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Howling Wolf Weisse Bier

September, 2015
Judges Rating: 
18 / 24
4 / 6
28 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

This beer pours into the glass with very little head despite copious bubbles. It has a slight cloudiness and is closer to amber than straw in color. In the nose, I picked up clove and banana, a slight green apple, a touch of goatiness, and maybe even a little old yeast scent. It also has a subtle caramel character in the nose. The beer is dry, with forward notes of banana and clove. It is slightly peppery and phenolic, with a yeasty finish. There is no notable hop flavor, but a slight bitterness in the back for balance. In the mouth it is dry and effervescent, with a slight sharpness on the tongue. It's a decent example of a bavarian hefeweizen. All of the notes are there, but It hasn't traveled well. I imagine at the brewery it has an almost bread-like yeastiness though. Looks like a trip to Idaho is in order!