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Howling Wolf Weisse Bier - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 183
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 10-14-2010

Howling Wolf Weisse Bier is an unfiltered Bavarian-style Hefeweizen. Brewed with a hearty amount of wheat, this Weissbier pours a light clouded golden color with a generous head. Gently hopped to balance the malt sweetness, Howling Wolf’s flavors and aromas are subtle with a hint of fruit and spice. At 5% alcohol by volume, this light-bodied ale is a refreshing session beer for any time of year.

14 IBU
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Reviews: 60 | Hads: 183
Photo of mothman
2.44/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light layer of white head. Very minimal. Color is a very slightly hazed golden yellow.

Aroma: Bananas, cloves, yeast, spice, and wheat. A lot of spice. Bready malts.

Taste: A big lemon zest up front followed by citrusy fruit flavors and spices. Bready malts and some wheat followed by a bland aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and bland. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this wasn't very refreshing like most hefes are. Very boring and bland. Not going to be picking this up again. (526 characters)

Photo of jar2574
2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours slightly cloudy yellow color under white bubbly head of about a 1/4 inch. Smell is faint. Bananas, yeast, cloves, and maybe a touch of laundry detergent. Taste is mellow banana, wheat. OK, but not a stand out. Mouthfeel is really pretty boring, some carbonation but it's a little fizzy and thin. Not a terrible beer, but not a good one either. (349 characters)

Photo of rawfish
2.81/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky gold with a thin white cap. Allows some lacing to stick to the glass and the head barely hold up.

Banana, clove, yeast and detergent powder. Some dark fruit notes, biscuit malt and solvent alcohol/plastic off tones.

Wheat provides a slight zip to a corn meal and musty card board malt profile. Banana, clove and orange peel. Very heavy handed on the fruit notes. Malt lays flat on the tongue without any cleansing or activity.

Medium body provided by the yeast yet remains overly carbonated, hyperactive bubbles cloud the flavor. This beer doesn't possess any drying capability and overall feel of this beer is flat and bland.

Really an all over the place beer, active carbonation yet the malt doesn't brighten this beer and the banana and orange fruit notes stray to the darker end of the spectrum. Rather artificial and hardly refreshing. (858 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Hefeweizen from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This Hefeweizen poured a cloudy golden/orange color, produced an average white head but it featured below average retention and left minimal lacing on the glass. The aroma of the ale consisted of malted wheat, banana and clove. Light in body, this brew consisted of citrus (lemon), soft wheat, and banana. Overall , average Hefeweizen , decent session beer. Prost! (426 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 1/11/11

A: Pours a hazy, light grain colored ale. Despite saying the beer is hazy, it has excellent clarity. No head formation on pour, but can be agitated with stirring. However, this is almost immediately transient. No lacing.

S: Grain,lemon rind, bavarian yeast, hints of soil. The slightest feel of coriander and pepper. Pleasant. At the far end, there is a hint of rubber (not cool).

T: Wheat, corn meal, yeasty, sweet. Slightly acidic with citrus tones. Salt water taffy tone.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Slicks the palate and sticks around.

D: The beer is okay. Not the most drinkable of their offerings, and unfortunate given this is one of my favorite locals. This beer as a weizenbock exceeds expectations, this does not though. (763 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, grain and bananas, about what I expect in the hefeweizen. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of wheat and banana notes with some clove mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This tastes and smells like a hefeweizen should, but something about it doesn't sit that well with me. Decent, but not one of the better Grand Teton beers I have had. (493 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige head of slight cream, okay thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a hazy yellow-orange. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Wheat, clove, banana, orange peel, and yeast. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Orange peel, banana, clove, and wheat. Hopping is light but complementary. Simple but balanced for the most part. The orange and banana are a bit too prominent in the balance. Not particularly complex or subtle. Structurally too brief. I like it, but it's far from ideal for the style.

