Weizen Bam Bière | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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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 Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to phy21 for this request. An above average mouthfeel, lightly orange coloured body with retained white bubbly head. Taste is a bit sour, almost delicate spicyness with noticeable wheat. A tad grassy aroma. Good balance between the sour wheat, the hops.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 5/20/14. Batch 348/350.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is sour with wheat, grain, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is a solid sour, but I am not getting any of the banana, clove, or nutmeg qualities mentioned on the label.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

blend 9, august 2012. this is an older bottle, and it behaves like one. a total gusher as i open it, beer rushes out everywhere, pale and sticky on my table. once i can pour it, a hazy pale white yellow liquid reveals itself, full of yeast floaters and chunks of brown yeast at the surface. the head lasts just seconds and then goes basically flat, my main critique of this beer. the nose is awesome though, pale wheat malt and funky farmy yeast with some bacterial pucker tickling the nostrils. lemons and mowed hay are also present, a very late summer vibe here. the taste is funky too, with a very light wheat base letting the yeast take center stage. citrus flavors and lactic acidity are here, but this is only a little sour. its doughy and outdoorsy and is as full of vibes and feelings as it is of flavors. it just feels watery without any bubbles, and drinks oddly as a result. although when i hold it in my mouth i can feel and here them. the yeast particulate is also unflattering texturally, but the beer is downright delicious overall. with a better mouthfeel this would be spot on. perfect still with fish tacos!

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of wheat in the nose along with hints of bananas and cloves.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a slight amount of sourness from the wild yeast.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It’s very flavorful for a beer that has a low alcohol content.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jolly Pumpkin continues to find success with their saison "Bam" series. When the recipe of this dry, fruity, peppery ale joins with the distinctive micro flora that defines Jolly Pumpkin ales, the results are absolute delight.

As with most saisons, Weizen Bam introduces herself with a translucent straw colored glow. Lively carbonation dances through the beer and layers on a firm white sheet of foam that continues to release aromas and cap the beer with visual appeal. Light lacing produces speckled foam around the rim of the tulip. Charming little beer, she is.

As the nose nears the glass, the assertive pang of acidity strikes the olfactory sense with mouthwatering effect. Tart chardonnay, dry cider, and cucumber notes emit along side of a brisk wheat and pilsner scent. Crab apples, lemons, sea air, and acetic notes deliver wave after wave of varying aromas as the beer breathes.

Tartness of under ripened berries, crab apples, sea brine, and mild yogurt frame the early acidity, but the commencing and more aggressive notes pucker the mouth as the mouth becomes awash with dry cider, vinegar, and pickle juice in its most refreshing form. The low lying malt has hardly an impact until the brunt of tartness subsides and the dry cracker taste of wheat returns in finish. Lightly peppery to start, the balance the the tart fruit develops into the spicy alcohol taste to close the taste.

Light in body, the combination of assured champagne bubbles and premiere acidity both pulls from the soft tissues of the mouth and penetrates them at the same time. There's little rebuttal from malt to suggest anything other than a quick and dry finish. Warm, peppery, and pleasantly astringent; it seems that the beer gets a final balance from wood-like tannin.

As one of the cleaner and more refreshing of Jolly Pumpkin ales, Weizen Bam is focused, disciplined, and refined in its sheer sour complexities. And she does so with ease and finesse.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. What the hell is 'a generous dose of good-natured rapscallion delight'?

This beer pours a hazy, bright medium golden straw hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves little beyond a few instances of looming iceberg lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of funky orchard fruit - apple, pear, a bit of apricot - grainy wheat malt, earthy yeast, a further touch of weak banana chip and lemon zest fruitiness, faint white pepper, a sure, why not, clove spiciness - ok, a tart/sour hefeweizen, I get it so far. The taste is a re-up on the light pear and apple fleshiness - more zingy than sweet - moderately funky yeast, cresting wheat grain, white wine grape must, almost ghostly banana notes, equally sedate spice - the pepper walking all over the purported clove - and a certain flinty minerality.

The bubbles are fairly active, but mostly in a pleasant fizzy and frothy sense, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit too tight and thin to be considered particularly smooth. It finishes quite dry, the funk, yeast, grain, and lingering fruitiness all coming across as spent and done.

A science project, with at best, middling results (I wouldn't want to make the tri-fold board display for this). JP brings the funk, yo, fo sho, but in the process pretty much decimates the underlying hefeweizen subtleties - the soft, fruity banana gets the shiv early on, and even the wheat seems wan by comparison to any decent example of the base style. An attempt, I can see, to meld disparate brewing methods - they ain't all gonna work out, huh?

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 562; bottled 6-2-10

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a fairly impressive head that sticks a lot of lacing around the glass

Smell: Lemon yoghurt, wheat bread, green apple and barnyard funk

Taste: Wheat bread, up front, with a tart lemon and green apple character that develops by mid-palate; lactic sourness takes over through the finish, bringing along a vague hint of banana and salt water; very dry and oaky in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with crisp carbonation

Overall: A Berliner Weiss on steroids, this beer brings along a lot of subtle elements; another fine achievement by Jolly Pumpkin

Thanks, arvjunk, for the opportunity

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Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy blond, barely transparent. A big stream of carbonation feeds the long-lasting pure white blanket of foam.

