Howling Wolf Weisse Bier | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
203
Reviews:
64
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
12.74%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
21
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
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 +3.9%
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 zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of mothman
2.44/5  rDev -32.4%
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 mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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 vfgccp
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Underrated. One of the more surprising beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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 stevoj
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flavor is definitely there, but the appearance is lacking. A good weizen should have a thick, fluffy head. This does not. Aroma and taste are spot on, taste(banana and bubblegum)is a little sweeter than the German native varieties A good effort, but a little ways to go.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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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Howling Wolf Weisse Bier from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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