Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam
This is the fourth in the series of "Bam" beer's from the always unique Jolly Pumpkin brewery in Dexter, Michigan. The original Bam Biere is one of my favorites, a great easy drinking farmhouse ale well suited for hot days on the beach. The other two predecessors are E.S. Bam which was a hoppy farmhouse ale and Bam Noire which was a dark version of Bam Biere. This particular version called Weizen Bam takes the farmhouse ale and gives it a hefeweizen yeast twist. Here are my thoughts on this harder to find brew in the series. (Thanks to Shelton Brothers the distribution has expanded for Jolly Pumpkin as well.)
Batch 315/316. Pours from the 750 into my glass a slightly hazy straw yellow with an inch of light, airy bubbly white head on top. Carbonation rises up the sides of the glass. Aromas of crisp wheat with a sour funky kick along with earthy, spicy yeast tones. Hints of lemon and citrus zest, banana and clove come through. Very crisp and dry with that trademark farmhouse aroma that I love in the Bam series.
First sip brings crisp sun dried wheat malts upfront met by a wonderful sour funkiness. Citric accents weave in and out along with earthy yeast tones. The spiciness is there but it is much more mellow than a normal hefeweizen. It flows down quite dry with a lingering puckering tart / barnyard accent. Mellow grassy hops accent as well. Overall, an interesting and ultimately quite tasty brew.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light with fast moving carbonation. Although it is quite dry, it still manages to go down easy and be refreshing. A 750ml bottle of this treat goes down almost too easily. I only wish I would have grabbed another when I had the chance, as this is another tasty treat from JP.
Overall this one gets a rating of Great. Quite a tasty brew.
Check out more of what Jolly Pumpkin has brewing at www.jollypumpkin.com