Grizzly Wulff Wheat | Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

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Grizzly Wulff WheatGrizzly Wulff Wheat

Brewed by:
Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.
Montana, United States

Style: German Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Wulff is styled after the Austrian Kristall Weizen, a clear and filtered wheat beer.

Unlike many low gravity bottled wheats ,the Wulff shares the bluster and flare of its namesake fly, having a high starting gravity for the style.

PLAYBOY magazine (JuLy 2003) picked our Grizzly Wulff Wheat as one of the best microbrew beers across America!!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-02-2002

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by Bunnyhop:
Photo of Bunnyhop
3.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A hazy, golden yellow wheat beer with a small white head. The smell is malty and sweet. It has a very mild malt flavor and very mild to low bitterness. The texture is somewhat thin in my mouth, especially for a wheat beer. Overall, a very drinkable beer. I found it a bit watery for a wheat beer, but it is probably more congruent in relation to an "Austrian-Style Kristall Wiezen," which it is brewed after.

(source: Beers Across America)

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Photo of rhinonau
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of fattyre
3.32/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden yellow color with a small white head and a thin mouthfeel. The nose was a sort of "wheaty"(go figure-I've got to work on my descriptors) malt. It tasted of non-descript malt and an even milder unassertive hoppiness. This is a mild non-confrontational easy swilling wheat with little character. I think it might make a decent session beer and you might be able to use is as a transitional beer for the macroswillers.

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Photo of Jredner
2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma offers wheat malt and some musty grains and scant else to entice the drinker.

Pale gold in color with a quickly diminishing , pinky thin, white head.

Fore is light and crisp with carbonation. Malty and even slightly bready. Extremely low intensity bannana notes, but overall not a whole lot of flavor which makes the beer quite unmemorable.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold in color. NO head or lacing to speak of. Carbonation bubbles rise to the top. Some setiment floats around. I thought this was supposed to be a filtered wheat.
Not much going on in the nose. Some sweetness and fruitiness. Also some butter, but you have to sniff really hard to find the aromas.
Flavor is pretty good. Sour apple, citrus, lemon, pear all with a grainy back bone that works real well giving the beer a sharpness or edgy feeling that I really like.
Mouthfeel is light bodied but that's what I'd expect in a pale wheat.
It's a decent summer time quaffer that would be better that a typical macro. I could see myself drinking this after a day of waving a stick with a fly at the end of it in the Yellowstone river.
Again I like the label art from this brewery with it's flyfishing theme and the name of the beer which was mentioned in another review.

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Photo of BeerBadger
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Eric908
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of beerceller99
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle pours a clear straw color with a small white head. Smells grainy, malty with a bubblegum essence. Medium bodied with a full mouthfeel. Taste is first bubblegum sweet then a mildly tart wheat, hoppy flavor to finish.
This brew has the faint aroma of Yellowstones other light brews .

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Photo of BrewtalHonesty
4/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/02/05- Purchased at Osco Drugs in Billings, MT.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Ayinger weizen glass.

Appearance- Semi-cloudy yellow/golden pour. Large foamy head at first which calmed down soon thereafter. Minimal lacing at best.

Smell- Scent of citrus, wheat and some spicing.

Taste- Heavily citrus flavored with maybe a touch of clove and or other various spices. Maybe even a pear like taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Normal hefe carbonation. Just a touch creamy.

Drinkability- Quenched my thirst at the time. I would agree with the American wheat or even the Krisal, but not a true hefe. Worth a try though.

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Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of beernut7
4.3/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This filtered wheat ale pours a clear golden color with a quickly dissipating head. The aroma is one of a wheat ale coupled with a hard apple cider. The light sweet flavor also has a cidery quality to it and a mild yeast presence which makes for quite a refreshing beer. The finish is light and clean. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of loren01
3.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Appearance is really not impressive to me. Pours a light golden color, slight whitish head.
S: Smell is yeasty with fruity scents. Fruit smells include banana/pear.
T: Good flavor, mostly same as smell. Sweet fruity taste. Banana, pear, perhaps a citrusy taste as well
M: Good creamy mouthfeel
D: I think what throws people with this beer is the appearance to it, looks like a miller lite. Maybe I'm a little partial cause this brewery is my regular hangout but, I do enjoy the smell and taste of this beer. Probably my least favorite beer from this brewery, but not a bad beer in my opinion.

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought back from yellowstone. I will keep this short because there is not a lot to say about this one. This is nothing more than a nice, micro wheat. The taste is a little sharp and tangy, but it is still enjoyable. I like my wheats a little crisper than this one gave out. There was a nice amount of light carbonation off the bottom of the glass. The taste of lemon grass is very evident. Decent beer, but boring when you have a fridge full of other choices.

