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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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 132
Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden, big fluffy white head, lacing. Aroma is bananas, spices and cloves. Flavour is bananas up front, wheat is present and spices in the finish. Carbonation is medium with a medium mouthfeel, very smooth and tasty beer. One of my favourites from the new LCBO release.

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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 anders36
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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 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 connecticutpoet
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a cloudy yellow wheat brew with a HUGE head. Looked very promising.

The aroma was rather mild, and a blend of barley and wheat malts. A little bready.

Taste was sweet and lightly wheaty. A touch of breadiness (if that is a word.. well, it is now.) I wanted a little more strength though.

Mouthfeel was there, however. About as chewy as I would like a wheat beer to be. Overall, a quite drinkable beer, although I'd probably stop at 3.

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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 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 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 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 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 Phyl21ca
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Cwrw
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is nice to try a hefe from Austria occasionally. The Austrians, like their neighbours, the Germans, know a thing or two about beer. Edelweiss poured photogenically: ample, creamy, meringued head, leaving very thick lace; the beer itself with an apple juice colour, slighly orange and slightly brown, typically hazed and slightly unclear--but much cleaner and clearer in appearance than some hefes. There is nothing exceptionally special about the appearance save that lovely creamy head. The aroma, whilst appetising, is fairly typical and basic, with nothing exciting or novel. There are banana, wheat, clove, yeast and other rich fruit aromas. It is very nice, but not as complex as some others. The taste is spicy and slightly tart in the middle, with just slight bitterness on the finish. The subtle muskiness of the yeast balances well with the crispness of the wheat malt, and there are rich buttery, fruity and slight soapy flavours in the aftertaste. Again, though, there is a lack of complexity in the taste; not to say, however, that this is not a very flavourful beer. The mouthfeel is good, full-bodied, somewhat watery, but perfectly carbonated. I consider hefes one of the most drinkable beers on earth, and this one is no exception. These swim leisurely through the gullet. Edelweiss is a very respectable hefe, and a very refreshing brew.

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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 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 TheDM
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
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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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 IronDjinn
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 500ml bottle with freshness date right there on the front label. A light hazy straw colour, big creamy white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma of banana, citrus and metal, small hint of spice. Flavour is very up front and rolls off the tongue, clove, sweet malt, spicy citrus. Mouthfeel is light but satisfying. A decent offering for the style.

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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 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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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 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 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 Popsinc
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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 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 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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Edelweiss Hefetrub from Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
3.65 out of 5 based on 132 ratings.
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