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Edelweiss Hefetrub - Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union) visit their website

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 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
Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at Pannenkoekenrestaurant Oude Mueller, Utrecht, Netherlands

A: The beer is rather hazy yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat and bananas are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of wheat along with notes of bananas from the yeast.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and as some refreshing properties. It is not a bad choice to enjoy sitting next to a canal on a warm day.

metter98, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle : Poured a yellow hazy beer with a nice head with average retention. Aroma is purely comprised of wheat, although it seemed like this brand of wheat had a very floral nature. Taste is very refreshing with again the taste of wheat taking over. Overall, this is an above average hefeweizen and perfect drink for those hot summer days.

Phyl21ca, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent bronze with 4 fingers of fluffy white head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Slight smokeyness, or is this OTT cloves(?) & bubblegum

T: Smokeyness, bubblegum & a little honey sweetness up front. Finishes dry, bubblegummy, slightly fruitty, juicy, & again, smokey

MF: Medium bodied with brisk carbonation

Drinks pretty good, we sure this aint from Bamberg?

russpowell, May 25, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
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
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale, but hazy yellow colour - a look I'm starting to associate with an "Austrian Hefeweizen". Head is filmy but consistent, and made up of very fine bubbles. Cloudiness is nice. Overall, it's a decent looking brew, very light for a hefe though.

Nose is lightly spicy with a slight wheat acidity, but it's very light and mild all up. Slight coppery twang, and a hint of crushed leaves, but minimal else. Can't say I'm a huge fan, even though the slight characters it does have are pleasant enough.

Taste is a little better, with the hallmarks of a good weizen - slight acidity through the front, a touch of spice and a little sweetness. On the back, however, there's a slightly bitter metallic, phenolic character that skews it from the classic profile. It's a little bit of a downer to an otherwise decent beer. Feel is smooth enough, and quite light, which suits it well enough.

Eh, it's not a great beer, but it's not that bad either. There are much better hefeweizens out there - this one is just a little bit too bland.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of wl0307
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 500ml slim brown bottle, this beer is named "Edelweiss Weissbier" on the front label and "Hefetrüb" on the cap, so I guess the two separate entries on this site should be one and the same(?); BB 12/2009, served chilled in Edelweiss' own branded 500ml weizen glass.

A: pours a pale yellow-ish straw hue, decently cloudy, coming with a thin but well-lasting white puffy head and semi-lively carbonation - just about right.
S: lightly sweet lemony on the fruit side, and even lighter on the maltiness which shows a good input of grainy malts, sponge cake, and toffee; a swirl serves to wake up the underlying hints of sweet bananas and dried mangoes (and also as the beer warms). But overall the aroma is less complex than many of its counterparts and certainly not as impressive as the draught version tasted 3.5 years ago.
T: thin-bodied citric+mango fruits precedes a slightly thin wheat-ish taste, while a decent edge of acidity (as of a lactose drink) follows closely; on top of moderate fruit esters, the aftertaste shows almost corn-ish grainy malts and a touch of savoury-spices like cloves with a pinch of sea salt, before all quietly settles to a slightly dry finishing palate. Not complex, but approachable still.
M&D: the carbonation comes lightly fizzy and not very intrusive, rendering a quite refreshing and approachable palate, matching the medium body and the light flavour profile just alright. Overall, there's no single flavour element dominating the palate, although fruity esters appear slightly more pronounced than the rest; however, it is the subdued yet lingering aroma of malts that eventually manages to resonate from the back of the palate; hence a higher-than-average drinkability as well. Not as flavoursome as the draught version, though.

wl0307, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

drewone, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden beer with a tall puffy whitehead.

Smell is the expected banana and clove scent with a much stronger clove and medicine scent than banana scent. Malt contribution is clean and sweet and cake like.

Taste is mildly sweet with a lemon edge to it in the beginning. Hops are quite strong here for a German HefeWeizen and give this a substantial herbal bitterness. Flavor is mostly of cloves and medicinal herbs and the banana flavor is almost completely gone.

Mouthfeel is good.

A different take on the German HefeWeizen here far more hops and it is really the major flavor here making it similar to the American version. Still Hefe yeast was used and it does add a great deal to the aroma and some to the scent; so it is a real HefeWeizen. A unique take on the style that I can recommend.

