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Edelweiss Weissbier Snowfresh - Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 89
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Derek on 06-23-2008

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Big white head which dissipates. Cloudy but bright light yellow coloured body.

S: Citrus and herbs. Coriander and orange at the forefront.

T: Wow! A huge dose of perfumy fruit, particularly peach and apricot with something of a citrusy feel. Almost unnatural tasting, like Bassetts Refreshers or even like the scent of a rather pleasant laundry powder. There's a bit of a spicy pepperiness, maybe some star anise and definitely some coriander. Not a grainy Weissbier – very bright tasting.

O: I usually find perfumy beers sickly but this is the most refreshing beer I've ever had.

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Photo of JJMoney
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty beer. When I first smelled it I thought it would taste more hoppy than it does. The first sip of the bottle and you get a quick bit of light carbonation followed by a rolling, sweet bubble gummy, cream soda flavor. This may be partly due to the flavor of a herb called hyssop? Whatever herbs give it its flavor, this is a light and refreshing beer, and would be fantastic on a hot summer day.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy yellow/light orange with a fairly creamy head of white foam. Seems to be dropping qui

S - Wheaty, yeasty, weizeny aroma. Strong bubblegum, and background banana. Fruity candy as well.

T - Tart up front, with a solid bready malt. Yeasty twang is quite light, and finish is very clean. Some lemon/citrus and a mild bitterness rounds it out. There's a herbal flavour I can't really identify, which I guess is the "alpine herbs".

M - Very light and effervescent.

D - A very nice summer beer. Not your typical weizen. Very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If you really love me you will bring me Edelweiss....or so the old 80's Euro dance song went (to the tune of ABBA's SOS for those not in the know). I must say this stuff is a bit of a treat.

Pours out a cloudy straw colour, but topped with a mammoth creamy white head with great retention.

The aroma is sweet and floral and grassy, almost like those fancy European hard candies that come in a tin in snooty shops and cost a small fortune. Light whisps of citrus and mandarin.

What a delightful tasting wheat beer, the flavour is very similar to the aroma, they line up well. Maybe not a hit with the purists, but I'm really digging on this "alpine flavoured" weiss. Sweet floral and citrus taste along with light soft notes of wheat.

Mouthfeel is light for the most part, but has a fuller push as it rolls over the palate, carbonation tingling when swallowed.

Hey, this one's kinda out of left field there, but I like it, great little surprise, and I'd put it up there pretty high for a starter in the world of wheats for the wary and uninitiated. I know, I know, it's not very traditional to the big estery weiss's, but it won't spook anyone away too quickly either.

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Photo of Faune
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- nice 2+ fingers of smooth white head, little lacing. Opaque light golden honey.

S- Wheat, yeast, citrus and candy.

T- Wheat, citrus, banana, spice, vanilla, slightly medicinal. Sweet with a nice faintly bitter finish with a hint of bubble gum.

M- Smooth, creamy with lively carbonation, lots of tiny bubbles.

D - Somewhat sweeter, with a very pronounced fruity taste, more so than other weissbiers I have tasted, makes this an excellent quaffer especially during those hot summer months. I really liked this beer.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yellow/orangey colour with a decent sized head that lasts.

Smells very interesting, strong bubble gum, candy smell, some banana, yeast and dried fruit.

Tastes fruity, sweet and candyish, you can sort of taste "alpine" herbs that it's supposedly flavoured with it and finishes with a strong bubblegum aftertaste, delicious!

Decent mouthfeel, a bit too spritzy, overall a very good weiss!

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Photo of CrazyMike
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is dark yellow and cloudy, fluffy head. Smell is sweat with a sharp aroma of banana's and herbs.

Taste is sweet, herbal and grassy. Hint of fruit. Thick body with decent carbonation. Aftertaste is light, dry and a bit spicy. An interesting refreshing combination.

Overall, a very drinkable Weizen beer. Maybe not so good to drink frequently, but definitely good on occasions.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy yellow with medium white head

Smells of fruits and spices.

Tastes fruity (pears and apples) with some strange. Spice. I compare it to the spices you would get from a Ricola cough drop but I'm a good way. Some bubblegum sweetness on the end.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and refreshing with some good carbonation.

Overall- Really good beer. I bought it because it was only 3.50 at the super market but man was I pleasantly surprised. Great summer beer which I will be coming back to when it gets hotter.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a little off putting, this is one very pale hefeweizen. "Snow" is right, this beer is almost white. Decent head with good lacings. Oodles of carbonation.

Incredibly aromatic wheat beer. Lots of cool vanilla and a soft touch of banana. Another quality which can only be described as "fabric softener sheet", but in a good way. Alpine fresh!

Banana and vanilla certainly, but there is a real freshness from whatever "alpine herbs" they've used here. Almost like coriander seeds, but without the citrus-like tang. Wish I could tell you what it is, but the best I can do is soft floral notes.

