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Edelweiss Dunkel Weissbier - Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

48 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union) visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001)
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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Azoroth:
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4/5  rDev +2%

Azoroth, Oct 29, 2012
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Photo of rastaman
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not bad, slightly chocolatey, and fruity (banana) flavours, but not one of the better dark wheats you'll find. Generally, easy drinking dark German wheat, smooth and lghtly tart and refreshing, uncomplex flavour, and a nice one for session drinking, look to Andechser, Paulaner, for better examples of the style. This isn't bad though.

rastaman, Mar 24, 2003
Photo of sfprint
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Orangy/brown, but somehow bright. Smallish head, but ok rising carbonation.
S: Heavy-ish yeast, very sweet banana, nitrous oxide. Very much like banana bread.
T: Not so flavorful, but what's there is nice. Tangy fresh lemon juice, yeast, neutral medium body.
M: Light stinging, otherwise neutral.
O: Decent dunkelweizen, but not strong in flavor. Easy going down.

sfprint, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange to brown body, not too hazy, under a frothy head. This was an older bottle, so some of the haze may have been in the sedimentation. Retains a hint of dark roasted flavor, but lots of tiny bubbles from the wheat. German hops pretty well balanced.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of vanrassel
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into my weizen glass a deep mahogany with a towering head inviting me to drink up — though not before I took a whiff of banana with a grainy wheat undertone. A little subdued, though.

At first this tasted not too different from a straight-ahead hefeweizen, without much of the roasted barley characteristics I was expecting in a dark beer. The classic banana-clove combination was nicely-balanced and not overly fruity — just a nice tart, astringent pucker.

The dunkel-ness of this beer hit me in the finish — clean, dry and smooth. A pleasurable easy-drinker I'll definitely revisit.

vanrassel, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of elricorico
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 mL bottle with the best before date of 10/2004. It's a hazy auburn colour with a big creamy head. I was eating when I poured it, and began to smell the beer's aroma before even trying to. It has a sugary, banana smell that is fairly strong, and not unpleasant.

Taste is sweet up front, big with banana, and comes back with a touch of smokiness in the finish. An aftertaste that hints of cloves and bubblegum remains.

Mouthfeel is nothing special. It is fairly thin, and the carbonation is not high. Drinkability follows mouthfeel in its averageness. The aftertaste keeps me from wanting to have too much of this beer at once.

It's worthwhile to try this beer out if you are a fan of the dunkel or hefe weizen style.

elricorico, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of hotstuff
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured into my glass, this beer had a medium tan head with small bubbles that fully diminished. The body was cloudy and was the hue of cider. The lacing was fair and the carbonation was somewhat fizzy. There were numerous aromas such as banana, clove, spice, and fruit. The mouthfeel was smooth, thin and watery. This was a mild tasting beer and one that could probably get me in trouble on any given night as it was very smooth which is very much to my liking.

hotstuff, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of PaF
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

PaF, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of pbrian
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very pronounced weissbier aromas/flavors (bannana, clove, bubblegum) delivered via one of the smoothest, tastiest beers I've had in a long time. Seek it out, this one stands up tall.

pbrian, Aug 28, 2001
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very impressive looking to say the least. Now as soon as this finally relented it was replaced by copious amount of side glass lace which really helped to thicken up the overall appearance. Lots of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout.

Lots of fresh wheat and grain smells came flying off of it. Also inside was a good solid amount of yeast. This did a very fine job of lightening up the overall aroma and really giving it some solid depth and a good amount of character. There was actually a decent amount of kick to it in the flavor. The first sips were pretty intense with a bit of a caramel or bitterness to the finish. Lots of yeast presence again and this served up some nice fruity flavors. A good mix of peach and maybe some apples were present way in the back and the major bread like backing just served to push forward the more subtle flavors that were present in the back. Overall here this was really a very full bodied flavor. E even noticed a bit of a roasted nuttiness to it. So light and refreshing but yet at the same time, complex in flavor and body. Nothing at all bad can be said here, just a wonderful session type ale.