Smell: Loaded with farmhouse funk, hay and wet dog, this is exactly what I'd expect from a Jolly Pumpkin saison. Barnyard aromas meet tart citrus and green apple.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tart and bone dry, the bugs have sucked any trace of sweetness from this brew. Lemony, lightly acidic and estery. There's a bit of signature hefeweizen-like banana and clove, but it's low in the mix. The (extremely) light body, crispness and dry mouthfeel make for a seriously refreshing farmhouse beer. I wish more American brewers made saisons like this; dry, crisp, lightly funky and extremely refreshing. I'll take this any day over an "imperial" saison or whatever nonsense people are doing these days.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -21%
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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Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After enjoying this on draft in the past in MI and WI, it's finally landed in Chicago this past summer.

Poured into a 22oz. weizen-shaped Spaten glass. A pleasant peachy color with a generous amount of foam. Slowly topping off the glass with the yeast gives it an opaque murkiness. Flinty wet stone, sourgdough, and clover. Something vaguely wild and citrusy too.

Moderate lemon tartness, doughy, funky brett yeast. Something vaguely cinnamon or nutmeg-like in the finish. Sort of dusty and dry in the end, very quenching. Full carbonation, scrubs the palate dry, leaving the aformentioned unique aftertastes. This is one i'd return to, though I like the regular Bam more. Don't go into this thinking Hefeweizen, it's more of a Wild Ale/Berliner Weisse.

Addendum: This blended nicely with the last bit of Hanssens Exp. Raspberry, and i'd think any sour fruit lambic would make a tasty blend.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tart notes is dominating with some light funky notes as well. Taste is also dominated by light sour notes with some tartness and some funky barnyard-like notes. Greta carbonation with a medium-full body. Very well done with some great balance and easily drinkable.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled funky, phenolic and yeasty. Some nice caramel and grains aromas.

T - It tasted funky and spicy with a good wheat sweetness. Very tasty.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a great tasting farmhouse ale. Jolly Pumpkin is so good at Belgian ales.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a cloudy light yellow color with a good white head and some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose brings forward a good dosing of light citrus plus a bit of peppery spice and some very mild funk. Light tartness in the flavor plus some citrus and mild tart character. Light body and high carbonation. Nice all around.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/6/2013. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger foamy and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, straw, wheat, cracker, bread, light funk, and yeast/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of lemon zest, banana, pear, apple, clove, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, straw, grass, herbal, floral, light funk, and yeast/grassy earthiness. Good amount of crisp earthy yeast spiciness and slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, banana, pear, apple, clove, pepper, straw, grass, herbal, floral, wheat, cracker, light funk, and yeast/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate malt flavors; with a very nice and crisp malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is an excellent saison. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - One finger of white foam and large bubbles on top of a clear, straw yellow body. The foam recedes rapidly and leaves only slight lace.

S - Spicy wheat with moderate acidity, both acetic and lactic, as well as some earthy wild notes. There are also some banana and vanilla notes and perhaps a little bit of earthy hop aroma.

T - Surprisingly light, clean malt at first with light, clean acidity following quickly in its wake. The light malt and wheat combined with the peculiar acid quality is very reminiscent of a berliner weisse. This initially clean impression quickly gives way to a more funky sort of sourness with some vinegar notes and a hint of roquefort cheese. Finishes with moderate acidity from wheat and bugs as well as some vanilla malt notes and a hint of grape and black cherry fruit character. All of this clears off the palate fairly quickly leaving only a bit of wheat and lactic acid lingering in a reprisal of the initial flavors.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is one of the most interesting beers I have had from Jolly Pumpkin (and that is saying a lot considering their typical brews). The weissebier yeast is much less prominent than I expected it to be. While I can definitely detect it in the nose, it is quite subtle in the flavor and the wild character really overshadows it. Nevertheless the weizen base adds a layer of complexity and the high attenuation combined with sourness creates something that would be best described as an unusually complex and drinkable Berliner Weisse. It is a bit more subtle than some of JP's brews, but that may be a good thing becasue it is extremely easy to quaff, and I am really enjoying every sip.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weizen Bam
25.4 fl. oz. bottle; $15 @ Capone's, Norristown, PA
Batch 838 Bottled 7-14-2011

Appearance: A hazy (not cloudy) golden-orange body rests beneath a full head of bright white foam. The head retention is very good, but the lacing is limited.

Smell: Wheat and spice. The clove is clear - I had no idea that this used weizen yeast until I read the bottle - as well as the mineralish notes, wet straw, and soft leather of the brett and other funkiness.

Taste: There's more tartness to it than the aroma lets on, yet the Bavarian weizen character still comes through - quite surprising! As might be expected, the funky characteristics are fuller as well. The oak is drying, and although it's not very bitter, it finishes tart and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium in body with a very fine-bubbled, bristling carbonation.

