Howling Wolf Weisse Bier - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
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!

Photo of Bockrules
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a Weizen glass

A - Pours a transparent gold with a few small bubbles rising to a creamy, 1-finger white head. Oh what's this - all the yeast is stuck on the bottom of the bottle? - Funnel some back beer back in to the bottle, swirl, pour - ah, there's the hazy look I wanted! Head is gone 2/3rds down the glass. Leaves behind nice rings of lacing after I remixed the brew.

S - Banana and apple ethers, clove phenols, and bit of sweet wheat malt greet the nose as the beer is poured into the glass.

T - Wheat malt with a hint of apple upfront. The body has a substantial amount of tangy green apple woven in between the usual wheat and clove notes.Malty wheat smoothness as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by a banana bread with tinge of granny smith apple finish.

M - Refreshingly and the heavier side of light bodied with enough carbonation to give the beer a bit of creaminess.

I bought this beer in Yellowstone when I was doing fieldwork this summer. I really liked Teton's offerings and this is no exception. Smooth, highly drinkable, and I love the extra kick of green apple ethers compared to most other wheat beers. Would make an excellent session beer in the summer.

Photo of Murrhey
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into a Pilsner glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Clouded orange-yellow color. Ok carbonation. Two finger white head with weak retention.

S- Wheat, banana, cloves.

T- Light citrusy, wheat and something very sweet. Bubblegum? Very nice flavor.

M- Medium bodied and weak carbonation.

O- Decent hefeweizen. Would drink again.

Photo of RossPeterson
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, was this impressive.

A- Very hazey with carbonation. One-finger head with relatively decent retention.

S- One of the best smelling beers. Welcoming amount of hops and malts, wheat and grain smell with an enticing hint of fruit.

T- That hint of fruit translated to a note of banana, with complimented a very full-body of malts and grains. One of the more fully-flavored hefeweizen's I've ever had.

M- That haze translated to the beers unfiltered nature; grainy with particles. Smooth without a clean finish, but with a taste like that...

O- It is one of my top beers. Very full-flavor. Not a beer I would want to drink to quench a huge thirst, but if I want to have a drink with big flavor and GOOD flavor, this is an achievement.

Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of slight wheat, slight yeast, hint of citrus, hint of grain, pale malt, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight pale malt, wheat, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of citrus hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, and blend.

Photo of jsprain1
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy golden with a disappointingly thin white head that does not last well.
S- The smell is almost like a Belgian Golden. It's lightly sweet and quite fruity. Just a touch spicy.
T- Up front it's a sweet fruityness. There is a bit of a peach flavor up front. The finish is a bit more of that traditional hefeweizen. Spice notes are present but very low.
M- Carbonation is high, bordering on a touch too high. Body is medium for a hefe, with a dry finish.
O- This beer seems to have some Belgian Pale influences going on. The spice and banana notes so common in hefes seem to be tangential aspects to this one. Alas, it's still a tasty beer.

Photo of pBRale
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 9-17-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Cloudy golden pour with a 1-finger head that settles very quickly and has poor retention and leaves virtually no lacing.

Smell: A nice waft of wheat and yeast hit the nose. This beer smells crisp with a hint of spice and citrus as well.

Taste: Plenty of wheat up front, some pine, and a bit of a citrusy taste as well. The finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied but not watery, medium carbonation, and a crisp, refreshing finish.

Overall: A pretty decent wheat beer that suits the palate and is nice and refreshing.

Photo of syrupjoe
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Howling Wolf, bottled on 12/14/10...hmmm...we'll see how it holds up I guess..

Poured into a Rogue pint glass.

A: Poured, swirled, and poured again...beer is definitely bottle conditioned.. Hazy golden yellow with a soft white head that fades pretty quickly...maybe a sign of age?

S: Wheat beer for sure, banana/clove/spice, tangy wheat. Some green apple and white grapes, as well as nice floral perfume notes from the yeast. Doesn't smell too old or rotten.

T: Soft wheat character, bready, spicy soft green fruits, banana, some black pepper and allspice character on the finish.

MF: Lighter bodied and refreshing as a wheat beer should be. Light soft carbonation.

O: Really a pretty good Heff, impressed that all of the flavors/aromas still come together after this long (9 months!) in a bottle. The character of this beer reminds me a lot of higher rated, German-style Weiss beers.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mirky but not too mirky (unfiltered) pale golden straw color with a 1-2 cm bubbly white head. Low retention and lacing.

Nice sweet banana notes on the nose immediately with light sweet and an underlining semi sour note.

Flavor is nice, clean and fresh. Nice wheat body surrounded by notes of citrus and banana.

Light bodied mouthfeel, fresh yet slightly dry with med-high carbonation.

Overall it's a very nice weisse bier. Light, fresh with nice notes and flavor. Not the best I've ever had but yet another beer I really like from Grand Teton. Nice balance and high drinkability. I recommend this well made weisse bier.

Photo of budgood1
3.23/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of biegaman
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Howling Wolf is suspiciously clear for an (unfiltered!) hefeweizen and its lack of head is more than concerning (fortunately I can smell a phenolic and fruity yeast from here, so perhaps it's best not to jump to any conclusions). Still, at a glance, this lustrous golden ale, and the trace foam that leaves its surface bare, don't exactly fit the bill.

