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.
fsbw21086 (471) - New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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
DenverLogan (1098) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted June 1, 2014 at an ins cloudy gold and peach with head and lace. Aroma of pear, light malts & hops. Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of light wheat & malts, minerals, slight citrus, lime. Overall rich, flavorful, easy drinking.
JohnGalt1 (1663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
3 finger head nearly foams over... be careful on the pour.... Great retention and lace.. the brew is just a touch cloudy with a color that resembles an orangey amber sunset... pretty.
Nose is maybe a touch lite for the style.. but by the time the brew warms up for the second glass, it’s there nicely.... bready and a good amount of clove... some banana is there for sure but it is much less noticeable than the clovey element.
Flavor is a great spicy mashup .... cloves combine out of the gate with toasty maltiness... rich through and through.. no caramel.. but again a thick sustained malt palate from front to back.. the malts really tie this one together... looong finish on this one.. impressive.
the body is creamy and on the thicker side...
overall... this is seriously a great weizenbock... just remember to pour carefully.
slowrunner77 (10117) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
had an older 25 ouncer of the weizenbock next to a 12 ouncer of the hefe of the same name (and nearly same label). this is a nice example of a very pleasing style, if a little overpriced. good interplay of yeast (babana, clove, spices), malt, and a touch of hops. good body too, w/a dry finish."
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
$15 for 1L @ Enoteca in Post Falls, ID
Poured from 1L bottle to tulip.
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
merc7186 (2930) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
rosenbergh (10379) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(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.
jkwalking05 (4587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
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