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Weizen Bam BièreWeizen Bam Bière

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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 MasterSki
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Jake Melnick's. Served in a 'Reserve' glass.

A - Thin white collar settles to pretty much nothing. Murky urine-colored body.

S - Sour wheat aroma - a mixture of funky brett, lactic sourness, unmalted wheat, a bit of spicy yeast and oak.

T - Tastes exactly as advertised - banana, clove, wheat, as well as some oak and mild lemony sourness.

M - Medium-light in body but a tad heftier than you'd expect for only 4.5%. Pleasant carbonation, dry finish - pretty refreshing stuff.

D - A nice lightly sour wheat ale, but somewhat overpriced at nearly $9/glass. Quite easy to drink - would make a nice farmhouse table beer if it cost half as much.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a pale golden color with an inch thick head that dissipates instantly. Looks highly carbonation.. It leaves a nice lacing.

Smell - Has a strong scent of coriander, followed by a funky bitterness. I also smell banana, citrus, pepper, and maybe some clove.

Taste - Identical to the smell, except for the fact that there's an overwhelming flavor of lemon citrus. It tastes good, but it doesn't go over well with my acid reflux.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - It's a good beer but WAY too acidic for me..

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Photo of srv33
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear pale yellow with an ourageous amount of thin white head that take awhile to fade, excellent lacing. Scent of lemon, wheat, a hint of funk and grass all are apparent. Taste is much the same - with a peppery lemon funk the best way I can describe this rather unique taste. There is loads of fine carbonation in the mouthfeel, and the whole thing sits very light on the palate. The aftertaste is really something - it lingers for awhile but it is an incredibly clean taste, with notes of lemon and that indescribable hint of funk. I would definitely recommend this beer for someone who enjoys the style and wants to try a unique take on it. Another thing I appreciated was how the batch number (825/826) and the bottling date (6-23-2011) were marked clearly on the bottle.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.13/5  rDev +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 FondueVoodoo
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass with an airy and bubbly 2 fingers of crisp white head. A pale clear wheat colour with one or 2 streams of bubbles rising, minimal retention and very minimal lacing.

S: Upfront sour fermentation with lemon, wheat and fresh grass. A good barnyard funkiness is present followed by some oak and ripe banana.

T: Initial taste of vegetative sourness followed by wheat and lemon. Grassy notes, earthiness and a barnyard funk are accompanied by ripe banana and white pepper.

M: Light body with champagne like active carbonation. Clean, crisp and bone dry finish.

O: A elegant, almost delicate, take on a farmhouse ale while still having enough punch to hold up to a good meal.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 6/29/11, opened 7/13/12. Poured a brilliant, clear gold with two fingers of bright white head and just a few dark brown yeast floaties. Slightly tart aroma of clove, apple, and lemon.

High carbonation and a dry, crisp mouthfeel. Tart lemon and hints of apple up front with a wheaty backbone, light spice, and some hints of oak on the tail end.

Extremely refreshing and packed with flavor for such a light brew. Really excellent.

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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 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 drpimento
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is incredible! Never had a sour beer that was this well balanced and modest. Poured at a good temperature with a nice sized, off-white, foamy, head that soon subsided and no lace. Color is a clear yel low with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, grass, malt, sour, floral. Flavor's like nose, fairly dry, bitter is superbly balanced to carbonic tang. Body reflects that balance and in spite of the potential for extreme, there are no high points while carbonation is exactly where it should be. Finish is like flavor, has good length, and is surprisingly drinkable. Outstanding brau!!

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, batch 829, bottled 6-29-11. Initial pour is a clear, bright gold with tons of atreomg bubbles. White, airy head rises to the top and even over the sides of the glass. With all the carbonation, the head lasts forever. When it gases a bit, there are some serious patches of lace. The secondary pour adds some cloudiness to the party.

Tart citrus notes up front. Some earthy aroma, and a bit of Brett funk. Slight peppery and hay notes.

Tart and dry up front, but not puckering. Earthy notes, with a funky feel. A bit of lemon zest. Pretty dry all around. A hint of banana gives a weizen feel. Oak is very slight, and lends to the drying character overall.

Lighter body, with great carbonation. Carbonation gives a nice feel without being overbearing. Very refreshing, with some great character.

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

Looks really nice: hazy, sunny color, with a bright white three finger fluffy head. Laces nicely. The aroma is bright with tinges of citrus, a bit of brett funk, hay, wheaty breadiness. Might get some oak, but it's very mild if at all. The taste shines a bit more with some brett boldness, wheat, light sweetness, hay, and a bit of oak. Not shy on the carbonation, light-medium bodied.

Overall, it's a pretty enjoyable saison. I think I'd prefer the Bam Biere with Brett rather than the Weizen...

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Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, batch 817 bottled on 6-16-2011, poured into a tulip glass quickly as the beer started foaming up after opening. Beer pours a hazy light yellow with a finger of loose foamy head. Head dissipates quickly to a collar. Decent amount of fine carbonation.

