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Kristall Weizen - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Kristall Weizen
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BA SCORE
88
very good

14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 4.2%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 09-08-2005)
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Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev -1.2%

tbeq00, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Growler: Dullish rust hued golden color capped slim with a dusty white foam that slips away quickly to leave a ring at the edge and drippy lacing that rains back down.

Huge aroma of monsterous wheat sweetness bound by a lathering of dull banana and Belgian candish yeast adding a splash of citrus.

Taste is clean and malty with a fairly large display of big rounded wheatyness that's dullishly sweet in nature with a smack of dulled banana pulled from underneath while a candied Belgian yeastyness swings in late with a touch of lemon candy and helps meld into a bold rounded clean malty finish.

Big and bold, round and full of malt goodness. The sweetenss has a terrific hold thats perfectly dulled in and not too overpowering or unbalanced. An excellent example of a hard style to brew done the only way Town Hall can do it. Well!

Slurpingly deliscious and down right drinkable stuff. Growler nearly empty...

tavernjef, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden color with a decent head and little lace.

A clean wheaty smell with some fruity esters.

Hefe characteristics. Some banana and belgian yeast like fruitiness. Wheaty and very clean.

Smooth and medium bodied.

Drinks like a hefe, maybe even a little easier. A nice beer that really is only different in appearance than a regular hefeweizen.

jera1350, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of KeefD
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. Pours a surprisingly darker color than I was expecting. Clear solid amber color, reminded me of something like Sam Adams. I don't know, I guess I was expecting something pale. But it's a good color nonetheless, with no head or lacing to speak of. Aroma was of light citrus, which also surprised me, light banana, sweet malt, decent amount of hops. Taste was very nice and balanced for a wheat ale. Wheat fruitiness, coupled with the light banana in the yeast, and fruity, orangy hops were a great mixture. Medium-low bodied, low carbonation, which I could have used more of. A very nice wheat beer, perfect for the sumer.

KeefD, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pristine orange, with a thin, white head that fades immediately, leaving some patches. Little bit of lacing.
Smell is slightly bready malts with some faint, grassy hops. Heavy notes of fruit, including peach, orange, fig, and apricot. Curious Band-aid aroma near the end.
Taste is again slightly spiced and bready malts, with some faint hops, as well as more heavy notes of peach, orange, apricot, and fig. Finish is slightly sweet and malty. Same medicinal, Band-aid notes, though they are far more subtle than in the nose.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp, with a slightly sticky finish. Light body. Good level of carbonation.
Drinkability is good. A touch on the sweet side with all of the fruity notes, but not really enough to detract from the drinkability.

Parrotbeak, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a buddy pick up some Minneapolis Town Hall growlers on a recent trip. This was supposed to be consumed by May 25th...oh well. Gave off a nice hiss when opened, so there hasn't been any oxidization going on. Served in a weizen glass on New Beer Sunday.

A - Two and a half fingers of off-white foam with tons of sticky lacing. The brew is an ever-so-slightly hazed gold leaf color with tons of bubbles. I think I prefer the unfiltered look of regular hefes to the transparent kristal look, but this is pretty gorgeous in any case.

S - Wheat, yeast, bubblegum, clove, light touch of banana. Other than the lightness of the banana there isn't anything particularly unusual or surprising about the smell - solid and pleasant.

T - Slight lemon taste (not sure if this is from hops) that isn't really present in the smell at all. More of the sweet banana and less of the spice/yeast found in the smell. There's also a funny flavor/twang at the back end that builds after multiple glasses - might be from the 8 hour car ride or being a few days past best before, but I guess we'll never know.

M - Medium body, mild carbonation, smooth, soft, great stuff here. The filtering seems to take out some of the grittiness that regular hefeweizens can have.

D - Great summer brew. Super refreshing, low ABV, no carbonation bloat, clean aftertaste. I wish it was a little bigger on the flavor side, but this is a style that shoots for simplicity (why else would you filter a hefe?).

MasterSki, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap on 5-17-09

Poured into pint glass.

Color is a clear golden orange. Not very good head retention. Light lace.

Aroma: Bananas and cloves, just like a hefe. Very sweet.

Taste: Banana and clove again. Some spices. Not as yeasty as a hefe, but pretty good.

Mouthfeel is very crisp (a fruity crisp). A tad overcarbonated. Ends clean. Light to medium bodied.

