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Paulaner Weissbier Kristallklar - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Paulaner Weissbier KristallklarPaulaner Weissbier Kristallklar

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BA SCORE
81
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66 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%


Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002)
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FLima

Brazil

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a consistent and nice head. Golden color and the label says it is not hazy once this Weiss was filtered.
Aroma predominantly banana and a hint of cloves and condiments.
Low carbonation.
Refreshing taste, not very sweet. It has a zesty flavor, mildly bitter (you can feel its hops!) and with some species. Even though was filtered you can still taste the yeast. Harmonious ending, a little dry. Definitely a top notch weissbier extremely well balanced and still off the beaten path. Really liked this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 13:46:04 | More by FLima
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RodneyFarva

Spain

3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a half-pint Paulaner glass, sitting on a Paulaner coaster. How 'bout that?

a: pours a clear golden, lots of carbonation bubbles rising. 3 finger head or so quickly fades to a half finger which sits on top.

s: malts and wheat dominant, some very light banana, not really much spice.

t: pretty light, nice malts, some light banana flavor, again not much on the spice end, pretty strong carbonation

o: average, not too exciting, but i know i prefer hefeweizens over kristalweizens.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 20:23:21 | More by RodneyFarva
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very disappointing receipe: I had expected far better from a brewery that makes one of the best hefe's in beerland.

Very boring and tasteless beer.
Smell clearly of bread and grassy hops.
Nice straw colour and nice carbonation as well. Fluffy head.
All in all, it's beer as clear as you'd like, reminding of a lager.
The banana and spice that is so great in wheatbeers from Germany is very much missed. In fact, this is just a very plain and ordinary beer.
As I said: if you want something like this, you might just as well pick a plain lager of some kind... the wheat character is there, but this drink should be much more exciting.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 20:08:29 | More by RuudJH
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Brabander

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Weißbier. Yesterday was a hot day in Holland and we ate pizza's outside. Mrs. Brabander and i drank this beer in the original glass.

Wonderfull beer only to look at. Light sweetness and light carbonation. Citrus. Five fingers head but that is very easy to get with this beer.

This is one of the better German Weißbeers that you can get on the market.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 12:24:29 | More by Brabander
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atis

Finland

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear pale yellow, streaming with small carbonation bubbles and huge white head with excellent retention, patchy lacing. Aroma is sweetish banana, spicy as well as weak wheat.

Taste is clean banana, hints of vanilla, wheat and dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium with slightly more than average carbonation that helps to accentuate hints of spice that can be better felt after midway through the glass.

A decent Kristallweizen, one of the best I have had. Its flavour is much stronger if compared to other filtered Weizen beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 16:18:44 | More by atis
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arturorg

Spain

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served into Erdinger Weizen glass

A: Golden with a small frothy head thats stay for a while small lace, a lot of carbonation going on, it almost looks like a champagne glass.

S: Banana, sweet, malts

T: Very thin and watery, same banana flavor, some cereals, a lot of carbonation going on that make me confuse as spiciness.

Overall not a very good beer or at least a dont like the style, feel like light soda to me

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 12:37:14 | More by arturorg
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treque

Mexico

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: very pale, somewhere between yellow and amber, traslucent 2 finger head made of white foam, creamy, good retention. Constant and permanent carbonatation.

S: wheat hints nothing else is perceived

T: light body, esay to have big swallows, very refreshing, with a sligth wheat end.

If you havent had a weizen beer, this could be afirst one so you understand the difference among malts

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 22:38:56 | More by treque
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Mjoepp

Sweden

2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden, much carbonation. Normal sized bubbles, dissapears quickly.

S: Yeast, banana, sourdough bread.

T: Yeast, banan, citric. Aftertaste is yeasty, disappears quickly along with the sour undertone.

O: Average beer, good in the summer to cool yourself. I prefer the hefeweizen-style though

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 12:23:54 | More by Mjoepp
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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours light golden with a medium large white creamy head. The head sinks slowly into nice lacings.

S: Malt and wheat, a bit sweet. Ripe bananas ans citric notes. A bit spicey.

T: Ripe bananas and white bread. Citric notes, orange sezt. Some spices. The taste is somewhat weaker than the smell.

M: Aftertaste is short and sweet. Body is light and carbonation is rich with really small smooth bubbles.

D: It started really nice but turned weak on me...

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 19:25:54 | More by Sunnanek
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle 5.5% abv

Appearance: Light golden colour, huge frothy white head, leaving reasonable lace.

Smell: Typical banana and cloves, not very complex.

Taste: The flavour is lighter than I expected (probably due to filtering). Typical weizen taste, with the addition of peppery and fruity (citrus) notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slightly creamy with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, good drink for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 13:49:57 | More by Thehuntmaster
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thierrynantes

France

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2001.

