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Edelweiss Hefetrub - Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union) visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001)
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

Tomblerone, May 27, 2012
Photo of bierman2000
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best Wheat beer ever tasted in a bottle IMO.. this citrusy clovey cloudy Weizen is prefect in carbonation and body... very thirst quenching and balanced with a rich foamy head throughout and a smooth mouthfeel as well as being highly drinkable.. too bad I can't find it on tap and compare.. If you can find this Wheat beer it's worth it.

bierman2000, Jul 15, 2003
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

myxy, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of scvance
4.95/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a weissbier glass.

Wow. That's really the only word for it. Pours a wonderfully hazy gold color. Large long lasting and very creamy white head. The smell is incredible, lots of banana and clove aroma along with yeast. The taste is also wonderful, fruity and yeasty with a nice character that screams hefeweizen. One of my all time favorite beers, wish I could find it in the states.

Edit: If anyone does know where I can find this in the US, please tell me.

scvance, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of downes51
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had a couple of these last night in Vienna. I thought it was lovely... a really tasty and refreshing hefe. It made a brilliant partner with the goulash I was eating. The head was thick, and lasted right doen to the end of the glass. I've not got a lot more to say really, except that I would have had a couple more had I not had a long walk back to my hotel.

downes51, Feb 06, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Kuongming, Feb 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Nucleozoid, Mar 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

gutentag, Nov 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Beerlover, Jul 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

rojavaga, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Globetrotter
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a tall tapered brown half liter bottle with a plain but classy white and green label. Purity law, of course. Best before 8/04, I opened it on 11/6/03.

Pours a beautiful diffused yellowish gold that defines the style. The snow white head was tall and thick, with plenty of contour and even more staying power. My only objection is a lack of lace. The nose is an excellent bouquet of wheat, yeast, spice and citrus sweetness. The mouth is light and prickly, as the style requires. The opening taste is outstanding - lots of wheat, a bit of yeast, some clove and some citrus tanginess. The finish has a nice hoppy bite - rare in this style, but very appealing to this hop head. The aftertaste retains the bitterness, while reviving the wheat and yeast to form a very pleasant combination. This is one of the better wheats I've tried. My wife, a regular wheat drinker, was also impressed..

Globetrotter, Nov 06, 2003
Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

02/28/06- Purchased at a B.C. Provincial Liquor Store in Vernon, B.C.

Presentation- 500ml bottle with an expiration date on the bottom front label. Poured into a 18oz dimpled mug.

Appearance- Clouded light orange or lemon colored pour. Full fluffy 1 inch white head. Leaves behind a decent amount of lace.

Smell- Traditional wheat nose with a nice amount of pepper. Bananas, cloves and bubble gum. Nice.

Taste- Large amounts of banana and clove are introduced right away. Peppery flavors carress the tongue. Almost has a few witbier qualities as well.

Mouthfeel- A bit highly carbonated. Leaves a lasting flavorful aftertatse.

Drinkability- One of the better hefe's I have had. Not in the catagory with Paulaner or Weihenstephaner, but not really that far away. Very tasty and refreshing. Recommended for sure.

GClarkage, Mar 03, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of BeerManDan
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this hazy light wheat yellow beer that had plenty of foam and nice lace. The smell was of a strong yeasty aroma with a hint of cloves. The taste was of a bread yeast and some cloves. Not overly sweet or bitter, but, a kind of tangy after taste.

BeerManDan, Feb 22, 2003
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4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, imported by Stawski.

Nice cloudy Hefe, the head is thick, white and foamy.

The nose is clovey with a subtle hint of wheat.

The flavor is a mixture of cloves, lemon, and banana.

I reviewed this one quick, but that is because I was camping with it, it is an easy drinking, very good Hefe.

