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Edelweiss Hefetrub - Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)

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BA SCORE
83
good

116 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001)
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Photo of stcules
2.38/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light oranged color, the right haziness. Visible carbonation, beautiful white and creamy foam.
The smell is light and quite delicate for a weizen. Yeast, wheat, banana.
The taste too is quite delicate, with wheat and yeast, quite strong carbonation.
Then some citric, quite sharp. Maybe a little too much. And then even a hint of lactic.

stcules, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of AricGresko
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

AricGresko, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of SierraDeuce
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

SierraDeuce, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Corson
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Corson, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of sharpski
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

sharpski, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of Brent
2.55/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An unfiltered wheat beer, the bread/yeast character was a little too strong. Somewhat flat and uninspiring.

Brent, Aug 17, 2001
Photo of ChugMan
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

A - Hazy gold/banana yellow. Decent but unremarkable head.
S - Banana bread, singed sugar & caramel, clove. Buttery. Fairly aromatic and pleasing, comforting even. Very interesting!
T - Definite clove, yeast. An odd off-tasting, burnt sugaryness. Tart, sour, lime-candy taste seems out of balance as it dominates the palate.
M - Somewhat puckering from its not-quite-citrusy sourness, a bit unpleasant. Bitter. Finishes fairly clean and very dry, but sourness lingers.
O - Disappointing. While there's no doubt my palate isn't the most refined, I don't see the appeal of this one and would be reluctant to try it again. Forgive me, my Austrian brothers.

ChugMan, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of koes0024
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

koes0024, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of elricorico
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy lemony-orange colour with about a half inch of fizzy white head. The colour is quite pale, reminds me of a witbier's colour. The head dissappeared quickly and left a thin lace around the glass.

The smell has a strong clove presence as well as citrus and wheat.

Taste starts with banana sweetness, moves on to a bubble gum and finishes with a smoky clove flavour. Something about the taste of this beer left me unhappy. It's aftertaste is fairly bitter, and has left the back of my mouth feeling filmy.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, very light. I can't say that the beer is hard to drink, but the taste is keeping me from wanting to finish.

I won't be back to this beer, I didn't even finish this bottle. There are so many better Hefe's to choose from.

elricorico, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of PlowKing
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The sample I tried was from a bottle (5.5% ABV) purchased from the LCBO. It had the typical cloudy appearance of a Hefeweizen, but the taste was a little disappointing. The distinct cloves and banana-like flavours were present, but less so compared to others from the likes of Paulaner or Schneider AG.


Overall, a decent weissebier, but not exceptional by any means.

PlowKing, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of DrJay
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Cloudy pale straw colour. Generous bright white head that settled to about 1/4 inch. Some lacing on the side of the glass. Banana and citrus aroma. Very thin body. Weak flavour with some spice evident. Appropriate level of carbonation, but seems a little coarse without the smoothness and body to accompany it. Slight yeast aftertaste with some soapy texture and a very dry finish, apparently from the wheat grain.

500mL brown bottle with best before date on the label.

DrJay, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of Jeffo
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht

Into my Weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Yellow gold in colour and opaque. A slightly lighter colour than average. Medium sized white fluffy head. Not much carbonation but a few smaller bubbles are evident. A think film remains leaving some lacing down the sides. Pretty decent.

SMELL: A medium strength nose of wheat malt. Some lemon hop and clove there with a bit of banana in the background. Nice and crisp, but not quite strong enough.

TASTE: Taste is lacking. Slight bit of wheat malt and a bread tinge, but more strength would be nice. A wheat aftertaste shows up eventually, but is underwhelming. Certainly not off-putting, but there isn't much there really. A little bland. Below average for the style.

PALATE: Feels like it should. Carbonation is lower and balanced well. Goes down smooth without any bite. Finishes comparatively dry as well. Nice.

OVERALL: Decent brew, but missing something in the taste. It's not a bad taste, it just isn't powerful enough to make a statement. Not bad, but there are better ones worth seeking out.

