Edelweiss Weissbier Snowfresh

Reviewed by on February 20, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Hofbräu Kaltenhausen (Brau Union)

  • Origin: Austria

  • Rated On: February 19, 2014

  • Best Before: Sept 2014

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Hefeweizen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Edelweiss Snowfresh is a wheat beer flavoured with alpine herbs, plucked from the sort of fields depicted in the Sound of Music, I gather.  There is indeed a nicely raised mountain range around the circumference of the low-slung label, which seems appropriate at a time of year when the major thoroughfares in the city are more reminiscent of groomed ski runs.

This 330ml bottle pours a hazy pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of somewhat puffy, and thinly creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a low, sparsely sudsy wall of lace around the glass as it eagerly sinks away.

It smells of sweet, earthy, perfumed florals, candied banana, sugary wheat malt, citrus, clove, and subtly subdued yeast. The taste is more sweet, lightly sugary wheat cereal malt, an understated citrus fruitiness, bubblegum, benign coriander, overripe apple puree, some softly estery yeast, and herbal, mildly spicy hops. The carbonation is rather tame, but supportive enough, the body a decent medium weight, smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, and pretty clean, the herbal remedy-esque fruit, spice, and hops riding atop a softly edgy sweetness.

A very nice, agreeably ‘adjusted’ wheat beer, as the alpine herb delta hits the spot just so, conjuring up images of crisp, airy mountain meadows, edged with snow as the spring is nigh, as opposed to the brash, lingering onslaught outside my frozen window right now.

Brady White

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