Edelweiss Dunkel Weissbier - Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Edelweiss Dunkel Weissbier from Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.