Zorro, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My impression of the appearance is two fold:
For one, the bubbles fascinate me. They violently stirred, in the same exact shape as a tornado, around the center of the glass during the pour. They would continue to rise and stir in uniform lines all throughout the glass. If I lift my pint in hand and move it side to side the bubbles jerk along with it, distorting their path sideways, making their path to the top curvy. How responsive.
More importantly, however, the head (which started in abundance - as it should with the style) would sparkle out in small patches at a time. The appearance bears an unhealthy colour - a tarnished shade; somewhat like the inside of a pear or apple that is beginning to brown after being sliced. Blurry but not clouded. All the suddy lacing that washes up the glass with each sip slowly slides back into the beer.
The aroma is pleasant. Very fresh wheat with fruity notes of banana very ripe. Some small degree of spice (clove foremost) compliments the smell. The banana is very present. The smell is nice.
The body is moderately carbonated for the style.It stays light, and for that reason refreshing, but a little bloating to make this "the one" to drink all afternoon.
The wheat, as it comes through in the taste, is flat and stale. It has a very 'multi grain' flavour - brown bread/whole grain like notes. The aftertaste lends a soft touch of banana taste but doesn't stick around long enough. The taste becomes overly lemony at about the half way point. Lots of lemon flavour.
As much as I hate to resort to saying this, it's true - this is nice, BUT, there are far better examples out there.

biegaman, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden, big fluffy white head, lacing. Aroma is bananas, spices and cloves. Flavour is bananas up front, wheat is present and spices in the finish. Carbonation is medium with a medium mouthfeel, very smooth and tasty beer. One of my favourites from the new LCBO release.

Viggo, Jul 01, 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 Derek
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a starter hefe-weiss. It has all the flavours, odours and appearance, but they're a little watered-down.

Slightly murky, off-white appearance.

A hint of fruity, bubblegum odours.

Light mouthfeel, less carbonated than some.

Drinkability: It's like water!

Derek, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of Gusler
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant light lemon yellow color on the pour with a bit of “Chill Haze”, the head immodest in size, creamy in its texture and the lace forms nice sheets to cling to the glass. Hints of yeast and the pleasant musk or bread dough I always look for in this style, citrus crisp and clean, quite pleasant to the senses. Overly sweet at the start, which is a prevalent problem in this whole line of beers at least for me, the overbearing sweetness. Finnish is mildly carbonated, the hops adequate, and the aftertaste dry and long lasting. Not bad beers by any means, they just seem to over whelm me with the sticky sweetness, but a drinkable beer nonetheless and worthy of a sample.

Gusler, Dec 28, 2002
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 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 mrfrancis
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with an enormous white head that quickly receded to a creamy mousse.

S: Aromas of banana, clove, vanilla, heavy cream, and buttered wheat toast are present on the nose. I was hoping that the aroma of this beer would be stronger and more assertive, but it smells nice enough.

T: Opens sweet and creamy with notes of vanilla, heavy cream, buttered wheat toast, almonds, banana, and clove. I don't really detect the bubblegum flavor so typical of many weizens. The finish is smooth and relatively short with notes of cream, vanilla, banana, and wheat toast nicely integrated.

M: Light-bodied, dry, and firm. Very easy to drink.

O: I enjoy this hefeweizen, but in the end, it is not one of my favorites. There are just so many good weissbiers out there, and while solidly crafted, nothing about this one really stands out from the crowd. I'd have it again though.

mrfrancis, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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 enelson
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%

enelson, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy straw/pale amber with a huge white head.
Nose shows doughy wheat, spicy phenols and some vegetal characters.
Flavours are similar with weak doughy wheat, steamed vegetables and practically no bitterness.
Body seems watery.
A bit tame in the way of flavours/aromas, but very welcome on a hot day.

CrazyDavros, Nov 29, 2010
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 morimech
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

05 2013 printed on the label.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a monstrous head that did not want to settle and just hung at three fingers.

Wonderful aromatic weiss beer. All the usual hefeweizen aromas are present such as banana, bubblegum, cloves, and wheat all blended together perfectly.

The flavor is not as impressive but still a good tasting hefe. The yeast did not totally take over as the wheat malt plays the biggest part. Notes of banana and cloves.

Feels a little thin and watery. For all the action during the pour, the carbonation is quite low. Overall the texture was a disappointment.

A good old world hefe. Too bad the greatness did not go beyond the aroma into the flavor and other areas.

morimech, Aug 18, 2012
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
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Edelweiss Hefetrub from Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
83 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.