1. The BeerAdvocate Store is back! Pre-order your stuff now. Items begin shipping Dec 15. Christmas deadline = Dec 18 @ 5pm EST.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Edelweiss Dunkel Weissbier - Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)

Not Rated.
Edelweiss Dunkel WeissbierEdelweiss Dunkel Weissbier

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

49 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of vanrassel
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of trevorwideman
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Noxious26
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BeerBeing
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of pootz
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of fisherman34
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Toffee coloured, hazy, and well carbonated. It’s 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.

Photo of Cwrw
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of elricorico
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of Garin
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Photo of Rumrunner
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Globetrotter
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

Photo of TheDM
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of hotstuff
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of rastaman
2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Gusler
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of tigerpaws
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of pbrian
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Photo of Brent
5/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Edelweiss Dunkel Weissbier from Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
88 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.