Overall, a damn easy drinking beer. This would be great on a hot summer day. I can easily have more of this.

mothman, May 22, 2009
Photo of dogger6253
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An orange/amber color, slightly hazy with a solid head laying down into a thin film. Great lacing on this beer. The smell is kind of lackluster, sort of grassy and yeasty with bits of cloves coming through. The taste makes up for it with the cloves coming in, pepper, green apples, bit of alcohol, little bit of a yeasty taste and a slight hint of hair detangler/shampoo. Mmm! Haha, I actually liked the taste of this beer a lot. Medium body, light carbonation and a smooth, crisp flavor make this a great, easily drinkable beer.

dogger6253, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of dfried
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, crisp pale golden in color, small white head drops quickly to a film and ring. A lot of banana jumped out of the aroma to me at first, along with some spicy notes of cloves and pepper. Some fruitiness there too, peach and wheaty lemon zest. The spicy notes were what I noticed most in the taste, some banana shows up but mainly lingers in the aftertaste. The lack of yeast in this style makes for a crisp body of wheat grains with lemon and a little honey. Light body and really easy to drink.

Overall: I liked it quite a bit for a lighter beer. Not a ton of flavor but the spicy bite up front, then the lingering banana and lemony wheat zest in the aftertaste make it pretty enjoyable. That said, I will still take a hefe over it any day.

dfried, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: pint draft on site

A: clean white head at first, fluffy and light, but fell quickly to nearly nothing ove the sparkly straw gold beer that was kristall clear.

S: aromatic wheat nose and banana/clove from the yeast. Well balanced spicy notes with the light malt with a slight edge to the spice.

T: spice jumps up quickly with a bite of a carb bite, but nothing over the top--just nicely letting you know it's there along with the light malt.

M: light, well carbonated, smooth as silk.

D: amazingly easy to drink. Get rid of the lawn mower beer and drink this all summer.

Overall a good solid beer, something that geeks and neophytes alike will go far. I'd rather see this than the Golden Spot on tap regulary, but maybe the KW has too much flavor to really serve as the macro sub with the wheat bite.

FightingEntropy, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden tone. Carbonation is evident by the CO2 bubbles surfacing at a moderate pace. Head is thin and white. Lace adequate. Oh, I like the aroma. It's nice and doughy and yeasty and peppery... Smells similar to a good tripel. The body of this beer is about medium-full and the carbonation is definetely noticeable and would have a scouring effect with food I believe. The flavor it bright with citric tones. A little lemon. And also some tangy wheat. Spicy to an extent as well. I appreciate the style, but would take a nice Hefeweizen any day over a nice Kristallweizen, which this is...

Bighuge, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Secong time I have had this at the brewpub.. Bright and clear body, head is very nice, fluffy but fades rather quickly. Smell is nice, lemons, but mostly banana in the taste, very smooth, but does have some cirspness. The mouthfeel is also very smooth, makting this an extremely drinkable beer. Not up to Town Hall's "big" beers in piquing my interest, but good nonetheless.

TastyTaste, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visited the Town Pub over the weekend and sampled their Krystal Weizen. I think they pronounced it, “Khrissta.” Anyways the beer poured an off lemony yellow color that was a little darker for a hefe. Also, true to style the beer was clear and crisp. The head retention was ok but dissipated over lime. The lacing also was limited.

The smell was very sweet. Not really a German smell but more of an American feel. A limited wheat smell but some lighter spice and fruity citrus smell. Limited but not bad. The taste was similar. Very crisp with a light honey taste to it. Really the taste was boarder line cider feel to it. A light citrus lemony flavor with a good bite at the end. No real definite spice flavor noticeable but if you look for it some white pepper at the end. A light body and sweet honey feel mixed with a smooth yeast, which is much better then those skunky German feels, brings out a pretty good beer.

Overall, I was impressed with this beer. An American feel with light body and smooth drinkable taste.

Oxymoron, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not normally leading the cheers on this style, as I like the hefe with my weizen, but have to admit this won me over.

Crystal clear, honeyed yellow appearance, under a slim, soon-gone head...whoops, where'd it go?

Aroma, sweet, honeyish, light fruit, sly hops...very pretty.

Taste: what was gleaned in the nose appears anew on the tongue. Slides smoothly down the palate, glides on the tongue and rolls down the gullet. Light/medium body, untroubled texture, nice wheaten taste, but dominated by a sweetness that remains unabated. Very clean and esily to toss back, with the sweet and the citric ringing through in every gulp. Lemon and honey hanging around in the mouth, bringing nothing but happiness.

I like it, I like it...

feloniousmonk, Sep 08, 2005
Kristall Weizen from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.