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Edelweiss Hefetrub | Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)

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Edelweiss HefetrubEdelweiss Hefetrub

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Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)

Style: 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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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 131
Photo of bierman2000
5/5  rDev +37%
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 scvance
4.95/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a weissbier glass.

Wow. That's really the only word for it. Pours a wonderfully hazy gold color. Large long lasting and very creamy white head. The smell is incredible, lots of banana and clove aroma along with yeast. The taste is also wonderful, fruity and yeasty with a nice character that screams hefeweizen. One of my all time favorite beers, wish I could find it in the states.

Edit: If anyone does know where I can find this in the US, please tell me.

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Photo of downes51
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had a couple of these last night in Vienna. I thought it was lovely... a really tasty and refreshing hefe. It made a brilliant partner with the goulash I was eating. The head was thick, and lasted right doen to the end of the glass. I've not got a lot more to say really, except that I would have had a couple more had I not had a long walk back to my hotel.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a tall tapered brown half liter bottle with a plain but classy white and green label. Purity law, of course. Best before 8/04, I opened it on 11/6/03.

Pours a beautiful diffused yellowish gold that defines the style. The snow white head was tall and thick, with plenty of contour and even more staying power. My only objection is a lack of lace. The nose is an excellent bouquet of wheat, yeast, spice and citrus sweetness. The mouth is light and prickly, as the style requires. The opening taste is outstanding - lots of wheat, a bit of yeast, some clove and some citrus tanginess. The finish has a nice hoppy bite - rare in this style, but very appealing to this hop head. The aftertaste retains the bitterness, while reviving the wheat and yeast to form a very pleasant combination. This is one of the better wheats I've tried. My wife, a regular wheat drinker, was also impressed..

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Photo of GClarkage
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

02/28/06- Purchased at a B.C. Provincial Liquor Store in Vernon, B.C.

Presentation- 500ml bottle with an expiration date on the bottom front label. Poured into a 18oz dimpled mug.

Appearance- Clouded light orange or lemon colored pour. Full fluffy 1 inch white head. Leaves behind a decent amount of lace.

Smell- Traditional wheat nose with a nice amount of pepper. Bananas, cloves and bubble gum. Nice.

Taste- Large amounts of banana and clove are introduced right away. Peppery flavors carress the tongue. Almost has a few witbier qualities as well.

Mouthfeel- A bit highly carbonated. Leaves a lasting flavorful aftertatse.

Drinkability- One of the better hefe's I have had. Not in the catagory with Paulaner or Weihenstephaner, but not really that far away. Very tasty and refreshing. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this hazy light wheat yellow beer that had plenty of foam and nice lace. The smell was of a strong yeasty aroma with a hint of cloves. The taste was of a bread yeast and some cloves. Not overly sweet or bitter, but, a kind of tangy after taste.

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Photo of crossovert
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, imported by Stawski.

Nice cloudy Hefe, the head is thick, white and foamy.

The nose is clovey with a subtle hint of wheat.

The flavor is a mixture of cloves, lemon, and banana.

I reviewed this one quick, but that is because I was camping with it, it is an easy drinking, very good Hefe.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The second of the 3 Edelweiss offerings tonight. Now this one, called Hefetrüb, is much more exciting than the Kristallklar.
For a start, it has the cloudy milkiness that is so expected of Weißbiers. The same Edelweiss generic looking cream label on the Bottle, but with a dark green color tab, and a crown cap to match.
Only a few reviews for this beer, which reveal little of this beers heritage or pedigree, although it clearly has a great one, for it is dated “Seit 1475”. No great revelations regarding the meaning of the name, it actually literally translates as "yeast-cloudily”, not exactly original for a wheat beer, but typically demonstrative of Teutonic utilitarianism.
It pours an exact replicate milky Hoegaarden color. Head is white again, largish bubbles, and it maintains a depth of 1/2” throughout the grainy beverages short life.
High inherent carbonation, shown by a quick swirl, this level of Carbon Dioxide helps to contribute to a medium mouthfeel.
Overall the beer has a huge wheat nose, massive fresh citric fruits, banana, grapefruit and again cloves. A much more “traditional” drinking wheat beer than the Kristallklar. The fruits that are revealed in the aromas actually transpose through to the tongue. A low sweetness, digestive biscuits, fresh bread middle, mashed bananas and a spicy cloves finish with herbal overtones. Some bitterness in the end which is welcomed. A much better offering than the Kristallklar.
Highly drinkable, it’s easy to put this one away – no complaints on this one.
A 1 Pint 0.9 fl.oz. Brown Glass Bottle, dated 06.2003.
For just $2.19, pretty darn good Value for Money.

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Photo of dwarbi
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Frothy white head. Excellent lacing. The beer is colored like a pilsner. Mezmorizing carbonation. Smells like banana and slightly of wheat. Solid wheat taste. Still taste those bananas as well. Chewy. Feels like a malty, wholesome pilsner. Wonderfully drinkable.

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Photo of orelion
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
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 CAMRAhardliner
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Of a very interesting style this is an interesting example. Its a cloudy straw color with some chunks of yeast floating around on the currents of heavy carbonation. The Head is big foamy and everlasting and leaves plenty of lace. The aroma is perfumey with crisp wheat malts with citric fruitiness. The taste is very interesting for a hefe, quite tart and very dry. It starts with a sharp bitterness with some underlying fruitiness then fades into a clovey spicey even champagne like finish. Not as sweet than other examples Ive tried. The finish is somewhat phonelic. This beer lacks malt depth, but its still very tastey. The mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy(? Im bad at mouthfeel abjectives). Overall this is a great hefeweizen with a unique, very dry taste.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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 GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the Tucher weizen glass hazy pale golden with just a slight amber hue. The head was tall, strong and moussy with both large and small bubble consistency and fell very slowly as it laced the glass.

