Edelweiss Dunkel Weissbier - Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
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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
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-30-2004 02:30:51 | More by IronDjinn
3.93/5 rDev +0.3%
murkey chestnut color with a puffy off white cap....geat hefe dunkle nose: lots of cloves, cinnamon, sweet malts. good lacing , very spritzy carbonation (bottle conditioned?) Peppery tongue from the natural effervessence, big whack of spices over the sweet malat...a very decent dunkle weiss.
06-23-2005 22:20:32 | More by pootz
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
3.9/5 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
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
3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
12-28-2002 08:33:48 | More by Gusler
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
3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
The beer poured into the Tucher glass hazy amber brown with a tan and low yet persistent head which worked well to lace the glass.
The aroma was spicy with a nice clove phenolic and light wheat. The malt was fruity with banana and a slight raisin character coupled with caramel.
The flavor was a bit on the light side with caramel and some raisin character coupled with a fruity banana flavor and a light clove spice.
The finish was dry with a lasting wheat and clove spice flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation was well done. The beer was just missing in the flavor department. A nice drinkability, but no real outstanding character.
0.5L bottle. 08.2005 on front label.
10-12-2005 22:11:25 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
03-31-2011 00:47:26 | More by sfprint
3.65/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
07-03-2003 19:07:47 | More by hotstuff
British Columbia (Canada)
3.65/5 rDev -6.9%
Their regular hefe is a little on the weak side so it is a nice surprise that this is a full bodied dunkel with a strong malty finish. The nose is bready rather than bubblegum or bananas. The beer needs to warm up to show its nuances but the beer is quite balanced with the typical hefe showings arising late in the finish. One of the better dunkels available.
06-11-2007 19:43:22 | More by canucklehead
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
It poured a nice hazy medium dark golden brown with some foam and not much lace, if any. The smell was of cloves, with a hint of malts and hops. Couldn't pick up any wheat aromoa at all. The taste was had a lot of cloves and a hint of malts and hops with a very little wheat if any. The big set back for me was it was to acidic, to over powering and not enough wheat. No much on the after taste, just lack all around to be an exceptional beer!
02-24-2003 13:57:59 | More by BeerManDan
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
I took this beer home with me after a ski holiday. A good starter for the weekend. The name of this beer beer is funny actually because it says that it's a dark whitebeer.
I have the big glass to gour this one in but i decided to use my most favourite glass of the Struise.
The beer looks quit good with a broken white to very lightbrown head and lightbrown fluid.
For the rest not really much to say about this beer. It's good drinkable like the most of this type of beers.
You can smell the yeast adn there is not much mouthfeel.
04-01-2011 20:47:42 | More by Brabander
3.48/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
01-07-2005 14:22:12 | More by elricorico
3.33/5 rDev -15.1%
Toffee coloured, hazy, and well carbonated. Its got some pleasing yeasty and banana aromas. The flavors are your typical hefe: banana, clove, yeast, with a bit of caramel thrown in. Strangely drying finish. This beer is mellow and easy to drink, but the flavors are a little too muted.
06-16-2005 21:06:37 | More by fisherman34
3.25/5 rDev -17.1%
This brew poured a large frothy white head of fine to medium sized bubbles that left very little lacing and a cloudy carbonated light brown body. It has a medium strength malty wheat banana aroma and a banana wheat flavor with a smooth mildy tingly mouthfeel. An OK brew at best.
08-01-2003 22:25:02 | More by TheDM
3.05/5 rDev -22.2%
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.
12-04-2003 19:22:23 | More by DrunkMcDermott
United Kingdom (England)
2.9/5 rDev -26%
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.
03-24-2003 22:36:56 | More by rastaman
Edelweiss Dunkel Weissbier from Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
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