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Edelweiss Weissbier - Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

111 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 21
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union) visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

ygtbsm94, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

biboergosum, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Jason
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jason, Apr 04, 2002
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

excellent and unique brew. pours very light sunny wheat colored with a 2 inch white head with some retention. smells floral like clover flowers or something similar, and also of a slightly zesty yeast. flavor is delicate and balanced, floral like the nose, but also a bit of honey sweetness and a very tart finish. its served with a lemon, but you really dont need it. leaves a nice mellow pollenated taste on the tongue. feel is spot on, super light in body and appropriately carbonated. its sessionable to the max, and is perfect on a hot summer day. different than a conventional hefe, this is worth seeking out. magic on tap.

StonedTrippin, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle, Austrian beers are showing up in droves lately, good to see,

A: Pours a translucent dark yellow, on the clearer side for a hefe, big poofy somewhat fizzy head that lasts pretty well.

S: Definitely dominated by the clove esters, some citrus zest.

T: Real mix of lemon and clove, the lack of banana esters continues into the taste except for the very back end with a mild hint of orange peel. Nice sweetbready malt, almost pastry like. Does have its witbier-like tendencies at times.

M: Crisp, bright and springy on the palate with it's carbonation. Light-bodied overall.

D: Solid little hefe, not in the league with Ayinger yet, but I've had considerably worse.

Halcyondays, Sep 11, 2010
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2.63/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

BlackHaddock, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Latarnik, May 31, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

JohnGalt1, Dec 17, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 12/2/12

A a bright pale yellow with lots of bubbles and suspended particles, two finger bone white foam quickly falls to a thin film leaving just a couple dots of lace

S the banana is mellow and not yet bruised, some floral notes and bubblegum work well together with a little peppery spice, pretty solid nose

T a little lemon and cereal come out but I liked the smell a little more, still very good but I thought the nose was great

M light and refreshing with loads of bubbles, leaves a little sour lemon behind on the finish

O pretty solid example of the style other then a pretty average look, better suited for a hot day but its working well for me

I didn't expect much from this random bottle but it was pretty good, something I'd drink again but I may wait for the summer sun

wordemupg, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle code says L155A.406.25, a best by date. I'm guessing the L stands for year 2102 and 155 is the julian date, so this is quite old. Also, the cap says Hefetraub but the bottle label is what I see here. Confusing.

A- it pours a hazy straw yellow, big ole head of foam that leaves some nice lacing.

S- I smell wheat, cloves/other spices, not much else.

T- good notes of wheat, light on the cloves, hints of banana. The age of the bottle probably killed off the beer's vibrant flavours but....this is still a joy to drink.

M- medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

O- drinking this makes me wonder what it's like fresh. As is, it is very tasty and quaffable.

Bitterbill, Jul 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Hopheadjeffery, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

pathman, Jul 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

dcmchew, Nov 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Ciocanelu, Nov 21, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jazzyjeff13, Mar 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

cfalovo97, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

joemcgrath27, Oct 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

DRBiser, Jul 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Chucker17, Dec 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

generallee, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of falloutsnow
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by 05/2013
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass

A complex, engaging, and inviting hefeweizen with interesting fruit esters and classic yeast, wheat malt, and clove flavors, this ranks highly in the pantheon of imported weizens. While I'm enjoying this on a cold spring day, I can see myself drinking one of these any time I'm desiring a good hefeweizen.

Pours a tall, 4cm head of creamy white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, creamy a very soft, frothy appearance. Head has excellent retention, lasting several minutes as it fades to a 0.5cm cap atop the body. Lacing is present, but not particularly significant, leaving only a few lines and bubbles on the sides of the glass. Body is a deep, cold, golden orange color, very hazy (about 90% opaque) with light rendering a the body a paler gold yellow with faded orange center. Carbonation is visible in the body, many streams form along the sides of the glass and rise upward with some vigorousness.

Aroma is smooth but strong, of sweet wheat malt, vanilla, banana esters, and lighter clove and yeast. Very nice, inviting, and complex.

A very fruit-heavy hefeweizen with strong banana flavor and sweetness, a few other interesting fruit flavors in the back, with more subdued, but noticeable, vanilla, bready wheat, yeast, and clove. Front of palate experiences bready, wheat malt sweetness and yeast, with subdued clove, banana and coconut esters. Mid-palate tastes strong banana flavor with clove more subdued yeast, wheat malt, and clove. Back of the palate notes some interesting pineapple-coconut like esters (pina colada-like) along with the expected banana ester, clove, and faint band-aid. Aftertaste is fairly sweet, with slight tartness via an apple-cider like flavor with banana, yeast, and clove lingering in the background.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a slightly fizzy mouthfeel that quickly calms to a foamy middle and close. This is appropriate for the style, but a bit overaggressive at first. Each sip closes dry, with very little residual stickiness on the palate.

falloutsnow, Mar 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

ryanpj, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

safaricook, Jun 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Etan, Oct 08, 2012
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Edelweiss Weissbier from Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
90 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.