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Paulaner Weissbier Kristallklar - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002)
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Reviews by paulaner:
Photo of paulaner
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.

paulaner, Sep 24, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
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".

ricke, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of bif_fat_sellout
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

bif_fat_sellout, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Misterefe
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Misterefe, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of basica
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. :)

basica, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of DanielCole
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

DanielCole, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of RuudJH
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.

RuudJH, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Harkrank
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Harkrank, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
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.

BlackHaddock, Jul 10, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

allstar255, Jul 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Blissmo, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Stoffel, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of mpalestino
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

mpalestino, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Absumaster
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.

Absumaster, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of Sigmund
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.

Sigmund, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of Savaseri
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Savaseri, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of tjd25
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.

tjd25, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of rale
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

rale, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of phaedrusovchaos
4/5  rDev +12.7%

phaedrusovchaos, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of atis
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.

atis, May 03, 2011
Photo of Niklas
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Niklas, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of seanyfo
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

seanyfo, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of arturorg
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

arturorg, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of Raziel313
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Raziel313, Sep 09, 2013
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Paulaner Weissbier Kristallklar from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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