Edelweiss Weissbier Snowfresh - Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
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3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
06-15-2008 18:45:22 | More by Sammy
3.1/5 rDev -19.5%
Bottle courtesy of Piscator34: Poured an hazy yellow/white color weizen with a huge pure white foamy head with great retention and great lacing. Aroma of banana ester if dominating with some subtle sourness. Taste is also dominated by banana ester as well as lots of wheat and finished with some subtle sourness which is too bad because everything was perfect and pointing to a magnificent weizen. It is too bad that the style doesnt travel well because I am sure that this stuff is great when fresh. The spices aspect of it is interesting but that weizen part of this really dominate.
07-13-2007 19:11:25 | More by Phyl21ca
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
01-08-2011 06:51:25 | More by biboergosum
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours hazy and pale yellow, much like a witbier in the body, with a good deal of large-bubbled carbonation through the centre. Despite this, it does not sustain much of a head, fizzing up as it does like soda, and then only sticking around as the faintest of rings around the edge. Body looks fine, everything else is disappointing.
Nose is also reminiscent of a wit, with some key differences. Orange notes are minimal, despite the slight wheaty acidity coming off it, and there's a herbal sweetness more than a zesty spice. Otherwise, there's a lot of fragrance, quite floral and sweet.
Taste is also very sweet, with rosewater and jasmine characters coming forward here, and the mild acidity clearing out the back. Flavours are supported by a long vanilla malty character that stays until the end. Carbonation is vigorous but fine bubbled, and it doesn't attack the palate to the degradation of the herbal, floral flavours.
A very interesting beer, with some quite unique flavours. Everything is surprisingly well balanced, and once again I'm reminded of the fact that it's merely tradition that suggests a witbier should be made with orange peel and coriander. Whatever's in here is a fine alternative.
12-14-2010 08:18:10 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.08/5 rDev +6%
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.
01-26-2009 18:20:07 | More by DoubleJ
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
330ml bottle with best before listed 02/2009. Listed as a weiss beer flavoured "alpine herbs", whatever those may be ...
A pale, almost champagne coloured body with lemon-lime tint. A natural haze that acts like stained glass, making transparency slightly convoluted. Each side of the glass has its stream of tiny bubbles that, at half pace, climb up and assemble like pearls that sit over top the beer.
I don't smell mountains - I smell picnic baskets. Notes of fresh hay and bundled wheat make for a light, grassy and more than pleasant smelling beer. There is a strong herbal tea character which, alongside faint hints of coriander and citrus zest, is likely result of these mysterious 'alpine herbs' ... whatever the case, the herbal esters work well with the wheat.
The label boasts an "aromatic taste" ... which may be a flavour I'm suppose to smell or some kind of scent I can taste ... I'm not entirely sure still.
One thing for sure - it certainly is light in the flavour department: only a hint of citrus in the way of lemon wedge and an underlying pinch of (what must be) the herbs.
The mouthfeel, like the aroma is herbaceous and grassy, but magically soft and airy on the palate. A much lower graininess that usual for this style. Flavours are brittle and delicate. This leaves it no problem, however, passing the standard for refreshing!
While a beer named 'snowfresh' might not jump out at me for a blistering hot, sunny, summer day, weiss beer certainly does. And the "aromatic taste" of "alpine herbs" - whatever that and they may be - is incredibly pleasant. This would be wonderful for those just discovering the style and is something even more experienced hefe fans might be curious to try.
06-08-2008 22:41:59 | More by biegaman
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
330 ml bottle from the LCBO.
Pours a cloudy amber/orange, big thick and bubbly white head forms, drops some nice lacing during its quick disappearance, decent retention, thing ring. Smell is weird, standard weissbier vanilla, bananas and spice, but with a sweet/sour herbal kick to it, wheaty, best word to describe for me is fresh, smells kind of like a cold winter morning, no lie! Taste is more of standard weiss, sweet malt, banana, vanilla, clovey spice, yeast, light herbal sour finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty thick for a weiss and very enjoyable going down.
07-16-2008 02:25:50 | More by Viggo
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
Bottle courtesy of northyorksammy.
Poured a very cloudy dull yellow, nearly peach colour with an inch of dense, bright white foam that settled after a few minutes. Fine bubbles produced solid sheets of clinging lace. The aroma was very herbal, lots of coriander and lemon zest. Bready yeast and wheat notes were present as well. Herbal character is also pronounced in the flavour, with a crisp mint quality up front. Mellow citrus and wheat filled things out after that and mild banana sweetness appeared towards the end. Slightly spicy in the finish with lingering herbs. Medium bodied and on the creamy side, but with a dry graininess on the palate. Certainly refreshing and the herbs blended well with the weissbier.