Overall: Quite interesting, and actually very unique. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Not sure when or where I first had this, but it was on tap at the Khyber, so I figured I'd revisit it and give a rating.

Served in a tulip, hazy, bright golden color, with a thin cap of bubbly white head that retained as a collar, and left light lacing on the glass. In the nose, toasted wheat, lemony lacto, light grassy funk. The aroma was reflected in the taste, lemon-apple-lacto tartness that was ever-present yet pretty mellow, toasted wheat, light barnyard funk, and some sugary sweetness in the background. Somewhere between a saison and a Berliner weisse. Body was light-medium, mouthfeel was crisp and dry, and while the flavor wasn't incredibly bold, this sure was an easy drinker. Nice beer overall.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a considerably clouded, straw-yellow body with a thinnish, white head.

Smell: A nose that's a bit funky, a bit sour, and even a bit tart, with notes of harvested wheat grain, fresh lemons, and cloves.

Taste: Tangy malted wheat and the tart-tasting zip of lemon paired with an initial mild sweetness. Soon, a taste of cracked cloves and maybe, just maybe, the teensiest hint of vanilla cream sets in. Light oak character mingled within. No apparent bitterness throughout. In rolls some subtle funk and a lactic sourness. Dry finish with a small, lingering amount of funkiness and lemon peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: As always, it's another weird, wild ride from Jolly Pumpkin. Actually, it's a little less weird and wild, but still. Still!

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gushes a bit, pours light gold with 4 fingers of pearl colored head. Hazes up with great head retention & lacing

S: Dirty & peppery

T: Slight tartness, lemoms, lemon zest, white pepper, wheaty & grainy notes up front. More tartness as this warms a touch of grapefruit, & more lemon zest &a bit of oaky twang. Finishes tart, refreshing, & smidge of funk & sour cherries & light grassyness

MF: Light with a sparkly carbonation

Drinks very easy, pretty clean tasting for this brewery, sort of a suprise to me, The oaky tart/sour really pushes through as it waarms

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Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap tonight at Churchkey.

a - Pours a murky golden color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that lasts for several minutes and moderate carbonation.

s - Smell of bananas, cloves, spices, yeast, and pale fruity malts.

t - Tastes of spices, sour citrus fruits, bananas, and yeast.

m - Light to medium body and light carbonation.

d - Not very funky and seemed like a hefeweizen to me, but good none the less. Would definitely would try again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at ChurchKey.

I think I can fit in at JP if I age my sammich in oak... This brew pours a very cloudy lemon straw topped by two fingers of white soap suds (like dishwashing soap, not hand soap). The nose comprises orange peel, coriander, wheat, pepper, and lemon zest. The taste follows this routine, with notes of citrus pulp (orange and plenty of lemon) and clove, but then deviates into a sour that borders on bretty-ness. Pretty sneaky, JP, using the barrel-aging process to get some wild yeast things in there. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a refreshing feel. Overall, a surprisingly good and innovative brew, a summer treat.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Christmas gift from my wife. Thanks babe!

Served in my Oberdorfer Weissbier glass.

The beer appears a light yellow hue and moderately hazy. The head is towering, filling the upper third of the glass, fading slowly and leaving spotty lacing on the walls of the glass.

The aroma offers wheat, lemons, hay, light funk. Smells inviting.

Really nice flavor. Delicate tartness, with lemon, green apple, subtle citrus, grass, hay. A nice take on a German classic. I'm a big fan of tart and/or sour brews, and this one delivers.

Light in body and even a bit watery. This beer is chuggable. Low alcohol and easy drinking.

Overall, very enjoyable. Another gem from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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 feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jolly Pumpkin Artisanal Ale Weizen Bam, Farmhouse Wheat Beer, Bottle Conditioned Ale Aged in Oak Barrels.
"The fourth in our Bam Farmhouse series, and perhaps our most adventurous; a traditional farmhouse style heft weizen.
Weizen Bam seamlessly blends traditional German style heft wizen yeast with our local wild and sour cultures, for a menage of the most flavorful sort.
Ruddy golden, with yeast driven ester of banana, spicy clove, and nutmeg all wrapped up with a generous dose of good-natured rapscallion delight. Cheers and mahalo plenty!"
Batch 817, bottled 6-16-2011

My favorite kind of delight is rapscallion, what a coincidence!

Completely cloudy, golden liquid, smallish head, stays as a tight ivory ring, before utterly departing.

Aroma: lemon and straw, orange and light spices, sharp and citric, before banana comes in at last. Very lightly, as well as with the promised clove.

Taste: sour, sharp, and citric, plenty of bite in this first sip. Second sip, more fierce tartness, slowly mellowing. Sour never stops, and it never really resembles a German wizen, no matter what. No, I get it now, this is not supposed to be a hefe weizen, but more of a Berliner weiss. The funky wild yeast strains they employ definitely take it in a different way. The sourness never quits in this, which is definitely different from a traditional hefe weizen.

Medium body, long, sour and spicy finish, and very full in flavor. Dangitty tangitty, it's tasty as can be. That's my new catchphrase, use it while it's fresh.

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Weizen Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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