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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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of atis
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow, thin, but sticky head, quite good lacing.

Aroma feels fresh, a bit spice (clove mostly) and some banana. Flavour is very little malt, again some banana and clove. There was also presence of lemon felt, especially towards the end of the glass. It is quite low on hops.

The beer is moderately carbonated and feels refreshing. Overall, it is quite good made and very drinkable.

upd. 2 months later - the second beer I drank had much better apperance, the rest was almost the same

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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 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 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 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 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 biegaman
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My impression of the appearance is two fold:
For one, the bubbles fascinate me. They violently stirred, in the same exact shape as a tornado, around the center of the glass during the pour. They would continue to rise and stir in uniform lines all throughout the glass. If I lift my pint in hand and move it side to side the bubbles jerk along with it, distorting their path sideways, making their path to the top curvy. How responsive.
More importantly, however, the head (which started in abundance - as it should with the style) would sparkle out in small patches at a time. The appearance bears an unhealthy colour - a tarnished shade; somewhat like the inside of a pear or apple that is beginning to brown after being sliced. Blurry but not clouded. All the suddy lacing that washes up the glass with each sip slowly slides back into the beer.
The aroma is pleasant. Very fresh wheat with fruity notes of banana very ripe. Some small degree of spice (clove foremost) compliments the smell. The banana is very present. The smell is nice.
The body is moderately carbonated for the style.It stays light, and for that reason refreshing, but a little bloating to make this "the one" to drink all afternoon.
The wheat, as it comes through in the taste, is flat and stale. It has a very 'multi grain' flavour - brown bread/whole grain like notes. The aftertaste lends a soft touch of banana taste but doesn't stick around long enough. The taste becomes overly lemony at about the half way point. Lots of lemon flavour.
As much as I hate to resort to saying this, it's true - this is nice, BUT, there are far better examples out there.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy yellow-orange. Head is enormous and sticky.

S - Lemon/citrus aroma and characteristic yeastiness. Hint of honey as well.

T - Bubblegum and banana are at the forefront. Hops are minimal.

M - Fairly light and a little fizzy w/ a touch of astringency.

D - Not bad. Pretty straightforward hefe.

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Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
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 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 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 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 AChamberlain
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in Vienna this summer. Poured from a .5l bottle.

A: Light cloudy orange with thick fluffy white head.
S: Not much, a little banana aroma.
T: Banana, spice are there. Very flavorful
MF: Fuzzy carbonation. Almost frothy going down, I like that.
D: Pretty good hef, very drinkable.

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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 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 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 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 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 funkengruven
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to an orange-brown with a nice thick creamy head. Smell includes notes of banana bread and cloves, which is very fragrant. Taste is a little bland with slightly bread-like flavor. Mouthfeel isn't bad, has a grainy aftertaste that isn't offensive, it's not overly carbonated. Very drinkable though, goes down like water. For this style this would not be my first choice, but it is certainly not a bad one.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with a massive head, requiring several pours. Aroma is light and honey-sweet with clearly identifiable cloves. Wow, I could wear this as cologne.

Taste is a sweet and clean wheat malt. Some elements of honey, a light floral touch, not overly complex. Some slight buttery and bready flavors are evident later in the glass. Missing the yeasty or banana flavors others have found.

Mouthfeel is very soft, quaffable. Quite refreshing, not as hefe as other hefes but still very sessionable. Closer to other weissbiers than a full hefe.

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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 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 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 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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Edelweiss Hefetrub from Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)
3.65 out of 5 based on 133 ratings.
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