Great choice here and another very solid offering.

mikesgroove, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of Garin
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a murky brown beer with a foamy, sticky head on top.

Clovey and peppery notes all through. A yeasty, bready wheat character builds over time. Clean and refreshing, with a nice maltiness to it too. Vanilla and banana fill out a bit of the sweetness. A nice round mouth feel with a refreshing tingle finishes this all off. I like it a lot.

Garin, Dec 23, 2004
Photo of Brent
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great example of the style. Dark and chewy with a well rounded malt. Dark fruit in the background.

Brent, Aug 17, 2001
Photo of IronDjinn
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a tall 500 ml brown bottle, a direct German import as it is strictly German writing on all the labels, just a thin white importer's sticker on the back with the domestic details. Best before date on the front label is 09.2004. Cloudy and murky body on the pour, quite opaque in the middle of the glass, varying degrees of ochre colour. Massive spongy off-white head at first, which takes its sweet time to descend and leaves a fair sized cap most of the way down the glass. There is a sweetness of wheat and yeast on the nose, along with banana and some nutmeg and clove. The profile is definitely sweet and then mildly spicy. More balance in the flavour with the sweetness and spice, crisp wheat at first, sweetening up in the middle with some banana, and then the crispness pops up again on the finish with some light hops to accompany the nuttiness of the spices. The mouthfeel is light and a bit on the watery side, but adds to the drinkability of this beer. The aftertaste leaves me with the impression of candied bananas, yet fortunately the crispness of texture and taste helps take the edge off of that a bit. Would be a big hit for those with a sweet tooth.

IronDjinn, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color as it sets in the glass, a dark amber color that is somewhat murky, the head monumental in size, the texture frothy and the lace nice sheets to coat the glass. Yeast at the front, malt underneath, with light hints of earthy wheat, clean and fresh. The start is sweet and lots of malt, the top skimpy, the finish pertinently acidic, the hops a bit sparse, dry aftertaste, drinkable, but not really something I would call a “Session” beer as it is a bit overly sweet.

Gusler, Dec 28, 2002
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4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The color if this beer was a nice orange/brownish kinda color. Smooth white head with a nice lacing down the side, which i havent seen in many Eastern European beers

The aroma was that of any exceptional weissbier

The taste was quite good, I am normally not a huge fan of weissbiers but this one was different. This beer had the kind of body that i have been searching for in a beer. Living in Hungary for the past few weeks, I have only seen a limited number of full bodied beers.

All in all this delicious beer was a more than pleasant surprise, and I have to call it one of the best weissbiers i have ever had.

dmk139, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of Globetrotter
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a tall tapered half-liter bottle with a professional but uninspiring label dominated by lettering. Purity law, of course. Best before 4/04, I opened it on 11/8/03.

Pours a cloudy light brown under a pale tan two-fingered head with good retention but only a few spots of lace. The nose is full of flowers, fruit and wheat. The mouth is light and prickly, with lots of sweetness. The taste is full and delicious - cloves, plumbs, yeast, wheat. There's just a touch of hops that adds bitter to the fruity aftertaste. Definitely a good drink!

Globetrotter, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly cloudy brown beer.

Smell is strongly of bananas, spiciness is more subdued. Mildly malty smells are here too.

Taste is dry for a dunkel. Lots of banana and spices in the flavor. Fruity flavors come out next, and a solid wheat backbone.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable, but I like a stronger flavor to my wheat beers.

Zorro, Feb 18, 2004
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Dougwillhike, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Noxious26
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured in a weizen glass. Bottle has the dates 01.2005 and 01.2006. I assume this means the bottled date and best before date. I got this at the end of December, so this is maybe a month later than it should be, but here's hoping it's still good.

Hazy, brown-amber colour, kind of like watered down cola. Lots of carbonation streams and a huge 2 inch light beige head on the pour. Excellent head retention as it recedes to a solid 1/4 inch of foam. Big gobs of sticky lace down the side.