crossovert, Jul 12, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The second of the 3 Edelweiss offerings tonight. Now this one, called Hefetrüb, is much more exciting than the Kristallklar.
For a start, it has the cloudy milkiness that is so expected of Weißbiers. The same Edelweiss generic looking cream label on the Bottle, but with a dark green color tab, and a crown cap to match.
Only a few reviews for this beer, which reveal little of this beers heritage or pedigree, although it clearly has a great one, for it is dated “Seit 1475”. No great revelations regarding the meaning of the name, it actually literally translates as "yeast-cloudily”, not exactly original for a wheat beer, but typically demonstrative of Teutonic utilitarianism.
It pours an exact replicate milky Hoegaarden color. Head is white again, largish bubbles, and it maintains a depth of 1/2” throughout the grainy beverages short life.
High inherent carbonation, shown by a quick swirl, this level of Carbon Dioxide helps to contribute to a medium mouthfeel.
Overall the beer has a huge wheat nose, massive fresh citric fruits, banana, grapefruit and again cloves. A much more “traditional” drinking wheat beer than the Kristallklar. The fruits that are revealed in the aromas actually transpose through to the tongue. A low sweetness, digestive biscuits, fresh bread middle, mashed bananas and a spicy cloves finish with herbal overtones. Some bitterness in the end which is welcomed. A much better offering than the Kristallklar.
Highly drinkable, it’s easy to put this one away – no complaints on this one.
A 1 Pint 0.9 fl.oz. Brown Glass Bottle, dated 06.2003.
For just $2.19, pretty darn good Value for Money.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 16, 2002
Photo of dwarbi
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Frothy white head. Excellent lacing. The beer is colored like a pilsner. Mezmorizing carbonation. Smells like banana and slightly of wheat. Solid wheat taste. Still taste those bananas as well. Chewy. Feels like a malty, wholesome pilsner. Wonderfully drinkable.

dwarbi, May 29, 2003
Photo of orelion
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer in my local pub on tap, served in the official Edelweiss Weizen Glass.
A: Honey colored brew with a white head.
S: The smell is great, a little lemon zest mixed with honey and wheat, fruity aroma.
T: The taste mirrors the smell, you can taste the wheat. the zest and honey, a good taste that lasts.
M: the mouthfeel is very rich, it's very thick and filling.
D: The beer is quite drinkable, yet I believe it's more of a session beer and I'd rather have a pint or 2, but no more.
Overall this is a great wheat beer with a mesmerizing aroma and a good taste.

orelion, May 30, 2009
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Of a very interesting style this is an interesting example. Its a cloudy straw color with some chunks of yeast floating around on the currents of heavy carbonation. The Head is big foamy and everlasting and leaves plenty of lace. The aroma is perfumey with crisp wheat malts with citric fruitiness. The taste is very interesting for a hefe, quite tart and very dry. It starts with a sharp bitterness with some underlying fruitiness then fades into a clovey spicey even champagne like finish. Not as sweet than other examples Ive tried. The finish is somewhat phonelic. This beer lacks malt depth, but its still very tastey. The mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy(? Im bad at mouthfeel abjectives). Overall this is a great hefeweizen with a unique, very dry taste.

CAMRAhardliner, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I first had this at a beer fest in Arcadia, CA about four years ago. I've been looking for it and finally found it in a liquor store today.
As wheat beers are my favorite style, I was fairly drooling by the time I got home.
What poured from the bottle was a cloudy, pale gold colored beer with a big white head. The headed petered out fairly quickly to a small cap but left some nice lace all the way to the bottom. Okaayy......
The smell hooked me. I got a great smell of lots of spice; cloves and some other I couldn't I.D., and some banana. Now I'm getting somewhere...
The taste was spicy-sweet banana and cloves, etc but not with the same intensity as weissbiers auf Deutschland. Edelweiss lacked the almost bubblegum flavor I've experienced in some others. It wasn't as sweet but that's not a problem. Virtually no bitterness.
The feel was rather dry , very smooth and refreshing.
I had to consciously slow down to keep from just knocking back the glass. I could drink this one all day. Very refreshing and has a slightly off the main path taste that was quite appealing after a long, hot day.

Boilermaker88, Jul 04, 2003
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the Tucher weizen glass hazy pale golden with just a slight amber hue. The head was tall, strong and moussy with both large and small bubble consistency and fell very slowly as it laced the glass.

The aroma was wheat and spice through the dense and rocky head. The spice was clove and perhaps hints of coriander. The aroma was fruity banana masked by the massive head. As the head fell and the beer warmed a light caramelized banana fruitiness emerged.

The flavor was strongly fruity with a nice banana flavor coupled with a good clove spice. The flavor of the malt was also present and a light wheat flavor to boot.

The finish was light and crisp with a dryness coupled with the remaining fruit and slight spice impression into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a good mouthfeel due to the wheat and the higher carbonation level. Unsure why this beer isn't getting much love. It is a nice solid hefe, better than many. Give it a whirl...

0.5L 08.2005 on label. 5.5% ABV.

GCBrewingCo, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice not overpowering aroma. Looks appetizing creamy white. Smooth mouthfeel. Not too sweet, bit of bitter aftertaste. Nice balances. Ready to finish the 500ml. right off, but know how a bit of wheat style really adds value to a bunch of burgers. Citrus, cloves, good summer beer and possibly
Best wheat beer?

Sammy, Jul 04, 2004
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

brandonld23, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

jim_carignan, Sep 16, 2013
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Edelweiss Hefetrub from Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
83 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.