Edelweiss Hefetrub | Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)

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Edelweiss HefetrubEdelweiss Hefetrub

Brewed by:
Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001

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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 79
Reviews by TheDM:
Photo of TheDM
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a medium head of frothy fine white bubbles that is continuously renewed bt the carbonation rising off the bottom of the mug. To bad the carbonation cant keep up withthe rate of recline of the head. After the head dies down a bit the hazy straw yellow texture of the body next catches your eye. Oh, then that nice honey wheat aroma hits you. On to the taste. Notes of wheat, some yeastyness and sweet fruityness take over your mouth with a tingly somewhat thick mouthfeel. This brew goes down easily and should be enjoyable my most beer drinkers.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden, straw like colour. Nose was very light and fresh with a good wiff of banana. The first sip was lacking in complexity. Missing were the traditional "intense" flavours of banana and clove. This weissbier was too light. Small, very small, hints of banana and smooth, almost creamy, citrus finish. Still, on a warm summer day, this would be a decent refresher.

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Photo of vinivini
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of magictrokini
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is okay. Pours cloudy gold with a big white head, as expected. Aroma is good banana and clove, with a lot of wheat and yeast. The taste does not follow through. All that you want is there, but it just tastes a little weak. Its good, but not great.

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Photo of wattoclone
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of rastaman
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light and refreshing German style wheat, citursy, clovey with some banana, quite nice, but far from the best German-style wheat i"ve had. I also preffered this to the dunkel weiss, i thought the balance was far superior. Nice and refreshing beer, uncomplex, but well balanced, and quite tasty. Fine by me.

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Photo of anders36
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This austrian weiss bier pours a light haze golden colour into the glass. The head is big, thick and white. Also long lasting. Has a fresh aroma with lots of bananas and clove. You have the bananas in the taste too, along with some citrus. Also wheat and yeast in the taste. Frsh aftertaste with some hints of hops. A very nice weiss bier.

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Photo of Tomblerone
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice not overpowering aroma. Looks appetizing creamy white. Smooth mouthfeel. Not too sweet, bit of bitter aftertaste. Nice balances. Ready to finish the 500ml. right off, but know how a bit of wheat style really adds value to a bunch of burgers. Citrus, cloves, good summer beer and possibly
Best wheat beer?

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Photo of orelion
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer in my local pub on tap, served in the official Edelweiss Weizen Glass.
A: Honey colored brew with a white head.
S: The smell is great, a little lemon zest mixed with honey and wheat, fruity aroma.
T: The taste mirrors the smell, you can taste the wheat. the zest and honey, a good taste that lasts.
M: the mouthfeel is very rich, it's very thick and filling.
D: The beer is quite drinkable, yet I believe it's more of a session beer and I'd rather have a pint or 2, but no more.
Overall this is a great wheat beer with a mesmerizing aroma and a good taste.

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Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent bronze with 4 fingers of fluffy white head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Slight smokeyness, or is this OTT cloves(?) & bubblegum

T: Smokeyness, bubblegum & a little honey sweetness up front. Finishes dry, bubblegummy, slightly fruitty, juicy, & again, smokey

MF: Medium bodied with brisk carbonation

Drinks pretty good, we sure this aint from Bamberg?

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Photo of Orrshow
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a hazy yellow with lots of foamy white head. Just about right for a Hefe.

Smell – I smell some banana, honey, grain, yeast, and citrus hops. Nice regular Hefe smell but slightly on the weak side.

Taste –Starts off with a nice honey dew flavor. I begin to taste the banana and clove I expect from a Hefe and then get a grainy citrus hop flavor to finish. It’s very nice and balanced which makes for pleasant sipping.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation on this one was a little sharp for my taste. Body was about right with a fairly light creamy feel.

Drinkability – Great. I downed this effortlessly and enjoyed every drop.

Come summer and you’re looking for a Hefe Weizen don’t rule this one out.

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Photo of morimech
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

05 2013 printed on the label.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a monstrous head that did not want to settle and just hung at three fingers.

Wonderful aromatic weiss beer. All the usual hefeweizen aromas are present such as banana, bubblegum, cloves, and wheat all blended together perfectly.

The flavor is not as impressive but still a good tasting hefe. The yeast did not totally take over as the wheat malt plays the biggest part. Notes of banana and cloves.