Mf: Too dry on the finish. Smooth and wet otherwise, but never quite on the mark. Too thin and a bit watery. Carbonation is adequate.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable for a hefeweizen. It's a decent attempt, but pales in comparison to proper German offerings. I might get this again on draught, but it won't be anytime soon. Fans of the style will enjoy it, but it's not unique or special.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here is another one of Grand Teton's standard fares. Unlike their APA, this one is almost completely average. It's got all the components of a Hef - clove, banana, wheat, etc. but nothing extra or anything particularly memorable. Fans of the style might find more to appreciate. I, not being a particular fan of Hefs, will likely pass on this one next time. (357 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours out the requisite cloudy, murky, golden colour with a fine, thin head and lace. real citric in the nose, almost overly fruity with some wheat and yeast. not picking up any of the favourable clove and banana characteristics. the flavour profile runs heavily on a grainy, grassy, and ripe red fruit/lemony rail...with an easy going yeasty note rounding things out. wheat malt notes are prevalent, with a very slight spice from some minimal hopping adding some character. there is a sour undertone milling about adding another (undesirable?) layer that has me a bit perplexed. if this a true hefeweizen...it falls short. it has the body of a hefe, with pretty close on spot mouthfeel...creamy, yeasty and smooth...and even a bit crisp. can't complain there. drinkability is nice...refreshes nicely on a warm, sunny, summer afternoon after a hards day work.

overall i would say the only obvious negative aspect of this weisse, or hefe, or whatever it's supposed to be is the sour/lemony aspect and the lack of true hefe characteristics. i had read a few of some previous reviews and was excited to try this....and to tell the truth i'm more than let down, considering what i expected this to be. it's certainly not bad, but falls short of any hefe expectations. (1,264 characters)

Photo of dbossman
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Sunshine yellow and hazy with a medium, fairly quickly dissipating head--eventually settling in a thin film; bubbly carbonation pops through the film; lacing is minimal

S: Very grainy with just subtle banana and lemon--smells more like an American wheat with the grains and wheat taking dominance over any yeasty quality

T: Lots of lemon and grains but none of the typical banana and clove characteristics of a weiss beer; a bit tart--nice lemon zest and really grainy and grassy but it's just not quite right]

F: Medium body with decent carbonation

O: Not what I want or expect in a weiss beer--more typical to an American wheat; it is refreshing and pleasant enough for what it is, however (698 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy goldenrod. A pretty vigorous pour yields only a smallish fizzy white head which soon dissipates. Not very weissebier-esque. After a few minutes it appears completely still, with no ring of foam or lacing; pretty unattractive overall. Aroma is big on bananas, with lesser accents of vanilla and bread. Mostly one-dimensional though. Flavor is tasty if a little on the sweet side. Vanilla and banana up front with a crackery malt note and a touch of roast (?!) if I concentrate hard enough. Not really sure what's going on here, it seems like maybe they used American ingredients with a German yeast strain or something. It's a minor quibble but something doesn't mesh quite right. The body is flabby and the carbonation is lacking, hurting the drinkability. (767 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice-enough looking in the tall Maredsous glass. Pale amberish yellow with a handsome foam. Starts out clear. It takes a lot of swirling of the bottle to get the sediment stirred up much. Plenty of suds in the mouth. Faint wheaty aroma with lemon in the nose.

A very light wheat flavor. It's more of a hybrid between the American and German styles. Definitely more tart than a Hefeweizen. Some pleasant perfumey notes and a little lemony and appley fruit. Quite drinkable if you like the less malty style. Finishes with a distinct club soda taste. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Bottlecraft in San Diego. (606 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured with a nice off white head that lasts and lots of lace. Color is a slightly cloudy amber. Aroma was traditional Bavarian weisse but like a little overdone - sort of artificial. Flavor is like nose. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of short to medium in length. (296 characters)

Photo of syrupjoe
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass

Pours a hazy honey color with a 1.5 finger yellowish off-white head.

Nose is sweet, bready, banana-y, and graham crackery. Taste is citrusy, a bit sour, acidic, and bready.

Overall a decent example of a hefeweizen, but nothing exceptional. (270 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: golden fair yellow, cloudy, 1 finger head, fair lacing.

S: citrus fruit subtle, mild wheat.

T: grassy, citrus, wheat, slightly weak.

M: light/med body, average carbonation.

