing if the sourness was justified by the beer having a high alcohol content but, looking especially at this one's ABV, there plainly is not. Sorry, but I just have to really be in the mood to drink a sour beer, which is hardly ever.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to resi for this beer. Poured from a brown 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a hazy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, spices, some grains.Taste is of lemon, spice, a touch of banana up front, a bit of grains, very sour at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good brew.

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3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

08/11/10- Had this one on-draft at Bodega.
A: Very cloudy pineapple juice, little head that is more of a thin cream collar.
S: Clean bready/meaty granny smith apples, pineapple.
T: Pineapple juice, wheat, tart/dry, apple core finish. Very interesting.
M: Thin and spritzy.
D: Only OK.

This is one of the first JP brews that really hasn't impressed me.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had a 10 ounce snifter of this.

A-Huge white foamy head that was a little much with this yellow color that is a bit urine like with a lot of carbonation. To me I thought it looked like urine with alka selzer.

S-Smells like hay, grass, and lemon.

T-Pretty average taste. Not very sour but sour enough where it is not enjoyable. Very herbal and lemony with this grass like taste with an almost creamy aftertaste. There was even a little orange and coriander.

M-Nice carbonation, lots of it. Probably the best thing about this beer.

O-This probably was the least enjoyable beer I have had from jolly pumpkin. A real waste of money and just not that special.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Weizen Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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