Feels a little thin and watery. For all the action during the pour, the carbonation is quite low. Overall the texture was a disappointment.

A good old world hefe. Too bad the greatness did not go beyond the aroma into the flavor and other areas.

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Photo of elricorico
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy lemony-orange colour with about a half inch of fizzy white head. The colour is quite pale, reminds me of a witbier's colour. The head dissappeared quickly and left a thin lace around the glass.

The smell has a strong clove presence as well as citrus and wheat.

Taste starts with banana sweetness, moves on to a bubble gum and finishes with a smoky clove flavour. Something about the taste of this beer left me unhappy. It's aftertaste is fairly bitter, and has left the back of my mouth feeling filmy.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, very light. I can't say that the beer is hard to drink, but the taste is keeping me from wanting to finish.

I won't be back to this beer, I didn't even finish this bottle. There are so many better Hefe's to choose from.

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Photo of bierman2000
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best Wheat beer ever tasted in a bottle IMO.. this citrusy clovey cloudy Weizen is prefect in carbonation and body... very thirst quenching and balanced with a rich foamy head throughout and a smooth mouthfeel as well as being highly drinkable.. too bad I can't find it on tap and compare.. If you can find this Wheat beer it's worth it.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured into my glass, this brew had a large white creamy head with small bubbles that fully diminished. The body was clear and pale yellow in hue. The carbonation was fizzy with this brew. The aroma was that of citrus, banana and clove. The more I drank of this brew the smoother the taste became and the more I enjoyed it. A good brew to drink on a warm summer day.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy straw/pale amber with a huge white head.
Nose shows doughy wheat, spicy phenols and some vegetal characters.
Flavours are similar with weak doughy wheat, steamed vegetables and practically no bitterness.
Body seems watery.
A bit tame in the way of flavours/aromas, but very welcome on a hot day.

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Photo of jsh420
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle : Poured a yellow hazy beer with a nice head with average retention. Aroma is purely comprised of wheat, although it seemed like this brand of wheat had a very floral nature. Taste is very refreshing with again the taste of wheat taking over. Overall, this is an above average hefeweizen and perfect drink for those hot summer days.

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Photo of AricGresko
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I first had this at a beer fest in Arcadia, CA about four years ago. I've been looking for it and finally found it in a liquor store today.
As wheat beers are my favorite style, I was fairly drooling by the time I got home.
What poured from the bottle was a cloudy, pale gold colored beer with a big white head. The headed petered out fairly quickly to a small cap but left some nice lace all the way to the bottom. Okaayy......
The smell hooked me. I got a great smell of lots of spice; cloves and some other I couldn't I.D., and some banana. Now I'm getting somewhere...
The taste was spicy-sweet banana and cloves, etc but not with the same intensity as weissbiers auf Deutschland. Edelweiss lacked the almost bubblegum flavor I've experienced in some others. It wasn't as sweet but that's not a problem. Virtually no bitterness.
The feel was rather dry , very smooth and refreshing.
I had to consciously slow down to keep from just knocking back the glass. I could drink this one all day. Very refreshing and has a slightly off the main path taste that was quite appealing after a long, hot day.

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Photo of enelson
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of RuudJH
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great summertime when there are plenty of hefeweiss beers to try.

Colour rather pale yellow, lemon colour, slightly hazy, big soapy head, ok carbonation.
Smell is good, of wheat and yeast, banana citrus and clove. Nice.
Taste is faint, mellow. It holds some malts and citrus and banana, good ones, but not overwhelming.
Smooth mouthfeel, yet refreshing carbonation.
It's easy drinkable.

Not a bad brew, but I'd like it to have more flavour.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don't mind this hefe at all. Although it is a bit filing. Very nice thick white and long lasting head. Some nice lacing. Smells like a hefe to me, a little spice here and there. Smooth and refreshing. Nice to have 1 or 2 on a hot day at camp or while cooking on the q.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at Pannenkoekenrestaurant Oude Mueller, Utrecht, Netherlands

A: The beer is rather hazy yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat and bananas are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of wheat along with notes of bananas from the yeast.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and as some refreshing properties. It is not a bad choice to enjoy sitting next to a canal on a warm day.

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