D: This was ordinary; could pound a 6 pack with ease. There are many more quality Weiss biers out there. Surprised after I really enjoyed the Imperial Stout by Grand Teton (353 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly for a hefe into a small cap of Lacing. The aroma is of clove, banana, and hints of lemon and bubblegum. This is a very aromatic hefe. The taste is very fruity with a lot of lemon. The clove and banana that are so present in the aroma are completely missing from the taste. It fact the more I sip the less flavor this beer seems to have. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with high carbonation, and a watery texture. Overall, this smells great, but is rather flavorless. I will pass on drinking this again. (621 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pokal: Hazy golden pear with a wispy white head that fades out to a nice ring. The nose is very yeasty, crisp, sweet banana bread. Fresh smelling. I wish this bottle was fresher, but I can still get a good sense of what it once was - banana, clove, a little bubble gum. Easy drinking. (306 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer, poured properly into a hefeweizen glass, looks quite honey-like and cloudy under a big head of white foam. Typical hefe aromas include cloves, banana, wheat, earthiness, and spices. Lemon zest jumps on the palate first, and is followed by bubblegum, banana, bread, wheat, grassy hops, and a bit of spice. Lighter in body then expected, Howling Wolf is moderately carbonated. (384 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A single 12 ounce bottle. On to the beer:

The color has a blondish orange and not really cloudy in the body, which visible carbonation bubbles race through. The head on top is small though creamy and retains pretty well. This hefeweizen is less banana-y and more focused on grassy and flowery aromas.

It retains some of the Bavarian character with doses of esters and yeast and a little gum. Suprisingly, there's a moderate pinch of the alcohol which is noticed. Somewhat chalky and a little smooth and light-medium in body.

A more than decent wheat beer, though a little disjointed at points. (597 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet musty malts with bananas and cloves and some acidity and citric fruits.

The flavor is sweet malts with a little citric fruit and some earthy yeast and an acidic dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid unfiltered wheat. (395 characters)

Photo of Weli
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale Hazy straw with a very thin head

S- Apples and bananas with background reminiscent of wet hay

T- Rather clean for a wheat, slightly sweet malt upfront with subdued fruitiness. Some funk and floral-ness from the noble hops and yeast.

M- Light and spritzy as you would expect from a wheat beer, refreshing and sessionable

O- Nice wheat beer, nothing particularly notable but a well-made wheat beer nonetheless. I tend to prefer more funky wheat beers, but found this one to be more subdued. Overall light and refreshing, would be a fine choice for a lawnmower beer. (575 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellowish color and a hazy consistency. There was a thin, foamy head that quickly dissipated. No lacing at all.

S: A mild aroma of malt, wheat, and a bubblegum quality.

T: Tasted of wheat, bubblegum, malt, and a slightly grassy quality in the finish. Not necessarily a bad flavor, but somewhat out of balance (the wheat almost took over).

M: A good amount of carbonation with a crisp, clean finish. Light-bodied.

O: This isn't really a bad beer, but there are better examples of the style. (542 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy tangerine colored beer without much head formation.

Very aromatic, strong banana with a slice of fresh apple. Very slight clove aroma but this is very much a banana beer.

Starts out semi dry with a strong banana flavor. Little bit of apple but cloves do not amount to much here. Slight soda cracker malt flavor but for a Hefeweizen this is pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a decent hefeweizen on the dry end of the scale. (438 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed during the last week when out of service area/Wifi in WY/UT. Full phone notes taken at the Watchman Campground, Zion National Park, UT.

A- Poured from the bottle to a goblet with a golden body that is hazy and on the deeper end of that hue. A white cap with a fizzy texture rises but falls fairly fast to a small ring.

S- Yeast whafts out of the glass with fruity character. Slightly tart citrus zest, banana, pear, pepper, clove and cardamom come to mind for me. A light vanilla sweets hint.

T- Yeast driven as was the case in the aroma. The main theme of the brew is spice and fruits with a noticeable portion of crusty wheat grain. Apple, pear, slight banana, clove, lemon peel and cracked Pils grain.

MF- Light thickness but very piffy with even the slightest agitation. Carbonation is foamy and at a fairly high level. Spicy yeasty finish.

Loads of yeast character supported by plenty of wheat and light base grains. The yeast is a bit out of check but still smooth enough to be plenty refreshing and enjoyable. (1,030 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled on date-121410

A-pours a hazy yellow color with a fast receding white head to a minimal collar and fresh lacing

S- light hefe smells of banana and cloves with orange peel and some oats/dread

T- is light on the hefe goodies... faint banana and clove are mixed in with a citrus peel and coriander,a touch of pepper is present and rolled oats

m- is medium carbonation

O- is a bit above average weisse/hefe it just ok would like to try one a little fresher..will try this again but there are many others that are better..this one is worth a try (553 characters)

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Howling Wolf Weisse Bier from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.