Appearance : A light yellow color, with a white foamy head.
Smell : sweet malty and wheaty aroams, with a light grainy note. Taste and mouthfeel : sweet malty and wheaty flavours, a light spiced note.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Pale filtered wheat beer (Kristalweizen).

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 16:40:54 | More by thierrynantes
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ricke

Sweden

2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving date: 2009-01-30. Served in Paulaner weizen glass. 500 ml bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale straw-like color with golden nuances. A rather aggressive pour creates a very big and rocky initial head that settles just a little too soon, but leaves a nice uneven coat of foam that sticks around towards the end. Small lacings.

Smell: Malted wheat and the accompanying aroma of white bread, banana, faint notes of cloves and yeast.

Taste: A distinct taste of bananas, orange peel and even some sweet clementines. Some metallic flavor. More malted wheat and bread. The yeast, faint already in the smell, is even more moderate in the taste. The finish doesn't have much to offer - its semi-dry with a slight bitterness and fades away too quickly.

Mouthfeel: The lingering foam and strong carbonation provides a creaminess to the light body.

Drinkability: This is a decent beer, highly drinkable and quite refreshing, but it's not very interesting. It's just too polished - it's a bit unidimensional, and the flavors lack depth and are presented in a too orderly fashion. For someone who thinks a hefeweizen is too powerful, this one might be recommended though, since it's basically a "hefe light".

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 00:42:22 | More by ricke
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TommyW

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear yellow with about a half-inch head that quicly goes away. Leaves no lacing.

S- Smell is similar to a normal wheat beer, but not as strong. Banana is definitely noticable along with a touch of fresh bread.

T- Taste follows the smell. Very similar to a hefe-weissen, but the flavors are not as prominent. The taste dissapates from the mouth rather quickly.

M- High level of carbonation gives it a sort of bite. Fairly flat overall though.

D- Being that this is much lighter version of a wheat beer, one could easily drink a few of these.

Overall, I dont really understand or agree with the idea of filtering a wheat beer. But, if you want a light beer with the flavor of a wheat beer, give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 19:06:49 | More by TommyW
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

0.5l bottle poured into my Paulaner 0.5l weissbier glass.

A- Deep golden colour, 5 finger creamy head from typical aggressive weizen pour. Very good head retention and lively beading.

S- lots of banana and fresh breads. a light toffee, sponge cake sweetness.

T- A little thin in flavour, lots of banana but this quickly transcends to a thin bland finish.

M- Spritzy and light, although seems a little stale

D- A ok kristallweizen, a little thin and lacking in refreshment, but overall drinkable

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 14:15:21 | More by seanyfo
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Ch1mpy

Sweden

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We're like crystal, we break easy.

Clear, pleasant yellow colour. Two centimetre thick head. Leaves no lacing.

Smell of yeast, bananas and leather.

Dry taste with cloves and bananas. Pretty sharp taste thanks to the beer being relatively well carbonated.

Like the Paulaner hefe this is a highly drinkable beer. But if I had to choose between them, this wouldn't be my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 19:19:16 | More by Ch1mpy
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JEdmund

Kansas

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance
Clear, light yellow, starch white foamy-turn-rocky head, high level of carbon.

Smell
Aroma is basically just a lighter heffe with lemon and banana notes present.

Taste & Mouthfeel
Firm, biting carbonation, light body, refreshing light wheat taste

Overall
Great if you want a lighter beer and still want the wheat beer flavor. Good!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 15:34:26 | More by JEdmund
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bark

Sweden

2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The colour is yellow; the large head slowly sinks down to a thick white airy head, leaving very little lacing.

The smell is sour with lots of dough, yeast and some bitterness.

The taste is sour with lots of dough, yeast and some bitterness. It is clean and rather simple. There are some fruity notes of kiwi and carambola. The aftertaste is mild with a creamy flavour of white loaf and exotic sour fruits. It is a little sharp.

The carbonation is quite strong with small bubbles. The liquid is mildly creamy.

OK, I admit it. I have never really understood what the point in a Kristal Weizen is: The Hefe Weizens are so much more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 22:51:25 | More by bark
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Pepeton

Mexico

3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared this lone bottle one with my reluctant wife --weissbier is her favorite style.

Amberlike color, clear, with a huge typically wheat beer head, with lots of retention, and big spots of lacing. Handsome beer.

Smell was more aromatic than I expected from the description of the style. Lots of banana, some clover also.

Taste was of mild malts, refreshing and very easy to drink.

Round beer, moderate bitterness, creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

High drinkability.

¡Salud!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 04:28:46 | More by Pepeton
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 0.5 litre bottle, 5.2%, best before 01/2008, drank 07/2007.

Poured into one of my Franziskaner Weissbier glasses.

It looks the part, light golden yellow with a white head which is constantly being refurbished by the bubbles from below.

Full on banana, with vanilla coming a heavy second, very impressive. I was expecting the banana aroma to be a lot less than the hefe weiss, but I didn't find it so.