The weizen yeast is ever present in the nose bringing about it's trademark banana spiced with clove scent. This brings a sweet quality that overshadows a wheat and malt background.

Wheat at the start but quickly joined by a spiciness. While I don't taste the banana that is in the nose, there is a definite yeast quality through and after the carbonation rush. Finish is slightly sweet with malts and perhaps a little dried dark fruits. Aftertaste is lightly malted with a phenolic tone.

Medium bodied with a long lingering carbonation rush that is soft with little light pin pricks of bubbles floating across the tongue and along the roof of the mouth. Has a soft, velvety, soothing quality about it.

This doesn't draw you in and urge you on to drink more. Instead it has a quiet confidence and subtlety, as if to say, "Go ahead, take your time, I'll be hear when you're ready for another sip." The nice gentle mouthfeel is relaxing and reminiscent of wraping yourself in a nice fuzzy warm blanket. Definitely well worth having again, unfortunately I brought this one back from Calgary and neither this nor any of it's style are available in my neck of the woods.

Noxious26, Feb 22, 2006
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from Budapest

Pours hazy brown with large slightly off-white head that remains at least 1/2 finger thick throughout the glass. Nice and thick lacing.

Aroma is quite spicy (cloves) banana and sweet bready maltiness in the background. Taste is slightly sweet wheatish banana with cloves and very limited hops and some dried fruit in the finish. Mouthfeel is about medium with perfect carbonation, feels soft and quite smooth.

Overall it was excellent - refreshing and very, very tasty, I will surely try this one again.

atis, Nov 13, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2%

tbeer40, Jul 12, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of the 3 Edelweiss offerings tonight. Dunkel Wheat Beer. This style is somewhat new to me. I am told that Dunkel Weißbiers are more prevalent in Germany than any other country, so perhaps this is a good one to break my “Virgin Hymen” with.
The same Edelweiss generic looking cream label on the Bottle, the Dunkel has a dark red color tab, and again, a crown cap to match. I notice that all of the Edelweiss Weißbiers have a kind of Corporate identity. A bit worrying I suppose, for the packaging on these bottles has a kind of “McBeers” dimension to it. But then it is German, and they do not appear to waste time with trivial pursuit matters such as label design when they have a perfectly good one that they can just alter.
There are a few short reviews for this offering, which reveal little insight into this beer. It pours a very cloudy murky brown. Hmmm, a very murky slushy sump-water brown. Strange! For it reminded me so much of the look of the “dregs” that I poured down the drain from Casks of Real Ales (when I was a Bar Manager at Beer Festivals in the UK) before I resealed them for return. Different Strokes. Looks are somewhat weird, and an anti-thesis for me, but I mark it as 4.0 - for I appreciate and understand that it is supposed to look like this. Head retention was also quite good. A light tan colored creamy looking head stayed the distance, best of the 3 EW's tried. As with the other 2 Edelweiss offerings a quick swirl revealed good inherent carbonation.
This beer has a very similar nose to that of the Hefetrüb. A huge wheat nose, fresh citric fruits, banana, grapefruit, and spicy cloves but with some added caramel in this instance. Sultanas and Figs are hidden, but there are also the spicy cloves and the fresh fruits which shine in this beer. Digestive Biscuits, fresh crusty whole-wheat just baked bread aromas, yeast, bananas, spices, herbs and a brown sugar bitterness that is a trademark in the finish of the beer. Clean tasting; clean drinking, highly quaffable, and a rather jolly good Dunkel Weißbier that is easily downed.
For me, the best of the 3 Edelweiss Weißbiers that I tried by far tonight.
A 1 Pint 0.9 fl.oz. Brown Glass Bottle, dated 06.2003.
As with the Hefetrüb, only $2.19 a bottle, Bloody Good Show for the Coinage.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 16, 2002
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4/5  rDev +2%

nlriehl87, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

bsopko, Mar 01, 2013
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Edelweiss Dunkel Weissbier from Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
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