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Photo of sporklift87
3.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UnionMade
2.13/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours a hazy, wheaty yellow, topped with a thin mist of dissipating head.
Aroma is mild wheat malt, a touch oxodized, with a citric lemony sourness. A bit cardboardy, with no apparent hopping. The beer is a bit past it's expiration date.
Upon my initial sip, the beer felt like it foamed up in my mouth, like how warm soda does. Excessively carbonated, almost bringing tears to your eyes. A very tingly mouthfeel, with a sourness overriding a mild soft wheat maltiness. A dryish finish, without much to the flavor, besides a lemon juice citric acidity. Not very good, and the oxodization doesn't help.

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Photo of timmlimestone
2.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Light, very light.

Smell - Tangy, citrusy, very lightly lemon.

taste - Very heavy on the sour. This could be an alco-pop. But there is no sweet to it.

Mouthfeel - Tart, tart, tart.

Drinkability - If it had a balance, then the drink could be on.

This is an interesting and very off the wall beer. I appreciate it, but I am not enamored by it. Overall this is a strange lemony beer that is reminiscent of a bad stand in elementary school. This is too tart, too sour, and too puckering.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a Weizen glass

A -Pours a golden blonde with near-perfect clarity and plenty of carbonation rushing to the where the head was. The head was white, and literally gone in less than 30 seconds.

S - A fair amount of wheat malt and a bit of lemon. Really not much here.

T - A little bit of lemon up front. The body is dominated by wheat malt and lemon flavor with just a hint of hop flavor in the background to provide some semblance of balance. Big splash of lemony flavor and a bit of hop bitterness as the beer passes over the back of the tongue with a clean, wheat-malt finish.

M - Light with lively carbonation. A real thirst quencher for sure without coming off watery.

Although Grizzly Wulff Wheat lacks the appearance and aroma of a well crafted beer, it is one of the most thirst quenching beers I have had in a long time. Almost has a lemon soda quality to it that would make it perfect for those lazy, long summer days up around Yellowstone. Too bad it's retired now, or it would make the perfect summer golf, fishing, etc beer up in Montana.

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Photo of tbone1384
1.01/5  rDev -66.9%

Photo of mentor
2.25/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle obtained from a local liquor store and consumed a couple evenings later in August 2005. Pours a two finger white tan head over a cloudy peach yellow/orange liquid (the yeast were dumped into the glass). Smells pine-sol citrusy hops with some apricot and caramel. Tastes potently green apple sour with pineapple, citrus, pine, and a spicy zing. The sour has a perfumy candle character about it. Can't tell if there is any hop bitter or clove because the sour is so potent. Wet sweet with a tart finish. Moderate acrid carbonation forms tiny stingers on my tongue, but the head is completely gone. By appearance, this could be a flat two-day old beer.

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Photo of a77cj7
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of tigerpaws
3.85/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much to my liking when my mail order beer came on this hot, humid southern day it was a wheat which I especially enjoy on days like this. After getting it cold and pouring it it had a nice golden color and a nice even head, even though I prefer my wheats unfiltered, it had a good appearance. The aroma wasn't strong but had a refreshing scent to it. Had a good mothfeel to it and went down way to smooth. I was kicking myself for not chilling more than one, I recommend this beer its a keeper.....CHEERS

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

this is a style that mandates robust carbonation, and this one never gets there, but aside from that obvious mouthfeel dilemma, the beer is pretty nice. clean filtered here type, white wheat malt and a fruity yeast combine for a simple clean and refreshingly quaffable brew. certainly not at the level of some of the best german and austrian examples of the style, but for a small american outfit, its delightful. crispy finish, just a hit of banana and dryness to it, but i could drink ten of these in an afternoon if they were cold. the problem is, it doesnt warm up well, dropping what little carbonation it has, and getting heavy. nothing earth shattering here, but a good local craft brew worth drinking on your next trip to billings. works well as a summer session brew.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very filtered, clear straw-brown pour is produced. A decent-sized tan head builds before disappearing almost completely. The aroma has in it some orgaic grainy notes, a bit of grapefruit, and some spice. Hard to pin down, let alone detect the aroma in this one.

The taste is a bitter-ish one with notes of wheat, barley, and other grains, as well as a bit of sweet caramel after the carbonation subsides. Nothing to write home about. Mouthfeel is smooth and unoffensive, with and uber-light body and a decent finish. This is not a great beer by any stretch of the word, but it is easy to drink and refreshing in the heat of the summer.

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Grizzly Wulff Wheat from Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.05 out of 5 with 27 ratings