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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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ronin926

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

06-22-2013 00:13:16 | More by ronin926
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pbrian

Connecticut

4.85/5  rDev +23.7%

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.

08-28-2001 10:09:58 | More by pbrian
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

Edelweiss's dunkel red-cap bottle poured with typical German-wheat beauty, bubbling over the rim enormously but somehow never spilling due to the genius of the designed glass. The head was mammoth sized, and had the consistency of whipped cream--exceptional! No glass is more fitting for its style in my experience than a German wheat beer or hefe glass. This dunkel is not as dark as say, Erdinger's, but more a dirty brown, darker near the top than the bottom. Caramel and butterscotch colouration, and dense with yeast; hazy. A cream coloured head, with some darker spots where the remaining yeast dripped in from the bottle. Large bubbles of lace on the sides, leaving some web patterns. It smells similar to many pale hefes, and the dark malts really do not make much of a difference; instead the lovely fruity aromas of banana, strawberry, spices, some lactose, and in the background some lightly roasted malt. The dunkel has more spice than their hefetrub. The malt is a little more felt in the mouth, leaving a nice grainy taste. The intensely fruity aroma is also more subdued in the taste; indeed the taste really balances all the notes from the smell. Estery cloves and banana can be tasted at first, in the middle I can taste the hardness of the water, and the finish is the best part, not very lingering but leaving my mouth with a desire for another sip. The alcohol is detectable in the middle, and the hops, barely. I found the mouthfeel a little light, even for a wheat beer. The water is a little too detectable, and the "dunkel" style had me expecting some more body from the malt, but that is not the case. What it lacks in body though it makes up for in drinkability. A very nice summer wheat beer from Austria's renowned weissbier brewery. Paired nicely with Jarlsberg cheese.

04-23-2005 04:46:14 | More by Cwrw
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Rumrunner

California

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

1 Pint 0.9 oz. brown bottle.

Not being a fan of most wheat beers I lucked out and I enjoyed this one.

Pours a hazy deep caramel in the middle and cloudy light brown on the sides. A nice tall head with decent retention. Lacing is spotty and not uniform. The scents are crisp and wintery. A heavy wheat and clove scent dominate. There is some fruit and peppery spices.

The flavors come together nicely and mirror the scents. The wheat is present but is milder than in the scent. Heavy clove and peppery spices. Yeast, mild fruits, piney leaves, and a very small amount of a caramel sweetness. There is a hop bite at the very end. This one is put together very nicely.

Crisp on the palate. A very refreshing quality. Aftertaste is sweet but mild. A very soft bodied beer. It drinks easy but I would not make it a personal session beer.

This is a real nice beer in my opinion. It won't make me a wheat beer drinker on a regular basis but it could be a change of pace beer for me.

11-21-2003 04:42:27 | More by Rumrunner
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bsopko

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

03-01-2013 21:20:45 | More by bsopko
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vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

03-04-2007 02:19:26 | More by vanrassel
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Vsarmatov

Russian Federation

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

10-06-2013 14:53:59 | More by Vsarmatov
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CSFerrier

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2%

12-16-2011 00:55:23 | More by CSFerrier
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Gottesverachter

Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +2%

05-26-2014 13:09:52 | More by Gottesverachter
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Garin

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -1%

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.

12-23-2004 07:14:44 | More by Garin
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tigerpaws

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

A very good dunkel, it is very dark and well balanced nice aroma not strong but enough to satisfy the nose. Very smooht if it is somewhat heavy. I recommend this beer to all lovers of the dunkel style............CHEERS

07-03-2002 16:40:46 | More by tigerpaws
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BeerBeing

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13%

Presentation: 0.5 liter brown glass Euro-generic bottle, tan and red on white label

Appearance: cloudy and murky brown with big long lasting tan-colored head, excelent lacing

Smell: wheat, yeast, banana, grapefrut, cloves, nicely balanced

Taste: medium body, light to medium mothfeel, wheat, yeast, fruiteness, a bit of hops, generally on sweet side

Notes: very tasty, very refreshing brew

08-27-2005 03:12:57 | More by BeerBeing
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smbslt

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

06-11-2014 20:31:47 | More by smbslt
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calcio360jrd

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

I ordered this beer along with others from austrianshop.com. I remember the first time when i went to europe in 2001, we were in innsbruck, austria and went to the pub adjacent to the inn we were staying at. The man behind the counter after talking about what beers i like in the states, asked me if i wanted "man" beer or "lady" beer! I of course said "man" beer and he broke out a couple of these for us.

At the time it was one of the best beers i had ever had, still a very good beer, i just think over the years my tastes have changed.

It pours out with a thick white head and that particular dunkelweizen smell of toasty bread and malt. Color was toffee and taste was still wonderful. The mouthfeel for me was what i remembered most, think and creamy almost and lingered on the pallette.

Still a great beer, just not as great as i remember it, that was 10 years ago though...

05-29-2011 13:12:00 | More by calcio360jrd
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rojavaga

Bulgaria

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

07-12-2014 17:37:16 | More by rojavaga
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PaF

Israel

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

03-30-2013 21:45:26 | More by PaF
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nlriehl87

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

11-21-2012 16:15:28 | More by nlriehl87
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dmk139

New York

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

09-19-2008 13:37:17 | More by dmk139
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CharlotteElwart


3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

06-12-2014 20:02:21 | More by CharlotteElwart
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Paczek

Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.6%

01-29-2012 15:18:32 | More by Paczek
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Azoroth


4/5  rDev +2%

10-29-2012 17:00:26 | More by Azoroth
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jaredmachine

Germany

4.88/5  rDev +24.5%

One of my favorites, and for good reason.

This beer is a little more red in color than other dark weizens. It's unfiltered, the carbonation isn't very obvious, and it has a big, cream-colored head that stays for a majority of the beer's life span. When you pour it and see the obviously full body, you know you're about to deal with texture along the lines of a Stout.

The smell is subtle: rich but not strong, with a hint of vanilla, banana, and spices.

The taste is unlike any other weizen I've tried. The standard wheat flavor you're normally greeted with is replaced by an initial taste of freshly baked (and buttered, oddly enough) banana bread and the tangy citrus bite common in lighter weizens has been replaced with a subtle clove/vanilla/banana combination that really carries through on the aftertaste, which lingers for quite a while thanks to the full body of the beer. It's rich and buttery at first, then slightly sweet and buttery - if you like Stouts and Porters and want to try something that works well as a dessert beer, look no further.

The mouthfeel seems like an attempt to bring the Dunkelweizen into new territory, and that's why I give it a 5. It's much thicker than, say, Weihenstephaner (currently the highest-scoring DunkelW on BA), and it coats your mouth in the way a hearty beer should. That coating effect allows the aftertaste to stay in your mouth considerably longer than other Dunkelweizens, which is, in the case of Edelweiss, a blessing rather than a curse.

It's MY kind of drinkable, which means it's a thick, indulgent half-liter that should probably count as a meal. It also goes well with everything I've paired it with so far.

While some weizen connoisseurs might find the unusual taste and mouthfeel offputting, I think it would be well-received by fans of rich beers.

01-25-2011 01:24:27 | More by jaredmachine
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Edelweiss Dunkel Weissbier from Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
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