Very smooth, but very substantial as well. This is one refreshing brew. Serve a little cooler than you usually would, I find the flavours hold their own. Good stuff.

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Photo of ecoastman
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinkability - this is a very easy drinking beer that is smooth and refreshing. I could easily have another but I'll need to buy a few more to test if I could make a session beer out of it.

Appearance - pale orange-gold haze with fine carbonation gives a fluffy head that thins with short retention. A good looking beer in my chalice style glass since it looks like a belgian beer.

Smell - a very mild sweet honey, yeast and maltiness similar to german weizen and belgian beers. Barely noticeable herbal, perfumy, spicy and citrusy tones.

Taste - the first taste mildly hits with pleasant complex and refreshing herbs but not overpowering. Tastes like I'm cleansing my mouth. Ri-co-la!!!! I'm back in Austria. Very nice. Mild weizen banana, clove and prominent bubblegum notes too.

Mouthfeel - Light, thin and watery. Smooth all the way with fine but good carbonation.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my Brazilian friend's favorite beer. So my last night with him, he encouraged me to try one at Cherry Blues Pub. I have never seen it in the US, but it's sold in Brazil. On to the beer:

The bottle came from a fridge with a "- 4" number, representing the ice-cold temperature in Celsius this bottle came from. It also came with it's own glass, also "snowfresh", if you will. This has more of a hazy straw look to it than a cloudy one. The head is super creamy and leaves tons of lacing on the glass. The aroma is gum and mint, but the most surprising to me was blueberry, which was dominant. Same with the taste, more blueberry notes hitting the palate. For a bit, I thought it was Leine K's, but unlike that, this beer didn't go blah with me. Felt....snowfresh, because it was served ridiculously cold.

A good wheat ale, and a unique one with a twist of blueberry flavor. It must be the spices used in this beer doing that.

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Photo of jarmby1711
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a great little find this was.
The bottle does not help in discovering the ingredients , but this densely cloudy lightish gold offering has plenty to ponder.
The dominant flavour is a musky , elderbery, rosewater blend .The late palate offers up some gingery tartness as well
It is at once sweet but also crisp.
It fills the mouth with feel( and that is good)It envelopes the mouth.
It is very very enjoyable

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Photo of mintjellie
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque pale yellow in colour, anyone who tells you this stuff is transparent forgot to dislodge the yeast sediment caked on the bottom of the bottle. Tight white head is decently retained but shows no lacing. Bubblegum aroma and very mute banana, complemented by a mild herbal note. Tastes of bubblegum, citrus, and mute banana. Herb flavour is minty and slightly medicinal. There's a hint of vanilla in here as well. The herb flavour builds as the beer warms. Tangy acidity. Light-bodied with spritzy, fine carbonation. What would no doubt be a refreshing, easy-drinkining, thirst quencher benefits greatly from the cooling sensation given by the herbs it's brewed with. Delicious and interesting.

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Photo of bobsy
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale yellow with an ebullient white head. Good bouquet of herbs and flowers mixed in with grain has me imagining an alpine meadow. Crisp wheat and citrus flavours. There's also a faint hit of herbs (and in particular something akin to lemon thyme), which becomes a lot stronger after percolating in the mouth. The body is light and the carbonation refreshing, as it should be for a summer thirst-quencher. An awesome surprise.

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Photo of beerbum05
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice thick white head, pale yellow colour, very cloudy, lots of carbonation

Smell - Flowery, citrus, Anise, Wheaty

Taste - Herbs and medicine. Hard to describe. The base is of a lager type.

Overall - Nice and refreshing. I would recommend. It reminds me of a German Hefeweizen.

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Photo of EskimoDave
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a cloudy yellow-tangerine with a blossoming, pillowing head that reminds me of beaten eggs whites. Smell consists of your typical weissbier aromas, wheat, hints of bananas and cloves, but this has a medicinal-minty smell on the finish. The taste is the same. The slight minty finish really takes this refreshing style of beer and makes it even more refreshing. It's a shame that the weissbier it's based on just isn't quite there

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elaborate packaging. The alps are engraved into the sides of the bottle and a hopleaf/sun design is engraved into the bottom.

Pours a pale hazy gold, on the light side for a Hefe. The giant, billowing head lasts forever and leaves plenty of lace webs on the glass. Tangy wheat, citrus and fruity yeast esters fill the aroma. There's also a destinct but light herbal character. The taste is malty with banana and cloves and also other things like cardoman, chestnut flour and other herbs. The mouthfeel is crisp and highly carbonated.

Im not sure what herbs are used but they add a subtle new demension to this sturdy wheat beer. Still its definitely a Hefe first. Worth a try.

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Photo of trevorwideman
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a weiss glass. Comes in an ultra-cool bottle.