Dry overall, but refreashing also, the aromas come out in the flavour too, so banana and vanilla hit your mouth in waves, these tastes stay in the mouthfeel and make this a very drinkable beer IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 19:26:08 | More by BlackHaddock
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basica

Singapore

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not a fan of Kristallweizens but it's nice to see some new Paulaner imports in Carrefour.
I bought this Kristallweizen together with the Dunkel Hefeweizen which was positively a good
to great beer. The Paulaner Weissbier Kristallklar pours out a nice golden with the usual
big and generous weizen head which average head retention. It smells subtlely of bananas and
cloves and I can also sense the wheat malts. The taste was not as pronounced as expected and
was more focus on the wheat malts; not much of the bananas and cloves in the taste. Moderate
body with an apt level of carbonation and definitely a high level of drinkability. The wheat
malts were again present in the after taste and I can also sense a slight citrus touch. This
is definitely better than the Weißes Gold, one of Paulaner's newer brews but still not my
style. On the side note this one's very refreshing and thirst quenching. Kristallweizens are
generally lagerish, in my opinion and basically not my preference. Paul is a lager and
Kristallweizen person, however; he would probably like this one. :)

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 16:51:17 | More by basica
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bright, orange, golden beer with a lot of carbonation and a stable, thick head. Too bad this doesn't have the hefe in it, this is not the 'real thing'.

Smell of ripe bananas and vanilla on top of a grainy wheat maltiness. There is a sort of musty smell to it, which reduces the freshness of the beer. Together with the sweet smell.

Taste of wheat, with typical fenolic yeast profile, ripe bananas. I did not taste a lot of clove though. Unlike any other Weizen, this has a slight bitterness, which fits this beer. The sweetness in the smell is not in the taste, the beer is rather dry and has a fenolic aftertaste. I miss the extra taste that the yeast normally adds to a weizen, it seems to always add an extra taste and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 07:10:44 | More by Absumaster
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Sigmund

Norway

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, at Cardinal, Stavanger. ABV is 5.2%. Pale yellow colour, crystal clear like the name says. Large to moderate head. Typical weissbier aroma, fruity with bananas and cloves, but the the aroma is not as strong as you’ll get from a hefe-w. Crisp and spritzy mouthfeel. Moderate cloves and tolerable hops in the flavour, but boring compared to the hefe. Why filter away the goodies? Short aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 22:53:09 | More by Sigmund
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paulaner

Germany

4.83/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I will have to admit at first I was afraid to try a kristallklar weizen and talk about bad luck it started as soon as I bought it. I went to the local trinkmart and bought this and on the way home the cap came off and started leaking around my car I thought for sure this is not a beer for me and that was the sign. Weizen beers to me should have the yeast on the bottom of the bottle and before you pour it you roll the bottle around to mix it up that's what gives it the flavor.

With this beer I would have to rate it as one of the top weizen I have tasted, the filtering suprisingly had no effect besides the fact that it was easier to pour. The look was a cloudy golden color with a strong bannana aroma but not overpowering to turn you away. The taste was bursting with different flavors with bannana barely noticeable. One thing you will notice is that, atleast in my opinion weizen beers feel the best in your mouth and going down your taste pallat with this particular selection being no different. With only one downfall to drinking weizen beers I would recomend this on highly for a strong wheat beer taste. OH ya that downfall is you get extremely bloated if you have more than three or four of these or any weizen beer so be prepared to have other beers in the fridge and remember you better pick something that you really like because as you will learn in wine tasting you start with the low quality and only work up so please don't torcher your taste buds after this fine german wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2004 23:08:46 | More by paulaner
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tjd25

France

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A foamy head fades into a fine white collar on an almost transparent yellow golden body. The smell shows wheat and some roasted malts with light hints of caramel. The taste is of wheat, slightly citric, iodated, and I thought it lacked a sweeter note. The mouthfeel is very round and ends in a dry way. There’s an impression of banana and grapefruit mixed together, but more with the citrus of the grapefruit than with the sweetness of the banana. Hops are faintly noticeable, but they contribute to the dryness of the finish in a decent (but not great) manner. It’s still a quite drinkable brew, but it seems that it could be improved easily.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 21:15:55 | More by tjd25
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allboutbierge

Austria

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is exactly what the name promises--crystal clear. Head is initially huge but rapidly rescends to a light white film. Bananna notes are strong but not as forceful as a Hefe or Dunkel version. Aroma is light, fruity, and pleasant. Taste is comprimised of weak background malts, a clover middle, and forceful fruity and banana forefront. All flavors are much more discernable than in a Hefe or Dunkel. Things just dont seem as muddled together. Aftertaste is pleasing as flavors linger slightly but not with the sour and aged flavor aftertaste of a Dunkel. Body is lighter than fullness of flavor would suggest.

Extremely interesting, thirst quenching, and flavor makes this a very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 20:48:51 | More by allboutbierge
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Paulaner Weissbier Kristallklar from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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