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Howling Wolf Weizenbock - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Howling Wolf WeizenbockHowling Wolf Weizenbock

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BA SCORE
89
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4
pDev: 7.75%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Howling Wolf Weizenbock was crafted with 40% wheat malt, including German Dark Wheat and Caramel Wheat malts, and minimally spiced with Liberty hops, an American version of the famous German Hallertau Mittelfruh.

Like all Bavarian weizen beers, the yeast is the star of this show. We used an authentic Bavarian top-fermenting ale yeast that naturally produces flavors of cloves, bananas, bubblegum, green apples, smoke, and even vanilla. When this yeast ferments a very strong beer, the resultant weizenbock is a wonderfully complex brew, hiding its 8% wallop under swirls of fruit and spice aroma—raisins, dates, prunes, bananas, cloves--and fruity, bready, chocolaty, caramel grain flavors.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-23-2009)
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Reviews by FernMaster:
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FernMaster

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

I purchased this beer for two reasons, 1) The Howling Wolf on the label made me laugh, 2) I - that night - discovered the awesomeness of the Weizenbock style and was curious to try more of it. Really what you should take from that is I'm a consumer whore and will purchase things that make me giggle, take note breweries! With that being said, I wasn't disappointed in this purchase.

Howling Wolf Weizenbock comes in a bottle with a stopper on it that makes a nice pop sound when opening. If only they could figure out how to make it howl when you open it, this would be an easy 5 star beer. The pour proffered a very extravagant full hand worth of head that was kind of neat just to show off. The head stayed around for about two minutes before subsiding to drinking level. However, the head laced the glass as I continued to drink and there was always some foam around the top as I drank. There's also some occasional bubbling and carbonation in here that does nothing but just add to the ascetics of the look. Sadly, there's very little scent to this beer. The smell is very minute, with a hint of wheat, but just a hint. The look is a typical amber color that you can't see through. The taste is one note. There's no play when the beer goes down or when you first taste it. The good news is that it's a good flavor! The wheat has a role in this beer, but it's just the bass, there's some pepper on drums and the yeast is on lead guitar. All of it works really well together, but I see this being a beer that you and a buddy or two split, it's too one note for a single person. I like it, but there's very little play. Heck, I may purchase one again in the future but it will be with a friend or two when we're sitting around chilling.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 02:38:18 | More by FernMaster
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Served on-tap at the Yard House in a pint glass. Pours a dark orange with a very creamy, but limited, head. It gives off the aroma of a hefeweizen, with orange peel, wheat, and sweet malts coming through. The initial taste when it hits the tongue is like a hefeweizen as well with a wheat bread taste, but smooths out a finishes with cloves and yeast. The 8% ABV is more noticeable on the back end, but overall the beer wasn't too hot. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and very creamy with decent carbonation.

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This is like some godly lovechild between a scotch ale and a hefeweizen. I picked up a swing top bottle that was bottled in April of '09 and stored respectfully ever since.

A - Pours a foggy dark amber orange, with a tasty head that dissipates rather quickly.

S - The smell explodes out of the bottle. It smells much boozier than it tastes - but the smell is very pleasant nonetheless. Lots of fruit, raisins, starch.

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A: Pours a beautiful amber with excellent clarity. Loosely packed 2 finger lid dissipates within one minute.

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One litre flip-top bottle served in a weizen glass. Bottled on May 06, 2009 stamped on the tag attached to the bottle. Pours with a creamy, luxurious off-white head that comprises 90% of the body as it slowly recedes, revealing a semi-translucent amber colored liquid with tiny bubbles adhering to the base of the glass and slowly rising to the underside of the cap. Thick, concentric bands of lacing are revealed as the head slowly recedes and exhibits excellent adhesion. Nose reveals, figs/raisins/prunes and a bready quality with a hint of yeast, cloves and citrus. Taste follows nose - a little more subdued and rounded with more of the yeast character coming out in the flavor profile. Maybe a suggestion of bubblegum and banana reveals itself, as well as a dark malted wheat presence at the back end. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an easy carbonation and a hint of dryness at the finish. A really nice weizebbock - maybe not as smooth as some I have tried, but this is an exceptional brew that appears to have held up well in the bottle.

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CMW

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an amber brown color with a towering off white head. Carbonation appears to be quite high from the view of the side of the glass.

S - Heavy on the caramel malt. This is mixed with some dark fruit and sweet spice.

T - Sweet caramel malt dominates the taste. However, this is not a one-trick pony. You can taste the dark fruit mixed in that begs of raisins and figs. Finishes with almost no alcohol taste and very clean.

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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
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Large 32oz flip top bottle poured into a tall weizen glass: Palest of pale dark lemony mustard and nearly opaque as it glows dull and low. Immensely tall capping grows fast to top the liquid, as most good weizenbocks do, settling a good three fingers high with a dull ivory foam. The foam settles slowly to a thick firm skim keeping its position with a bunch of small patches of lacing scattered about the glass.

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Solidly smooth, rich, bold, and moderately controlled with a lasting tang of wheaty malt that soothes the palate with an ease of dullish tropical tones of banana, lemon, and mango.

Another winner in the big bottle series by Grand Teton Brewing! The smoothness in its malty wheat based tang and lasting flavor tones make for some very good drinkability. Yum!

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femALEist

California

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a bavarian weizen beer, in which they use authentic Bavarian top-fermenting ale yeast. It is modeled after a centuries-old Bavarian style and, like all of their 2009 Cellar Reserve Beers, brewed in strict compliance with the German Beer Purity Law, or Reinheitsgebot.
This beer smelled like spicy bananas and toffee malt. It tasted like apple cider, currants, sweet caramel and malt. It was a bit on the sweeter side of things for the evening but a sweet caramel weizen beer?
I had never had anything like this style before and I truly enjoyed it!

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Howling Wolf Weizenbock from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.