Edelweiss Hefetrub | Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)

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Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of stcules
2.38/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light oranged color, the right haziness. Visible carbonation, beautiful white and creamy foam.
The smell is light and quite delicate for a weizen. Yeast, wheat, banana.
The taste too is quite delicate, with wheat and yeast, quite strong carbonation.
Then some citric, quite sharp. Maybe a little too much. And then even a hint of lactic.

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Photo of ChugMan
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

A - Hazy gold/banana yellow. Decent but unremarkable head.
S - Banana bread, singed sugar & caramel, clove. Buttery. Fairly aromatic and pleasing, comforting even. Very interesting!
T - Definite clove, yeast. An odd off-tasting, burnt sugaryness. Tart, sour, lime-candy taste seems out of balance as it dominates the palate.
M - Somewhat puckering from its not-quite-citrusy sourness, a bit unpleasant. Bitter. Finishes fairly clean and very dry, but sourness lingers.
O - Disappointing. While there's no doubt my palate isn't the most refined, I don't see the appeal of this one and would be reluctant to try it again. Forgive me, my Austrian brothers.

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Photo of elricorico
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
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 stevoj
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle picked up at Wasana's (can't believe that place closed) Average weizen, decent all around, nothing in particular stands out. Good flavor and very drinkable.

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Photo of PlowKing
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The sample I tried was from a bottle (5.5% ABV) purchased from the LCBO. It had the typical cloudy appearance of a Hefeweizen, but the taste was a little disappointing. The distinct cloves and banana-like flavours were present, but less so compared to others from the likes of Paulaner or Schneider AG.

Overall, a decent weissebier, but not exceptional by any means.

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Photo of DrJay
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Cloudy pale straw colour. Generous bright white head that settled to about 1/4 inch. Some lacing on the side of the glass. Banana and citrus aroma. Very thin body. Weak flavour with some spice evident. Appropriate level of carbonation, but seems a little coarse without the smoothness and body to accompany it. Slight yeast aftertaste with some soapy texture and a very dry finish, apparently from the wheat grain.

500mL brown bottle with best before date on the label.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, cloudy, medium head. Aroma is fruity and slightly grainy. A light bodied wheat beer. Milder malts, slightly sweet and somewhat fruity. Some banana and clove flavor. Mild taste. Mouthfeel is round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftetaste is neutral.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht

Into my Weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Yellow gold in colour and opaque. A slightly lighter colour than average. Medium sized white fluffy head. Not much carbonation but a few smaller bubbles are evident. A think film remains leaving some lacing down the sides. Pretty decent.

SMELL: A medium strength nose of wheat malt. Some lemon hop and clove there with a bit of banana in the background. Nice and crisp, but not quite strong enough.

TASTE: Taste is lacking. Slight bit of wheat malt and a bread tinge, but more strength would be nice. A wheat aftertaste shows up eventually, but is underwhelming. Certainly not off-putting, but there isn't much there really. A little bland. Below average for the style.

PALATE: Feels like it should. Carbonation is lower and balanced well. Goes down smooth without any bite. Finishes comparatively dry as well. Nice.

OVERALL: Decent brew, but missing something in the taste. It's not a bad taste, it just isn't powerful enough to make a statement. Not bad, but there are better ones worth seeking out.

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Photo of trevorwideman
2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been on a real Weizen kick lately, picking up every one I could get my hands on, this is the latest one.

I am not impressed with the look of this beer. Medium frothy head, cloudy, dark, almost a murky grey colour. Not that appetizing looking. Sour notes in the taste, slight bananas and cloves, a bit bitter, bites the tongue slightly but still manages to feel thin in the mouth and going down. Not as complex or as refreshing as a lot of the ones I've been tasting lately, drinkable though...

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Photo of TWM
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad wheat beer. Unfiltered, cloudy color; the high head reduced to a consistent skim of foam. Taste was richer and less sharp than most wheat beers- definitely appreciate that the sharp citrus overkill was avoided in this one; much smoother and pleasant than I expected. Sweet after-taste (vaguely fruity, perhaps banana or something). Hints of spice- I mainly got nutmeg, although I think some clove scent may have come through as well.

Overall, not a bad beer for the genre, and definitely a good Weizenbier choice for the non-wheat-beer-drinkers.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a somewhat translucent pale gold (slightly orange) with a 1 cm white head of very tiny bubbles. This dissipated fairly quickly, but left a nice lacing. It was strange that this hefe was not as hazy as I'm used to them being.

The aroma is heavily of bread, some banana, and some vanilla extract. No cloves detected.

The mouthfeel is slick and has medium carbonation. Nice.