06-29-2008 00:53:09 | More by DrJay
British Columbia (Canada)
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
A: Cloudy-yellow with a fluffy, white head; some retention & lacing.
S: Tropical fruity esters (banana, lemon) & herbs (mint?).
T: Tropical fruit (banana, lemon), minty herbs... sort of a breath-mint freshness. Modest bitterness.
M: Moderate body is smooth.
D: An interesting change for the summer.
06-23-2008 02:15:39 | More by Derek
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
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
01-04-2012 20:23:43 | More by wordemupg
3.33/5 rDev -13.5%
Pours cloudy amber with a large head.
Massive banana on the nose alongside bubblegum and doughy wheat. Smells like banana confectionery.
Nice banana and wheat flavours up front before a grainy note enters. Short finish.
Body feels watery.
Some sweet herbal note is noticeable in both the aroma and as a flavour, I can't quite pick it...
04-28-2011 01:58:29 | More by CrazyDavros
British Columbia (Canada)
3.6/5 rDev -6.5%
Big head , cloudy hefe looking body though on the lighter side. What makes this a little different than your average hefe is the herbal flavour that appears on the finish. I like this addition as it adds rather than detracts from the cloves and banana taste. Like the regular Edelweiss Hefe it is on the lighter side taste side. All in all a pretty decent beer with a nice flavour twist
08-10-2007 01:34:10 | More by canucklehead
4.08/5 rDev +6%
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.
06-23-2008 20:11:54 | More by bobsy
4.38/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
10-20-2008 01:53:29 | More by IronDjinn
3.43/5 rDev -10.9%
Pours a cloudy pale yellow. Head started off thick, dissipating to a a cm or so with nice lace on the glass. The smell is strong candy banana flavour, almost like fake banana flavoured candy. The taste is dominated by the sweet banana, with the wheat you'd expect. It is tasty, but I think it is way too sweet for me. Nice carbonation level on this. Too sweet for me to give rate it high in drinkability. This isn't for me, but not a bad beer.
05-17-2010 23:49:14 | More by kwjd
3.25/5 rDev -15.6%
Poured into the Edelweiss glass, one finger of head on a hazy light straw colored body.
The aroma is faint lemon. Some more of something would have been nice.
The taste is wheat throughout with some mild lemon bitterness. Enjoyable.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable drink that tends towards a single wheat profile.
03-12-2014 08:21:31 | More by Fatehunter
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
Tasting notes dated: JUN 14, 2008
Twist top bottle???
Pours a decent looking clouded pale straw in the glass with a 3 finger puffy cap. Great lacing. Color and look more reminiscent of a Belgian wit
Good aroma for a commercial weissbier; banana, spices, cloves, bit of fruit bubblegum, and a mild herbal under tone....nice!
A whack of sweetish wheat malts up front that instantly is joined with fruits, spice and some fine bittering herbs that compliment and brighten the hops...finish dries out nicely with a crisp snap and a bit of puckering dryness.
Really nicely carried off for a commercial effort.Aromatic. fruity lightly sweet with a dry crispness. Very decent flavourful summer drink.
04-23-2010 01:53:44 | More by pootz
4.45/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
06-25-2008 00:23:53 | More by allergictomacros
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
07-06-2008 22:55:32 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
330ml bottle served in its own Weizen style glass.
A: Pours a cloudy yellow color forming a big and creamy white head. Good retention and some thin and lingering lacings in the glass
S: Very spice and herby in the nose. Strong notes of coriander, orange zest, sweet pale grains, wheat and flowery hops. Fruity and but at the same time, bready
T: Sweet upfront. Very spice taste as expected by the smell. Notes of oranges, pale malts and wheat. Very light bitterness. Quite close to a Witbier
M: Light body. Medium carbonation and a slightly sweet and spicy aftertaste
O: Excellent drinkability. Great Weissbier/Witbier ;)
06-21-2014 11:09:27 | More by eduardolinhalis
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
07-17-2008 23:50:35 | More by TerryW
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured into a tall hefe glass. Light opaque golden, about two inches of head that recede to a sturdy half inch. Some visible carbonation.
Nose is right on for the style: banana, yeast, light wheat malts, bubble gum, spices, and an herbal tartness, which I quite like.
A refreshing weissbier, smooth and flavorful. None of the dominant flavours are strong enough to achieve supremacy; there's a lovely balance here. Slightly dry to the finish.
Slightly watery, light carbonation. Very chuggable.
Would be perfect on a warm summer's day! Certainly an admirable weissbier, one I'll keep coming back to.
05-09-2010 04:14:20 | More by JohnnyBarman
Edelweiss Weissbier Snowfresh from Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
86 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.