Guerde (1113) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle from bhensonb) Pours a cloudy light gold with a medium sized white head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Aroma of banana, clove, vanilla, bready wheat, and just a faint hint of orange creamsicle. Nearing perfection in what I look for in a hefe aromatically. Flavor follows suit with some light banana, clove, snappy wheat, and a lingering bready finish. My only complaint would be that the banana is a little toned down for my tastes, but this would be a great introductory beer for someone just getting accustomed to the style. Mouthfeel is a little thin as well, but it doesn’t detract that much. Carbonation is lively. Overall, this would be a great beer to session during any month, but particularly in the summer. Thanks Bill!
BuckeyeBoy (2327) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours pale, hazy gold with a small white head. Aroma is about what I look for in my hefes--lots of banana and cloves, good amount of yeastiness and restrained alcohol. Taste is a bit of a letdown, but not awful. The banana and clove show up, but it is all around too weak, with the malt dominating for most of the time, with some alcohol towards the end. Very smooth, medium mouthfeel, finish length is a little short to average. Overall, a nice hefe, but it still falls well short of the elite wheat beers.
3fourths (7529) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
unfiltered gold, effervescent. soft and delicate doughy yeast and wheat in the nose - mild banana and clove. light body, delicate and soft throughout. light lemon zest, medium pale malt, medium wheat. effervescent on the tongue. appropriately crisp and refreshing.
joeneugs (2577) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy yellow with a medium white head. The aroma is strong with wheat and a slight hint of lemony tartness. Not much spice. The flavor is a little more spicy with some bubblegum sweetness and lemon. It has a very wheaty finish with another light hit of yeast. Not bad, but a little too sweet and not enough clove.
dcschiller (2154) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(On draught at Sun Devil). Pours slighlt hazy-this has been filtered-with white head.aroma of ripe fruit, cereals. Taste is sweetish reminscent of ripe banana with some light bitterness. Light bodied with thin texture. Smooth finish. Decent weiss.
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at The Bridge. Pours a cloudy bright gold with a small white head. Notes of bananas, wheat, lemon citrus, coriander, clove, sweet malts, yeast, sugar, and bread. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a bready mouthfeel. Sweet, crisp, and refreshing. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this.
Loineshawn (3007) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
tap. sweet, fruity leomon. light citrus note. bready, doughy lemongrass. good not great. a bit too sweet.
marcus (5621) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy golden with a rich white head and a yeasty aroma. There is a robust fruity wheat flavor with a dry spicy finish.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ bittercreek: hazy blonde, light white head and nice lacing. Nose of fresh pale malt and wheat, light esters with more pronounced banana. Creamy wheaty flavor with a light hoppy finish. Clean and balanced hefe; do I taste decoction?