The aroma was wheat and spice through the dense and rocky head. The spice was clove and perhaps hints of coriander. The aroma was fruity banana masked by the massive head. As the head fell and the beer warmed a light caramelized banana fruitiness emerged.

The flavor was strongly fruity with a nice banana flavor coupled with a good clove spice. The flavor of the malt was also present and a light wheat flavor to boot.

The finish was light and crisp with a dryness coupled with the remaining fruit and slight spice impression into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a good mouthfeel due to the wheat and the higher carbonation level. Unsure why this beer isn't getting much love. It is a nice solid hefe, better than many. Give it a whirl...

0.5L 08.2005 on label. 5.5% ABV.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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 WilliamPhilaPa
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow / golden color...head dies quickly...Your typical weissbier aromas, clove and banana…The same on the palate, clove and banana, among other things. Very smooth mouth feel, and very refreshing and easy to drink. I really enjoyed the finish, you can really taste the banana, it stands out and lingers on the palate for a bit. Overall this was a very enjoyable weiss bier…

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

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy murky yellow, nice thick foamy white head, leaves a sticky lace in my glass, aroma of wheat and bananas. Wheat, lemon and banana-clove yeasty flavors. Light body with a crisp, carbonated mouthfeel, very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of Andreji
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the drinks of choice in Wien for me. I was firmly impressed by this first offering from the austrians, which had traditionally been a crap beer nation for me.

Brilliant pour, a fantastic burnt yellow borderline orange appearance, barely translucid and a bright white head.

The smell was subtle but inviting, typical weizen smell but mellowed down with a sweeter feel.

The taste is soft but doubtless brilliant. banana with an orangey feel, the yeast hints accross but is rather scarce, perfectly working alongside the rest of the beer.

Very nice. for the austrians, exceptional.

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Photo of pootz
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Possibly the most drinkable of the hefe weizen beers available in import to Canada. Nicely balanced, delicate and exceedingly smooth.

Poured a cloudy light yellow with a thick meringue cap....delicate hints of spice, pineapple and honey mingled with the sweet mustiness of the malt.

Starts pretty mellow then the peppery tartness kicks in, later departing a silky smooth, light mouth feel with the pineapple-banana-spice undertones balancing nicely with the sweet malty and hefe mustiness.... glorious! The finish is, again, balanced...not too dry just right with a nice bready after taste.

This is a standard, straight forward, easy drinking session hefe-weizen. A very good Austrian version of the genre.

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Photo of Orrshow
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Zorro
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden beer with a tall puffy whitehead.

Smell is the expected banana and clove scent with a much stronger clove and medicine scent than banana scent. Malt contribution is clean and sweet and cake like.

Taste is mildly sweet with a lemon edge to it in the beginning. Hops are quite strong here for a German HefeWeizen and give this a substantial herbal bitterness. Flavor is mostly of cloves and medicinal herbs and the banana flavor is almost completely gone.

Mouthfeel is good.

A different take on the German HefeWeizen here far more hops and it is really the major flavor here making it similar to the American version. Still Hefe yeast was used and it does add a great deal to the aroma and some to the scent; so it is a real HefeWeizen. A unique take on the style that I can recommend.

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Photo of BigBry
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml brown bottle. Best before date on front of label 09-2005.

Pours a yellowish hazy gold, cloudiness you expect from a this style. Nice high, white head that stays for the full glass. Strong smell of wheat, yeast, and some sweetness. First taste has lots of wheat, and a bit of yeast. Also mix in some citrus and full hop finish. I like the balanced combo. Leaves a bit of a tingle on the tongue. This is one of the better german wheats I've tried.

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Photo of baiser
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale, cloudy, straw-yellow colour with a huge head. After about 5 mins, the head subsides and leaves patches of lacing which clings to the glass. Looks quite elegant.

Smells smokey, cloves, and citrusy. Quite pleasant.

Very carbonated - each sip is spicy, right to the end. After a while, it becomes almost 'sticky' and lingers around your tongue. Goes down quite easy,

The taste is somewhat lacking. Was certainly expecting a bit more after the intial pour.

Best before date is right on the bottom of the label.

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Photo of crwills
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid hefeweizen, purchased at the LCBO. Really nice to see this here -- it's not the greatest example of the style I've ever had, but it certainly is nice to have it easily available during the summer.

Not a lot to say about this, other than it's a fairly standard, well-executed beer that's been brewed to style. Perhaps a little bit lighter or clearer than a typical hefe. Carbonation is a little on the high side, and clove flavours are very restrained. However, all of these elements are quite subtle, and the overall effect is just a solid, refreshing wheat beer.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an orange, yellow color. The beer is murky and has a nice thick head.

Smell of bananas and a good dose of clove and spicy.

Taste has some banana and a little clove, even some cinnamon. There is a little malt, which on the one hand is typically German, meaning sulfuric and a little husky. On the other hand it is quite grainy and wheat-like. This adds to the character of the beer and balances the banana and clove of the yeast. Bitterness is low and almost not present. Despite the low presence of the banana and clove, the beer still appears to be phenolic. Body is quite thin and drinkability is good.

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Photo of morimech
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Edelweiss Hefetrub from Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
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