Edelweiss Dunkel Weissbier - Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
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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
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
04-28-2011 02:06:36 | More by mikesgroove
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
3.68/5 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
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
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
11-13-2008 12:43:50 | More by atis
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
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
The overachieving member of the Edelweiss family.
Color is orangish brown with a long lasting, lace giving, off white head. Nothing to turn one away from putting it back.
Smell is bit more clove heavy than the helles, as to be expected...a little more yeasty too.
Flavor carries notes of cherry as well as yeast, slight smoked malts, and slightly sour banana.
Carbonation is lively.
A non-boring, without being extreme in any regard, offering in a species that can something become a bit regular.
12-20-2007 13:44:53 | More by allboutbierge
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
3.9/5 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
4.22/5 rDev +7.7%
Any day I get to drink from a Weiss glass is a good day. I haven't had a Dunkel for a while either, so that's fun.
Very tasty looking pour, a massive head erupts from this dark, cloudy brew. The head sticks around and leaves a delicious lacing. Smell is fairly typical weiss, very spicy with hints of clove, coriander and banana mixed with lots of bready/yeasty goodness.
Taste carries all the spice over from the nose, with lots of punchy malt flavour. Low bitterness but some classic lemony sourness and a bit of acidity in the finish. Tied all neatly together with the banana, apple, and pear flavours. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy with a medium, near perfect carbonation. A very tasty summer evening session brew and hands down beats the Edelweiss Hefeweizen.
08-02-2006 02:47:22 | More by trevorwideman
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
02-22-2006 03:02:30 | More by Noxious26
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
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
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
3.33/5 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
3.98/5 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
3.48/5 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
3.88/5 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
3.95/5 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
Edelweiss Dunkel Weissbier from Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.