The taste is overwhelmingly honeyed, with some cloves, and a touch of bitter hops. It has a tang, but not very citrus, as with most hefes. A little bit watery.

All in all, a completely unremarkable hefeweizen. Not quite up to par or quite to style, as far as I'm concerned. I won't be making any repeat purchases of it, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
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 bark
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The cloudy liquid is pale brown-yellow; the large foam is pale yellow.

The smell is sourish with some sweet and earthy notes.

The taste is fresh, but not excessively sour. There are earthy with notes of apricots. The aftertaste is lightly sour with fruity notes.

The carbonation is relatively mild, milder than the average Weisen.

An average Hefe-weisen…

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Photo of TerryW
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Soht hazy look with a nice big white head and spotty lace. This soapy ring after a while.

Pretty gentle onthe nose. Cloves and banana. Typcial weiss, nothing too exotic.

A little thin, slightly sour. Thin almost metallic finish which is a little off putting. Slightly prickly puckerish mouthfeel. Don't like the finish.

Passing good, but there are better weißbiers out there.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Healthy banana aromas, quite clear (for a weiss) even after adding yeast. Taste is weak, watery. Good sized head. Why touch this when there's so many other good hefeweizens around? Disappointing. It wasn't nearly bold enough to rate merit. Maybe decent for weaning someone off of Bud...

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Photo of rastaman
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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 CrazyDavros
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 7/2014.

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, caramel, banana, earth, spice, and slight skunk aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, dried fruit, caramel, earth, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but not a very good representation of the style in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale, but hazy yellow colour - a look I'm starting to associate with an "Austrian Hefeweizen". Head is filmy but consistent, and made up of very fine bubbles. Cloudiness is nice. Overall, it's a decent looking brew, very light for a hefe though.

Nose is lightly spicy with a slight wheat acidity, but it's very light and mild all up. Slight coppery twang, and a hint of crushed leaves, but minimal else. Can't say I'm a huge fan, even though the slight characters it does have are pleasant enough.

Taste is a little better, with the hallmarks of a good weizen - slight acidity through the front, a touch of spice and a little sweetness. On the back, however, there's a slightly bitter metallic, phenolic character that skews it from the classic profile. It's a little bit of a downer to an otherwise decent beer. Feel is smooth enough, and quite light, which suits it well enough.

Eh, it's not a great beer, but it's not that bad either. There are much better hefeweizens out there - this one is just a little bit too bland.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
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 Shadman
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

being 1/2 Austrian, this has me stoked.

one thing is for certain, Funkengruven didn't use this for his avatar.This is much paler. Nice white head that receded into a cap/ring that stayed. Nice lacing.

muted banana, very mild bubblegum and some clove spice were aromas I found.

Found it had a bit of hop bit on the front end with the wheat malt that was a bit thin. Definite bubblegum in the middle. Pepper follows and then appears again at the very end.

Mouthfeel was similar to other Hefe's I've tried..a bit of carbonation bite, watery compare to ale...but Oh so easy to drink.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 26 April 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. This beer is cloudy yellow. It's aroma is a schnauzola full of banana & cloves. This is a Very easy to drink & refreshing German Wheat. This would be a good choice for summer

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Photo of Noxious26
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured in a weizen glass. Date on the front of the bottle says 09.2006.

Straw yellow - pale gold in colour and hazy. Big, foamy, white head is 2 inches at the pour, but quicky recedes to a thin cap. Sheets of lacing down the sides.

Not as much banana in this aroma as other hefes. The ever present yeast is combined with a peppery, spicy scent with undertones of cloves and just a hint of fruit.

Starts off with a light wheat flavour accented with pepper. Towards the middle the spices kick up a notch to an off-dry finish. Aftertaste is bready with a light sweetness and hint of spices.

Light-medium bodied with the characteristic hefe pin prick carbonation. Bready taste in the aftertaste is matched by a bready feel.

This is an interesting take on the style. Personally, I prefer a fruitier, maltier, sweeter hefe to this spicy version. None the less, this is still a pretty good beer and lends an interesting twist to add variety to life.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Austria's most popular WeiBbier hands down.

Appearance is what one would expect of a Hefeweizen...cloudy, though a bit paler than other Hefe offerings Ive had with a massive pungent head. Aromas of clove and bubble gum overwhelm the nose. Unfortunately, flavor amongst those scents is not as well balanced as one would like. A bubble gum flavor dominates all other tastes. Generally, I'm not one to put a lemon in my Hefes, but one here is called for as it adds something to balance the bubble gum. Drinkability is lessened by a flavor that tends to get a bit annoying half way through the second pint.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Edelweiss Hefetrub from Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
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