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Edelweiss Dunkel Weissbier - Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

49 Ratings
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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)
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Photo of allboutbierge
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

allboutbierge, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of ronin926
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

ronin926, Jun 22, 2013
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.

pbrian, Aug 28, 2001
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.

Cwrw, Apr 23, 2005
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.

Rumrunner, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of bsopko
4/5  rDev +1.5%

bsopko, Mar 01, 2013
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.

vanrassel, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of Vsarmatov
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Vsarmatov, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of smbslt
4/5  rDev +1.5%

smbslt, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of CSFerrier
4/5  rDev +1.5%

CSFerrier, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Gottesverachter
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Gottesverachter, May 26, 2014
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.

Garin, Dec 23, 2004
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

tigerpaws, Jul 03, 2002
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

BeerBeing, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of calcio360jrd
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

calcio360jrd, May 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

rojavaga, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of PaF
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

PaF, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

nlriehl87, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of dmk139
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

dmk139, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of CharlotteElwart
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

CharlotteElwart, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of Paczek
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Paczek, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Azoroth
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Azoroth, Oct 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of jaredmachine
4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

jaredmachine, Jan 25, 2011
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Edelweiss Dunkel Weissbier from Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
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