Nose is light sweet lemon, some light earthiness, and wheat. Some yeast esters that bring a bit of banana and bubble gum as it warms a little.

Taste follows the nose, light lemon, yeast esters mainly banana, then some light sweet wheat flavors. Finish is dry, with some sour lemon and some earthy funk.

Light body beer with abundant effervescence that makes it very refreshing. Flavors are all light, but works well with the refreshing nature of this beer.

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

My first beer from Jolly Pumpkin

Batch 821/822 Bottled 6/15/2011

Poured into my Founder's tulip

A: Poured a golden straw color with a fluffy white head (about two fingers) which receded into a thin layer of froth (about a half finger).

S: Apples, clove, lemon peel and pressed grapes. There is also a faint presence of the Oak.

T: Tons of apple/ white grape juice tartness up front, that settles into a nice oaky dry finish.

M: The beer is heavily carbonated and has a light to medium mouth feel.

O: Tart (but not overly tart) and very refreshing; this beer goes straight to the point. Impressed. I don't want to beat a dead horse, but this is very berliner weisse-esque, and there is nothing wrong with that. I could only imagine how well a traditional styled berliner would be from these guys. I will be purchasing many more of these to enjoy throughout the summer.

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Photo of korguy123
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled October 2010 into tulip.

A- Hazy yellow pour with a two finger snow white head that is short lived. Lacing is spotty.

S- Typical JP aromas, lemons, apples, grapes, white wine, slight oak. Not getting the weizen aspect of the beer. Still smells delicious regardless.

T- My goodness! Pucker power, yum! This is almost into berliner weisse/ gueuze territory. Tart lemons, apple, grape skins. White wine oak and just floral and refreshing.

M- Light, effervescent, prickly and refreshing.

O- Shame on me for not checking JP's super easy to read dates. Shame on Siciliano's in Grand Rapids for keeping it on the shelf so long. If it was anything other than a JP beer I don't think the review would have been so stellar. Luckily their beers hold up.

Regardless, this is spectacular. I don't taste a huge difference the wheat makes but it is still very good. Can't wait to get a fresh bottle.

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Photo of schwaeh
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 829, bottled 6-29-11.

A: This started rushing for the bottle opening as soon as I uncapped it. It's an extremely active beer, turbid bubbles go crazy in the glass. The color is a very light golden color with plenty of clarity. I had to pour slowly since the loose white foam would sprout to the top of my tulip nearly instantly.

S: Spicy wheat, sour green apples, hay, chardonnay, plenty of funky bugs, and oak. Real complex aroma with bright refreshing qualities amongst a sea of tartness.

T: I can see the beliner weiss comparisons right away, it is very light and refreshing with a bright tartness and very low alcohol. Somehow the this ends up being much less dry than regular bam biere. Everything I picked up in the aroma comes through nicely in the flavor. Sour apple and hay may be the most prominent but the wheat-y spice adds a welcomed depth to the flavor profile.

M: Very light, very crisp, dry, and refreshing.

O: Really good beer from Jolly Pumpkin, I wouldn't expect any less. Great purchase during the warmer months. This is an easy beer to drink a lot of on a hot summer day.

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Photo of SickGnar
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Violent gusher – jumps right out of the bottle. Rich straw – just short of golden, very hazy but not quite cloudy with some floaties that settle out. Multiple streams of steady bubbles, surprisingly small bright white head. Keeps an alright ring & leaves a little bit of lace.

S: Tart lemon. Zesty. Spice that is more clove & just a touch of soft pepper. Green apple, citrus fruit, & a hint of tropical. Background doughy, wheaty malt. Touch of earth with hints of leather & barnyard. Soft hint of tannin oak. Ghost hint of herbal / grassy. Mostly tart, but lots of other fun stuff too. Pleasant & inviting. Good strength/ fun to sniff and pull out more aspects.

T: Largely follows the nose, but proportions change a bit. Zesty, tart lemon grows. Other fruits fade quite a bit. Except for some firmly tannic grape skin that is new. Spicy clove & soft white pepper are there about the same. Malts are more crackery, but still wheaty – and lighter overall. More brett. Earthy, lots of leather, and bits of dusty loam, barnyard, & musty funk. Hints of phenolics. Lots of tannin, acid, astringent – wine-like – character emerges as it warms. Hops are barely noticeable as a vague background herbal, tea-like bittering. Different and very nice once you get past the initial “whoa” effect.

M: Nearly suck your face in pucker, at first anyways – but then you get used to it after a few sips. Just on the medium side of light. CO2 is mouthfilling & expansive but in a soft way with super fine & tight bubbles. Tart pucker drying is accentuated by the powdery earth note. A tad much for me personally at first, but quite good for what this beer is going for.

D: Wiezen meets Berliner Weiss meets Saison with a touch of the wild. This one pushes my boundaries, but I like it. It really grows on me. Such subtle complexity wrapped up in an encompassing tartness. At first it seems one-dimensional. And if you had it cold it would be quite the quencher. But let it warm a bit and wow!

