Edelweiss Weissbier Snowfresh
Reviewed by Brady White on February 20, 2014 in Winter Guide
- 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 !
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.