Howling Wolf Weisse Bier | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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

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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62
Ratings:
200
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
22.93%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

C+

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of mothman
2.44/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
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 Tone
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

4/4/4.5/4.5/4.5

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.09/5  rDev +13%
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 Zorro
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
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 pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 avalon07
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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 illidurit
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Howling Wolf Weisse Bier from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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