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Photo of SpoonMeForkMe
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well I had written up a review for this but Gosox8787 wrote exactly what I wanted to write.

Appearance: Champagne, light, golden, straw. Excellent carbonation that shoves the funk up your nose. Gorgeous white head retires to a nice lacing

Aroma: Funky, brett, barnyard, wet wool, lemon, cherry, tart fruit, grass, herbs.

Taste: Grassy, tart cherry, lemon zest, yeast, funk, funk, fun k, a slight herbal quality. Balanced and complex. Very complex!

Mouthfeel: light, crisp, refreshing, the carbonation dances in the mouth. Yeah, I typed that.

Very sessionable, refreshing, cool, crisp and complex brew. I paid $10 for a bomber of this and I'm certainly happy with the purchase.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL bottle served chilled poured into a Cigar City tulip glass. Batch 833, bottled 7/18/2011. Opens with a bit of a gush, but anything that was going to spill still ended up making the glass.

Appearance: Really light golden straw yellow in color. Some aggresive carbonation yields a nice, fizzy white head the recedes into a nice lacing.

Aroma: A lot of barnyard funk upfront. Really nice horse blanket and brett notes, a touch earthy and herbal. Some nice notes of lemon zest and tart green apple. Really balanced and complex.

Taste: Really light tart notes of lemon and green apple sourness upfront. The wheat really makes it take on an almost berlinner weisse quality the is really nice. An earthy, grassy character belnds nicely with the funk note here too. Really light and balanced. Extremely unique.

Mouthfeel: Really light and prickly on the tongue from the big carbonation.

Overall, a really interesting and refreshing beer with a really nice funk profile , especially in the aroma. Not overly sour, but refreshing nonetheless. Definitely worth the price.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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 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 DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden color with a large, frothy white head that takes some time before it goes down completely. Scent is packed with barnyard funk and some lovely lemon and citrus notes. A bit of Belgian yeast with some tart scents and just a hint of clove and green apple. Taste is initially bitter hops, immediately followed with tart lemon flavors. Some brett flavors with some wheat and green apples. A little bit of oak as well. Finishes lemony and funky. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, dry, and crisp...champagne-like. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is another amazing beer from Jolly Pumpkin. I very crisp, sessionable, refreshing offering that I could drink every day. Very tasty!

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

Poured from the bottle a light hazy lemon color with four fingers of bubbly white head. The head eventually reduces to a single finger with generous lacing.

Aroma of lemon, sour apple, clove, fresh earth and yeast.

The taste was sour apple and lemon, wheat and a ton of funky Brett notes.

Medium bodied and sticky with a crisp carbonation.

Jolly Pumpkin definitely knows how to add their own flair to the classic Farmhouse Ale. Well done.

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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 nate8767
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber (thanks, gonuts31!) into Jester King tulip:

Beautiful light golden, cloudy pour with two-finger head. Minimal lacing on glass, and I considered rating a 4.5 before changing to a 5 because I'm not sure I would change anything about its appearance. Easily agitated in the glass, receeds maybe a taaad too quickly for my taste.

Clear lemony notes reflective of its hefe-backbone, though it's not difficult to pin down the farmhouse strains. Would appreciate a more complex bouquet as it's fairly one- (two?) dimensional.

On first taste, perhaps served still a little too cold, and I was disappointed that it feels a little thin. Less creamy than I anticipated, though this may have been foreshadowed by its nose. On warming, the tart comes to the forefront, much more than I would have expected initially. Finishes smoothly and cleanly, with little lingering aftertaste. Spice is notably absent, by which I'm sort of surprised considering it's a JP, but I'm not complaining.

The labeling promises a tart wheat experience, and this is exactly what it delivers. I've yet to be let down by a Jolly Pumpkin offering, and I wouldn't even say this is in their top 1/3rd of beers. Such a delight, can't wait for a second (or third, etc) bottle.

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

Bottle purchased in CA, brought back to Sydney and shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a lovely, bright yellow colour, hazy with protein, and riddled with tiny clumps of disturbed sediment. Head is big. Big, frothy and bright white, looking jolly and exciting. Lacing is solid, but frothy and slightly insubstantial, like the head itself. Looks exciting.

Nose is funky and bright, with citric overtones to smoother vanilla and banana weizen yeast characters. Slight sharpness of vegetation or something to give it yet another lilt of oddness. To be honest, the two characters are slightly at odds—and seem to clash a little bit more violently than the wild characters in other Jolly Pumpkin beers. But it's still quite interesting.

Taste is lighter, but smoother and more integrated. Here the funk gives it a slight earthiness, while the acidity really thins the palate. Very little on the back, although this gives it a bright refreshing character. Unfortunately, it also leaves it feeling a little empty.

Not bad, but one of the lesser experiments from the Jolly Pumpkin stable. A bit thin, a little weak, but still with enough interest and oddities to make me smile.

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Weizen Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
4.05 out of 5 based on 514 ratings.
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