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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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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours cloudy and tangerine in color with a fluffy white head that holds decent retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. Aromas and tastes are similar with notes of Hefeweizen yeast, banana, clove, wheat, faint lemon. Mouth is creamy and smooth while being medium bodied. Overall, good American representation of the style, but I feel it falls short in comparison to its German competition. (412 characters)

Photo of pBRale
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,319 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy gold colour with a full white head, good lace, looks the part.

S: Floral hops, some estery notes, but rather hop forward for the styles.

T: For me pretty much a hoppy wheat beer. For 15 IBUs, a bit shocking, but this is what I got. Herbs, grassy, prominent hop flavour, light bready malt.

M: Light to medium bodied, frothy, soft carbonation.

D: Interesting wheat beer, I liked the hop flavour, but nothing great to keep me coming back. The poor man's Gumballhead perhaps though. (514 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a small head of bubbly white foam. The head fades super-fast, leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a yeasty smell along with other aromas of a more wheaty and bready smell. Mixed with these smells are some aromas of fruit and spice, with the fruit being a mix of orange, banana, and pear and the spice being of a clove and coriander nature.

Taste – The taste begins as a blend of fruit and wheat with the fruit being of an orange and pear nature. There is also a decent showing of some yeast and spice from the start with these flavors getting stronger as the taste moves onto the end. The spice is heaviest of a coriander nature upfront with more and more clove and pepper joining later on. Other sweeter tastes of banana and a slightly candied sugar taste join the flavor profile later on, leaving one with a rather sweet, yeasty, fruity, and nicely spiced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the fruity, sweet, and yeasty tastes of the brew the feel was rather nice making for a rather crisp and refreshing but flavorful brew overall.

Overall –A rather nice easy drinking and slightly sweeter and yeastier hefe. Not a bad summer style brew. (1,435 characters)

Photo of Brisket
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a sampler case I picked up at Fred Meyer.

A- Hazy orange color with a 2 finger head. Light lacing.

S- Classic Heffe smell, Belgian yeas spice, breadiness

T- More of the smell slight clove, coriander and pepper, light wheat flavor, some tartness in the middle.

M- Light body with some carbonation bite. Refreshing beer.

O- Overall a good beer. Heffes tend not to be my go-to style, but this is a nice lighter change of pace from my normal styles. (456 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a pretty good unfiltered wheat brew. pours very very light pale lemon color with a good two inch white head that leaves some delicate lacing on the glass. the nose is piquant yeasty and wheat malty. its light in body but big in flavor. plenty of citrus notes and spice from the yeast. coriander maybe in here? my only critique with the flavor is that it tastes a bit soapy, dishsoapy. leaves that flavor a little in the aftertaste, but its minor. the feel is good, light body and light abv, its an easy drinking summer beer. carbonation is about average. it went well with grilled asian ribs, and is one of the lightest, most citrusy weisse biers out there right now. not a miracle, but a useful and tasty beer form time to time.

edit: totally different on tap, fuller bodied, more yeast left over, and a whole new flavor that i dont remember from the bottle. green melon, honeydew, its pronounced in nose and taste, and lingers in a slightly sweeter finish. i dont know if they have tweaked the recipe since i first reviewed the bottle some years ago, but what i had on tap at star bar last night was really different. i liked that melon flavor though, think it rocks with all the wheat, and doesnt lose any drinkability. interesting... (1,238 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)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 8/26/11.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-tan head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, banana, and spices. Taste is of wheat, spices, and slight banana flavors. This beer has a very high level of carbonation with a super prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the flavors are a bit muddled and watery. (447 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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