Monday, January 7, 2013

Howling Wolf Weisse Bier - Grand Teton Brewing

                After trying two of the beers in Grand Teton Brewing’s 2012 Cellar Reserve series I was interested in finding out if their year round releases were as excellently brewed. Fortunately when I was back in Colorado, I received a couple of bottles of Grand Teton beers, one Howling Wolf Weisse and one Sweetgrass Pale Ale as part of a Christmas present from a couple of good friends. In lead up to my upcoming review of the first 2013 Cellar Reserve beer, Double Vision Doppelbock, I am going to take advantage of my Christmas beers. If you have been reading for a while, you are likely aware of my love of wheat beers so Howling Wolf seemed like an obvious choice to open and try first.

                If you would like more information on Grand Teton Brewing, check out my earlier posts on XX Bitch Creek Double ESB and Snarling Badger. On to the review.

                On Beeradvocate, Howling Wolf has a score of 83. Over at ratebeer it has a score of 56 overall and an 82 for style.  As is often the case, the ratebeer score comes in low but they often give good beers low scores, and less impressive beers high scores.

They Say:
                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.

                Malts: Idaho 2-Row Brewers, CaraHell, Pale Malted Wheat
                Hops: German Tradition
                Original Gravity: 12.5 Plato (1.052)
                International Bittering Units: 14
                Alcohol by Volume: 5.0%

I Say:

                Howling Wolf pours a hazy light gold with a thin white head with a thin, fine white head that becomes thick and foamy with agitation, that holds low to moderate retention and leaves excellent lacing in the glass. The aroma is full of wheat, fresh bananas and cloves. In compliment there is the subtle hint of orange and a slight note of fresh baked bread.

                The flavor is very wheaty, with clove notes, a slight tart citrus (lemon and orange), with bready notes and a slight hint of sourdough on the edges.  It is light to medium bodied, with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

                Howling Wolf is a very good wheat beer that is exceptionally refreshing.  In the hot summer months, this would be an excellent choice.  Yet even in the winter, it was still a welcome change from the heavier, more full-bodied cold weather beers.  If you can find a 6-pack of Howling Wolf near you, then you should definitely pick it up!

                That’s all for tonight, be sure to check back soon for my next post, on Sweetgrass Pale Ale, leading up to Double Vision Dopplebock later in the week!

                Happy Drinking!

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