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Grand Teton Howling Wolf Weizenbock

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Formerly brewed at Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Style: Weizen Bock
Victor, Idaho USA

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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Howling Wolf Weizenbock was brewed to showcase the role of yeast in creating the flavor of beer. It is modeled after a centuries-old Bavarian style and, like all of our 2009 Cellar Reserve beers, brewed in strict compliance with the Reinheitsgebot, or German Beer Purity Law.

The German “weizenbock” signifies a strong wheat beer, a fitting description for our Howling Wolf. Wheat has been used in brewing for millennia but is a difficult grain to work with and has largely been replaced in beer by its friendlier cousin, barley. In quantity, wheat contributes a pleasant, quenching citric acidity and delicacy on the palate, and its surfeit of protein is responsible for these beers’ massive, pillowy heads.

Howling Wolf Weizenbock was crafted with 40% wheat malt, including German Dark Wheat and Caramel Wheat malts, and minimally spiced with Liberty hops, an American version of the famous German Hallertau Mittelfruh.

Like all Bavarian weizen beers, the yeast is the star of this show. We used an authentic Bavarian top-fermenting ale yeast that naturally produces flavors of cloves, bananas, bubblegum, green apples, smoke, and even vanilla. When this yeast ferments a very strong beer, the resultant weizenbock is a wonderfully complex brew, hiding its 8% wallop under swirls of fruit and spice aroma—raisins, dates, prunes, bananas, cloves--and fruity, bready, chocolaty, caramel grain flavors.

Following in our Cellar Reserve tradition, Howling Wolf Weizenbock is bottle-conditioned to provide an almost explosive champagne-like sparkle. The yeast in the bottle provides earthy, nutty flavor and is rich in B vitamins. It can be swirled and poured into the glass, or the beer can be decanted carefully off the yeast, according to the drinker’s preference.

This is one of the world’s most versatile beers for pairing with food. It is flavorful enough to stand up to hearty meats like venison or lamb, particularly with sauced or stewed fruit. The chocolate and caramel undertones work well with almost any roasted or grilled meat or vegetables, even mushrooms. Still, it will not overwhelm fish, as the wheat’s acidity and the beer’s effervescence keep it light on the palate. Those same qualities allow the beer to cut through fatty or creamy dishes.

But don’t stop at the entrée. Howling Wolf’s clovey fruitiness makes it perfect with apple pie or strudel, plum tarts or banana pudding. Chocolate and caramel notes pair impressively with chocolate cake and caramel flan.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrymel (1502) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
1/5/11 $15 for 1L @ Enoteca in Post Falls, ID Poured from 1L bottle to tulip. Bottled: 5/2/09 A: Pours a beautiful amber with excellent clarity. Loosely packed 2 finger lid dissipates within one minute. S: Caramel malt, figs, cinnamon, vanilla come together - not at all what I expected. There are hints of banana and walnuts as well. T: Creme brulee, hints of graham, nice bread pudding flavors. Much more roasted flavors than I had anticipated. The finish on this sticks to my palate and can easily be felt with 5 minutes under it’s belt. M: Medium body, fine, fanciful carbonation with a slightly warming finish. D: Very drinkable beer. Not so good that I wouldn’t share with friends of lesser beer appreciation, but still special. It doesn’t hurt that 1L was only $15! Wish I had a couple more in the cellar for dinners with friends. Serving type: bottle 01-06-2011

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (2090) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2013
The beer pours decently with a nice hazy amber color that passes through some light, a decent off white head and good lacing on the glass. The smell is decent as the beer has a mild malty, caramel smell with a hint of orange sweetness on the back end. The taste is great and has a lot going on, a blend of sweet orange, mild malt, corriander, cinnamon and a bready finish. The mouthfeel is decent as the beer is well carbonated and leaves you with a mildly sweet, mildly bitter mouth. Overall, a really good weizenbock that I would recommend.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
rosenbergh (6818) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2013
Draught at the Bridge Tap House, St Louis, MO.
Cloudy amber colour with a tiny white head. Some yeast and alcohol in the aroma. The flavour is... well it’s bad... I’m sorry to be frank but it’s really bad. Yeast, yeasty bitterness and alcohol. There’s some hoppy bitterness too but it’s shadowed by unpleasant yeasty bitterness... This is not a good Weizenbock.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3472) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 24, 2013
(bottle - 1 L fliptop - 2009 vintage) Copper pour with a thin tan head. Sweet and malty aroma. Lots of spices mixed in with a very light hop bitterness. Flavor is a bit too sweet for me however. Lots of sweet malts and spice. The bitterness isn’t really there and I could’ve used it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwalking05 (3753) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Tasted in 2010 (backlog). Amber in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of corn, malt and grain. Taste is of wheat, malt, and yeast.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fsbw21086 (332) - New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2012
Wheat naner meh. Taste is of banana and wheat cloveness. Didn't like too much but wasn't terrible. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2012 Pours a clear golden color. Aroma hits with yeast and banana and then apples. Flavor is a real rich malty vanilla flavor that gives way to the banana flavors. This is an excelllent beer . Clean finishing. Good carb and just a good solid drinking beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Draft at The Bridge, from notes. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head that leaves some spots of lace in the glass. Aroma of wheat, mixed fruits, especially banana, peppery spices, sweet malts, and some grass. Flavor of tropical fruits, with banana again leading the way, wheat, mild spice, and sweet malts. Medium-bodied, with a malty, fruity mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
freeofthoughts (652) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2012
2009 bottle pours cloudy dark orange with dense off white head. The smell is mild and mostly malty with a little hint of spice. The taste is different, more spice heavy, clove and cardamom, with a little fruitiness. The wheat makes for a good palate with the carbonation. As it warms the yeast that has aged gets stronger, with some funky banana and bubblegum to go with ASL the other flavors. It was ok over all, not as good as the 2 year sheep eater I had or the double vision doppelbock.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9081) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Bottle @ home. Cloudy, dark red orange appearance with a fluffy, cream colored head with some light sediment. Moderately spicy, toasty caramel, wheat, mild clove, somewhat yeasty aroma. Mild banana, clove, fairly spicy, yeasty, caramel toffee, wheat malty flavor. Solid but nothing special.


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