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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.

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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 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 Jonada
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle. Blend 9. Bottled 8-16-2012. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden yellow color with less than a finger of a white head that dissipates to a thin collar. Body is slightly hazy with moderate amounts of visible carbonation.

Smell: Surprisingly strong barnyard funk, green apple, clove, wheat. Almost smells like a gueuze.

Taste: Wheat, green apple, hints of banana, and a mild clove spiciness in the finish. Some bretty funk, even a slight cheesiness, is present as well, though not as strong as in the aroma. Sourness is relatively low.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Medium/high levels of lively carbonation. Finishes dry. Really refreshing

Overall: Really interesting beer. Surprisingly funky and gueuze-like, but overall more mild. Not mind blowing, but a nice refreshing highly drinkable option.

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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 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 LambicPentameter
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
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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Photo of babaracas
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/2014. Pours a hazy light gold with quick fading white head, dots down the glass. Smell: bread dough, hay note, clove, unripe nectarine. Taste: tart with lemon and green apple, quick clove note and snappy grain over doughy back, fading into unripe banana and finishing with peach skin and lemon zest. Light bodied with restrained carbonation, slick in the finish. Great warm weather wild/sour... if distribution didn't lag 4 months behind!

Not sure if it's just variation or that my first try of this had too much age on it (again, distro issues) but this was much better than the previous experience of a gusher so over carbonated that it was hard to get through a whole bottle.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

St: 750 poured into a wine glass.

A: Pale yellow, cloudy, a huge white head.

S: Lemon, spice, stone, fruity, grassy.

T: Fruity lemon, fig, malty, banana, stone.

M: Dry and harder.

O: Interesting work on a favorite style. The banana is there wrapped in a sour, stony dry, yet creamy shell.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At Haven's 4th anniversary boogie down in Orange, CA.

This thang was good, it was real good. Raul would like to be more well versed in the Saison community, but as far as he knows, this lil sucker fits in like Lucky Lucciano.

Tart, a bit sweet, but not gloriously ecstafying (which should be a word) like seeing Behati Prinsloo for the first time.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrives a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. Good retention, decent lace but it fades.
Smell is fruity, light malt, yeast, slight hops. Good balance.
Taste is fruity, yeast, lighter malt and some hops. Again, good balance.
Somewhat acidic, tangy really. Slightly drying without much aftertaste. A pretty good example, IMO.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip. Pours light clear golden with lots of bubbles and a big fluffy white head. Somewhat yeasty dry aroma for a hefe--though that seems to be what they’re going for here--with light clove, banana, and tart apples. Crisp bitter and prickly carbonation up front, some sweet apples in the middle, finishing with a yeasty wheat kick. Some white wine qualities here. Dry on the tongue and easy drinking. A definite summer brew.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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 Vogie
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Blend # 10. Bottled on 08-17-2012. Served in a Duvel tulip glass with Salmen, Asparagus, and Cabbage. My first Jolly Pumpkin beer as well....

A: Pours a golden hazy color with a fizzy finger of head that quickly disappears leaving a thin white cap over the beer.

S: Lots of lemon, nutmeg, some banana, sour, yeasty, earthy.

T: Sour lemon and apple notes with faint banana.

M: Light, thin, lemony

O: Not my favorite style here. Very sour. Almost reminds me of drinking a lemonade. The Weizen yeast with the sourness just doesn't do it for me. I wouldn't mind trying other Jolly Pumpkin beers, but I'll pass on this one if I see it again....

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Photo of yamar68
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Classic pale wheat gold with a wispy half finger of snow white head that recedes quickly but still manages to leave behind a bit of lace.

Malted wheat, banana, fresh clove aromas, a bit of soured grain, wet hay... smooth.

It's got a nice tang from front to back that I wouldn't expect. Some mellow citrus and blends nicely with the wheat and cereal flavors. Very easy drinking, thirst-quenching. I can definitely dig this one.

Thanks alelover!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip; blend 9, bottled 8.16.2012

Pours a dull, burnt golden color with a quick fading bone white cap. The bubbly cap rose about a finger before fading to a small ring around the edges.

Sour vinegar notes and barnyard funk, bordering on light struck, leap from the glass. White pepper and banana notes are in the background. Notes of green apple skins and tart white grapes are also present.

Sour apple cider vinegar and yeast esters dominate. Spicy clove throughout with faint banana notes and damp wheat. Some barnyard funk through the middle, mainly manure and horse blanket.

Light bodied with firm carbonation. Smooth feel. A little lingering lemon and hay.

An interesting combination of weizen and sour. The soft hefe flavors complement the barnyard elements nicely. Good sour.

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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 Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Pahn
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Sticker says Batch 411/412. I bought the bottle last Summer in Boston.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch frothy white head that sticks around and leaves a small semicircle of lacing. Pours a not-quite-translucent yellow and leaves a few spots of lacing.

Smell: Lemony and acetic at first (poured cold to avoid the bottle blowing up like every other Jolly Pumpkin beer I've ever had). Grass and sweet berries come out quickly, underpinned by some real barnyard brettanomyces funk. Gets a lot funkier with time, along with some bright estery aromas around the edges (if "around the edges" makes sense for an aroma).