Jeffo, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of beerguy101
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, cloudy, medium head. Aroma is fruity and slightly grainy. A light bodied wheat beer. Milder malts, slightly sweet and somewhat fruity. Some banana and clove flavor. Mild taste. Mouthfeel is round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftetaste is neutral.

beerguy101, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of trevorwideman
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been on a real Weizen kick lately, picking up every one I could get my hands on, this is the latest one.

I am not impressed with the look of this beer. Medium frothy head, cloudy, dark, almost a murky grey colour. Not that appetizing looking. Sour notes in the taste, slight bananas and cloves, a bit bitter, bites the tongue slightly but still manages to feel thin in the mouth and going down. Not as complex or as refreshing as a lot of the ones I've been tasting lately, drinkable though...

trevorwideman, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of wattoclone
3/5  rDev -18%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of moedot
3/5  rDev -18%

moedot, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of smi
3/5  rDev -18%

smi, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of mhuber
3/5  rDev -18%

Mild with a slightly smoky flavor an dry mouth-feel. Floral aftertaste.

mhuber, Yesterday at 08:52 PM
Photo of TWM
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad wheat beer. Unfiltered, cloudy color; the high head reduced to a consistent skim of foam. Taste was richer and less sharp than most wheat beers- definitely appreciate that the sharp citrus overkill was avoided in this one; much smoother and pleasant than I expected. Sweet after-taste (vaguely fruity, perhaps banana or something). Hints of spice- I mainly got nutmeg, although I think some clove scent may have come through as well.

Overall, not a bad beer for the genre, and definitely a good Weizenbier choice for the non-wheat-beer-drinkers.

TWM, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of magictrokini
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is okay. Pours cloudy gold with a big white head, as expected. Aroma is good banana and clove, with a lot of wheat and yeast. The taste does not follow through. All that you want is there, but it just tastes a little weak. Its good, but not great.

magictrokini, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of JustinBathurst
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a somewhat translucent pale gold (slightly orange) with a 1 cm white head of very tiny bubbles. This dissipated fairly quickly, but left a nice lacing. It was strange that this hefe was not as hazy as I'm used to them being.

The aroma is heavily of bread, some banana, and some vanilla extract. No cloves detected.

The mouthfeel is slick and has medium carbonation. Nice.

The taste is overwhelmingly honeyed, with some cloves, and a touch of bitter hops. It has a tang, but not very citrus, as with most hefes. A little bit watery.

All in all, a completely unremarkable hefeweizen. Not quite up to par or quite to style, as far as I'm concerned. I won't be making any repeat purchases of it, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

JustinBathurst, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of bark
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The cloudy liquid is pale brown-yellow; the large foam is pale yellow.

The smell is sourish with some sweet and earthy notes.

The taste is fresh, but not excessively sour. There are earthy with notes of apricots. The aftertaste is lightly sour with fruity notes.

The carbonation is relatively mild, milder than the average Weisen.

An average Hefe-weisen…

bark, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of TerryW
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Soht hazy look with a nice big white head and spotty lace. This soapy ring after a while.

Pretty gentle onthe nose. Cloves and banana. Typcial weiss, nothing too exotic.

A little thin, slightly sour. Thin almost metallic finish which is a little off putting. Slightly prickly puckerish mouthfeel. Don't like the finish.

Passing good, but there are better weißbiers out there.

TerryW, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of the42ndtourist
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Healthy banana aromas, quite clear (for a weiss) even after adding yeast. Taste is weak, watery. Good sized head. Why touch this when there's so many other good hefeweizens around? Disappointing. It wasn't nearly bold enough to rate merit. Maybe decent for weaning someone off of Bud...

the42ndtourist, Jun 11, 2003
Photo of rastaman
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light and refreshing German style wheat, citursy, clovey with some banana, quite nice, but far from the best German-style wheat i"ve had. I also preffered this to the dunkel weiss, i thought the balance was far superior. Nice and refreshing beer, uncomplex, but well balanced, and quite tasty. Fine by me.

rastaman, Mar 24, 2003
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Edelweiss Hefetrub from Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
83 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.