... to the eyes, that is. To the nose this is a bona fide German hefeweizen! Perfumy yeast fills the air around the glass (and, indeed, beyond) with lots of banana-like fruitiness and a sensible amount of summertime spiciness. I don't ever remember smelling quite this rich a vanilla essence before; you'd swear whole vanilla beans were floating in it.

The taste doesn't let down one bit. It delivers all the implied savory and zesty spices and ripened banana fruitiness on a grainy malt cracker, as promised. Its kind of tangy quality combines with the malts to make for something that tastes like a fresh-baked batch of sourdough bread (albeit with some white pepper and citrus zest shredded on top).

Just as it's not uncommon for a baker's starter dough to have years of history, this yeast - clearly an authentic German strain - probably goes back hundreds of batches in its native Deutschland. It's a real humdinger - the spiciness it affords is subtle, there's plenty of vanilla, and it imparts a tart lactic acid that, with the help of ample bubbles, is incredibly refreshing.

Throw in a big salty pretzel and what more could any Bavarian ask for? With the help of an impressively multifaceted yeast, this Idaho brewery emulates my favourite of all German things to near perfection - this lightly spicy, fruity, incredibly refreshing wheat-based ale is an ideal summer quencher and disappeared on me faster than I could even say "Prost!"

Photo of dbossman
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
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

Photo of illidurit
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass, as I have no weizen glass.

Look - murky golden blonde color, with about half a finger of off-white foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - typical wheat smell with banana-like hints. Very fruity smelling.

Taste and Mouthfeel - lovely taste of the wheat and yeast mix. Very good blend of the tart vs. bitterness, which is most prominent in the middle of the tasting. In the finish, there's a little bit of a musky flavor. Texture is pretty well-balanced, although a little closer to the watery side.

Overall - a good brew all-in-all. It tastes good and is interesting to sample.

Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of soapy foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of banana, clove, wheat and some lemon.

T - It tasted of banana, clove, wheat and lemon. It was a fairly sweet hefe.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice hefeweizen. A little sweeter than I am used to but good.

Photo of robwestcott
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 9/23/10 - and thanks to (i think) ivanwho and noob BIF round 2 for this one.

poured cold from the bottle to a sun king shaped pint glass a murky, semi-translucent straw yellow / gold with a wisp of a short lasting white head that leaves quickly falling lace.

hefe typical aroma of big yeasts and lemon rind.

very nice - again hefe typical, but in a good way. very tasty and true to style. yeasts forward, banana, subtle hints of spice, tangy citrus and lemon rind.

medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet and dry.

drinkable - uhm, yeah.

Photo of harrymel
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of beagle75
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Hazy, pale golden color with over one finger of soft white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Rich, yeasty bread is complemented by fresh lemons and appropriate phenolics of clove and banana. All of the sensory qualities present here marry well together, presenting a smell that is traditional but also elevated.

T: Begins off-dry, initially tart with little follow-through as flavors become more dry by the middle. Occasional bursts of slightly metallic medicinal flavors are detected. Yeast, cloves, and some earthy hops emerge in the middle, showing off restrained bitterness of short duration that does not persist into the crackery and slightly herbaceous finish.

M: Thin viscosity, wet on the palate without coating it, with low carbonation.

D: This well-crafted American hefeweizen features an impressive smell but struggles to follow up with equally assertive flavors or texture. The taste is best after the initial hollow burst of tart acidity, but some questionable flavors remain labile on the palate. Its overall lack of body is unmemorable, failing to smoothly coat the palate as a proper wheat beer should. It is not the equal of Sierra Nevada Kellerweis, but it could give some of the second-tier German brands a run for their money.

Photo of BilbosNuts
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy yellow/golden. It had a small head that went away quickly in about half a minute.

S: The smell is very fruity with some wheat detected. The fruitiness mostly consisted of bananas.

T: The taste is sweet, but not overbearing. It is mostly fruity and with a strong taste of bananas.

M: There is a slight tingle in the feel and goes down very smoothly.

D: This beer is a great example of a hefeweizen. I'd definitely purchase this again.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Nov 30, 2010, $7.89 for the 6 pack. The tap one was delicious!

A hazy pale yellow with close to 2 fingers of foam. There's lots of sticky lacing and the foam is shrinking very slowly.

Massive amount of clove in the smell with some bananas and wheat.

Ditto for the taste with the big cloves, more mild injection of banana, tasty wheat with some hint of yeast. I know this bottle is short of 2 months old from the bottling date but I *do* think it lost a tad bit of that freshness factor that I had with the on draught sample(s) I had at the Old Chicago. Still, it's an *excellent* Hefeweizen so I don't want to scare anyone off. ;^)

Nice, close to medium body with the carbonation on the high side of light....a very nice mouth feel.

Drinkabilty is damn good. I could easily drink a couple or more at a sitting.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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

Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from The Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO in a 12oz bottle and poured into a Weizen Glass. Bottled On= 11/24/10

Appearance- Blonde in color and as the farther up you go, the dark the color becomes. Very cloudy as well with 1 finger of head.

Smell- Strong hints of orange and very yeasty

Taste- An extreme dose of the average wheat beer and then a orange/lemon taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied beer and easy flowing throughout the whole drink.

Drinkability- Could recommend this to anyone who is into Wheat/Weizen beers. Much better than other Hefeweizens coming from America. Would drink all night if I wasn't paying attention.

Howling Wolf Weisse Bier from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.