Taste: Mineral-y with barnyard funk leading to sweet berry tartness--lemon and strawberry. Healthy lactic sourness up front.

A few sips in and I'm reminded that this is far and away my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer (have had it a few times now). It's packed with really bright, clean flavors of fruity esters, bacteria-induced fruity and sour flavors, yeasty clove, a building banana note, etc, always sort of dirtied up by this musty but pleasant brett funk. Building acetic note compliments everything else more than one would expect. Lactic sourness is complemented by a nice (French?) oak undercurrent. Overall just a really nice flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-, almost medium-bodied. Watery, but the lactic sourness and oak gives a creamy/milky backbone. High but appropriate carbonation. Puckering finish.

Overall: This beer is exactly what it should be. Maybe some other similar beers have more wow factor, but this one is just spot on; you can tell the intention behind this beer (showcase oak, funk, and a really delicate hand with the base beer), and they nailed it. Refreshing, lots of subtlety, tons of flavor, and holds up for well over a year. Masterful beer.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blend 12
Bottled 08-22-2012

A= Pours a hazy light yellow color with a thin bubbly active head that rises to a half finger and falls fast into super thin ring around the glass. Little to no lacing is present.

S= Smells poopy and sour. A little horseblanket smell coming from it and a solid lemony aroma.

T= The taste is an excellent lemony yeast wheaty flavor. The barnyard horstblanket is less prominate and the wheat comes through much more without being poopy like the aroma. A litle watery in the finish.

M= Really solid with high carbonation.

O= This is a fine beer. A soild flavor with low abv. Nice and sour with great flavor. Worth buying again and again.

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Photo of spoony
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle (dated 8-17-12) into a tulip.

A-This beer poured with a solid off-white head. The head hung around for a bit. The beer was very cloudy and had a light straw color with hints of orange. Good looking stuff.

S-Slightly funky smell of wheat, lemon, orange, green apples, and a hint of banana. Not particularly concentrated, but pleasant.

T-The tast starts out with some mildly tart lemon and orange. Then the beer slides into a little bit of funky wheat with a touch of spice to finish. Pretty nice, but again, not terribly concentrated.

M-Light bodied. A touch watery feeling to me.

O-This was a pretty refreshing "light weight" beer. It had a little twist from other lighter-bodied brews and I would drink this again on a hot day, but if you are after something super complex or concentrated, there are other brews that are better.

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

7/9/12. Bottle from The Wine Source. reviewed from notes

Pours an orangey gold, slightly hazy with appearance of high carbonation. Foamy head and nice lacing around the glass that holds (though i poured it too cold at first).

Not much on the nose - refreshing funk with lemon grass and perhaps a touch of wheat and sugar.

Sourness off the bat. Really nice tart profile but not a lot that follows it? The tartness of a lambic but no body or follow-through, and the refreshing spice of a farmhouse saison. A small dose of dryness after the swallow.

I really appreciate this beer and it's super refreshing (especially if you dig sour), but it could have a bit more character. If I'm in the mood for a refreshing tart summer funk, I will revisit

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

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Bottled 2011-06-14
Glass: Tulip glass

Tall head of small, dense, pure white bubbles. Retention is above average, lasting several minutes before settling to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Head leaves some lacing along the sides of the glass: a few washes and thick clumps. Body is a hazy light yellow-gold, with very evident carbonation.

Aroma of tangy lemon, light brettanomyces, some basement mustiness, all amidst a backdrop of generally sweet pale malt that yields slight pear aroma. Could be a touch stronger, but still fine.

Tasting opens with light malt sweetness and mild brettanomyces funk/cellar must, leading to light wheat malt grain, faint toffee, apple/pear juice, and lemon tartness. Goes to back of palate with a modest bitterness, where the tartness and apple/pear flavors increase. Pleasing lingering aftertaste of grain and light lemon tartness. More Brettanomyces influenced than lambic-style sourness.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with higher-level carbonation that foams the beer substantially across the palate. Overall mouthfeel is at first fizzy, then smooth and creamy, suitable for the style. Closes dryly, with notable bitterness.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Hennepin tulip. Batch 563, bottled on 6/9/10

A- pours a faint shade of yellow with a two finger pure white head. Lacing is gorgeous, head sticks around for awhile....quite nice

S- faint banana and faint funk. Eh

T- very light tartness, nice lemon, light clove...this is amazing

M- medium bodied, on the thin side...I'd say it's a little thin for a saison and a little thick for a weizen

O- this is a fantastic beer. Perfect blend of two styles.

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Photo of Kromes
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't realize until I got this one home that the date on the bottle says "bottled 8-24-2010". Should be interesting....

A cloudy straw color with a thin soda-like head. Lots of carbonation bubblues coming up the sides of the glass. Wild yeast, cork, earthy hop, tart cherry, lemon and alcohol aromas. A nice tart cherry, apple, and lemon flavor with some funky/fruity yeast flavors. A good earthy flavor mixed with a refreshing fruit tartness. Feel is light with a very good wheat soft smoothness and peppery carbonation. Very well crafted Saison. I like the tartness and depth of flavor along with the feel. Everything is top class.

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Weizen Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
4.05 out of 5 based on 516 ratings.
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