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Edelweiss Weissbier Snowfresh - Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Derek on 06-23-2008)
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Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

DoubleJ, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of ecoastman
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

ecoastman, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of gerardoluna
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

E> Yellow palate to white, remembers me like a white belgium beer, the head is white and medium...

N> Herbal, fresh and floral. good cereal in deep a little sugar and ginsen? a little note of bannana and buble gum in aftertaste

M> Fresh, good spicy flavor and zzz efect in tonge, is crispy and crispy and crispy,

Great beer for a summer day!

gerardoluna, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of IronDjinn
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

IronDjinn, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of JJMoney
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

JJMoney, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of velkyal
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really didn't hold out much hope for this beer when it poured a pale orange with a white head.

Then I stuck my nose into the glass. My head near exploded with the complexity of smells in the glass, the first thing that hits is spiced oranges with hints of freshly mown grass in the background, but there was something there which took me an age to identify. Touches of pepper and even lemon came to the fore, but still that smell eluded me, so I tasted the beer, and the complexity of the nose is reflected in a very complex taste sensation.

Eventually I hit on the predominant smell and flavour and almost jumped for joy, it was ginger, lots of ginger - but this was like freshly cut root ginger, rather than the sweetened powder.

The sweetness of the bitter was rather low, but it was not bitter at all, making it a very refreshing beer for sipping, I don't think the complexity of flavours would allow it to be a session beer.

velkyal, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of chunkylover53
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an interesting little weiss, which claims to be brewed with Alpine herbs. I'm not sure what kind of herbs they grow in the Alpines, but they're quite tasty. Lots of citrus in the smell, with prominent notes of lemon and orange. Also something I can't quite put my finger on. There's a slight smell and taste of what I thought might be heather at first, but a quick google search of alpine flora leads me to believe that what I'm tasting is juniper. Maybe it's both. Either way, it's earthy and tasty.

Not a bad weiss, but now I've got that damn song stuck in my head. I hate the Sound of Music. Seriously. So I've Weird-Al-ized it, just for you...

Edelweiss, Edelweiss
You taste vaguely of heather.
A beer with sass, in my glass
Bless my liver forever.

Sure, it's no "My Balogna", but I hope you enjoyed it anyway.

chunkylover53, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of AlexLMS
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: cloudy, no floating yeast and a pale yellow colour. The head is white, large and moussy with fair retention and little lacing.
Aroma: wheat, citrus and mint.
Taste: wheat, fruits (citrus), yeast and some herbal spices.
Mouthfeel: smooth, average carbonation, medium to low alcoholic strength and light body.
Finish: lingering grainy aftertaste.

Overall: crisp and refreshing. Not much flavour for a Hefeweizen but quenching on a hot day.

AlexLMS, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of irishkyle21
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

irishkyle21, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of CanuckRover
4.18/5  rDev +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.

CanuckRover, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of TerryW
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

TerryW, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Viggo, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

GodOfBeer, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of mrmanning
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle-Cloudy yellow pour with a frothy but short lived white cap, leaving a little lace.
The aromas are banana and clove with lemon and malts with a minty, herbal essence that s quite interesting. That must be the alpine herbs. Tastes of lemon and other citrus fruit, sweet banana, cloves and again an interesting minty spiciness. I quite like it. The finish is creamy and lingering.

mrmanning, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

DrJay, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

allergictomacros, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of bobsy
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

bobsy, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of Derek
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Derek, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Sammy, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

biegaman, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle
5.0% ABV

I tried this beer on June 5, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a hazy golden orange colour with a thick white head which lasted a few minutes. The aroma was wheat, some cloves, and a little bit of hops. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and highly carbonated. The flavour was sweet wheat with some clove, banana, and coriander.

cyrenaica, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of MAB
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer far exceeded my expectations- I love it when that happens!

It is a nice enough looking beer in the glass; thin head, yellow beer.
The smell starts to alert you. There's definitely a pine/ resin scent, and that's a good thing.
The taste is enhanced by the lively carbonation/ mouthfeel. I thought I detected spices, like cloves, in it. Quite sweet and a sweet finish.
Very refreshing, easy drinking.
Das ist Gud!

MAB, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of CrazyMike
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

CrazyMike, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of markaberrant
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy orange-tinted straw colour, big fluffy white head, leaves a thick coating of lace

S - fresh banana and clove, well balanced, hint of some piney herbs in the background

T - pine character is more obvious in the flavour, but not overdone. Lacking in tartness, but still refreshing.

M - lively and light, airy, but mouthfilling, soft.

D - unique twist on the classic bavarian hefe, definitely drinkable and refreshing

I was pretty leery of another juniper beer based on my last experience(http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/826/31137/?ba=markaberrant), but I don't mind this one bit. The juniper character is in balance, you know it is there, but it does not overpower. The underlying hefe recipe is also pretty tasty, I hope to track down their Hefetrub in the future. Recommended.

markaberrant, Jan 31, 2008
Edelweiss Weissbier Snowfresh from Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
87 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.