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Howling Wolf Weisse Bier | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Howling Wolf Weisse BierHowling Wolf Weisse Bier

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Bitterbill on 10-14-2010

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Photo of russpowell
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Scored this at MacaDoodles in Joplin. MO.

Pours a hazed honey color with4 fingers of ivory colored head. Looks great in my Schneider Weisse glass! Superior lacing & good head retention

S: Cloves & breadyness in abundance, Banana peels once warm

T: Follows the nose, peppery & lemony hop notes as well up front. Dryness, breadyness, cloves, green banana & juicy fruit as this warms. Finishes bready, dry with a slight mineral edge, plus more cloves

MF: Medium bodied & creamy

Drinks extremely easy, as good as any German Hefe I've had. Highly recommended!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a surprise! Pours a luminous and hazy straw color with contrasting white head. Nose has plenty of the traditional weissbier esters and bready stuff. Palate offers a good balance of soft wheat with clove & banana as expected. Has a sweet and sour green apple-like theme going on too, so interesting. Finishes with a citrusy flavor that is quite pleasing, and is very appetizing for the next sip. Wow!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple of these tonight at the COOP... shared one with inflatablechair.... We both thought this is a pretty damn respectable and very fresh tasting hefe.

Why this is named "Howling Wolf" when the Cellar Reserve Weizenbock already had the moniker first is very confusing. I bet it will only be a few weeks before we start seeing reviews under the Weizenbock that actually should be in the hefe category... oh well... I don't care... this is a classy brew.

1" foamy white head... great retention and lacing.. the brew is hazed golden.

Nose is very fresh of course... balanced nicely between the esters and the phenols... although both seem a tad light... banana and clove play nicely but are not quite as heavy as I would hope for... but that is my PNW mindset playing games.

Not much to say about the flavor that I haven't already said... the banana begins up front and the clove sorta finishes out.. the palate is better than the aroma by quite a bit in my mind...

Medium/lite body seems spot on... carbonation is also about perfect..

Nothing is wrong with this beer... damn good actually.

I forget how refreshing a well made hefeweizen can be.. I will definitely be picking these up while I can.


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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Cloudy yellow gold color with a finger of white head that dissipated kind of quickly and left some traces of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Wheat, lemon, and banana. Some bready tones and a hint of clove.

Taste: Tart lemony front end supported by the sweetness of the pale wheat malt. Gives way into a fruity banana and yeast flavor, and finishes dry with a hint of orange zest and clove. Bold taste for a wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly full bodied for a wheat beer (read: closer to medium on the spectrum). Active carbonation.

Drinkability: Refreshing and delicious. Smooth drinking.

Final Notes: One hell of an American Hefeweizen. I had low expectations for this beer but I was blown away. A great beer for summer refreshment and even a great session beer. Surprisingly good, and highly recommended.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of colts9016
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a heffe glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A nice frothy white head with good retention. The color of the beer is a light straw yellow. The clarity of the beer is cloudy. There is a lot of carbonation in the beer. The head left a descent amount of lacing on the glass.

Nose: A rich wheat and lemon zest with supporting aromas of oranges, pine, floral bouquets, and light malt.

Taste: A very nicely balance wheat and lemon with notes of oranges, pine, floral, and a touch of light malt.

The mouth feel is carbonated, clean, and crisp.

Overall: The body of the beer is light and a medium light finish. This beer is surprisingly good. A nice balance with the wheat and lemon with enough support to make a crisp refreshing beer. A very good beer to enjoy a nice hot day with.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
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!"

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Photo of robwestcott
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a small for the style off-white head that clears out quickly leaving little evidence of its presence behind. Lemon and orange pop out and hit the nose during the pour. Closer inspection reveals some banana (candy marshmallow bananas come to mind) a bit of green grass, and some big sweet malts. Light and way spicy but a bit less fruity than the aroma would lead you to believe. Has some slight grain in the aftertaste Not as creamy as some Hefe's, but a good drinker with enough taste to keep you interested.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the fancy 22 oz. bottle with the ceramic cap and it was completely flat. Here I am reviewing the 12 oz. bottle and it was OK.
A: Pours hazy gold under a 2” frothy white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Light fruit, a hint of banana, very minimal clove, whitwe bread.
T: Yeast driven. Has a rich yeasty malty sweetness with light fruit. The banana flavors are medium light and the clove flavors are light.
F: Creamy, medium full body, medium high carbonation.
O: This is an easy to drink hefeweizen. Those looking for big banana and clove flavors might want to look elsewhere.

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Photo of wnh
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy sedimented straw color with a fizzy, frothy white head.

Nose is yeasty, with a banana-lemon custard aroma dominating, and a sourdough bready malt note underneath.

A bit fruitier and creamier on the palate. Fizzy and carbonated, but soft-ish. Relatively mild yeasty twang, though still plenty yeast. Qutie pleasant, if unassuming.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of CrustyLoinz
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale golden, almost honey-colored with very thin head and even thinner tracing

S- Slight fruity aroma with a hint of hay/wheat

T- Not as wheaty as some weisse-style beers, slight fruitiness along with the smell, a little hoppy bite at the end, overall very pleasant

M- very light on the mouth with some carbonation, very enjoyable

O- Very tasty and palatable. One of the nest wheat beers I've had in a while, nothing offencive about it, if it is a little uninspired at times.

Serving type: bottle poured into an imperial pint glass

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Photo of SamKetchum
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better American Weiss biers I have tasted so far, with the major brands producing poor substitutes. The Howling Woolf is smooth with a lemon rind aftertaste, also it is zesty, like a tart. It finishes with a sweet stinging sensation which reverberates around your tongue. Tempting you howl out for more.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale yellow to dull orange in color from bottom to top, depending on thickiness of swirly haze, capped with fine, fluffy, off-white head of medium retention and amazing webs of lace. Strong buttered bread, spicy yeast, just barely banana, and maybe a little Band-Aid aromas. Very bready and a little tart throughout, with more so bubblegum than banana notes, though balanced well with wheat character. Mild cloves in the middle. Also in the back, but combined with gentle hoppiness. Very bready finish and aftertaste. Medium-bodied, creamy, smooth, with medium level of mostly sudsy carbonation. Very refreshing hefe. Have not had one in quite some time.

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Photo of RossPeterson
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a finger and half of head on a cloudy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is banana and apricot. Nice.
The taste has some banana, mild sweetness and a chalky mild bitterness. It ran a little watery at the end.
The texture is fizzy and light with moderate carbonation.
This is a good hefe.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date of 01/17/13

Appearance - Pours a cloudy golden orange with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of microbubbles across the surface. Spotty lacing with little stick.

Smell - Moderate aroma consisting mainly of banana and bubblegum. Faint traces of clove and a bit of wheat.

Taste - Predominant bubblegum character upfront with moderate banana flavor backing it up. Clove spice is there, but plays a minor role. Faint citrus and wheat can be found near the back end before a nice, balanced finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with moderate, soft carbonation. Smooth, easy finish.

Overall - Another American brewery doing the style some justice; this is a fine example of a true hefeweizen. While the flavors aren't quite as assertive as I'd like, the profile shows excellent balance, resulting in a very drinkable brew. If I were in the mood for a hefe, and Kellerweis or a few of the German beers weren't available, this would be my choice.

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Howling Wolf Weisse Bier from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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