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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001)
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Photo of stcules
2.38/5  rDev -35%

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 funkengruven
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured to an orange-brown with a nice thick creamy head. Smell includes notes of banana bread and cloves, which is very fragrant. Taste is a little bland with slightly bread-like flavor. Mouthfeel isn't bad, has a grainy aftertaste that isn't offensive, it's not overly carbonated. Very drinkable though, goes down like water. For this style this would not be my first choice, but it is certainly not a bad one.

funkengruven, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a cloudy gold with a massive head, requiring several pours. Aroma is light and honey-sweet with clearly identifiable cloves. Wow, I could wear this as cologne.

Taste is a sweet and clean wheat malt. Some elements of honey, a light floral touch, not overly complex. Some slight buttery and bready flavors are evident later in the glass. Missing the yeasty or banana flavors others have found.

Mouthfeel is very soft, quaffable. Quite refreshing, not as hefe as other hefes but still very sessionable. Closer to other weissbiers than a full hefe.

assurbanipaul, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

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 GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

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 trevorwideman
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%

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 TerryW
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%

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 Derek
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

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 PlowKing
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%

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 Sigmund
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

(500 ml bottle). Typical hefe cloudy golden, large head. Lovely strong aroma of ripe bananas, bubblegum and cloves. Cloves in the flavour too, light bodied, tasty but could still use some more "bite". Like most weissbiers not too much aftertaste. Good, not outstanding. Rerate: This is a beer I come back to all the time, as it is relatively cheap in Norway (available at Vinmonopolet) AND very refreshing. Not a great beer if you are looking for the big flavours, though.

Sigmund, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

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 pootz
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

Possibly the most drinkable of the hefe weizen beers available in import to Canada. Nicely balanced, delicate and exceedingly smooth.

Poured a cloudy light yellow with a thick meringue cap....delicate hints of spice, pineapple and honey mingled with the sweet mustiness of the malt.

Starts pretty mellow then the peppery tartness kicks in, later departing a silky smooth, light mouth feel with the pineapple-banana-spice undertones balancing nicely with the sweet malty and hefe mustiness.... glorious! The finish is, again, balanced...not too dry just right with a nice bready after taste.

This is a standard, straight forward, easy drinking session hefe-weizen. A very good Austrian version of the genre.

pootz, Jun 24, 2005
Photo of anders36
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

This austrian weiss bier pours a light haze golden colour into the glass. The head is big, thick and white. Also long lasting. Has a fresh aroma with lots of bananas and clove. You have the bananas in the taste too, along with some citrus. Also wheat and yeast in the taste. Frsh aftertaste with some hints of hops. A very nice weiss bier.

anders36, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of BigBry
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

500 ml brown bottle. Best before date on front of label 09-2005.

Pours a yellowish hazy gold, cloudiness you expect from a this style. Nice high, white head that stays for the full glass. Strong smell of wheat, yeast, and some sweetness. First taste has lots of wheat, and a bit of yeast. Also mix in some citrus and full hop finish. I like the balanced combo. Leaves a bit of a tingle on the tongue. This is one of the better german wheats I've tried.

BigBry, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

This was a cloudy yellow wheat brew with a HUGE head. Looked very promising.

The aroma was rather mild, and a blend of barley and wheat malts. A little bready.

Taste was sweet and lightly wheaty. A touch of breadiness (if that is a word.. well, it is now.) I wanted a little more strength though.

Mouthfeel was there, however. About as chewy as I would like a wheat beer to be. Overall, a quite drinkable beer, although I'd probably stop at 3.

connecticutpoet, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of elricorico
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%

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 CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%

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 baiser
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured a pale, cloudy, straw-yellow colour with a huge head. After about 5 mins, the head subsides and leaves patches of lacing which clings to the glass. Looks quite elegant.

Smells smokey, cloves, and citrusy. Quite pleasant.

Very carbonated - each sip is spicy, right to the end. After a while, it becomes almost 'sticky' and lingers around your tongue. Goes down quite easy,

The taste is somewhat lacking. Was certainly expecting a bit more after the intial pour.

Best before date is right on the bottom of the label.

baiser, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of DrJay
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%

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 Sammy
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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 Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

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 Cwrw
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

It is nice to try a hefe from Austria occasionally. The Austrians, like their neighbours, the Germans, know a thing or two about beer. Edelweiss poured photogenically: ample, creamy, meringued head, leaving very thick lace; the beer itself with an apple juice colour, slighly orange and slightly brown, typically hazed and slightly unclear--but much cleaner and clearer in appearance than some hefes. There is nothing exceptionally special about the appearance save that lovely creamy head. The aroma, whilst appetising, is fairly typical and basic, with nothing exciting or novel. There are banana, wheat, clove, yeast and other rich fruit aromas. It is very nice, but not as complex as some others. The taste is spicy and slightly tart in the middle, with just slight bitterness on the finish. The subtle muskiness of the yeast balances well with the crispness of the wheat malt, and there are rich buttery, fruity and slight soapy flavours in the aftertaste. Again, though, there is a lack of complexity in the taste; not to say, however, that this is not a very flavourful beer. The mouthfeel is good, full-bodied, somewhat watery, but perfectly carbonated. I consider hefes one of the most drinkable beers on earth, and this one is no exception. These swim leisurely through the gullet. Edelweiss is a very respectable hefe, and a very refreshing brew.

Cwrw, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of Globetrotter
4.43/5  rDev +21%

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 beerguy101
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%

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 TheDM
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

This brew pours a medium head of frothy fine white bubbles that is continuously renewed bt the carbonation rising off the bottom of the mug. To bad the carbonation cant keep up withthe rate of recline of the head. After the head dies down a bit the hazy straw yellow texture of the body next catches your eye. Oh, then that nice honey wheat aroma hits you. On to the taste. Notes of wheat, some yeastyness and sweet fruityness take over your mouth with a tingly somewhat thick mouthfeel. This brew goes down easily and should be enjoyable my most beer drinkers.

TheDM, Aug 01, 2003
Edelweiss Hefetrub from Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
83 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.