Edelweiss Weissbier - Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
Presentation: 500ml classy looking bottle with attractive label; there's a "best by end" stamp, but the code is unintelligible, who knows what it means...I remember this being my favorite Hefeweizen back when I first started drinking craft a number of years ago...now that it's being imported again, I had to give it another go...
Appearance: Nice hazy dark straw-gold beer, with high carbonation and a beautiful dense white cap with good retention. So far, so good.
Smell: Fresh, vibrant, and intensely fruity. The traditional banana/clove combination is well represented here...quite nice. While some weissbiers I've had tend to lean towards a banana bread character (i.e. more malt, or a hint of toastiness), this is all yeasty banana and clove.
Taste: Very nice. It starts out pretty typical, with lots of banana and a hint of spice. There's a very light maltiness underneath, and then (this is the first I've gotten this in a Hefeweizen before, I think) a bit of sour peach. My wife hated that it ended with that sour stone fruit twang, but I really like it.
Mouthfeel: I'm torn on the mouthfeel because it seems like it could either be a positive or a negative. It's light. Now I know that weissbiers are supposed to be crisp and refreshing, and that this definitely is. Yet it's almost too light. It could benefit from maybe just a touch more mouthfeel. Nevertheless, it's weight means that...
Drinkability: Off the charts. Probably the singly most drinkable Hefeweizen I've ever had. Period.
Conclusion: Very few beers that I've revisited down the years after liking them back when I was first getting into craft beer have impressed me now. This one I love as much as I ever did. I hope we can get this regularly in the States now that they have the distribution thing figured out. What a great wheat beer!
10-16-2010 03:13:04 | More by BedetheVenerable
More User Reviews:
4.72/5 rDev +16.3%
Presentation: 16.9 oz brown euro style bottle with a drink before date printed on the label.
Appearance: Cloudy kaki yellow with a powdery white lace that stays for a long time.
Smell: Fruity with hints of banana and pear ... mild tartness and clove like spice in the nose also.
Taste: Quite smooth and very crisp with an in your face carbonation. Soft malty palate with a medium body, the carbonation stirs up a spicy clove flavour in the middle and then quickly finishes with some nutty yeast, fruit, grain and a mild tartness. Hop bitterness is vague and almost not needed due to the character off set from the by-products of the yeast.
Notes: What more could you ask for from a wheat beer ... crisp, clean, refreshing, lively, fruity and spicy. One of the best for imported wheat beers ever to come to the US.
04-04-2002 21:01:27 | More by Jason
United Kingdom (England)
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2010, so it's about 8 months out of date. Purchased many moons ago now but carefully stored in my garage ever since. Label lists ABV as 5.5%.
Poured into a Guinness pint glass. The last quarter of the contents were thoroughly swirled to resuspend the yeast before serving. Initially pale golden, the beer ends up with a translucent straw-coloured hue. Plentiful fine carbonation is visible at the edges of the glass. A brilliant white head of creamy foam is created; this lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a stable surface layer. The aroma is sweet, yeasty and complex, with fruity ester and banana notes.
The taste is intricate yet subtle. The main component of the flavour is a balanced, mildly sweet/sour character. A prominent banana note is present, accompanied by hints of yeast, fruit esters and tart oranges. Mouthfeel is very smooth, coating the palate and leaving a slight dryness. Sour yeasty aftertaste.
In a word, excellent. Succeeds in achieving a complex flavour whilst remaining smooth and very drinkable. A great example of the style - highly recommended.
03-25-2011 23:20:55 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
After a quick blast of deep, dark winter, this return to the freezing mark is practically summer-esque - and so shall be the beer. That and the best before on the label is 02/2011 - well before actual melt next spring.
This beer pours a cloudy, but still bright, golden hue, with two fingers of creamy lily-white head, which settles at a slow, even pace, leaving some wind-blown snowdrift silhouettes of lace around the glass. It smells strongly of fruit and spice - banana, bubblegum, clove, white pepper, with some mild citrus and yeast. The taste is moderately sweet wheat malt, more fleshy banana, clove, a bit of lemon zest, and soft, earthy yeast. The carbonation is on the low, soft side, the body retaining a fair bit of sprightliness, and pulling off smoothness at the same time. It finishes off-dry, the graininess held in tight check by the spice and yeast.
Wow - what an easy, unobtrusive hefe - all the checkmarks are there, and they all blend effortlessly, making me forget the majority of examples of the style that I've previously encountered...
11-25-2010 23:44:07 | More by biboergosum
3.83/5 rDev -5.7%
A: Creamy yellow, looks a lot like carbonated lemonade. Quite beautiful.
S: It has much of the qualities of a fresh pineapple in the smell, except for the actual pineapple flavor part. It's quite sharp in smell, creamy, yeasty, lemon.
T: Light, refreshing in taste, slightly bitter aftertaste. Lemon, white cake.
M: Quite sparkly
D: Due to it's heaviness (the way it sits in my stomach), I couldn't drink a lot, but with a meal its very pleasant.
04-28-2010 23:08:46 | More by sfprint
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
A - hazy straw golden, tall soapy white head eventually dissipated leaving solid lacing
S - strong esters of yeast, spice, banana, fresh bread, and a hint of leafy greens
T - big dose of yeasty banana and wheaty goodness, mild clove spiciness, some leafy and earthy hops round it out
M - big carbonation presence, bready and smooth, finishes bready with a little spice tingle
O - an outstanding example of a great weisbier with a big and chuggable flavour, I would love to find this on tap
10-06-2011 01:41:02 | More by joemcgrath27
3.53/5 rDev -13.1%
Austrian hefe?? Picked up at the COOP today for about $4... poured into my weiss glass... Good white head... slightly hazed very pale golden.
The nose is mainly banana esters with just a minor hint of clovey phenols.. decent bready maltiness.
Much more clove on the palate and it lingers through the finish.. banana is actually a little bit light... malts are light too... okay, but not great.
Body seems sorta flimsly... "beery" and certainly well carbonated.. I guess I just prefer a bit more residual heft on the tongue.
I will probably not buy this one again... but I think that my ideal hefe has more "Umph" in the aroma and flavor.
12-17-2012 06:20:12 | More by JohnGalt1
United Kingdom (England)
2.63/5 rDev -35.2%
Brown 500ml bottle, best before 12/2009, drank during 11/2009. Poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass.
Pale, cloudy yellow body with a huge bright white head on top.
The prominent smell was of bananas, but not the ripe heavy aromas some produce in this style.
The light refreshing taste was of yeast and wheat, again like the smell, not very strong.
It feels weak in all aspects including the body and mouthfeel.
I thought the beer was playing at being a true Weissbier and failed to live up to my expectations. Drinkable, but disappointing.
11-06-2009 19:17:28 | More by BlackHaddock
Edelweiss Weissbier from Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
90 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.