Pours a cloudy yellowish-white with a 2 inch head that recedes slowly and leaves some wet lacing. Very mild carbonation. Aroma is pungent and spicy with the typical weiss banana bread/pear combo, but the spiciness is amped up with a lot of clove coming through and some pepper and coriander. A bit of citrus peel as well. The spiciness is leaning a little into Belgian territory at times, but that's enjoyable.

Taste is extremely herbal with the banana and clove taking second fiddle to a flowery and perfumey flavour. If anybody remembers Sen-Sen breath fresheners, that's what I believe the "alpine herbs" remind me of. Sweet and bready, and even a little peppery. Freshly mown grassy green flavour in the finish. Very mellow and flavourful at the same time, unique. Body is near perfect, slides down easily but there's enough body that it never seems watery. Carbonation is medium and the mouthfeel is quite wet. This is a damn tasty beer, I'm quite surprised. Nice summer refresher.

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Photo of notdan
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a massive white puffy head and light hazy body, but it smells like a cross between a hefeweizen and a pale ale... interesting mix of bubblegum, yeast, and light citrusy hops. Tastes pretty strongly of lemon and yeast and a bit of candy and blueberry (don't know if I would have pinpointed that one if someone else didn't mention it). Kindof a weird taste profile for a hefe but definitely enjoyable and refreshing. The mouthfeel is quite good and it leaves a very pleasant flavour behind while your tongue tingles just a little bit.

It's proving to be very tasty and satisfying on this hot late summer afternoon. Might pick up a couple more while the LCBO still has them.

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Photo of lamergod
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A cloudy straw body with a fluffy bone white 2 finger head. Heavily carbonated.

Smell: Maybe my beer was too cold, but there was only a little bit coming through the nose. Slight fruity apple goodness with strong bubblegum tone. Very similar to Hoegaarden.

Taste: Quite similar to the smell. Massive bubblegum dominates the mouth. Slight hint of fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated. Quite a refreshing brew. Being light, I can get a few down, no problem.

Overall: Very similar to Hoegaarden. When I was drinking this, it reminded me a lot of Hoegaarden. I personally prefer Hoegaarden to this as the Hoegaarden has a stronger smell and taste. Or maybe I served this beer too cold. But I prefer the mouthfeel of this over Hoegaarden. I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of TerryW
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting beer. Looks really good. Big white head, pale cloudy yellow, active carbonation. Appetizing appearance.

Refreshing aroma, very fruity and herbal and an inviting start to the beer. Nice follow through in the taste. The herbs are there too, giving the beer an unusual, but quite refreshing mouthfeel. Offset by being a touch thin bodied, but overall a nice drink, especially for the summertime.

Curious, but well made. Worth a try, followed by another to properly convince yourself.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, nicely embossed mountain range around the low-slung circumference of the label. Seems appropriate on a night where the major thoroughfares in the city are more reminiscent of groomed ski runs.

This beer pours a hazy pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of somewhat puffy, and thinly creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a low, sparsely sudsy wall of lace around the glass as it eagerly sinks away.

It smells of sweet, earthy, perfumed florals, candied banana, sugary wheat malt, citrus, clove, and subtly subdued yeast. The taste is more sweet, lightly sugary wheat cereal malt, an understated citrus fruitiness, bubblegum, benign coriander, overripe apple puree, some softly estery yeast, and herbal, mildly spicy hops.

The carbonation is rather tame, but supportive enough, the body a decent medium weight, smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, and pretty clean, the herbal remedy-esque fruit, spice, and hops riding atop a softly edgy sweetness.

A very nice, agreeably 'adjusted' wheat beer, as the alpine herb delta hits the spot just so, conjuring up images of crisp, airy mountain meadows, edged with snow as Spring is nigh, as opposed to the brash, middling onslaught outside my frozen window right now.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoever it is with a penchant for weiss beer buying at the government monopoly LCBO, i hope they don't retire for a long time. Pours deep yellow with white foaming head. Fresh and refreshing unique spiciness, this leaves your breath fresh and minty, ready to yodel. Herbal and wintermint in aroma, drinks very smooth.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a bright white head that rests above a murky light orange color. Not really any lacing or much retention.

Smells like a good hefe, gum, banana, spicy yeast and wheat.

Tastes of wheat, earth, citrus, yeast and spice at the end (clove). I'm fairly happy with this one.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 4/1/12

A hay golden yellow with a two finger that quickly falls to a thick film that leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S floral, with some bubblegum, dried banana, lemon, and some clove

T a little herbal with more bubblegum and some dry cereal then the smell but other then that similar to the nose

M light and fluffy from the bubbles, on the verge of foam but not quite, pretty refreshing stuff with a lingering wheaty aftertaste

O I didn't expect much from this one but I thought it was pretty good, I'd drink it again it would make a good summer session brew

not sure what they use to "herb" this one but I rather liked it and will slam a few of these come summer

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Edelweiss Weissbier Snowfresh from Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.